[FFmpeg-devel] [PATCH][RFC] avutil/spherical: add a flag to signal tiled/padded projections

James Almer jamrial at gmail.com
Thu Mar 30 17:16:54 EEST 2017

On 3/30/2017 5:54 AM, Vittorio Giovara wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 8:01 PM, James Almer <jamrial at gmail.com> wrote:
>> A new field is added to AVSphericalMapping for this purpose,
>> and is used by both Equirectangular and Cubemap projections.
>> This is a replacement for duplicate projection enums like
>> removed.
>> Signed-off-by: James Almer <jamrial at gmail.com>
>> ---
>> This patch depends on the av_spherical_projection_name() patchset for
>> simplicity purposes.
>> Ok, this is an RFC mainly because of the API/ABI break it represents.
>> The AV_SPHERICAL_EQUIRECTANGULAR_TILE projection is a month and a half
>> old and not present in any release, plus a major bump is queued as part
>> of the merges, so i personally think this change is acceptable as is for
>> such an niche and recent feature.
>> If not then i can deprecate said projection enum value instead and keep
>> the current muxer functionality for it for a while. It will need a lot
>> of preprocessor guards, though.
>> The reason for this change is that eventually, a new projection enum
>> for padded cubemap may be suggested with the same arguments as the ones
>> used to introduce the one for tiled equirectangular. Then if any new
>> real projections are added, we'd could end up with duplicate enums for
>> them as well, when setting a single shared flag would be enough.
>> Stereo3D avoided a lot of duplicate types with the inverted flag, so i
>> figured the same should be done here.
>> Improved doxy and/or flag name is extremely welcome (Read: needed).
> I'm against this idea because of explanations given in other threads.
> The stereo3d case is different because it's a property that can be
> applied to all types, while the cropped/padded feature applies to
> current existing projections, not the future ones.

But it could apply. It's fairly likely that cropping/padding of unused
pixels will be present in future projections.
And this flag will not necessarily be the only one in the long term.
You could end up having a new property at some point that may have to
be signaled in some way. And it could even be present in a projection
alongside cropping/padding.

> Additionally there
> is nothing wrong with having more enum values, since it is likely that
> future cubemaps layouts will have a different enum value, and not
> another field to check.

Having a single flags field with dozens of potential flags seems like
a much cleaner solution than several enum values to list the many
different ways a single projection can be handled to me.

> Regardless of the outcome of the discussion, please keep the API
> aligned for users' sake.

If you mean between projects then I have no issues submitting this to
libav, regardless of the choice of removal or deprecation.

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