DVBv5 Tools (not to be confused with the similarly named, but much older, DVB tools legacy project) is a small set of command line utilities that was developed to be compliant with the newer features provided by version 5 of the DVB API. The tools should also be backward compatible with the older v3 DVB API.
It is composed of 4 tools:
- dvbv5-scan - Scans the channel transponders and gets the services available there;
- dvbv5-zap - Locks into a channel (zap), allowing other applications to get the stream at the dvr devices or to monitor the stream;
- dvb-fe-tool - Lists frontend properties, allow to manually set the DVB frontend delivery system and monitors the frontend;
- dvb-format-convert - Converts from/to other formats used by DVBv3 apps into the dvbv5 format.
The DVBv5 default file format is formed by a channel name, followed by a series of key/value properties. Those tools also support the legacy formats used by dvb-apps.
For example, this is a channel file with one DVB-C channel on it:
[CHANNEL] DELIVERY_SYSTEM = DVBC/ANNEX_A FREQUENCY = 573000000 SYMBOL_RATE = 5217000 INNER_FEC = NONE MODULATION = QAM/256 INVERSION = AUTO
And this is (part of) a service (zap) file, produced from the above channel definition using dvbv5-scan:
[SBT] SERVICE_ID = 4 VIDEO_PID = 42 AUDIO_PID = 257 PID_f1 = 768 FREQUENCY = 573000000 MODULATION = QAM/256 INVERSION = AUTO SYMBOL_RATE = 5217000 INNER_FEC = NONE DELIVERY_SYSTEM = DVBC/ANNEX_A [TNT] SERVICE_ID = 48 VIDEO_PID = 336 AUDIO_PID = 337 338 849 PID_86 = 816 FREQUENCY = 573000000 MODULATION = QAM/256 INVERSION = AUTO SYMBOL_RATE = 5217000 INNER_FEC = NONE DELIVERY_SYSTEM = DVBC/ANNEX_A
Different distros pack the dvbv5-tools on different packages.
On Fedora, they're part of the v4l-utils package. The Fedora 20 version 1.4 packages are available at: [https://mchehab.fedorapeople.org/libdvbv5/].
On Debian/Ubuntu, they're packaged as dvb-tools. The Debian SID packages are available at: [https://packages.debian.org/source/sid/v4l-utils].