I'm trying to record from a canon Hi8 camcorder (about 5 years old) to a Panasonic E55 via the front L2 channel. I encountered 2 problems: One: If I record using the XP mode, then I can't finalize the disc. The mahine freezes during the "finalizing" phase. None of the buttons repond. The only way to get it back is to disconnect it from power. I tried this 4 times. Gave up. Two: If I record using the SP mode then sometime during recording it will go into "Self Check" mode and kick the disc out. In this mode, 1 out of 6 tries succeed and I can finalize the disk and play it in a different DVD player. I'm using TDK DVD-R 8X 4.7G. Here is what seems to work without problems: I have a Sony dvd player connected to L1 (at the back) and I can reliably make copies of the 2 dvds I succeeded in copying from the camcorder (from 2 above). Advice or thoughts to help me get by these problems will be highly appreciated.