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DVD plays in standalone; appears "blank" in any PC

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A friend made a DVD video using Roxio Media Creator 9 and mailed me the disk. It plays fine on a standalone DVD player, but I can't play it or open it on a PC. In other words, it shows up as a blank, unformatted disk. No VIDEO_TS folder present. Nothing. Personally, I use other software (Nero, Pinnacle), so this doesn't make much sense that you can create a DVD that plays on standalone decks but is invisible to a PC. Nero and Pinnacle both create DVD videos that are PC readable/playable.

 

The only thing that I can think is Roxio employs some kind of finalize (make compatible) scheme. I asked my friend to see if there was a finalize command -- or something related to "make compatible" (which I have read about in the Roxio knowledge base.) But unfortunately she is a bit technologically challenged and cannot determine how else to make a disk or change a disk.

 

So, my questions:

 

1) Does Roxio make disks in stages, requiring a finalize step if you want to open DVDs on a PC (vs. a standalone deck)? Side question: what is the purpose of this? Add more data later?

2) If the above answer is YES, then can I take a disk that has not been "finalized" and finalize it? In other words, if I have the Roxio 9 software on MY computer, could I take this disk and make it play/read on a PC. What do I need to do?

3) If a disk already created can't be finalized after the fact, what does my friend need to do to produce a disk that can be read/played on a PC?

 

Thanks.

 

P.S. There is a lot of discussion on this forum about bad media. I don't think this is the case and IME the problem is not the media or brand, but a bad burn caused by a "hiccup" in the computer/burner during the burn phase. Bad physical media (I have burned thousands of disks using all brands, plus or minus) is very, very rare.

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Do you even have Creator 9 (2006-2007)???

 

I doubt there is a PC made that can't read all disc types.

 

What is it that you have on this disc? - is it an Authored disc or just some files you put on a disc?

Yes, I have creator 9 and cyber link

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doneal,

You haven't mentioned the model of your computer burner drive, but in earlier days there were drives which were very choosy about the type of disc they would read.

 

If I was you, I'd be inclined to go out and get a modern DVD burner drive for your computer for $20 to $40, rather than buying a duplicator tower for hundreds and hundreds of dollars.

 

Regards,

Brendon

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Do you even have Creator 9 (2006-2007)???

 

I doubt there is a PC made that can't read all disc types.

 

What is it that you have on this disc? - is it an Authored disc or just some files you put on a disc?

 

old home movies and other recordings made with a RCA camcorder

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doneal,

You haven't mentioned the model of your computer burner drive, but in earlier days there were drives which were very choosy about the type of disc they would read.

 

If I was you, I'd be inclined to go out and get a modern DVD burner drive for your computer for $20 to $40, rather than buying a duplicator tower for hundreds and hundreds of dollars.

 

Regards,

Brendon

 

I have two computers a new dell win 10 and an older e-machine they both give the message that the disk is blank

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Is this a disc finalization issue? Puti the disc in your drive and use Windows to explore it. What do you see on the disc? If you have a smart TV. it may play some files but the computer may not be able to work with them.

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Yes, it's finalized, When I put it in the computers, they think its blank and doesnt show anything. but they are not blank they play just fine in the dvd player.

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When you're running Easy Media Creator 9 and you run Tools > Disc Information, what result do you get for one of those discs?

 

It should be something like this.

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Can you show us a screenshot, please?

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Yes, it's finalized, When I put it in the computers, they think its blank and doesnt show anything. but they are not blank they play just fine in the dvd player.

 

This gets better yet - NO dvd-rw can be finalized...

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It's not the DVD rw that wont work. It's the DVD r that work. I'm able to open and view the DVD rw. When I copied the vhs tape to the DVD r , when it was done I believe there was a message stating writing lead. I just assumed that was the finalized ? just not sure.

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, when it was done I believe there was a message stating writing lead. I just assumed that was the finalized ? just not sure.

 

Discs have lead-in and lead-out, and sometimes several of each.

 

Can you show us that screenshot please? Then we won't have to assume anything.

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I found the problem it is unfinalized I have six more disk that are DVD-R that are the same way. Is there anyway I can copy them so I can view them on the computer?

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Please refer to the screenshot above, in my message post #33.

 

Run Tools > Disc Information, and see if that utility considers the disc open. If it does, then run Tools > Finalize disc. That should finalize the disc for you.

 

Regards,

Brendon

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Sure sounds like a VR disc format...

 

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If that is true you will have to Finalize the disc in the DVD Recorder that made it. You can try it in Roxio but I doubt it will do it :(

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We still can't tell for sure. For some reason the OP has avoided showing us that screenshot from Roxio Disc Information which would have dispelled all doubt.

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We still can't tell for sure. For some reason the OP has avoided showing us that screenshot from Roxio Disc Information which would have dispelled all doubt.

 

I don't know why some think we have crystal ball :lol:

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Thanks, I followed your instructions and put the disk back in the DVD recorder and finialized it. Now I can view it on my computer and make copies.

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