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Sony DVDirect VRD-VC10 DVD Recorder

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The DVDirect is a good external DVD Recorder, but lacks a few features that would have made this DVD Recorder/Burner even better.

Sony has announced a 2nd Generation DVDirect with DV Input! Click here for more information. - May 10

Pros

  • Connect Directly to a Camcorder or VCR
  • Connect to a PC for DVD Burning
  • Easy-to-use Interface
  • Record in 3 Quality Settings
  • Double Layer, External DVD Recorder

Cons

  • No DV input for recording from a DV Camcorder
  • No 4 Hour Record Mode
  • No Video Outputs

Description

  • Easily make DVDs from Tape
  • Connects to a Camcorder, VCR or a Computer
  • Record up to 12 Hours on a Double Layer DVD

Guide Review - Sony DVDirect VRD-VC10 DVD Recorder

The Sony DVDirect VRD-VC10 is a hybrid device, part external DVD Burner and part Set Top DVD Recorder. The DVDirect DVD Recorder/DVD Burner is a vertical tower that can connect to a Camcorder, VCR or Computer. Easily connect the Camcorder or VCR via S-Video or Composite RCA jacks, then, using the buttons on the DVDirect, record to either single or double layer DVD+R/RW disc. Sony did not include a Firewire (IEEE 1394) input on this machine, so all transfers are done with analog cables. The DVDirect also connects to a PC via a USB 2.0 cable for DVD Burning from a PC.

The DVDirect records in three quality settings, 1 hour, 2 hour and 6 hour. Those times can be doubled using double-layer DVDs. Recording in the 6 hour mode is below VHS quality. A 4 hour mode would have been nice for recording sporting events. No video outputs are included on the DVDirect, which means recordings made on the device must be viewed on another machine.

A good device for those interested in having an all-in-one DVD Recorder.
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