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Sony Introduces Compact DVDirect Recorder

San Diego – Sony introduced Tuesday its
latest DVDirect recorder, which is said to be 60 percent smaller than previous

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

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

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.