Ah, yes of course. If we delay creating the decoder we need to call begin_frame() again as well.

Please review and/or test the attached patch. Andy I did understand you right that this is already a Tested-by from your side, isn't it?

I am wondering if calling decode_bitstream one at a time for each
buffer is similar to
calling it with all buffers at once?
Yes, that is correct. It's just not as efficient.

One problem with VA-API is that it doesn't seem to guarantee that buffers stays around after handing them of to the decoder (the ownership handling of buffers and surfaces is a totally mess).

So we would need to make a copy of the buffer content to submit it again all at once.


Am 21.01.2017 um 20:46 schrieb Andy Furniss:
Nayan Deshmukh wrote:
Hi Christian,

The new patch leads to seg fault on my system. You forgot to set the
needs_begin_frame to true when the decoder is created. Here's diff for

Setting true there seems to fix, though only a quick test.

The patch below sets false :-)

diff --git a/src/gallium/state_trackers/va/picture.c
index e75006d..a51e482 100644
--- a/src/gallium/state_trackers/va/picture.c
+++ b/src/gallium/state_trackers/va/picture.c
@@ -178,6 +178,8 @@ handlePictureParameterBuffer(vlVaDriver *drv,
vlVaContext *context, vlVaBuffer *

        if (!context->decoder)
+      context->needs_begin_frame = false;

     return vaStatus;

I am wondering if calling decode_bitstream one at a time for each
buffer is similar to
calling it with all buffers at once?


On Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 8:36 PM, Andy Furniss <adf.li...@gmail.com> wrote:
Andy Furniss wrote:

Christian König wrote:

Hi Andy,

Am 19.01.2017 um 11:46 schrieb Andy Furniss:

I think you are right about the slices, the failing vids are blu-ray/tv.


Thanks for the link, if you have time please give the attached patch a

It should fix the issue, but I currently don't have a test system for
VAAPI ready so I can't confirm it of hand.

It doesn't fix properly. The vid will play normally after a second,
but during that second I get to see many flash frames of gpu mem.

Lucky I chose this sample out of several as the patch does seem to
fix a couple of other previously failing vids.

Though more testing shows it also regresses previously working vids, some as
above, but one never "starts" and is total junk.

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Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:44:34 +0100
Subject: [PATCH] st/va: make sure that we call begin_frame() only once v2
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This fixes "st/va: delay calling begin_frame until we have all parameters".

v2: call begin frame after decoder (re)creation as well.

Signed-off-by: Christian König <christian.koe...@amd.com>
 src/gallium/state_trackers/va/picture.c    | 11 ++++++++---
 src/gallium/state_trackers/va/va_private.h |  1 +
 2 files changed, 9 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/src/gallium/state_trackers/va/picture.c b/src/gallium/state_trackers/va/picture.c
index dc7121c..82584ea 100644
--- a/src/gallium/state_trackers/va/picture.c
+++ b/src/gallium/state_trackers/va/picture.c
@@ -81,7 +81,7 @@ vlVaBeginPicture(VADriverContextP ctx, VAContextID context_id, VASurfaceID rende
    if (context->decoder->entrypoint != PIPE_VIDEO_ENTRYPOINT_ENCODE)
-      context->decoder->begin_frame(context->decoder, context->target, &context->desc.base);
+      context->needs_begin_frame = true;
@@ -178,6 +178,8 @@ handlePictureParameterBuffer(vlVaDriver *drv, vlVaContext *context, vlVaBuffer *
       if (!context->decoder)
+      context->needs_begin_frame = true;
    return vaStatus;
@@ -308,8 +310,11 @@ handleVASliceDataBufferType(vlVaContext *context, vlVaBuffer *buf)
    sizes[num_buffers] = buf->size;
-   context->decoder->begin_frame(context->decoder, context->target,
-      &context->desc.base);
+   if (context->needs_begin_frame) {
+      context->decoder->begin_frame(context->decoder, context->target,
+         &context->desc.base);
+      context->needs_begin_frame = false;
+   }
    context->decoder->decode_bitstream(context->decoder, context->target, &context->desc.base,
       num_buffers, (const void * const*)buffers, sizes);
diff --git a/src/gallium/state_trackers/va/va_private.h b/src/gallium/state_trackers/va/va_private.h
index 8faec10..0877236 100644
--- a/src/gallium/state_trackers/va/va_private.h
+++ b/src/gallium/state_trackers/va/va_private.h
@@ -261,6 +261,7 @@ typedef struct {
    int target_id;
    bool first_single_submitted;
    int gop_coeff;
+   bool needs_begin_frame;
 } vlVaContext;
 typedef struct {

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