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: The device cannot display on the TV and has no remote control, can not be registered from standard video on Blu-ray high-definition, But wonderful in the recorded on DVDs also you can use it as an external burner of the computer by Blu-ray.
Summary: I have a Cannon Vixia HF m41 and bought this burner to convert the sd card to Blu Ray Disc and it worked great. I played it on my blu ray player and had spectacular movies of my son's wedding on the Samsung TV...
Summary: I have a Canon HD camcorder; The Sony VBD-MA1 DVDirect MA1 MultiFunction Blu-Ray Disc/DVD Recorder does not recognize my camcorder with the USB connection but it read and records HD videos on Blu-ray Disc and HD DVDs from the SD card recorded by the Canon. If you are looking for a fast, portable, and the best quality recordeing video, this is the best choice.