This probably means that I'll need a new one which I can't afford so all the DVDs in my house just turned into Frisbees well, not quite, I do have a handful of computers that don't work. Like this one currently sitting in god knows how many pieces while I sit in a very strange and uncomfortable position in order to use a leg rest as a table to type on it while I look into the miscolored screen. So some of them should in theory work on the broken computers. Sort of. After a fashion.
None of that is my primary concern. I've never been a stickler for high quality so I can fit 3 movies on a DVD if they're two hours. For what it's worth, I'm historically normal for valuing length over quality. If people had preferred quality Betamax would have beaten VHS.
So you can't just
All of which is to say, recording onto DVDs tends to leave me with a pile of unfinalized DVDs that are waiting to be finalized in a finalizing session.
Finalizing is important because DVD player/recorder making companies are evil. They could have gotten together and made a standard in process format so that anything could read a DVD recorded by one of their machines whether it is finalized or not. Instead they collectively decided that no player should be able to read a DVD it has not personally recorded unless said disk is finalized.
Which means that even if I get a new DVD player, or if I get my laptops to start working reliably, a lot of my DVDs are still going to be Frisbees unless I:
1 Find a way to finalize DVDs in general. I seem to recall that some not-free I-can't-afford-it burning software had done that so it is, in theory at least, possible.
2 Buy the exact same type of DVD player/recorder that I have right now and finalize every unfinalized disk using that. This is again in the realm of: I can't afford it.
Anyone know of a way to finalize DVDs so you can access their content when you don't have access to a working version of the machine that recorded them?
Pretty sure that I asked this before.