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1. Dazzle Digital Video Creator DVC-90
$41.79 list($49.99)
2. Avermedia MDVDEZUSB DVD EZMaker
$140.59 list($144.99)
3. Plextor ConvertX Digital Video
$170.99 $139.99 list($179.99)
4. Pinnacle Systems 210100350 Pinnaclestudio
$87.39 $85.57 list($79.99)
5. ADS Tech DVD Express 2.0 (USBAV-701)
$126.34 $125.00 list($129.99)
6. Dazzle Digital Video Creator 150
$107.34 list($139.99)
7. Dazzle DVC120 Digital Video Capture
$55.09 $49.99 list($57.99)
8. PINNACLE S DAZZLE DVC 80 VIDCAP-USB
$98.79 list($119.99)
9. Avermedia DVD EZMaker Pro USB2.0
$49.95 list($69.99)
10. Dazzle Multimedia DM-5400 Digital
$199.99
11. Indicapture External Videocapture
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12. HP DVD Movie Writer dc4000
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13. Pinnacle Studio MovieBox Deluxe

1. Dazzle Digital Video Creator DVC-90 Video Capture Device and Movie Maker
by Pinnacle Systems
list price: $89.99
our price: $71.24
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Asin: B00028CAL2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 1629
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Digital Video Creator 90 ... Read more

Features

  • High quality video capture: get the most out of your PC's Hi-Speed USB controller!
  • Works with any video device equipped with analogue video outputs
  • Store hours of videos on your hard disk
  • Restore damaged videos or edit them automatically in a few minutes with Pinnacle Studio¿ QuickStart
  • Preserve and share your movies on CDs and DVDs*

Reviews (13)

1-0 out of 5 stars Frustrating waste of time...
Installed as directed, hooked up equipment. Studio program opens but fails to detect equipment. Sometimes even opening the program freezes my computer. Consumer support was no help. Does NOT WORK. It seems many other reviewers were happy with their purchase so I guess I'm in the minority who was disappointed by this product. I'm planning on returning this and purchasing another product.

2-0 out of 5 stars FRUSTRATING!!!
EEE-GAD! I wanted a device to capture 8mm video.The man at the store showed me this.Yes, it captured the video, but I just want to make a simple disc menu to break up the two hour disc and I cannot figure out how to do it.I am not great with computers, and am not familiar with the software scam that goes on every day.The things that these products claim to do, they just don't do!I have already shelled out $80 for this product, but if I want it to do what it SAYS it will do, I need to spend $90 more!!! What's with the upgrade scams?
The help topics are very confusing and even when they spell out what the screen will say, it doesn't say that once you get there.Well, maybe it WOULD say the right thing if I buy the upgrade.This Pinnacle program is just maddening.How can you figure it out?I am afraid to try other products because they sound even more confusing.The box needs to say what these things actually do, because they can't be returned opened.Oh yeah, when I opened the box, I was shocked to find absolutely no literature.The only reason I gave it two stars is for the capture device. Too big of a learning curve on this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ease of Use Makes it a Joy!
I was looking for a means to convert some of my VHS collection (namely Centennial) to DVD. I had looked in to several systems, and am no complete amateur, as I have done video conversions since my Amiga days over a decade ago. I recently bought a new computer system with a USB2 port and a DVD burner, so I figured now was the time. I read bad things about the other Dazzle systems, but this one had good reviews. They were right. Within minutes of receiving and opening the box I was feeding the video into my computer and ready to burn the DVDs. I have since burned quite a few. It's almost idiot proof. The quality is not exceptional, but it is quite good for home movie conversions for those that are not perfectionists. You must have a USB2 port, and that seems to be adequate speed. You also should specify and remember where you want the output to go, or it tends to hide files on your drive, taking up quite a bit of space. Very simple to use, and fun to play around with. One thing. I use Nero to do the actual DVD burn. The burn function in Pinnacle take forever. No big deal to me, but might be to others. Also, maybe I've had no problems because I have an up-to-date system, with XP SP2, 3.4GB P4 CPU, etc. One more thing...I am stationed in Germany and Amazon would not ship to me! I had to order through J&R, but got it way quicker than I ever have through Amazon, and at a better price. Wonder why they won't ship item to an APO? Okay, maybe should only be 4 stars, but I really do like its ease of use.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Nice
I knew nothing about digital video, but in one day I was able to take content from 3 different VHS tapes and turn it into a DVD that could play on my 5 year old DVD player. Wonderful.

The only problem I really had was that I had to use another program on my computer (Nero) to actually burn the DVD. Why I don't know, but that was a small inconvenience to me.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty much as advertised
I purchased the Dazzle 90 product to convert my 8mm cassettes from an older Sony Camcorder to DVD. I have made about 6 DVDs now, and I am pretty happy with my purchase. The software is fairly simple to use, and the end product looks good. I do not notice any drop in quality. If you simply want to covert your tapes to DVD, with no frills, then I would highly recommend this product. A few notes after using the product...
- It takes alot of disk space. Just installing the software that comes with it took 7 gig (you could probably get by with less by not installing all features?). You can get about 60 minutes of high quality film onto a DVD, and this takes up about 7 gig. Also, the software requires space on your harddriver to burn the movie to the dvd. I kept getting a message that I did not have enough space. It was annoying that it would not tell me exactly how much space it required. So I cleared off space, and did not get the message to go away until I had about 12-14 gig of free space. For this reason, I would suggest doing a defrag before starting.
- One thing to be aware of, there is a mention option to remove a captured video and free up space. But if you have burned the movie(s) to dvd, you can also build up a great deal of space in My Documents/Pinnacle Studios/Auxillary Files. I was running out of space again, after burning numerous movies, until I found this directory and how much space it was eating up. I then found there is a menu option for deleting these too (when you are in the edit option)
- You can create the movies in mpeg rather than avi, and this takes about half as much space. But I did this once, and thought the quality wasn't quite as good as the avi. It was very close, but I am going to go with the avi.
- The software comes with the basic features and some extras. If you want to do more fancy things with the movie you create you need to upgrade your software. If you pick certain features that are not available with the base software, you will get a popup box asking if you want to upgrade.
- This is not a fast process. The movie converts to your PC in real time. So a 60 minute tape will take 60 minutes. Editing the movie does not take any time at all (if you are doing the basics and once you get the hang of it) Then the burning it to DVD takes awhile. I have not checked exactly because I let it run and come back later, but I would guess it takes at least 4 hours for 60 minutes of tape. This time is much shorter when burning mpegs rather than avi.
- I have not had any crashes or major problems. But I have had a couple problems with getting the menu screen to work when editing. But I just start over, and can get it to work the next time. Note. If you don't see images in each of the menu chapters, do not proceed. I made this mistake and waited forever for a movie to burn, before realizing it was stuck trying to make the menu.
- Overall it has proven to be a good product. I have had wanted to get my precious memories off of the tape and onto DVD for a long time. This is MUCH cheaper than having it professionally done,and I did not need anything fancy, just the tape onto dvd. ... Read more


2. Avermedia MDVDEZUSB DVD EZMaker USB 2.0 External Video Capture Device
by AVERMEDIA
list price: $49.99
our price: $41.79
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Asin: B00009PGTC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: AVERMEDIA
Sales Rank: 2593
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Avermedia Tech (MDVDEZUSB) AVerMedia DVD EZMaker USB2.0 ... Read more

Features

  • Supports Different Languages
  • Cut, slice and stretch your movie clips for the perfect combination of scenes
  • Capture Video From your Analog Camcorder, or VCR/VHS onto a CD, DVD, or PC
  • Direct to Disc Recording
  • Play Captured Video on DVD Players

Reviews (21)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Value but Confusing
The hardware is great value, easy to install and has excellent capture quality. On the downside, the software has a rather complex user interface with little or no documentation. The Broderbund video editing software, as you might expect, is kid-level and clunky, but the neoDVD capture software is both powerful and solid, and there lies the problem if you are not already familiar with video terminology. It includes Help and an online Tutorial, but both are skimpy, and have huge gaps in explaining the video technology. However, if you are willing to make the effort to learn, and waste a few CD-Rs in trial-and-error experimentation, then this is definitely the best buy - it only loses a star for lack of good documentation. If you want an idiot-proof, out-of-the-box system then deduct another star and plan on the extra cost of buying better documented software.

5-0 out of 5 stars This USB Device is super
This USB device is value for money, it really works well. Soon after easy install the device was working great. I do not use the software which came with the device instead I use Inter Media Win DVD Creator 2.00 which came my Compaq AMD 3400+ (2.2gh) 512 memory 200 GB harddrive. The end result is very good indead. The Amazon,s service is super, I got it FEDEX ground (Free) (Ordered Friday recevived it on Monday). When you get the Amazon Credit Card ($30) off so it just coat me $11.00) can be bad at this price

4-0 out of 5 stars Great value - easy to use
This device was a breeze to install and works well in capturing video from my DVR as well as my camcorder.The only problem I have encountered is with the included MovieShop 6.5 software.I am running Windows XP and my system meets all the requirements.However, even with a clean install, the Movieshop program simply does not run on my computer.Luckily, I have another video editing and DVD burning program that easily integrates with the files I capture with this device.I suspect there is some conflict between the included MovieShop program and a pre-existing one on my computer.However, I have neither the time nor the patience to troubleshoot this problem.

The video quality is good, although I find the sound to be a bit distorted.

1-0 out of 5 stars Stay Away
First, the quality of the image is horrible. It does support the S-Video, but the quality of output is even worse than the 8mm, not even close to Hi8. I don't think my computer limits the performance. I am using P4 2.8G,with 512 MB ram.
Second, the software provided has very limited function. It doesn't even has the split and combine function. Record audio track is impossible. With only a few effects to add on.
Finally, the price is ok. DON'T EXPECT MUCH.

5-0 out of 5 stars I have a Pentium 1.5 and it still works
Yep thats right, my PC does not meet the requirements and it still does work. I have a 1.5 Pentium and 256 RAM. I connected my analog camera and it did record perfectly! I dont have the proper adapters to try my VCR with tis yet, but Im sure it would work. But be sure to have at least a pentium 2.0! I happen to have a good ASUS motherboard.

Be sure to have a 2.0 USB Card too! I like this product! Great price and works goog despite the fact that my PC does not have the proper CPU! ... Read more


3. Plextor ConvertX Digital Video Converter (PX-M402U)
by Plextor
list price: $144.99
our price: $140.59
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Asin: B0001CJF3A
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Plextor
Sales Rank: 2334
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The PX-M402U captures video from TVs, VCRs, DVD players & camcorders; automatically converting video. ... Read more

Features

  • Save hard disk space with DivX and MPEG-4
  • Real-time hardware and MPEG-1/2/4 digital video converter
  • Fast digital video conversion and lower CPU usage with hardware encoder
  • Easy-to-use personal or VCD video creation software
  • Official DivX Certified product

Reviews (22)

5-0 out of 5 stars one of the best options available
This unit works great for me (using WinXP).I use it to capture and record a real-time video feed directly from the camera to my hard drive.The quality is fine and the set-up is fast and straighforward.The unit does the conversion internally which saves your computer from having to do all the labor.The software that comes with the unit is also pretty easy to use for capturing video.It allows you a number of options for file quality, etc.If you want to do some slick video editing with effects, etc., you will likely want to use a separate video editing program.This program only has some basic editing features.But for just capturing and archiving, this works just fine.

Overall this seems to be one of the best options (if not the best) on the market for low-cost digital video conversion using external hardware.The other products available seem to have a lot more problems than the Plextor unit.

Note:After you install the software, I recommend downloading the most up-to-date drivers from the company's website.Also, you may want to avoid having your computer hooked up to a generic docking station (e.g., the Targus unit sold at BestBuy) and the Plextor unit at the same time.My computer will only run one or the other, not both simultaneously.(When I disconnect the docking station, the Plextor works like a charm.)

1-0 out of 5 stars Promising...but no go
I was amazed when I took this unit out of the box and saw that it was made in Japan, not in China.I was expecting a smooth ride with a quality piece of hardware.I installed the drivers, then plugged in the unit.Everything came right up, except for sound.I checked all my connections, played with volume, and then noticed that my laptop's sound was completely non-functional, not just the sound from the Plextor. Rebooting didn't solve the problem.I had to roll back to a restore point to get my sound back.I tried once again, this time using the drivers downloaded from Plextor's web site, which were newer than those on the included CD.Everything came up perfectly, including sound.I played for about 15 minutes, and then my notebook's sound was gone again.

I emailed tech support; their response (after four days) was to reinstall the drivers.Gee, thanks.I was very disappointed to have to pack it up and return it to Amazon.

5-0 out of 5 stars great product
I have had this devise for about a yr now and it is working fine, i converted all my family vhs to dvd and put menus and the whole nine yards.
there is however two things i have problems w/:
1. the picture/sound dellay is inconvenient (if you have a slow pc.
2. if your not converting to DivX format and just use regular mpeg (high quility) there will be a sure sound delay and sene skipping.
3. rendering time is a bit too long.
*** always rip as DivX, that way the chance for you to get a sound dellay is min.

4-0 out of 5 stars Works Great
After researching on the internet for a video capture device, I finally decided on the Plextor ConvertX (PX-M402U).I've only had it a couple of days and am happy with the results.

Setup was very easy and within a couple of hours I captured 2 hours of video from my analog camcorder and had made a DVD with transition effects and titles.Quality of playback was as good if not better than the original( I captured in standard play - wondering if I captured in high quality if it would look even better).

The only complaint I have is that my computer froze once while editing.I believe that was due to such a large file and I keep hitting buttons thinking the system wasn't responding.

Overall I am pleased with the product but make sure your computer meets all the requirements.My CPU runs at about 95% usage while editing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good, simple converter
I've had this for several months and am pleased with it. It's simple to setup and use and has caused no problems on my system. The output of the software (titles, buttons, transitions, etc.) is a bit amatuerish in appearance. I don't have any complaints about it. ... Read more


4. Pinnacle Systems 210100350 Pinnaclestudio Moviebox USB V9
by Pinnacle Systems
list price: $179.99
our price: $170.99
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Asin: B0001AU7Q6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 25746
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Product Description

Studio MovieBox USB Version 9 Video Capture ... Read more

Features

  • Automated editing:Let SmartMovie edit your movie for you!
  • Audio and video restoration tools
  • Support for RTFx video plug-ins and VST audio plug-ins
  • Advanced Video Editing, Transitions and Effects

5. ADS Tech DVD Express 2.0 (USBAV-701)
by ADS Technologies
list price: $79.99
our price: $87.39
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Asin: B00009YUPS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: ADS Technologies
Sales Rank: 21516
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

DVD Xpress Video Capture ... Read more

Features

  • Capture audio and video via the USB port with “Audio-Lock” technology for perfect lip synch
  • Archive video footage to VCD, SVCD or DVDs
  • Create interactive videos with scene and chapter menus
  • Make your own movies with special effects, titles, music and more
  • USB 2.0 connection to the PC, backward compatible to USB 1.1

Reviews (22)

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Very Very Happy With DVD Express
Works Great, I read some reviews of freeze up due to heat, I always had a 6 inch fan behind my laptop so I put the DVD Express between laptop and fan. I am using Windows 98se 500Mhz 256mb ram.
I have captured 34 complete movies and music videos off laser disc and vcr, DVD express froze a couple of times after the first seven captures. I have found, if I defragment my hard drive after every 5 or so captures, and not let any task scheduler programs run during capture, unit will work perfectly. (Perfectly = refering to the last 18 captures no freeze up's) I am very satisfied with product. I haved viewed and listened to mannyof the captured Live music videos, picture quality is excellant, sound is completly pure. (cranked up through Bose home speakers and through Grado headphones, no noise, hums clicks or pops evan at extremly high volume) Capture software is very easy to use, with manny user defined capture settings, included Ulead DVD movie factory helpful, but could use a better editing software. Which you could spend 50 - 100 bucks for. Or purchase Mustek PVR-A1 Portable Media Player for a 100 bucks and get editing and converting(to MPEG4)software bundled with a very nice portable mp3,mpeg4 etc... media player. I'm going for the Mustek PVR-H140 which has the ULead video 7 bundled with it. A 3.5 screen and a 40 gig hd. Well everybody else playin there mp3's I'll be playing my mpeg4 music videos. Support for DVD express is excellant, I knew absolutly nothing about video capture or what mpeg was. Ads Tech support helped guide me to saving my movies to computer in a format that was suitable, and to understand resolutions, formats,,,etc. Support was very dedicated, no rush on phone. Always asked if i had anymore questions. Great Co. to deal with. I wish I could call Ads Tech for support for every product I purchase. I definatly have no regrets purchasing DVD Express.

1-0 out of 5 stars The box look exciting, the product is a big failure
This product is a big deception. I have read so many customers complaints about this product from various websites and to tell you the truth, they are telling the truth about it. This is the second one that I have gotten and it still won't work. I have e-mailed Tech Support, but no response. The support page for the drivers seems to be outdated. It is now 2005, there should be new drivers downloads for this product that has so many problems. I have installed and un-installed the software more times than I should. When I reboot the computer I have to unplug the usb so it can restart windows xp. Yes, it does get hot, yes, I did use a small fan for the overheating, even lay the product on it back and put a small towel on it with a small ice pack to keep it from overheating. This is too much and I shouldn't even have to go to this extreme. It either a good product that will work or not. I gave it a 1 star for having Ulead Dvd Factory and Movee software which I didn't even use. You can only record about 30-45 minutes of video footage.

I am returning it back this week before my 90 days return policy
expire. Just purchase it 2 weeks ago.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not even close to be stable
I got an ADS DVD Express rev 2 and the CapWiz freezes a lot. It is not temperature related problem but seems to be related to image quality. When your tape has a noisy clip changes it gets hosed at the same transition points. The only way to recover is manually delete the task. The file that was storing the video has to be deleted by a console window because win2000 gets also hosed by the bad file (not closed properly by CapWiz.

I have the latest drivers as well as a huge fan over the DVD Express with its PCB exposed.

Those guys should never release a product having such a poor quality.

2-0 out of 5 stars Hardware has Problems!!
Bottom-Line: Unless you have a TBC (time-base-corrector) to fix your nasty VCR video you plan on converting to a DVD, don't bother with this product! For making a DVD of a saved Tivo show or a live satellite feed or a live cable channel of your favorite show, this should work fine for you (use S-Video cables if possible). Don't expect it to work if you are converting video tapes (VHS, 8mm, etc.) to DVDs because of the devices hardware/software design limitations.

5-0 out of 5 stars East to use, works fine
Had no problem digitizing several VHS tapes and burning DVDs (using Mad Dog Terminator DVD burner). I got a "rev. 2" unit, which does not have the overheating problem of "rev 1" units. Included software (CapWiz) is easy to use (with Windows XP). Tried the Direct-to-disk method and the 2-step method (digitize to hard drive, then burn a disk). I wish the software had a timed-start feature (like a VCR - start recording at xx o'clock). For the $$, it's a good product. ... Read more


6. Dazzle Digital Video Creator 150 Video Capture Device and Movie Maker (210100325)
by Pinnacle Systems
list price: $129.99
our price: $126.34
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000C4DVM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 5694
Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

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!

  • Supports both composite video input and S-video input for easy hook up to virtually any camcorder or VCR.
  • Includes Pinnacle Studio QuickStart which delivers all of the features that you'll need to begin making great home movies on your PC.
  • Capture DVD-quality video. The DVC 150 captures in full 720 x 480 DVD resolution.
  • 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 toits 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.
... Read more

Features

  • Windows 98SE, ME, XP or 2000
  • Connect your Camcorder, VCR or TV to the DVC150 to capture DVD-quality video to your PC
  • Features a real-time DVD encoder chip inside that automatically converts video into the MPEG-2 format
  • Built-in analog video outputs connectors for outputting your edited video back to a VCR or TV
  • Studio QuickStart lets you strenghten washed-out colours, restore old analogue tapes or stabilize shaky movies

Reviews (18)

1-0 out of 5 stars In a word - Useless
I bought this product for my work and have never been so embarrassed.It does not work.I can't get it to capture any audio.I tried the online manual, help desk, etc.There is no help for the issue I am having.The software that it came bundled with installs a bunch of "options" that you can the pay to have "unlocked".So, basically you get a product that can't capture your video correctly sending information to the software that you have to pay even more to get to work.Horrible!Horrible!Horrible!They might as well advertise that it allows you to travel through time because you can spend days trying to get it to work, and still not be any further along than when you started.

1-0 out of 5 stars Video capture disaster
I don't know how well the hardware works, because the Pinnacle Studio 9.3 software bundled with the device is a buggy piece of garbage.It won't run at all on one of my systems, and crashes regularly on the other.In the six months I've owned the thing, I've been able to successfully capture about eight minutes of video.

4-0 out of 5 stars not that bad, really.
OK, as far as a capturing device I have not had any problems capturing at least 2 hours of analog video.Once I start editing the movie, I'll admit that the software is quirky and will shutdown and lock up the PC in rare instances.I've burned serveral DVDs with menu options, background music, special effects, etc. without a problem.The software requires patience and of course processor speed and adequate memory.

1-0 out of 5 stars Never Again
After hours of thrift shopping I found myself buying the Dazzle DV creator 150. Accourding to specs best product for the money...WRONG. Not only did I waste my time I have wasted $160.oo.... Not only did the program get the last laugh on me the piece of equipment that came with it is better off being threw in the trash then wasting any more of my time. To all that is in anyway interested in this product turn away or forever wish you never bought this product. If you buy from most electronic stores the policy states you can not return such items only replace with same. [...]

1-0 out of 5 stars A bad way to spend$120
For the past day I've been trying to use, with no success, my new Dazzle 150 to capture video. Their technical support consists of a web site that suggest the problem can be fixed by downloading new drivers ( that doesn't remady my problem). It appears that Dazzle was bought by another company and I'm left with an expensive bookend. ... Read more


7. Dazzle DVC120 Digital Video Capture and Authoring Device
by Pinnacle Systems
list price: $139.99
our price: $107.34
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002A9SK6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 11632
Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

DazzleDVC120 is an affordable external device that makes it fast and easy to connectany video device onto any PC. ... Read more

Features

  • Import DVD-quality Videos via a standard USB port
  • Works with any video device equipped with analogue video outputs
  • Restore damaged videos or edit them automatically in a few minutes with Pinnacle Studio QuickStart
  • Preserve and share your movies on CDs and DVDs
  • Store hours of high-quality videos on your hard disk thanks to MPEG-2 video compression

Reviews (3)

1-0 out of 5 stars Dazzle DVC-120 F.O.D.
This is a piece of FOD (Foreign Object Debris--destroys jet engines) installation was heinous and never worked even after the 67MB patch download.
DON'T BUY IT!!!!AMAZON...LOSE IT!

1-0 out of 5 stars Terrible product
This product died on me 2 months after I purchased it.I called tech support 3 times in which I waited up to 55 minutes then gave up. I called customer service and got an answering machine.No one ever called back.

1-0 out of 5 stars Installation nightmare
Tried installing on two computers with no luck. Went to Pinnacle website and downloaded driver, still no luck. Clobbered existing USB drivers. ... Read more


8. PINNACLE S DAZZLE DVC 80 VIDCAP-USB ( 210100316 )
by Pinnacle Systems
list price: $57.99
our price: $55.09
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Asin: B0000C4DW1
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 16025
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Ultimate Video Connector for Camcorders
The Dazzle Digital Video Creator 80 is the ultimate video connector for camcorders featuring built-in audio/video ports and easy to use video editing software.

Capture video from a camcorder, TV or VCR.
Dazzle MovieStar 5 lets you capture and edit your video, cutting out unwanted scenes, adding 3D transitions, titles, background audio, voice over narrations and Hollywood-style special effects.

MovieStar 5 also lets you share your video on Video CD, S-VCD, DVD, video email or by Webcasting it across the Internet.

Dazzle DVD Complete software allows you to take your edited videos and add interactive menus, burn directly to a DVD disc and even design your own DVD disc labels and jewel case inserts.

Dazzle OnDVD gives users the ability to create a photo slideshows that can be burned to CD for playback on a DVD Player.
... Read more

Reviews (14)

1-0 out of 5 stars Very Disapointed
I bought this to convert family VHS tapes to DVD format.The problem is that it limits the capture to a very small screen size (I am not a techie) that is roughly 1/4 of my 17 inch monitor screen.When I burned my first DVD and put it on my home system the picture was really rough - poor resolution. My main complaint is there is no mention of this on the box so I got burned for $70.It was a complete waste of money for my purposes!

1-0 out of 5 stars Total Garbage
I owned a dazzle product a few years back, and even then it was buggy.I wanted to get a new video capture device to do some editing at home.The one I had wanted was not available at Compusa so I picked up the Dazzle80 which was in the same price range.It never even occurred to me that the stated video quality would be so much poorer than other available products, and I didn't realize this until after I had it installed.Installation was no easy task either.It took me about an hour of fiddling with drivers and looking for files it wanted in order to be happy.The Pinnacle software that comes with it is really pretty decent, probably the only worthwhile part of the purchase.The video quality is total garbage though, it looks horrible.This thing was $70+ dollars too.Certainly not worth that when other products with much better resolution exist in the same price range.I just picked up an Xpert DVD Maker from ebay for about $30 with shipping and guess what, the quality is miles better.Dazzle, you've burned me on two purchases in a row.I can assure you, I will never purchase another Dazzle product again, and I wouldn't recommend ANYONE else to buy one of their products as well.

4-0 out of 5 stars Works fine for me
Bought this and had it running in an hour. Am able to successfully capture signal from the cable box video/audio outputs. Successfully recorded several TV programs. The key to using a device like this is to have some experience in media capture/conversion and be ready for some test runs. Try configuring different options to get optimal results. Use the "Best Quality" option while capturing the signal.I used the DIVX codecs while converting to AVIs. Was surprised to see that it even captured HD channel outputs from my HD capable dish box via the A/V outputs. Have successfully imported the resultant AVI into my portable iRiver video player. Works perfectly. Had to reconvert using iRiver media conversion software.Pinnacle QuickStart studio is quite impressive. You will need a USB 2.0 and fast hard disk to get optimal results.With this + iRiver portable video player, I have my own portable TIVO like DVR player. The only problem I have with this product is the absence of required AV cables. Pinnacle (the owner company) should not resort to penny pinching like this.

1-0 out of 5 stars Crap
Packaged software crashed every time.Tried to upgrade from the website...poorest customer service since the old days of Apple.I have had this thing for over a year and have only been able to transfer about 15 minutes of tiny screen size video.This was a waste of my money.Save yourself the headache.I'll get more satisfaction cramming this device down the garbage disposal than I ever did transferring videos of my children.

1-0 out of 5 stars Avoid it
I brought this home and had it up and running pretty quickly.I didn't experience problems transferring video from a VCR to my computer.

So why one star?

Well, I feel the box and their ads are misleading.The DVC 80 can only capture video in AVI format, with dimensions of 360 x 240, about half the size of of a TV screen.There is no mention of this anywhere in the minimal documentation that comes with the item.I thought I was doing something wrong, and tried to get in touch with customer service, but the wait on the phone was too long.I finally got an email to them, and their only response was that if I wanted MPEG-2, or a resolution of 720 x 480, I should have bought the DVC 150.It would have been nice to know that before I put out my money. ... Read more


9. Avermedia DVD EZMaker Pro USB2.0 (MDVDEZPUS)
by AVERMEDIA
list price: $119.99
our price: $98.79
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0001PFO46
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: AVERMEDIA
Sales Rank: 31190
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

AVerMedia DVD EZMaker Pro USB 2.0 ... Read more

Features

  • Real-Time and Direct to Disk Recording
  • Video capture and edit device
  • Sleek, portable, palm-sized unit
  • Hardware MPEG2 Encoding
  • Basic and Advanced Video Editing Software

Reviews (12)

1-0 out of 5 stars Deceptive Adverstising/False Claims
BEWARE!!!! Although it sez it works with Win XP Home and DOES NOT have a disclaimer about the MC edition of XP Home. It will NOT work with WinXP MCE!! AverMedia refuses to refund money and sez it is within its right to NOT post disclaimer for WinXP MCE or warn consumers about this fault! Per CSR@Binh. 3/18/05

1-0 out of 5 stars NO SUPPORT, the dog ate your questions
Before you buy this product or any other from Aver, go to their web site and try - TRY - to ask a question. Not only do they grill you as if all prospects are liars and idiots, they don't reply even after you do type in ALL your system information. For more than a week, I've tried to ask someone from the company if it's true that this hardware cannot use ANY software except the exact (and severely limited) SE products shipped with it. No reply. Not even a form letter.

If it's true that the product is supported by absolutely NO software company - what happens in a year? Six months? Two years? How long do they expect this thing to last? It's like buying a camera which can only use film produced by the original company. How do you guarantee that they'll be in business a year from now?

Aver is the laziest, most user-unfriendly company I've seen in a while. Buy their products with the idea that they cannot be repaired and will not be supported. A company that can't be bothered to reply to email from its own site is not a trustworthytrading partner.

Try the Plextor ConvertX Digital Video Converter (PX-M402U). It has superior specs, is nearly the same price and when I emailed a question to them, they got back to me in two hours. Further questions were again answered in a timely way. THAT is customer service. These days, companies rush products out the door and theearly buyers become the final beta testers. YOU NEED customer service, whether you know it or not.


5-0 out of 5 stars The Answer To A 15-Year-Old Prayer!
After many years of frustration, I had just about given up on my dream of transferring my precious Renaissance Pleasure Faire video tapes to digital format in order to preserve the wonderful memories.I feared the tapes were doomed to rot from age even with the best of care.

Then I came across the Avermedia DVD EZMaker Pro USB 2.0, and within minutes magic happened!

I plugged in the few cables with no trouble, installed the software, turned on the VCR and hit the 'Capture' button, wondering how long it would go before it crashed like all the other products had done.

But it didn't crash.

It kept going.And going.And going.It got through the whole tape without a hitch or a hiccup and I was dancing with joy!

Trembling with anticipation, I put in the next tape.And the next one.And the next one.Eight VHS tapes in all, some of them fifteen years old, all captured to full MPEG2 glory without so much as a dropped pixel.

I tell you, it was a moment of rapture such as few mortals are privileged to experience.

The included VideoStudio 7 SE and MovieFactory 2 SE software were perfect for simple but efficient editing, transitions, adding audio tracks, menus, etc.I've made several six-disk DVD sets without a problem, and found it easy to go back and make changes or corrections at spots that I felt could be done better.The frame-by-frame editing feature makes perfect transitions a breeze, as well.

The one thing I would have liked to see was the ability to mute a clip's original audio portion so as not to compete with an overlayed musical track, but that's a small thing compared to everything else this package has to offer.

If you want to make movies like Spielberg, you'll have to spend a lot more money, my friends.But for those of us with no such pretensions, who just want a stable and easy way to preserve what is dear to our hearts for future generations and make it look good in the process, you can't do better than this one as far as I'm concerned.

For those who are interested, my system looks like this:

3.0G Pentium 4 CPU with Hyperthreading and 800Mgz FSB
800Mgz FSB Motherboard
1G DDR400 RAM
ATI Radeon 9700 Pro Graphics Card
Dual 120G Hard drives
Sony DRU110a R+-/RW+- Burner

So there you have it.I don't personally care if it doesn't work with any other software, it does what I need it to do right out of the box and that's good enough for me.:)

5-0 out of 5 stars Works for me, even better with a patch
When I first picked up this device, I had some problems with audio/video sync, especially when trying to capture 1 hour or longer videos.This wasn't a big deal to me personally since 90% of what I am doing is converting 1/2 hour TV shows to DVD. This problem didn't really affect me, and the quality of the video was solid enough that I decided to go ahead and keep it around.

So, I was surfing around a few days ago and I was surprised to find Avermedia had posted some new drivers and patches to their web site and I went ahead and checked them out.Still no problems with the 1/2 hour shows, and I captured a couple of hour-long specials and didn't see any sync problems either.I didn't see anyone mention the patch files, so figured I'd post the info here for anyone who still has the sync problems.

2-0 out of 5 stars Bad Buy
I bought a new computer with the highest speed available to do video work.I talked to several people at different stores to find the best capture card I could find for a PC.Most recomended Avermedia DVD ezmaker.It hooked up easy and pretty much worked out of the box, but the bundled software was very lacking.I decided to upgrade from Ulead studio 7 Se to Ulead studio 8 and found out it won't work with anything but 7SE.EZmaker pro led me to believe it was as good as any other pro video capture devices for the PC.Wrong.No one doing video work as a pro would want something that can't use better software than came with the capture device.So if you want a capture device that you can't use with anything but what came with it and pay a premium price for it as well this is it.If you can't use programs that have more and better features even from the same software company you are buying something that is obsolete right from the box. ... Read more


10. Dazzle Multimedia DM-5400 Digital Video Creator 80
by Dazzle Multimedia
list price: $69.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005UK8W
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Dazzle Multimedia
Sales Rank: 17427
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Share movies on Internet or CD! Dazzle Digital Video Creator 80 is the ultimate USB video connector for camcorders featuring built-in audio/video ports and easy-to-use video editing software. You can capture video from a camcorder, TV or VCR, edit video with Dazzle MGI VideoWave 4 video editing software and share it by sending video e-mails, webcasting streaming video via the Dazzle Webcast Theater, posting video to a personal or corporate website, recording video to CD-ROM disc or adding video to business presentations. Dazzle makes it easy to capture, edit and share video, no wonder it is the leading brand in digital video! ... Read more

Features

  • The ultimate USB video connector for camcorders featuring built-in audio/video ports and easy to use video editing software
  • 4 audio/video ports - Left Audio In, Right Audio In, S-Video In and Video In
  • With the Digital Video Creator 80, you can capture video from your Camcorder, VCR or TV; edit Video on PC; and send Video emails
  • Includes free admission to Dazzle Webcast Theater

Reviews (25)

2-0 out of 5 stars no customer support
I wasn't too disappointed at first.I had some problems with the video feed being choppy, but I think that may have been a processor problem.It comes with a DVD which contains additional content which you can access only after you register (send them your personal information).If you don't have a DVD drive, then you can order the content on CDs.When the URL for ordering the CDs turned out to be dead, I tried to contact customer support.Alas, you can't email them and can't call them on the phone.If your question isn't in their Q&A list, then don't expect and answer.This product is going back to the store.

1-0 out of 5 stars no support
Ok, so how are you supposed to enter a 10digit SN when the one that they provide for you has 11?
Couldn't install the software so couldn't use the product at all. Multiple posts on the Pinnacle user forum on the company's website also went unanswered with this same problem. Bye Bye, back to the store.
If you're not going to let me install your product and you're not going to help me to figure out how to get around the problem you've created then you clearly shouldn't be in business.

1-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Painful
The unit itself is poorly built due to the fact that you must force the rca cables into it, that should've been the first clue.The software installed fine (Pinnacle version 8.0 initially).They capture quality is extremely choppy, this is especially true if you are filming any type of racing.The max resolution that it can capture and then give you a final product in is not even close to what you initially started with on either VCR or an analog camcorder. That being the case, what in the hell is the point of this product ?

With a combination of poor resolution and what appears to be dropped frames(although during capture, I had zero dropped frames it says) this product is one big disappointment.

4-0 out of 5 stars Works well -- do the research first.
Unlike copying VHS tapes to VHS tape; DVD recording is a far more complex enterprise. I recently bought a DVD recorder to transfer my VHS tapes to DVD (a more stable format). After doing some research on DVD ripping, SVCDs, DVD-R, and MPEG vs. AVI formats, I purchased the Dazzle device and bundled software.

Bottom line: Its not perfect but it does a very good job if you are willing to spend some time messing with it.

First off, the software installed without any problems, as did the USB based hardware. I did have a problem with the recessed audio plugs. I had to shave off some of the rubber casing from my audio av plugs so that they would fit into the dazzle device properly. I recommend getting an adapter plug so you can simply use your computer's sound card (not that the sound quality will be any better) and using the S-Video plug on the dazzle for the picture signal.

I used the software to burn a DVD, using the other formats (like SVCD) did not interest me since the finished products would only be viewable on my PC. What good would that do?

The bundled software allows you to save the whole process in a project file. You can then go back and create a menu and chapters or have the program do it automatically, which I think is really cool. You do need a large hard drive (80 Gig or better), a decent DVD recorder (I have a Sony DVD-RW/R+ drive) and a relatively fast PC (2 GHz or better with at least 256MB of physical memory) to make all of this work properly.

How do the resulting DVDs look? Pretty good. The real work involves tweaking the recording settings, which adjusts how much can be saved on a single DVD. A high quality DVD picture will limit you to about 1 hour of recording time on a DVD. I used the medium setting so I can store almost two hours of film on one DVD. The picture was a bit pixilated in spots but the DVD played fine on my stand-alone DVD player.

The whole process produced very acceptable results and I did not have to mess with compression ratios and ripping procedures. I think all the critics of this system were looking for a "fire-and-forget" type of package; dazzle is not it. It takes some work but Dazzle is the most effective DVD authoring system for the price.

1-0 out of 5 stars Bad resolution, worse output.
I don't know what Dazzle was thinking when they released this product. I would think that if someone has an analog camera or VCR to capture from, they just MAYBE want to output to the same device.

Call me crazy, but that was my plan. I was looking for a low-cost solution to creating highlight films for my high school football team. Dazzle is NOT it. Technically, it works just fine. Unfortunately you get the blasted thing home and hooked up and installed before you discover that your choices for output are SVCD or MPEG file, unless you have a DVD burner.

I think Dazzle was trying to cater to the amateur porn market with this product, since the primary outputs are digital (something I find odd for an ANALOG CAPTURE DEVICE!) Other than creating home videos of the bedroom kind, I simply can't see the use for this product.

The documentation is perfectly lousy, barely explaining most functions. How would someone add a graphic, such as an arrow to highlight a player about to make a great play? Dazzle apparently can do this, but I had to go to their technical support to get the information because their manual is EIGHT PAGES LONG!

Another reviewer mentioned the horrendously high AVI file that is the capture file before it's compressed. I assure you, he wasn't lying. I filled my 60GB HDD with just two game films.

Keep your money and avoid this product. ... Read more


11. Indicapture External Videocapture Device USB 2.0 Mpeg 1 Or 2
by TDK
list price: $199.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000ABM74
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: TDK
Sales Rank: 6878
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

With plug and play USB 2.0 connectivity this TDK Video and Audio Capture Device lets you simultaneously transfer video and audio to your computer. Built-in MPEG-2MPEG-1 encoding saves you time and hard drive space as you capture footage from a camcorder or VCR into your PC. Features: synchronized audio and video; preview before capture function; 1 S-Video, 2 composite video and 2 RCA audio inputs; USB 2.0 port; ArcSoft Showbiz software; multi-track audio (original track plus 2); user's guide; and DVD, video email, video CD (VCD), SVCD, MPEG-2, MPEG 1, AVI, QuickTime, Windows Media and DV export options. ... Read more

Features

  • USB 2.0
  • Encodes video ot MPEG-2 or MPEG-1 as it captures
  • No wiating for your PC to encode the video before burning to DVD
  • Saves 75% more hard drive space tan systems that capture to DV or AVI formats
  • Multiple Input flexibility - (2) Composite (RCA) video inputs, (1) S-Video, (2) Stereo RCA audio

Reviews (4)

1-0 out of 5 stars Horrible Quality With Limited Options
I bought this device back in March and Have been utterly dissapointed with it from the time I pulled it out of the Box, I must admit the Concept was great but the Design was quite opposite. First off they Package the Device with Horrbile Software known As ShowBiz made by the all well to known company ArcSoft, So What the heck get some new software right? Good Luck, TDK again as Sony has did Decided to Police the market with this Product making it incompatible with anyother software or codec you have two recording options Mpeg 1 & Mpeg 2 and though Mpeg 2 Sounds great wait till you see the Quality of Capture, An Eye Sore is all the Video you capture amounts too. Yeah there are Setting but every time you up them you up your file size by at least 10X and at the Highest Quality you will still be disaopointed with and the Size of the File will have David Copper Field wondering how they made the product so awful. So if your looking for a Capture device with versitality look elsewhere you dont want to waist your money on this, I went back to my $25 Aver TV Card that seems to get much better Quality.

1-0 out of 5 stars Buy at your own risk
The TDK portion of this may work OK, I don't know, because the software that comes with it, ArcSoft ShowBiz, is some of the worst software I have ever encounterd, doesn't work.I have a 6 month old almost top of the line dell, so I meet all the requiremets.The sofware crashed my computer every time!I would have to manually re-boot!I have been to ArcSofts' web site, and they no longer sell the version that comes with the indicapture, but they will sell you the upgraded version for 50 bucks!

I eded up purchasing Screenblast software made by Sony.It works great!!!It is so intuitive that I was able to make a DVD without even reading the instructions.Indicapture seems like a good idea, but until the software gets an upgrade, I would steer clear of this one, folks!

If only I knew where I could unload this turkey.....

4-0 out of 5 stars Works Like A Charm
I was skeptical after reading a negative review here, but noticed that almost every analog to DV converter invariably gets disgruntled feedback.I decided to trust the TDK reputation and appreciated the product descriptions on their own website.This device works much better than I anticipated and delivers terrific quality that doesn't take up much space on a hard drive.I'm very pleased with this purchase and the bundled software from ArcSoft also seems terrific.I'm glad I made a good choice as TDK knows what they're doing.I had one minor question about a driver and their telephone tech support was helpful.

1-0 out of 5 stars I WISH IT WORKED!!!!!!!
First off let me say after totaly exhausting tdk tech Support the product still dosn't work.My computer in which greatly exceeds all Requirements for the unit still dosn't reconize it. tdk finally said that it simply didn't work with some computers.So buy at your on risk but what ever you do don't get it though office depot on this site first they fill your oder though tech depot which dosn't take returns on this product.I finally got most of my money back but it wasn't easy.So If you try this product please go with another store. ... Read more


12. HP DVD Movie Writer dc4000
by Hewlett Packard Office
list price: $349.98
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Asin: B0001PFQ76
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 24531
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

An external DVD writer with built-in analogue video capture and full DVD ±R/±RW and CD writer capabilities, the dc4000 lets users quickly and easily transfer home videos directly from tape to digital format via their PCs.The HP DVD Movie Writer is the fast, easy way to transfer home videotapes to DVD using your PC. It installs in seconds and the included Video Transfer Wizard offers automatic conversion of home movies to DVD. The HP DVD Movie Writer is the all-in-one DVD video and storage solution that lets you transfer, edit and preserve your home video with one easy-to-use device and your PC. No complexity, just a simple, complete home-video-to-DVD solution. The HP DVD Movie Writer lets you easily transfer your precious video memories to long-lasting DVDs and protect them for future generations. Turn your home videotapes into DVD movies, share them with friends and family and enjoy them all over again. Choose among editing features that are right for your skill level, from novice to enthusiast. Delete unwanted scenes and keep the highlights; automatically set video clips to music; create special presentations for family and friends. Easy-to-use digital editing software makes it fun to bring your photos and home movies to life with special effects, music and more. ... Read more

Features

  • Read and write CD-R and CD-RW discs, as well as DVD± R/± RW discs
  • Transfer home videos to DVD fast and easily
  • Includes software that lets you edit video, photos, music and data applications
  • Compatible with Microsoft Windows XP and 2000 Professional.
  • One-year limited hardware and software warranty

Reviews (24)

4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful idea, with good tech support
This little device is a great invention from HP.I had problems installing the unit and was on the telephone with HP Tech support (India) for 1.75 hours, I spent very little time on hold.

The largest draw back to the unit is my computer acts like the DC4000 is not there from time to time and required me to reboot the computer in order to use this nifty device.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great software and hardware
I bought this about 2 weeks back and I love this product. I already converted nearly 20 of my VHS and miniDVs to DVD. There are 3 software applications given along with this... which I think is a bargain. I love the Arcsoft ShowBiz product. I was able to edit my video, set chapters, backgrounds on the DVD tilte page etc. I have not tried adding any audio yet. I like to keep the original talk/chatter on my home videos. It's kinda fun to hear those later.

As for the negatives and the reason I only gave 4 stars is that the direct transfer software does not seem to work correctly, at times. I set the capture time to 1.5 hours and it wrote only .5 hours of video to disk although I saw that the complete video was captured from tape. I don't know what went wrong and lost couple of disks because of this. Another reason I gave only 4 stars is that the backup software (not related to DVD conversion) does not seem to work well with 1.1 USB ports.

The installation instructions could have been better.

Another reviewer mentioned that they had problems with no video signal after a couple of conversions. Well, I had the same problem and tried changing the cables a bit and figured out that the USB cable was defective. Replaced with a new USB cable with gold plated edges and it worked fine.

Over all, I am pleased with product.

3-0 out of 5 stars hp dc4000 vcr to dvd converter
Product works but hardware and support information are not up to what we perceive to be HP standards.

Hardware issue:Small plastic door on DVD tray sometimes catches the tray on closing and is pulled out of alignment.

Support issue:Technical support information is totally superficial. There is really no product manual. ArtSoft software provided with the product has help files that are also lacking in depth.

5-0 out of 5 stars Works flawlessly
I've burned 50-75 DVDs and I've yet to get a coaster. Using the built-in wizard, the included DVD-writing software (which is extremely flexible for a lot of video-related tasks beyond simple DVD writing) and using it as stand-alone DVD writer with other software, I have found this product a joy to operate.

The capture, editing, and writing tasks are nearly idiot-proof and very reliable.

Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent DVD WRiter....
This is my first DVD-WRiter and i love it. I don't have any trouble with the software and the driver. I use it with my laptop (512mB - 60gb HD). I only recommend a lot of free space in your hard disk. I like the software too.

Excellent product. I'm passing all my Tapes (VHS) to dvd with excelent quality. Everything was perfect since the first time i installed it.

I like this because i have 4 in 1:

1- DVD-Writer (DVD+R/RW - DVD-R/RW) for data porpuse / Backup
2- Capture Device (Audio-Video)
3- I convert my analog video to digital video (DVD-VCD)
4- CD-WRITER CD-R / RW

Good for HP ! ... Read more


13. Pinnacle Studio MovieBox Deluxe version 9 ( 210100364 ) Digital Video Editor and Movie Making System
by Pinnacle Systems
list price: $249.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00028CBCU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 44147
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Studio MovieBox Deluxe is the best-of-class external solution from Pinnacle and makes the most of a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port to connect almost any digital or analogue video source such as camcorder, VCR, web cam, or TV to your PC. You can then edit those videos using the powerful and creative functionality of Studio v.9, complemented by HollywoodFX Plus which provides a collection of additional filters and transitions. The integrated CD/DVD authoring program provides customizable menus, navigation and one-touch burning functionality making disk creation easier than ever - or you can choose to export them back to any media including VHS tapes, DV tapes, etc. ... Read more

Features

  • Home Cinema support - Capture, edit and output 16 x 9 widescreen video, and create surround sound soundtracks
  • Automated editing - Let SmartMovie edit your movie for you
  • Fix poorly shot footage using Studio's new cleaning and restoration tools
  • Audio Filters - Apply professional-level effects such as Reverb, Graphic EQ and normalize
  • Image Filters - Create exciting video effects, such as Old Time Movie, Ripples, Lens Flares and more

Reviews (5)

1-0 out of 5 stars Save your money - Terrible and a waste of time
This system sounded like the perfect system ... NOT the case! After many hours of frustration and work with this I was able to produce 1 short 13 min. dvd which still has skips and music not lining up not to mention other problems.While using the program it kept crashing mid project and shutting down, regardless if the material was saved it would not open up correctly each time.I have new computer so the problem was not that.My head hurts and now I am exausted-I am returning this tomorrow ... what a disapointment.

1-0 out of 5 stars fuzzy pinnacle
I purchased this system for transferring Laser Disks and tapes to dvd.I found the system easy to use, and well enginerred BUT, the results are awful.The picture on a 65" TV is extremely poor.I compared this with a dvd copying program, and even a 2 hour 15 minute copy is far superior to a pinnacle 1 hour copy from a laser disk.I used "Death on the Nile" as mysources, laser, dvd, and VHS versions.An hour long burn was awful.Also it takes forever to burn a 1 hour dvd, about 9 hours, on a 2G P4 Dell Computer.Look for another system.I find it impossible to get any help from Pinnacle.

1-0 out of 5 stars BuyPinnacleandprepareforhoursoffrustration !
Would you like a sharp stick in your eye?Would you like a bowling ball dropped on your foot?If so, buy Pinnacle today.Your experience with the stick and bowling ball will be similar to your Pinnacle experience.It will prove to be the most troublesome and frustrating time you have ever spent on a computer.You should save your money and look into another product that actually works.My MovieBox has now become a $200 paperweight.

I bought this program 2 months ago and created the movie material using the MovieBox with relative ease after some trial and error, all of which I expected.Creating the movie was not bad at all.However, for the past 4 weeks, I have been going 'round and 'round with Pinnacle's grossly sub-par "Tech Support" because I have still not been able to burn my completed movie onto a DVD.The Information Technology guys at my office also had no answers.You would think burning the completed project to DVD would be the easy part, wouldn't you?

When I try to burn to DVD, my software shuts down due to insufficient memory if it opens up in the first place.I have a brand new Hewlett-Packard ZT3000 laptop with 60G memory and 512 RAM so I am using a good system.I was told I should upgrade my RAM, which I did.I DOUBLED my RAM to 1G at a cost of $300.It was then suggested by Tech Support that I burn Pinnacle to a hard-drive other than the one where Windows was saved.I bought an external hard-drive for a price of $150.I have also bought a program which shuts down all of my running programs because Pinnacle is extremely sensitive to running programs which I understand because this program is a "memory hog."

Basically I have done everything I can think of and am right back where I started.Oh yea, I am right back where I started although, when you factor in my expenses on Pinnacle and the upgrades that I thought would help Pinnacle work better along with the wasted DVDs that never burned correctly, I am about $700 lighter in the wallet.Thanks, Pinnacle - for your horrendous "Tech Support" and for software that crashes on a 60G computer with 1G of RAM due to "insufficient memory."Maybe I should upgrade to 2G of RAM.That should be only a few more hundred bucks.Why is 1G not enough RAM?

Also, when Pinnacle does open correctly, it is extremely slow and will often crash for reasons not related to insufficient memory.As another Pinnacle consumer stated, don't expect much help from Customer Support - you will not get it.You get one free call to them (which is not helpful) and you will pay for all subsequent calls to them.They have a system whereby you can email your questions to them.When they do get around to responding (often they do not respond at all), their answers are simply copied and pasted from their website.Why bother?Just go to the website and keep your fingers crossed that your question is there - most of my questions were not listed so I had no help at all for those questions.On a scale of 1 to 10, I would give them a 0.5 for Customer Support and a 1.0 for functionality of their product.So add those up and divide by 2 and I would give Pinnacle a solid 0.75 out of 10 ...

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice entry level video editor
This is my 3rd Video editor. Upgrade from S8.Saw very little difference between S8 and S9. This program is super easy to use.
No learning curve. You can turn out some awesome movies.There are a few limitations that you can work around, especially the limited number of sound tracks.It's easy to import your own .wav file and jpg pics for the background. The movie box is awesome !! It's the strongest part of the whole package.You can do a lot with it. Getting it registered was a pain. Their technical support is the worst that I have ever encountered. Almost non existent. This item would have gotten 5 stars if they had any decent technical support. They have a high power online forum which is awesome: (...)

Overall, I am pleased with this system.For the price, you are getting a good deal.I plan on moving up to the Pinnacle Liquid edition later. Thanks !Bob :-)

3-0 out of 5 stars Not bad....
So far this product has worked out very well for me on my laptop computer.Movie capture for DVD has been fast with no problems in audio going out of sync with Video as was common in Studio 8.Capturing direct to MPEG format for DVD has been a dream and allows me to have HOURS of video captures prior to making a movie.

Pinnacle Studio 9 and the Hollywood F/X programs come with the package.Studio 9 has no real new suprises in it (other than the direct MPEG capture).I've run into a couple of UI-related bugs, that are fairly easy to work around.

One thing to note is how incredibly TOUGH the Moviebox is.Made in Germany out of a cast aluminum shell and VERY high impact plastic, I'm pretty sure even the "pro-sumer" types would be impressed.

Pinnacle's support, however, is terrible.Hopefully you won't have too many questions about the product - if you do, don't expect answers from Pinnacle support - you won't get them.That's part of the reason for the 3-star rating.

If you're looking at the low-end Dazzle products from Pinnacle - don't bother - they're garbage.The Studio products are really the only ones to bother with.And if you have a notebook PC then *this* product really shines. ... Read more


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