This second-generation model includes a digital video (DV) input (i.LINK/FireWire®/IEEE 1394) that allows for quick and easy high-quality video transfers from a digital camcorder, including full camcorder control from DVDirect in synchronized recording mode. Sony has also added standalone recording support for DVD-R and DVD-RW discs, in addition to DVD+R, DVD+R double layer (DL), and DVD+RW discs, providing an array of media options.
Transferring home movies to DVDs is as easy as connecting a camcorder to the DVDirect drive and pressing the record button. The recorder automatically creates a DVD menu and can automatically or manually generate titles and chapters on a disc. "With DVDirect, converting taped footage to DVD is as simple as dubbing an audio cassette tape," said Robert DeMoulin, marketing manager for branded storage products in Sony Electronics' IT Products Division. "It can be used for basic camcorder-to-DVD transfers in standalone mode or it can be attached to a computer for more advanced DVD authoring projects."
The DVDirect recorder can burn up to 12 hours of high-quality hardware encoded MPEG-2 video onto compatible DVD+R DL discs or up to six hours onto standard single-layer discs, which can then be played back and enjoyed on most home DVD players.
DVDirect can be attached to a PC via Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) for advanced DVD authoring and burning projects, such as adding graphics and music to home movies. In computer-attached mode, DVDirect can burn DVD-R and DVD+R discs at 16X, which equates to about six minutes of recording time. It also supports 8X DVD+RW, 6X DVD-RW, 48X CD-R, and 24X CD-RW recording speeds.
The hybrid DVD recorder comes with the Nero software suite to use when it is attached to a computer. The package features software for DVD video authoring and DVD/CD burning, as well as for packet writing, so you can easily burn files and folders by dragging them to the icon of a DVD+RW/CD-RW disc. Rounding out the bundle are DVD-Video playback software, backup software, virtual disc drive software, management/jukebox software, disc label creation software, and drive tool software. All tasks and applications are accessible via the Nero StartSmart launcher.
The DVDirect recorder (model VRD-VC20) will be available in May for $299 MSRP. Sony DVD/CD rewritable drives are sold through resellers and retailers nationwide, mail order catalogs, and select online shopping sites, including SonyStyle.com. Pre-orders for this model are now being accepted on www.SonyStyle.com.