dvcont

DVCONT(1)                   General Commands Manual                  DVCONT(1)



NAME
       dvcont - send control commands to DV cameras

SYNOPSIS
       dvcont <command1> [ <command2> ... ]

DESCRIPTION
       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
       are understood:

       dev <number>
              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-
              motion.

       reverse
              Tell the camera to play in reverse. If already playing, it
              toggles slow-motion.

       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.)

       nextindex
              Tell the camera to search for the next scene. (Use in pause or
              play mode.)

       prev   Tell the camera to go to the previous frame. (Use in pause mode)

       previndex
              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
              cameras.)

       timecode
              Report the timecode on tape in the format HH:MM:SS:FF (hours,
              minutes, seconds, intra-second frames).

       seek <timecode>
              Tell the camera to go to the timecode, given in format
              HH:MM:SS:FF as above.

       status Report the status of the device.

       pluginfo
              Report available plugs.

       verbose
              Tell the program to tell you debug info.

       version
              Tell the program to tell you the program version.

       help   Tell the program to show you a help screen.

AUTHORS
       dvcont was written by Jason Howard <jason@spectsoft.com> and Dan
       Dennedy <dan@dennedy.org>.  This man page was written with the help of
       help2man by Daniel Kobras <kobras@debian.org> for the Debian GNU/Linux
       distribution (but may be used by others). Updated by Dan Dennedy
       <dan@dennedy.org>.




                                September 2002                       DVCONT(1)