Mach64 video4linux2 module (Based on GATOS and the development version of BTTV)

This is very alpha, use at your own risk.
It has only been tested with the cards I have access to.

Dont forget to read the FAQ.

Tested V4L programs
ProgramV4L2 disabledV4L2 enabled
mplayer (mencoder)WORKSWORKS
mythtvNot SupportedNot Supported

Mythtv currently only supports capture cards that output planar YUV (as far as I know) and the bt82X chip can only output packed format YUV, so until someone patches Mythtv to support other formats...

You do not need the GATOS video driver to use this module in fact you dont even need X. However you should use the gatos video driver if all you want to do is watch tv. (it supports overlay and alot more cards)

Module Options

Example commands:


Whats missing

Known bugs

Last updated Dec 21 2008
For 2.6.* and 2.4.* kernels
Ian Stakenvicius provided an ebuild for gentoo systems. gentoo ebuild

Thanks to the gatos team for giving me access to there cvs on sourceforge you can now grab it from

cvs login
press enter for the password, then type:
cvs -z3 co -P v4l2

If you have any success with this driver please email me sellers-eric at