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 through ...

   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.

   alsa_latency = time_in_ms
          This  can  be  used  to specify the latency for the ALSA digital
          sound loopback which xawtv does. The default is 30ms  if  you're
          getting  sound  dropouts  on  your  system  try  increasing this

   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)



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