Works well with a little patience
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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