[FFmpeg-devel] [PATCH 2/2] ffmpeg: Use the colour properties from the input stream when doing transcode

Tobias Rapp t.rapp at noa-archive.com
Thu May 24 10:16:31 EEST 2018

On 22.05.2018 00:07, Mark Thompson wrote:
> On 16/05/18 08:19, Haihao Xiang wrote:
>> In lavc/hevec_vaapi, colour properties in AVCodecContext are needed to
>> write the sequence header
>> Tested by the command below:
>> ffmpeg -hwaccel vaapi -hwaccel_device /dev/dri/renderD128
>> -hwaccel_output_format vaapi -i input-with-hdr.mkv -c:v hevc_vaapi
>> -profile:v main10 output.h265
>> Signed-off-by: Haihao Xiang <haihao.xiang at intel.com>
>> ---
>>   fftools/ffmpeg.c | 4 ++++
>>   1 file changed, 4 insertions(+)
>> diff --git a/fftools/ffmpeg.c b/fftools/ffmpeg.c
>> index 5a19a09d9a..80b5441f8f 100644
>> --- a/fftools/ffmpeg.c
>> +++ b/fftools/ffmpeg.c
>> @@ -3298,6 +3298,10 @@ static int init_output_stream_encode(OutputStream *ost)
>>           dec_ctx = ist->dec_ctx;
>>           enc_ctx->chroma_sample_location = dec_ctx->chroma_sample_location;
>> +        enc_ctx->color_range            = dec_ctx->color_range;
>> +        enc_ctx->color_primaries        = dec_ctx->color_primaries;
>> +        enc_ctx->color_trc              = dec_ctx->color_trc;
>> +        enc_ctx->colorspace             = dec_ctx->colorspace;
>>       } else {
>>           for (j = 0; j < oc->nb_streams; j++) {
>>               AVStream *st = oc->streams[j];
> There are outstanding patches passing color_range through the filter chain (see <https://lists.ffmpeg.org/pipermail/ffmpeg-devel/2018-May/229248.html>), and that would be the right solution for the rest of these properties as well, but it would require significantly more work.
> I think hacking it like this is ok for now?  It's not worse than before since a change during filtering wasn't visible anyway, and the manual options do still work to override it.  I think the commit message could be a little clearer about the problem (really, that this colour information doesn't pass through filtering) and its limitations (requires a single input matched to the output; will write the wrong thing if filtering changes anything) though, or maybe that could be explained in a comment.
> Does anyone else have any thoughts on this?  If there are no objections then I would apply it updated with a clearer explanation.

Recently I checked why interlacing information is not forwarded 
correctly from the decoded+filtered frame to the encoder and noticed 
that the encoder is just updated too late to be picked up by the muxer 
when writing header information. I think something similar is happening 

Initializing the encoder here will fix the situation in case the filter 
graph between decoder and encoder doesn't change one of the settings, 
else it will write wrong information -- which is worse than the status 
quo. In my opinion the best solution would be to change ffmpeg.c to 
write a header after it has fetched a frame from each output filter 
graph, so it can use the actual output frame properties. Until then a 
work-around is to initialize the encoder manually on the command-line, 
in case you are able to determine the output values in advance (e.g. by 
using ffprobe).


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