[Ffmpeg-devel] MPEG-2 Acceleration Under Mac OS X - Can We Move This Forward?

John Dalgliesh johnd
Tue Aug 29 10:33:42 CEST 2006

On Tue, 29 Aug 2006, Nigel Pearson wrote:
>> Also, is it possible to extend to functionality of the
>> code to allow decoding of other codecs than MPEG-2?
> 	Anything is possible (the GPU
> vendors talk about MPEG4 assist too),
> but I think that is very unlikely.
> From my understanding of it,
> Apple only uses HW assist for DVDs.

Yes I'm sure the GPU manufacturers would be quite happy to make an API 
suited to MPEG4 for Apple, but since it's not in Apple's interests it's 
very unlikely to happen. Apple want to sell more and faster computers. 
Their latest computers don't have too much trouble with MPEG4 / H264 in 
software so it becomes another reason to upgrade. The only reason we have 
an MPEG2-on-GPU API is because the first Macs that could play DVDs really 
really needed the help. (This is all IMHO of course.)

One thing that might be easily salvagable from the DVDVideo API is its 
deinterlacing. Although this is not really a topic for ffmpeg.

Apart from that I fear it's too MPEG2-specific to be of use elsewhere. I 
don't know much about the internals of codecs 'tho so maybe someone else 
has a better idea. Here are the structures ffmpeg currently fills in:


typedef struct DVDV_Frame
     int            intra_vlc_format;
     int            alternate_scan;
} DVDV_Frame;

typedef struct DVDV_MBInfo
     int16_t    frwd_mv[2];
     int16_t    back_mv[2];
     int16_t    frwd_mv_field[2];
     int16_t    back_mv_field[2];

     uint8_t    field_select[4];    // 0/1 in order of mvs above

     uint8_t    mb_type;            // |1 = frwd, |2 = back, |4 = use fields
     uint8_t    ildct;              // 0/1

     uint8_t    num_coded_elts[6];  // for each block incl. dc
} DVDV_MBInfo;

typedef struct DVDV_DCTElt
     uint8_t        run_sub_one;
     uint8_t        unused;
     uint16_t       elt;            // adjusted for first coded elt in block:
} DVDV_DCTElt;                     // intra sub 0x0400, else add 0x0400

typedef uint8_t DVDV_CPB;


Hopefully they are self-explanatory for those familiar with MPEG2. Do they 
look like they could be adapted for use in other codecs to anyone?


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