Does not record blu-ray for Sony Mini-DV Camcorders
Jasper Walker "J.W.", Amazon
11 January 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.
Summary: I've read some of the negative reviews here but Sony's VBD-MA1 is perfection (and I'd be the first to pick on Sony). It's right out-of-the-box and operating within minutes and burning fabulous Blu-Ray 1080i HD. Carefully read the SPECS before you buy it.
Summary: Finally Sony has developed and released a method to be able to record the Hi-8 tapes from the Sony cameras on a format which is more readily available. I have done some 8 tapes to date, and find the DVD disc very readable on a DVD player, and it works well through a digital projector as well.
Summary: I bought a Sony HandyCam HDR CX-130 Camcorder, the lowest priced Sony HD Camcorder. It's $150 less than the 160G unit. Well with a 16G Class 4 SD card I can record 2 hours of HD video. I used the $150 I saved to buy this unit. This unit is amazing. It can put my 2 hour HD video on a Blu Ray or DVD.
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.
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.
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 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?