DV support is listed as being available, albiet experimental, in the 2.4.19 and
2.4.20 kernel sources. I have confirmed, through four days of frustration, that
it only works with 2.4.21+ kernels. The URL I listed confirms this.
With 2.4.20 kernels dvcont can control the camcorder, make it play, rewind, etc,
but it cannot receive video through dvgrab, kino, or cinelerra. Furthermore,
attempts to do so sometimes causes the kernel to panic.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Emerge a 2.4.20 kernel, such as gentoo-sources
2. Compile with Firewire and DV support
3. Emerge kino or cinelerra (or manually compile dvgrab, command line tool)
4. Attempt to capture video from the camera
No video, often program crashes (segfault, etc), other times it reports "lost
frames", and occassionally causes a kernel panic. On very rare occassions, many
fewer times than I've managed to cause a kernal panic, some video frames were
received. These cases don't happen nearly often enough to be useful.
Video should have been captured.
If 2.4.19 and 2.4.20 kernel sources are to maintain in portage I believe the DV
support should be removed from them. Doing so may help eliminate alot of stress
by video producers looking at Gentoo as a viable alternative.
it being marked as experimental is enough. People should observe the kernels
warnings. In any case we are in the process of updating all kernels to be
based on at least 2.4.22.
*** Bug 35384 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***