dvcont - send control commands to DV cameras
dvcont <command1> [ <command2> ... ]
dvcont is a command line tool to send control commands via an IEEE1394
link to a device that implements the AV/C specifications by the 1394
Trade Association. Or for the non-techies: dvcont lets you remote
control your DV camera via a Firewire cable. The following commands
Select device number on chain to use. (dvcont tries to
automatically detect the camera. Use the dev command BEFORE any
other commands for manual control.)
play Tell the camera to play. If already playing, it toggles slow-
Tell the camera to play in reverse. If already playing, it
trickplay < -14 to +14 >
Tell the camera to play at various speeds. 0 = forward play,
-14 = fastest reverse, -8 = 1X reverse, -1 = slowest reverse, 1
= slowest forward, 8 = 1X forward, 14 = fastest forward. (Not
supported by all cameras.)
stop Tell the camera to stop playing.
rewind Tell the camera to rewind. (Use in stop or play mode.)
ff Tell the camera to fast forward. (Use in stop or play mode.)
pause Tell the camera to toggle pause play.
next Tell the camera to go to the next frame. (Use in pause mode.)
Tell the camera to search for the next scene. (Use in pause or
prev Tell the camera to go to the previous frame. (Use in pause mode)
Tell the camera to search for the previous scene. (Use in pause
or play mode)
record Tell the camera to record. (Use with caution!)
eject Tell the camera to eject the tape. (Not supported by all
Report the timecode on tape in the format HH:MM:SS:FF (hours,
minutes, seconds, intra-second frames).
Tell the camera to go to the timecode, given in format
HH:MM:SS:FF as above.
status Report the status of the device.
Report available plugs. (This option is mainly intended for
Tell the program to tell you debug info.
Tell the program to tell you the program version.
help Tell the program to show you a help screen.
dvcont was written by Jason Howard <firstname.lastname@example.org> and Dan
Dennedy <email@example.com>. This man page was written with the help of
help2man by Daniel Kobras <firstname.lastname@example.org> for the Debian GNU/Linux
distribution (but may be used by others). Updated by Dan Dennedy