Creative Labs Video Blaster MovieMaker (USB

The Good Captures video to MPEG-1 or MPEG-2; tech support is available all week; stylish good looks.

The Bad Cannot output to VHS.

The Bottom Line The Video Blaster MovieMaker offers fewer output options than its pricier competition, but it can produce higher-quality video.

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Creative Labs Video Blaster MovieMaker (USB

Creative Labs' new Video Blaster MovieMaker is a stylish-looking, low-priced competitor to Dazzle's Digital Video Creator. With an estimated street price of $199.99, MovieMaker costs $50 less than the DVC, but it has fewer output options. On the other hand, it offers MPEG-2 video capture, while the DVC does not. If you'd like to produce higher-quality video, the Video Blaster MovieMaker is the better choice. Creative Labs' new Video Blaster MovieMaker is a stylish-looking, low-priced competitor to Dazzle's Digital Video Creator. With an estimated street price of $199.99, MovieMaker costs $50 less than the DVC, but it has fewer output options. On the other hand, it offers MPEG-2 video capture, while the DVC does not. If you'd like to produce higher-quality video, the Video Blaster MovieMaker is the better choice.

Simple and Stylish
As long as you install the drivers first, installing the MovieMaker is as easy as it gets; just connect the device to an available USB port using the included cable. A quick-start guide explains what the ports are and what they do. The device is compatible with Windows 98, Me, and 2000; however, Mac users are out of luck. Figure on 100MB of disk space to install the bundled software.

The gray and shadow-blue Video Blaster looks sleek and elegant, even with a swarm of cables attached to it. MovieMaker has audio, video, and S-Video inputs, but it comes with only a single composite video and audio cable. Unlike the Dazzle Digital Video Creator, MovieMaker can't output to VHS videotape, just digital media.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $200
  • Brand Creative
  • Color gray
  • Package Type retail
  • Gender female
  • Connector Type 4 pin mini-DIN, RCA
  • Interface Type USB
  • Form Factor desktop
  • Voltage Required AC 110/220 V
  • Type none
  • Type power adapter
  • Compatibility PC
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