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Capturing old DV footage in Powerdirector 12 using a pinnacle dazzle dvc100
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Colin1976 [Avatar]
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Hi everyone

I'm having an issue with getting PD 12 to recognise that I have a USB Dazzle device connected. I have a ton of old DV tapes of my son growing up and I'm DESPERATE to get them uplpoaded and edited for family. My laptop recognises the device, but PD doesn't.
Is this because it's Pinnacle hardware?

If that is the case then does anyone have any suggestions on how to get the footage onto the laptop so that I can then import it in? I really don't want to go buying Pinnacle software to do this as I'm not a big fan and it would be a one time use only. Any help would be very greatfully received.

Thanks in advance.
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DV can only be transferred via ieee/firewire/1394. It is an exact copy of the information on the tape. Does your computer have FireWire? My website LINKS TO PDTOOTS & hundreds of other valuable resources!
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If your computer has Firewire this would be the preferred method but with the advent of USB, and particularly USB3, Firewire has become less common. The Dazzle has Composite Video, S-Video and stereo audio inputs so as long as the cam has these outputs it will be possible to capture from it, although the quality will likely be poorer.

The Dazzle should have come with software for capture. If you have the DVD it would be worth trying this to import the camera footage.

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