Why Won't My Recorded DVD's Play In OTHER DVD Players?

Last Update Date : Apr 20. 2018

 For a recorded DVD to play on other DVD players, it must meet the following criteria:

The disc must be in DVD-R format

The disc must be finalized

Instructions for finalizing a recorded DVD are below.


Warning: The finalizing instructions below are specifically for the DVD-R400. Although the finalizing instructions for all Samsung DVD players are similar, the instructions for your DVD player may differ from the instructions here. For specific instructions for your DVD player, see the finalizing section in your users manual.


To finalize a disc, follow these steps:


Turn on your television.

Turn on your DVD player.

Set the DVD/TV switch on your remote control to DVD.

Put the DVD you want to finalize into the DVD player.

Press the Stop button on the remote.

Press the Functions button on your remote. The Functions menu appears on your TV.

Use the Up, Down, Right, or Left button on your remote to select Disc Information.

Press the Enter button on your remote. The Disc Information menu appears.

Use the Up and Down buttons on your remote to select Finalize, and then press the Enter button. The Length of Time screen appears.

Use the Left arrow button on your remote to select Yes, and then press the Enter button. The Disc Playback Only screen appears.

Use the Left arrow button on your remote to select Yes, and then press the Enter button. Finalizing starts. The message "Finalizing is finished" appears when finalizing is complete.



Do not turn off or unplug the unit while the message "Finalizing the Disc" is on the television. This can render the disc unusable.

You can only finalize DVD-R that were recorded on this unit.

You cannot record on DVD-R that have been finalized.

Programs longer than 5 minutes will be divided into about 5 minute chapters.

Any markers you entered will be lost.

Finalizing can take up to 15 minutes.

Important: The DVD player you want to play your disc on must support DVD-R.


You can use the following recordable disc types to record discs you want to play on other DVD players:


12 cm (5q) 4.7 GB DVD-R discs

8 cm (3q) 1.4 GB DVD-R discs (for General Version 2.0)  

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