How to Use Dazzle Video Creator Plus

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How to Use Dazzle Video Creator Plus
Convert the RCA signal from your VHS to a digital video file. (video image by MATTHIEU FABISIAK from Fotolia.com)

Pinnacle's Dazzle Video Creator Plus is a device that allows users to convert analogue-transmitted video, such as VHS tapes or the feed from a gaming console, into a digital media file. The device connects to the USB port of your computer and includes software for recording and storing video files. These files can then be edited on your computer and shared with friends via sites like YouTube.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Video device with RCA or S-Video output

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Connect your Dazzle Video Creator Plus to the USB port of your computer. If this is the first time you have connected the device, insert the included CD into your computer's disc drive and follow the onscreen prompts to install the drivers and software for your Video Creator.

  2. 2

    Connect the device whose video you wish to capture on your computer to the RCA or S-Video port of the Dazzle Video Creator Plus.

  3. 3

    Open the Video Creator Plus software from your desktop or the "Pinnacle" folder in your computer's "Start" menu.

  4. 4

    Press "Play" on your VHS recorder or other device to display a video feed within the Video Creator Software. Fast-forward or rewind until the media is at the point where you want to start capturing video.

  5. 5

    Click the "Start Recording" button. Your video will be captured in real-time. When you no longer want to ingest video, click "Stop" to finalise the capture.

  6. 6

    Open the "File" menu and click "Save." Specify the location and file name for your video then click "Save" again to save the captured video to your computer.

Tips and warnings

  • The Creator is a high-speed device that works best if connected to the ports in your computer tower or box, not those on your keyboard or any external hub.

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