Toshiba Digital Video Recorders with a built-in DVD burner feature automatic finalization when the machine finishes burning content to the disc. However, the disc must be full for the auto-finalize function to work. When recorded programs are burned to a DVD but do not fill the disc to capacity, the disc must be finalized manually. Finalization is the process of closing the disc so it cannot be recorded over, and encoding the disc so it can be played on components other than the Toshiba.
Record content to a blank DVD using the one-touch record operation on the Toshiba, then wait for the display panel to report the recording is complete.
Wait for the control panel to display the auto-finalize message. If it does not, the disc is not full and must be manually finalized.
Press the "Setup" button in the lower right-hand corner of the remote control, select "Disc" and press "Enter."
Use the up and down arrow keys to highlight "Finalize" then press "Enter" to display a confirmation window.
Use the up and down arrow keys to select "Yes" then press "Enter." Wait for the "Finalization Complete" message to display before removing the DVD.
Use discs formatted DVD-RW, which Toshiba DVRs will support. Other types of recording discs may or may not work, and the DVR may have trouble formatting the discs for recording.
Unplugging or turning off the Toshiba DVR, or attempting to remove the disc at any time during finalization will ruin the recording and require a new, blank DVD.