Your videos are valuable. Losing them will not only cost you time and effort in re-creating them, there is a very high probability you can’t re-create them at all. There is host of factors that go into creating videos and once you are out of that ‘zone’…it’s never the same thing you end up re-creating. Since your videos are an investment, you should protect them and take steps to avoid losing them.
This makes video backup tools indispensable. Here are some options available to all video marketers and everyone else out there, who are looking to secure their videos. For giving you a better understanding of the options available, this article introduces you to both, Offline and Online Video backup tools.
Offline Video Backup Tools
1. Memory Stick Devices – Priced in between $50-$100, this is the cheapest and the most commonly found option available to backup your videos. However, they are unreliable and easy to lose or damage due to their small size. The videos held on them are usually unsecured, meaning there is a greater risk if they were to be lost, they can be used by unauthorized personnel. And come to think of it, aren’t we forever losing these tiny things?
2. Tape Backup – The price ranges in between $1,200 – $18,000. This makes this a pretty expensive medium to start with. Tapes are an old industry standard video backup medium. Tapes are slow, both to backup and to restore. As it is a manual process it can be subject to human error and unless you remember to take the tapes off-site on a daily basis it is subject to the same threats as the original backup. Moreover, it’s hard to find machines that can run these things.
3. Syncback – The basic edition is free, and does a more than adequate job for simple file transfer and syncing. The mid-level version, SyncBackSE ($30), adds the ability to backup both open and locked files, and the professional version SyncBackPro ($50) adds, even more features, like encrypted backup and tons of customization options. However, most notable drawbacks include… no event log support, the user interface is overwhelming for novice users, presents dialogs for sync operations that will not actually be performed, not packaged with Windows Installer etc…
4. Acronis True Image offers multiple features in this backup software for home users. The True Image software helps you create full-disk-image copies for disaster protection. It is, however, infamous for its over-complex interface as some potentially dangerous options come without adequate warnings and may catch your PC and data off guard. Thus it is suggested that this is used by professionals and not the home and small-business audience to which it is marketed. However, on installing a new disk or while merging drive, people have lost their data completely and been denied refunds.
5. DROBO – Like tapes, this one is also a pretty expensive option with a price tag range of $1,800 – $10,000. The most striking feature is that DROBO constantly monitors the health of your hard drives. So if one starts going bad, or gets full, your DROBO will warn you, and robotically shift your data to other drives installed in your DROBO until you can replace that drive. One huge problem is that at times your DROBO gets stuck…i.e. it dies down. You can’t access your videos, can’t transfer your videos to another system and you may just have to pay DROBO Customer Care a couple of hundred dollars to unlock your videos.
Lets’ move over to the online section…
Online Video Backup Tools
1. Carbonite comes within a price range of $60 – $150 per year, is one of the web’s most popular online backup services. What’s impressive? The Home Premier plan includes automatic backup of your video files and a courier recovery service that delivers you backups on a hard drive to you ASAP if something terrible happens! But, Carbonite is only available in an annual subscription which is a handicap if you decide to switch providers. Yet another hiccup is that you can’t create public links to share your files with a large audience.
Video backup requires a superior account, which kinda arm-twist you into spending more on the product.
2. Backblaze, priced in between $5 to $50 per month per computer, is easy to set up, even for non-technical people. Like other online backup services, it runs in the background, backing up your videos. The upside is that your data is encrypted so only you have access to it. The problem, however, is that Backblaze offers you file versioning for only up to 30 days. File versioning helps you to recover the last edited version of your work. It is one of the essential features for an online backup service. Apart from missing an offline component, the data restoration takes more than its fair share of time, and there is no option for network drive backup.
3. CrashPlan priced at around $60 per year, permits the flexibility to back up any videos you select on your computer to external hard drives, other computers on the same network, a friend’s computer across the internet, or online to CrashPlan’s own servers. The downside to this is that it is a complete memory hog and lacks features like collaboration, multi-user support, file sharing or syncing. The backup and download speeds fail to impress as well.
4. SpiderOak priced steeply in between $79 to $279 per year, is well known as one of the most privacy-centric cloud storage services. SpiderOak’s “Zero Knowledge” policy means that even they don’t know what you’re storing on their servers. On the downside, it completely snails your system and sharing is overly complicated. The backup and restore speeds are most unimpressive. It’s heavy on the pocket and has no option for search in the web interface. Users have complained that it has taken them days to link another device on their account!!!
5. iDrive, the service ranging between $44 to 4374 per year, offers 3 main plans based on storage and imposes no limit on the number of machines you can link to your account, provided you’re within the storage limit. Bandwidth throttle prior to set-up is recommended else it will hijack your entire internet connection, sometimes even making it impossible to browse web pages while a backup is in the process. Pestering pop-ups can blemish your experience. Almost all users who requested a refund have been denied it on the grounds of ‘company policy’.
SAFE OR SORRY?
You and I both will agree that videos are important assets and must be protected with an online backup service now. After carrying out months of extensive research, we have created a unique software which is exactly what your videos need. It is called TubeSync.
TubeSync offers an impressive and powerful backup solution which is 100% secure! Your data is hosted on your own servers and accessible to you from any part of the planet at any time! All you need are your login details.
Moreover, TubeSync grabs your videos from YouTube automatically and keeps a backup ready for whenever you need it! Not only does TubeSync stay in constant touch with your YouTube channel, it also fetches you live stats from social media. Every ‘like’, every ‘comment’ and ‘share’ is updated in real time for you to learn the popularity trends of your videos. That way, you can see which videos were popular and what topics are trending which helps you target better.
Another essential feature is that is that it lets you track what’s backed up and what’s not! You just need to check the boxes of the videos you want backed-up. And even the videos you haven’t selected stay there on this section, just in case you want to back them up at a later stage.
TubeSync is very customer centric. It’s your software and your videos, and TubeSync gives you the liberty of downloading and restoring your videos anywhere you like!