Sony DVD Recorder DVDs won't play elsewhere?
My husband has a Sony DVD Recorder RDR-GX3, he is transferring Video films onto DVD discs, he is using DVD-R discs, when he tries to play them back on other DVD's they won't play. Can you tell me if this is a problem with the DVD or the the discs that he is using.
There could be any number of different problems that your husband is encountering in this situation:
First, is he finalizing the disks? In order to use the disks on other players the disk must be finalized, something that might not be necessary for the Sony player itself.
Second, most, but not all DVD players will play DVD-R. Look in the users manual to see what formats yours will play. (My friend's unit will play -R but not +R and I have one that will play +R but not -R). If that's the problem, double check whether it can have its firmware upgraded (go figure) and then play DVD+-R discs. You could also try using DVD+R or DVD+RW disks to see if that makes a difference.
Is he making Video-CD's (VCD) in the transfer process? VCDs will only play on certain DVD player equipment.
Are the disks he is using able to support the recorders write speed? Using disks that do not support the write speed will cause unreliable results. These disks may or may not work on the recorder but will not likely work on other devices.
Will the disks play back in the recorder once finalized? if yes and it won't play on your player see if you have a friend that can play it in their player.
If all the of the parameters are met, i.e., it's the right right speed, format and it is finalized the disk should work in a player that supports the format.
So if it still doesn't work, then you might want to talk with Sony support.
Hope this all helps. Lots of questions and ideas, but this is a tricky question.
Thanks to Larry, Maladon, Chris Thomas, Mike Clark, Chris Buechler and John Marshall for their input on this answer
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