License: Free to try
Downloads: 6
Op. System: WinXP, Windows2003
Last updated: 11-7-2005
File size: 950 KB
Publisher: Cristalink Limited

Publisher description for Firestreamer

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Firestreamer is software that enables you to use your Digital Video camcorder or VCR as a reliable computer data storage device. You can store up to 15 Gigabytes of files and folders to a Mini-DV cassette, or more with the built-in compression enabled. Firestreamer makes your DV recorder appear as a regular tape drive to other applications running on your computer, so that you can use the powerful Microsoft Backup Utility (NTBackup) to back up and restore your files and folders to and from videotape. The backup and restore are fully automated, as with a normal tape drive. You only need to change tape cassettes when prompted.

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Visitor: Mark
As compelling as the Firestreamer-DV concept is, I doubt if I'd want it: - like all tape drives, it's linear - no random access - like earlier data-to-VHS schemes, it's still magnetic tape - possible data corruption due to dropouts, especially over time - too much wear and tear on an expensive DV camcorder or deck (I guess a $300 DV camcorder might work) - all your DV data archives are worthless without the Firestreamer software - a Firestreamer license will only work with one unique device - you cannot access your data on any other DV device - what happens if your Firestreamer-licensed device breaks or otherwise becomes unavailable? - though a MiniDV tape has more storage capacity than a blank 4.7GB (4.37GB actual) DVD, recordable DVDs are still cheaper per GB of storage
General rate: Negative