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Bug#233799: ITP: dvbackup -- backup tool using MiniDV camcorders

Package: wnpp
Severity: wishlist

  Package name    : dvbackup
  Version         : 0.0.4rj1-1
  Upstream Author : Peter Schlaile <udbz@rz.uni-karlsruhe.de> and 
                    Guido Fiala <gfiala@s.netic.de>
  URL             : <http://dvbackup.sourceforge.net/> and
  License         : GPL
  Description     : backup tool using MiniDV camcorders

 Dvbackup hides the data it receives on standard input in a perfectly
 legal DV (digital video) stream. This allows you to use your DV camcorder
 and your DV cardridges as a potent mass storage system. Obviously, your 
 system and your camcorder have to be connected via IEEE1394 (aka Firewire, 
 Current digital camcorders can save approximately 13 GB of data on those
 tiny DV cartridges at a speed of 3.6 MB/sec. That's faster than most
 DAT streamers which only work at 1 MB/sec or less. dvbackup can not use all of
 the data, but 10 GB should be good enough for everyone.
 To bring the data on tape, you have to use an additional utility, called
 dvconnect, which is included in libdv-bin.
 This packages also contains rsbep, an implementation of a special version of
 the Reed-Solomon FEC (forward error correction) algorithm. It also
 spreads the bytes of the resulting blocks out to give some protection
 against burst errors (e.g from tape-recordings). It should be used in a
 pipe together with dvbackup (before dvbackup while encoding and after
 it while decoding). rsbep should be sufficient to make the LP mode of
 your camcorder usable. This mode, which puts about 50% more data
 on the cardridge would otherwise be too error-prone. rsbep is the
 fast implementation in i386 assembler, rsbepC uses pure C and is 
 significantly slower (about ten times).

... when fits of creativity run strong, more than one programmer or writer
has been known to abandon the desktop for the more spacious floor.
		-- Fred Brooks

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