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SubjectRe: [RFC] METADATA design using V4l2 Request API
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On 29/05/2020 04:18, Nicolas Dufresne wrote:
> Le jeudi 28 mai 2020 à 16:18 +0530, dikshita@codeaurora.org a écrit :
>>> not allowed. So I need to know more about this.
>>> Regards,
>>> Hans
>>
>> we need this for use cases like HDR10+ where metadata info is part of
>> the bitstream.
>>
>> To handle such frame specific data, support for request api on capture
>> plane would be needed.
>
> I have a bit of a mixed impression here. Considering how large the ioctl
> interface overhead is, relying on HW parser to extract this medata woud be the
> last thing I would consider.
>
> Instead, I'm quite convince we can achieve greater and likely zero-copy
> perfromance by locating this header in userspace. So everytime I see this kind
> of API, were the HW is *needed* to parse a trivial bit of bistream, I ended
> thinking that we simply craft this API to expose this because the HW can do it,
> but no further logical thinking or higher level design seems to have been
> applied.
>
> I'm sorry for this open critic, but are we designing this because the HW
> designer exposed that feature? This is so low complexity to extract in
> userspace, with the bonus that we are not forced into expanding the
> representation to another form immediatly, as maybe the display will be able to
> handle that form directly (where converting to a C structure and then back to
> some binary format to satisfy DRM property seems very sub-optimal).
>
> Nicolas
>

Nicolas raises good questions: it would help if you can give more detailed information
about the hardware. We had similar discussions with Xilinx about HDR10+ (see this
thread: https://www.spinics.net/lists/linux-media/msg163297.html).

There is no clear answer at the moment on how to handle dynamic HDR metadata.
It will help if we have some more information how different SoCs handle this
in hardware.

Regards,

Hans

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