Yes, you will need to finalize the disc in the camera before the computer or the DVD player will recognize it. Also, if you shoot in VR mode instead of Video mode, I have heard that can cause problems with the computer recognizing the disc unless you have Windows XP with Service Pack 2. Also VR mode is not compatible with many DVD players. I have not even tried VR mode. Since I bought the Sony Vegas program, I can retrieve the video files and edit them just as easily as I could do a capture from the Hi8 DV camera with Pinnacle and edit them. I dont use Pinnacle anymore, just Vegas. It accepts more formats, Pinnacle is very limited.
Dell 4700 2.8GHZ CPU, 1GIG RAM, Windows XP Media Center S.P.2, Pentium 4 HT, 80 GIG SATA internal, 300 GIG SATA internal, 160 GIG IDE External, Dual Layer DVD-R/RW and second DVD/CD ROM. Dell 17" UltraSharp LCD. Klipsch Promedia 2.1 speakers.
Pinnacle 9 Studio
Windows Movie Maker
Vegas Movie Studio + DVD