Sony unveils DVDirect recorders for PC-free burning

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For anyone struggling to transfer all your content off your digital camera or camcorder, Sony has announced two DVDirect DVD recorders, which offer a standalone method of transferring content off cards, video tapes or camcorder hard discs and onto DVD – taking the PC out of the equation.

The models unveiled by Sony are the video- and digital-photo-capable VRD-MC3 and the video-only VRD-VC30, each featuring built-in LCD control screens, multiple interfaces, along with fast real-time DVD recording. And, according to Sony, they’re extremely easy to use.

The recorders work with virtually any type of camera or playback device, with various digital and analog video inputs allowing connection to tape, DVD or more recent HDD camcorders. DVDirect can also hook up to HDD-based digital video recorders (DVRs) or VHS video cassette recorders. In addition, the VRD-MC3 has reader slots for five of the most popular digital camera memory cards and connects directly with PictBridge compatible photo printers, so you can back up your camera and do some printing without using a PC. However, if you do want to connect a PC, there’s a computer-attached mode, so you can "jazz up" your home movies and digital pictures using the bundled PC software applications.

If you want to get your hands on one of the DVDirect recorders, they will be available in Europe from October 2006. Prices yet to be confirmed.

Sony website

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Dave Walker