How to Use Dazzle

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How to Use Dazzle
The Dazzle device connects to your computer's USB port. (USB clear cable image by Monika 3 Steps Ahead from Fotolia.com)

Converting VHS tapes into a digital format is an effective way to preserve the tapes, such as past family videos or favourite movies that aren't manufactured digitally. The Dazzle Video Creator is a program that works between your VHS player and computer to convert VHS videos into a digital format that can then be saved onto your computer and burnt onto a CD. Learning how to use this program can help you preserve your favourite VHS tapes.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Dazzle Video Creator software complete with Dazzle USB device
  • Computer with digital video capabilities
  • Separate video cable
  • VCR

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Put the Dazzle Video Creator software set-up CD into your computer's hard drive. A prompt should appear that will help you take the steps you need to have the program available on your computer. Follow the prompted steps until Dazzle is installed.

  2. 2

    Attach the Dazzle USB port device to your computer's USB port slot. Attach a separate video cable to the knobs on the other end of the Dazzle device, matching the ends of the cable to the same-coloured knobs.

  3. 3

    Attach the end of the separate video cable into the coloured output knobs on your VCR, again matching the ends of the cables to the different coloured knobs. You can usually find knobs either in the front or back of your VCR, and they are typically labelled input and output for your convenience.

  4. 4

    Open the Dazzle Video software on your computer. The software will connect to the VCR automatically, so no special set-up is needed. Play the VHS and hit record in the Dazzle program when areas of the VHS that you want to record play, or simply play and record the entire VHS.

  5. 5

    Save the recorded video under the File and Save tab that is located in the top left corner of the Dazzle program. You can now edit or burn the VHS videos as you please.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also connect the Dazzle port to other video devices, such as a camcorder or gaming device, to record from those as well.

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