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full backup of miniDV tapes

I'd like to backup a dozen miniDV tapes to hard disk. The problem is that most programs just backup the audio/video info. I'd like a FULL backup, including metadata. I'm not sure about what metadata is stored in a miniDV tape, but surely at least the timecode. Also I'd like to backup to a format that is standardized and not proprietary (so that I'm sure I'll be able to read it in say 10 years from now) So:
- is there other metadata in a miniDV tape besides the timecode ?
- is there any (standard) file format that can store both DV type 1 stream and associated metadata?
- what backup solution would you recommend?
For now I couldn't find any way to save metadata except for saving each scene in a distinct DV type 1 avi file and store the start date/time of the scene in the filename. But this doesn't seem very elegant (and doesn't really preserve the metadata)
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lbertacco
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CallandorCommented:
I looked around and saw this software that captures everything on a miniDV tape and is able to recreate it from the capture: Live Capture Plus http://www.squarebox.co.uk/lcplus.html  The catch?  You need an Apple machine running OS X 10.2 or later.
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lbertaccoAuthor Commented:
Thanks Callandor. Besides the fact that I wouldn't like to switch to OS X just for this, did you try this software yourself or just citing its website? I can't find it written anywhere in the website the fact that it can recreate a tape from backup and to what extent (if you playback a restored tape on the camcorder, would you see the original shooting date/times?)
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CallandorCommented:
I did not try it myself.  I saw the note on a technical presentation about digital archiving http://www.diglib.org/forums/fall2007/presentations/RiceD.pdf  I also saw a favorable comment about it here: http://www.videomaker.com/article/13255/
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lbertaccoAuthor Commented:
After a bit of research, I've found out that actually the AVI DV Type 1 & 2 format already STORE ALL the metadata info, including date, time, timecode and if the frame is good or "dropped".
So any decent dv capturing is good (even free ones such as WinDV, DVIO, Scenalyzer,...).
The problem is that this format is quite heavy (at 25Mbps -> 15GB for a 60' tape) and when you edit/reencode it most tools just ignore and trash metadata, which get lost.

Anyway the answers to my questions are:
- is there other metadata in a miniDV tape besides the timecode ?
Yes, video taken date, video taken time, audio taken date, audio taken time, timecode.

- is there any (standard) file format that can store both DV type 1 stream and associated metadata?
The DV AVI format store all the metadata. The DV format is specified in the Blue Book (which is not free), but you can figure out most of it just googling around (e.g. from source code of kino or libavformat projects).

- what backup solution would you recommend?
Any good DV capturing tool is fine (e.g. Windows Movie Maked if you use the DV-AVI format, or WinDV, etc..). Actually these tools just read the dv stream from the camcorder and save it in AVI container without much additional logic. A distinguishing factor could be the capability to retry to capture sections of video with dropped frames (but I couldn't find one doing that for windows).
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CallandorCommented:
Excellent - you can close this question yourself and choose that comment as the solution, then.  Click on the inappropriately named "Report Abuse" link to start the process.
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