DV Backup
DV Backup 1.4.5
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Use your digital camcorder to backup data.   Shareware ($50.00)
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DV Backup allows you to use your digital camcorder to backup hard disk data. Just select the archive (made by e.g. Stuffit, Disk Copy etc) and DV Backup does the rest. Capacity is 5GB per hour of DV tape (10GB if no error recovery is needed). Note - also works with Digital8 camcorders. Compatible with PAL and NTSC devices.

Features include:
  • backup, restore, verify with up to 10GB storage per hour of tape (15GB for LP mode), with the capability to backup over unlimited multiple tapes
  • option of incremental and compressed backups
  • full
What's New
Version 1.4.5:

Fixes/improvements:

  • support added for OS X 10.7 Lion and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.
  • fix of a crash when viewing tooltips for truncated filenames in the backup file selection panel.
  • fix of a display problem when dragging backups to Finder to be restored.
  • other enhancements and fixes.
Known problems
  • the "orphaned drawer" problem remains.

Version 1.4.5:

Fixes/improvements:

  • support added for OS X 10.7 Lion and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.
  • fix of a crash when viewing tooltips for truncated filenames in the backup file selection panel.
  • fix of a display problem when dragging backups to Finder to be restored.
  • other enhancements and fixes.
Known more...
Requirements
  • Intel/PPC
  • OS X 10.3 or later
  • Mac with a FireWire port
  • A compatible DV, Digital8, or DVCAM camcorder or deck, which supports both DV-in and DV-out






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ver. 1.x:
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ramcito commented on 09 Jul 2008
Upon startup, this program downloads a file called "monitor.txt" from http://web.onetel.com/~tghewett1/monitor.txt. That file is now gone, but at the time of the original review being written the file contained the following entries:

wendell@moultrie.com 0 -
diamondjr1@aol.com 1 -
roshi@aol.com 0 -
bigdee762002@yahoo.com 0 -
fcpeditor2@mac.com 0 -
marigov@gmail.com 1 -
minervini@charter.net 0 -
orders@militariacourses.com 0 -
carmen@amana-key.com.br 2 http://web.onetel.com/~tghewett1/find.sh
antonio.miccoli1@tin.it 1 -
kagi-reg@henninger.com 0 -
gmunger@triad.rr.com 0 -
burke@silly.com 0 -
scott@third-row.com 0 -

What is interesting is that for certain users, the vendor can execute arbitrary scripts on their machines. For example, if we check the contents of find.sh as shown above, we see the following:

#! /bin/tcsh

find "/Volumes/MacOS 9.2.2" -name *DVBackup* -print > /dev/console

This script searches a users machine for the vendor's product. He could conceivably execute or install any type of software.

To verify any of the information I have provided please contact me, or just run this software and monitor (without making any changes to the software) your internet connection.
[Version 1.4.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 03 Aug 2004
I do professional video production and this software is a perfect backup solution. The ability to use the same professional DVCAM tape stock which I shoot on and to store large video files and their associated project files on one tape makes DV Backup a win/win for anyone shooting and editing video or dealing with other hard drive consuming media files. I'm getting rid of my old expensive tape backup system since DV Backup is quicker, more reliable, easier to use and my tapes cost 1/3 of the cost of backup tapes.

Because I'm using professional hardware which the software hadn't been used with before, there were some initial interface control issues but the developer's tech support was extremely responsive and working with me he actually rewrote the software and gave me a working beta in less than two days! Try getting that kind of response from Dantz or any other software developer.
[Version 1.3.1]


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Anonymous reviewed on 03 Jul 2004
Seems to work fine for me. I have a Cannon ZR65 MC
[Version 1.3]


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TimPlaster commented on 05 Jun 2004
Works fine for me Stefano. Sounds like the "error" isn't in the software to me if you know what I mean...
[Version 1.2.5]


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Anonymous reviewed on 14 Dec 2003
Paid my money because I like to support good ideas and was trading in my PB FW 400MHz which needed a multi gigabyte backup. Struggled with any folder over 400MB even with the cache set to max. Claimed to have saved everything (save TOC) on several tapes but lost about half when I came to restore on my new PB 1GHz FW800. Nice idea but a bit clunky on my old powerbook. My fault? Possibly, since I installed Panther quite a few "smaller" shareware apps have gone smelly.
[Version 1.2]

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Anonymous commented on 19 Feb 2004
he took me as well. this shareware sucks
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Anonymous reviewed on 12 Nov 2003
Ingenious idea! I am not sure about doing excessive runs on a $2000 camera head.

Will definitely keep it in mind for when there is a need for backup while on holiday with nothing else but a video camera.

Questions: Can you backup on PAL and read it off an NTSC camera? Does it format the tape to a specific format?
[Version 1.1.5]


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Anonymous reviewed on 26 Oct 2003
What a cool idea! I can get a camera and a bunch of MiniDV tapes for notverymuchmoney -- certainly less than a "real" tape backup device!
[Version 1.1.4]

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Anonymous commented on 29 Feb 2004
Uhhh.... for the price of a camera you can get several 100+GB firewire hard drives, and they will actually work (if the reviews are any indication, this doesn't.)
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Anonymous reviewed on 07 Oct 2003
Great Implementation of a great idea.
[Version 1.1.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 05 Oct 2003
Fine piece of software. Does exactly what is says on the can. Works fast and flawlessly with my Sony TRV-240. Neat and tidy interface too. If you need large capacity backup, this is definitely worth trying. Wish all software was written like this one. I paid up. $30 too much? Try Exabyte.
[Version 1.1.1]


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Anonymous reviewed on 05 Oct 2003
to anonymous: last I looked you got US$ 1.66 for your Pound, that makes the price GBP 18.07. And you don't have to purchase it to "find out the extra features". It is fully useable in Demo mode, you're just limited on the amount of data you can backup. Fair enough?
[Version 1.1.1]


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Downloads:14,402
Version Downloads:18
Type:Utilities : Backup
License:Shareware
Date:23 Aug 2012
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $50.00
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DV Backup allows you to use your digital camcorder to backup hard disk data. Just select the archive (made by e.g. Stuffit, Disk Copy etc) and DV Backup does the rest. Capacity is 5GB per hour of DV tape (10GB if no error recovery is needed). Note - also works with Digital8 camcorders. Compatible with PAL and NTSC devices.

Features include:
  • backup, restore, verify with up to 10GB storage per hour of tape (15GB for LP mode), with the capability to backup over unlimited multiple tapes
  • option of incremental and compressed backups
  • full table-of-contents listing for each tape including user comments
  • unattended scheduled backups feature
  • automatic remote control of the camera including tape positioning
  • 8 levels of error protection/recovery, from none through to full duplication
  • file/folder archive during backup, de-archive during restore
  • PAL and NTSC, DV, Digital8 and DVCAM devices supported
  • drag-and-drop functionality
  • support for restoring backups made by DV Backup 0.2


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