Also, be sure the Sony likes your dvd-r media. Sometimes you have to try another make media or even dvd+r.
I've got a JVC model gz-mg30u camcorder and I'm trying to transfer some home movies over to a Sony Directdrive dvd burner in order to burn them on a dvd. I initially bought the JVC sharestation dvd burner thinking that it would work with my camcorder, but after trying to get it to work unsuccessfully I was told that it only works on about 3 JVC models. Then, I purchased the Sony dvd burner which I'm told works with about every camcorder brand out there and as of yet I am still unable to successfully transfer a movie to dvd. I have tried using the USB hook up which it explains in the directions to use, as well as, the S-video cable and was going to try the DV cable, but JVC's dv input is larger than the standard 4-pin input the Sony and everyone else uses and am unable to find a cable or adapter to make this work. Moreover, the Sony dvd burner about 4 steps into the burning process says "insert blank disk" even though I already have a dvd-r loaded in it. Also, the Sony dvd burner instructions instruct you to put the camera in "dvd burn" mode which I have yet to find on my JVC. Any ideas as to what I'm doing wrong or if the dvd burner I have will work? JVC tech line spoke of an Apacer dvd burner that they used, but I'm told they don't make it anymore. I'm green when it comes to working with this kind of technology any help will be greatly appreciated.