Sony DVDirect DVD Recorder VRDMC5
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- Full support for 4:3 full screen or 16:9 wide screen video and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound.
- Playback/viewing on built in 2.5"LCD display
- Record AVCHD video from Sony HDD/MemoryStick Handycam Camcorder to DVD
- Record video to DVD from DV or analog video source
- Backup digital photos to DVD or create photo slideshow on DVD from Memory card or Sony HDD/Memory Stick Handycam camcorder via USB
- Record video to DVD from DV or analog video source – Playable in most home DVD players
- Record AVCHD video from Sony HDD/MemoryStick Handycam Camcorder to DVD playable in most Blu-ray Disc™ players
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Sony's newly re-styled DVDirect DVD recorder, the VRD-MC5, allows home video and digital photos to be recorded to DVD without a PC. The VRD-MC5 can be connected to virtually any camcorder, VCR, even Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) for direct recording of video to standard DVDs playable on most consumer DVD players. The MC5 also incorporates memory card slots for the 5 popular camera memory card types and will directly record images from the memory card to DVD as a playable slideshow or just for photo storage. The built in 2.5" color LCD screen makes it easy to preview video or view up to 6 digital pictures at a time. The VRD-MC5 thrusts DVDirect into the high definition world by supporting transfer of AVCHD video to DVD. AVCHD is a high definition camcorder format supported by some Sony Handycam camcorders. For example, high definition AVCHD video can be transferred from Sony hard disk or Memory Stick based Handycam camcorders to DVD in native 1080i resolution and played back on most Blu-ray Disc players /recorders and other compatible devices. The VRD-MC5 can also transfer video from Sony standard definition and AVCHD HDD/MemoryStick Handycam camcorders at up to 6X speed, which translates to 1 hour of video recorded in about 10 minutes. Record all the video to DVD from Sony HDD/MemoryStick Handycam camcorders, just selected scenes, even just the video shot since the last DVD burn. Full support for 4:3 full screen or 16:9 wide screen video and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound.
30 days warranty, no return policy for video equipment.
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3" / 7 cm
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Then my buddy told me about hardware DVD burners but it turns out that they are very hard to come any longer. Luckily Amazon came to the rescue, and I took a risk on a used piece of hardware. Boy am I glad I did! What I received was a beautiful and fully functional device that was exactly what I had hoped for. With this device, you can throw in a quality DVD+/-RW into it (I had success with the Maxell 634045 4.7Gb Dvd+Rw Disc Slim Jewel, available on Amazon), let your tape spool out through your player/camera, and let the hardware do the work. Then you throw the disc into your computer and rip it, then do it all over again. My old tapes are saved!
I'm very happy with this piece of hardware and buying used on Amazon. I've been using this for over a month and have already converted about 20% of my massive tape collection. I love it - thank you Amazon!
The Second task was handled fairly well although I had quite a few coasters, maybe one out five using TDK -R. There may glitch in that I noticed that it doesn't recognize blue screen as not receiving a video input although it did when receiving handycam video. The result was it would keep recording until there was no room and when it came to finalize it would spin and spin and then say failed to record. This happened several times when I walked away entirely. There is an auto stop setting that seems to work. I'm not sure yet if it was coincidence or a bug. I did notice though I had no problems when I was on hand and hit stop before the disk was full.
One other annoyance was that the box did not recognize my USB connection nor is it able to download videos stored on Compact Flash.
On the whole though it's great and could be made even better with a few tweaks.
Connect video inputs, insert a blank DVD, choose a format (wait a few while the format is written) hit the red button, and walk away.
The formats include a standard, long and extended format which trades off quality for length. There are other options including an HD capability that I have yet to explore. Video can be previewed prior to finishing (closing off the disc). Elapsed time is available and a video transfer can be paused if really needed to cut embarrassing sections.
Both PAL and NTSC are supported - great for sending DVD's overseas.
My only complaints are that you can't watch a regular DVD on this unit and it does not have audio output so monitoring sound is impossible. These drawbacks seem so trivial - its hard to comprehend how Sony could have left them out. But at the price I paid I have no serious complaints.
Quality is excellent, and I've come to expect that from Sony.
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.The unit is so compact the you can bring it anywhere ans is lightweight.