Can I use a Camcorder to backup data?
April 26, 2002 11:35AM
edited January 2014
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?
Reply 1 of 4
April 26, 2002 1:44PM
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.
Reply 2 of 4
April 27, 2002 4:20AM
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?
Reply 3 of 4
April 27, 2002 7:06AM
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.
Reply 4 of 4
April 28, 2002 6:40PM
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.