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Sony DVDirect recorder takes video and photos at the touch of a button

Sony Europe announces two new DVDirect DVD recorders to solve the problem for camcorder and digital camera users of what to do with their ever-growing number of videos and photographs. Both recorders support Dolby Digital 5.1 and incorporate Hi-Speed USB 2.0, DV digital video (FireWire), and analog S-video and composite video inputs. The VRD-MC3 recorder also features Memory Stick (Duo), Compact Flash, SD and xD card slots and a 2.5-inch color LCD for easy previewing when used in stand-alone. The VRD-VC30 features a 2-inch mono LCD display...
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"Computer-free" solution makes it easier than ever to get personal video or photographs onto handy DVDs

Sony Europe today announced the launch of two DVDirect™ DVD recorders, solving the perennial problem for camcorder and digital camera users of what to do with their ever-growing number of personal videos and photographs. Both models, the video- and digital-photo-capable VRD-MC3 and the video-only VRD-VC30, don't even require a PC. Instead, each provides a stand-alone way to get all this material off video tapes or camcorder hard discs and onto cheap and durable DVDs which play everywhere and can be sent to family and friends. The sleek DVDirect recorders feature built-in LCD control screens, multiple interfaces and fast real-time DVD recording and – most importantly – are extremely easy to use.

“DVDs are the ideal home for all your personal videos and photos,” said Christoph Cyrol, Product Marketing Manager at Sony Europe. “There is no other product on the market which makes it so easy to burn a DVD from your recordings, both for safekeeping and making them accessible with any DVD player or computer. One push of a button is enough to free recording space on the camera and share your memories and fun with your family and friends.”

The DVDirect recorders work with virtually any type of camera or playback device, even it is not from Sony. Various digital and analog video inputs mean that users can connect tape, DVD or the new HDD (hard disk drive) camcorders. DVDirect can also hook up to HDD-based digital video recorders (DVRs) and even VHS video cassette recorders so that favourite TV programs, personal videos or movies can be recorded permanently on DVD. In addition, the higher-end model (DVDirect VRD-MC3) has reader slots for five of the most popular digital camera memory cards and connects directly with PictBridgeTM compatible photo printers, allowing users to free memory card space, backup photos to DVD, create slideshows that can be played back on a DVD player, or print the photos – all without needing a PC. A computer-attached mode of the DVDirect recorders widens the possibilities further, giving users the ability to jazz up their home movies and digital pictures using the bundled PC software applications. The DVDirect recorders will be available in Europe from October 2006. Local availability may vary
July 19, 2006
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