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Avid Technology Dazzle DVD Recorder HD V14.0

Platform : Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista
3.5 out of 5 stars 107 customer reviews

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  • 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."
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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

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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.


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 10.6 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • 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 107 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,015 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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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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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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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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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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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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