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       xawtvrc -- TV apps config file




       xawtvrc  is  the  config file originally used by xawtv only (that’s why
       the name xawtvrc).  These days a number  of  other  TV  applications  /
       utilities read it too to get configuration information from it.

       Both  a  global (/etc/X11/xawtvrc)  and personal ($HOME/.xawtv)  config
       file  are used by the applications.   Settings  in the personal  config
       file will overwrite the global ones.

       The following applications use these config files:

       xawtv  The classic X11 TV application.

       motv   A better, motif-based GUI for xawtv ...

       fbtv   TV application for the linux framebuffer console.

       ttv    aalib-based TV application for any terminal.

       v4lctl command line tool to control video4linux devices.

   Create a config file
       xawtv  and  motv  both  provide some functions to edit the channels and
       save the configuration.   The  save  function  will  not  preserve  any
       comments you might have put into the config file throught ...

       You  can  also use your favorite text editor and modify the config file

       You can use the command line utility scantv to create a initial  config
       file.   scantv will automatically scan all channels for TV stations and
       write the ones it has found to the config file.


       xawtvrc uses the same syntax  like  smb.conf:  sections  starting  with
       [name], followed by lines with option = value pairs.

       There  are  four  special  sections: [global], [launch], [eventmap] and
       [defaults].  All other sections describe a TV station each.

   TV station options.
       The following options are allowed for TV stations  and  the  [defaults]
       section.   The  options from the [defaults] sections are used -- as the
       name suggests -- as defaults for  all  other  channels.   You  can  put
       everything  which is common for all TV stations (like the TV norm which
       is used in your country) into the [defaults] section, so you don’t have
       to specify it for every single channel.

       With  a  reasonable [defaults] section you usually only need to specify
       the channel for each TV station, like this:

       channel = 27

       The other options are:

       fine = n
              finetuning (what left+right keys do within xawtv), default: 0

       norm = pal | ntsc | secam
              which TV norm, default is pal

       key = keysym
              Hotkey for the channel. All X11 keysyms allowed  here.  You  can
              prefix a keysym with Modifier+, "Ctrl+F" for example.

       capture = off | overlay | grabdisplay
              capture  mode:  off, overlay (default, TV card => video, 0% cpu)
              or grabdisplay (TV card => main memory  =>  X-Server  =>  video,
              frame  rate  depends  on  load  and  picture  size).  Default is
              overlay.  If it is not possible to use overlay for  some  reason
              (remote  display,  not  supported by the hardware, whatever) the
              applications will automatically fallback to grabdisplay.

       input = Television | Composite1 | Composite2 | SVHS
              input source.  The valid choices depend on the hardware  driver,
              the  values  above are just examples.  You can use "v4lctl list"
              to get a list of valid choices.

       color = n

       bright = n

       hue = n

       contrast = n
              Valid range is 0-65535, default  is  32768.   Adding  a  percent
              symbol  changes  the  range  to  0-100,  i.e. "50%" has the same
              effect like "32768".

       audio = mono | stereo | lang1 | lang2
              Set the audio mode for the given channel.

       freq = n
              Specify  the  frequency  for  the  given  station  (MHz,   video
              carrier).   You  shouldn’t  need  this for normal operation, all
              your channels should be listed in the frequency table  for  your
              area  (if not, mail me a patch).  Maybe unless you live near the
              border and the foreign country uses another channel scheme.

       midi = note
              Use midi noteon event for <note> as hotkey for the channel.

       group = name
              Put the channel into the group <name>.  motv uses that to create
              submenus per channel group.

   Global options
       A number of not channel-related settings go to the "[global]" section:

       fullscreen = width x height
              specify  which video mode should be used for full-screen.  Works
              with XFree only, and of course you need  a  valid  modeline  for
              this  mode in your XF86Config file.  You also have to enable the
              VidMode extension (option -vm, see above) to make this work.

       wm-off-by = [+-]x[+-]y
              Some WM’s handle static gravity  incorrectly  (I  know  mwm  and
              kwm).   This is somewhat boring with fullscreen mode.  With this
              option you can correct  this  with  a  displacement  for  moving
              windows.   For example, wm-off-by = -4-24 does the trick for kwm
              (the KDE1 window manager).

       freqtab =
              select a channel-to-freqency mapping.  Options window->Frequency
              table  (in  xawtv)  brings up a menu with all valid entries (and
              allows table-switching at runtime).

       pixsize = width x height
              size of the  channel  pixmaps  (within  Channels  window).   0x0
              disables this feature.

       pixcols = n
              number of columns the channel window should use.  Defaults to 1.

       mixer = ctl | device:ctl
              This allows volume control using the sound card mixer.   ctl  is
              the  mixer control, i.e. "vol" for the master volume. "line1" is
              a good candidate for the TV card.  device is  the  mixer  device
              (defaults  to  /dev/mixer in unspecified).  Volume-control works
              with the keypad: + is up, - is down, Enter is mute.

       jpeg-quality = n
              set the quality for (M)JPEG images/frames.  As usual  the  valid
              range for n is [0 .. 100] with 75 as default.

       keypad-ntsc = on | off
              Configure keypad mode.  Default is off.  When set to on, numbers
              typed on the keypad are interpreted as channel numbers (this  is
              like  NTSC  TV  sets  work).   Otherwise they are interpreted as
              programmed  station,  i.e.  1  is   the   first   station   from
              $HOME/.xawtv, ...

       keypad-partial = on | off
              Another  configuration of keypad mode.  Default is on.  When set
              to off, typing one  digit  on  the  keypad  doesn’t  change  the
              station number when there are two-digit station numbers starting
              with that digit.

       osd = on | off
              Enable/disable the onscreen display in fullscreen mode.  Default
              is on.

       osd-position = x , y
              Position the onscreen display, in pixels.  Default is 30,20.

       use-wm-fullscreen = on | off
              Enter  fullscreen  mode  by  asking the window manager to handle
              that via _NET_WM_STATE_FULLSCREEN  (if  supported  by  the  wm).
              Default is on.

       ratio = x:y
              Set a fixed aspect ratio for the TV image.  Default is 4:3.  Use
              0:0 if you don’t want a fixed aspect ratio.

       mov-driver = files | raw | avi | mov

       mov-video = ppm | pgm | jpeg | rgb | gray | 422 | 422p | rgb15 |  rgb24
       | mjpeg | jpeg | raw | mjpa | png

       mov-fps = fps

       mov-audio = mono8 | mono16 | stereo

       mov-rate = rate
              Set defaults for movie recording.  Not all possible combinations
              are valid choices.  "streamer -h" will print a nice list.

       midi = port
              You  can  specify  a  ALSA  port where xawtv should receive midi
              events from.  If configured this way, you can program your  midi
              keyboard  keys as station hotkeys and use midi controller events
              to  control  settings  like  volume,  bright  etc.   Check   the
              [eventmap] description below for details.

       filter = name
              Enable the specified filter.

   The [launch] section
       You  can  start  other  programs from within xawtv.  This is configured
       with entries in the "[launch]" section:

       label = key, command line
              The specified hotkey will run the configured  program.   Calling
              the  Action "Launch(label)" works too.  If you want to play with
              the Xt translation tables,  feel  free  to  do  so.   But  don’t
              complain if you broke something while doing so...

   The [eventmap] section
       The  eventmap  simply has a number of "event = action" lines.  "action"
       can be any command which xawtv understands (check the xawtv-remote  man
       page  for a list).  "event" is some event generated by any input device
       xawtv listens to.  An event might have  some  argument,  the  midi-ctrl
       events  for  example  have one.  If present the argument is appended to
       the action.

       There are default mappings for lirc and joystick input events,  so  you
       don’t  have  to  create an eventmap to use them.  But if you don’t like
       the defaults you can change them easily.

       Here is a list of valid events:

              The key <name> was pressed on the IR remote control.

              Joystick button <n> was pressed.

              Joystick was moved into the given direction.

              noteon event for  note  <n>  was  received  (i.e.  you  probably
              pressed some key on the midi keyboard).

              midi  controller  message  for  control  <n> was received.  This
              event has an argument (the current value of the control).

              Key <name> was pressed on the keyboard.

   sample config file
       # this is a comment
       # empty lines are ignored too

       freqtab = europe-west
       #mixer   = line
       jpeg-quality = 75
       midi = 64:0
       fullscreen = 768x576

       # for /etc/XF86Config
       # Modeline  "pal"  50.00  768 832 856 1000  576 590 595 630  -hsync -vsync

       mixer = M, gtkaumix
       AleVT = Ctrl+A, alevt

       midi-ctrl-7 = volume
       kbd-key-h = msg "hello world"

       input = television
       norm  = pal


       channel = 27
       key = F2

       # more stations follow here

       input = Composite1
       key = K


       scantv(1), xawtv(1), motv(1), fbtv(1), ttv(1), v4lctl(1)