Sony has debuted a new DVDirect DVD recorder which wan burn both digital photos and home videos to DVD discs without the need for a computer. Like the presently available VRD-VC20 model, the new VRD-MC1 recorder can transfer home video footage in real-time from a camcorder or VCR tape to a DVD without a computer, and also enables "computer free" recording of digital
still images directly from memory cards to DVD as a slideshow for playback on
most home DVD players and PC DVD-ROM drives.
The new recorder can also be directly connected to PictBridge
compatible photo printers for printing individual digital pictures from a
memory card or from a DVD disc.
One side of the new DVDirect model incorporates digital and analog
video/audio inputs, enabling direct connection of a camcorder or VCR to
transfer tape-based videos to DVD. On the other side, it sports slots for
five of the most popular digital camera memory cards, allowing you to take
pictures from your digital camera and create a slideshow on a DVD disc, all
without a computer.
For home video transfers, the VRD-MC1 includes a digital video (DV) input
(i.LINK/FireWire/IEEE 1394) that allows for quick and easy high-quality
video transfers from a digital camcorder, including full camcorder control
from the DVDirect recorder in synchronized recording mode. It also has analog
S-Video and Composite Video inputs.
The new model can record digital still images directly from a Memory
Stick and Memory Stick Duo storage media, Compact Flash, Secure
Digital (SD), and xD cards to a DVD, creating a slideshow that can be played
back on a DVD player, or simply used as a backup DVD of the images for storage
or printing. When recording digital images, the DVDirect recorder keeps the
JPEG files in their original high resolution format, and is capable of
printing them directly from a photo DVD to a PictBridge-enabled printer.
The VRD-MC1 features a two-inch color LCD screen for previewing video and
images when used in stand-alone mode. It can burn up to 12 hours of
high-quality hardware encoded MPEG-2 video on DVD+R DL Double Layer discs, or
up to six hours of video or up to 2,000 photos onto supported standard single
layer discs. These discs can then be played back and enjoyed on most home DVD
players or computer DVD-ROM drives.
The new DVDirect recorder (model VRD-MC1) will be available early next
month for $299. Pre-orders are now being accepted on SonyStyle.com. Sony
will continue to offer the existing video-only VRD-VC20 model for about $230.