Today I’m taking a look at the Dazzle Video Creator Platinum. Is it any better than the Dazzle DVD Recorder I reviewed a few months ago? Or is it just the same thing in a new package? Let’s examine it and find out.
Review Continued Below…
Starting with what the Dazzle Video Creator Platinum looks like out of the box, it does look more dignified than it’s toy like predecessor. However, the basics underneath appear to be the same. You have your inputs for composite video and S-Video and video can be save to the same formats as before as well as being written directly to DVD.
The software is the same as before, the Pinnacle Studio 10 QuickStart and Instant DVD Recorder. And, as before, Vista support isn’t bundled but is available as an additional download. From what I’ve been able to determine though people are still having significant problems getting the Dazzle Video Creator Platinum bundled software to work with Windows Vista. You know, Vista has been out for a while now and it’s not as easy as it once was to get a new PC with XP on it, so it seems like their programmers could have gotten this problem taken care of by now. The weak link in the chain is still the poor quality drivers.
My recommendation is also the same as in my previous review. The Dazzle Video Creator Platinum is ‘OK’ if you want a bare bones way to manage video inputs but there is a lot of potential frustration and lack of features, especially in the software, that may make it worth it to you to find an more robust solution. I think they need to stop repackaging the product and get the software problems resolved.