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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for converting old videos to modern formats., 28 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Dazzle Video Creator Platinum HD (PC) (DVD-ROM)
Now a retired granddad, I bought this product to fulfill a promise to the children (very grown up now!) of converting lots of old family 8mm and Hi8 video tapes into a modern medium that they and their children can now watch and laugh at. My Win 7 64bit computer is kitted out with editing software already but it lacks any capability of capturing analogue video from an external source, hence my purchase of this product. I bought mine about a year ago but here on Amazon it's now available at a very good price. My experience of opening it and using it for the first time is documented on Youtube titled "Capture analogue video with DAZZLE hardware". It was simple and excellent at performing the one task I required but the package contains a lot more that I have never used. Lots of research indicated that it may perform in an uncertain way if used with Vista. Hence you will see that I installed it on an old XP laptop. After several days of extensive use I can confirm that it works fine and captures good quality HD video to avi files. I then transferred those files to my more powerful editing pc for editing and compiling into a DVD. I did not test the editing software supplied so my 4 stars represents "excellent for my purpose". As mentioned in other reviews it does not come with any cables but a quick trip to Ebay will solve that for less than £5. Footnote. Its been out on loan to several friends performing similar family duties.....all report trouble free use.
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Initial post: 13 Dec 2013 00:32:59 GMT
LuL says:
Read your review here and watched your YouTube - very useful, thanks.

Can you tell me though, the AVI files this produces, are they essentially raw/uncompressed? (They'd be pretty large, if so, say up to 1GB/min!)

How have you fared with older, lower quality tapes (I want to capture some 10yr old VHS recordings)?

Any feedback greatly appreciated,

Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Dec 2013 01:33:41 GMT
The file size is dependent on the quality of video being captured. I cant remember setting this but I will check this out when I get my kit back. I do know that the captured files were 720x576 pixels, 24bit colour depth and 25 frames per second plus audio at 48,000 Hz with 16bit stereo. End result was aprox 13Gb for an hour of capture. My problem was capturing something I couldn't play on my TV. In your case it's different as I assume you must still have a video player to run your VHS tapes. If you have a modern HD TV and an HD video camera don't spend your money (at least not immediately). A modern TV will upscale your old videos to something a bit better than when you first watched them. When it's dark and the family is in bed, set your camera on a tripod in front of your TV screen and just capture straight to MP4 format. I have used this method very successfully on many occasions.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Dec 2013 18:58:36 GMT
LuL says:
The capture settings you site are pretty much what I'm targeting, and if you work it through then 720 x 576 x 25fps x 2Bytes/pixel (assuming 4:2:2 chroma subsampling) > 20MB/s => 72GB/hr. This is pretty normal for the initial captured file size without any other compression/processing and not a problem providing there's adequate HDD speed and space.

I LOVE your idea of using an HD camera to capture the VHS off a HD TV - not an idea that had occurred to me!
:-)

Regrettable, I dont have access to the camera, nor am I considering the cost of investing in one (at this time,at any rate).

As an aside, did you ever try using the Dazzle (is it DVC100 hardware?) with VirtualDub s/w?

Thanks in advance,

Lu

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Dec 2013 14:00:36 GMT
Hi Lu
What you see in my video is how the software (Pinnacle Studio HD version 14.00.7255) performed straight out of the box. I spent little time "playing" with it, I just used it to capture several hours of tape material as quickly as possible. As it shows in the video, I imported the avi files produced by Dazzle into the software that I was familiar with, hence I have never explored the Pinnacle Studio HD package. I know that the import tab allows all sorts of import sources and if you go to the Pinnacle website and look at some of their Youtube tutorials you will gain a lot of extra info there.

No, sorry, never used VirtualDub.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Dec 2013 01:09:08 GMT
LuL says:
I understand.

Thanks for taking the time to make your responses.

Lu
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