Creating/Viewing a Photo DVD. Sony VRD-MC3, DVDirect VRD-MC3

Creating/Viewing a Photo DVD. Sony VRD-MC3, DVDirect VRD-MC3

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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 Interface

Sony HDD camcorder

Memory card

(“Memory Stick

Duo,” “Memory

Stick,” SD Card, xD-Picture Card, or

ComapactFlash card)

Other devices connected to the

DVDirect’s USB port (DVD camcorders, digital still cameras, USB storage devices, etc.)

USB

Memory card slots on the DVDirect

USB

All photo recording

Photo select recording

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

Sony HDD camcorder

DVD-R

Memory card

DVD-R

DL

DVD-RW DVD+R

DVD+R

DL

DVD+RW

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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 DSC00004

Hint

File names are automatically created when the photo DVD is created.

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Recording Photos Stored on a Memory

Card

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

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

CF DVD 1 / 23

Number of photos

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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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.

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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.

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.

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].

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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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

PictBridge

PRINT

HDD

END

Once you touch [HDD], the DVDirect detects the connected camera, and the display window on the DVDirect changes.

9

Press the (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.

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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].

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

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).

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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.

Number of photos Type of media inserted

Selection cursor

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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

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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