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SONY USB 2.0 DVDirect DVD Recorder - No PC needed Model VRD-MC3

  • 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 40X CD-R 24X CD-RW
  • 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-ROM
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Learn more about the Sony VRD-MC3

Model

Brand
SONY
Model
VRD-MC3
Type
DVD Burner

WRITE Speed

DVD+R
16X
DVD+RW
8X
DVD-R
16X
DVD-RW
6X
CD-R
40X
CD-RW
24X
DVD+R DL
8X
DVD-R DL
8X

READ Speed

DVD-ROM
16X
CD-ROM
40X

Physical Spec

Panel Color
2-Tone
Dimensions
8.0" x 2.6" x 8.7"

Configuration

Load Type
Tray
Interface
USB 2.0

Software

Operating Systems Supported
Windows Vista, Windows XP(SP2) or Windows 2000 (SP4)

Features

Features
Surround Sound: 5.1 /Dolby Digital (2 channel)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (widescreen), 4:3 (full screen)
Recording Media: Record video to DVD from USB, DV, or analog video source
Recording Time: 12hrs max (per DVD)
Media & Modes Supported: Recording Discs with USB source: DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD-RW; Recording Discs with DV/Analog: DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW
Audio In: x1 (L/R)
Composite Video Input(s): x1
i.LINK Connection: 4-pin i.LINK (IEEE1394), for camcorder connection only
Printer Port: Yes. Printing photos to PictBridge printer, from memory cards or discs created by MC3.
S-Video Input(s): x1
USB Port(s): 1 (for HDD/DVD Handycam connection only)
Encoding: DV/Analog: MPEG-2
Media & Modes Supported: DVD+R DL, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R DL, DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-R, CD-RW

Packaging

Package Contents
VRD-MC3
User Manual
Software Disc
Power Adapter
Power Cord
USB 2.0 Cable

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/25/2007 5:05:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAlmost perfect for what it does

Pros: 100% dead simple! From pulling it out of the box, I was connected and recording a DVD in about 10 minutes. It even prevented recording, when there was no input signal. My Mom would have no problem using this.

Cons: No variable compression for tape length - has to be manually set before recording. A 1hr and 1 minute VHS would have to be recorded at a lower quality or using dual-layer media.

Other Thoughts: This records in 4:3 format! Have seen Rob and others report it was recording in a zoomed, 16:9 format, however this is not currently the case. This was probably due to the TV they were watching it on, but the recorded DVD is definitely in a standard 4:3 format.

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  • Mark M.
  • 11/30/2007 3:30:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Best with Sony Recommended Blank Media

Pros: Found that this unit works great with blank Sony DVD+R (1-16X)media. Initially using Memorex inkjet printable 16X DVD+R's (not on Sony's recommended media list). Worked fine for first 3 DVD creations then started spitting out coasters (couldn't finalize). Switched to Sony DVD+R's and have had 100% success ever since. I've created a total of 16 DVD's from old 8mm and VHS tapes using HQ, HSP, & SP settings, all producing great quality.

Cons: No audio on playback or during recording. No included firewire cable.

Other Thoughts: Buyers planning to use this with firewire connection will need cable with 4-pin connector at both ends.

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  • Cher Y.
  • 11/19/2007 8:55:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Product

Pros: Does what it stated. Haven't mess-up a disc since I got it until now.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: It's funny how I was backing-up my vhs half-way and my nephew accidently trip-over the power cord. I thought I mess-up the disc, but it wasn't even recorded. So I re-backup the movie again. No more vhs tape stuck in vcr and no more rewinding on vcr.

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  • Mark M.
  • 11/17/2007 7:04:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Product

Pros: Have only dubbed 3 old 8mm tapes so far but quality and ease of use is great. Recording 2 Hr 8mm tapes at SP quality to fit on 1 DVD+R disc. No coasters yet. Nice to be able to just walk away and let it burn for a couple hrs. Highly recommend this product to anyone with stacks of old 8mm or VHS tapes that they want to transfer to DVD with minimum effort. If you want to do alot of editing, don't bother with this and use your PC.

Cons: None so far. If users plan to use this with firewire cable, be sure you purchase a cable with 4 pin connectors at both ends.

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  • Lowell P.
  • 11/8/2007 2:11:24 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPerfect for a Specific Task

Pros: Super simple to use. Press button, walk away. Really, it's that easy. Extremely high-quality transfers. Many adjustable settings.

Cons: Sometimes reads static as copy-protection and shuts down a transfer without warning. Cannot create discs which simply start playing (instead of showing a menu). PC Mode and Stand-Alone mode are mutually exclusive (must choose one mode or the other and connect cables accordingly). Can be finicky with media. Occasional unexplained errors and failures. Can be slow to respond to button presses.

Other Thoughts: This is a hot piece of gear. Just don't try to get it to do something it isn't specifically designed to do.

For example, it won't play back a disc except in a limited preview mode (with no audio, no fast forward, etc.). It cannot be used with a PC unless you switch modes -- which usually requires a power down cycle. It has an approved media list and you MUST stick to that list or you will get weird errors.

The most frustrating thing is that static is frequently mistaken for copy protection. This is an obnoxious design element, especially when many of the old camcorder tapes people want to transfer have tracking or static problems.

You may disregard the reviewer who talked about everything being widescreen. That is an optional input type, and he probably changed the input mode without realizing it. It's an easy mistake given the arrangement of the buttons, but R T F M.

Beware: The writer inside is pretty cheap. Some will be bad out of the box. Sony should really use better

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/20/2007 10:59:11 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat product

Pros: I have been using the SONY stand-alone VRD-MC unit for some time.

Others have complained about not being able to copy copy-protected VHS tapes (or a copy-protect DVD or DVR source)...well that's not really a reason to give this a bad review.

There are products like Sima's Go-DVD which will stabilize the input signal stripping out the copy protecting information. Buy one and use it if you want to back-up your legally owned VHS tapes to DVD, or copy something from your DVR to DVD.

Cons: None

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/13/2007 7:12:59 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsIrked

Pros: I purchased this as an easy solution for my parents to be able to convert all of their home movies to digital format without the need for expensive and/or complicated PC hardware and software; it does exactly what it says it does in that regard.

Cons: However something it also does, but is NOT advertised, and the reason I gave this a 3 instead of a 5, is that it automatically converts the incoming signal to a wide screen format. Meaning it's zooming and stretching parts of the image to fill new widescreen tvs. If you ask me, thats very rude of Sony to make that the default and not have anyway to turn it off. The whole point of buying a device like this was to preserve the movies in their original format on a digital medium. If someone wants to fill their wide screen TV, the monitor has an option to to zoom/stretch the image, don't alter the original. As of 6-10-07, there was still no firmware update to disable this "feature".

Other Thoughts: I will be writing Sony repeatedly in the hopes they will release a new firmware to disable this.

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  • Ben S.
  • 5/26/2007 2:13:05 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery handy for converting your collection of aging tapes...

Pros: Works as advertised, lives up to expectations.
At this price, it's a very worthwhile investment to help convert a large collection of tapes to DVD format without tying up your PC, and it's a capable external disc burner as well.
The screen is worth the extra $xx over the other model.

Cons: "PC Mode" is initially set to Off - this lead me to mistakenly believe it wouldn't work with my computer at first! (I thought my system didn't match the "minimum requirements")
No audio output while playing DVDs through its screen.
No way to manually add chapter marks while recording, or customize the DVD menus.

Other Thoughts: Frankly I expected a few more features from a Sony - at least, audio output in preview mode (which would let you use it as a makeshift portable DVD player). But what it does do it does very well, and fully lived up to my expectations. Good value for money!

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  • Sandy K.
  • 3/29/2007 1:54:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks Great

Pros: Does work as advertised. Very simple to operate. A jack of all trades. Standalone operation is great plus. Use it with PC works fine too.

Cons: Recording things in 16:9 format makes the aspect ratio on this seem a little weird. Everything is squished a bit vertically. A little pricey. The DVD slideshow it creates has somewhat poor in resolution.

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