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Sony RDR-VX555 will not finalize

When recording from video to DVD machine will not let me finalize (word "finalize" is gray, rather then black. Hence, DVD will not play on other machines.

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Make sure the DVD is stopped, before going to the finalize section. There should be no DVD contents showing on the screen.

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