Sony DVDirect DVD Recorder VRDMC5

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Amazon Price: $191.81 (as of September 22, 2018 4:39 am – Details). Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Amazon site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Sony's newly re-styled DVDirect DVD recorder, the VRD-MC5, allows home video and digital photos to be recorded to DVD without a PC. The VRD-MC5 can be connected to virtually any camcorder, VCR, even Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) for direct recording of video to standard DVDs playable on most consumer DVD players. The MC5 also incorporates memory card slots for the 5 popular camera memory card types and will directly record images from the memory card to DVD as a playable slideshow or just for photo storage. The built in 2.5" color LCD screen makes it easy to preview video or view up to 6 digital pictures at a time. The VRD-MC5 thrusts DVDirect into the high definition world by supporting transfer of AVCHD video to DVD. AVCHD is a high definition camcorder format supported by some Sony Handycam camcorders. For example, high definition AVCHD video can be transferred from Sony hard disk or Memory Stick based Handycam camcorders to DVD in native 1080i resolution and played back on most Blu-ray Disc players /recorders and other compatible devices. The VRD-MC5 can also transfer video from Sony standard definition and AVCHD HDD/MemoryStick Handycam camcorders at up to 6X speed, which translates to 1 hour of video recorded in about 10 minutes. Record all the video to DVD from Sony HDD/MemoryStick Handycam camcorders, just selected scenes, even just the video shot since the last DVD burn. Full support for 4:3 full screen or 16:9 wide screen video and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound.

Customer Reviews

Very useful if it fits your needs

 on April 21, 2008
By Sam Johnson
I bought this for two tasks: First to transfer family video shot on a Sony HC-1000 and secondly to transfer old VHS video no longer available for sale to DVD format. The first task was executed nearly flawlessly. The interface is simple and easy to use without looking at an instruction manual. You put in a disk, connect the firewire which is not included(make sure you have 4 pin to 4 pin), select video transfer, then select DV and then it will prompt you to format the disk. You hit record and it does the rest. When you’re done it will ask if you want to do any more recording. If not it will finalize the disk and out it pops. I transfered an about ten hours with only one flawed disk. I used highest quality although I probably could have selected standard. I was very impressed with the image as it appeared. Much better than IMovie transfers.

Makes child’s play of copying Hi8 tapes to DVDs!

 on November 21, 2008
By Redman1953
This product is simply amazing! It’s so easy to use that it’s just incredible. I was able to start copying my old Hi8 camcorder tapes to DVDs in literally just minutes. And the results are fabulous! I played back my first DVD on a 52″ 1080p LCD TV using a Blu-Ray player and the DVD videos copied from my 12-year old Hi8 tapes looked absolutely magnificent! I couldn’t believe my eyes! It has an easy to use menu to guide you quickly through the setup. Aesthetically it’s a homely little device, but it’s very well laid out, trivially easy to use and quite versatile. And who can beat the great price and speedy delivery from Amazon! I highly recommend this product!

Easy to use if you don’t do anything unusual…

 on December 1, 2008
By Blaster
Plug your camcorder to it with a DV cable, insert a DVD-R and hit the big red button. You can watch it play (no sound) and it ejects the disk when done. What could be easier? Well… that all only works if you are recording 1 hour of tape. If the tape goes on to more than one disk then you are in trouble until you figure out how to manually record and “finalize” the second disk. Also, if you are not using a DV cable then you have to manually record and finalize as well. TIP: To “finalize” a disc you can just eject it and then answer the two confirmation messages. Also, if you hit the “menu” key then you can no longer hit the “big easy red record button” (without going through the menu)

Experimenting with Canon camcorder HF-10

 on March 28, 2009
By Flash
I purchased this DVD recorder with the main purpose of archiving my dozens of VHS tapes onto DVDs…which it does great! I also have a Canon HD camcorder model HF-10. I did not buy the Canon DVD recorder that is recommended for the HF-10 because it did not seem as versatile or able to connect to a VHS player.

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 on April 26, 2009
By Daphne Long
Some issues with instructions. Was unsure of how to use as advertised. I needed more help with this product. Good after I knew what I was doing. dl

Sony VRD-MC5

 on December 7, 2008
By Jerry L. Lambeth
Ordered for dubbing 8mm & Hi8mm from a Sony camcorder. Got the new, not refurb for warranty of 1 yr vs 90 days on refurb. Reason I did this was I had over 50 8mm tapes and over 50 VHS tapes that I wanted to burn to DVD. Works great, instructions kind of confusing, have to keep looking up to icons on page to see which camera is beening instructed as far as using. Other than that I have already burned over 30 DVD’s. All I have burned so far have played on everything from a home theater, Samsung, to a DVD player stand-alone Emerson, to my computer and Philips portable DVD player. Like I said, instructions are kind of confusing so buy and burn RW’s disks so if you make any mistakes you can use disk over.

Great for VHS to DVD transfers

 on January 13, 2008
By Reader B
I have only scratched the surface of what it can do, but the manual is rather extensive and perhaps intimidating. But setting up to burn a DVD from a VHS tape was intuitive, and about the only thing I had to reference was the chart in the manual for recording time. So far, I have only used it to transfer VHS tapes to DVD.

Sony VRDMC5 DVD Recorder ROCKS

 on May 5, 2009
By Wiggles
I got started with this product with ease – in stark contrast to the days when I had to upload video to my PC then wait hours for it to convert and write a DVD. Purchased primarily for copying DV video tapes and VHS tapes from old times to DVD, this unit does not allow editing and is primarily aimed at burning finished video to DVD from Analog, DV input or from a flash drive.

Takes the work out of making DVDs

 on January 13, 2009
By Jack R. Mccollum
I just got this great little gadget a few weeks ago and so far I’ve converted about twenty Hi8 and VHS tapes to DVD. You just plug it in and follow the instructions on the little screen and before you know it, there is your finished DVD that plays on any of our players in the house. I’ve also tried plugging an SD card with photos into this machine and it asked me if I wanted to make a slide show of the DVDs. To my surprise not only does it make an excellent slide show but added music as well! I found out later that if you put one mp3 on the SD card it will use that as your background music. Fantastic! We turned a large box of old home movies into a neat stack of DVDs and now we don’t need to buy a new camcorder since we can just keep converting new Hi8s that we make.

Worth Buying

 on June 27, 2009
This Sony VRDMC5 DVD Recorder is very easy to set up and very simple to operate. I am using it to copy my VCR tapes to DVDs. Hooking up to the VCR to this Sony DVD Recorder is simple enough. Put a blank DVD into the recorder, format the disc and press the Record button, it is real time recording and you can watch what you are recording on the Sony DVD Recorder’s small screen. The quality of the recording is as good as the source. In other words, if your Video tapes is recorded in high speed, the result will be better than the tapes recorded in slow speed (6 or 8 hrs). Overall, if you have the time and patience, it’s worth the money specially if you have a big collection of old video tapes to be converted to DVDs.