Summary: I purchased this DVD recorder with the main purpose of archiving my dozens of VHS tapes onto DVDs...which it does great! I also have a Canon HD camcorder model HF-10. I did not buy the Canon DVD recorder that is recommended for the HF-10 because it did not seem as versatile or able to connect to a VHS player. The Sony VRDMC5 works very good with inputs from my VHS players via a yellow video and audio red/white cable. Very user friendly.
Summary: Great for making regular DVD's from VHS or from other than Sony camcorders. Will not function for making HD DVD's from Canon camcorders, but I was fairly sure that would be the case when I ordered it. I have to have a Canon burner to make Blu-Ray disks and a Sony to make standard disks since neither of them will do both. Somewhat expensive, but the only solution that would let me make both Blu-Ray and standard DVD's from my Canon HF 100 camcorder.
One of the best multipurpose video DVD archival units available
Dion Hinchcliffe "Itinerant traveler through ..., Amazon
26 September 2008
Summary: Whether you're looking for a way to quickly free up tapes and memory cards so you can take more pictures, want to archive old footage on VCR tapes, or master videos and photos quickly onto DVD, the VRDMC5 is a versatile Swiss Army knife that can take a wide variety of inputs and chuff out finalized DVDs rapidly.
Summary: I purchased this recorder after researching for a simple device to convert old VHS movies and digital camcorder tapes. After a quick read of the manual I was able to get going in less than 10 minutes. An added bonus which is only mentioned as a one-liner on the box; you can record shows/sports directly from your TiVo or DVD recorder. There is an array of formats (hi-def to standard) to record in and the screen menu is easy to navigate. Good product!
Summary: I just bought one of these in February 2008. It is very good but you must know exactly what you are getting it for. In my opinion, this product is very good for two specific uses: 1) The best use for it (and the main reason I got it) is to convert old videotapes (home movies) to DVD. Most of mine happened to be on miniDV tape so I was able to use the DV (firewire) connection. But the regular a/v connection works fine for VHS and other sources too.
Summary: Works great easy enough to use that a non-techno geek can make it sing. So far we have transfered 40 hours of old movies, great to reliv the past. I can't believe how much the kids have grown. I would recommend this machine to anyone who wants to make the change to DVD.
Summary: This was exactly what the doctor ordered. I did a lot of research trying to find the best (and most economical way) to transfer our 8mm and DV videotapes to DVD so we could enjoy them with ease (as opposed to having to hook the video recorder to the TV and search endlessly through old tapes). Services ranged from $20 to $40 PER TAPE. This baby is easy to use and does a great job. And with the price point, it pays for itself.
Summary: Okay - I love this item for what it can NOW do for me and how EASILY it finally ended up doing it. I gave it four instead of five stars because of what I had to DO to get it to work the way I needed it to. I have fourteen years - wedding, holidays and 3 children - worth of Video Cassettes ranging from 1994 - Sony, HG120, NTSC, Video 8 tapes TO 2008 - Sony, Hi8MP Digital 8 tapes.
Careful if planning on importing VIDEO from an SD-card!
L. Bradshaw, Amazon
8 December 2007
Summary: I am giving this a 4 star just for being pure genius by Sony. I will not be using this as I prefer to use software and edit my videos and DVD's ; however, this is the PERFECT gift for many of my family members who are just looking for SIMPLICITY. I was testing it out with my MP4 video files from SD card using the nice little SD card slot on the unit. Unfortunately,the unit only recognizes still images (photos) on SD cards!
Summary: I bought this Sony device about 10 days ago, and have transferred every single Hi 8 mm cassette that I own to DVD. Each DVD+R holds one hour of video in HQ mode. I was using it in five minutes without reading any instructions. I agree that there are not that many buttons, which is nice. I have not tried double layer DVDs. I paid $180 plus tax at Best Buy.