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SubjectRe: [PATCH v5 00/39] i.MX Media Driver

On 03/19/2017 05:14 AM, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
> On Sat, Mar 18, 2017 at 12:58:27PM -0700, Steve Longerbeam wrote:
>> On 03/18/2017 12:22 PM, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
>>> 0:00:01.955927879 20954 0x15ffe90 INFO v4l2 gstv4l2object.c:3811:gst_v4l2_object_get_caps:<v4l2src0> probed caps: video/x-bayer, format=(string)rggb, framerate=(fraction)30000/1001, width=(int)816, height=(int)616, pixel-aspect-ratio=(fraction)1/1; video/x-raw, format=(string)I420, framerate=(fraction)30000/1001, width=(int)816, height=(int)616, interlace-mode=(string)progressive, pixel-aspect-ratio=(fraction)1/1; video/x-raw, format=(string)YV12, framerate=(fraction)30000/1001, width=(int)816, height=(int)616, interlace-mode=(string)progressive, pixel-aspect-ratio=(fraction)1/1; video/x-raw, format=(string)BGR, framerate=(fraction)30000/1001, width=(int)816, height=(int)616, interlace-mode=(string)progressive, pixel-aspect-ratio=(fraction)1/1; video/x-raw, format=(string)RGB, framerate=(fraction)30000/1001, width=(int)816, height=(int)616, interlace-mode=(string)progressive, pixel-aspect-ratio=(fraction)1/1
>>> despite the media pipeline actually being configured for 60fps.
>>> Forcing it by adjusting the pipeline only results in gstreamer
>>> failing, because it believes that v4l2 is unable to operate at
>>> 60fps.
>>> Also note the complaints from v4l2src about the non-compliance...
>> Thanks, I've fixed most of v4l2-compliance issues, but this is not
>> done yet. Is that something you can help with?
> I've looked at this, and IMHO it's yet another media control API mess.
> - media-ctl itself allows setting the format on subdev pads via
> struct v4l2_subdev_format.
> - struct v4l2_subdev_format contains a struct v4l2_mbus_framefmt.
> - struct v4l2_mbus_framefmt contains:
> * @width: frame width
> * @height: frame height
> * @code: data format code (from enum v4l2_mbus_pixelcode)
> * @field: used interlacing type (from enum v4l2_field)
> * @colorspace: colorspace of the data (from enum v4l2_colorspace)
> * @ycbcr_enc: YCbCr encoding of the data (from enum v4l2_ycbcr_encoding)
> * @quantization: quantization of the data (from enum v4l2_quantization)
> * @xfer_func: transfer function of the data (from enum v4l2_xfer_func)
> - media-ctl sets width, height, code and field, but nothing else.
> We're already agreed that the fields that media-ctl are part of the
> format negotiation between the ultimate source, flowing down to the
> capture device. However, there's no support in media-ctl to deal
> with these other fields - so media-ctl in itself is only half-
> implemented.
> From what I can tell, _we_ are doing the right thing in imx-media-capture.
> However, I think part of the problem is the set_fmt implementation.
> When a source pad is configured via set_fmt(), any fields that can
> not be altered (eg, because the subdev doesn't support colorspace
> conversion) need to be preserved from the subdev's sink pad.
> Right now, CSI doesn't do that - it only looks at the width, height,
> code, and field.

Correct, there is currently no propagation of the colorimetry
parameters (colorspace, ycbcr_enc, quantization, and xfer_func).
For the most part, those are just ignored ATM. Philipp Zabel did
do some work earlier to start propagating those, but that's still

> I think we've got other bugs though that haven't been picked up by any
> review - csi_try_fmt() adjusts the format using the _current_
> configuration of the sink pad, even when using V4L2_SUBDEV_FORMAT_TRY.
> This seems wrong according to the docs: the purpose of the try
> mechanism is to be able to setup the _entire_ pipeline using the TRY
> mechanism to work out whether the configuration works, before then
> setting for real. If we're validating the TRY formats against the
> live configuration, then we're not doing that.

I don't believe that is correct. csi_try_fmt() for the source pads calls
__csi_get_fmt(priv, cfg, CSI_SINK_PAD, sdformat->which) to get
the sink format, and for the TRY trial-run from csi_set_fmt(),
sdformat->which will be set to TRY, so the returned sink format
is the TRY format.

But I haven't tested a complete pipeline configuration under the
TRY case, there still could be issues there. But I've checked the
CSI, VDIC, and PRPENCVF subdevs, and for set_fmt() trial-runs,
those should be working correctly using the TRY mechanism.

> There's calls for:
> v4l2_subdev_get_try_format
> v4l2_subdev_get_try_crop
> v4l2_subdev_get_try_compose
> to get the try configuration - we hardly make use of all of these.

Not sure what you mean, the first two are currently
being used for TRY setup. And I don't think
v4l2_subdev_get_try_compose() is needed.

> I
> would suggest that we change the approach to implementing the various
> subdevs such that:
> 1) like __csi_get_fmt(), we have accessors that gets a pointer to the
> correct state for the TRY/live settings.

I've verified that CSI, VDIC, and PRPENCVF subdevs do that.

> 2) everywhere we're asked to get or set parameters that can be TRY/live,
> we use these accessors to retrieve a pointer to the correct state to
> not only read, but also modify.

Yes, that is currently being done in CSI, VDIC, and PRPENCVF subdevs.

> 3) when we're evaluating parameters against another pad, we use these
> accessors to obtain the other pad's configuration, rather than poking
> about in the state saved in the subdev's priv-> (which is irrelevant
> for the TRY variant.)

Again, that is being done already:

__prp_get_fmt() (in both prp and prpencvf subdevs)

> 4) ensure that all parameters which the subdev itself does not support
> modification of are correctly propagated from the sink pad to all
> source pads, and are unable to be modified via the source pad.

That is currently true except for the colorimetry params as I mentioned.


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