Comes out perfect. I bought 3 of these as they are ...
R. K. Syrett, Amazon
12 November 2014
Summary: If you have a camera that records in AVCHD, you can make blu rays with just the SD card. Comes out perfect. I bought 3 of these as they are no longer making them. The best recorder on the market. They will work with Canon, Sony and any camera that records in AVCHD. Just use your SD card.
Summary: I think it's been discontinued. Too bad. I purchased on the recommendation of a friend, and have loved this product. You can read reviews from people much more savvy than I. But I do know this: if you have a high-res, 1080p camcorder, how else are you going to back up all your movies? if you copy to dvd, you lose resolution (it WILL compress the video and you lose resolution). I didn't want that: I paid more money for a high-res' camera for a reason.
Summary: After 1.5 years the item crashed... Could not take out a disc. After moderate usage.... The disc brand was Optical Quantum. I burned 75 Optical Quantum disc. Not happy with the overall result beware or weigh expense vs other models. Risk to your reward per se.
Summary: I bought this Sony VBD-MA1 two years ago to use it for my brand new Professional Sony HXR-MC2000 high-definition camcorder. At first, works like a champ using a Sony blank 50gb blu ray. The quality of the video is outstanding (1080i). After using it for three months, it quit on me. The recorder keep saying "fail to record" I called the Sony service center in Texas and told me to send it back to them so they can look at it.
Summary: I have used other DVD burners (this is the first Blu-Ray burner I ever used), and on many occasions have encountered error conditions which turned the DVD I was burning into a coaster. Furthermore, I have "successfully" recorded DVDs using other units which were very temperamental about which Blu-Ray and DVD players could play them without sticking, skipping, or freezing up the player. Not this VBD-MA1!
Summary: In theory, you could burn your camcorder videos to disks for free using your computer and some software, but this requires a bit of tinkering - especially if your camcorder uses magnetic tape as opposed to digital medium such as a hard drive or flash memory. The beauty of this product is that you don't even need a computer. Some of the negative comments have to do with the fact that mini-DV downgrades HD video to SD in order to burn it onto a DVD.
Summary: This device does as promised. If you create video in a 2011 video camera, it is probably in AVCHD file format which is not mac compatible. By moving your files on to an SD card you insert the SD memory card (containing the high-def AVCHD files) into this burner. Stick in a disk, DVD or blue ray. It does not matter for playback quality because it maintains the file format as high-quality HD video in AVCHD on either disk medium.
Does not record blu-ray for Sony Mini-DV Camcorders
Jasper Walker "J.W.", Amazon
23 December 2012
Summary: I did not even pull this out of the box, because if you look very closely at the back of the cover it tells you that Sony Mini-DV cameras can only download standard definition video. I already have a sony VRDMC5 DVDirect burner which does the same thing. Thankfully Amazon refunded my money less only a small shipping fee. I really have enjoyed the ease of use from my prior DVDirect burner.