DVD Factory DVD Burner with Irodio Photo & Video Studio

Reviewed by: Jack Reikel, October 2007
Published by: Pixela Corporation
Requires: Source material from supported HD video camera including Panasonic SDCAM SDR-S100, SDR-S150, SDR-S10, HDDCAM SDR-H200, SDR-H20, SDR-H18, JVC GZ-MC100, GZ-MC200, GZ-MC500, GZ-MG40, GZ-MG50, GZ-MG70, GZ-MG67, GZ-MG30, GZ-MG21, GZ-MG31, GZ-MG39, SONY DCR-SR100, DCR-SR60, TOSHIBA GSC-R60, GSC-R30, MEHV10; source photos from most digital still cameras with USB connection supporting USB Mass Storage Class standard
MSRP: US$299.95

Busy people and families need technology which helps them get certain things done without a lot of muss and fuss. The DVD Factory DVD Burner is designed to transfer video footage via cable from your video camera directly to DVD. If you've ever struggled with video capture and video editing software on a PC or Mac, then you've experienced the single most important reason why so many people just don't bother with (or simply become monumentally frustrated with) home video editing and production. The DVD Factory DVD Burner doesn't edit, prettify or otherwise dress up your footage. It's must supposed to be the quickest way to get your footage out of the camera and onto a DVD so that the footage can be shared and viewed by others.


Despite the positive prognostications of all the video editing software makers, the effort required to capture video from a camcorder, edit on a PC or Mac, add narration, music and transitions, is both considerable and rife with difficulties. While there's plenty of video editing software that I like, the fact remains that most home users aren't prepared for the amount of time needed to do a decent job of producing a home movie. An awful lot of camcorder owners just want to put their video footage as quickly and simply as possible into a format that can be shared with friends and family. Worrying about capturing footage to a PC or Mac so it can be edited and uploaded to YouTube or turned into a fancy home movie can come later. I discovered that the shortest distance from camera to distributable (and copyable) DVD can be traveled using the DVD Factory DVD Burner. Plug a compatible camcorder into the DVD Factory device, turn everything on, load a blank DVD, press a button, sit back and wait for the capture and burn to finish. It doesn't get any easier.

The list of compatible video cameras is still somewhat short, but as far as I can tell Pixela is adding more camera compatibility on a regular basis. I hope Pixela issues firmware updates so that owners can update existing DVD Factory burners.

Cons: The photo editor in Irodio is supposed to handle Digital Negative (DNG) file conversion which essentially provides RAW file support. Unfortunately, the software does not recognize Nikon NEF RAW files, which means you have to convert the RAW files to TIFF or JPG or DNG format in some other software before importing and using the files in Irodio. Since Irodio offers only rudimentary photo editing functions, we'll take a pass on its DNG handling for now. The DVD burner automatically adds only an extremely rudimentary menu. There are no menu design options or anything else of the kind — when Pixela says this device is meant to seamlessly burn a DVD directly from the source material stored in an HD video camera, that's exactly what they mean — which means the application for this device is quite limited. No Firewire support. I periodically encountered corrupt JPG photo files burned to disc despite the fact that the originals on the camera's storage card were fine, a problem I attribute to some sort of file transfer problem or a bug in the DVD firmware.

Pros: DVD Factory DVD Burner usually works basically as advertised. Load a blank DVD into the device, connect any supported HD video camera, press a couple of buttons, and you're done. It's the same for most digital still cameras — connect the camera via USB cable, turn everything on, press a couple of buttons, and you've got yourself an optical disc full of photos. For home video shooters and digital snapshooters, the DVD Factory DVD Burner provides a quick and easy way to store video footage or still photos on DVD, without having to fuss with PC or Mac video editing, photo editing and manual disc burning. Creative it's not; quick it is. If that's what you want, this is the device for you.

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