Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor

Most professionals like me are far to busy creating DVDs for clients that we forget our family’s when it comes to producing DVDs, can’t be bothered to ingest the birthday footage into the computer, make an MPEG2, produce a DVD menu and finally make a DVD.

It’s not that we are selfish it’s down to having literally no time…enter the Sony DVDirect Multi-Function DVD Recorder the VRD-MC6. A warning before we go any further if you film with the HXR-MC50 make sure you choose the FH mode which records at 17Mbs and not the FX (24Mbs) mode otherwise you wont be able to use this DVDirect recorder.

My friend over on Arran bought himself the lesser featured Sony VRD-P1 recorder and it makes such a difference when recording family events, Chris “What a cracking piece of kit I filmed Lewis our grandchild last week and had various DVDs available for the family members the following day”.

Because the MC50 is recorded on a card you can bring up the thumbnails and do a preliminary edit first before hooking up the DVDirect which consists of one USB cable. There is a button on the side of the MC50 with a wee disc symbol…press it and you are away.

Most professionals who buy the MC50 are using it as a second camera and a camcorder to film family events, the £225 for the VRD-MC6 is chicken feed compared to the time you will save and finally as is in my household I will be able to offer DVDs of family events the following day and thats no bad thing.


The VRD-MC6 can transfer AVCHD™ quality videos to DVD discs in their native 1080i HD resolution when connected directly to a Sony hard drive or Memory Stick® media-based Handycam® camcorder. AVCHD quality DVDs can be played back on compatible Blu-ray Disc™ devices, including players and computer drives, as well as PlayStation® 3 (PS3™) computer entertainment systems.

It can also transfer standard-definition home videos to DVD discs without the need of a computer from virtually any camcorder, VCR or digital video recorder. The new model includes Digital Video (i.LINK®/FireWire®/IEEE-1394), Composite Video inputs, and USB (for Sony hard drive, DVD and Memory Stick media-based Handycam camcorders). DVD video discs recorded in this manner are playable in most consumer DVD players.


Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

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