Additional Information. Sony VRD-MC3, DVDirect VRD-MC3

Additional Information. Sony VRD-MC3, DVDirect VRD-MC3


Additional Information

About Discs

Compatible Writable Discs

The following writable discs are compatible with the DVDirect.

Disc type Logo

Using without computer

Video DVD creation

Photo DVD creation

Using with computer






(Double layer)



High speed



(Dual layer)







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





Disc diameters

12 cm

8 cm

12 cm

8 cm

Read Write


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.


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.


About playback/reading compatibility

CD-R and CD-RW discs created with the DVDirect can be read on most CD-

ROM 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.

*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.


* 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.


• 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.


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

Memory Stick

Memory Stick (MagicGate/Highspeed data transfer compatible)

Memory Stick Duo

Memory Stick Duo (MagicGate/

High-speed data transfer compatible)

MagicGate Memory Stick

MagicGate Memory Stick Duo

Memory Stick PRO

Memory Stick PRO Duo



a a




a *

a *



a *

* Reading/writing of data that requires MagicGate functions cannot be performed with the



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.


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.


Write enable position

Write protect position



Memo area

“Memory Stick”

Memo area

“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.



Operation and storage conditions

Avoid using or storing the DVDirect in hot or humid locations, or places where it might be subject to severe vibration or direct sunlight.


• Please repack the DVDirect in its original carton when shipping by itself.

• If the DVDirect is to be shipped, remove any disc beforehand.

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.

• 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.

Handling memory cards

• 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.

• Do not affix labels on discs.

• Do not store discs in dusty or humid locations, in direct sunlight, or near heatgenerating devices.


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)

* Information in English only.

About the Bundled Software

Detailed information about the supplied software is available on the web site of the software manufacturer.

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.

Technical Support

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:

• 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:*

Product purchased in Canada:

Product purchased in Australia or New


Product purchased in Europe:*

Product purchased in Hong Kong:*


Product purchased in China:*

Product purchased in Singapore:

Product purchased in Taiwan:*

Product purchased in Korea:*

Product purchased in Brazil:

Product purchased in the Middle East:

* Local Web sites for computer peripheral products


Stand-alone operation

Recordable discs






Video encoding


Audio encoding

Dolby Digital (2ch)

Supported photo file (photo backup)

JPEG, DCF2.0 compliant


PictBridge compliant, printer connection via USB port

DVD/CD rewritable drive

Maximum write speed*/Recordable discs

DVD+R DL 8x, DVD+R 16x,


16x, DVD-RW 6x, CD-R 40x, CD-RW


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.




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


Memory Card slot

Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick


, SD

Memory Card


, xD-Picture Card




USB port

Type A


, type B

Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0 compliant)


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.



DC 12 V (supplied from the DC IN jack)


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.


Approx. 204




222 mm (W






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.


Rev. 1.0




P/N 7819901750

Sony Corporation Printed in China

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