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Old February 12th, 2009, 03:10 AM   #1
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Dvd-disc Camcorder..?

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A friend has asked me for help retrieving footage he recorded on one of those mini disc - DVD camcorder. It's footage of a once in a life time holiday in California. He had his camera stolen but retained all the mini-dvd discs but they don't play or seem to have any files on them when I tried to view them on my PC. Is there any way of finding these lost files. I can see the disc have data on them with the naked eye but nothing is registering when I open it. Does it need formatting in some way?
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Old February 12th, 2009, 07:06 AM   #2
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They need to be finalized in the camera. You could try finding someone with a DVD camera of the same make and see if they play first before getting the camera to finalize the disc. IF they play I would copy out in analogue before doing anything!!!! I am not sure if they need to be finalized in the camera that made them? I know that before finalizing DVD+RW will play directly in a DVD player but will not show in a PC and DVD-RW is the exact opposite. DVD-R and DVD+R need to be finalized to play in anything other than the camera.
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Old February 17th, 2009, 04:30 AM   #3
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thanks Roy. That was my first thought too. However, I found a way to retrieve the footage without a compatible camcorder. The piece of kit is called CDRoller...and it worked a treat. It even burns the files on to a disc for you to playback on your PC...simple as...I think my friend has a PC....?
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