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|Dazzle DVC 100||Analog VideoIn
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|Description (from the manufacturer site)|
|Capture Full Resolution DVD Quality Video
Connect your Camcorder, VCR or TV to the Dazzle ® DVC 100 to capture DVD quality video source to your PC. The DVC 100 captures in full 720 x 480 DVD resolution.
DVD Encoder Chip Saves Hard Disk Space
The DVC 100 has a DVD encoder chip inside which automatically converts video in real time into DVD quality video. This shrinks the video to ¼ its original size saving hard disk space.
TrueSync of Video and Audio Over USB
Just about any product on the market can capture video, buy low quality products have trouble syncing the audio and video together making the video unbearable to watch. With Dazzle TrueSync technology you can be assured you will get the highest quality captured video.
Output to VCR and TV
The DVC 100 has built-in analog video outputs connectors. This allows you to output your edited video back to a VCR. You can also connect a TV and use it as a video preview monitor for more precise video editing.
I have owned this device for a little over 5 years. It finally die after 5 years of service. It was not a good device. The captured video quality was decent. The software needed to be upgraded, otherwise a few video frames will messed up every 10-15 seconds. Movie Star5 hangs once in a while while converting (5% of the time).
The main reason I bought this device 5 years ago was because it could output SVCD format. I'm ready to move on to the next device.
Comments posted by ppatrick from United States, April 10, 2008:
Compatibility: Win95? Win98? Win2K WinXP Vista? NT4? MAC? Linux? - Rated: 6 of 10.
OK we can all forget the horror stories for this product. We can now contend with Pinnacle Systems who have purchased Dazzle so there goes our tech support. Personally, after receiving Dazzle as a gift, I tranferred a few old video's to DVD and the rendering was pretty good. I had few technical problems but basically all I did was copy a few VHS tapes and burned the outputed data to DVD. I was and am still not overly impressed with the Movie Star software. Did very little editing. Anyone who purchased this product could have used a manual; if you want to use the software, you had to print out many pages of information. I've upgraded to the newer system being offered by PinnacleSys with Studio 8 software. The verdict is still out on this one but there seems to be more horror stories than satisfied comments.
Comments posted by George Pennington from Other, August 29, 2003:
Compatibility: Win95? Win98? Win2K? WinXP? Vista? NT4? MAC? Linux? - Rated: 6 of 10.
Please do not buy this product. I had so much difficulty navigating their web site for help. The video quality is so poor, after it is rendered in Movie Star (the software sux!!). The burned DVD not of watchable quality. I am happy to know that, I am not the only one who is having issues with this product.
Comments posted by Vasu Sameera from Other, August 14, 2003:
Compatibility: Win95? Win98? Win2K WinXP? Vista? NT4? MAC? Linux? - Rated: 3 of 10.
Yep, watch out for this product. I bought it at Best Buy for $99, a return ( now I know why). The problem is the software, MovieStar 5, 1) the software doesn't let you resave the captured files if you do any editing or cutting of them, 2) Yes, which I found irritating, when RENDERING, which wrecks the quality, it cuts up your edited movie into pieces, for example, I rendered 15 minutes of MPEG II clips (produced from the Dazzle bridge through USB ), that were edited and stuck together on the 'storyboard', first I rendered it into MPEGII- DVD NTSC, and it produced a horrible, worse than Real Media looking, output file. I complained to customer support that why is it RE-rendering into MPEGII the clips, because the clips were ALREADY in MPEGII format. It's Reencoding already encoded media. The stupid software should just glue the clips into one ( UNRENDERED ) output file, that you could then burn on DVD. Customer support said to render pasted/edited MPEG II clips on the storyboard into DV-AVI NTSC. OK FINE!! But when I did this, it produced a massive cut-in-two file that was enormous for only 15 minutes of video, one file was 2 gig big and the other file was 800 Meg. Huh? Now your supposed to send these two enormous files over to DVD complete where they'll be further processed, thus losing video quality, the final output DVD was the quality of a super old grainy vhs tape. How stupid, very confusing software. The one thing I will say is this. I am pleased with the initial " capture" of the video using the USB bridge. I just decided to take the MPEGII captured clips and burn them DIRECTLY on to cd/R-RW, DVDR, whatever, as an open media file. Then use POWER DVD player on win 98, to play the clips, just tell the player to search for " open media files" on your cd/dvd drive and the quality is very satisfactory.
Comments posted by Randy from Other, August 10, 2003:
Compatibility: Win95? Win98 Win2K? WinXP? Vista? NT4? MAC? Linux? - Rated: 6 of 10.
I've been using the Dazzle DVC100 for about two months now. I had many problems with it at first ex: the video freezing every five seconds as I try to record it, audio/video not in sync, and so on. I read the Dazzle forum for days and saw that many people had the same problems that I did. It wasn't until I installed some updated drivers for the capture device that all my problems went away. Now I have been able to capture movies from my VCR that run about 2 hours or less in length without the freezing video or the unsynced audio/video. I usually capture for DVD output so I do not mess with VCD or SVCD stuff. A lot of people have said that they cant use their captured files directly since they are incompatible with their software. I have been able to use the captured files without having to re-encode them with Movie Star 5 or anything else for that matter. I use Ulead's DVD Movie Factory 2, Ulead's Video Studio 7, and others without any problem, and my end result DVD's are pretty good and have had no problems with them. Overall, I think that any device will give anyone problems because of the many different computer setups that are out there. Dazzle will give you problems and youre pretty much on your own since the Dazzle people dont help, but I think that their product does what it says. Now I'm happy with it.
BTW I have:
AMD Athlon 900mhz
32meg AGP video card
Comments posted by T V from Other, April 28, 2003:
Compatibility: Win95 Win98 Win2K? WinXP? Vista? NT4? MAC? Linux? - Rated: 7 of 10.
I bought a Dazzle 80. Like one poster put it. The pic quality sucks big time. The interface is confusing but I managed to get thru it by using their instruction on their website. Again, don't expect goold pic quality with Dazzle 80. Maybe you get what you pay for.
Comments posted by Bui from Other, April 16, 2003:
Compatibility: Win95? Win98? Win2K? WinXP Vista? NT4? MAC? Linux? - Rated: 4 of 10.
Please don't buy this product. The only way to use it is to capture video and burn directly to DVD. I can't get the captured files to work in TMPGEnc Plus. ANY file longer than 15 min that is rendered with the included MovieStar software causes video and audio to go out of sync. No manual. It's really a shame. The old Dazzle DVC (parallel port) made GREAT high-quality MPEG-1 files that could be converted into high quality VCDs XVCDs and SVCDs, but Dazzle no longer supports that quality product so I can't get drivers for Windows XP. If you use Windows 95/98 the old Dazzle DVC used with TMPGEnc Plus is a good combination.
Comments posted by Jack McCoy from Other, April 11, 2003:
Compatibility: Win95? Win98? Win2K? WinXP Vista? NT4? MAC? Linux? - Rated: 1 of 10.
My experience was pretty good aside from a few disappointments. The included Moviestar software stinks, I do a lot of my capturing with the "test utility" that comes with the unit that gives you more control over capture settings. It's also not a requirement to re-encode the produced mpeg-2 files repeatedly if you use other software. I usually reencode anyway to fit CVD resolution on CD-R by using aviwrapper from mpeg mediator (which can read the LCPM audio track) to tmpgenc, however if you're happy with the video you can just extract the audio to wav with mediator and multiplex it back as normal layer 1 or 2 audio.
I found the best thing to do is always capture at 720x480 and let other software scale it back to SVCD CVD or whatever you're authoring to. It seems to be more work for it to do lower resolutions, so for the small savings in file size it's not worth it. The quality of 720x480 captures tends to be excellent, it does justice to as good as svideo can be.
Another pleasant surprise is that the test utility in particular doesn't require much horsepower for doing captures. I capture using a Thinkpad 600 PII 300 running XP with a 4 gig hard drive, the preview window looks messed up sometimes, but overall it works great.
After comparing what this does with the mpeg-1 version and other capture devices under $200, this seems to be the winner in terms of quality in that price range. As I bought this primarily to put VHS and broadcast shows on SVCD, I'm very happy with it. I'd consider it a 9 or 10 if it had been $100 like I was hoping it would be.
Pros: High quality capture, minimal hardware requirements, easy to install
Cons: Not Video for Windows-compatible, nonstandard audio track on captured files, bundled software not good, lower resolutions tend to look bad
Comments posted by Jake from Other, January 14, 2003:
Compatibility: Win95? Win98? Win2K? WinXP Vista? NT4? MAC? Linux? - Rated: 7 of 10.
I bought three different Dazzle products including this one over 1 year period. Three words "all were junk". The box has XP listed on it but good luck trying to get it to work. Very hard to get the audio to play in their software. Adobe Premiere doesn't work with it. Overall, a very poor product and support is weak! I had to dig through their forum to find out which products have TRULY XP compatible drivers.
Comments posted by Jason Reuss from Other, January 09, 2003:
Compatibility: Win95? Win98? Win2K?
I purchsed the Dazzle 80. For anyone who plans on recording from VHS and then burn to a VCD....forget it. The quality sucks big time. Even at the best level setting. Also, the software that came with it never took off smoothly. I had to use a crack version of Studio 8. Great programs but the final results is the same...baaaad.
Comments posted by AMT from Other, December 24, 2002:
Compatibility: Win95? Win98? Win2K? WinXP? Vista? NT4? MAC? Linux? - Rated: No rating.
Too bad the rating system doesn't go into the minus area. This USB dvice is probably the worst investment I have ever made. Never did it ever get any video images to my hard drive. The software that came with the card never would run, even after downloading the latest issue of it. I wasted my time for 18 days before I gave up and returned it. I've sent several emails the Dazzle technical support people, and I am still waiting after 21 days. Thanks alot Dazzle. You will never see any business from me ever agagin.
Comments posted by Jeff1947 from Other, December 22, 2002:
Compatibility: Win95? Win98? Win2K WinXP? Vista? NT4? MAC? Linux? - Rated: 1 of 10.
A piece of crap. Non-existent manual, help file crashes programm, captures using a LPCM mode which is incompatible with TMPGenc and other progs. No way to produce a movie (claims captured file dopesn't exist!)
Have to pay for waiting in line for their help. Web site is useless, just a plug for their products, insists on playing their obnoxious realmedia noise.
In short, avoid Dazzle products.
Comments posted by Curt from Other, December 20, 2002:
First of all let me commend you on a great site. You have saved me from certain suicide or at least going "postal" on Dazzle HQ's evil empire. I got the DVC 100 with my Dell Dimension 8250 and loaded it up it's "shrug and pray" software. 1st red flag! Need to download "critical update patch". 2nd red flag! No manual and a download edition that is nothing more than a overview quickstart! Non-intuitive programs that take lots of trial and error and wasted DVD's to discover the software hiccups, burps, freezes like Bill Gates in the headlights of the Justice Dept. and then burns unreadable CD's and DVD's. The culprit is basically there lousy alpha tested software that uses LPCM for audio and its own strange coding of MPEG 2 that causes way too many imperfections in the end result. Grainy, bad rendered and rerendered video is not acceptable, Five days with their TOLL number that is average of 40 mins on hold before you get someone who can't answer anything more than quickstart questions, who then escalate it to 2nd tier managers who don't call back in 24hrs, who still can't answer questions of basic usage who then escalate it to 3rd tier managers who will only reply to you by e-mail!!
Only to discover that they have a bad manual that I got one 2nd tier mgr. to admit is misleading in its directions but most of all that their is a bug with XP and their software and a patch "should be available in Jan.'03"! Yeah, right. I don't enjoy being a Beta testor at my expense! In the end they recommend that I, "capture the movie as a Mpeg 2 DVD file , do all of the editing in this format ,(all transitions, cuts etc), then render the file as the DV AVI format, this will create the multiple clips. open DVD complete and follow the direction at the answer id for importing them into DVD Complete, it will then render the multiple clips together and compress the file size into a Mpeg 2 DVD image file that can then be burned on the DVD r". Good bye any decent video so good bye Dazzle! Frazzeled by Dazzel! Horrible customer support, lousy product! The only good thing is a mgr. let slip about your site while talking to me. How many have said I wished I found it sooner? Add me to the list. After much research on your site and elsewhere, I have just received the Canopus EZDV Bundle w/ The ADVC 100, the EZDV,Xplode, and Ulead DVD workshop and even a firewire card and a couple of great firewire cables!
Very impressive Canopus! Will post after testing it. Thank you once again VCDHelp! (No I don't work for or endorse anything for VCDHelp or Canopus)
By the way I'm using a;
80 gb HDD
120gb external drive
WinXP Home edition
64mb ddr geforce4ti 4200 w/tv out
Comments posted by Charles from Other, December 19, 2002:
Compatibility: Win95? Win98? Win2K? WinXP Vista? NT4? MAC? Linux? - Rated: 3 of 10.
This product was easy to install with a fresh install of Windows. The bundled software makes it easy to create a dvd disc. The quality is good, but the bit rate can not be easily adjusted. The defualt is VBR from a low of 2Mbs to a high of 8Mbs for DVD quality. I have not tried VCD or SVCD. You can use a few other programs to do the capture like Ulead DVD. This product does not use your sound card to capture the audio, so video/audio sync is not a problem. The customer support is mostly done through online FAQ's. I think this a fairly good product.
40 Gig Harddrive
15 Gig Harddrive(used only for the captures)
32 bit video(onboord)
16 bit sound(onboard)
Comments posted by Ralph from Other, October 17, 2002:
Compatibility: Win95? Win98? Win2K WinXP? Vista? NT4? MAC? Linux? - Rated: 8 of 10.
I bought the DVC 100 at CompUSA. Easy to install. Captured a few home movies at DVD quality with Movie Star 5. The captured Mpeg files are not ready to use or burn to DVD,VCD,SVCD format until you render them with Movie Star 5 because the captured audio is in LPCM format. If you try to play it using Windows Media you will not hear any sounds. The quality is not very good because the Movie Star 5 software re-renders the captured movies which degrades the quality more. I returned it and got my refund. I replaced it with WinTV PVR 250 from Hauppage which is WAY BETTER.
Comments posted by Erwin from Other, October 11, 2002:
Compatibility: Win95? Win98? Win2K? WinXP Vista? NT4? MAC? Linux? - Rated: 5 of 10.
Very easy to install, as all USB devices should be.
Intuative software for capturing your camcorder output to mpeg. Easy click and drag editing and title editor.Documentation says it will create cDVD but have yet to try that function. Records pretty good TV quality mpegs. I'd recommend for a beginner (whic I am).
Comments posted by Mitchell from Other, October 04, 2002:
Compatibility: Win95? Win98? Win2K? WinXP Vista? NT4? MAC? Linux? - Rated: 7 of 10.
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