The Sony DVDirect VRD-MC3 DVD recorder aims to eliminate at least part of the process, the computer part. The Sony DVDirect VRD-MC3 DVD recorder is a combination DVD recorder and encoder that takes video content from almost any video source (it supports composite RCA cables, S-video, AV cables from a camcorder, and even a DV cable) and instantly burns the content on to a DVD. After connecting your video source and hitting play, you literally hit one button to begin recording to the DVD in real time.

After your video content is done, hit the eject button and the Sony DVDirect VRD-MC3 DVD recorder finalises the DVD if you want. The Sony DVDirect VRD-MC3 DVD recorder can also transfer digital photos from an attached digital camera, or transfer photos from a memory card (Memory Stick and Memory Stick Duo, Compact Flash, SD and xD-Picture cards are supported) and burn them on to a DVD.

If you own a Sony HDD Handycam or a regular Handycam DVD camcorder, you can burn directly from the camcorder or consolidate the Handycam's 3in discs to a full-size DVD. Photo DVDs can also be printed to a PictBridge compatible printer directly.

Setup is simple, if you have the proper cables for your video source (the system only includes a DV cable) it's a quick matter of connecting the video source, loading a blank DVD and hitting the play button (on your video source) and the record button (on the DVDirect).

The Sony DVDirect VRD-MC3 DVD recorder includes a USB cable if you want to connect it to a PC (along with Nero Essentials bundled software), but you can worry about that stuff later. The best use of the device is to easily convert all of those old tapes and put them onto DVDs. You can worry about editing the video later.

Sony DVDirect VRD-MC3 multifunction DVD recorder: Specs

  • 5.1-channel surround sound
  • 2-channel Dolby Digital
  • 16:9 (widescreen), 4:3 (full screen)
  • viewing on built-in 2.5in LCD display, only discs created by MC3 Photo Recording
  • 12hrs max recording time (per DVD)
  • DVD Video Creation = Recording Discs with USB source: DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD-RW
  • Recording Discs with DV/Analog: DVD+R, DVD+R DL2, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW. DVD Photo Creation = DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW Supported Photo File Format = JPEG, DCF 2.0 Compliant
  • 1 USB port
  • DV/Analog: MPEG-3 encoding
  • DVD+R DL2, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R DL2, DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-R, CD-RW, CD Read 40x, CD-R Write 40x1, CD-RW Write 24x1, DVD Read 16x, DVD+R DL Write 8x2, DVD+R Write 16x1, DVD+RW Write 8x1, DVD-R DL Write 8x2, DVD-RW Write 6x1
  • 5.1-channel surround sound
  • 2-channel Dolby Digital
  • 16:9 (widescreen), 4:3 (full screen)
  • viewing on built-in 2.5in LCD display, only discs created by MC3 Photo Recording
  • 12hrs max recording time (per DVD)
  • DVD Video Creation = Recording Discs with USB source: DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD-RW
  • Recording Discs with DV/Analog: DVD+R, DVD+R DL2, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW. DVD Photo Creation = DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW Supported Photo File Format = JPEG, DCF 2.0 Compliant
  • 1 USB port
  • DV/Analog: MPEG-3 encoding
  • DVD+R DL2, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R DL2, DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-R, CD-RW, CD Read 40x, CD-R Write 40x1, CD-RW Write 24x1, DVD Read 16x, DVD+R DL Write 8x2, DVD+R Write 16x1, DVD+RW Write 8x1, DVD-R DL Write 8x2, DVD-RW Write 6x1

OUR VERDICT

An unusual device, but an absolute winner at that. We really like the Sony DVDirect VRD-MC3 DVD recorder.

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