Pinnacle Dazzle Digital Video Creator 150 Video Capture Device

USB - NTSC - MPN: 210100325
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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!
Quick Glance
Form Factor External Device
Slot/Port Type USB
Video Standard Supported NTSC
Audio Video Connectors 1 x mini-DIN, 1 x RCA, 2 x RCA, 1 x mini-DIN, 1 x RCA, 2 x RCA
Operating System PC
User Reviews
Don't buy this turkey
1 Star Review   By member ccc6106 - Feb 28, 2006   

Weakness: software

I share the pain of the others who have had problems with this product. Can't recognize USB device. I re-installed, downloaded drivers, tried the support site (which was useless and had broken links). When I tried to get online support, the site said it was closed due to holiday. This was on February 28th, 2006. Must be a holiday in India, eh?

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Product Stinks
1 Star Review     

Weakness: Hangs up on output to videotape

After wating an entire day to get this product to work. I boxed it up and took it back. Only captures a small amout of product and freezes up. The software was difficult to install and the software hangs up on install. Doesn't Pinnacle have a quality control department. I really liked the earlier studio products, but their products are going downhill!!!

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1 Star Review   By member jtcasejr - Feb 28, 2005   

Strengths: Good picture and audio conversion quality.

Weakness: Hardware is incompatible with any Quick Cam or web cam. Software has numerous glitches. Periodically hangs. Reinstalling software a nightmare.

I really tried to get this product to work. I had a Logitech QuickCam 4000 installed and it had a USB port conflict with the DVC hardware. Pinnacle says their DVC is incompatible with web cams and if you try to run them you will cause system instability. Brother are they right in this. The software also hogged my soundcard and I lost functionality on 2 other programs. What really fried me was discovering the very basic nature of the software features provided with this package. It seems every time you try to use a feature on this product you need to purchase yet another of the seemingly endless "activation keys". Another factor to consider I haven't seen mentioned here: they have configured the hardware driver for the DVC to work only with their software. So much for keeping the convertor and using another software package. Another nightmare is the instability of this software. I first ran it on a 1.5G DEll; later on a 3G newly purchased Dell 8400. In both cases after about 6 or so startups I would get error messages of a missing DLL. This required reinstalling the software and the associated patches. I just had another error where I can't reinstall the patches. BUYER BEWARE.

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4 Star Review   By member DNAGr4bb3r - Jan 14, 2005   

Strengths: Easy to install. Software is easy to use. Doesn't take up much space.

Weakness: Every program this comes with is a "quick" or simplified version. Full versions with practical features cost extra instead of being included.

Overall this seems to be a great beginning point. I have found it easy to install and the software is very simple to use. My only two complaints are that the software could have included more functionality since it is included with the product and I have also found it tricky to get the capture started successfully from my camcorder. It will say it is capturing but it really isn't and when it finally does, it will have a format error after stopping and I have to start over again. I have managed to get it to work successfully and I am satisfied with purchasing this item. I think I just need to learn to use the item better.

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4 Star Review   By member Trekr - Jul 6, 2004   

Strengths: ease of use

Weakness: no power off button

Using a Dell Laptop, 1.5Ghz Pentium M, 512Mbytes Ram, XP Pro. Works great! XP and the USB2.0 found the device, Capturing satellite feeds from a DISH PVR, have started my DVD collection. Cheaper than a DVD recorder. Files recorded as MPEG2 and SVCD. Edited out all the commercials and created a seamless video. I've read a lot of negative reviews, but I think they are more operater induced than this hardware or software. This was as plug and play as you can get.

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1 Star Review   By member rembocanoe - Jun 18, 2004   

Strengths: Say What???

Weakness: BUGS, Hangs, NO TECH SUPPORT!! They are RUDE!

My son got this product for xmas. Never opened the box for a month or two. Then finaly did a movie of a new born in family. Spent ours capturing pics, movies and music. Went to output to VCR, and the program HANGS!! Cant get it to work for nothing! Tech support was RUDE!! I replaced product, thinking hmm maybe a bad one. NOPE.. THEIR ALL BAD!!!!!! Exports to AVI and MPEG (somtimes) I have a kick butt PC plenty ram, HD drive and video. Even tried software on another PC same Lock up!! I'm a tech, so tried latest drivers, latest revisions, repluging things in different orders, different VCRs output to TV (NOTHING). I notice that some people use other utils to make it work. If I buy a car, I'm not going to push it to work every day.

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1 Star Review   By member bfdchief - Jun 12, 2004   

Weakness: Non-existant product support from Pinnacle

I never did get the Dazzle 150 to work. The AC adapter was non-functional. However, when I wrote, and called Pinnacle in an attempt to get a replacement I was merely refered to their knowledge base and never got an answer from them that came close to solving my non-power-up problem.

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4 Star Review   By member ypetrova - May 11, 2004   

Strengths: Problem free installation. Good picture quality.

Weakness: No power off button.

I have always liked Dazzle but this one really does the job. I installed and was ready to go in no time. The software that comes with it is very good and easy to learn. Great quality images.

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2 Star Review   By member Timekeepr - Feb 21, 2004   

Strengths: Ability to take analoge video and audio and convert to digital

Weakness: zero customer support, Pinical has no idea what they are doing.Ond when you call expect to be on hold for over an hour waiting to talk to a human.

This is a great hardware device, the problem is the software. My package did not come with a serial number on the install disk, I had to call Pinnacle to get a number I was on hold for over an hour before I actually talked to a human, by the way it is not a toll free number so you can add that cost the price of the unit another 6 bucks for the phone call and a bunch of aggravation, if you use a cordless phone make sure it is fully charged before calling support that would really stink if you lost them after waiting for an hour. Every thing is tied to the software number that they didn’t include with the product, then you have to fax your receipt to Pinnacle to get them to send you a serial number for the software , which by the way they did not respond to that is why I called. you think they would let you get the drivers on line but no you need that code number for the software. it was misleading as to how to install. after spending hours trying every possible way you could read the serial number off the dazzle 150 unit and trying to enter it , I gave up and called Pinnacle. while on hold they tell you to go to there web site to get the answers , but don’t bother if you don’t have the code number they don’t even want to know you. I found there software to be confusing and difficult to use, I have an older Dazzle Unit DC80 and the software package that came with that was much better unfortunately it will not work with the DVC-150. I had an over all bad experience with this product, I was ready to take it back , I would recommend that if you purchase this product and have the same problem it would be easier and cheaper to get a key number from a crack site. By the way if you have trouble after 90 days Pinnicle charges 15 bucks a call for support . I hope more manufactures start to make this sort of product , because the DCV-150 is just not worth the problems. PS> When I get my phone bill I intend on requesting reimbursement from Pinnacle for that phone call since it was their mess up not enclosing the serial number to begin with.

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Today's Average: $129.99
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Product Details
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!
Quick Glance
Form Factor External Device
Slot/Port Type USB
Video Standard Supported NTSC
Audio Video Connectors 1 x mini-DIN, 1 x RCA, 2 x RCA, 1 x mini-DIN, 1 x RCA, 2 x RCA
Operating System PC
Summary
Product Title Pinnacle Dazzle Digital Video Creator 150 Video Capture Device
Manufacturer Pinnacle
Lowest Price $129.99 from Amazon.com Marketplace
Power Score 2.1 | 9 Reviews
Dimensions
Weight: 4 lbs
Warranty
Warranty Information: 1 Year Limited
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URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Functionality: Video Capture
Product Series: Digital Video Creator
Product Line: Dazzle
Type of Video Card: Video Capture Card
System Type: PC
Max Resolution: 720 x 480
Frame Rate: 30 fps NTSC
Software Included: Pinnacle Studio QuickStart
Brand Name: Avid
Functions: Video Capturing
Frequency Band: MPEG-2 video encodingBackwards compatibility with USB 1.0 machinesSaves movies as AVI, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, RealVideo, or Windows Media FormatTimeline-based authoring for DVD, VCD, and S-VCDIncludes Pinnacle Studio QuickStart which delivers all of the features that you'll need to begin making great home movies on your PCIncludes hundreds of Hollywood FX video transitions for professional looking special effectsIncludes TitleDeko for amazing text effects like you see on TVA real-time DVD encoder chip inside that automatically converts video into the MPEG-2 format shrinks the video to its original size, saving hard disk spacePinnacle Studio QuickStart allows you to save your completed movie in any of a number of popular PC video formatsBurn to CD or DVD and watch your movies in your home DVD playerCapture Specifications:Compression: DVD-Quality MPEG-2 and VCD Quality MPEG-1Maximum frame rate: 30 frames/60 fields per second
Shipping Weight: 2.75 lb
Interface Connection: S-video, USB - Universal Serial Bus
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User Reviews
Don't buy this turkey
1 Star Review   By member ccc6106 - Feb 28, 2006   

Weakness: software

I share the pain of the others who have had problems with this product. Can't recognize USB device. I re-installed, downloaded drivers, tried the support site (which was useless and had broken links). When I tried to get online support, the site said it was closed due to holiday. This was on February 28th, 2006. Must be a holiday in India, eh?

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Product Stinks
1 Star Review     

Weakness: Hangs up on output to videotape

After wating an entire day to get this product to work. I boxed it up and took it back. Only captures a small amout of product and freezes up. The software was difficult to install and the software hangs up on install. Doesn't Pinnacle have a quality control department. I really liked the earlier studio products, but their products are going downhill!!!

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1 Star Review   By member jtcasejr - Feb 28, 2005   

Strengths: Good picture and audio conversion quality.

Weakness: Hardware is incompatible with any Quick Cam or web cam. Software has numerous glitches. Periodically hangs. Reinstalling software a nightmare.

I really tried to get this product to work. I had a Logitech QuickCam 4000 installed and it had a USB port conflict with the DVC hardware. Pinnacle says their DVC is incompatible with web cams and if you try to run them you will cause system instability. Brother are they right in this. The software also hogged my soundcard and I lost functionality on 2 other programs. What really fried me was discovering the very basic nature of the software features provided with this package. It seems every time you try to use a feature on this product you need to purchase yet another of the seemingly endless "activation keys". Another factor to consider I haven't seen mentioned here: they have configured the hardware driver for the DVC to work only with their software. So much for keeping the convertor and using another software package. Another nightmare is the instability of this software. I first ran it on a 1.5G DEll; later on a 3G newly purchased Dell 8400. In both cases after about 6 or so startups I would get error messages of a missing DLL. This required reinstalling the software and the associated patches. I just had another error where I can't reinstall the patches. BUYER BEWARE.

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4 Star Review   By member DNAGr4bb3r - Jan 14, 2005   

Strengths: Easy to install. Software is easy to use. Doesn't take up much space.

Weakness: Every program this comes with is a "quick" or simplified version. Full versions with practical features cost extra instead of being included.

Overall this seems to be a great beginning point. I have found it easy to install and the software is very simple to use. My only two complaints are that the software could have included more functionality since it is included with the product and I have also found it tricky to get the capture started successfully from my camcorder. It will say it is capturing but it really isn't and when it finally does, it will have a format error after stopping and I have to start over again. I have managed to get it to work successfully and I am satisfied with purchasing this item. I think I just need to learn to use the item better.

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4 Star Review   By member Trekr - Jul 6, 2004   

Strengths: ease of use

Weakness: no power off button

Using a Dell Laptop, 1.5Ghz Pentium M, 512Mbytes Ram, XP Pro. Works great! XP and the USB2.0 found the device, Capturing satellite feeds from a DISH PVR, have started my DVD collection. Cheaper than a DVD recorder. Files recorded as MPEG2 and SVCD. Edited out all the commercials and created a seamless video. I've read a lot of negative reviews, but I think they are more operater induced than this hardware or software. This was as plug and play as you can get.

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1 Star Review   By member rembocanoe - Jun 18, 2004   

Strengths: Say What???

Weakness: BUGS, Hangs, NO TECH SUPPORT!! They are RUDE!

My son got this product for xmas. Never opened the box for a month or two. Then finaly did a movie of a new born in family. Spent ours capturing pics, movies and music. Went to output to VCR, and the program HANGS!! Cant get it to work for nothing! Tech support was RUDE!! I replaced product, thinking hmm maybe a bad one. NOPE.. THEIR ALL BAD!!!!!! Exports to AVI and MPEG (somtimes) I have a kick butt PC plenty ram, HD drive and video. Even tried software on another PC same Lock up!! I'm a tech, so tried latest drivers, latest revisions, repluging things in different orders, different VCRs output to TV (NOTHING). I notice that some people use other utils to make it work. If I buy a car, I'm not going to push it to work every day.

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1 Star Review   By member bfdchief - Jun 12, 2004   

Weakness: Non-existant product support from Pinnacle

I never did get the Dazzle 150 to work. The AC adapter was non-functional. However, when I wrote, and called Pinnacle in an attempt to get a replacement I was merely refered to their knowledge base and never got an answer from them that came close to solving my non-power-up problem.

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4 Star Review   By member ypetrova - May 11, 2004   

Strengths: Problem free installation. Good picture quality.

Weakness: No power off button.

I have always liked Dazzle but this one really does the job. I installed and was ready to go in no time. The software that comes with it is very good and easy to learn. Great quality images.

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2 Star Review   By member Timekeepr - Feb 21, 2004   

Strengths: Ability to take analoge video and audio and convert to digital

Weakness: zero customer support, Pinical has no idea what they are doing.Ond when you call expect to be on hold for over an hour waiting to talk to a human.

This is a great hardware device, the problem is the software. My package did not come with a serial number on the install disk, I had to call Pinnacle to get a number I was on hold for over an hour before I actually talked to a human, by the way it is not a toll free number so you can add that cost the price of the unit another 6 bucks for the phone call and a bunch of aggravation, if you use a cordless phone make sure it is fully charged before calling support that would really stink if you lost them after waiting for an hour. Every thing is tied to the software number that they didn’t include with the product, then you have to fax your receipt to Pinnacle to get them to send you a serial number for the software , which by the way they did not respond to that is why I called. you think they would let you get the drivers on line but no you need that code number for the software. it was misleading as to how to install. after spending hours trying every possible way you could read the serial number off the dazzle 150 unit and trying to enter it , I gave up and called Pinnacle. while on hold they tell you to go to there web site to get the answers , but don’t bother if you don’t have the code number they don’t even want to know you. I found there software to be confusing and difficult to use, I have an older Dazzle Unit DC80 and the software package that came with that was much better unfortunately it will not work with the DVC-150. I had an over all bad experience with this product, I was ready to take it back , I would recommend that if you purchase this product and have the same problem it would be easier and cheaper to get a key number from a crack site. By the way if you have trouble after 90 days Pinnicle charges 15 bucks a call for support . I hope more manufactures start to make this sort of product , because the DCV-150 is just not worth the problems. PS> When I get my phone bill I intend on requesting reimbursement from Pinnacle for that phone call since it was their mess up not enclosing the serial number to begin with.

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