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Avid Technology Dazzle DVD Recorder HD V14.0

by Avid Technology
Windows 7 / Vista / XP
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews) 18 answered questions


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Product Features

  • Featuring a high-quality video capture device plus powerful Pinnacle Studio HD v.14 editing software
  • Quickly import videos and photos
  • Add professional polish with an extensive library of effects, transitions, and soundtrack options."

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 7 / Vista / XP
  • Media: Software
  • Item Quantity: 1


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 10.6 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0063B242M
  • Item model number: 9900-65201-00
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 4, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,072 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Product Description

Featuring a high-quality video capture device plus powerful Pinnacle Studio HD v.14 editing software, Dazzle DVD Recorder HD makes it easy to create movies like a pro. Quickly import videos and photos, then edit scenes and add professional polish with an extensive library of effects, transitions, and soundtrack options

From the Manufacturer

Dazzle DVD Recorder HD

Save, Enhance, and Share Video

Dazzle DVD Recorder HD makes it easy to create movies like a pro. Featuring a high-quality video capture device, plus powerful Pinnacle Studio HD v.14 editing software, you can quickly import videos and photos, then edit scenes and add professional polish with an extensive library of effects, transitions, and soundtrack options. Share your masterpiece directly on the web with one-click uploading to YouTube, or easily transfer your video to an Apple iPod, Sony PSP, or other device.

Key Features

Quickly Import Photos and Videos

The included high-quality video capture device makes it easy to import standard-definition video from a variety of analog sources. You can also edit HD video from an HD camcorder.

Turn Home Movies Into DVDs

Protect your priceless home video memories by transferring them to DVD — then share them with friends and family.

Be the Director

The included Pinnacle Studio HD v.14 software helps you bring your creative vision to life — complete with Hollywood-style animations, effects, sounds, and music.

Make Your Movies Stand Out — Instantly

Easily create distinctive looks with over 130 included Montage templates, animations, multi-layer effects, transitions, and titles designed by professional producers and artists.

Sharing Options as Limitless as Your Creativity

Save your masterpiece straight to DVD, upload directly to YouTube, or output to Flash, QuickTime, PS3, Nintendo Wii, Xbox, and more.

System Requirements

  • Windows 7, Windows Vista (SP2), Windows XP (SP3)
  • Intel Pentium or AMD Athlon 1.8 GHz (2.4 GHz or higher recommended)
    - Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz required for AVCHD*
    - Intel Core 2 Quad 2.66 GHz or Intel Core i7 required for AVCHD* 1920
  • 1 GB system memory recommended, 2 GB required for AVCHD*
  • DirectX 9 or 10 compatible graphics card with 64 MB (128 MB or higher recommended)
    - 256 MB required for HD and AVCHD*
  • DirectX 9 or higher compatible sound card
  • 3.2 GB of disk space
  • DVD-ROM drive to install software
  • CD burner for creating Video CDs or Super Video CDs (S-VCDs)
  • DVD burner for creating DVD and AVCHD* discs
Hardware Specifications
  • Video inputs: Composite video (RCA), S-Video (mini-DIN)
  • Audio inputs: Stereo audio (RCA x2)
  • PC connection: Hi-Speed USB 2.0
Software Specifications
  • Capture from any video source with composite (RCA) or S-Video output
Output Format
  • AVCHD*, DVD (DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+Ror DVD+RW, dual layer), S-VCD, Video CD (VCD)
  • Apple iPod, Sony PSP/PS3, Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox compatible formats*
  • DV, HDV, AVI, DivX*, RealVideo 8, WMV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4*, Flash, 3GP*, WAV, MP3*, QuickTime (SD format) files
  • Dolby Digital 2 channel audio

* Requires free online product activation.



Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dazzle February 27, 2012
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I bought this for a university project where I needed to record game-play on a console. I also bought a double-ended A/V RCA cable and three male to female A/V splitters at RadioShack. I bought this with the understanding that it doesn't record in HD, but there is some freeware out there with which you can convert from standard to HD video. No problems installing the software on my laptop (Vista, service pack 2, 64-bit).

It says it won't run on 64-bit but I've had no problems whatsoever. Very easy, hassle-free setup. I won't be using the program to edit the video, though. It's okay, but I have better programs already for editing video.

I already tried it out with my Nintendo 64, SNES, GameCube, Wii, Xbox 360, PS2, and PS3. It worked with each console; no issues. There are ways to use it with HDMI cables which can be looked up on YouTube.

I definitely recommend this for the aforementioned purpose or for making videos you intend to post to YouTube (or similar video sharing sites).
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57 of 64 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for Starters, but NOT Actually HD January 28, 2012
By Mark
I've used Dazzle's for a while and they're decent capture cards. They record in pretty good quality up to 480p video, and look great on YouTube or DVD's or whatever else you might need them on. It's also useful to recording old VCR's and converting them to digital or DVD format, if desired. The software that it comes with is not the best for editing, it's pretty terrible actually, but it gets the job done when recording.

However, don't be fooled. The title says HD, without any explanation as to why it says HD. The only signals this capture card can record are Composite or S-Video, both of which are STANDARD DEFINITION. You need HDMI, Component, or a Television Antenna Cable to display HD. Composite and S-Video can only go to 480p naitively, anything higher is upscaled (which means fake) while Component can go to 1080i, and HDMI and Television Antenna can go to 1080p and beyond. In other words, DO NOT buy this if you want to record in HD. You'll have to buy a more expensive capture card, such as a Black Magic Intensity Pro or Shuttle, or the popular Hauppauge HD-PVR.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good, some bad March 7, 2013
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As many people have pointed out, this is NOT an HD capture device so if you're using it for games you will not get the best quality.

I'm using it to transfer old VCR tapes and for that purpose it is okay. One thing I really like about this as opposed to similar "cable wart" devices like the Elgato, is that it can capture in lightly-compressed DV rather than MPEG-2 or MPEG-4/H.264. Most of the cheaper devices go directly to H.264 which is fine for some, but I like to capture in as high a resolution as possible and then re-render in my editor (Sony Movie Studio) to the appropriate publishing format. This is a HUGE advantage if you use other other video editors.

The Studio 14 software has all the basic features for the beginner, but I only use it for capture and do all my editing in other applications. Which brings me to the first negative, you can only capture using the Pinnacle software, you CANNOT capture with this device using Vegas, Premier, or any other video software. The hardware is somehow tied to the Pinnacle software. This is relatively minor since it isn't that much work to switch between apps for capture and editing, but still it's annoying.

The other negative as a few have pointed out is that the captured audio is markedly quieter than with my other capture hardware (an old Canopus ACEDVio). There are ways to make this louder if you're using other editors, but again it's annoying and inexplicable.

It has a few sliders to adjust brightness, sharpness, and color during capture which could be useful but I haven't played with them much. Captured images seemed brighter and with better color balance than with the ACEDVio, though I don't think it's because the hardware is better, they're just applying different filters during capture.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works great March 22, 2012
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I recently purchased this item as a capture card for making machinima with my Xbox 360 and it works just as I hade expected - good quality. The item says HD, but that only refers to the program it comes with, the device itself capture SD video, as it uses composite cables. I feel it was a great purchase for beginning Machinimators who are not yet ready to drop 200+ dollars on an HD PVR. Although many reviews say it has problems, I bought the item on the suggestion of a friend, and have been completely satisfied.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the up and coming youtuber January 18, 2012
I got this device so that i could start doing some youtube commentaries because i didnt wanna get a pvr just yet and waste all that money on nothing. If you want to do youtube but dont want to waste much money on recording devices just yet, then this is your product. If you dont like the program it comes with then just edit your videos with vegas pro or windows movie maker. even if the quality isnt like an hdpvr it still gets the job done and so far iv gotten alot of subs with it so ill just call it O'l reliable
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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This is the best capture device you can get if you're on a budget and want to start recording video game footage right away. I would like to note that the software takes a bit of getting used to, but it's definitely not the worse editing program I've ever used.

I would also recommend to anyone wanting to record gameplay footage to also purchase 3 RCA splitter cables to go along with your setup. The cables can provide visuals on both the computer screen and the television you are recording from, rather than just the computer if you didn't have the splitters.

Furthermore, since the Dazzle is not an HD capture card, an s-video cable is also recommended for any system you plan to record off of, as it provides far better video quality than the yellow composite cable.

Now get out there and start capturing!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
You need a fast computer to record it on or your footage will be laggy.
Published 16 days ago by Tim Timberlake
4.0 out of 5 stars Works well but it is in very low quality.
Works well but it is in very low quality.
Published 18 days ago by Scott A. Anderson
2.0 out of 5 stars doesn't seem to work like it supposed to
This thing had no directions with it, doesn't seem to work like it supposed to, waste of money.
Published 1 month ago by Tabitha T. Simon
3.0 out of 5 stars good for recording only not for broadcasting.
it good for people that want to record with standard, but the down side if u try to broadcast no audio
Published 2 months ago by ibrahim Sibai
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, simple product
Did the job i wanted perfectly. Great, simple product.
Published 3 months ago by Colton
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Periodically I can get it to function as advertised.
Published 5 months ago by Bill Bennett
3.0 out of 5 stars the dazzle personal video recorder is one of the best you can find
For the price, the dazzle personal video recorder is one of the best you can find. It's inexpensive, has virtually no latency, (depending on capture setup) and is compatible with... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Brent Zeimen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome recorder for standard resolution
Published 5 months ago by Brad
4.0 out of 5 stars Great product
Works great for capturing Xbox game play and the product is well built. You will need a few extra cables for Xbox capture you you can find info on Youtube.
Published 7 months ago by Scott Peddle
4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying Video Game Capture Needs
I must say that this recorder is a great capturing device for Televisions that are NOT HD. I'm going to say right now, that if you own an HDTV and you want to record videogame... Read more
Published 11 months ago by shooluvr
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