DVR Examiner - Recorder Hard Drive Recovery Tested

By Robert Shih, Published on Dec 13, 2018

Bypassing passwords and long download times on-site, DVR Examiner collects and organizes video evidence directly from a hard drive extracted from embedded recorders with proprietary disk formats. Many major manufacturers do not provide a native tool for managing extracted hard drives. In instances where the make and model of the recorder are not provided, this software also eliminates guesswork. In this review we outline: 

  • Testing Summary
  • General Features
  • MSRP Pricing
  • Time Offset Correction
  • Evidence Management Options
  • Preview Playback & Export
  • Minor Interface Scaling Limitation
  • Comparison with a Native Application
  • Development Roadmap
  • Primary Testing Platform

Testing *******

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General ********

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MSRP *******

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Time ****** **********

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Evidence ********** *******

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Preview ******** & ******

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Straightforward ********* / ******* ******

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Comparison ** ***** **** *******

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Development *******

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Primary ******* ********

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