The Sony DVDirect VRD-MC3 allows both video
and digital photos to be recorded to DVD without requiring a PC. The VRD-MC3
features audio/video inputs on one side for direct connection of a camcorder,
VCR, or DVR for easy direct recording of video to DVD. On the other side, the
VRD-MC3 also incorporates memory card slots for the 5 most popular camera memory
cards and will directly record images from the memory card to DVD as a slideshow
or just for photo storage. The unit's 2.5" color LCD screen makes it easy to
preview video or view up to 4 digital pictures at a time. Enhanced connection to
Sony HDD Handycam camcorders through the unit's USB port allows all the video on
the Handycam to be recorded to DVD (full mode), or only new video shot since the
last DVD burn (incremental mode) at up to 6x speed. The VRD-MC3 supports 16:9
Wide Aspect and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound, taking full advantage of
today's advanced camcorders. You can also connect the VRD-MC3 to your Windows XP
or 2000 PC through the unit's USB port and make copies of your home video DVDs
via the supplied CD-ROM with Nero software.
Auto Setup Navigation:
The Sony DVDirect VRD-MC3 automatically detect inserted memory cards and
disc and input signals from connected devices. It then displays a message
prompting the next necessary operation while preparations for recording are made
without any complicated button operation.
2.5" Color LCD: The
Sony VRD-MC3 features a large 2.5" color LCD screen for displaying menu options
and for previewing photos or video that have been recorded by the unit or photos
stored on and inserted memory card. You can view up to 4 digital pictures a one
Compatible DVD Discs:
The DVDirect recorder is cable of recording up to 2,000 digital pictures in JPEG
format or up to 12 hours of video in MPEG-2 format onto a DVD-video disc. The
recorder supports DVD+/-R, DVD+/-RW and DVD+ DL discs as a stand alone unit.
Inputs: The VRD-MC features the following A/V inputs on the left hand side
of the unit.
Type-A USB connector for connection of your HDD
or DVD camcorder.
4-pin iLink connector for connection of a
digital video camera.
S-video connector for connection of a video
camera or Super VHS player.
- Composite Video:
Composite RCA video connector for
connection to a video device such as a video camera or VCR.
- Analog Stereo:
Left and Right audio RCA connectors
for connection of a video camera or VCR.
Memory Stick Slots:
The DVDirect unit features the following memory card slots on the right hand
side of the unit.
- Memory Stick Duo
Slot: Used for Memory Stick Duo and Memory Stick Duo Pro cards.
- Multi-Card Slot:
Used for Memory Stick, Memory Stick
Pro, SD and xD picture cards.
- CF Slot:
Used for Compact Flash memory cards.
The Sony VRD-MC3 features five record quality settings to use when creating a
video DVD. This setting only applies to Full Recording and Normal Video
- High Quality (HQ):
Single layer (1 hour), Dual layer (2 hours)
Quality (HSP): Single layer (1.5
hours), Dual layer (3 hours)
- Standard Quality
(SP): Single layer (2 hours), Dual
layer (4 hours)
- Low Quality (LP):
Single layer (3 hours), Dual layer (6
Quality: Single layer (6 hours), Dual
layer (12 hours)
Types of Recording:
The Sony VRD-MC3 features seven types of
recordings for creating video and photo DVDs.
- DVD Video Burn:
This mode allows you to record video from an HDD camcorder onto a disc by
simply pressing the DVD BURN button on the camera or Handycam Station.
- Full Video
Recording: This mode allows you to record video onto a DVD from a
digital video camera connected to the DVDirect with a single tough of the
Record button. The entire video content of the source will be recorded. The
VRD-MC3 controls the camera during the entire process and completes creating
of the video DVD. The completed DVD is automatically finalized, allowing
immediate playback on DVD players.
- Incremental Video
Recording: This mode allows you to record the content of an HDD
camcorder connected via a USB cable onto a disc. Using this mode, you can
record only the newly taken contents of a camera whose previous contents
have already been recorded onto a disc.
- Consolidation Video
Recording: This mode allows you to
record the contents of multiple 8-cm discs from a DVD camcorder onto the
corresponding number of 12-cm discs.
- Normal Video
Recording: This mode allows you to
create a video DVD using the Record button on the DVDirect unit and the
play, pause and stop buttons on the device connected to the DVDirect. You
can record from any video device with a video output connector.
- All Photo Recording:
This method allows you to select at
once all of the photos (taken with a digital camera) stored on a memory card
or all the photos on the hard disk of an HDD camcorder and record them onto
a DVD with one touch of a button. You can record up to 2,000 photos.
- Photo Select
Recording: This method allows you to
select only the photos (taken with a digital camera) that you want to record
from a memory card and record them onto a disc.
images taken with a DVD camcorder and stored on an 8-cm disc cannot be
recorded onto a disc with the DVDirect. Also, when recording still
images from an HDD camcorder onto a disc, only the still images stores
in the camera are available for recording. In addition, you cannot
record both the video and still images stored in the camera onto a disc
at the same time.
Types of Photo DVDs:
The following types of photo DVD can be created with the DVDirect.
- Photo Backup:
This mode allows you to store photos (JPEG
files) taken with a digital camera or HDD camcorder on a DVD disc. You can
view the photo backup DVD created with the DVDirect in the display window or
view it using the DVD drive of a computer.
- Photo Slideshow:
This mode allows you to view the
recorded photos as a slideshow. The DVDirect creates a new chapter every 10
photos. You can play the slideshow DVD with commercial DVD players and even
include background music using the unit's preset background music setting
(off, Relaxation, POP or Whistle).
USB Speed: In
addition to real-time recording, when recording from an HDD or DVD camcorder
connected via a USB cable, the length of time required for recording depends on
the Record Mode setting used to shoot the video and the number of scenes the
video contains. The chart below provides a general estimate of time required to
record a 1-hour video containing one scene on a disc.
|Camcorder Type/Recording Mode
||approx. 30 minutes (1/2 of video
||approx. 60 minutes (almost equal to
||approx. 20 minutes (1/3 of video
||approx. 40 minutes (2/3 of video
||approx. 10 minutes (1/6 of video
||approx. 20 minutes (1/3 of video
Operation: The DVDirect can be used as a high speed DVD/CD drive with
Hi-speed USB 2.0 interface when connected to a computer via the supplied USB
cable. The DVDirect supports high speed recording to the following disc formats
and high speed reading of the following the discs.
- Max Read Speeds:
DVD-Video (6x), CD-DA (8x), DVD-ROM (16x), CD-ROM (40x)
- Max Write Speeds:
DVD-RW (6x), DVD+RW, DVD+/-R DL (8x), DVD+/-R (16x), CD-RW (24x), CD-R
Auto Stop Timer: You
can select a preset time used to stop recording automatically when creating a
video DVD. You can choose from off, 30min, 60min, 90min, 2hr, 3hr, 4hr, 6hr, or
8hr. This setting only applies to Full Recording and normal Video Recording
Aspect Ratio: The
Sony VRD-MC3 can record in either a 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratio to match your
recorded source and playback display.
Dolby Digital Compatible:
The VRD-MC3 can record Dolby Digital 2-channel or 5.1 channels surround from
Dolby Digital supported camcorders.
Titles And Chapters:
When you create a video DVD with the DVDirect, titles and chapters are created
- Normal Video or DV
Recording: Titles are created between
the points where you start and stop a recording on the DVDirect. Chapters
are created according to the Auto Chaptering setting (off or every 5, 10, or
- HDD or DVD USB
Recording: Titles are created at
points in the video where the date recorded, REC mode (HQ, SP, LP), or
aspect ratio (4:3 or 16:) are changed. Chapters are created for each scene
taken with the HDD or DVD camcorder (scenes are created each time recording
is started and then stopped).
Note: Up to
49 titles per disc and 99 chapter per title can be created.
DVD Menus: The
DVDirect will record a DVD menu at the beginning of disc recorded. The DVD menu
is displayed each time a DVD is inserted into a DVD player and serves as a title
page or table of contents for the video DVD. You can create DVDs that display
thumbnail images of titles in their menu screen. You can select from four
different menu styles (1-4) when creating video DVDs.
Color System: The
Sony DVDirect supports both NTSC and PAL color systems. You can select which one
to use in the unit's menu.
The DVD recorder features 10 different language displays to choose from,
including English, French and Spanish.
You can direct print from the VRD-MC3
when connected to a Pictbridge compatible photo printer using the supplied USB
cable. You can directly print from a memory card or photo DVD inserted in the
The supplied CD-ROM's bundled Nero
software allows you to create or play back CDs and DVDs on your Windows PC from
the DVDirect via an USB connection. You will need the following system
- OS: Windows 2000
SP4 or Windows XP Home/Professional SP2
- CPU: Pentium
III, 800 MHz or higher (Pentium 4, 2 GHz or higher recommended)
- RAM: 256 MB (512
MB or more recommended)
- Hard Disk: 1 GB
(10 GB for DVD creation) free hard disk pace or more recommended
Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0 compliant) port