Introducing DVDirect. Sony VRD-MC3, DVDirect VRD-MC3

Introducing DVDirect. Sony VRD-MC3, DVDirect VRD-MC3

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Introducing DVDirect

Introduction

Burning video 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.

Burning photo DVDs

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.

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)

Incremental Recording

1

page 31

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

1

page 31

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

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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

® the Sony DVD Handycam

and “DVD camcorder” refers to

®

. 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)

• 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).

10

Top panel

1

2

3

4

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.

11

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.

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.

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Right side panel

1 2 3 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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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.

14

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.

Accessing functions from the main menu

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

,

15

16

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:

DVD Video Preview:

Photo View/Print:

Setup:

Create a photo DVD

(page 48).

Playback a created video DVD

(page 46).

Display or print out photos

(page 58).

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].

Inserting a Disc

To insert a disc, perform the following while the DVDirect is turned on.

1

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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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.

Inserting a Memory Card

Insert the memory card into its corresponding memory card slot.

SD xD CF

Memory

Stick Duo

Memory

Stick

CompactFlash

SD Card xD-Picture 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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