Convert DVD’s Without a PC

The DVDirect recorder also works with analog camcorders, VCRs and other video sources. What’s more, it can be attached to a computer for more advanced DVD burning projects.

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 stand-alone 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.

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. The high capacity allows you to consolidate multiple tapes onto one disc, which is easy to share with friends and family.

Take Video to the Next Level Using a Computer

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.

DVD and CD Software Suite

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.

Availability and Pricing

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 Pre-orders for this model are now being accepted on