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SONY 2-Tone 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM USB 2.0 External Multi-Function DVD Recorder Model VRDMC1

  • 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW
  • 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Kurt H.
  • 10/4/2006 4:41:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorked Right Out of the Box

Pros: We took it out of the box, plugged it in, connected the dv cable (4-pin to 4-pin iLink cable) to it, placed a dvd-r in it, started the camera and pressed record. It finished recording minute for minute with excellent quality. I worked exactly as advertised.

Cons: None yet; it's too new to know what we cannot do.

Other Thoughts: To move from a mini-dv tape in the camera to a dvd, you will need a 4-pin to 4-pin i.Link/1394/firewire cable. It does not come in the package. As usual, Newegg is the fastest at completing the order and getting to me. I ordered Monday evening 3day shipping and the box arrived Wednesday 11am. Stellar performance in a little more than 36 hours.

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  • Taras S.
  • 9/29/2006 11:51:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWas Hoping For The Best... But...

Pros: product looked great out of the box. redesigned and ready to show off the new features. LCD screen was a nice touch... but after that its all donwhill.

Cons: tried to burn DVD from TIVO via a decent quality RCA plugs, and then followed by SVHS cord, but the same poor results, heavily pixelated, audio drops, etc. Then tried DV cam connected with firewire and a live feed from the camara... same poor results.

Other Thoughts: I never ever got to try VHS to DVD which was the original reason for buying, but I will assume those results would be even worse. Very disappointed in Sony. Wish they would have worked out all the bugs before offering this product for sale. It should be as simple as plug and play... and not go buy 3 differenr cord for $xx- bucks, rewire everything and still not getting what you need,. bad job sony, sadly I'm returning my unit.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/6/2006 6:44:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent product!

Pros: I just got one of these babies. I am an IT professional and have the PC equipment for burning DVDs and capturing video, but I still felt that I wanted this unit.

The features that appealed to me were:
- 16x write speed
- Sony brand name
- DV input
- Dual Layer burning support
- Stand-alone mode (no PC needed)

I have this hooked up to my home theater. I have an HD setup and a Motorola 6412 Hi-Def DVR. So far I have been able to make excellent copies of kid's shows from Nick and Cartoon Network, etc, in the SLP format (6 hour record time). Those are GREAT for long trips with the portable DVD player.

I have also made excellent DVDs of my home movies shot with our Sony HC30 digital video camcorder. That's where the DV firewire (IEEE-1394) input comes in handy. You will have to buy a firewire cable if you don't already have one. I needed the 4 to 4 cable that has the mini d-shaped connectors on each end and I got that cheap from my favorite online auction site.

Cons: Honors analog copyprotection (aka Macrovision).

Other Thoughts: Now if you want to copy old VHS tapes that you have, or make backups of DVR'ed material then you may be out of luck as this unit does do a good job of honoring Macrovision copy protection when it detects it. I have been told there are "digital video stabilizer" like the "SIMA CT-2" (do a Google search) that will clean up the video signal and allow backup of your legally owned and obtained materials, so all is not lost in that area should you want to make backups of your old VHS tapes or make a backup of the Sopranos from your DVR.

Lastly, there are three different inputs: RCA composite video/audio (yellow, red, white plugs), S-Video and DV (firewire). I haven't tried S-Video, only the firewire and composite.

Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/24/2006 2:16:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsUpdated review to Excellent

Pros: User friendly controls. Hardware solution independent of computer means no hogging of system resources. When properly connected, consistent and reliable results.

Cons: Analog-to-digital conversion is unforgiving. I think this is the nature of the beast.

Other Thoughts: If I could, I'd delete my previous review. The stuttering and pixelating I experienced were due apparently to the source. For the analog inputs, your source player must be top quality, and your connectors must be perfect, preferrably fat cables. When I did this, the results were as advertized.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/22/2006 6:21:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggsDo not buy!

Pros: User friendly controls.

Cons: Despite the assurances of some here, I agree with those who warn against this product. It will not, repeat, WILL NOT reliably buirn DVDs from non-DV sources. Out of 15 DVDs recorded, fully one third are unaccepatable, with the stuttering and pixilation described here.

Other Thoughts: Since it is easy to transfer DV sources directly to your computer, and since this product is incapable of reliably burning from non-DV sources, and since Sony support doesn't exist, this is a waste of money.

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  • Jim W.
  • 6/30/2006 1:49:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsVHS to DVD? Steer Clear!

Pros: Many record inputs are offered. I like being able to transfer my miniDV movies from tape to DVD without use of a computer. Ditto for transfering pictures to DVD without a computer ... especially taking this device with me when away from home where I can dump a camera card contents to DVD and clear the card for more photos.

Cons: BUT! BUT! BUT! For all the good points, the main drawback for me is the inability to get good copies of the VHS tapes. I followed Sony Tech support advice from 3 calls and still no good. The videos from VHS that are tranfered to DVD are blurry, and the the contrast is terrible (washed out highlights and very muddy dark shadows). I've used multiple kinds of DVDs, multiple mfgrs of VCRs, all the highest record settings, high quality RCA cables, and playback on multiple mfgrs of DVD players. Without exception, the copies were always significantly degraded from the original and are unusable. Sony tech support seems unable to help.

Other Thoughts: If you are doing miniDV to DVD transfer for saving the tape mechanism in your camcorder, this unit is fine. Ditto for picture transfers. But steer clear of expecting even the lower quality SLP VHS output from a DVD transfer. It hasn't happened to me yet and I've used many DVDs and countless hours to try to find a way to make it work. Anybody with the same problem who found a way to make it work properly? PLEEASE write up your solution.

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  • Norman W.
  • 6/30/2006 11:41:58 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery Good

Pros: This burner is excellent.No coasters! Have only used it with my dell laptop to make 12-14 min movies. Worked flawlessly with Pinnacle 10.5. That's all any of us wants...plug and play not plug and pray!

Cons: The display screen on top of the burner can be difficult to see unless you are looking right down on it..but apart from that very minor gripe this product works great

Other Thoughts: wish it had IEEC1394 as well

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  • Brent P.
  • 6/26/2006 1:51:45 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVRD-MC1

Pros: It is a medium sized device with 4 types of inputs (USB, Audio-Video, Svideo and iLink) and lots of menu options to configure your recording. I have recored from Sony DCR-HC96 via iLink successfully with ZERO DVD Coasters, VHS to DVD (no pixelation problems at all), AND AND Comcast DVR to DVD for some golf shows and TV Series I wanted to store off of my DVR using the Audio-Video cable to the VRD-MC1. Computer connection is quick and easy with easy transfer of files from Compact flash to computer or to DVD. This has already saved me major time and made life easier from video editing.

Cons: No real complaints just suggestions for configuration ... Cables are sticket out of 2 sides so it is funky when using it at the computer but that's no big deal for all it's benefits. It does NOT allow you to record anything that broadcast a copyright signal... Just for kicks, I tried to record a couple movies off of the DVR to DVD and as advertised - it prevented it.

Other Thoughts: Sony makes stuff well. I didn't hav eany pixelation problems with the VHS --> DVD. matter of fact, the VRD-DC1 will allow you to select a quality level that gives you more recording space on the DVD or less based on your needs. Highest SLP setting didn't DRAMATICALLY reduce the quality (not digital quality any more) but you can get 5 hours of video on one DVD, that's great.

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  • Jeree L.
  • 6/7/2006 9:24:11 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: First of all, let me say Newegg is awsome! Their Sales, Service & Shipping were PERFECT Thank you! As for the Sony DVDirect VRD-MC1, I love this thing... hooked up directly to my VCR or Camcorder it works perfectly! Easy setup, easy to use, just set it up and walk away! I had no issues with firmware updates what so ever, out of the box plug n play no problems here! Great investment, I'll be converting all my VHS movies to DVD in no time at all!!!

Cons: None!!!!!

Other Thoughts: Just be aware that VHS tapes highest speed is SP. If your converting a movie thats 2 hrs. long from VHS Tape to DVD you will only be able to record on your DVD in SP not HQ. Recording times go hand in hand with Record Quality, don't be disappointed because you can't convert all your VHS to HQ quality.....If your movies were good enough to watch on your VCR in SP quality they will be good enough to watch on your DVD player in SP quality? If not, either invest in some DL DVDS or go buy the movie again, only this time on DVD, Good Luck!!!

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  • James D.
  • 5/22/2006 8:42:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsUse the DV input

Pros: Easy and quick, doubles as an external burner for computer. Good quality once I figured out the secret (use the DV input, and a camcorder in pass-thru mode rather than the analog inputs.)

Cons: Poor quality conversion of VHS (stuttering and pixelating) when directly connected to VCR. Sony tech support did not respond to my request for assistance.

Other Thoughts: When burning directly from VHS tapes, the DVDs exhibited a stuttering effect, very noticiable during any kind of motion. It would also tend to start pixelating the picture for one frame about once a second after several minutes of recording - totally unacceptable. It would not always be at the same spot, and once it started it continued until the end.
I upgraded the firmware and entered a problem report with Sony tech support and never got a response. I probably burned 15 DVDs trying different brands and types as well as settings on both the DVDirect and my SVHS VCR. My final attempt worked. Instead of wiring directly from the VCR, I hooked the VCR to a DV camcorder in pass-thru mode, and hooked the firewire from the camcorder to the DVDDirect. It has worked well for me in this configuration.
I have also used the unit as an external burner with a computer and it worked very well in this capacity as well.

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