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Sony VRDMC3 DVDirect DVD Recorder

3.6 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews
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  • Makes home movie DVDs you can easily share and enjoy
  • Connects directly to your camcorder or VCR, no PC required
  • Compatible wtih i.LINK/FireWire through DV input
  • Records on DVD+R/+RW discs and DVD+R DL double layer discs
  • Can also be connected to computer via USB 2.0 connection for up to 16x DVD burning
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model Number: VRDMC3
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: 1 Year
  • Hard Disk Description: External hard drive
  • Width: 8.03 inches
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Product Description

The VRD-MC3 is the next generation in DVDirect DVD recorders. Easily transfer home video and digital photos to DVD without a PC. Connect virtually any camcorder, VCR or Digital Video Recorder (DVR) and record video to DVD in real time. Insert a Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo, Secure Digital (SD), xD Picture card or Compact Flash (CF) memory card into the MC3 recorder and record digital pictures directly to DVD as a slideshow, or for photo storage. Enhanced connectivity to the HDD Handycam family will record all video to DVD (full mode) or just whats new from your last DVD burn (incremental mode). Using a USB cable, you can connect to Windows XP/2000 PC to make DVD copies to share.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 11 x 12 x 14 inches
Item Weight 5.8 pounds
Shipping Weight 5.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Item model number VRDMC3
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3.6 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #78,132 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
#56 in Electronics > Televisions & Video > DVD Players & Recorders > DVD Recorders
Date first available at Amazon.com July 7, 2004

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By R. Jenkins on February 15, 2007
I received the Sony VC30 model for Christmas, and enchanged it for the MC3 to get the color screen (and glad I did). I was a bit leary after reading the reviews here, but I've just finished converting our entire collection of home movies from VHS, 8mm, hi8 and miniDV tapes to DVD.

I've used only Sony brand, single-layer blanks (both +R and -R, but +R seems to yield better playback) and have had no problems. I've made close to 200 DVDs with only two "coasters" that would not finalize after recording. I've done most of my recording on the SP mode, putting two hours on a DVD. After testing different settings, I couldn't tell any difference (viewed on 55" and 32" TVs) between the HQ and SP settings for my older videos (some 25 years old), but could definitely tell on the newer recordings, especially those with a lot of motion (such as water skiing and other sports). So for those, I chose only the HQ setting.

All recording is done in real time, and there have been weekend days when the thing has been going all day and evening. I've connected it to a VCR, and 8mm and miniDV camcorders. When using the VCR, the color screen on the MC3 is very handy. Using an S-cable yields slightly better picture than standard video cables. For the miniDV camcorder, I use firewire and this has an added benefit of recording only the recorded video on the camcorder, shutting off when the recorded video ends. (When using a VCR or older camcorder, you have to watch for it to end and manually turn off the burn.)

The menus the MC3 creates are fine for my purposes. It will create a new "title," which shows up as a separate "window" on the start-up menu, every time the MC3 is stopped (if you just pause it, it won't create a new title).
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I bought this item at Costco since I wanted to transfer my old 8mm Video camcorder tapes into a digital format using DVD. I didn't want to load any new software on my PC and was intrigued by the ability of this device to be used without a PC.

The best feature on this device is that it's easy to use. I had no problem formatting and recording to my 4.6gig R+ DVD's. I also
liked the fact that it can record from many different devices (memory sticks, Hard disk drive Camcorders, etc...)

I found the recording time to be slow-- taking 1 hour to record an entire 4.6gig DVD. But I believe this is a function of my 8mm Video camcorder and not the VRDMC3 recorder (I can't figure out how any marketing person can name a device "VRDMC3 DVDirect DVD Recorder")

I found the viewing screen on the VRDMC3 to be small. I would prefer to see a larger image. The devices touts that you can create could "Titles" and "Chapters" on your DVDs. Titles and Chapters allow you to skip to these regions on the DVD after recording-- much like the "Add-ons" and "Extras" you see with rented movie DVDs. I could not get this feature to work without stopping the VRDMC3 in mid-recording mode and re-starting.

I didn't like the fact that the counter on the VRDMC3 records how much time elapsed-- versus how much time is left to record on the DVD. If you stop the VRDMC3 in mid-play, the counter resets, so you never know exactly how much time is left until the DVD is full.

I also had problems with playing back the DVD's (made by TDK) on my TV. The DVD would freeze and the playback was jittery at times. Even though the TDK +R DVDs are approved by Sony, I switched to Memorex DVDs and the problem went away.

If you want a simple, easy to use way to make copies of your older format 8mm video tapes, this device works. It can also be used as a DVD recorder on your PC. There aren't many bells and whistles, but it works fine and gets the job done.
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I received my Sony VRD-MC3 unit this afternoon. I immediately hooked it up to my Sony DV Camera (Model DCR-TRV900), using a Sony i.LINK cable (#VMC-IL4415/IL4435/2DV/4DViLINK).

Once connected, all I had to do was push one button to copy DV tapes onto DVDs. I copied three 60-minute DV tapes onto Sony 1x-16x DVD-R blanks (#10DMR47l4) and experienced no problems whatsoever. I tried the DVD copies on three different DVD players and they worked perfectly.

Image quality was every bit as good as the original tapes and looked really sharp on our Panasonic 50" plasma TV. One of the DV tapes was of my granddaughter's recent school band concert and the sound quality of the DVD copies was excellent.

I can't imagine how this type of transfer could get any easier!
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First let me say, this would have been a five star product if it was small enough to take on vacations. The unit is on the bigger side, similar to a thick laptop, and it can not run off of batteries. Too bad, this would have made a great way to save your memories if ever on an extended vacation or if your hard drive gets full.

I bought this model to go along with my Sony DCR-SR100 hard drive camcorder. I chose this model over the VRD-MC1 because this model supports wide screen and 5.1 dolby digital sound. This model also has a USB connection and the MC1 does not. Since Sony is not including firewire ports on their HDD Camcorders, the MC3 is my only real option besides downloading and using a computer.

I connected my camcorder, via the USB2 wire/port (my camcorder and the MC3 recognized each other immediately) and simply dropped in a DVD, selected if I wanted to record my camcorder's entire hard drive or parts that have not yet been recorded (Sony calls it the incremental recording feature), and then pushed the record button. After that, the screen tells you how many DVD's it will take to record the video and gives you a constant percentage throughout its progress.

I played the DVD's using my Samsung, Toshiba, and Panasonic DVD Players, no issues with compatibility. The picture and sound turned out great...much better than what I was hoping for. I was considering if HD camcorder/ burner was necessary for my 62" DLP screen, but the picture and sound turned out to be very respectable, especially for home movies.

I am very happy with this product and have used numerous kinds of DVD's to test it out. I have tried the TDK, Sony, Verbatim, and even Office Depot DVD's all without a problem.
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