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Old 03-12-2008, 04:00 PM
Jason Dunn
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Default Re-Launch Contest #4: Pinnacle Dazzle Video Creator Platinum

Here's our fourth giveaway, courtesy of <a href="" target="_blank">Pinnacle</a>: one <a href="" target="_blank">Dazzle Video Creator Platinum</a>, valued at $89.99 USD. Here's a bit about the product:<br /><br /><em>&quot;You can archive footage directly to DVD or produce movies using the simple, yet powerful editing tools. You can trim videos and add great-looking effects, transitions and background music. Movies can be burned to DVD or made ready for viewing on portable media players, such as the Apple iPod or Sony PSP. The device&rsquo;s hardware encoding produces high quality results without tying up your precious system resources.&quot;</em><br /><br /><img border="0" src="" alt="" /><br /><br /><strong>Here's how to enter:</strong> just post a message as a reply telling me what how you'd use this. What kind of old VHS footage to you have? Or would you capture video from another source? What's the <a href="" target="_blank">best feature this product has</a>? There's one post per person allowed, and three winners will be randomly chosen. The contest will stay open for entries until April 7th, 2008.<br /><br />Special thanks to Pinnacle for their donation of this hardware!
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Old 03-12-2008, 04:20 PM
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Default Oooh the possibilities...

I could use this to transfer old VHS tapes to digital formats, as well as old home movies too. Plus it will go REALLY well with the new video camera I'm hoping to win in this contest. *winks*
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Old 03-12-2008, 05:06 PM
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I'd love to use it to clean up my VHS collection. They are taking up space and creating dust. Plus, I could use it for making videos for my Zune!!!
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Old 03-12-2008, 05:19 PM
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I would totally use this! I have an old ADS gadget thingy (I think I even reviewed it a couple of years ago for the old DMT site) that works reasonably well, but the quality isn't quite there. I'd use it to grab amusing video from my TiVo, which I can't really do any other way.
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Old 03-12-2008, 05:31 PM
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I've got a pretty massive laser disc collection. You know those old, dinosaur sized DVD's. Some of them are classics like the last special edition releases of the Star Wars trilogy before they "improved" them with cartoon Jabba the Hut and the like. I've been pining to get these copied to a more modern format before my laser disc player dies. I've tried to do this using my old video card's AVIO capabilities, but I lose a lot of video quality, the audio drops to mono, and it is unreliable because my system grinds to a halt and I end up with choppy sections. So Pinnacle's USB AVIO capture solution with onboard MPEG processing would be an ideal feature. The easy splice features would also be great for getting rid of those disc flips and swaps that are the bane of an otherwise good (if now completely irrelevant) media.

That and of course my just-turned-one year-old daughter's home videos that are sitting precariously on DV tapes would make this a GREAT product for preserving memories and actually being able to view and share them. I've actually got it on my wish list of products, so winning it would be a real boon!

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Old 03-12-2008, 05:43 PM
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Dropping video directly to DVD will be greatly appreciated by the wife. She is always worried that we will lose some family videos using the current copy to the hard drive, then copy to dvd via authoring software. This could empower her to get involved with the archival process of older home videos too! (meaning less time for me to spend doing it)
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Old 03-12-2008, 06:11 PM
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If I were to win one of these I'd drop this off at my parents right away. My mom has been on my case for years to convert old tapes of family trips and events to DVD, but I never had the time or the cash to do so.

If this device is truly this simple to use, then it is definitely ending up at my parents place.
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Old 03-12-2008, 06:33 PM
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I would convert some old VHS tapes I have stored before they begin to fail
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Old 03-12-2008, 09:14 PM
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I've been making home videos from trip slides, but I'm still using just Windows Movie Maker. I need something like this to include movie clips and upgrade my product!
The hardware encoding looks like a great feature... would love to see how that works.

Thanks for the contests.

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Old 03-12-2008, 10:23 PM
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3 children, boxes of old videos. Bring their childhoods into the digital age.
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