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Old 06-11-2007, 09:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I want to add some short video clips to my slideshows, which are made with ProShow Gold.

I looked at Dazzle (the basic $50 one) and was told that it should work. Has anyone used this?

Or.. if you have any suggestions, that would be appreciated. The clips will be very short.. maybe 5 seconds and no more than four to a show.

As a last resort, I am considering purchasing one of the low end digital cameras that has a movie mode, and going that route.

My video camera has s-video and video out connections, however my computer does not have either. The Dazzle connects from video out (RCA plug) to a USB on the computer.

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Old 06-11-2007, 12:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi,

I've used the Dazzl e product and it worked fine. I've copied from Camcorders, VCRs, DVDs and they all worked fine. FYI, it's always been for importing only. I use my system to general MPEG or DVD output from there so I've never really tried Dazzle for output.

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Old 06-11-2007, 05:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I want to add some short video clips to my slideshows, which are made with ProShow Gold. I looked at Dazzle (the basic $50 one) and was told that it should work. Has anyone used this?
The Dazzle boxes are OK for consumer/family use. If you are wanting a professional quality conversion, I'd suggest taking a look at the Pinnacle Studio ($200 or thereabouts - includes video editing software) box, at the very least, or having the conversions done by an AV house instead of you doing it yourself.

You once mentioned something like "You're always judged by the worst of your images" on TTB - even a 5 second clip can look bad.

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I As a last resort, I am considering purchasing one of the low end digital cameras that has a movie mode, and going that route.
You'd be better off getting a video camera that can do MiniDV and importing the digital video directly into a firewire card (you might need to find one of those - Best Buy has 'em for about $25), and then using Windows Movie Maker to edit the video The video clips that still cameras do might be OK for family/tourist/consumer use, but they're usually smaller sized and have a definite "look" to them that I find not pleasant. I don't allow them to be used for the video projects in my classes.

You can find a half-decent MiniDV video camera for about $350-500.
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Old 06-11-2007, 06:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks to both of you for the information. Before I would send out anything I would naturally make a demo for myself to check the quality.

I have been playing with some short clips and ProShow Gold has some great features for adding clips. They can be trimmed and the transitions are exactly the same as for from one image to another.

The main use, at this time, is for high school seniors. I don't photograph weddings anymore. I want the clips to be in B&W if possible and to be very short and would not mind if they were grainy... sorta like that "funky" stuff you see on MTV.. (Is funky still a word? )

I do understand what you mean by the quality, but for my use, I believe something simple would suffice. If I were producing a complete show, and transferring from video to DVD, I would most certainly look into professional equipment.

I was going thru my old video equipment from over 10 or 12 years ago and laughing at how it has all changed. That old stuff still works by the way. I have players and camereas, and that was back when the camera and the tape deck were separate and had battery packs that you had to haul around on a cart.. oh my!!

I stopped shooting video for weddings about 8 years back.. Maybe longer.

I do appreciate the replies.
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Jak...

I tried Dazzle. I can't get it to work, and the tech support from Dazzle.. well.. let's just say.. no reply to my quesiton says it all, I guess.

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