how do I finalize a disc

April 27, 2011 at 03:41:19
Specs: Windows Vista
My mum has recorded several tv programmes in the UK for me and sent them out to Australia for me to watch. Unfortunately, although she says they have been finalized, I am unable to play any of them although some of them play for a short while on my PC. She has now recorded a programme for me without finalizing the disc with the idea that I can finalize it myself. I am having no luck. Please help!

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April 27, 2011 at 04:20:13
You don't have to finalize the disk. When you finalize a disk, it only means you can no longer record on it. Your problem seems to be the type of videos they are and what player you're using to watch them. Do you know the file extension of the videos, i.e. avi, mpeg etc?

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April 27, 2011 at 05:19:46
Thankyou for your reply. I am not very good when it comes to technology! My mum is using a DVD-R disc and when she has recorded something she then plays it back on her player and it seems fine. I have a multi-region DVD player here but it just says no disc when I put one in to watch. I can only watch a bit of it on the PC but then a message appears that says it's not authorized to play anymore (or words to that effect). It is so frustrating. How can I find out the answers to the questions you have asked?

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April 27, 2011 at 05:55:59
If your dvd player says no disk, then it can't read the format in which it was recorded. You can put the disk in your computer, then go to My Computer, highlight your dvd player, right click and choose explore. You should then be able to see the movies and what format they're in. It should list them as MPEG, AVI or whatever they are. You should also ask Mum what program she uses to view them on her computer.

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April 27, 2011 at 13:26:32
Start by getting a player called VLC. It may be able to show parts of the disk and you may have to go from part to part.

The part that you mentioned about seeing a bit and then some issue almost leads me to believe it is some copy protection.

We would really have to know more about the way she is making them. What product and what format are the files in.

I used to record a lot on dvd until the HD came in. I think you did have better luck with the finalization on the disk. I forget why?

Are you sure the thing doesn't need to be in upside down. After all in the UK it spins clockwise and down under it spins anti clockwise. :)

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April 28, 2011 at 05:11:35
I am still not getting anywhere. When I click on explore it just says drag files to this folder to add them to disc.

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