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I just looked up the MC-5 stats on Sony’s website. It leads me to believe that it doesn’t work with DVD-R discs, but only DVD+R. DVD-R is closer to the standards for DVD, so that could be some of your problem. I have a $90 DVD recorder I bought from Wal-Mart for live video recording. It seems to be universally compatible with DVD players and Blu Ray.
Honestly, if you’re just trying to archive footace, MPEG2 is way more compressed than DV tape. Your best bet is to leave it on tapes for now. Alternatively, grab $75 and head to the nearest pawn shop. They’ll have a dirt cheap MiniDV camcorder you can use as a tape deck for transfer.