Dazzle Video Creator Platinum [OLD VERSION]
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- Effortless to Edit
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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!
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It would not load on windows 7 and i had to return it!! Amazon made this Very easy and refunded the money no problem!! Read morePublished 6 months ago by William Phelps
This could be my own fault for not doing enough research but I foolishly figured that it should work out of the box. Read morePublished 13 months ago by LovecraftLass
I did not realize I needed 512 mb of memory to use this product and I am dissatisfiedPublished 13 months ago by LuAnn Sulllivan
I could never get the software to install on a laptop that was fairly new at the time.Published 22 months ago by Sharon P. Martin
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 morePublished on August 21, 2014 by chris barajas
Instructions not clear.took a while to get started but l finally got it going and have a few tapes to disc.Published on August 13, 2014 by 35594
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 morePublished on November 6, 2010 by I4Y
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 morePublished on October 31, 2010 by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on May 9, 2010 by Roger G Mattingly