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Can I use a Camcorder to backup data?

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
Hi all,

again, all in the title. I have a digital camcorder, Canon MV450i, attached to the Mac with firewire. Surely it would be possible to use it to create backups?

Any ideas anybody?
post #2 of 5
Huh??? :confused:

To backup what? Video or actual data? I suppose it would be possible to encode data into a video stream, but I would certainly not trust the integrity of a regular video cam tape.
post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
sorry, should have been clear. Yes, to backup data.

Why wouldn't you trust the integity of a camcorder? Surely the reliability of recording (or file transfer?) should be enough for backing up photos, documents and spreadsheets? or am I missing something?

Thanks

David
post #4 of 5
IIRC, this has been done a while back. It was *really* interesting to read the UNIX script through, and it used iMovie to output the data.

It worked well, and data integrity was pretty good.

I'll do a google search, but it was AGES ago that i read about this. Macosxhints.com might have it too.

low-fi
post #5 of 5
i looked for the link but couldn't find it;

there is a working group that is trying to standardize a proceedure for backing up data to mini-DV tapes.

i'll look again on my othere machine later.

i would be more than happy to have that functionality.

you would think that the camera manufacturers would be doing something about it to try and sell the device as a removeable storage device.
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