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Recording videos
from HDD camcorders ...........................
Recording videos
from DVD camcorders............................
Recording videos
from DV camcorders ..............................
Recording videos
from miscellaneous video devices .........
Recording photos
from memory cards ................................
Recording photos
from HDD camcorders ...........................
Video Recordable
DVD Drive
Operating Instructions
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VRD-MC3
© 2006 Sony Corporation
Safety
Regulations
WARNING
You are cautioned that any changes or
modifications not expressly approved in this
manual could void your authority to operate
this equipment.
To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do
not expose this apparatus to rain or moisture.
To avoid electrical shock, do not open the
cabinet. Refer servicing to qualified personnel
only.
CAUTION:
As the laser beam in the VRD-MC3 is harmful
to the eyes, do not attempt to disassemble the
cabinet. Refer servicing to qualified personnel
only.
The use of optical instruments with this
product will increase eye hazard.
The use of controls or adjustments or
performance of procedures other than those
specified herein may result in hazardous
radiation exposure.
The VRD-MC3 is classified as a CLASS 1
LASER PRODUCT.
The CLASS 1 LASER PRODUCT notice is
located on the enclosure.
Bei diesem VRD-MC3 handelt es sich um ein
Laser-Produkt der Klasse 1.
Das Etikett mit der Aufschrift LASER
KLASSE 1 PRODUKT befindet sich auf dem
Gehäuse.
CLASS 1
LASER PRODUCT
LASER KLASSE 1
PRODUKT
LUOKAN 1 LASERLAITE
KLASS 1 LASER APPARAT
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FCC Compliance:
This equipment has been tested and found to
comply with the limits for a Class B digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
These limits are designed to provide
reasonable protection against harmful
interference in a residential installation. This
equipment generates, uses, and can radiate
radio frequency energy and, if not installed and
used in accordance with the instructions, may
cause harmful interference to radio
communications. However, there is no
guarantee that interference will not occur in a
particular installation. If this equipment does
cause harmful interference to radio or
television reception, which can be determined
by turning the equipment off and on, the user is
encouraged to try to correct the interference by
one or more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the
equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment into an outlet on a
circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/
TV technician for help.
The shielded interface cable recommended in
this manual must be used with this equipment
in order to comply with the limits for a digital
device pursuant to Subpart B of Part 15 of FCC
Rules.
Notes:
If you have any questions about this product,
visit the user support web site listed in
“Support Overview” on page 82. The
telephone number below is not for customer
service but only for official purposes.
Declaration of Conformity
Trade Name:
SONY
Model No.:
VRD-MC3
Responsible Party: Sony Electronics Inc.
Address:
16530 Via Esprillo,
San Diego, CA 92127
U.S.A.
Telephone No.:
858-942-2230
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC
Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions:
(1) This device may not cause harmful
interference, and
(2) This device must accept any interference
received, including interference that may
cause undesired operation.
CE Sicherheitsbestimmungen
Diese Ausrüstung erfüllt die Europäischen
EMC-Bestimmungen für die Verwendung in
folgender / folgenden Umgebung (en):
• Wohngegenden
• Gewerbegebiete
• Leichtindustriegebiete (Diese Ausrüstung
erfüllt die Bestimmungen der Norm
EN55022, Klasse B.)
CAUTION:
The mains plug on this equipment must be used
to disconnect mains power.
Please ensure that the socket outlet is installed
near the equipment and shall be easily
accessible.
Achtung:
Zur Trennung vom Netz ist der Netzsecker aus
der Steckdose zu ziehen, welche sich in der
Nähe des Gerätes befinden muß und leicht
zugänlich sein soll.
Compliance
Statements
Disposal of Old Electrical &
Electronic Equipment (Applicable in
the European Union and other
European countries with separate
collection systems)
This symbol on the product or
on its packaging indicates that
this product shall not be treated
as household waste. Instead it
shall be handed over to the
applicable collection point for
the recycling of electrical and
electronic equipment. By ensuring this
product is disposed of correctly, you will
help prevent potential negative
consequences for the environment and
human health, which could otherwise be
caused by inappropriate waste handling of
this product. The recycling of materials will
help to conserve natural resources. For more
detailed information about recycling of this
product, please contact your local Civic
Office, your household waste disposal
service or the shop where you purchased the
product.
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Table of Contents
Safety Regulations .......................... 2
Compliance Statements .................. 3
Creating/Viewing a Photo
DVD
Creating a Photo DVD ..................48
Introducing DVDirect
Introduction .................................... 7
Features ........................................... 8
Package Contents ............................ 9
Parts and Controls ......................... 10
Turning the Power On/Off ............ 14
Auto Setup Navigation ............... 15
Inserting a Disc ............................. 17
Inserting a Memory Card .............. 19
Types of Recording .....................48
Types of Photo DVD ..................48
Supported Memory Cards and
Camcorders .................................49
Writable Discs That Can Be Used
for Creating Photo DVDs ...........49
About Created Photo DVDs .......50
Recording Photos Stored on a
Memory Card ...............................51
Recording Photos Stored on an HDD
Camcorder ....................................54
Viewing and Printing Photos ........58
Creating a Video DVD
Creating a Video DVD ................. 20
Types of Recording .................... 20
Supported Camcorders/Video
Devices and Recording Modes ... 23
Writable Discs That Can Be Used
for Creating Video DVDs .......... 25
About Created Video DVDs ...... 26
One Touch Recording Through HDD
Camcorder Control
(DVD BURN) .............................. 28
One Touch Recording
(Full Recording) ........................ 31
Incremental Recording ................ 35
Consolidation Recording ............. 39
Normal Video Recording ........... 42
Previewing a Video DVD ............. 46
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Setup
Using the Setup Menu ...................61
Rec Quality ...............................62
Auto Stop Timer .......................62
Auto Chaptering ........................63
DVD Menu
...........................63
Slideshow BGM ........................63
Slideshow Creation ...................64
PC Connect .................................64
Finalize disc ................................64
Erase disc ....................................67
System .........................................68
Demo ...........................................68
Color System ..............................69
Language .....................................69
Using the DVDirect With a
Computer
System Requirements ...................70
Setting Up the Computer ..............71
Installing the Software ................71
Connecting the DVDirect to a
Computer ....................................72
Disconnection .............................73
Using Memory Card Slots ..........73
Using the Bundled Software .........74
Launching “Nero StartSmart” ....74
Notes on Using Other Software
With the DVDirect .....................74
Additional Information
About Discs ..................................75
Compatible Writable Discs ........75
Recommended Writable Discs ...76
Writable Discs and
Compatibility ..............................76
Precautions on Writing/Playing
Discs ...........................................77
About Memory Cards ...................79
About “Memory Stick” ..............79
About the CompactFlash/SD/
xD-Picture Cards ........................80
Precautions ....................................81
Support Overview .........................82
User Support Web Site ...............82
System Software Updates ...........82
Technical Support .......................82
Specifications ................................83
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respective manufacturers, although the ™ and ® marks are not used in the text.
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Dolby and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
• Memory Stick and the memory stick logo are trademarks, or registered trademarks of Sony
Corporation.
❑ Our product warranty is valid only when the supplied accessories (including software)
are used in the specified or recommended system environment, in accordance with the
documentation, and applies only to this DVDirect. Our customer service and user
support apply only under these product warranty conditions.
❑ Please note that we cannot accept responsibility for failure of the computer or other
devices, incompatibility with special hardware, operating problems caused by improper
installation of software, loss of data, discs or other accidental or incidental damage that
might occur when using this product.
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sales regions specified on the warranty card.
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documentation, or loaning the software, without obtaining permission of the copyright
holder.
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profit that might occur when using the supplied software.
❑ The supplied software can only be used with this product.
❑ Specifications of the supplied software may be changed without notice in the interest of
product improvement.
Please Record Responsibly
Before copying anything onto a disc, please be sure that you are not violating copyright
laws. Most software companies allow you to make a backup or archive copy of software.
Check your software’s license agreement for details.
Copyrights
• Television programs, films, video tapes, discs, and other materials may be copyrighted.
Unauthorized recording of such material may be contrary to the provisions of the
copyright laws. Also, use of this product with cable television transmission may require
authorization from the cable television transmitter and/or program owner.
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B Introducing DVDirect
Introduction
Burning video DVDs
Burning photo DVDs
❑ You can record videos from connected
video cameras and AV devices directly
onto DVDs without using a computer.
❑ You can burn the entire contents of your
HDD, DVD, or DV camcorder onto a
DVD with one touch of the record
button.
❑ You can archive photos from a memory
card or HDD camcorder directly onto a
DVD without using a computer.
❑ You can also create slideshows of the
photos that will be playable on most
DVD players.
Introducing DVDirect
Auto Setup Navigation
The DVDirect automatically detects inserted memory cards and discs and input signals
from connected devices. It then displays a message prompting the next necessary
operation. Preparations for recording are made without any complicated button
operations.
Direct printing operation
You can print out photos recorded on DVDs or memory cards by connecting the DVDirect
to a PictBridge-compatible printer using the supplied USB cable.
Computer-controlled operation
The DVDirect can be used as a high speed DVD/CD drive with Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0compatible) interface when connected to a computer via USB cable.
The DVDirect supports high speed recording to the latest format discs such as DVD+R
double layer and DVD-R dual layer discs.
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Features
Depending on the type of device that is connected, you can perform the following
operations with the DVDirect.
In this manual, different icons for each operation appear in section headings and page
corners to make sections that relate to the operations you intend to perform easier to find.
Recording videos from HDD camcorders
Create a DVD using video taken with an HDD camcorder*(connected via a USB cable).
Available functions:
One Touch Recording Through HDD Camcorder Control (DVD BURN) 1 page 28
One Touch Recording (Full Recording)
1 page 31
Incremental Recording
1 page 35
Recording videos from DVD camcorders
Create a DVD using video taken with a DVD camcorder* (connected via a USB cable)
and stored on an 8-cm disc.
Available functions:
One Touch Recording (Full Recording)
Consolidation Recording
1 page 31
1 page 39
Recording videos from DV camcorders
Create a DVD using video taken with a DV camcorder.
Available functions:
One Touch Recording (Full Recording)
1 page 31
Recording videos from miscellaneous video devices
Create a DVD using video taken with an HDD, DVD, DV, or D8 camcorder, or using
video from any other video device equipped with a video output connector. To connect a
device, use the AV cable supplied with your camera or standard video or S-video cables.
Available functions:
Normal Video Recording
1 page 42
Recording photos from memory cards
Create a DVD using photos taken with a digital still camera and stored on a memory card.
Available functions:
Recording Photos Stored on a Memory Card
1 page 51
Recording photos from HDD camcorders
Create a DVD using photos taken with an HDD camcorder*.
Available functions:
Recording Photos Stored on an HDD Camcorder
1 page 54
* In this manual, “HDD camcorder” refers to the Sony HDD Handycam® and “DVD camcorder” refers to
the Sony DVD Handycam®. The functions available when a camera is connected via USB cable as
described in this manual apply only when the Sony HDD Handycam® or Sony DVD Handycam® is used.
For details, see page 23 and 49.
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Package Contents
Please confirm that the package contains the following items. If any of these
items are missing or damaged, please contact your dealer.
• DVDirect
• Hi-Speed USB cable (for PC/Printer
connection)
Introducing DVDirect
• AC adaptor
•
•
•
•
•
AC power cord
Quick Start Guide
Operating Instructions (this document)
Software disc
Warranty card
Note
Make sure that you back up the supplied software disc on another disc as the software disc is
not sold separately.
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Parts and Controls
Front and rear
1
2
3
4
5
6
A 1 (Power) button
Turns the DVDirect on or off.
B Emergency eject hole
If you cannot open the disc tray with the
(Eject) button, turn off your computer, and
then insert a thin, elongated object into this hole to eject the disc tray manually.
C Top panel
The buttons and display for operating the DVDirect are located here (page 11).
D Disc tray
Insert a disc here with the label side up (page 17).
E
(Eject) button
Opens and closes the disc tray.
F DC IN connector
Connect the supplied AC adaptor here (page 14).
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Top panel
1
2
3
5
A Display window
Displays a menu screen, images from a playback device, or photos from a memory card.
B Mm<,cursor /
(Select) button
Selects a function.
C RETURN button
This returns the display to the main menu screen or to the previous screen when navigating
menus.
D
(Stop) button
Stops recording.
E
(Record) button
Starts recording.
Lights red during recording.
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Introducing DVDirect
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Left side panel
1
2
A USB connector (Type B)
Connect the supplied USB cable here
when connecting the DVDirect to a
computer or printer.
B USB connector (Type A)
Connect the USB cable here when
connecting a HDD or DVD camcorder.
Note
Only Sony HDD or DVD camcorder input is
supported.
C AUDIO IN L/R connectors
Connect the audio plugs of an AV cable
(not supplied) here when connecting the
DVDirect to a video device, such as a
video camera or VCR.
D VIDEO IN connector
Connect the video plug of an AV cable
(not supplied) here when connecting the
DVDirect to a video device, such as a
video camera or VCR.
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3
4 5 6
E S VIDEO IN connector
Connect an S-video cable (not supplied)
here when connecting the DVDirect to a
video device with an S-video connector,
such as a video camera or VCR.
F DV IN connector (4-pin)
Connect a DV (i.LINK) cable (not
supplied) here when connecting the
DVDirect to a digital video camera.
Right side panel
2
3
Introducing DVDirect
1
4
A Memory card LED
Lights amber when accessing the memory card.
B Memory Stick Duo slot
Insert a “Memory Stick Duo” here.
C Multi memory card slot
Insert a “Memory Stick,” SD Card, or xD-Picture Card here.
D CompactFlash card slot
Insert a CompactFlash card here.
Note
You can use the memory card slot for both stand-alone and computer operation.
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B
Introducing DVDirect
Turning the Power On/Off
1
Connect the supplied AC power cord to the AC adaptor.
2
Insert the power plug of the AC adaptor into the DVDirect’s DC
IN connector.
3
Insert the power plug of the AC power cord into a power outlet.
Notes
• Be sure to use the supplied AC power cord.
• Do not use damaged cables, such as cables with deformed connectors.
4
Press the 1 (Power) button.
After the display window lights and the DVDirect logo appears, a different
screen appears depending on the DVDirect’s current status.
,
To turn power off
Press the 1 (Power) button again.
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Auto Setup Navigation
After the power is turned on, the DVDirect automatically detects inserted
memory cards and DVD discs and input signals from connected devices. A
message indicating how to prepare for recording then appears in the display
window. By following this message, you can automatically move on to the
recording procedure you intended without complicated button operations.
Messages and illustrations indicate the
operations to perform next.
You can perform recording procedures manually by selecting options from the
main menu. You can also go to the setup screen (Setup menu) from the main
menu for various settings.
Press the RETURN button when [[RETURN] Menu] is displayed at the bottom
right of the display window to return to the main menu.
Insert DVD, memory card, or
setup and connect video device.
,
Menu
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Introducing DVDirect
Accessing functions from the main menu
Press M or m to select the desired operation, and press the
(Select) button.
DV Camcorder/Video , DVD: Create a video DVD from a digital video camcorder
connected via a DV (i.LINK) cable or from a video
device connected via a video or S-video cable
(page 31, 42).
HDD/DVD Camcorder , DVD: Create a video DVD from an HDD or DVD camcorder
connected via a USB cable (page 28, 31, 35, 39).
Photo , DVD:
Create a photo DVD (page 48).
DVD Video Preview:
Playback a created video DVD (page 46).
Photo View/Print:
Display or print out photos (page 58).
Setup:
Configure various settings (page 61).
Note
When connecting an HDD or DVD camcorder to the VIDEO IN or S VIDEO IN connector
with an AV or S-video cable respectively, select [DV Camcorder/Video , DVD].
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Inserting a Disc
To insert a disc, perform the following while the DVDirect is turned on.
Press the
(Eject) button.
The disc tray ejects.
2
Place the disc in the disc tray with its label facing up, and press
the
(Eject) button again.
Notes
• Do not touch the recording side of the disc.
• When inserting the disc, make sure it rests flat under the four tabs on the disc tray.
When the
(Eject) button is pressed again, the disc tray closes and the DVDirect starts
reading the inserted disc.
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Introducing DVDirect
1
When a new disc is inserted
When a new disc is inserted, the disc will be formatted automatically. If the
new disc inserted is a DVD+R disc, a message prompting you to select an input
source appears.
To continue with operations, press M or m to select a source to record from,
and press the
(Select) button.
Note
• If a disc that cannot be recorded on is inserted, an indication message appears. If this
occurs, confirm all the compatible discs and replace the disc.
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Inserting a Memory Card
Insert the memory card into its corresponding memory card slot.
SD xD
Memory
Stick Duo
CF
Memory
Stick
CompactFlash
SD Card
Memory Stick Duo
Push the “Memory
Stick Duo” into the slot
until you hear a click.
To remove, push the
“Memory Stick Duo”
and pull out.
Memory Stick/SD
Card/xD-Picture Card
Push the card into the
slot until you hear a
click.
To remove, push the
card and pull out.
CompactFlash
Push the card into the
CompactFlash slot.
To remove, pull out
the CompactFlash
card.
Notes
• Insert only one memory card into a memory card slot. Furthermore, do not use more
than one memory card slot at a time.
• Do not insert another memory card while recording onto a disc is in progress. Doing
so may cause a writing error.
• Do not insert a “Memory Stick Duo” with a Memory Stick Duo adaptor into the multi
memory card slot.
• The CompactFlash card stays half exposed.
• Never remove the memory card while the memory card LED is lit. Otherwise data in
the memory card may be damaged.
• Do not remove the memory card while recording onto a disc.
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Introducing DVDirect
xD-Picture Card
B Creating a Video DVD
Creating a Video DVD
You can use the DVDirect as a stand-alone DVD recorder to burn videos
directly onto DVDs from a connected HDD, DVD, or DV camcorder or video
device such as a VCR or DVR.
You can play the created video DVD on other DVD devices or the DVD drives
of computers.
Types of Recording
Five types of recording are available for creating video DVDs: DVD BURN,
Full Recording, Incremental Recording, Consolidation Recording, and Normal
Video Recording.
DVD BURN (One Touch Recording Through HDD Camcorder
Control) (page 28)
This mode allows you to record video from an HDD camcorder onto a disc by
simply pressing the DVD BURN button on the camera or Handycam Station
(or touching the [DVD BURN] button in the camera’s LCD screen).
The actual recording process is the same as that of Incremental Recording (see
below), and you can record additional video onto a disc that has been
previously recorded on.
Full Recording (One touch recording) (page 31)
This mode allows you to record video from a digital video camera connected
to the DVDirect with a single touch of the
(Record) button onto a DVD.
The video is recorded as follows:
HDD camcorder
The entire video content of the camera is recorded onto a disc. (Several discs
may be required depending on the length of the video.)
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DVD camcorder
The entire video content of the camera’s 8-cm disc is recorded onto a 12-cm
disc.
Creating a Video DVD
DV camcorder
The entire content of the videotape is recorded onto a single disc.
The DVDirect controls the camera during the entire process, and completes
creation of the video DVD. The completed DVD is automatically finalized,
allowing immediate playback on DVD players.
Incremental Recording (page 35)
This mode allows you to record the content of an HDD camcorder connected
via a USB cable onto a disc. Using this mode, you can record only the newly
taken contents of a camera whose previous contents have already been
recorded onto a disc.
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Consolidation Recording (page 39)
This mode allows you to record the contents of multiple 8-cm discs from a
DVD camcorder onto the corresponding number of 12-cm discs.
Normal Video Recording (page 42)
This mode allows you to create a video DVD using the
(Record) and
(Stop) buttons on the DVDirect and the play, pause, and stop buttons on the
device connected to the DVDirect. You can record from any video device with
a video output connector.
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Supported Camcorders/Video Devices and Recording Modes
The recording methods available differ as follows, depending on the type of
camera or device connected to the DVDirect.
Type of Device Interface
Sony HDD
camcorder1)
USB
Sony DVD
camcorder1)
USB
DV
DV IN
2)
DV IN
D8 camcorder
HDV
camcorder2)3)
Full
Recording
Consolida Normal
Incremental
Video
-tion
Recording
Recording Recording
Creating a Video DVD
camcorder2)
DVD
BURN
DV IN
S VIDEO
IN
MICROMV
camcorder
VIDEO
IN
HDD or DVD
camcorders
from other
manufacturers
S VIDEO
IN
All camcorders
and video
devices
(analog input)
S VIDEO
IN
VIDEO
IN
VIDEO
IN
1)
Camcorders equipped with HD (AVCHD) format are not supported.
2)
Operation compatibility is confirmed with Sony DV, D8, and HDV camcorders only.
3)
Only tapes recorded in DV format are supported.
Notes on presetting camcorders
• The “USB SPEED” setting on HDD and DVD camcorders must be set to
“AUTO.” (“AUTO” is the default setting.)
• The “A/V t DV OUT” setting on DV camcorders must be set to “OFF.”
(“OFF” is the default setting.)
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Notes on time required for recording
When recording from an HDD or DVD camcorder connected via USB cable,
the length of time required depends on the REC mode (HQ, SP, or LP) used to
shoot the video and the number of scenes the video contains. In general, videos
shot in higher image quality modes take longer to be recorded onto a disc. The
following provides a general estimate* of the time required to record a 1-hour
video containing one scene onto a disc.
When recording from an HDD camcorder
HQ mode: about 30 min (1/2 of the video playback length)
SP mode: about 20 min (1/3 of the video playback length)
LP mode: about 10 min (1/6 of the video playback length)
When recording from a DVD camcorder
HQ mode: about 60 min (almost equal to the video playback length)
SP mode: about 40 min (2/3 of the video playback length)
LP mode: about 20 min (1/3 of the video playback length)
* Depending on circumstances, the length of time required to record may be equal to or more
than the video playback length.
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Writable Discs That Can Be Used for Creating Video DVDs
Compatible disc types for recording differ as follows, depending on the type
of video device and connection interface you are using.
Type of Device
Interface DVD-R
Sony HDD
camcorder
USB
Sony DVD
camcorder
USB
DV IN
D8 camcorder
DV IN
HDV
camcorder*
DV IN
MICROMV
camcorder
HDD or DVD
camcorders
from other
manufacturers
DVD-RW DVD+R
DVD+R
DVD+RW
DL
Creating a Video DVD
DV camcorder
DVD-R
DL
S VIDEO
IN
VIDEO
IN
S VIDEO
IN
VIDEO
IN
All camcorders S VIDEO
IN
and video
devices (analog VIDEO
input)
IN
Notes on creating video DVDs
• You cannot record videos with copy-protected signals (commercial DVDs,
VHS software, some programs from satellite or CATV receivers, etc.).
• You cannot make incremental recordings on discs that have been created
using a computer or other DVD recorder.
• When adding video to a video DVD created using a DVD+R disc, you must use
the same interface used during the previous recording to connect the video
device and the DVDirect. For example, you cannot add video from a DVD
camcorder connected via an S-video or video input cable onto a DVD+R disc
with video dubbed from a DVD camcorder that was connected via a USB cable.
• When recording video from an HDD camcorder onto a disc, only the video
images stored in the camera are available for recording. You cannot record both
the video and still images stored in the camera onto a disc at the same time.
• When using a DVD camcorder, recording is not possible when the disc
inside the DVD camcorder is a DVD-RW disc with video recorded in
DVD-VR format.
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About Created Video DVDs
Titles and chapters
The contents of a DVD consist of sections, called titles, and smaller subsections, called chapters. When you create a video DVD with the DVDirect,
titles and chapters are created as follows:
For discs created through normal video recording or recording
from DV camcorders connected via DV (i.LINK) cable
Titles are created between the points where you start and stop a recording on
the DVDirect.
Chapters are created according to the [Auto Chaptering] setting configured in
the Setup menu (page 63).
Start Rec.
Stop/Start
Stop Rec.
Title 1
Title 2
Chapters
Chapters
Chapter marks
Chapter marks
For discs created through recording from HDD or DVD
camcorders connected via USB cable
Titles are created at points in the video where the date recorded, REC mode
(from HQ or SP to LP or vice versa), and aspect ratio (from 4:3 to 16:9 or vice
versa) change.
Chapters are created for each scene taken with the HDD or DVD camcorder.
(Scenes are created each time recording is started and then stopped.)
Note
Up to 49 titles per disc and 99 chapters per title can be created. This number may decrease
depending on the quality of the videos.
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DVD menus
A DVD menu is displayed each time a DVD is inserted into a DVD player and
serves as a title page or table of contents for the video DVD.
You can create DVDs that display thumbnail images of titles in their menu
screens. You can select from four different menu styles when creating video
DVDs with the DVDirect (page 63).
Creating a Video DVD
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One Touch Recording Through HDD
Camcorder Control (DVD BURN)
You can create video DVDs from your HDD camcorder simply by pressing the
camera’s [DVD BURN] button.
1
Press the 1 (Power) button to turn on the DVDirect.
A message prompting you to insert a disc appears in the display window.
2
Insert a disc (page 17).
The DVDirect starts reading the inserted disc.
Hint
When a new DVD+R disc is inserted, a message prompting you to select an input source
to record from appears. You do not need to make a selection here as this message will
disappear and recording will start automatically when you press the [DVD BURN]
button in step 5.
3
Turn on the HDD camcorder.
4
Connect the camera to the DVDirect.
Connect the camera’s USB connector (Type mini B) to the DVDirect’s
USB connector (Type A) using a USB cable (not supplied).
USB cable (not supplied)
Note
The USB cable supplied with the DVDirect cannot be used to connect to an HDD or
DVD camcorder as the shape of the camera’s connector is different.
After connecting the USB cable, the USB SELECT screen appears in the
camera’s LCD screen.
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5
Touch [DVD BURN] on the camera’s LCD screen, or press the
DVD BURN button on the camera or Handycam Station.
60min
USB SELECT
DVD
BURN
END
HDD
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Recording starts, and the progress appears in the display window.
When all of the content of the HDD camcorder is recorded, recording
automatically stops and the
(Record) button dims. Press the RETURN
button to go back to the main menu.
Note
When the contents of the HDD camcorder do not fit on a single disc, the disc will be
finalized once it becomes full, and a message will appear in the display window. Remove
the completed disc, and insert a blank disc. Recording will resume automatically.
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Current disc/number of
required discs
6
Press the
(Eject) button.
A message asking whether to finalize the disc just recorded on appears.
7
Select whether to finalize the disc.
For details on finalizing discs, see “What is ‘finalize disc’?” (page 66).
To finalize the disc:
Select [Yes] and press the
(Select) button. A confirmation message will
appear, so select [Yes] and press the
(Select) button again. Disc
finalization will begin, and the process may take a few minutes.
When finalization is finished, the disc is ejected and the video DVD is
completed. You can now play the disc on DVD players or the DVD drives
of computers.
To not finalize the disc:
Select [No] and press the
(Select) button. The disc will be ejected
without finalization. This disc is not completed yet, and it cannot be played
with other DVD players or DVD drives of computers.
Hint
If you eject a disc without finalizing after videos have been recorded, you can add videos
onto the same disc later.
To stop recording
You cannot stop while recording is in progress. You can only stop recording
by pressing the
(Stop) button after a disc becomes full.
Note on recording with the DVD BURN button
This function is only available when the DVDirect is in the following states:
• no button on the DVDirect is pressed after the power is turned on
• the main menu appears in the display window
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One Touch Recording (Full Recording)
When an HDD, DVD, or DV camcorder is connected to the DVDirect, you can
use Full Recording to record the video contents of the camera onto a disc with
a single touch of a button.
Press the 1 (Power) button to turn on the DVDirect.
A message prompting you to insert a disc appears in the display window.
2
Insert a disc (page 17).
The DVDirect starts reading the inserted disc.
3
Turn on the camera, and set it to playback mode.
For most cameras, switch the power/mode button to the playback, PLAY/
EDIT, or VTR mode to play the video or perform recording. For details,
refer to the operating instructions for your camera.
4
Connect the camera to the DVDirect.
When using an HDD or DVD camcorder
Connect the camera’s USB connector (Type mini B) to the DVDirect’s
USB connector (Type A) using a USB cable (not supplied).
USB cable (not supplied)
Note
The USB cable supplied with the DVDirect cannot be used to connect to an HDD or
DVD camcorder as the shape of the camera’s connector is different.
After connecting the USB cable, the USB SELECT screen appears in the
camera’s LCD screen. Move on to the next step.
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1
When using a DV camcorder
Connect the camera’s DV connector to the DVDirect’s DV IN connector
using a DV (i.LINK) cable (not supplied).
DV (i.LINK) cable (not supplied)
After connecting the camera, skip to step 6.
5
Touch [HDD] (for an HDD camcorder) or [ COMPUTER] (for a
DVD camcorder) on the camera’s LCD screen.
HDD camcorder
DVD camcorder
60min
60min
USB SELECT
DVD
BURN
USB SELECT
END
END
HDD
PictBridge
PRINT
Once you touch the button on the camera’s LCD screen, the DVDirect
detects the connected camera, and the display window on the DVDirect
changes.
Note
Depending on the DVD camcorder you are using, the above USB SELECT screen may
not appear automatically and settings configuration for USB connection may be required
beforehand. Refer to the section on connecting to computers in the operating instructions
for your camcorder when configuring settings on the camcorder.
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6
Press < or , to switch the recording mode.
Pressing < or , switches the recording mode displayed at the top right
of the display window. For Full Recording, press < or , until [Full]
displays.
The following appears in the DVDirect’s display window
DV camcorder
Type of input
Recording mode
REC quality
Remaining time
Press the
Creating a Video DVD
7
HDD or DVD camcorder
Number of
required discs
(Record) button to start recording.
The DVDirect starts recording at the same time the camera starts playback
or file transfer. [Recording] appears in the display window, and the
(Record) button lights up during recording.
USB
DVD
Full
Recording to disc …
1/1 disc in progress
20 % recorded
Current
disc/
number of
required
discs
Hint
When using a DV camcorder and the video tape is not at its beginning, the
tape is automatically rewound and played back from the beginning before
the DVDirect starts recording.
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When using an HDD camcorder
When the contents of the HDD camcorder do not fit onto a single disc, a
disc will be finalized once it becomes full, and a message will appear in the
display window. Remove the completed disc, and insert a blank disc.
Recording will resume automatically.
When using a DV camcorder.
When a blank portion of the DV tape is reached, recording automatically
stops and the
(Record) button dims.
When recording is complete, the disc is automatically ejected. The video
DVD is completed, and you can now play it on DVD players or the DVD
drives of computers.
To stop recording
When using an HDD camcorder
You cannot stop while recording is in progress. You can only stop recording
by pressing the
(Stop) button after a disc becomes full.
When using a DVD camcorder
You cannot stop while recording is in progress.
When using a DV camcorder
Press the
(Stop) button. Playback on the DV camcorder will also stop
automatically.
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Incremental Recording
After the video contents of an HDD camcorder are recorded onto a disc,
additional video taken with the same HDD camcorder can be recorded onto a
disc without recording the previous contents again.
Press the 1 (Power) button to turn on the DVDirect.
A message prompting you to insert a disc appears in the display window.
2
Insert a disc (page 17).
The DVDirect starts reading the inserted disc.
3
Turn on the HDD camcorder, and set it to PLAY/EDIT mode.
4
Connect the camera to the DVDirect.
Connect the camera’s USB connector (Type mini B) to the DVDirect’s
USB connector (Type A) using a USB cable (not supplied).
USB cable (not supplied)
Note
The USB cable supplied with the DVDirect cannot be used to connect to an HDD or
DVD camcorder as the shape of the camera’s connector is different.
After connecting the USB cable, the USB SELECT screen appears in the
camera’s LCD screen.
5
Touch [HDD] on the camera’s LCD screen.
60min
USB SELECT
DVD
BURN
END
HDD
PictBridge
PRINT
Once you touch [HDD], the DVDirect detects the connected camera, and
the display window on the DVDirect changes.
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1
6
Press < or , to switch the recording mode.
Pressing < or , switches the recording mode displayed in the top right
of the display window. For Incremental Recording, press < or , until
[Incremental] displays.
Recording mode
Number of required discs
7
Press the
(Record) button to start recording.
Recording begins for the portion of the camera’s video content recorded
after the previous burning to disc.
During recording, the progress appears in the display window.
Current disc/number of
required discs
When all of the new content of the HDD camcorder is recorded, recording
automatically stops and the
(Record) button dims. Press the RETURN
button to go back to the main menu.
Notes
• If the HDD camcorder does not contain new video (all of the video contents have
already been recorded onto a DVD), Incremental Recording is not available. In such a
case, only Full Recording is available.
• When the contents of the HDD camcorder do not fit on a single disc, the disc will be
finalized once it becomes full, and a message will appear in the display window.
Remove the completed disc, and insert a blank disc. Recording will resume
automatically.
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Press the
(Eject) button.
A message asking whether to finalize the disc just recorded on appears.
9
Select whether to finalize the disc.
For details on finalizing discs, see “What is ‘finalize disc’?” (page 66).
To finalize the disc:
Select [Yes] and press the
(Select) button. A confirmation message will
appear, so select [Yes] and press the
(Select) button again. Disc
finalization will begin, and the process may take a few minutes.
When finalization is finished, the disc is ejected and the video DVD is
completed. You can now play the disc on DVD players or the DVD drives
of computers.
To not finalize the disc:
Select [No] and press the
(Select) button. The disc will be ejected
without finalization. This disc is not completed yet, and it cannot be played
with other DVD players or DVD drives of computers.
Hint
If you eject a disc without finalizing after videos have been recorded, you can add videos
onto the same disc later.
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8
To stop recording
You cannot stop while recording is in progress. You can only stop recording
by pressing the
(Stop) button after a disc becomes full.
Note on Incremental Recording
Always use the 1 (Power) button to turn off the DVDirect after Incremental
Recording is finished. If you turn off the power by pulling out the AC power
cord, the DVDirect will not be able to detect newly taken video properly, and
Incremental Recording will not be possible the next time you attempt to
perform it.
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Consolidation Recording
When you have multiple 8-cm discs containing video taken with a DVD
camcorder, you can consolidate and record the video onto the corresponding
number of 12-cm discs.
Press the 1 (Power) button to turn on the DVDirect.
A message prompting you to insert a disc appears in the display window.
2
Insert a disc (page 17).
The DVDirect starts reading the inserted disc.
3
Turn on the camera, and set it to playback mode.
For most cameras, switch the power/mode button to the playback or
PLAY/EDIT mode to perform recording. For details, refer to the operating
instructions for your camera.
4
Connect the DVD camcorder to the DVDirect.
Connect the camera’s USB connector (Type mini B) to the DVDirect’s
USB connector (Type A) using a USB cable (not supplied).
USB cable (not supplied)
Note
The USB cable supplied with the DVDirect cannot be used to connect to an HDD or
DVD camcorder as the shape of the camera’s connector is different.
After connecting the USB cable, the USB SELECT screen appears in the
camera’s LCD screen.
5
Touch [
COMPUTER] on the camera’s LCD screen.
60min
USB SELECT
END
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1
Once you touch [ COMPUTER], the DVDirect detects the connected
camera, and the display window on the DVDirect changes.
Note
Depending on the DVD camcorder you are using, the above USB SELECT screen may
not appear automatically and settings configuration for USB connection may be required
beforehand. Refer to the section on connecting to computers in the operating instructions
for your camcorder when configuring settings on the camcorder.
6
Press < or , to switch the recording mode.
Pressing < or , switches the recording mode displayed in the top right
of the display window. For Consolidation Recording, press < or , until
[Consolidation] displays.
Recording mode
7
Press the
(Record) button to start recording.
During recording, the progress appears in the display window.
Recording automatically stops and the
(Record) button dims. Press the
RETURN button to go back to the main menu.
Hint
To consolidate the video contents of another 8-cm disc onto the current disc, replace the
8-cm disc in the DVD camcorder with the other 8-cm disc, and press the
(Record)
button on the DVDirect.
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Press the
(Eject) button.
A message asking whether to finalize the disc just recorded on appears.
9
Select whether to finalize the disc.
For details on finalizing discs, see “What is ‘finalize disc’?” (page 66).
To finalize the disc:
Select [Yes] and press the
(Select) button. A confirmation message will
appear, so select [Yes] and press the
(Select) button again. Disc
finalization will begin, and the process may take a few minutes.
When finalization is finished, the disc is ejected and the video DVD is
completed. You can now play the disc on DVD players or the DVD drives
of computers.
To not finalize the disc:
Select [No] and press the
(Select) button. The disc will be ejected
without finalization. This disc is not completed yet, and it cannot be played
with other DVD players or DVD drives of computers.
Hint
If you eject a disc without finalizing after videos have been recorded, you can consolidate
videos recorded on other 8-cm DVDs onto the same disc later.
Note
You cannot stop while recording is in progress. Wait until it stops automatically.
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8
Normal Video Recording
To burn video from a video device such as a VCR or DVR onto a disc, connect
the device to the DVDirect via an S-video or AV cable. Operate the video
device to play back the portion you want to record, and use the
(Record)
and
(Stop) buttons on the DVDirect to record. You can use the same
operation to record from a DV camcorder connected to the DVDirect via a DV
(i.LINK) cable.
1
Press the 1 (Power) button to turn on the DVDirect.
A message prompting you to insert a disc appears in the display window.
2
Insert a disc (page 17).
The DVDirect starts reading the inserted disc.
3
Turn on the camera or video device, and set it to playback mode.
For most cameras, switch the power/mode button to the playback, PLAY/
EDIT, or VTR mode to play the tape or perform recording. For details,
refer to the operating instructions for your camera.
4
Connect the camera or video device to the DVDirect.
When connecting a DV camcorder using a DV (i.LINK) cable
Connect the camera’s DV connector to the DVDirect’s DV IN connector
using a DV (i.LINK) cable (not supplied).
DV (i.LINK) cable (not supplied)
When connecting a video device using an AV or S-video cable
Use an AV or S-video cable (both not supplied) when connecting a video
device such as a VCR or DVR to the DVDirect.
Note
Regardless of which of the two cables is used, recording is always performed with
normal video recording.
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For AV cables:
Connect the video device’s audio/video output connectors to the
DVDirect’s AUDIO IN/VIDEO IN connectors using the AV cable (not
supplied).
To audio/video output
or
Hint
The connectors on a video device differ depending on the device. Refer to the operating
instructions for your device, and use the appropriate AV cable.
For S-video cables:
Connect the video device’s S-video out connector to the DVDirect’s S
VIDEO IN connector using the S-video cable (not supplied). You must
also connect an audio cable for audio input.
To audio/S-video output
Audio cable
(not supplied)
S-video cable (not supplied)
Hint
If your video device has an S-video connector, use an S-video cable for improved picture
quality (compared to video cable quality).
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AV cable (not supplied)
5
Operate the camera or video device to start playback of video.
The following appears in the DVDirect’s display window.
REC quality
Remaining time
Hint
The DVDirect detects and selects video input signals automatically when you play back
video from the connected video device. You can view the video playback in the display
window with the selected input source displayed in the top left.
DV , DVD :
DV IN is detected.
Video , DVD :
VIDEO IN is detected.
S-Video , DVD :
S VIDEO IN is detected.
If the correct input source is not selected (or if the video playback does not display), press
M or m to select the correct input manually.
6
Press the
(Record) button to start recording.
Dubbing from the camera or video device starts. During recording,
[Recording] appears in the display window as the video is played back.
Recording time
Note
If you stop playback on the camera or video device during recording (or the video signal
is interrupted), the DVDirect pauses recording and the
(Record) button flashes
slowly. To resume recording, restart playback on the video device. If no video signal is
detected for 2 minutes, recording stops.
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7
Press the
(Stop) button to stop recording.
Wait a moment until the display window changes.
8
To record additional video, repeat steps 5 to 7.
9
When you are finished recording, press the RETURN button to
go back to the main menu, and press the
(Eject) button.
A message asking whether to finalize the disc just recorded on appears.
Creating a Video DVD
Hint
This message will not appear when using a DVD+RW disc. (DVD+RW discs are
automatically finalized and ejected.)
10
Select whether to finalize the disc.
For details on finalizing discs, see “What is ‘finalize disc’?” (page 66).
To finalize the disc:
Select [Yes] and press the
(Select) button. A confirmation message will
appear, so select [Yes] and press the
(Select) button again. Disc
finalization will begin, and the process may take a few minutes.
When finalization is finished, the disc is ejected and the video DVD is
completed. You can now play the disc on DVD players or the DVD drives
of computers.
To not finalize the disc:
Select [No] and press the
(Select) button. The disc will be ejected
without finalization. This disc is not completed yet, and it cannot be played
on other DVD players or the DVD drives of computers.
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Previewing a Video DVD
You can play back and check a video DVD burned with the DVDirect in the
display window on the top of the unit.
Notes
• Sound cannot be heard when previewing the disc on the DVDirect.
• You cannot output video images to external devices such as TVs.
• You cannot play back a disc recorded on a device other than the DVDirect or with
commercial DVD software.
1
Press the 1 (Power) button to turn on the DVDirect.
The display window turns on.
2
Press < to display the main menu. Press M or m to select [DVD
Video Preview], and then press the
(Select) button.
3
Insert a video DVD created with the DVDirect.
After the disc is finished being read, its contents are displayed in the
display window.
When a finalized disc is inserted:
The video titles recorded on the disc appear in the display window.
Press M, m, <, or , to select the title you want to view, and press the
(Select) button. The selected title starts to play. To stop playback, press
the
(Stop) button.
Selected title (highlighted in yellow)
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When a disc that has not been finalized is inserted:
The last title on the disc starts to play automatically.
Current title number/total title number
Press < or , to select the title you want to view. To stop playback, press
the
(Stop) button.
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Hints
• When a DVD+RW disc is inserted, the video titles appear in the display window, as in
the case of finalized discs.
• If you insert a finalized video DVD immediately after turning on the DVDirect, auto
setup navigation activates and the video titles recorded on the disc appear in the display
window automatically.
• For details on titles, see “Titles and chapters” (page 26).
B Creating/Viewing a Photo DVD
Creating a Photo DVD
You can easily record photos taken with your digital camera from a memory
card onto a DVD. You can also create a slideshow DVDs.
Still images stored on an HDD camcorder can also be recorded onto a disc.
Notes
• When recording still images from an HDD camcorder onto a disc, only the still images
stored in the camera are available for recording. You cannot record both the video and still
images stored in the camera onto a disc at the same time.
• Still images taken with a DVD camcorder and stored on an 8-cm disc cannot be recorded
onto a disc with the DVDirect.
Types of Recording
Two types of recording are available for creating photo DVDs: all photo
recording and photo select recording.
All photo recording
This method allows you to select at once all of the photos (taken with a digital
camera) stored on a memory card or all of the photos on the hard disk of an
HDD camcorder and record them onto a DVD with one touch. (Up to 2000
photos can be recorded.)
Photo select recording
This method allows you to select only the photos (taken with a digital camera)
that you want to record from a memory card and record them onto a disc.
Types of Photo DVD
The following types of photo DVD can be created with the DVDirect. You can
decide which to create at a message prompt that appears when ejecting the
disc.
Photo backup DVD (page 51, 54)
Photo backup DVDs allow you to store photos (JPEG files) taken with a digital
camera or HDD camcorder on a DVD disc. You can view the photo backup
DVD created with the DVDirect in the display window or view it using the
DVD drive of a computer.
Slideshow DVD (page 53, 56)
In addition to storing photos (JPEG files) taken with a digital camera or HDD
camcorder, slideshow DVDs allow you to view these photos as a slideshow.
You can play the slideshow DVD with commercial DVD players and even
include background music.
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Note
The picture quality of the photos played back in a slideshow is equivalent to that of video
DVDs.
Supported Memory Cards and Camcorders
The recording methods available differ as follows, depending on the type of
camera or storage device connected to the DVDirect.
Type of device
All photo
recording
Photo select
recording
USB
Memory card
(“Memory Stick
Duo,” “Memory
Stick,” SD Card,
xD-Picture Card, or
ComapactFlash
card)
Memory card slots
on the DVDirect
Other devices
connected to the
DVDirect’s USB
port (DVD
camcorders, digital
still cameras, USB
storage devices,
etc.)
USB
—
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Sony HDD
camcorder
Interface
Not available
Writable Discs That Can Be Used for Creating Photo DVDs
Compatible disc types for recording differ as follows, depending on the type
of device you are using.
Type of
device
DVD-R
DVD-R
DVD-RW DVD+R
DL
DVD+R
DL
DVD+RW
Sony HDD
camcorder
Memory
card
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About Created Photo DVDs
Slideshow DVDs
The contents of a DVD consist of sections, called titles, and smaller subsections, called chapters. When you create a slideshow DVD with the
DVDirect, a chapter is created for every 10 photos as shown in the following.
Title 1
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
10 Photos
10 Photos
10 Photos
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 2 3
Note
Up to 99 chapters per title can be created. This number may decrease depending on the quality
of the photos.
You can select from four different tunes for background music when creating
slideshow DVDs with the DVDirect (page 63).
As with video DVDs, you can also select from four different menu styles when
creating slideshow DVDs (page 63).
Storage locations on photo DVDs
The following shows the folders and files of a photo DVD as shown on a
computer screen.
All photos are stored in the folder “100VRDMC.”
Desktop
My Documents
My Computer
WinXP(C:)
VRD_MC1(D:)
AUDIO_TS
DCIM
100VRDMC
VIDEO_RM
VIDEO_TS
Sony MemoryStick - MG(...E:)
Control Panel
DSC00001
DSC00002
DSC00003
Hint
File names are automatically created when the photo DVD is created.
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DSC00004
Recording Photos Stored on a Memory
Card
Press the 1 (Power) button to turn on the DVDirect.
A message prompting you to insert a disc appears in the display window.
2
Insert a disc (page 17).
The DVDirect starts reading the inserted disc.
3
Insert the memory card into its corresponding memory card slot
(page 19).
The photos stored on the memory card are displayed in the display
window.
Type of
memory card
Number of photos
CF
DVD
1/23
Selection cursor
Check mark
Mark
REC
Menu
4
If you do not want to record all of the photos on the memory card,
remove the check marks from the photos you do not want to
record.
The check marks on the thumbnails indicate photos that will be recorded.
All of the thumbnails are checked when the photos are first loaded from the
memory card. If you want to record only a portion of the photos, remove
some of the check marks.
1) Press M or m to scroll through the photos.
2) Select a photo and press the
(Select) button to remove the check
mark.
3) Press the
(Select) button again to put the check mark back.
5
Press the
(Record) button to start recording.
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1
During recording, the progress appears in the display window, and the
(Record) button remains lit.
Note
Do not insert another memory card while recording onto a disc is in progress. Doing so
may cause a writing error.
When all of the photos are recorded onto the disc, recording automatically
stops, and the
(Record) button dims. Press the RETURN button to go
back to the main menu.
Hint
You can continue to add photos from another memory card onto the same disc. To do
this, change the memory card and press the
(Record) button after the new photos are
displayed in the display window.
6
Press the
(Eject) button.
A message asking whether to finalize the disc just recorded on appears.
Hint
This message will not appear when using a DVD+RW disc.
7
Select whether to finalize the disc.
For details on finalizing discs, see “What is ‘finalize disc’?” (page 66).
To finalize the disc:
Select [Yes] and press
(Select) button. A confirmation message will
appear, so select [Yes] and press the
(Select) button again. A message
asking whether to create a slideshow appears. Move on to the next step.
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To not finalize the disc:
Select [No] and press
(Select) button. The disc will be ejected without
finalization. This disc is not completed yet, and it cannot be played with
other DVD players or DVD drives of computers.
8
Select whether to create a slideshow.
Notes
• When a slideshow is created on a disc, you cannot record additional photos onto the
same disc.
• It takes a few minutes to complete finalizing for a photo backup DVD. The amount of
time it takes to complete a slideshow DVD depends on the number and size of the
photos. (For example, it may take 20 minutes or more to record 100 files (5-megapixel
photos) onto a DVD.)
When you press the
(Select) button, the disc is processed according to
your selections in steps 7 and 8. When all of the processing is complete, the
disc is ejected and the photo DVD is complete.
To record more photos
If you eject a disc after recording photos without finalizing, you can add photos
on the same disc later. Insert the disc and the memory card with additional
photos into the DVDirect, and then repeat from step 4.
To create a slideshow DVD with a single button touch
When [Slideshow Creation] is set to [ON] in the Setup menu (page 64), the
disc is finalized and a slideshow is created on the disc automatically after
recording the photos. The procedures from steps 6 to 8 are processed
automatically, and the slideshow DVD is complete.
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Creating/Viewing a Photo DVD
Press M or m to select whether to create a slideshow, and press the
(Select) button.
To complete the disc as a photo backup DVD, select [No].
To complete the disc as a slideshow DVD, select [Yes].
Recording Photos Stored on an HDD
Camcorder
1
Press the 1 (Power) button to turn on the DVDirect.
A message prompting you to insert a disc appears in the display window.
2
Insert a disc (page 17).
The DVDirect starts reading the inserted disc.
3
Press the RETURN button to display the main menu.
4
Press M or m to select [Photo , DVD], and then press the
(Select) button.
5
Press M or m to select [HDD Camcorder], and then press the
(Select) button.
6
Turn on the HDD camcorder, and set it to PLAY/EDIT mode.
7
Connect the camera to the DVDirect.
Connect the camera’s USB connector (Type mini B) to the DVDirect’s
USB connector (Type A) using a USB cable (not supplied).
USB cable (not supplied)
Note
The USB cable supplied with the DVDirect cannot be used to connect to an HDD or
DVD camcorder as the shape of the camera’s connector is different.
After connecting the USB cable, the USB SELECT screen appears in the
camera’s LCD screen.
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8
Touch [HDD] on the camera’s LCD screen.
60min
USB SELECT
DVD
BURN
END
HDD
PictBridge
PRINT
Once you touch [HDD], the DVDirect detects the connected camera, and
the display window on the DVDirect changes.
Press the
Creating/Viewing a Photo DVD
9
(Record) button to start recording.
During recording, the progress appears in the display window, and the
(Record) button remains lit.
When all of the photos are recorded onto the disc, recording automatically
stops, and the
(Record) button dims. Press the RETURN button to go
back to the main menu.
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10
Press the
(Eject) button.
A message asking whether to finalize the disc just recorded on appears.
Hint
This message will not appear when using a DVD+RW disc.
11
Select whether to finalize the disc.
For details on finalizing discs, see “What is ‘finalize disc’?” (page 66).
To finalize the disc:
Select [Yes] and press
(Select) button. A confirmation message will
appear, so select [Yes] and press the
(Select) button again. A message
asking whether to create a slideshow appears. Move on to the next step.
To not finalize the disc:
Select [No] and press
(Select) button. The disc will be ejected without
finalization. This disc is not completed yet, and it cannot be played with
other DVD players or DVD drives of computers.
12
Select whether to create a slideshow.
Press M or m to select whether to create a slideshow, and press the
(Select) button.
To complete the disc as a photo backup DVD, select [No].
To complete the disc as a slideshow DVD, select [Yes].
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Notes
• When a slideshow is created on a disc, you cannot record additional photos onto such
discs.
• It takes a few minutes to complete finalizing for a photo backup DVD. The amount of
time it takes to complete a slideshow DVD depends on the number and size of the
photos. (For example, it may take 20 minutes or more to record 100 files (5-megapixel
photos) onto a DVD.)
When you press the
(Select) button, the disc is processed according to
your selections in steps 11 and 12. When all of the processing is complete,
the disc is ejected and the photo DVD is complete.
To create a slideshow DVD with a single button touch
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Creating/Viewing a Photo DVD
You can create a slideshow DVD with a single touch of the
(Record)
button when [Slideshow Creation] is set to [ON] in the Setup menu (page 53,
64).
Viewing and Printing Photos
You can view and check the photos recorded on DVDs or stored on memory
cards in the display window on the top panel of the DVDirect. You can also
print these photos by connecting the DVDirect to a PictBridge-compatible
printer.
Note
You cannot output the photo images to external devices such as TVs.
1
Press the 1 (Power) button to turn on the DVDirect.
2
Insert the memory card or disc containing the photos you want
to view/print.
To insert a memory card, see page 19.
To insert a photo DVD created with the DVDirect, see page 17.
Hint
When you insert a finalized photo DVD, the auto setup function (page 15) activates and
the photos on the disc will be displayed automatically. In this case, skip to step 5.
3
Press the RETURN button.
The main menu appears in the display window.
4
Press M or m to select [Photo View/Print], and then press the
(Select) button.
Thumbnail images of the photos stored on the inserted media appear in the
display window.
Type of media
inserted
Selection cursor
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Number of photos
5
Press M, m, <, or , to move the selection cursor to the photo
you want to view or print, and press the
(Select) button.
A larger display of the selected photo appears in the display window.
Hint
You can also print images directly from the thumbnail display screen. To do this, skip to
step 6 after moving the cursor to the photo you want to print.
Type of media inserted
Number of photos
Creating/Viewing a Photo DVD
6
Press the
(Record) button.
The following message appears.
7
Turn on the printer and prepare it for printing.
For details on preparation, refer to the operating instructions for your
printer. (Refer to the section on connection with a PictBridge-compatible
device.)
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8
Connect your printer to the DVDirect using the supplied USB
cable.
The printer starts printing.
The message [Printing] will disappear when printing is finished.
Hint
To continue printing other photos, press M, m, <, or , to scroll and display the photo
you want to print, and then press the
(Record) button.
Notes on viewing and printing photos
• You cannot view or print photos from a photo DVD created on a device other
than the DVDirect (such as a computer).
• You can view and print JPEG-format photos taken with digital still cameras.
Any other photo files (JPEG files created, edited, or finished on a computer
for example) are not guaranteed to display or print using the DVDirect.
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B Setup
Using the Setup Menu
You can change the various settings for creating discs in the Setup menu
screen.
The following procedure displays the Setup menu.
Press the 1 (Power) button to turn on the DVDirect.
The display window turns on.
2
Press the RETURN button.
The main menu appears.
Setup
1
Hint
Whenever [RETURN] is displayed in the bottom left during operation of the DVDirect,
the main menu returns when you press the RETURN button.
3
Press m to select [Setup], and press the
The Setup menu appears.
(Select) button.
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Move the cursor by pressing M or m to select items or options to change,
and press the
(Select) button to confirm.
Rec Quality
Select the recording quality to use when creating a video DVD. This setting
only applies to Full Recording (DV camcorder) and Normal Video Recording
modes.
Rec Quality
Default
setting
Picture
quality
Recording time (approx.)
Single layer
disc
Double layer
disc
HQ
High
1 hour
2 hours
HSP
R
1.5 hours
3 hours
SP
Standard
2 hours
4 hours
LP
R
3 hours
6 hours
SLP
Low
6 hours
12 hours
Auto Stop Timer
Select the preset time used to stop recording automatically when creating a
video DVD. This setting only applies to Full Recording (DV camcorder) and
Normal Video Recording modes.
Setting
Default setting
Feature
OFF
30min to 8h
Recording automatically stops when the
preset time has passed after recording starts.
30 min, 60 min, 90 min, 2h, 3h, 4h, 6h, 8h are
available.
Note
The [Auto Stop Timer] setting is cancelled when the recording is completed, the
button is pressed during recording, or the power is turned off.
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(Stop)
Auto Chaptering
Specify a time interval at which to create chapter marks automatically on a
video DVD. This setting only applies to Full Recording (DV camcorder) and
Normal Video Recording modes.
Setting
Default setting
OFF
5min
10min
15min
Setup
DVD Menu
Select the type of menu to apply to a video DVD created with the DVDirect.
Setting
Menu 1 to 4
Default setting
1
Feature
Applies the selected menu to the video DVD’s
menu screen.
Slideshow BGM
Select whether to record background music onto a photo DVD (slideshow
DVD).
Setting
Default setting
OFF
Relaxation
POP
Whistle
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Slideshow Creation
Select whether to display a message prompting slideshow creation when you
press the
(Eject) button after recording for a photo DVD.
Setting
Default setting Feature
ON
After the photos are recorded onto the disc, a
slideshow is created and the disc is finalized
automatically allowing immediate playback
on a DVD player.
OFF
When you press the
(Eject) button after
recording to a disc, a message asking whether
to create a slideshow always appears in the
display window.
PC Connect
Select whether to use the DVDirect as a DVD/CD drive for your computer.
Setting
Default setting
Feature
Not use
Select this when you are not connecting the
DVDirect to a computer.
Use
Select this when using the USB connector
(Type A) to connect the DVDirect to a
computer. When the DVDirect is connected to
the computer, [PC Mode] appears in the
display window, and you can use the
DVDirect as a DVD/CD drive.
Finalize disc
Finalize a disc that was not finalized when ejected (page 66).
Hint
When using a DVD+RW disc, you do not need to finalize it.
1
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Insert a disc to finalize, press m to select [Finalize disc], and
press the
(Select) button.
The following message appears.
2
Press M or m to select [Yes], and press the
The following message appears.
(Select) button.
Setup
Finalize
Select
3
Press M or m to select [OK], and press the
4
The DVDirect starts finalization.
(Select) button.
For video DVDs
The following message appears.
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For photo DVDs
The following message appears.
To complete the disc as a photo backup DVD, select [No].
To complete the disc as a slideshow DVD, select [Yes].
Notes
• It takes a few minutes to complete finalizing for a video DVD or photo backup DVD.
• The amount of time it takes to complete a slideshow DVD depends on the number and
size of the photos. (For example, it may take 20 minutes or more to record 100 files (5megapixel photos) onto a DVD.)
After finalizing is completed, the disc can be ejected.
What is “finalize disc”?
To finalize the disc means to make the created disc playable on other DVD
devices.
When ejecting a disc immediately after recording, the DVDirect asks you if
you want to finalize the disc or not.
You can select to finalize the disc or not depending on your purpose.
(You can also finalize the disc from the Setup menu (page 61)).
Generally, you complete the disc by finalizing.
The finalized disc can be used like DVD-Video or DVD-ROM discs on a DVD
device.
See the following to check if finalizing is necessary for your intended
purposes.
Finalize the disc
• to create a disc playable on standard DVD players.
• to create a disc readable on standard DVD drives of computers.
• to create a disc to be distributed to others.
• to create a 100% complete disc (you do not intend to add videos or photos
later).
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Do not finalize the disc
• when you want to add videos to the same disc with the DVDirect later.
• when you want to add photos to the same disc with the DVDirect later.
• when you are not finished creating the disc (not yet playable on other DVD
devices).
The following shows the differences between a finalized disc and an
unfinalized disc.
Finalized disc
Unfinalized disc
—
Reading on DVD drives of
computers
—
Adding videos on the same disc
later
—
Adding photos on the same
disc later
—
Setup
Playing on standard DVD
players
Note
When using a DVD+RW disc, finalizing is unnecessary; no message prompting finalization
appears when ejecting the disc, and there is no need to finalize from the Setup menu.
You can always add videos or photos on a DVD+RW disc (excluding slideshow DVDs) with
the DVDirect, and the disc can always be played with a DVD player or the DVD drive of a
computer.
Erase disc
Erase all data recorded on a DVD+RW or DVD-RW disc. The erased disc is
reusable as a blank disc.
Notes
• Be aware that this operation erases all data.
• You cannot erase individual titles, chapters, or photos.
1
Insert a disc to erase, press m to select [Erase disc], and press
the
(Select) button.
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The following message appears.
2
Press M or m to select [Yes], and press the
The following message appears.
(Select) button.
3
Press M or m to select [Yes], and press the
The DVDirect starts erasing.
After erasing is completed, the disc can be ejected.
(Select) button.
System
You can check the system software version of the DVDirect.
Press m to select [System], and press the
(Select) button to display the
software version in the display window.
Hint
The system software is the built-in software that makes the DVDirect work.
Demo
Select whether to enable the demo.
Setting
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Default setting
Feature
ON
Enables the demo. When the DVDirect is not
operated for a set period of time, the demo
automatically appears in the display window.
OFF
Disables the demo.
Color System
Displays the color system used to create discs with the DVDirect. A created
disc cannot be played if there is a difference between the color system of the
disc and that of the DVD player.
Note
The appropriate color system is preset or the setting way not be selectable depending on the
country or region of use.
Language
Select the language display for the display window.
Setup
Note
Available languages may differ or the setting may not be selectable depending on the country
or region of use.
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B Using the DVDirect With a Computer
System Requirements
When using the DVDirect with your computer (PC Mode), the computer
system should meet the following requirements.*
❑ CPU: Pentium III, 800 MHz or higher (Pentium 4, 2 GHz or higher
recommended)
❑ RAM: 256 MB (512 MB or more recommended)
❑ 1 GB (10 GB for DVD creation) free hard disk space or more recommended
❑ Operating system:
Windows 2000 SP4 or Windows XP Home/Professional SP2
❑ Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0 compliant) port
*
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The above requirements are the minimum necessary requirements to write to disc normally.
Under actual operating conditions, the requirements imposed by your software must also
be met. For details, refer to your software documentation.
Setting Up the Computer
Installing the Software
1
Insert the supplied software disc into a drive on the computer.
The installer will start automatically.
Note
If the “Language Selection” screen appears, click a language button, and then click
[Application Install] to continue installation.
Click [Nero 7 Essentials] to install the software.
Using the DVDirect With a Computer
2
Click [Nero 7 Essentials]
3
After installation is completed, continue to install other options,
or click [EXIT] to finish installation.
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Connecting the DVDirect to a Computer
Note
Before using the DVDirect with a computer, set [PC Connect] in the Setup menu (page 64)
to [Use], Please note that this is not the default setting.
1
Connect the DVDirect to a power source using the AC adaptor
(page 14).
2
Connect the supplied USB cable to the DVDirect.
3
Press the 1 (Power) button to turn on the DVDirect.
4
Turn on your computer.
5
Connect the other end of the USB cable to your computer.
[PC Mode] appears in the display window.
Note
Please connect the DVDirect directly to a USB connector on the computer.
Computer
Click [My computer] and make sure the DVDirect icon has been added.
You can now use the DVDirect with your computer.
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Disconnection
The disconnection procedure varies depending on your OS.
When your computer detects the DVDirect successfully,
appears on the
Windows task bar. If you want to disconnect the DVDirect, you must first stop
it by clicking this icon.
Click
on the task bar, and select to disconnect the DVDirect
in the shortcut menu.
2
Follow the messages that appear, if any.
3
Disconnect the USB cable.
Note
If you disconnect the USB cable without performing the procedure above, your computer
may operate erratically or data may be damaged. Be sure to perform the procedure above
before disconnecting the USB cable.
Using Memory Card Slots
If you insert a memory card into the memory card slot when using the
DVDirect as an external DVD drive, you can use the memory card as a
removable disc for the computer. The memory card is displayed as a
“removable disk” icon in the “My Computer” folder of the Windows display.
Notes
• Insert only one memory card into the memory card slot. Furthermore, do not use more than
one memory card slot at a time.
• Do not connect the DVDirect and a USB memory card adapter to the computer at the same
time, as the DVDirect may not work properly.
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Using the DVDirect With a Computer
1
Using the Bundled Software
Use the bundled software to create or play back CDs and DVDs on your
computer with the DVDirect.
Launching “Nero StartSmart”
Using “Nero StartSmart,” your central starting point for all your audio, video,
data, backup, and recording tasks, you can choose a task from several
categories, launch Nero applications, use tools, and view manuals. (Refer to
the manuals or the online help for each application for details on their
operation.)
To launch “Nero StartSmart,” double-click the “Nero StartSmart”
icon, or
start [Nero StartSmart] from the program menu.
Task icons
Applications
Tools
Manuals
Move the cursor onto each icon or application to display a summary in a popup window. Click any of the icons or applications that you intend to use.
Notes on Using Other Software With the DVDirect
• Using software other than the bundled software (such as commercially
available software, shareware, or freeware) to write data to disc with the
DVDirect is not under warranty, and Sony provides no customer service for
such use.
• Make sure that the bundled writing software and other writing software do
not coexist on your computer. In particular, if another packet writing
software* exists in your computer, the software and/or computer may operate
erratically.
*
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Such as Drag-to-Disc (ROXIO), Direct CD (ROXIO), B’s CLIP (BHA), or DLA (Sonic).
B Additional Information
About Discs
Compatible Writable Discs
The following writable discs are compatible with the DVDirect.
Disc type
Logo
Using without
computer
Using with computer
Video DVD Photo DVD
creation
creation
Write
Read/
Playback
Additional Information
DVD+R
DVD+R DL
(Double layer)
DVD+RW
*
DVD+RW
High speed
*
DVD-R
DVD-R DL
(Dual layer)
DVD-RW
CD-R
CD-RW
CD-RW
High speed
CD-RW
ultra speed
CD-RW
ultra speed plus
**
* Except when recording from HDD or DVD camcorder with USB interface.
**Maximum ×16 speed
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Disc diameters
DVD
CD
Read
Write
12 cm
8 cm
—
12 cm
8 cm
Note
Only round discs should be used with the DVDirect. Never use odd-shaped discs (stars,
hearts, card shape, etc.), as they may damage the DVDirect
Recommended Writable Discs
We strongly recommend that you only use discs for which operation has been
guaranteed. You can obtain the latest list of writable discs for which operation
with the DVDirect has been guaranteed on the user support web site. See
page 82 for details.
Note
You can safely use most disc formats that comply with conventional standards with the
DVDirect. However, bear in mind that some commercially available discs do not comply
with the quality or performance standards necessary for use with the DVDirect. If you use
such discs, the DVDirect may automatically adjust the writing speed, or it may not be able to
write at all. Even if discs are successfully written on, they may cause errors when read.
Writable Discs and Compatibility
CD-R discs
Data can be written on this type of disc only once, and once it has been written,
it cannot be erased. Music CDs created on this media can be played on standard
CD players.
CD-RW discs
Data can be written on and erased from this type of disc repeatedly. Typically,
a new CD-RW disc can be rewritten about 1,000 times.
Music CDs created on this media cannot be played on a CD player unless it is
CD-RW compatible.
DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD+R DL, and DVD-R DL discs
Data can be written on this type of disc only once, and once it has been written,
it cannot be erased.
DVD+R DL (double layer) and DVD-R DL (dual layer) discs have two layers
on one side of the disc and have double the capacity conventional one-layer
discs.
DVD+RW and DVD-RW discs
Data can be written on or erased from this type of disc repeatedly. Typically,
a new DVD+RW or DVD-RW disc can be rewritten about 1,000 times.
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*Playback compatibility is not under warranty.
Precautions on Writing/Playing Discs
Write speed and compatible discs
• When writing data to disc at high speeds, you must use the appropriate type
of disc.
• Set the writing speed with your writing software. For details on configuring
the setting, refer to your writing software documentation.
• Writing speed may be adjusted automatically depending on the quality of the
disc used. In addition, writing speed may be limited by the transfer rate of
the computer, or the DVDirect may limit writing speed to preserve a good
reading quality.
DVD region codes
The playback of DVD-Video (DVD discs) is protected and controlled by a
region code setting. To use the DVDirect to play back DVD-Video on your
computer, the region code on the DVD, DVDirect, and DVD-Video playback
software must be identical.
The region code on the DVDirect can be changed up to five times, including
the initial assignment (RPC phase 2* standard). After changing the region code
five times, the setting becomes permanent and can no longer be changed. From
that point on, you can only play back DVD-Video whose region code matches
the one set on the fifth time.
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Additional Information
About playback/reading compatibility
CD-R and CD-RW discs created with the DVDirect can be read on most CDROM drives. However, some older CD-ROM drives cannot read CD-RW
discs.
In addition, CD-R music discs created and finalized with the DVDirect can be
played on most CD players, but there are some CD players and automobile CD
players that do not support or guarantee playback of CD-R discs.
Because of the differences in quality and characteristics between various
CD-ROM drive, CD player, CD-R disc, and CD-RW disc manufacturers,
playback may not be possible depending on the combination.*
DVD-Video discs created and finalized with the DVDirect can be played back
on most standard DVD players. In addition, DVD-ROM discs created and
finalized with the DVDirect can be played back on almost all DVD drives.
However, depending on the combination of the type of player/drive and the
disc, playback/reading may not be supported or possible. For example, some
drives do not support multi-session/multi-border DVD-ROM discs. In such
cases, the drive may only read the first session/border of the disc.
Further, because of the differences in quality and characteristics between
various DVD drive, DVD player, and disc manufacturers, playback/reading
may not be possible depending on the combination.
* Region Playback Control (RPC) standard.
Do not attempt to make unauthorized changes to the region code. Any
problems resulting from doing so are not covered by the warranty.
Hint
• You can change the region code of the DVDirect from it’s properties dialog box which is
accessible from the Device Manager.
• DVDs created in stand-alone operation have the region code “All.”
Playing back DVD-Video
DVD-Video disc playback conditions are sometimes determined by software
manufacturers. Because the drive plays back discs as determined by software
manufacturers, some drive functions may not always perform as expected.
When playing back DVD-Video, refer to the documentation accompanying
each disc.
About copy protected DVDs
Most DVD-Video discs on the market are protected against unauthorized
copy. Attempting to copy protected discs violates copyright laws.
About copy controlled CDs
The DVDirect is designed to play back discs conforming to the Compact Disc
(CD) standard. Audio CDs encoded with copyright protection technology are
now marketed by various record companies. Be aware that some of these discs
do not conform to the CD standard, and you may not be able to play them back
with the DVDirect. When using the DVDirect as an audio CD player, only use
audio CDs with the following mark. Some of these discs are encoded in such
a way as to prevent sampling and/or copy, while others can only be played
back under certain conditions. For details, refer to the documentation for your
audio CD.
Note on DualDiscs
A DualDisc is a two sided disc which mates DVD recorded material on one
side with digital audio material on the other side.
However, since the audio material side does not conform to the Compact Disc
(CD) standard, playback on the DVDirect is not guaranteed.
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About Memory Cards
About “Memory Stick”
A “Memory Stick” is a compact, portable IC recording medium.
The types of “Memory Stick” that can be used with the DVDirect are listed in
the table below. However, proper operation is not guaranteed for all “Memory
Stick” functions.
“Memory Stick” type
Read/Write
a
Memory Stick (MagicGate/Highspeed data transfer compatible)
a*
Memory Stick Duo
a
Memory Stick Duo (MagicGate/
High-speed data transfer
compatible)
a*
MagicGate Memory Stick
a*
MagicGate Memory Stick Duo
a*
Memory Stick PRO
a*
Memory Stick PRO Duo
a*
Additional Information
Memory Stick
* Reading/writing of data that requires MagicGate functions cannot be performed with the
DVDirect.
Note
When formatting a “Memory Stick,” use the format function of your digital camera. You can
also use “Memory Stick Formatter” on the supplied software disc. To install “Memory Stick
Formatter” onto your computer, start the installer, “MSfmtInst240.exe,” located in the folder,
“\MSfmt,” on the software disc. To launch “Memory Stick Formatter” after installation,
access the “Memory Stick Utility” folder in the program menu of Windows.
However, a “Memory Stick” formatted on a computer may not be usable depending on the
digital camera. In this case, the “Memory Stick” needs to be formatted again on the digital
camera.
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Notes on using “Memory Stick”
• If you slide the write-protect switch to LOCK with a fine-tipped object, you
cannot record, edit, or delete images.
Terminal
Write
enable
position
Write
protect
position
LOCK
LOCK
Terminal
Memo area
Memo area
“Memory Stick”
“Memory Stick Duo”
• The position and shape of the write-protect switch may differ depending on
the “Memory Stick” you use.
• Do not remove the “Memory Stick” while reading or writing data.
• Data may be corrupted in the following cases:
− when the “Memory Stick” is removed or the DVDirect is turned off during
a read operation
− when the “Memory Stick” is used in locations subject to static electricity
or electrical noise
About the CompactFlash/SD/xD-Picture Cards
With the multi memory card slot of the DVDirect, you can use a “Memory
Stick,” SD Card, and xD-Picture Card. With the CompactFlash Card slot of the
DVDirect, you can use a CompactFlash Storage Card (Type I/Type II) and
CF+Card (Type I/Type II)-compatible CompactFlash Storage Card. Not all the
memory card operations are supported.
Notes on use
• You cannot use CompactFlash Cards with a power specification of 3V (3.3V
or less) only. Do not insert other types of CompactFlash Card into the
DVDirect’s insertion slot. The DVDirect may be damaged.
• When using the CompactFlash Card adaptor, the write-protected card may
not work properly.
• You cannot read the data of a SD Card subject to copyright protection.
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Avoid using or storing the DVDirect in hot
or humid locations, or places where it might
be subject to severe vibration or direct
sunlight.
• To protect important data, always keep
discs in their cases.
• Do not wipe writable discs using a disc
cleaner before recording data. Instead, use
a blower to remove any dust.
• Data may not be recorded properly if there
are scratches or dust on the unrecorded
area of writable discs. Handle discs very
carefully.
Transportation
Handling memory cards
• Please repack the DVDirect in its original
carton when shipping by itself.
• If the DVDirect is to be shipped, remove
any disc beforehand.
• Do not drop, bend, or submit the memory
cards to external shock.
• Do not disassemble or modify the memory
cards.
• Avoid touching the terminal of a memory
card or touching it with a metal object.
• Avoid getting liquids on a memory card or
using them in areas subject to high
humidity.
• Avoid using or storing a memory card in a
location subject to:
− extremely high temperature, such as the
interior of a car, outdoors exposed to
direct sunlight, or near a heater.
− direct sunlight
− high humidity
− corrosive substances
− excessive dust
− electrostatic or electronic noises
− magnetic fields
• When storing or carrying a memory card,
keep it in its original case to ensure
protection of important data.
• Avoid removing a memory card from its
slot or turning off the power button while
the DVDirect is accessing it, as data may
be rendered unreadable.
Precautions
Operation and storage conditions
Moisture condensation
Do not expose the DVDirect to sudden
temperature changes. Do not use the
DVDirect immediately after moving it from
a cold to warm location or raising the room
temperature suddenly, as condensation may
have formed within the DVDirect. If the
temperature changes suddenly while using
the DVDirect, keep the power on, but stop
using it for at least an hour.
Handling discs
• Handle discs only by the edges. Never
touch the recording surface.
• Do not affix labels on discs.
• Do not store discs in dusty or humid
locations, in direct sunlight, or near heatgenerating devices.
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Technical Support
Support Overview
User Support Web Site
You can find the following information on
this web site. The information is periodically
updated, so we recommend that you visit
regularly.
• Information about the DVDirect
• Latest system software (firmware)
• Frequently asked questions
• Troubleshooting guide
• Compatible discs
• Supported camcorders
• Operating instructions
• Others
Accessing the user support web
site
Sony Storage Support web sites
(As of August, 2006)
http://sony.storagesupport.com/
* Information in English only.
About the Bundled Software
Detailed information about the supplied
software is available on the web site of the
software manufacturer.
http://www.nero.com
System Software Updates
We recommend using the DVDirect with the
latest system software (also referred to as
firmware) as some problems encountered
when using the DVDirect can be solved
simply by updating the system software. The
system software updates are available on the
user support web site. Access the site, make
sure that there is an update for your
DVDirect, and follow the instructions on the
screen to proceed with download and
installation.
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Please visit the web sites on this page for
technical support and other information on
the DVDirect and the supplied software.
When asking questions by telephone or
e-mail, please have the following
information available:
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Model number: VRD-MC3
Serial number
Date and place of purchase
Computer maker and model number
Computer specifications (CPU speed,
memory size, OS version, etc.)
• Writing software used (version, etc.)
Local technical support is only
available in specified sales regions.
The customers in these regions
should be provided with a warranty
card for this product. For contact
information, refer to the warranty
card.
Note that technical support
conditions may vary according to
the locality, and that charges and/
or limited service may apply in
some regions.
Sony Global Sites Information
(As of June, 2006)
Product purchased in the USA:*
http://sony.storagesupport.com/
Product purchased in Canada:
http://www.sony.ca/
Product purchased in Australia or New
Zealand:
http://www.sony.com.au/
Product purchased in Europe:*
http://www.sonyisstorage.com/
Product purchased in Hong Kong:*
http://www.sony.com.hk/Electronics/cp
Product purchased in China:*
http://www.sony.com.cn/ed/cp
Specifications
Product purchased in Singapore:
http://www.sony-asia.com/storage/
Stand-alone operation
Product purchased in Taiwan:*
http://www.sony.com.tw/ds/
Product purchased in Korea:*
http://www.sony.co.kr/cp
Product purchased in Brazil:
http://www.sony.com.br/eletronicos
Product purchased in the Middle East:
http://www.sony-mea.com/
* Local Web sites for computer peripheral
products
Recordable discs
DVD+R
DVD+R DL
DVD+RW
DVD-R
DVD-RW
Video encoding
MPEG-2
Audio encoding
Dolby Digital (2ch)
Supported photo file (photo backup)
JPEG, DCF2.0 compliant
Printing
PictBridge compliant, printer
connection via USB port
DVD/CD rewritable drive
Maximum write speed*/Recordable discs
DVD+R DL 8x, DVD+R 16x,
DVD+RW 8x, DVD-R DL 8x, DVD-R
16x, DVD-RW 6x, CD-R 40x, CD-RW
24x
Maximum read speed
DVD-ROM 16x, DVD-Video 6x,
CD-ROM 40x, CD-DA 8x
Buffer capacity
2 MB
* Use discs appropriate to each writing speed.
Interface
DV IN1)
4-pin i.LINK (IEEE1394), S100,
DVC-SD input
VIDEO input
1 Vp-p/75 ohms
S VIDEO input
Y: 1 Vp-p/75 ohms
C: 0.286 Vp-p/75 ohms
AUDIO input
2 Vrms, Impedance more than
47 kilohms
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Memory Card slot
Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick2), SD
Memory Card2), xD-Picture Card2),
CompactFlash
USB port
Type A 3), type B
Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0 compliant)
1)
2)
3)
For DV input from DV or Digital8 camcorders
only.
You cannot record video from MICROMV or
HDV camcorders (HDV format) and other
digital video devices having the i.LINK
connector. You cannot use the DVDirect by
connecting it to a computer with an i.LINK
connector.
Multi card slot
For Sony HDD or DVD camcorder (excluding
camcorders supporting AVCHD format)
connection only.
General
Power
DC 12 V (supplied from the DC IN jack)
Consumption
Max. 2.5 A
AC adaptor*
Type: MPA-AC1
Input: 100 V - 240 V
Output: DC 12 V/3 A
* Use an AC power cord appropriate to the
region or country of use.
Size
Approx. 204 × 65 × 222 mm (W×H×D)
Weight
Approx. 1.75 kg
Operating temperature
5 ºC to 35 ºC
Design and specifications are subject to
change without notice.
Screen displays in this manual may not be
the same as those of the product.
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