About xawtv

Gerd Knorr <kraxel@goldbach.in-berlin.de>

xawtv started as TV application for the bttv driver [ http://me.in-berlin.de/~kraxel/bttv.html ], because the Motif-based "xtvscreen" was the only TV application at this time.

A lot has changed since. The bttv driver switched over to the new video4linux [ http://roadrunner.swansea.uk.linux.org/v4l.shtml ] interface. xawtv isn't a single application any more, it is a small suite of video4linux related software.

It often happens that you don't get it right the first time. This is true for video4linux too. Bill Dirks works on the second version [ http://millennium.diads.com/bdirks/v4l2.htm ] of the video4linux interface.

Download xawtv

Latest version is 3.12 [ http://me.in-berlin.de/~kraxel/v4l/xawtv-3.12.tar.gz ], released 03 Apr 2000.
If you have used 2.x before, you should read the update hints in UPDATE_TO_v3.0. You'll find this file next to the README in the source tarball or in /usr/doc (for rpm installs). The new xawtv version will not work out-of-the-box, you'll have to update your config file first.

Latest 2.x version is 2.46 [ http://me.in-berlin.de/~kraxel/v4l/xawtv-2.46.tar.gz ], released 6 Jun 1999.

Available here:

bttv driver

Has been moved here [ http://me.in-berlin.de/~kraxel/bttv.html ]

What exactly is in the xawtv package...

For TV/video

xawtv, fbtv and set-tv share the same config file.

Tools for videotext available too. A simple vtx-to-ascii/html converter (build the quick&dirty way using the videoteXt sources) and a wrapper cgi script for it. Not tested very well. Better try alevt [ http://user.exit.de/froese/ ] instead.

The video4linux driver for vic [ http://www-nrg.ee.lbl.gov/vic/ ] is no longer included in the xawtv tar file.
My old patch is still in the download directory [ http://me.in-berlin.de/~kraxel/v4l/ ], but you probably want to check out the new and improved version [ http://me.in-berlin.de/~kraxel/v4l/vic.diff-jj.gz ] of the vic patches from Juan J. Sierralta P. [ http://www-mice.cs.ucl.ac.uk/multimedia/software/vic/ ].
The original vic is'nt no longer maintained by lbl. The latest vic version (2.8) is already a few years old and does'nt compile out-of-the-box with today's tcl/tk versions. One actively maintained vic version is available from UCL [ http://www-mice.cs.ucl.ac.uk/multimedia/software/vic/ ].

Known-to-work Hardware

old video4linux interface:

video4linux two interface:

List incomplete? Drop me a note [ kraxel@goldbach.in-berlin.de ].

Old stuff

Some time ago I started a tcl/tk-based application for video capture/playback. I stopped maintaining it. Here you find the latest snapshot [ http://me.in-berlin.de/~kraxel/v4l/grab-980420.tar.gz ] (20 Apr 1998). Probably does'nt work out-of-the-box with current bttv versions, therefore it is only useful for hackers...

last update: Mon, 03 Apr 2000 21:11:28 CEST

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