San Diego - Sony introduced Tuesday its latest DVDirect recorder, which is said to be 60 percent smaller than previous models.
The Sony model VRD-MC6 (ships in September at a $229 suggested retail) will transfer both high-definition and standard-definition home videos and digital photos to DVDs without using a computer.
The DVDirect recorder will burn up to 1080i video with 5.1-channel audio from a compatible camcorder in AVCHD format onto a DVD that can be played back on compatible Blu-ray Disc players, drives and the PlayStation3 video game consoles.
The VRD-MC6 will also handle SD video to make DVD productions with automatic chaptering and custom menu backgrounds.
The VRD-MC6 has a 2.7-inch color LCD screen for previewing video or up to six digital photos at a time.
"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," stated Shige Nakayama, Sony DVDirect business manger.
AVCHD-quality DVDs can be played back on compatible Blu-ray Disc devices, including players and computer drives, as well as PlayStation3 computer entertainment systems.
It can also transfer standard-definition home videos to DVD discs without the need of a computer from most camcorders, VCRs or digital video recorders.
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). DVD video discs recorded in this manner are playable in most consumer DVD players.
In addition, the VRD-MC6 can directly record digital photos to a DVD as a slideshow or for photo storage from four flash-memory card formats.
Included slots support Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, Memory Stick Duo and Memory Stick Pro Duo media, SD/SDHC and xD-picture card media.