Summary: I've used this device now to archive an 8-tape set of teaching videos my staff has had limited ability to access while stuck on VHS. The transfer process is incredibly simple. Turn on the device, format your DVD (a wide range are compatible), set your quality setting, start the tape and HIT THE BIG RED BUTTON. Navigation through the basic menu is simple. One thing that's led to a few DVD-coasters: remember to stop the burner *before the end of the DVD's recording limit*.
Summary: This works extremely well for copying home videos. However, after making a photo slideshow DVD and a photo backup DVD, I'm disappointed that all photos are transferred horizontally, including the vertical ones, thus making the DVD essentially worthless. No instruction in the book as to how to rectify this. Also, photo DVDs can't be read on a MAC, only a PC. Very disappointing in this way. But great for videos.
Summary: I purchased the Sony DVDirect VRD-MC3 Video Recorder from Costco. When I took it home, it formated as illustrated in the manual, recorded midway through a recording, and then locked-up! I threw away the DVD and retried. The recording stopped again in another place. Initially, I thought it was signaling problems coming from my entertainment center equipment. It recorded full DVDs intermittently and choked other times!
Summary: Having a few hundred VCRs that I want to preserve, this product is just what I needed. The one drawback that I can see so far is that there seems to be no way to edit the DVD. I wish I could transfer the VCR to my computer. It's easy to use and I'm enjoying the process.
Summary: Once I got it going, this DVR was VERY easy to use. The one problem I had was getting it going initially. I do not have a Sony digital video camera, I have a JVC, and I tried to hook up the camera with the DVR via a USB cable (as it said I should in the manual) and it would not work at all.
Summary: I am extremely happy with this product. I bought it to transfer tapes from a Sony Hi8, Sony DV and VHS. In the past I had transfered the Hi8 and DV tapes via my computer. The problem was that this took time (to do properly) and tied up my computer. Not being particularly interested in doing video editing, I really found the transfer process boring. In the end I just gave up. I bought the burner due to its simple interface.
Summary: I have been putting off the project of converting all of my old VHSC and DV tapes of my children growing up, into DVD's. I read that the tapes only last for around 15 years or so and I don't use a VCR anymore, so I needed to make the change. It seemed too complicated to somehow hook my VCR, or camera up to my computer and then load up my hard drive with the movies, so I bought this product. It is very easy to use, just plug in your VCR, or Camcorder and let it run.
Summary: I bought this item at Costco since I wanted to transfer my old 8mm Video camcorder tapes into a digital format using DVD. I didn't want to load any new software on my PC and was intrigued by the ability of this device to be used without a PC. The best feature on this device is that it's easy to use. I had no problem formatting and recording to my 4.6gig R+ DVD's.