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Sony DVDirect DVD Recorder VRDMC5

by Sony
239 customer reviews
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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
  • Playback/viewing on built in 2.5” LCD display, only discs created by
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model Number: VRDMC5
  • Hard Disk Size: 320 GB
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: 1 Year
  • Hard Disk Description: External hard drive
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Product Description

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.


Product Details

  • Item Weight: 3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B000SML2BQ
  • Item model number: VRDMC5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 2, 2004

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320 of 328 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 23, 2008
Okay - I love this item for what it can NOW do for me and how EASILY it finally ended up doing it. I gave it four instead of five stars because of what I had to DO to get it to work the way I needed it to.

I have fourteen years - wedding, holidays and 3 children - worth of Video Cassettes ranging from 1994 - Sony, HG120, NTSC, Video 8 tapes TO 2008 - Sony, Hi8MP Digital 8 tapes.

My old camera was a Sony and the current camera is also a Sony: Steady Shot Digital 8, Model DCR-TRV460.

The Sony VRD MC5 DV Direct DVID Recorder I have can, and NOW DOES, burn DVDs from my Sony Handycam with both types of tapes via a Sony DV Direct Cable. However - it did not, out of the box, purchased in December 2007, burn my old tape formats to DVD with Audio. The Audio was gone and I could not get it to burn!

I had to waste about ten DVDs trying to figure out what the heck I did wrong. I scoured the manual, I bought two types of DVDs, looked here on Amazon, went to the Sony site. NOTHING on WHY the audio was missing!

When I finally found a way to contact Sony - live chat did not work and I could not get anyone on the phone - via email they went back and forth with me in email telling me that the Software Version on the Recorder had to be updated. They gave me a link that I could not find by navigating the site on my own, thus needing their intervention. I found the download, and followed directions, I tried burning the file to CD in many different ways and STILL the software would not upgrade! They never called me or gave me a number, it took days to try to figure out what was happening and they finally told me how to call someone.

I did it again while I was on the phone with them.
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101 of 103 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Willis on November 12, 2007
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I wanted to transfer all my old VCR tapes and camcorder tapes of my daughter from years and years ago. I absolutely couldn't believe how easy it was to use. The LCD screen makes it really simple to see what you are recording. Not a lot of buttons to confuse a person. I've hook the VCR up to it and away it goes. I'll be glad when I'm all done with this project, but I 'll know all my memories are safely stored on DVDs. (So much cheaper than taking them to a camera shop!)I would definitely buy this model with the LCD screen as opposed to the previous model which did not have a screen. It's really helpful. Naturally, Amazon is awesome. Click the button, order it, and next thing you know, it's at your front door.
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171 of 179 people found the following review helpful By Jordan C. Fox on September 12, 2007
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This just arrived and if you are considering purchasing this item know that notwithstanding the description above this burner does not connect to a computer via USB port. Amazon says they got the description from Sony. Sony says Amazon has it wrong but confirms that it is not designed for a computer connection like their previous models.

I'm sure it will work fine as a stand-alone burner but I was disappointed that there was an explicit representation made in the description that is not accurate.
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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful By mark twain on September 30, 2007
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I bought this Sony DVD recorder a few weeks ago to transfer 10 years of family VHS, 8mm video, and mini DV to DVD's so I could then use Adobe Premiere Elements for editing, etc. I'm about halfway through the conversion process, and it's going like a breeze. Out of about 40 DVD's burned I've only had one get rejected with a "cannot record" message. The resulting files on the DVD are chopped into 1GB MPEG files that are recognized when I add them to the Premiere editor. Prior to trying the Sony I could find no information about what file format the DVD's would have...so I took a chance, and got lucky. The DVD files have an extension of VOB. I looked this up and it's just an MPEG2 video file...so that's why Adobe has no problem with it. It's great way to copy your family videos to DVD, and have the peace of mind that they will not be gone forever if your old VHS and 8 mm camcorders die. It would be a shame to have to buy an old format machine just to see (or eventually copy) your old media.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By G. G. RIVAS on March 31, 2008
This device was clearly created to copy bulk media from Sony cameras to DVD. Probably does that fine...I don't know since, like most people, that's not the exact hardware combination I have.

I wanted to cheaply convert my large VHS library to DVD. Old movies and tv shows recorded in the VHS days. But this only works in the trivial case: if you have a <60 min recording you insert a blank DVD start playing, hit record, format the disk when you're done and voila...success. As other reviewers note this does work fine and is very easy to use. So far so good.

BUT almost every other user scenario is a mess! It fails if:

(1) You have a long show and try to use a Double Layer disk the failure rate is ~90%. I have thrown out most of these very expensive discs. The Sony unit just fails and playback constantly shows "skipping over damaged area". Which means you have to use a normal 60 min disc at HALF resolution. As you can guess the VHS quality is already pretty low. I'll guess that I may never be able to watch these on the higher definition screens of tomorrow.

(2) You try to break a larger recording into pieces -- or create several titles on one disk from among the multiple recordings on a VHS tape. The Sony unit has a little screen (thank you) but no audio output. So, if you want to stop recording and create multiple titles you have to lean over and watch it like a cat watching a mouse hole. You might do this for a critical tape but while converting a library? Ridiculous!!! I've tried using a separate timer, etc., to warn me but this should be a built in process, not a parallel process. Be prepared to spend hundreds of low-quality hours providing the monitoring and control function that should have been included with this machine.
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