[FFmpeg-devel] [PATCH 6/9] vp9: add keyframe profile 2/3 support.

Ronald S. Bultje rsbultje at gmail.com
Wed May 6 21:35:39 CEST 2015


On Wed, May 6, 2015 at 2:00 PM, Carl Eugen Hoyos <cehoyos at ag.or.at> wrote:

> Ronald S. Bultje <rsbultje <at> gmail.com> writes:
> > Overall, the effect would be minor, like in the lower
> > single-digit percents or perhaps even fractional percent,
> > but I would absolutely expect a small performance gain
> > from using p10/p12 over p16 w/ bits_per_coded_sample.
> > Also note most of this would only be noticeable after
> > simd optimizations; in C there would be no difference.
> Thank you for the explanation!
> I still wonder if it was a good idea to add the
> formats >8 and <16...

I think the biggest issue with going with 16 and using
bits_per_coded_sample, is to enforce that the lowest bits are actually
zero. In practice, what I foresee is that every DSP operation would spend a
two cycles per set of pixels to downshift and upshift, or a few (I don't
know exactly how many) cycles to mask the lowest bits to zero (like val &=
0xffc0 for 10 bpp) every time the codec ABI requires it. For older codecs
where exact reconstruction isn't defined (like MPEG-1/2), this wouldn't
matter, but for h264, hevc, vp9 and alike codecs, this would be a headache,
not so much just in terms of performance, but in terms of actually getting
the decoder to work (or the encoder to produce optimal results, which might
be even harder).

Having said that, I agree having 100s of AV_PIX_FMT_ defines isn't ideal
either. I wish there was a different way, but I can't really think of from
the top of my head.


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