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Dazzle Video Creator Platinum [OLD VERSION]

by Pinnacle
Windows XP
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)


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Product Features

  • Quick to Connect
  • Simple to use
  • Easy Archive
  • Fun to Share
  • Effortless to Edit

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows XP
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 8.1 x 2.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000FC4DTW
  • Item model number: 230100037
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 2, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,025 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Dazzle Video Creator Platinum is a USB 1.1 and USB 2.0-compatible video capture device that allows you to record home videos and TV recordings of the highest quality, thanks to MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and DivX hardware encoding. Using included easy-to-use software, you can save your videos directly onto DVDs with menus or polish them up with simple editing tools. Pinnacle Instant DVD Recorder software allows you to quickly record your videos straight from tape to DVD without first copying them to your hard drive, saving both time and space. Studio QuickStart lets you restore and trim your videos, and add transitions, effects or background music before archiving to DVD or sending them to mobile devices, such as Apple iPod or Sony PSP.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
By Sue S
I bought this to capture high school basketball games from old VHS tapes, edit them on my PC, then create multiple DVDs of the result. It worked very quickly and easily. The conversion from VHS to PC was a piece of cake: plug and play. The "capture" process presented frames for fine editting done just by sliding frame brackets. Didn't play much with titles, captions etc, but I will soon. Then created multiple DVD copies of the final editted "movie" I created - just kept feeding in blank DVDs and pressing "go". Also copied VHS tapes directly to my PC DVD-writer and that was fast and simple as well. I am delighted with the simplicity. Of course separately I did have to buy a DVD burner for my Dell laptop, cuz I didn't have one before. But now I am all set to move all my home movies from VHS and video camera, for editing on my PC, to write to DVD.
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58 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Response to Critics June 9, 2006
This is a response to critics. I carefully read the reviews of Pinnacle Studio 10, which this package comes with, and negative comments on Pinnalce support, on the various venues on Amazon.com. So I almost didn't buy this. But I'm glad I took the chance. To be sure, I haven't yet actually got to the point of burning the DVD, only capturing. But the installation and the capturing (from VHS) and editing I've done so far have been perfectly smooth and incredibly easy. And Pinnalce support - live chat -- was prompt. It turns out that the problem I had wasn't with the software or PC at all, but with my VCR (the right stereo channel did not output). I don't know the specs of the Gateway I'm using except that it has 1 MB of ram, which I suspect is really what one needs. Video capturing programs take a lot of a PC's resources like gaming programs do. Overall, I find the software very easy to learn and use. I get the sense that most of the people who write reviews are the disgruntled, not the pleased. In fact, I'm writing this because, despite the critics, I'm impressed with just how easy it is to piece together and edit (create menus) from different video sources. If I have a problem with burning, I'll write again.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Tool August 5, 2006
This little device was the perfect tool for me. I wanted something to help me convert stuff I Tivo'ed to my computer. This way I could watch stuff on my laptop. My laptop also does not have a built in dvd player (its an ultraportable and requires an external dvd player), so having all this video on my hard drive really helps alot!!!

The set up was very easy. I just did the software installation off the cd, and plugged it in to my laptop and the s-video and audit outputs of my tivo....and voila. It took a few minutes to configure the software, but once set, this device was cake. So far so good!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Drops frames, no audio control, skip Pinnacle February 8, 2007
By Mr. BBQ
Despite it being advertised as having hardware compression, it dropped frames during capture. Even though the capture app would say zero frames were dropped, the captured video was very choppy with audio dropouts. Analyzing the file with VirtualDub (an excellent free program) verified there were indeed dropped frames. My software-only Turtle Beach Video Advantage drops fewer frames. Given this is the point of the device, it gets one star for failing to achieve this basic task. (My system is well above the stated minimums.)

The software supplied with the unit (which you must use, as the device works with no other standard capture programs) has no ability that I was able to find for adjusting the incoming audio level, which was quite low.

The software also lacks a simple/quick capture program that will just capture video to a file on disk (I use other editing software and just wanted a quick direct-to-MPEG2 option). You have to load the full Studio program, and the capture section had no option for turning off the preview during capture, I suspect one of the reasons it drops frames. The preview window is tiny and not resizable, which makes seeing your capture adjustments pretty much impossible.

Given the poor performance, bloated and inflexible software, and a previous bad experience with the Pinnacle DC10a, I will never purchase a Pinnacle product again.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creator Platinum works great! August 24, 2006
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Dazzle Creator Platinum is a first-class product, but it is important to know that it only works properly with a computer restart AFTER ALL SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE INSTALLATION. The software clearly requires a re-start, but there is no mention of it for the hardware. After installing the hardware (following installation of the software as instructed in the "getting started" pamphlet) I encountered the problems mentioned in many of the reviews, but after a final computer re-start the system worked perfectly. I recommend a computer re-start each time the hardware is connected.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vista Users: please read this! June 14, 2008
I read all the negative reviews of this product (after I bought the thing too...) and saw how, despite the fact that it says it's compatible with Vista, it's not.

Well, that is true to a point. It is NOT compatible with 64-bit Vista. You can get 64-bit versions of the software, but not the drivers for the device.

I had read and seen the great quality this thing could produce, and had tried many other products (including the ATI TV Wonder 550, of which I support ATI's products, and didnt work!), which had failed to do the job. I wanted this thing to work, so I reinstalled my OS with the 32-bit version of Vista, having read on some forums that the 32-bit version has been purported to work properly.

After doing so, I proceeded to follow their instructions for installing in Vista.
I installed the Studio SW, DVD extras, and downloaded the version 10.8 patch. I downloaded the 32-bit version of the drivers from their support page, and the thing showed up in my device manager.

I opened the Studio software and tried to click the 'Capture' tab, which resulted in the BSOD mentioned in some of the other reviews.
I looked around some more and thought I may have missed something during the install process, so I uninstalled the drivers and here is what I ended up having to do (do not plug the Dazzle in until the end):
1) Install the Studio SW from the disk
2) install DVD extras when prompted
3) Download the 10.8 patch from the Pinnacle website, and install
4) Install the DVD Instant Recorder from the disk provided. This one should be Vista ready
5) Lastly, install the 32-bit drivers from their website and plug the Dazzle in.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars not good
seems that since I tried loading this software my computer has now been unable to burn any cd's. the drivers for both cd/dvd copying are missing and I cant burn anything on iTunes. Read more
Published 1 month ago by chris barajas
3.0 out of 5 stars Instructions not clear. took a while to get started ...
Instructions not clear.took a while to get started but l finally got it going and have a few tapes to disc.
Published 1 month ago by 35594
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the basics
I bought the Dazzle today and it's working great on WIN7 64 bit. I try not to use the editor much and just convert the entire captured clip which I leave for later (use as my raw... Read more
Published on November 6, 2010 by I4Y
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatness in the Dazzle line.
I have several different Dazzle models and this is my favorite. The software is great but the product is strong, durable and easy to use. Read more
Published on October 31, 2010 by Wilbur Lidzy
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't work with Windows Vista 64 Bit.
I have tried everything I can think of to get this to work with my Windows Vista 64 Bit notebook computer. No matter what I do, no matter what drivers I install.... Read more
Published on May 9, 2010 by Roger G Mattingly
5.0 out of 5 stars Works great!
This product works better then i thought it would. I don't understand why there are so many people giving it 1 star... The editing software it comes with sucks but.. Read more
Published on December 12, 2009 by Jacob Ellis
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy Dazzle or Pinnacle
Unstable software. Zero customer service. Conversion from 8MM to Digital is grainy and almost unwatchable.
Published on February 9, 2009 by W. ODell
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
My son ordered this product by mistake. I spoke to someone at the company that sent it to me. I shipped the prduct back to him and he promised a refund of $130.00. Read more
Published on January 18, 2009 by M. Ronco
1.0 out of 5 stars Completely useless!
This program wasted so much of my time and energy. The only thing I managed to do was copy from VHS to my hard disk. I cannot copy to DVD. It constantly crashes and freezes. Read more
Published on December 31, 2008 by Capt08
5.0 out of 5 stars Dazzle will dazzle you when you create your own videos
Pinnacle systems now part of Avvid, the video editing people.

Be sure you have 1Gb or more memory under win xp for fast editing. Read more
Published on November 5, 2008 by Uncle James
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