Originally Posted by winniepoah
I just purchased the panasonic and am confused on all the dvd discs you can buy
one of the posts stated that a dvd +rw does not need to be finalized, which seems good to me but can someone explain all the different kinds and the advantages to each?
when would you want to use a +r and can you add on to that disc
IE transfering a video or digital camera pictures
I dont understand why there are so many out there, I am a vhs gal and vhs was vhs do dvd is totally new to me
In order to play a dvd burned on a recorder on a different dvd player, the disc must first be finalized. This 2-3 min process closes off the disc to further changes, and makes it playable on other players or in pc drives.. The disc format thing is not at all complicated. If I recall correctly, the -R format came first, developed by one company, then another company came up with the +R format. And as usual, a format battle took place, and ended with dvd player/recorder manufactures enabling all their machines to play or rec both the -/+ formats. -R discs are considered more reliable because most dvd players will play them without a problem. While the +R will play in most newer players, older machines will sometimes not. So many advise using -R discs, simply to ensure that it will play on your older dvd players, and those owned by friends and relatives you might share your recordings with. Anything you record to an RW disc of either format, that you don't want to keep, say you record Lost, and watch it, then decide you don't need to see it again, you wouldn't need to finalze it. You can erase it after watching.
You can record to any disc the same way you did using a vcr...meaning, record say, one 30 min episode of a tv show, take out the disc and save it, and put it back in a record more to it until full, or you're finished adding material to it. Then you would finalize it, so it can be played on another machine.
Until the disc is finalized, the disc can only be watched on the recorder that made it. +RW disc are said to not need finalizing, and can be used on other dvd players, but the I believe it dependant on the brand of recorder you're using-I'm not sure on that, so you'll need to check back here, in case someone else who knows better can affirm that or not.