Sony has the potential to make this device the be-all for creating DVDs from existing video content, but the standards mess gets in the way.
For example, you may have to “finalize” the disc before playing it on normal DVD players – a one- to 60-minute process in which the deck seals the disc. Then again, you may not. Here’s what the manual says for each format:
“DVD-RW VR: Finalizing is unnecessary when playing a disc on VR format compatible equipment. You may need to finalize the disc depending on the DVD equipment. You can edit or record on the disc even after finalizing. DVD+RW: Finalizing is unnecessary. However, you may need to finalize the disc for certain DVD equipment. You can edit or record on the disc even after finalizing. DVD-RW Video: Finalizing is necessary when playing on equipment other than this recorder. After finalizing, you cannot edit or record on the disc.” And then there’s a note: “Discs may not play even when the discs are finalized.”
If you can make heads or tails of that, there’s a job waiting for you on the United Nations translation team.