On Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 7:04 AM, Mauro Carvalho Chehab <mche...@infradead.org> wrote: > Pawel Osciak wrote: >>> On Tuesday 23 February 2010 08:41:49 Pawel Osciak wrote: >>>>> On Mon, 22 Feb 2010 00:12:18 +0100 >>>>> Laurent Pinchart <laurent.pinch...@ideasonboard.com> wrote: >>>> As for the REQBUF, I've always thought it'd be nice to be able to ask the >>>> driver for the "recommended" number of buffers that should be used by >>>> issuing a REQBUF with count=0... >>> How would the driver come up with the number of recommended buffers ? >> >> From the top of my head: when encoding a video stream, a codec driver could >> decide on the minimum number of input frames required (including reference >> frames, etc.). >> >> Or maybe I am missing something, what is your opinion on that? > > There are some cases where this feature could be useful. For example, there > are > some devices used for surveillance that have one decoder connected to several > inputs. For example, several bttv boards have one bt848 chip for each 8 > inputs. > Each input is connected to one camera. The minimum recommended number of > buffers > is 16 (2 per each input). This is poorly documented, on some wikis for some of > the boards with such usage. > > That's said, there's currently a few missing features for surveillance: the > user > software need to manually switch from one input to another, and the video > buffer > metadata doesn't indicate the input. > > The better would be to provide a way to let the driver to switch to the next > camera > just after the reception of a new buffer (generally at the IRQ time), instead > of > letting the userspace software to do it at the DQBUF. > This is an interesting use case and I would like to know some details on this use case. When you say application manually switch the input, Is it implementing some kind of input multiplexing during the session (open, stream on - stream off, close) ? We have encountered a similar use case and I was wondering how this can be implemented in v4l2 driver. In my understanding, a v4l2 device is not allowed to switch input while streaming. Does it require 2 buffers per input because every frame period, you have multiple frames to queue from the different inputs? Usually a minimum of 3 buffers are typically required in a SoC case to do streaming. Could you share the details if possible?
Murali > -- > > Cheers, > Mauro > -- > To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-media" in > the body of a message to majord...@vger.kernel.org > More majordomo info at http://vger.kernel.org/majordomo-info.html > -- Murali Karicheri mkarich...@gmail.com -- To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-media" in the body of a message to majord...@vger.kernel.org More majordomo info at http://vger.kernel.org/majordomo-info.html