Sony burns HD home movies straight to DVD

After shelling out on a hi-def camcorder, not everyone's got the spare moolah for a video-editing PC rig – or the time to spend fiddling with it

After shelling out on a hi-def camcorder, not everyone's got the spare moolah for a video-editing PC rig – or the time to spend fiddling with it. So in its wisdom Sony has launched the VRD-MC5 DVDirect recorder.The one-touch creation will devour the hi-def content from your Sony hard disk or Memory Stick-packing Handycam via USB, and spit out a freshly christened DVD.The hi-def AVCHD results can be played in all their 1080i glory on any PS3, a compatible Blu-ray spinner or, with the right software, on your computer’s DVD drive.For old skool types the dinky recorder will also take standard def footage from any USB or iLink-equipped Handycam, or from any video source via its S-Video and analogue inputs for normal DVD recording.All is controlled and previewed via a diddy 2.5in screen. Up to 95 minutes of hi-def can be crammed on one DVD together with 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound in standard 4:3 or 16:9 widescreen. Who needs a PC now? EssentialsSony VRD-MC5 DVDirect recorderPrice: £TBAOn sale: SeptemberContact: SonyRelated stories:Sony Vaio RM1N – the ultimate HD editing suite?Reviewed: Sony HDR-UX7Sony nabs world's smallest 1080i 'corder crown