When I want to finalize a DVD+R. it seems to to use some disc space and cut into the movie that I recorded.
For example, I put the format to SP (Slow Play 2Hr.) and recorded a movie that was 1 1/2 hours and then finalized to play on another dvd player, but for some reason the last 20 minutes of the movie was cut off.
Is this normal to use disc space to finalize a DVD disc
No. Generally finalising just writes the unused spaces as unused so the player knows and adds a stop code. The shorter the DVD the longer the finalise. An hour and a half on two hours is plenty of space.
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You have to use your friend's DVD recorder to finalize the disc. Once the DVD is finalized, it will play in other DVD players.
On your friend's DVD recorder, pop the disc in, and use his remote to go to Setup --> Disc Edit --> Finalize --> OK
Once a DVD+R or DVD-R has been finalized, it cannot be edited again. You are stuck with whatever you have. On the other hand, you have to finalize the disc to make it playable on other DVD players. The exceptions are DVD+RW, which, according to the manual, does not have to be finalized, and DVD-RW, which you can "Undo Finalize" in the "SETUP/Disk Edit" Menu
i have spent 2 months looking for this answer myself... and at last success!
i downloaded the user manual from funai(they made this model)
on page 38 it instructs you to press setup on your remote, from the drop down menu you need to select disc edit and then select finalize.
this aggravated me at first because nothing happens when i hit the setup button, i powered off the unit and hit setup before the disc loaded. this step is not mentioned but is necesary. you cannot finalize a disc after it has loaded to the title menu.