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SP/EP mode? I am trying to set my VCR to record for a longer period of time, but can't figure out how to change from SP mode to a different mode. Please Help!

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This again, is set via the remote, in the on-screen menu.

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What are “Recording modes”? for DVD-RW
There are two recording modes available using this
recorder: VR mode and Video mode. When recording to
a DVD-R disc, recordings are always in Video mode.
DVD-RW discs can be formatted for VR mode recording
or Video mode recording.
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Video mode recording
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recording on DVD-R/RW discs that was approved by
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problems playing recordable DVD discs in some players.
Symptoms include video artifacts, audio and/or
video dropouts and playback suddenly stopping.
Our company cannot take responsibility for problems
playing discs recorded on this VCR/DVD Recorder in
other players.
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