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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/2] Document memory-to-memory video codec interfaces
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Hi Tomasz,

On Tue, 2018-07-24 at 23:06 +0900, Tomasz Figa wrote:
> This series attempts to add the documentation of what was discussed
> during Media Workshops at LinuxCon Europe 2012 in Barcelona and then
> later Embedded Linux Conference Europe 2014 in Düsseldorf and then
> eventually written down by Pawel Osciak and tweaked a bit by Chrome OS
> video team (but mostly in a cosmetic way or making the document more
> precise), during the several years of Chrome OS using the APIs in
> production.
>
> Note that most, if not all, of the API is already implemented in
> existing mainline drivers, such as s5p-mfc or mtk-vcodec. Intention of
> this series is just to formalize what we already have.
>
> It is an initial conversion from Google Docs to RST, so formatting is
> likely to need some further polishing. It is also the first time for me
> to create such long RST documention. I could not find any other instance
> of similar userspace sequence specifications among our Media documents,
> so I mostly followed what was there in the source. Feel free to suggest
> a better format.
>
> Much of credits should go to Pawel Osciak, for writing most of the
> original text of the initial RFC.
>
> Changes since RFC:
> (https://lore.kernel.org/patchwork/project/lkml/list/?series=348588)
> - The number of changes is too big to list them all here. Thanks to
> a huge number of very useful comments from everyone (Philipp, Hans,
> Nicolas, Dave, Stanimir, Alexandre) we should have the interfaces much
> more specified now. The issues collected since previous revisions and
> answers leading to this revision are listed below.

Thanks a lot for the update, and especially for the nice Q&A summary of
the discussions so far.

[...]
> Decoder issues
>
[...]
> How should ENUM_FRAMESIZES be affected by profiles and levels?
>
> Answer: Not in current specification - the logic is too complicated and
> it might make more sense to actually handle this in user space. (In
> theory, level implies supported frame sizes + other factors.)

For decoding I think it makes more sense to let the hardware decode them
from the stream and present them as read-only controls, such as:

42a68012e67c ("media: coda: add read-only h.264 decoder profile/level
controls")

if possible. For encoding, the coda firmware determines level from
bitrate and coded resolution, itself, so I agree not making this part of
the spec is a good idea for now.

regards
Philipp

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