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SubjectRe: [PATCH 08/10] media: uapi: h264: Clean slice invariants syntax elements
On Thu, Jul 16, 2020 at 5:23 AM Ezequiel Garcia <> wrote:
> The H.264 specification requires in its "Slice header semantics"
> section that the following values shall be the same in all slice headers:
> pic_parameter_set_id
> frame_num
> field_pic_flag
> bottom_field_flag
> idr_pic_id
> pic_order_cnt_lsb
> delta_pic_order_cnt_bottom
> delta_pic_order_cnt[ 0 ]
> delta_pic_order_cnt[ 1 ]
> sp_for_switch_flag
> slice_group_change_cycle
> and can therefore be moved to the per-frame decode parameters control.

I am really not a H.264 expert, so this question may not be relevant,
but are these values specified for every slice header in the
bitstream, or are they specified only once per frame?

I am asking this because it would certainly make user-space code
simpler if we could remain as close to the bitstream as possible. If
these values are specified once per slice, then factorizing them would
leave user-space with the burden of deciding what to do if they change
across slices.

Note that this is a double-edged sword, because it is not necessarily
better to leave the firmware in charge of deciding what to do in such
a case. :) So hopefully these are only specified once per frame in the
bitstream, in which case your proposal makes complete sense.

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