Pinnacle Dazzle Digital Video Creator 150 Video Capture Device - 210100325

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I chose the DVC-150 over the lesser Pinnacle models because I wanted the DVC-150's ability to output directly to a VCR or other analog devices. The software installed painlessly, with the extra Hollywood FX effects software, which is not required for capturing or doing basic editting of video, taking the most time to install. Two reboots are required -- one for the software and one for the drivers. The package comes with a simple installation guide but there's no other user manual. The DVC-150 is plug-n-play and the software recognized the device right away. I had first mistakenly plugged the video/audio cables into the "in" plugs of my VCR instead of the "out", this produced the error message that my "video capture device is not enabled for PAL". A search through the settings and help did not find any documention on this error message. After I found and corrected the mistake, I was able to capture a 24-minute video into a 400MB DVD-quality MPEG file without errors. The automatic scene detection also took a while. The program did have a false start the first time and captured nothing, and crashed once later while I was doing some simple editting. However, as I was monitoring my PC performance, I noticed that the software tasked my Pentium III 1.0Ghz PC running Windows 2000 to the max, which I think explains the software issues. The 512MB was more than enough and the memory usage was normal. Overall, I was able to get the device and software to work properly within half an hour, and with a more powerful PC, capturing and editting video with the DVC-150 and the included Pinnacle Studio 9 should be quite enjoyable.

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Works well with a little patience

on 7/27/2004

I chose the DVC-150 over the lesser Pinnacle models because I wanted the DVC-150's ability to output directly to a VCR or other analog devices. The software installed painlessly, with the extra Hollywood FX effects software, which is not required for capturing or doing basic editting of video, taking the most time to install. Two reboots are required -- one for the software and one for the drivers. The package comes with a simple installation guide but there's no other user manual. The DVC-150 is plug-n-play and the software recognized the device right away. I had first mistakenly plugged the video/audio cables into the "in" plugs of my VCR instead of the "out", this produced the error message that my "video capture device is not enabled for PAL". A search through the settings and help did not find any documention on this error message. After I found and corrected the mistake, I was able to capture a 24-minute video into a 400MB DVD-quality MPEG file without errors. The automatic scene detection also took a while. The program did have a false start the first time and captured nothing, and crashed once later while I was doing some simple editting. However, as I was monitoring my PC performance, I noticed that the software tasked my Pentium III 1.0Ghz PC running Windows 2000 to the max, which I think explains the software issues. The 512MB was more than enough and the memory usage was normal. Overall, I was able to get the device and software to work properly within half an hour, and with a more powerful PC, capturing and editting video with the DVC-150 and the included Pinnacle Studio 9 should be quite enjoyable.

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Product Overview

Dazzle Digital Video Creator 150 is a high quality external, USB video capture device for anyone, with any type of camcorder, who would like to get started editing digital video on the PC. Dazzle DVC 150 also includes Pinnacle Studio QuickStart for fun and easy movie making. Capture your footage, make your movie and burn to CD or DVD. It's that easy!

Specifications

Manufacturer Pinnacle
Mfg Part# 210100325
SKU 10355175
UPC 613570210641
UPC 14 00613570210641
Features
Host Interface USB
Product Type Video Capturing Device
Manufacturer Part Number 210100325
Manufacturer Avid Technology, Inc
Product Name Dazzle Digital Video Creator 150 Video Capture Device
Product Line Dazzle
Product Series Digital Video Creator
Brand Name Avid
Package Contents Dazzle Digital Video Creator 150 HardwareStudio QuickStartUSB CableDVC 150 QuickStart GuideA/V Cables
Platform Supported PC
Functions Video Capturing
Maximum Resolution 720 x 480
Video System NTSC
Limited Warranty 1 Year
Tech Specs
Interfaces/Ports 1 x mini-DIN / 1 x RCA / 2 x RCA
Product Type Video Capturing Device
Manufacturer Part Number 210100325
Manufacturer Website Address www.pinnaclesys.com
Manufacturer Pinnacle Systems, Inc
Product Name Dazzle Digital Video Creator 150 Video Capture Device
Product Line Dazzle
Brand Name Pinnacle
Additional Information MPEG-2 video encoding Backwards compatibility with USB 1.0 machines Saves movies as AVI, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, RealVideo, or Windows Media Format Timeline-based authoring for DVD, VCD, and S-VCD Includes Pinnacle Studio QuickStart which delivers all of the features that you'll need to begin making great home movies on your PC Includes hundreds of Hollywood FX video transitions for professional looking special effects Includes TitleDeko for amazing text effects like you see on TV A real-time DVD encoder chip inside that automatically converts video into the MPEG-2 format shrinks the video to ¼ its original size, saving hard disk space Pinnacle Studio QuickStart allows you to save your completed movie in any of a number of popular PC video formats Burn to CD or DVD and watch your movies in your home DVD player Capture Specifications: Compression: DVD-Quality MPEG-2 and VCD Quality MPEG-1 Maximum frame rate: 30 frames/60 fields per second
Package Contents Dazzle Digital Video Creator 150 Hardware Studio QuickStart USB Cable DVC 150 QuickStart Guide A/V Cables
System Requirements Minimum Requirements: Intel Pentium or AMD Athlon 800 MHz (1.5 GHz or higher recommended) 256 MB RAM (512 MB recommended) USB1.1x or Hi-Speed USB2.0 port Windows 98SE, Millennium, XP or 2000 (Windows XP recommended) DirectX 9 or higher compatible sound card and graphics card (ATI Radeon or Nvidia Geforce 2 or higher recommended) 500 MB of disk space to install software CD-ROM drive Optional: CD burner for creating Video CDs or Super Video CDs DVD burner drive for creating DVDs DVD drive is necessary if you wish to install the bonus DVD containing electronic manual and bonus content (free version on CD-ROMs may be ordered on Pinnacle e-store shipping cost not included)
Software Included Pinnacle Studio QuickStart
Host Interface USB
Graphics Resolution 720 x 480 NTSC
Platform Support PC
API Support DirectX
Frame Rate 30 Frames Per Second NTSC
Functions Video Capturing
Video System NTSC
Standard Warranty 1 Year Limited
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