It's sort of hard to believe that devices like this are still needed/wanted in today's age of flash storage, but we guess there are always a few hanging back rather than staying caught up. Thus, Sony has introduced for them the multi-function DVDDirect DVD recorder, which can transfer both high-definition and standard-definition home videos and digital photos to DVD discs without using a computer.
There's no denying that this thing is mighty convienient. Removing the PC from the transfer equation will certainly please those who aren't exactly "on top" of the latest electronics, and the new VRD-MC6 model has a 2.7-inch color LCD screen for previewing video or up to six digital photos at a time. Overall, this new model is around 60% smaller than its predecessor.
Shige Nakayama, manger of the DVDirect business at Sony, explains the rationale behind the creation of this unit: "Many customers still have their old home movies on tapes and are looking for an easy solution to archive their personal digital imaging content on DVD discs. With the larger built-in LCD color screen in a smaller body, the new DVDirect model makes it easier for customers to transfer the content to DVD discs for archiving, enjoying and sharing with family and friends."
The VRD-MC6 can transfer AVCHD quality videos to DVD discs in their native 1080i HD resolution when connected directly to a Sony hard drive or Memory Stick, and it can also transfer standard-definition home videos to DVD discs without the need of a computer from virtually any camcorder, VCR or digital video recorder. The new model includes Digital Video (i.LINK/FireWire/IEEE-1394), Composite Video inputs, and USB (for Sony hard drive, DVD and Memory Stick media-based Handycam camcorders). In addition, the VRD-MC6 can directly record digital photos to a DVD as a slideshow or just for photo storage from any of the four popular digital camera memory cards. It supports slots for Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, Memory Stick Duo and Memory Stick Pro Duo media, SD/SDHC and xD media, or via USB from Sony hard drive, DVD and Memory Stick media-based Handycam camcorders. As if that's not enough, users can also import their own MP3 music files to serve as background music. Look for this to ship this September for $229.