Originally Posted by irulan
Ordered some at Best Buy curious to see if this solves the problem or if its the machine. And, yes, both dvd recorders will not record (tried to force the issue,) unless formatted, so hopefully Diga Do will share how he bypassed this process?.
Have not had any problems with disks made earlier., just watched one a few weeks ago. Wonder why this problem does not service when you are burning from a computer? Must be the required formatting process on the recorders? Anyway, thanks for the many responses, really hoping a solution is as easy as switching dvd manufacturer.
There is no "process" to bypass. Here's how it goes, beginning to end:
1. Open the tray.
2. Insert DVD.
3. Wait while DVD Recorder "reads" or "loads" the DVD. This takes 15-30 seconds. (Panasonic recorders show "READ" on the display. Funai-manufactured recorders show "LOAD" on the display and "LOADING" on the screen. Panasonic recorders are usually faster at "reading" than Funai-manufactured recorders are at "loading.")
4. Schedule a recording; or press "Record" to immediately start recording.
5. When recording is concluded there is a brief "writing" process, taking another 10-20 seconds. (Panasonic recorders are very polite, asking one to "please wait" during the countdown screen while Funai-manufactured recorders just show a "progress bar.")
6. Once all the desired recordings have been written to the DVD remember to "finalize" the DVD.
7. Open the tray and remove the DVD.
8. With a Sharpie label the DVD with it's content and DVD number. (I use a date/finalizing order as the DVD number, i.e., the fourth DVD finalized today will be assigned DVD number 130503D.)
9. Place the DVD in the current archive album.
It's as simple as that.
This is how it has worked with my 13,000 home-recorded DVDs.
(BTW, I own around three dozen Panasonic and Funai-manufactured recorders but only a dozen or so are set up for daily use.)