Panasonic VDR-M53PP Disc Problems

Sorry if this has been posted before:

I’ve got a Panasonic VDR-M53PP that I picked up at a pawn shop and the problem is the following error when I insert a disc for recording:

Cannot read disc. Please clean disc, check for disc cracks insert properly and try again.

The discs are brand new, never been used Panasonic DVD-RW 30 min/1.4GB and I’ve tried all 3 that came in the package.

Is this a disc problem or do I need to send the camera in for repair?

Any help is appreciated.

Welcome aboard to the CD Freaks forum :slight_smile:

Unfortunately, the camcorder model you have is incapable of recording to DVD-RW media. Going by the specification, you will need to obtain 8cm 1.4GB DVD-RAM or DVD-R media for recording. While DVD-RAM media is rewritable media, you need a compatible DVD player or PC drive to read back this media, since the majority of DVD players and PC DVD drives will not read DVD-RAM media. Note that if you use DVD-R media, this media needs to be finalised first before it can be played back in a DVD player or on the PC.

So basically I have the wrong disc type, correct?

I’m a little confused what you mean by “finalised first before it can be played back” What does this mean and how do I finalise it?

Thanks for your help.