How to setup a Dazzle Video Creator Platinium (DVC170) on Windows Vista 32 bit

15 11 2008

Hello again!

I recently wooted (www.woot.com) a Dazzle video creator platinium or DVC170, and tried to get it to work. The straightforward method obviously did not work, as when i started the program, i would get a BSOD and my computer would restart. that sucks. Anyway, this is how you set up your Dazzle to work on windows vista 32 bit. It might even work for 64 if you download the right stuff, but I have no way to test it.

Ok, first off. You should have 3 to 4 cds in your package. I have three.

Instant CD recorder (blue)
Pinnacle Studio Quickstart (white)
Pinnacle Studio Bonus DVD NTSC (other people might have PAL, or both)

Ok, Now you need to install all of this. Its a PITA, and according to spybot it installs a shit load of stuff to your start up menu, which I am not sure if you can safely disable. Anyway,  Before you plug in your pinnacle, install the included software:  the instant cd recorder, then the studio quickstart, then the bonus DVD in that order. You will be asked to restart your computer a couple times, be sure to do that.

Ok, now the fun begins.

First, you need to insert the instant cd recorder disk (blue) and click ‘remove’ when the autoplay comes up. Why did i ask you to install this? because you have to enter a cd key, so by installing it, it still has all that stuff in the registry and the installation goes by a lot faster. Anyway, go to this link:

http://www.pinnaclesys.com/PublicSite/us/Products/Consumer+Products/Home+Video/Studio+Plug-Ins/Instant+DVD+Recorder+Support/Download+Area/Drivers+-+Updates/IDVDR2_0FULL.htm?mode=documents&Display=1

and click vista 32 bit and download.

Once it is downloaded, run the program, and it should reinstall/patch the program to the latest version.

Now, you need to update the main studio program to the latest version. Head over to this link:

http://www.pinnaclesys.com/PublicSite/us/Products/Consumer+Products/Home+Video/Studio+Family/Studio+version+10+Support/Download+Area/Drivers+-+Updates/Studio10_8_release.htm?mode=documents&Display=1

and download and install the latest version. Once that is done, head over to this link yet again:

http://cdn.pinnaclesys.com/SupportFiles/Hardware_Installer/readmeHW10.htm

and browse down to the orange boxes, and find  “Dazzle* Video Creator Platinium (DVC170”, And click on the correct link (either windows xp or vista 32, it appears they dont have vista 64 bit drivers though =/ )

Install those drivers, and restart your computer for good measure.

Now, here is the moment of truth. When your computer restarts, plug in your device. Start the Studio Launcher program and then click the button the left, the Pinnacle Studio Quickstart button. It will start the program, and take a super long time to load, and once its done, you need to click the ‘capture’ tab on the top left.

Now, this is where my computer blue screened when I first tried to set this up. If this happens, restart your computer, and go to the start menu > control panel > (in classic view) device manager > sound, video and game controllers and your DVC170 should be listed (if your device is plugged in). Double click it, it will pop up a window. Click the driver tab at the top, and then there should be a row of buttons on the left. Click “Uninstall”.  Click yes to confirm, and then the driver will be uninstalled.

Unplug your dazzle device.

Now, go back to the  driver update program you downloaded  (for me its called PCLEUSB2x32.exe. Install those again, and restart your computer. Now, before you plug in your dazzle again, go to the device manager again, click on the dazzle device, click the driver tab, and click update driver.  Click the bottom option, browse my computer, and leave everything at default and just click  next, and it should search (took a few seconds for me) and then say it found it and you can click ok.

Restart one more time for good measure (can never be too careful with windows) and then try opening the studio launcher again, click the studio quick start, click capture, and if everything went well, then it should bring you to the screen and you can now start capturing.

For settings, i just use MPEG 4, and full.

I hope this little guide helped! Enjoy your capturing =)


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17 responses

23 11 2008
Alex Epstein

This is great! i haven’t tried this yet, but i’ll tell you if it works. thanks!

23 11 2008
Alex Epstein

It took a little bit of trial and error, but it did work! nice job man, now i can play my old gamecube on my laptop!

13 01 2009
DutchGamingReviews

Worked like a charm, thanks alot!

13 01 2009
Shawn

AWESOME!! I have had this program in my drawer for 2 years because I “upgraded” to Vista and couldn’t use it anymore. But your instructions worked like a champ! You are the CHAMP!!!
Thanks a Million,
Shawn

16 03 2009
Pat

Thank u very much!!

9 04 2009
Darren

Thanks man.
I’m getting this for my birthday whilst i have vista :/
I’ve noticed on youtube that theres like 2 different ways to get it to work on vista but i see you included both. I was unsure which one to you (which method) and i’ll go with this.

Thanks a Billion (if it works. If it doesn’t, screw you XD)

8 05 2009
darkanoid

there is no way to use the DVC170 on a 64bit…. ni f….g way!
i tryed al 64bit drivers on the site….but no one works…. damn

7 09 2009
irritated@64-bitvista

very frustrated at pinnacle for not having 64bit vista drivers for the dazzle dvc 170. my old computer was too slow to play xbox on with the dazzle (there was a 1.5 second lag which made online play impossible to do well). apparently now my new computer is too good to use the dazzle… >:O

7 09 2009
polygon89

Yeah, pinnacle seems like a terrible company, imho =P I only got it because it was on woot and it was like 30 dollars instead of the usual 100 or so. Anyway, i don’t have a 64 bit vista licence so i can’t really help you install it on 64 bit vista…but once windows 7 comes out, i will be installing the 64 bit version of that, and i will try to get it to work!

15 10 2009
Gary

Thanks for publishing this! I followed your PITA process and it worked.

Even on my low-end P4, the DVC170 now works fine with low CPU usage. I can surf and multi-task while extracting from DVD or doing real time streaming capture from my DirecTV HD DVR without so much as one dropped frame.

I use VideoReDo TVSuite for editing and that software has had no problem dealing with DVC170 source material.

Well Done!

15 10 2009
polygon89

Yeah, Its a shame that dazzle makes good hardware, yet their software and drivers and support suck. I have yet to find a program that can use the dazzle as an input so you can just bypass their crappy Pinnacle Studio Program =/

15 10 2009
Gary

Actually now that the Vista drivers are correct, I find Studio 10.8 to be quite robust and full featured. That is what made this process so worth while for a simple and inexpensive hardware device.

27 10 2009
Ben

Great tutorial, was hoping that I could find a way to get this working.

I can verify that this WILL work with Windows 7 as I just got it working on Windows 7 RC1 (32-Bit).

5 10 2011
ournev

Thanks a lot. I have been trying to get the dazzle working under windows 7 for a while. To paraphrase Eric Morecambe, I had all the software and drivers but not necessarily in the right order. Your post gave me the right order and the whole shebang is flying.
Thanks again,

Ournev

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