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SubjectRe: [PATCH] v4l2-ctrl: add control for thumnails
On Thu, Jun 4, 2020 at 2:56 PM Hans Verkuil <hverkuil-cisco@xs4all.nl> wrote:
>
> On 04/06/2020 14:34, Stanimir Varbanov wrote:
> > Hi Hans,
> >
> > On 6/4/20 12:08 PM, Hans Verkuil wrote:
> >> On 04/06/2020 11:02, Stanimir Varbanov wrote:
> >>> Hi Hans,
> >>>
> >>> On 5/27/20 12:53 AM, Stanimir Varbanov wrote:
> >>>> Hi Hans,
> >>>>
> >>>> On 5/26/20 3:04 PM, Hans Verkuil wrote:
> >>>>> On 26/05/2020 10:54, Stanimir Varbanov wrote:
> >>>>>> Add v4l2 control for decoder thumbnail.
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> Signed-off-by: Stanimir Varbanov <stanimir.varbanov@linaro.org>
> >>>>>> ---
> >>>>>> Documentation/userspace-api/media/v4l/ext-ctrls-codec.rst | 7 +++++++
> >>>>>> drivers/media/v4l2-core/v4l2-ctrls.c | 2 ++
> >>>>>> include/uapi/linux/v4l2-controls.h | 2 ++
> >>>>>> 3 files changed, 11 insertions(+)
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> diff --git a/Documentation/userspace-api/media/v4l/ext-ctrls-codec.rst b/Documentation/userspace-api/media/v4l/ext-ctrls-codec.rst
> >>>>>> index d0d506a444b1..e838e410651b 100644
> >>>>>> --- a/Documentation/userspace-api/media/v4l/ext-ctrls-codec.rst
> >>>>>> +++ b/Documentation/userspace-api/media/v4l/ext-ctrls-codec.rst
> >>>>>> @@ -3726,6 +3726,13 @@ enum v4l2_mpeg_video_hevc_size_of_length_field -
> >>>>>> disables generating SPS and PPS at every IDR. Setting it to one enables
> >>>>>> generating SPS and PPS at every IDR.
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> +``V4L2_CID_MPEG_VIDEO_DECODER_THUMBNAIL (button)``
> >>>>>> + Instructs the decoder to produce immediate output. The decoder should
> >>>>>> + consume first input buffer for progressive stream (or first two buffers
> >>>>>> + for interlace). Decoder should not allocate more output buffers that it
> >>>>>> + is required to consume one input frame. Usually the decoder input
> >>>>>> + buffers will contain only I/IDR frames but it is not mandatory.
> >>>>>
> >>>>> This is very vague. It doesn't explain why the control is called 'THUMBNAIL',
> >>>>> but more importantly it doesn't explain how this relates to normal decoding.
> >>>>
> >>>> If in the normal decode the capture queue buffers are 5, in the
> >>>> thumbnail mode the number of buffers will be only 1 (if the bitstream is
> >>>> progressive) and this will guarantee low memory usage. The other
> >>>> difference is that the decoder will produce decoded frames (without
> >>>> errors) only for I/IDR (sync frames).
> >>
> >> Isn't this really a "DECODE_SYNC_FRAMES_ONLY" control? That's what it does,
> >> right? Skip any B/P frames and only decode sync frames.
> >
> > Yes, it is.
> > To me V4L2_CID_MPEG_VIDEO_DECODE_SYNC_FRAMES sounds better. If you are
> > fine I can send a new patch.
> >
> > The definition of "sync frames" is a bit difficult for codec-agnostic
> > controls. Is it sound better "INTRA", DECODE_INTRA_FRAMES (ONLY)?
>
> INTRA is better. DECODE_INTRA_FRAMES_ONLY is a good name, I think.
>
> Thumbnail creation can be given as an example in the description of the
> control, but that's just a use-case.

How about the other aspect of the behavior?

"Decoder should not allocate more output buffers that it
is required to consume one input frame."

Best regards,
Tomasz

>
> Regards,
>
> Hans
>
> >
> >>
> >> That this is useful for creating thumbnails is just a specific use-case.
> >>
> >> Regards,
> >>
> >> Hans
> >>
> >>>>
> >>>>>
> >>>>> I.e. if you are decoding and 'press' this control, what happens then?
> >>>>
> >>>> Might be the button type wasn't great idea. In fact the control should
> >>>> be set before streamon so that the driver returns min_capture_bufs 1.
> >>>>
> >>>>>
> >>>>> What exactly is the use-case?
> >>>>
> >>>> It could be used to generate thumbnails of all video clips in a folder
> >>>> or when you open a Gallery application on your phone.
> >>>>
> >>>
> >>> What is your opinion on that control? I could consider to make it Venus
> >>> custom control but from the use-case it looks other drivers also can
> >>> benefit of it.
> >>>
> >>> I tried to make more generic one [1] but it looks it will be too difficult.
> >>>
> >>
> >
>

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