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Complete test of Pinnacle VHS Saver

Complete test of Pinnacle VHS Saver By saby - Last updated on Monday, March 22, 2010
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Category: Studio 1-15 Tutorials / Capture  -  Previous tutorials
Published on Sunday, March 21, 2010
Created on Thursday, February 18, 2010 5:04 AM

We offer today to make a complete test of this analog video capture solution. Remember that VHS Saver consists of a USB device equipped with analog inputs that will allow you to digitize your videos directly to DVD with the included software Instant DVD Recorder.

Installation :

Insert the CD and wait for the automatic installation starts. If this is not the case in Windows Explorer, right-click on the CD and Autoplay. In case of further failure, right-click the CD drive, Explore and double-click Setup.exe.

First you have the choice of the installation language :

Langage choice

Followed by a window where you can click Next :

Confirmation window

Then you will have to approve the License Agreement :

License Agreement

Two Nexts later and you start Installation :

Starting installation

Software is installing :

Installation process

After a few minutes when everything is finished, click on Finish :

Installation finished

At first launch of Instant DVD Recorder, you'll have to register your license key :

License key registration

Use of the software in Wizard mode :

At the launch of Instant DVD Recorder, the following window appears :

Wizard mode choice

If you select Let the Wizard guide me (recommended), from there, let guide.
In the next window, choose Dazzle DVC 100 as video source :

Source selection

Cliking Options, and you access several settings like :

  • Brightness, Contrast and Saturation of the picture
  • the choice of input type S-Video or Composite
  • the standard of the video signal : SECAM, PAL or NTSC
  • the audio level
  • a checkbox VHS Input I recommend you to check if your source is a VHS

With Next you reach this window :

Burner sélection

Here you choose if you want to directly burn a DVD or if you want the files to be stored on your hard drive and in which directory.

Then a window appears that lets you create or not a menu for your DVD :

Menu selection

If you choose to do so you will have access to a bunch of menus already created and a full editor that lets you configure the way you want all menu items.

We are nearing the end of the process. Next window :


Here you'll need to set the duration in minutes of recording and video quality :

  • Auto : the video quality depends on the chosen duration
  • Good : maximum 189 minutes of recording. Average bitrate 3900 Kbits/s
  • Better : maximum 142 minutes of recording. Average bitrate 5900 Kbits/s
  • Best : maximum 113 minutes of recording. Average bitrate 7800 Kbits/s

To start recording click Start Recording. This will stop at the end of the chosen duration, or when you press the Stop Recording button.

That is, after generating any menu and burning the DVD, the work is completed :

It's finished

Use the software in Advanced mode :

At the launch of Instant DVD Recorder, the following window appears :

Advanced mode

If you choose Go directly to advanced mode, there are all stages of the Wizard mode grouped in a single window :

Advanced mode window

I wonder why this Advanced mode exists since there are no more advanced settings than in the Wizard mode !

Trick :

Information taken from Pinnacle, the DVC 100 device is there only to digitize the video. Ie to switch from analog to digital. The MPEG2 encoding is not done by the USB device but by Instant DVD Recorder.
However, it is essential to install it because at the same time are installed the drivers for the USB box.

In fact we can use another software to do the job of capturing and encoding. You guess what I mean ?
Studio !

So the adjustment possibilities are much greater :

  • file type choice : MPEG or AVI
  • video codec type choice : MPEG 1 or 2, DV, MJPEG, DivX
  • audio codec type choice : MP2, MP3, PCM
  • video resolution choice
  • accurate choice of video and audio bitrates
  • audio oversampling frequency choice

For the more adventurous, you can even use good old Virtualdub and its almost infinite possibilities of encoding and filtering. I assure you, I tried !

See you soon for new adventures.

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Gert Oskar Reitner By # Gert Oskar Reitner @ Monday, March 22, 2010 10:13 AM
I have a Dazzle DVC 100 unit ( cant see the difference between it and yours ) which I was NOT able to properly match video with sound , whereby it started ok but slowly went out of synch by the end of the transfer . Many hours where spent with Pinnacle to resolve , but NEVER did so . My aoftware of Instant DVD Recorder is 2.50.090 and I dont know what your release is ? I am now using Roxio VHS to DVD Recorder and its Software without a problem . I think the difference maybe that the Roxio unit has a very short ( 6 inch ) 2.0 USB Cable compared to the Dazzle unit and because of that there is a signal deterioration . I did try the Roxio unit with a USB 2.0 extension and the quality was greatly reduced .
Your details of installing is very good and easy to follow and is good job of presenting .

Frank By # Frank @ Thursday, June 10, 2010 10:07 AM
Will this unit capture/import into Studio 14 Ultimate?

saby By # saby @ Thursday, June 10, 2010 2:06 PM
Of course, it will.

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