my friend from Japan recorded some episodes of Japanese TV onto a DVD-R using a DVD recorder that attaches to his TV (no computers involved here). of course, they dont play on my R1 DVD player, for whatever reason, but what actually concerns me is that the discs appear to have no files on them. despite the fact that i can easily see that something has been recorded to the disc by physically looking at the bottom of it, when i insert it in my DVD-ROM, windows reports that its empty. i even switched my DVD-ROM to region 2 to see if that made a difference, despite the fact that i wasnt yet trying to play any video from it, and it still had no files. my friend claims that it his recorder works fine for recording and viewing his recroded shows. since i have no region 2 or recording hardware at all, i have a few questions:
-should i be able to see any files on the DVD with my DVD-ROM, if not why? is it a regional thing or related to the method of its authoring?
-if the DVD wasnt authored by a corporation, wouldnt it be ALL region anyway?
any answers or additional instight is greatly appreciated. thank you