IHT : Sony’s Home Video Wonder

Thursday, March 8, 2007

A home electronics “home run” from Sony ?  Gotta look for this thing at the IT fair in Suntec this weekend.  Excerpts from the International Herald Tribune article entitled “From tape to disc without the fuss” –

…..we insist upon upgrading our recording technologies every few years, each time orphaning millions of disks, tapes and cassettes in older formats.  All over the world, VHS and camcorder tapes from the 1980s and 1990s are slowly turning to dust.  And it is getting harder to find the equipment you need to play back those videos.  Even the DVD will one day turn out to have been a temporary format, but at least it has advantages over tapes.  The video quality is terrific. You can skip around without rewinding or fast-forwarding.  And homemade DVDs may last 100 years, if you believe the vendors of those gold-coated blanks…..Enter the Sony DVDirect VRD- MC3, a $218 box that converts old and new videotapes into shiny new DVDs with an emphasis on two extremely important attributes: simplicity and reproduction quality.  Under the hood of this cleanly designed, black-and-white plastic case is a DVD burner that accepts almost any format of blank disc: DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, and dual-layer, extra-capacity versions of each.  The weird exception: the DVDirect does not accept the dual-layer DVD-RW variety.  The steps to follow, and the experience you will have, depend on what you are copying to and from; this is an extraordinarily versatile machine.  In every case, however, the 2.5-inch, or 6.4 centimeter, color screen provides simple instructions…..

Reference : http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/03/08/business/ptpogue08.php

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