DVGRAB(1)                                                            DVGRAB(1)


       dvgrab — Grab DV video and audio data via IEEE1394 links


       dvgrab  [-i,  --interactive]   [--noavc]   [--autosplit]  [--timestamp]
       [--timesys]   [--card  num]   [--channel  num]   [--stdin]    [--dv1394
       device]  [--format  fmt]   [--frames  num]   [--size num] [--csize num]
       [--cmincutsize  num]   [--every  num]   [--duration   time]    [--help]
       [--version]  [base]


       dvgrab  is a program that captures DV video and audio data from digital
       camcorders via an IEEE1394 link.  (IEEE1394 is  also  known  under  the
       various trademarks FireWire, i.Link, or Lynx.) The DV data is stored in
       one or several files and can later be processed by video editing  soft-
       ware.  dvgrab can remote control the camcorder but it does not show the
       video’s content on screen.

       The base argument is used to construct the filename to store video data
       in, like base-id.ext where id is a running number starting from 001 and
       ext is the file name extension specifying the file  format  used,  e.g.
       avi.   A  different  naming  scheme is used whenever the --timestamp or
       --timesys is given (see below).  If base is  ’-’  then  the  format  is
       forced  to raw DV and sent to stdout. dvgrab will also output raw DV to
       stdout while capturing to a file if stdout is piped or redirected.  The
       default base is dvgrab- if not specified.

       You can use dvgrabs powerful file writing capabilities with other pro-
       grams that produce raw DV. Using  the  --stdin  option  and  if  dvgrab
       detects  that  it  is  on  the receiving end of a pipe and it is not in
       interactive mode, then it will try to read raw DV on stdin.


       -i, --interactive
                 Make dvgrab interactive where single keypresses on stdin con-
                 trol  the  camera  VTR  or start and stop capture. Otherwise,
                 dvgrab runs in session mode, where it immediately starts cap-
                 ture and stops as directed or interrupted (ctrl-c).

                 Disable  use  of  AV/C VTR control. This is useful if you are
                 capturing live video from a camera because in camera mode, an
                 AV/C  play  command tells the camera to start recording, per-
                 haps over material on the  current  tape.   This  applies  to
                 either interactive more or non-interactive because non-inter-
                 active stills sends a play and stop to the VTR  upon  capture
                 start and stop.

                 Try  to  detect whenever a new recording starts, and store it
                 into a separate file. This can be combined with the  --frames
                 and  --size  options, and a split occurs whenever a specified
                 event arises.

                 Autosplit is off by default.

                 Put information on date and time of recording into file name.

                 Put  system  rather  than  recording  date and time into file
                 name.  This is useful when using converter  devices  that  do
                 not change the recording date time in the DV stream.

       --card num
                 Tells  dvgrab  to  receive  data  from IEEE1394 card num. The
                 default behaviour is to automatically select the  first  card
                 containing  the first discovered camera.  If used in conjunc-
                 tion with --noavc, then no bus probing is performed.  If used
                 in  conjunction  with --guid hex, then only the specified bus
                 is probed for node with guid hex.   If  used  in  conjunction
                 with --dv1394 with no device file specified, then dvgrab con-
                 structs a device file name using num  and  the  dv1394  devfs
                 naming convention.

       --guid hex
                 If  you  have  more than one DV device, then select one using
                 the node’s GUID specified in hex (hexadecimal)  format.  This
                 is  the  format as displayed in /proc/bus/ieee1394/devices or
                 the new kernel 2.6 /sys filesystem.

       --channel num
                 Isochronous channel to receive data  from.  Defaults  to  63,
                 which is pretty much standard among DV camcorders these days.
                 If you specify anything different, no attempt is made at this
                 time  to  tell the device which channel to use. You must have
                 some manual way to tell the transmitting device which channel
                 to use.

       --buffers num
                 The  number of frames to use for buffering device I/O delays.
                 Defaults to 100.

                 Read the DV stream from a pipe on stdin instead  of  using  a
                 IEEE 1394 driver.

       --dv1394 [device]
                 Use  the  dv1394  driver  to capture instead of raw1394.  The
                 device specification is optional if  you  follow  the  dv1394
                 devfs  naming convention, e.g. /dev/ieee1394/dv/host0/PAL/in.
                 If device is supplied in conjunction with  --noavc,  then  no
                 bus  probing  is  performed.   If device is not supplied, but
                 --card num is, then dvgrab  constructs  a  device  file  name
                 using  num and the dv1394 devfs naming convention. dvgrab can
                 automatically  handle  both   NTSC   and   PAL   using   just

       --format dv1 | dv2 | raw | dif | qt | jpeg
                 Specifies the format of the output file(s).  dv1 and dv2 both
                 are AVI files with slightly different formats.  dv2 stores  a
                 separate audio track in addition to the DV video track, which
                 is more compatible with other applications.  dv1 only  stores
                 a  single,  integrated  DV track since the DV format natively
                 interleaves audio with video. Therefore, while  dv1  produces
                 smaller  output,  some applications won’t grok it and require
                 dv2 instead.  dvgrab is capable of creating  extremely  large
                 AVI  files--well  over 2 or 4 GB--however, compatibility with
                 other tools starts to decrease over the 1 GB size.

                 raw stores the data unmodified and have  the  .dv  extension.
                 These  files  are read by a number of GNU/Linux tools as well
                 as Apple Quicktime.

                 dif is a variation of raw DV that names  files  with  a  .dif
                 extension  so  they can be more immediately loaded into Main-
                 Concept MainActor5.

                 qt is Quicktime, but requires that dvgrab  be  compiled  with

                 jpg  is for a sequence of JPEG image files if dvgrab was com-
                 piled with jpeglib.

                 Defaults to dv2

                 If using --format dv2, create an OpenDML-compliant type 2  DV
                 AVI.  This  is required to support dv2 files >1GB. dv1 always
                 supports files >1GB.

       --jpeg-quality num
                 If using --format jpeg, set the JPEG  quality  level  from  0
                 (worst) to 100 (best).

                 If  using  --format  jpeg, deinterlace the output by doubling
                 the lines of the upper field. This is a cheap form  of  dein-
                 terlace  that results in an effective 50% loss in resolution.

       --jpeg-width num
                 If using --format jpeg, scale the output of the width to  num
                 (1 - 2048).

       --jpeg-height num
                 If using --format jpeg, scale the output of the height to num
                 (1 - 2048).

                 The JPEG scaling width and height must be  both  either  less
                 than  or greater than the normal frame size. For example, the
                 scaled size of 700 wide by 525 high yields a nice 4:3  aspect
                 image  with square pixels, but it is illegal for NTSC because
                 700 is less than the normal width of 720 while the height  is
                 greater than the normal height of 480.

                 Since  DV  uses  non-square  pixels, it is nice to be able to
                 scale to an image based upon a 4:3 aspect ratio using  square
                 pixels.  For  NTSC,  example  sizes are 800x600, 640x480, and
                 320x240. For PAL, example square pixel sizes are 384x270  and

       --frames num
                 This option tells dvgrab to store at most num frames per file
                 before splitting to a new file, where num = 0 means ulimited.
                 The corresponding time depends on the video system used.  PAL
                 shows 25, NTSC about 30 frames per second.

       --size num
                 This option tells dvgrab to store at most num  megabytes  per
                 file,  where  num  =  0  means  unlimited file size for large
                 files. The default size limit is 1024 MB.

       --csize num
                 This option tells dvgrab to split the files when the  collec-
                 tion  of  files exceeds num megabytes. This option is used to
                 create collections of  files  that  fit  perfectly  into  num
                 megabytes  (i.e. for archiving onto DVD). When this occurs, a
                 new collection is started (See also the --cmincutsize option)

       --cmincutsize num
                 This  option  is used to start the collection if a cut occurs
                 num megabytes prior to the end of the collection. This option
                 reduces  small  files  being  created  when using the --csize
                 option. When a new collection is started in this manner,  the
                 amount  of  free  space in the previous collection is stored,
                 and while the following clips fit within the previous collec-
                 tion, the new collection starting point is reset.

       --every n
                 This  option  tells  dvgrab  to  write  every n’th frame only
                 (default all frames).

       --duration time
                 Set the maximum capture duration across all file splits for a
                 single  capture  session  (multiple  sessions are possible in
                 interactive mode).  The time  value  is  expressed  in  SMIL2
                 MediaClipping Time format.  See http://w3.org/AudioVideo/ for
                 the specification.

                 Briefly, the formats are:

                 XXX[.Y]h, XXX[.Y]min, XXX[.Y][s], XXXms,

                 [[HH:]MM:]SS[.ms], or smpte=[[[HH:]MM:]SS:]FF.

       --help    Show summary of options.

       --version Show version of program.


       dvgrab foo-
                 Captures video data from  the  default  IEEE1394  source  and
                 stores it to files foo-001.avi, foo-002.avi, etc.

       dvgrab --frames 25 foo-
                 Assuming  a  PAL  video source, this command records one sec-
                 ond’s worth of video data per file.

       dvgrab --autosplit --frames 750 --timestamp foo-
                 Records video data from the default IEEE1394 source, cuts  it
                 into  chunks  of  30  seconds  (assuming  PAL)  or when a new
                 recording starts and names the resulting files  according  to
                 date and time info in the videostream.

       dvgrab --autosplit --size 1998 --csize 4400 --cmincutsize 10  foo-
                 Records  video data from the default IEEE1394 source, cuts it
                 into chunks when a new recording starts or when  the  current
                 file  exceeds  1998  megabytes,  or the current collection of
                 files exceeds 4400 megabytes. It also reduces the size of the
                 smallest  file  made  due  to  a  collection  size  cut to 10

                 This option is perfect for backing up DV to DVD’s as 2 Gb  is
                 around  the maximum file size that (the current) linux imple-
                 mentation of the ISO9660 filesystem can handle!

                 Warning: It is possible  to  make  ISO9660  filesystems  with
                 files greater than 2 Gb, but the current linux IS09660 driver
                 can’t read them! Newer linux kernels may be  able  to  handle
                 ISO9660 filesystems with filesizes greater than 2 Gb.


       This manual page was written by Daniel Kobras kobras@debian.org for the
       Debian GNU/Linux system (but may  be  used  by  others).  It  has  been
       updated by Dan Dennedy. See the website http://kino.schirmacher.de/ for
       more information and support.

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