Re: [PATCH v2] media: venus: add support for key frame

From: Vikash Garodia
Date: Thu Oct 25 2018 - 03:23:44 EST

On 2018-10-24 20:02, Tomasz Figa wrote:
On Wed, Oct 24, 2018 at 10:52 PM Malathi Gottam <mgottam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

When client requests for a keyframe, set the property
to hardware to generate the sync frame.

Signed-off-by: Malathi Gottam <mgottam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
drivers/media/platform/qcom/venus/venc_ctrls.c | 16 +++++++++++++++-
1 file changed, 15 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/drivers/media/platform/qcom/venus/venc_ctrls.c b/drivers/media/platform/qcom/venus/venc_ctrls.c
index 45910172..6c2655d 100644
--- a/drivers/media/platform/qcom/venus/venc_ctrls.c
+++ b/drivers/media/platform/qcom/venus/venc_ctrls.c
@@ -79,8 +79,10 @@ static int venc_op_s_ctrl(struct v4l2_ctrl *ctrl)
struct venus_inst *inst = ctrl_to_inst(ctrl);
struct venc_controls *ctr = &inst->controls.enc;
+ struct hfi_enable en = { .enable = 1 };
u32 bframes;
int ret;
+ u32 ptype;

switch (ctrl->id) {
@@ -173,6 +175,15 @@ static int venc_op_s_ctrl(struct v4l2_ctrl *ctrl)

ctr->num_b_frames = bframes;
+ if (inst->streamon_out && inst->streamon_cap) {
+ ret = hfi_session_set_property(inst, ptype, &en);
+ if (ret)
+ return ret;
+ }
+ break;

This is still not the right way to handle this.

Please see the documentation of this control [1]:

Force a key frame for the next queued buffer. Applicable to encoders.
This is a general, codec-agnostic keyframe control."

Even if the driver is not streaming, it must remember that the
keyframe was requested for next buffer. The next time userspace QBUFs
an OUTPUT buffer, it should ask the hardware to encode that OUTPUT
buffer into a keyframe.

That's correct. Driver can cache the client request and set it when the hardware
is capable of accepting the property.
Still the issue having the requested OUTPUT buffer to be encoded as sync frame will
be there. If there are few frames queued before streamon, driver will only keep a
note that it has to set the request for keyframe, but not the exact one which was


But generally, the proper modern way for the userspace to request a
keyframe is to set the V4L2_BUF_FLAG_KEYFRAME flag in the
vb2_buffer_flag when queuing an OUTPUT buffer. It's the only
guaranteed way to ensure that the keyframe will be encoded exactly for
the selected frame. (The V4L2 control API doesn't guarantee any
synchronization between controls and buffers itself.)

This is a better way to handle it to ensure exact buffer gets encoded as sync frame.

Best regards,