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
- Playback/viewing on built in 2.5” LCD display, only discs created by
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- Brand Name: Sony
- Model Number: VRDMC5
- Hard Disk Size: 320 GB
- Manufacturer Warranty Description: 1 Year
- Hard Disk Description: External hard drive
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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Recorder is good for as a used item. Suffiicient for my purposes.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
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