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Sony VBD-MA1 DVDirect MA1 MultiFunction Blu-Ray Disc/DVD Recorder

3.6 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
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  • Records high-definition video from Sony AVCHD camcorders/cameras
  • 2.7" LCD screen
  • Real-time DVD recording from camcorder, VCR & DVR
  • Built-in slots for Memory Stick & SD Cards
  • Connects to computer for use as an external Blu-ray Disc writer
  • Record HD video from Sony AVCHD camcorders/cameras
  • 2.7-inch LCD screen to preview videos and photos
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Product Description

Save your home videos and photos onto Blu-ray Disc media without a PC. From video tapes to digital images, the VBD-MA1 preserves your memories quickly and easily. Record high-definition AVCHD video from your camera or camcorder. Built-in slots accept multiple memory cards. Preview videos and photos on the 2.7-inch LCD screen.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 10.8 x 7.6 x 4.1 inches
Item Weight 2.8 pounds
Shipping Weight 2.8 pounds
ASIN B004LQ1LLG
Item model number VBD-MA1
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3.6 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #161 in Electronics > Televisions & Video > Blu-ray Players & Recorders
Date first available at Amazon.com February 26, 2011

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I have been archiving my work on DVD-DLs for a while, but now my files have gotten too big so I wanted a Blu-ray burner for my 2011 MacBook Pro to Archive on. Had a hard time finding one as Apple doesn't seem to promote optical backups. Decided to try the Sony VBD-MA1 and to my surprise it worked on first try. The Mac recognized immediately. I use Toast to burn and it was easy and fast. I recommend this any Mac user.
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If you do not have a Sony Handycam, you will not be able to record your HD video onto a dvd or blu-ray disc. Any other camcorder has to be connected via RCA yellow video composite cable. I also tried an SC memory card from my canon HD camcorder in the memory card slot but it didn't record anything despite the message from the unit that recording was complete. This is a Sony-specific product.
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I bought a Sony HandyCam HDR CX-130 Camcorder, the lowest priced Sony HD Camcorder. It's $150 less than the 160G unit. Well with a 16G Class 4 SD card I can record 2 hours of HD video. I used the $150 I saved to buy this unit. This unit is amazing. It can put my 2 hour HD video on a Blu Ray or DVD. Also i have the added extras. I can record from any source. I just transfered several VHS tapes to DVD at a cost of $0.25 per 2 hour video. Also, I can place a SD card full of photos iinto this thing and burn a 4.7G DVD of those photos. Great when traveling. This unit is very portable. I also tranfered several hours of my old miniDV home nmovies to DVD. I am amazed at the quality of the video transfers.

Took it on Vacation and immediately burned my movies in the RV. Put the SD card back into the camera to take more movies.
It's exactly what I was looking for. Using the HandyCam's highest HD setting it will record 2 hours of video on a 16G SD card and then the Recorder will transfer those 2 hours of HD video to a Blue Ray.

The Good
1. Highest quality video recording I can find.
2. Easy to use, idiot proof.
3. Portable
4. Works with any Video input. Composite, SD card, DV
5. Archives Photos in a snap to a DVD or Blu Ray
6. Can copy my 3D photos to DVD, I needed that option.

The Bad
1. no HDMI input
2. Can't record 3D Video.
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I've read some of the negative reviews here but Sony's VBD-MA1 is perfection (and I'd be the first to pick on Sony). It's right out-of-the-box and operating within minutes and burning fabulous Blu-Ray 1080i HD.

Carefully read the SPECS before you buy it. Some said it would not work with a Canon camcorder but mine did with ease. Sony's PMB quickly found the Canon, some quick device driver software added and then using Sony's PMB software, it took the files and burned them onto Blu-Ray disc. In HD from a AVCHD format camcorder.

It is a bit noisy as several have said here but nothing excessive. It's heavy enough not to slide around but as said it is just too easy to use right out of the box.

Too many of us are new to buring AVCHD 1080 HD format so I'd suggest you buy both a rewritable and once-use disc. They can be pricey! Use the rewritable first to be sure you are compliant with your camcorder, computer and the VBD-MA1 as well. Also keep in mind that some of the less expensive brands of discs are sub-par low quality disc. Sony's own label and Panasonic's label handled the deck well whereas Kodak and Memorex did not always.

Great item! It burns other formats as well and also worked with Pinnacle/Avid software with ease (if you are editing). It also features Direct Burns as well.

Well worth its $300.00 price tag but Amazon had it for $199 and Prime as well! That's a great deal.
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I've been waiting for a product like this for awhile.

-Burn to Blu-ray discs
-Great HD quality
-It's really simple to use
-Compact design

I bought this cause I have a HD camcorder and the built-in 120 gb hard drive has reached it's capacity. Now I can record and save my videos to blu-ray discs. Before this product, I had to burn to DVDs and that nullified the HD quality of my videos. I highly reccomend this product to anyone that wants to burn their HD videos to Blu-ray discs.
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First of all, I admit that I wanted the Sony VBD-MA1 for one reason and one reason only: to transfer my home videos from my HD camcorder onto HD Blu-Ray disc. That being said, it works perfectly for that use for me!

I own a Canon Vixia HF R10 camcorder, which records in the AVCHD mode, and saves onto SD cards. I do not yet have any kind of Blu-Ray burner on my home computer, but from past experiences of using the computer to create DVD-Rs using videos from my old camcorder, I learned it can take time, time, time on your computer to create the DVD-R disc that can you can play in your DVD player. Time during which I cannot use my computer for any other purpose. After I purchased my Canon video camera months back, I wondered (after I planned to purchase burner, software) just how much wasted time it would take to create a BD-R in high definition video on the computer.

But then along comes the Sony VBD-MA1 and makes life simple! I just remove the SD card from my Canon, insert it into the MA1, insert a blank BD-R, and a few hours later, I am ready to watch my home movies in HD on my Blu-Ray player on my HDTV! And all the while my computer is free to use. What could be simpler???!!??

I read one review that complained of noise, but on my unit the loudest noise that you can hear is the quiet whirring of a small 1" fan that is on the back of the unit. Even if you can hear the quiet whirring of a small 1" fan during disc creation, so what?? This machine gets the job done!

I was worried about the MA1's compatibility with my Canon, but after the first time I tried it I found there was no problem at all.
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