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-ivtv release notes
-==================
-
-This is a v4l2 device driver for the Conexant cx23415/6 MPEG encoder/decoder.
-The cx23415 can do both encoding and decoding, the cx23416 can only do MPEG
-encoding. Currently the only card featuring full decoding support is the
-Hauppauge PVR-350.
-
-NOTE: this driver requires the latest encoder firmware (version 2.06.039, size
-376836 bytes). Get the firmware from here:
-
-http://dl.ivtvdriver.org/ivtv/firmware/
-
-NOTE: 'normal' TV applications do not work with this driver, you need
-an application that can handle MPEG input such as mplayer, xine, MythTV,
-etc.
-
-The primary goal of the IVTV project is to provide a "clean room" Linux
-Open Source driver implementation for video capture cards based on the
-iCompression iTVC15 or Conexant CX23415/CX23416 MPEG Codec.
-
-Features:
- * Hardware mpeg2 capture of broadcast video (and sound) via the tuner or
- S-Video/Composite and audio line-in.
- * Hardware mpeg2 capture of FM radio where hardware support exists
- * Supports NTSC, PAL, SECAM with stereo sound
- * Supports SAP and bilingual transmissions.
- * Supports raw VBI (closed captions and teletext).
- * Supports sliced VBI (closed captions and teletext) and is able to insert
- this into the captured MPEG stream.
- * Supports raw YUV and PCM input.
-
-Additional features for the PVR-350 (CX23415 based):
- * Provides hardware mpeg2 playback
- * Provides comprehensive OSD (On Screen Display: ie. graphics overlaying the
- video signal)
- * Provides a framebuffer (allowing X applications to appear on the video
- device)
- * Supports raw YUV output.
-
-IMPORTANT: In case of problems first read this page:
- http://www.ivtvdriver.org/index.php/Troubleshooting
-
-See also:
-
-Homepage + Wiki
-http://www.ivtvdriver.org
-
-IRC
-irc://irc.freenode.net/ivtv-dev
-
-----------------------------------------------------------
-
-Devices
-=======
-
-A maximum of 12 ivtv boards are allowed at the moment.
-
-Cards that don't have a video output capability (i.e. non PVR350 cards)
-lack the vbi8, vbi16, video16 and video48 devices. They also do not
-support the framebuffer device /dev/fbx for OSD.
-
-The radio0 device may or may not be present, depending on whether the
-card has a radio tuner or not.
-
-Here is a list of the base v4l devices:
-crw-rw---- 1 root video 81, 0 Jun 19 22:22 /dev/video0
-crw-rw---- 1 root video 81, 16 Jun 19 22:22 /dev/video16
-crw-rw---- 1 root video 81, 24 Jun 19 22:22 /dev/video24
-crw-rw---- 1 root video 81, 32 Jun 19 22:22 /dev/video32
-crw-rw---- 1 root video 81, 48 Jun 19 22:22 /dev/video48
-crw-rw---- 1 root video 81, 64 Jun 19 22:22 /dev/radio0
-crw-rw---- 1 root video 81, 224 Jun 19 22:22 /dev/vbi0
-crw-rw---- 1 root video 81, 228 Jun 19 22:22 /dev/vbi8
-crw-rw---- 1 root video 81, 232 Jun 19 22:22 /dev/vbi16
-
-Base devices
-============
-
-For every extra card you have the numbers increased by one. For example,
-/dev/video0 is listed as the 'base' encoding capture device so we have:
-
- /dev/video0 is the encoding capture device for the first card (card 0)
- /dev/video1 is the encoding capture device for the second card (card 1)
- /dev/video2 is the encoding capture device for the third card (card 2)
-
-Note that if the first card doesn't have a feature (eg no decoder, so no
-video16, the second card will still use video17. The simple rule is 'add
-the card number to the base device number'. If you have other capture
-cards (e.g. WinTV PCI) that are detected first, then you have to tell
-the ivtv module about it so that it will start counting at 1 (or 2, or
-whatever). Otherwise the device numbers can get confusing. The ivtv
-'ivtv_first_minor' module option can be used for that.
-
-
-/dev/video0
-The encoding capture device(s).
-Read-only.
-
-Reading from this device gets you the MPEG1/2 program stream.
-Example:
-
-cat /dev/video0 > my.mpg (you need to hit ctrl-c to exit)
-
-
-/dev/video16
-The decoder output device(s)
-Write-only. Only present if the MPEG decoder (i.e. CX23415) exists.
-
-An mpeg2 stream sent to this device will appear on the selected video
-display, audio will appear on the line-out/audio out. It is only
-available for cards that support video out. Example:
-
-cat my.mpg >/dev/video16
-
-
-/dev/video24
-The raw audio capture device(s).
-Read-only
-
-The raw audio PCM stereo stream from the currently selected
-tuner or audio line-in. Reading from this device results in a raw
-(signed 16 bit Little Endian, 48000 Hz, stereo pcm) capture.
-This device only captures audio. This should be replaced by an ALSA
-device in the future.
-Note that there is no corresponding raw audio output device, this is
-not supported in the decoder firmware.
-
-
-/dev/video32
-The raw video capture device(s)
-Read-only
-
-The raw YUV video output from the current video input. The YUV format
-is non-standard (V4L2_PIX_FMT_HM12).
-
-Note that the YUV and PCM streams are not synchronized, so they are of
-limited use.
-
-
-/dev/video48
-The raw video display device(s)
-Write-only. Only present if the MPEG decoder (i.e. CX23415) exists.
-
-Writes a YUV stream to the decoder of the card.
-
-
-/dev/radio0
-The radio tuner device(s)
-Cannot be read or written.
-
-Used to enable the radio tuner and tune to a frequency. You cannot
-read or write audio streams with this device. Once you use this
-device to tune the radio, use /dev/video24 to read the raw pcm stream
-or /dev/video0 to get an mpeg2 stream with black video.
-
-
-/dev/vbi0
-The 'vertical blank interval' (Teletext, CC, WSS etc) capture device(s)
-Read-only
-
-Captures the raw (or sliced) video data sent during the Vertical Blank
-Interval. This data is used to encode teletext, closed captions, VPS,
-widescreen signalling, electronic program guide information, and other
-services.
-
-
-/dev/vbi8
-Processed vbi feedback device(s)
-Read-only. Only present if the MPEG decoder (i.e. CX23415) exists.
-
-The sliced VBI data embedded in an MPEG stream is reproduced on this
-device. So while playing back a recording on /dev/video16, you can
-read the embedded VBI data from /dev/vbi8.
-
-
-/dev/vbi16
-The vbi 'display' device(s)
-Write-only. Only present if the MPEG decoder (i.e. CX23415) exists.
-
-Can be used to send sliced VBI data to the video-out connector.
-
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-
-Hans Verkuil <hverkuil@xs4all.nl>