Dazzle DVC 80 (USB connector) review: Dazzle DVC 80 (USB connector)

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
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The Good Easy to install; simple to use; ships with a good editing application.

The Bad No cables included; support is mediocre.

The Bottom Line For the casual home user, this reasonably priced device with an all but nonexistent learning curve offers an easy way to convert analog video to digital form.

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The Digital Video Creator 80, big brother to Dazzle's more restrictive DVC 50, is an easy-to-use digital video importer suited to the casual user, and it delivers higher quality for $20 more than the DVC 50. The Digital Video Creator 80, big brother to Dazzle's more restrictive DVC 50, is an easy-to-use digital video importer suited to the casual user, and it delivers higher quality for $20 more than the DVC 50.

Fast installation
The DVC 80 ($69.99) comes complete with a quick-start guide, free access to Dazzle's Webcast Theater (an online service that lets you post streaming movies on the Web), and a CD-ROM with device drivers and MGI's VideoWave 4 SE video-editing program. While the guide is complete and easy to follow, CNET's evaluation unit also came with a barely legible addendum to the guide that included a few extra installation steps and looked like it was produced at a photocopy shop.

The DVC 80's system requirements are pretty basic: a 300MHz Pentium II, 64MB of RAM, a powered USB port, and Windows Me or 98. Simply connect the DVC 80 to your computer's USB port, insert the CD-ROM into the drive, and tell Windows that the driver is on the CD. Installation of MGI's VideoWave 4 SE is automatic and painless. The software's decent documentation, in HTML format, loads automatically with the application.

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Where to Buy

Dazzle DVC 80 (USB connector)

Part Number: DM5400

MSRP: $69.99

See manufacturer website for availability.