This post is for anyone who has been trying to get Roxio Easy VHS to DVD 3 Plus to work with Windows 10. I have been trying to figure it out for some time and this is what I've found works for me. Also, reading other comments and posts about this and watching YouTube videos about it helped, as well as doing my own troubleshooting and tests. By the way, I'm using a pc with Windows 10. These are the notes I took along the way.
Settings with Windows 10:
- To see the preview of the video while recording and to get a video signal, go to the Device Manager in Control Panel. Disable the Display Adapter but don't uninstall it. Do this before opening the Roxio program. By the way, I've found that the updated Display Adapter (Intel(R) UHD Graphics 610) is the only adapter that will work with Roxio and Windows 10. I tried using the older adapter (Microsoft Basic Display Adapter) and found that it wouldn't show a video signal in the preview window when trying to edit a recorded video. I recommend giving your video a title before you start recording because I think that it won't keep it after editing but I'm not certain on that. Also, the Realtek High Definition Audio driver doesn't affect the preview. It can be updated or rolled back. Also, the MPEG-2 Video Extension App from Microsoft doesn't affect the preview.
- To see the recorded video in the preview window on the editing screen, go to the Device Manager in Control Panel and enable the Display Adapter. Do this only after you have closed the Roxio program and saved your project. After you enable the Display Adapter, open the Roxio program and go back to your saved project and you will see the video in the preview window. Also, the Realtek High Definition Audio driver doesn't affect the preview. It can be updated or rolled back. Also, the MPEG-2 Video Extension App from Microsoft doesn't affect the preview.
- To export a finished video, there must be a preview of the recorded video showing in the preview window during editing. If you try to export a video without a video signal in the preview of the editing screen, the program won't acknowledge the video and the error: "An unknown error has occurred. The application will shut down now. Exception: Exception has been thrown by the target of an invocation." will appear when trying to export. Seeing the recorded video in the preview window of the editing screen will prevent the error from happening. Also, make sure that you don't let the screen saver turn on while the video is being exported because it will cause an error and the program will want to shut down. You can set your screen saver to 9999 minutes before it turns on if you want, to make sure it doesn't interfere with the export. I found that you can turn off the monitor while exporting and it won't affect it, if you don't want your monitor to stay on for a long video export. Also, the MPEG-2 Video Extension App from Microsoft doesn't affect the export process. The only things I noticed with the MPEG-2 Video Extension and the export process was that with it installed, the saved video in the Roxio folder will show a thumbnail of a scene from the video. Without the MPEG-2 Video Extension, the thumbnail won't show a scene from the video. Also, if you want to watch your video in the Movies and TV Player, you will need to have the MPEG-2 Video extension installed but you don't need it to watch your video in Windows Media Player.
- For Audio Settings:
- In Sound Control Panel, checkmark the box for Listen to this device for the Roxio usb device for Line In. Set the default Line In device as Roxio usb device. This will stop the audio from cutting in and out while recording a video. It will enable the host process for Windows services to run. You want 2 apps to use your microphone while recording: Roxio and the host process. Note: if the audio cuts in and out during recording, it will not affect the finished video's audio. Also, if you hear an echo during the recording process in the headphones or speakers, it won't show up in the finished recording and won't affect the process. Using headphones during recording won't affect it. Also, speaking into the microphone during recording won't be included in the finished video.
By the way, there is a free update for Roxio Easy VHS to DVD 3 Plus but I don't know exactly what it does. The only thing I noticed was that after the update, a new driver for the Dazzle capture device was on my computer but it didn't look like Roxio was using it anyways. To get the free update, open the Roxio program and under Support, go to Check for Updates. It will tell you if you have the update or not. As far as I can tell, the update is not needed to record, edit and export a video.
Thanks to everyone who posted comments and tips about getting Roxio Easy VHS to DVD 3 Plus to work with Windows 10. I hope these notes will help someone who just wants to use this program with Windows 10. Good luck.
- Andrew Gibson