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Sony DVDirect MA1 Multi-Function Blu-ray Disc/DVD Recorder

B&H # SOVBDMA1 Mfr # VBD-MA1
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Product Highlights
  • Record Videos on to Blu-ray Disc or DVD
  • Store Your Photos on Blu-ray Disc or DVD
  • Transfer from Camcorders, Cameras & VHS
  • Integrated 2.7" Color LCD Preview Screen
  • Sony Cams Support AVCHD 1080i Transfer
  • USB Connectivity for Sony Cameras Only
  • Composite Video & Stereo Audio Inputs
  • Memory Stick PRO & SD/SDHC/SDXC Support
  • Create Disc Titles, Menus & Chapters
  • External BD Writer for Your Computer

The Sony DVDirect MA1 Multi-Function Blu-ray Disc/DVD Recorder affords a quick and easy way to transfer your home movies, VHS and digital photos to stunning Blu-ray Disc or DVD. It does this without the need for a PC. The 2.7" color LCD screen lets you preview video or up to six photos at a time. If you record high-definition AVCHD 1080i video from your Sony camera or camcorder, you can quickly transfer it to Blu-ray Disc. There's also an integrated Memory Stick PRO / PRO Duo card slot, as well as an SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot. The VBD-MA1 is even equipped with high-speed USB 2.0 ports for transferring data from your Sony video/digital camera to Blu-ray Disc or DVD. If you have a computer for editing, the DVDirect can function as an external PC burner by recording your edited movies from your computer onto either Blu-ray Disc or DVD. Essentially, the DVDirect MA1 allows you to preserve your memories from virtually any camera, VHS tape or camcorder - although Sony cameras are recommended. Plus, you can also catalog your home movies and digital stills with theatrical titles, disc menus and even movie chapters - so when family and friends stop by asking to see that one hilarious moment or that fully edited home movie, all you'll have to do is load your pre-made Blu-ray Disc or DVD.

Versatile Video Recording via Analog or Digital
Record from almost any camcorder, VCR, or digital video recorder without a PC. Copy your precious moments to Blu-ray Disc media or DVD for archiving or for sharing with family and friends. Use USB and i.LINK for Sony devices, or load memory cards directly into the unit. There's also a composite video and stereo RCA audio inputs to handle a wide range of non-Sony cameras, VHS tapes via VCR, and many other sources 1
Record AVCHD 1080i Video (Sony Only)
Use the VBD-MA1's digital inputs to transfer high-definition AVCHD 1080i video from your Sony camcorder or camera to Blu-ray Disc or DVD. For digital inputs, the burner features an iLink connection port and dual USB ports that are compatible with your Sony video/digital cameras only (AVCHD transfer for Sony Memory Card & Hard Drive Camcorders/Cameras only). However, you can also connect your computer via USB and iLink to the VBD-MA1 for external BD writing 2
Convenient 2.7" LCD Video/Photo Viewing Screen
The built-in 2.7-inch color LCD screen enables you to preview your videos. You can also use it to preview up to six digital photos at one time
Memory Card Slots
Built-in memory card slots support Memory Stick PRO and PRO Duo cards, as well as Secure Digital (SD) cards including SD, SDHC and SDXC card types
External PC Burner
The VBD-MA1 can be used as an external BD writer by connecting it to your computer. Movies edited on your computer can be recorded to Blu-ray Disc
Extended Recording Time
With the choice of five different quality modes, you can record up to 19 hours of high-definition video on a single disc
Create Titles, Menus & Chapters
You can create Blu-ray Disc or DVD menus and titles automatically or choose from four preset menu designs. There is also automatic chaptering every 5, 10 or 15 minutes of recording
System NTSC
Card Readers Supported Memory Stick Duo
Memory Stick PRO
Memory Stick PRO Duo
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards
Memory Capacity Supports up to 6000 photos (max)
Recording High-Definition (HD) Video Recording
Standard-Definition (SD) Video Recording
Digital Still Image (Photo) Recording
Inputs Composite Video (RCA) x 1
Stereo Audio (RCA) x 2 (Left/Right)
USB Ports x 2 (Sony or Computer)
i.Link 4-Pin Connection Port (IEEE1394) x 1 (Camcorder Only)
USB Port Yes x 2
IEEE-1394 (FireWire/DV/iLink) Yes (4-pin i.Link for camcorder connection only)
Aspect Ratio 16:9 (Wide Screen)
4:3 (Full Screen)
Audio Decoder Dolby Digital (2-Channel)
Supported Formats BD-R, BD-R DL, BD-R LTH, BD-RE, BD-RE DL, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW
Source USB DV (Recording)
Analog (Recording)
Recording Time Approx. 3.0 Hours per DVD
Approx. 9.5 Hours per Blu-ray Disc (BD)
Encoding Formats Digital Video / Analog Video: MPEG-2 (Standard DVD)
Disc Capacity BD HD LP-Mode: 9.5 Hours (max)
DVD LP-Mode Mode: 9.5 Hours (max)
Power Consumption 30W
Dimensions 5.75 x 1.7 x 6.5" (14.4 x 4.3 x 16.2 cm)
Weight 1.2 lb (0.6 kg)
Sony DVDirect MA1 Multi-Function Blu-ray Disc/DVD Recorder
  • AC Adapter
  • AC Power Cord
  • USB Cable
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    SonyDVDirect MA1 Multi-Function Blu-ray Disc/DVD Recorder
     
    3.9

    (based on 57 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (24)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (19)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (5)

    80%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy set-up (19)
    • Excellent image quality (18)
    • Attractive (13)
    • Easy to use (13)
    • Good connections (13)

    Cons

    • Slow load time (4)
    • Flimsy construction (3)
    • Not upgradeable (3)

    Best Uses

    • Home (25)
    • LCD TV (5)
    • Office (4)
    • Plasma TV (4)
    • Professional (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Power user (26), Enthusiast (19), Casual user (9)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (51)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great product

    - Burns Blu-ray discs from PC or Macintosh--Perfect for MacBook Air

    - Burns AV without the need for computer, so no capture card needed or CPU-consuming CODEC-based compression
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    - Burns Blu-ray discs from PC or Macintosh--Perfect for MacBook Air

    - Burns AV without the need for computer, so no capture card needed or CPU-consuming CODEC-based compression

    - Memory card slot real handy, Sony Memory Stick but accepts SD too (and Sony does not like to support competitors' technology)

    - FireWire (OK i.Link) video in for older and Pro cameras of any brand (MacBook Air missing this so makes me & my JVC happy)

    - USB port (the larger one) for modern Sony-only cameras, old CyberShot not supported, at least not mine, so, not useful, much better if HDD were accepted by the port. Still a minor thing, just ignore the port if your camera is a Cisco Flip! Mino HD like mine

    - Not silent at all, fan is quite noisy, but I don't care personally. Apple PowerBook G4 I used to have sounded like a jet engine when hot

    - LCD screen: I would have paid $100 more just for that, just fantastic when you need to know where VHS movies start

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good, but could use many improvements

    This will be lengthy, so please bear with me. I want to go into detail about what I believe to be the pros and cons of the VBD-MA1, so that you can decide...Read complete review

    This will be lengthy, so please bear with me. I want to go into detail about what I believe to be the pros and cons of the VBD-MA1, so that you can decide whether or not it is right for you.Several clients have wanted a DVD of footage immediately following an event. [...] each successive DVD recorder I tried had the same poor result—a widescreen image was squeezed into a 4:3 aspect ratio and a 4:3 image was compressed even further (making the image actually taller than it was wide). A combination of DVD player and TV settings could stretch the image back out to the correct aspect ratio, though this also resulted in poor image quality.So I had faint hope when I saw Sony had added this Blu-Ray recorder to their DVDirect line. In my first test, I recorded a DVD using the component out from my Sony HXR-NX5U, then added widescreen footage shot with my old Panasonic MiniDV cam (via the DV firewire in), and then recorded programs in a variety of formats from the component out on a digital TV receiver. When I played the resulting disc back using a Vizio Blu-Ray player hooked up to an HDTV via HDMI, I was dismayed to see the widescreen image compressed to 4:3, and 4:3 double-pillarboxed into a funhouse-mirror image. But then I changed the player settings to present all video as widescreen and, what do you know, the video was now in the proper aspect ratios (both the 16:9 and 4:3 content) and looked great. Then I tested the disc on a 4:3 TV. I would have bet good money it would have displayed incorrectly, but no—the widescreen content was displayed as letterboxed and the 4:3 content took up the entire screen.So, at this point, the recorder has produced a DVD that displays anamorphic widescreen video on 4:3 TVs, but needs some settings tweaked to display correctly on widescreen monitors. Not ideal, but workable.But, seeing as to how this is a Blu-Ray recorder, how were results in that format? I recorded a disc using the component out from my NX5U and then another clip reading the SDHC card from the camera. The resulting Blu-Ray disc played fine in my player, and the footage from the SDHC card looked great. But the footage from the component in/out was subpar, which is expected, as you are not going to get HD quality through that.Which brings up a fundamental problem with this device: the inputs are component, DV (firewire) and USB for Handycam only (though it will also read SDHC cards used in the NX5U—that said, it will not see the FMU128 external drive). Without an HDMI input, your options for recording HD to this device are rather limited.Also, there are no outputs on this device, which disappointed me. There's a tiny screen where you see the video being input, but there's no way to tell if you are capturing audio. I hope future additions to the DVDirect line allow for looping, or pass-through, so that you can see exactly what you are recording.Somewhat countering the cons was the pleasant surprise that this device effortlessly interfaces with my Mac. I had no problems burning a DVD via the recorder using DVD Studio Pro. But as far a burning a Blu-Ray disc, the most recent version of DVD Studio Pro cannot produce these, and the discs I tried to produce via Adobe Encore CS3 would not play in my Vizio Blu-Ray player (and, even then, I could only work around a persistent "primary video stream attributes must be consistent" error by deleting my audio track). Turns out the most recent version of Final Cut will produce a Blu-Ray disc (via the "Share" option on the "File" menu), but as a simple disc from a selection of predefined menus. Admittedly, the quality of the video on the resulting disc was stunning, but this workflow is not ideal.Lastly, if you are shooting with an AVCHD camera, you can only record video straight from your SDHC card to a DVD if you shoot in the lesser-quality FH mode (or lower). Apparently, the recorder cannot record to DVD unless the recording format is less than 18 Mb per second. And the resulting DVD is some bizarre animal that is an AVCHDVD, which will not play on most DVD players (but which did play just fine on the Blu-Ray player). As for footage shot in FX mode, that can be recorded to Blu-Ray. In summary, the VBD-MA1:- records anamorphic widescreen DVD's, though you may need to tweak settings on your DVD player and/or TV to display the resulting video correctly- records FX quality footage via SDHC cards to Blu-Ray or FH or lower to DVD, though the resulting DVD will not play on most DVD playersdoes not have outputs- has component, USB and DV as inputs, which may limit your options for recording to Blu-Ray (I mean, are you really going to record a Blu-Ray disc from component in?)- despite no stated support from Sony, can be used with Macs, though your options to produce Blu-Ray discs from the most recent version of FCP are limited[...], I will now be holding onto the VBD-MA1. It is a strange, and far from perfect, beast, but now I have my solution to record DVD's on-site at events, and I like having the option of offering clients Blu-Ray discs.

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    5.0

    Works Great!

    By The Hypnotist

    from Michigan

    About Me Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy Set-Up
    • Excellent Image Quality
    • Good Connections
    • Perfect For Traveling

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sony DVDirect MA1 Multi-Function Blu-ray Disc/DVD Recorder:

        I travel with this in my roll aboard suitcase and it works perfect.

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        5.0

        excellent product

        By fuzzy

        from Orillia Ontario

        About Me Casual User

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          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sony DVDirect MA1 Multi-Function Blu-ray Disc/DVD Recorder:

              Very happy with the order & delivery process. Very quick!
              Sony discontinued this product. I don't know why!!

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              4.0

              Excellent product but a little pricey

              By SubieCubed

              from Danville, PA

              About Me Casual User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy Set-Up

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sony DVDirect MA1 Multi-Function Blu-ray Disc/DVD Recorder:

                  The DVDirect blu-ray burner works great. It's everything I expected. The only downside is its price.

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                  5.0

                  I would definitely buy this again!

                  By Scrapper

                  from Peoria, Il

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • DVD Upconversion
                  • Easy Set-Up
                  • Excellent Image Quality
                  • Good Connections
                  • Good Soundtrack Support

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home

                    Comments about Sony DVDirect MA1 Multi-Function Blu-ray Disc/DVD Recorder:

                    It is easy to use. I could edit what I wanted to. I made a few videos for different people on my sons chorus concert.

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                    1.0

                    might work, might not

                    By TH

                    from Burlington, NJ

                    About Me Casual User

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                          Comments about Sony DVDirect MA1 Multi-Function Blu-ray Disc/DVD Recorder:

                          Unit kept giving error messages (incompatible media and another one I forget) and then burned a BD-DL R disk with no problem. Tried again with a large file needing two disks. It burned the 1st disk and then failed on the 2nd disk. Returning the unit for a new one.

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                          4.0

                          Good, functional product

                          By Ath-Video

                          from Oklahoma

                          About Me Power User

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                          Pros

                          • Compact - Portable
                          • Easy Set-Up
                          • Good Connections

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Burning Video To Media

                            Comments about Sony DVDirect MA1 Multi-Function Blu-ray Disc/DVD Recorder:

                            Compact
                            Great item! It burns other formats as well and also worked with editing software with ease (if you are editing).
                            It features Direct Burn as well.
                            You don't even need a computer.

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                            4.0

                            I have 4 of these and work them hard

                            By Kathy

                            from Oklahoma City

                            About Me Power User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy Set-Up
                            • Excellent Image Quality
                            • Good Connections

                            Cons

                            • Not Upgradeable
                            • Slow Load Time

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Sony DVDirect MA1 Multi-Function Blu-ray Disc/DVD Recorder:

                              I use these as backup when we videotape depositions. They go from job to job with each videographer, being set up, packed away, carted around and set up again for hours of recording. They are tough enough for the job but last 6 months tops with the heavy use we give them.

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                              4.0

                              Great little Recorder

                              By Barry

                              from Houston, Tx

                              About Me Power User

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                              Pros

                              • Compact And Portable
                              • Dependable Quality
                              • Easy to use

                              Cons

                              • Loud Motor

                              Best Uses

                              • Conversions
                              • Depositions

                              Comments about Sony DVDirect MA1 Multi-Function Blu-ray Disc/DVD Recorder:

                              This is my third Sony DVD recorder. I use it primarily for depositions. They are a great tool primarily for compact size and dependable quality. I wish they lasted longer than a year or so, but understand they probably were not designed for daily professional use.

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                              5.0

                              Recording options to burn

                              By chetthejet

                              from Watson, IL

                              About Me Power User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy Set-Up
                              • Good Connections

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • One-off Video Master

                                Comments about Sony DVDirect MA1 Multi-Function Blu-ray Disc/DVD Recorder:

                                I use the MA1 to burn DVDs of live internet streaming sportscasts, recording the feed including all the switching plus master audio mix. Due to a non-HD streaming situation, I use the lower end composite (yellow, red, white RCA) inputs out of a video switcher that streams to the net simultaneously. I use this burner to create a master DVD of video programs created in the non-linear editor as well. Off course, I would use the HD inputs whenever possible, and it's worth noting there are settings for video quality to suit your recording time/quality needs. A great device for transferring those old home movies and tapes in your spare time as well.

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                                5.0

                                Convert old VHS tapes to DVD

                                By Michael

                                from Acton, CA

                                About Me Power User

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy Set-Up
                                • Excellent Image Quality
                                • Good Connections
                                • Good Soundtrack Support

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Sony DVDirect MA1 Multi-Function Blu-ray Disc/DVD Recorder:

                                    This product does a great job of converting my old VHS tapes to DVD. Simple to operate. Just load a new DVD in the DVDDirect, connect a VCR/VHS player via RCA cables, select HD at 1.5 hours or SD for 2 hours. Companies charge 15.00 each for VHS to DVD conversion, if you have 20 plus tapes it pays for itself. Also it can be used as an external Bluray burner so you can continue to use it with an HD camera or to store files up to 25GB.

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                                    5.0

                                    WOW! What a component!

                                    By Andy

                                    from Centennial, CO

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Ease Of Using
                                    • Easy Set-Up
                                    • Good Connections
                                    • Good Soundtrack Support
                                    • Immediate Dvd Viewing

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Sony DVDirect MA1 Multi-Function Blu-ray Disc/DVD Recorder:

                                        I utilize this Sony recorder at our High School Girls Basketball games. The immediate DVD allows the coaches and girls to watch the game and critique their roles. I have no complaints or suggestions. This DVD recorder is brilliant!

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                                        5.0

                                        Multi-functional

                                        By JimOK

                                        from Woodbridge NJ

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                                        Pros

                                        • Easy Set-Up
                                        • Excellent Image Quality
                                        • Multi-function

                                        Cons

                                        • Costly

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Video Conversioncopies

                                        Comments about Sony DVDirect MA1 Multi-Function Blu-ray Disc/DVD Recorder:

                                        Sony has built a useful and portable tool for video production houses like mine that deals with creating DVD and Blu-Ray video. The best part is that it is self-contained (no computer required) so great for the field. I initially purchased it to simply copy VHS and other media to DVD or Blu-Ray. I've since used it to create Blu-Ray video copies from my camera's SD card in the field. Transfer time seems to be 3 to 5 times realtime! Handy so customers have a raw footage copy before leaving.

                                        Only negative is the high price. That standard for Sony - worth it.

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                                        4.0

                                        Upgraded to the Blu-ray

                                        By Basketball Mom

                                        from Austin, Texas

                                        About Me Power User

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • DVD Upconversion
                                        • Easy Set-Up
                                        • Excellent Image Quality

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Sony DVDirect MA1 Multi-Function Blu-ray Disc/DVD Recorder:

                                            This is my third Sony DVD recorder. Love them! Burning DVDs right from your camera is fast the picture quality is great. This machine so easy to work, turn it on, put in your disc, attach your camera, hit record! Recommended this machine to a coupe friends nw they are owners of one!

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                                            5.0

                                            Awesome Product

                                            By Steve

                                            from MA

                                            About Me Power User

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Backwards Compatible
                                            • Easy Set-Up
                                            • Excellent Image Quality
                                            • No Computer Needed Fast

                                            Cons

                                            • None so far

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Backing Up Hd Video From

                                            Comments about Sony DVDirect MA1 Multi-Function Blu-ray Disc/DVD Recorder:

                                            This is an awesome product if you have a HDD HD camcorder. It's even better if you have a Sony camcorder. Too bad Sony discontinued.

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                                            5.0

                                            Use it allot

                                            By GuitarMan2771

                                            from Chicago, IL.

                                            About Me Power User

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • DVD Upconversion
                                            • Easy Set-Up
                                            • Excellent Image Quality
                                            • Good Connections
                                            • Good Soundtrack Support

                                            Cons

                                            • Slow Load Time

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Sony DVDirect MA1 Multi-Function Blu-ray Disc/DVD Recorder:

                                              We record direct to disc for the church services I engineer. Final DVD's are perfect and very high quality.

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                                              1.0

                                              Too loud

                                              By The videographer

                                              from arizona

                                              About Me Power User

                                              Pros

                                                Cons

                                                • Too loud

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Home

                                                Comments about Sony DVDirect MA1 Multi-Function Blu-ray Disc/DVD Recorder:

                                                I was going to use this in a legal setting as video backup. The fan, when recording, sounds like a jet taking off. It's so loud I had to return it and find the older model MC6. unfortunately, they don't make the model any more so it's hard to find. Too bad they made such a big mistake on their new model.

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                                                5.0

                                                Great Product

                                                By Dave Y

                                                from USA

                                                About Me Casual User

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Ease of use
                                                • Excellent Image Quality
                                                • Pretty easy setup

                                                Cons

                                                • No headphone jack

                                                Best Uses

                                                  Comments about Sony DVDirect MA1 Multi-Function Blu-ray Disc/DVD Recorder:

                                                  I recently bought an MA1 to replace an older DVDirect, which couldn't handle the video from a new camcorder I recently purchased. I had had that burner for several years so I am pretty used to the way DVDirects work.

                                                  The new camcorder is a Sony PJ760V, which takes gorgeous video (but, oh yes, this is a review of the burner). I have the camcorder's video quality setting on the FH/60i level. A few weeks ago I burned video from a recent vacation. It was awesome - the video looks great and the process was easy. I love that the MA1 can burn on blu-ray discs (or DVDs if you like). I was able to put about 3 hours of high-quality HD video on a blu-ray disc. With my old DVDirect I could get about 30 minutes of lower-quality HD video on a standard DVD. So this was a nice upgrade.

                                                  Some reviewers have commented on the noise of the burner. Yes, it does make a little more noise than my older one, but it wasn't distracting. Other reviewers have commented on the difficulty or impossibility of using other camcorder brands. I don't have experience with that. By design I've kept all my videography stuff in the Sony family, and it all plays nicely together.

                                                  I'm very pleased with the product.

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                                                  4.0

                                                  Great Product

                                                  By Mojo

                                                  from DC

                                                  About Me Power User

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Easy Set-Up
                                                  • Excellent Image Quality
                                                  • Good Connections

                                                  Cons

                                                  • Not Upgradeable

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • DLP TV
                                                  • Home
                                                  • LCD TV
                                                  • Office
                                                  • Plasma TV
                                                  • Streaming

                                                  Comments about Sony DVDirect MA1 Multi-Function Blu-ray Disc/DVD Recorder:

                                                  Huge asset in my current job, I use the recorder to recover video from outdated systems.

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                                                  4.0

                                                  A lot of power in a small package!

                                                  By Sandy

                                                  from Oklahoma City, OK

                                                  About Me Enthusiast

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Easy Set-Up
                                                  • Excellent Image Quality

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Home
                                                    • Office

                                                    Comments about Sony DVDirect MA1 Multi-Function Blu-ray Disc/DVD Recorder:

                                                    As a very small video production company, I needed a way to back up my large volumes of video shot over the last 6 years. I previously had purchased multiple external hard drives but that was getting expensive over the years. So a friend told me about this blu ray burner--very useful because it records in HD and so I wouldn't loose my HD footage. It was super easy to connect to my Sony video camera. It also takes SD cards although I'm having a little trouble with that function which is why I only gave it 4 stars. It has multiple ways to burn your camera's video footage from a one touch function to capturing only a certain date's footage (which is how I do it...) It's fairly quick in speed. I would highly recommend this product to others. The only other downsize is having to buy the cable to connect to my TV, which I haven't done yet...

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Ease to use

                                                    By Jeff

                                                    from San Francisco

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                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Easy Set-Up
                                                    • Excellent Image Quality
                                                    • Good Connections

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Home
                                                      • LCD TV
                                                      • Plasma TV

                                                      Comments about Sony DVDirect MA1 Multi-Function Blu-ray Disc/DVD Recorder:

                                                      I bought this unit to transfer my old Lazer Disc and VHS tapes into DVD format for ease of use. So far, using the RCA jacks the unit performed flawlessly. The quality of the picture was very good to excellent.

                                                      I haven't had the chance to move HDV tapes and Digital AVCHD stuff yet, but I think it will be fine. I've been looking for a format to preserve my raw footage of vacations and my kids activities whole after an edit and not load up my Hard Drives.

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