Opened 9 years ago

#1759 new defect

Stuttering vp8 video at alt-ref frames

Reported by: duane@… Owned by: reimar
Priority: normal Component: vd
Version: HEAD Severity: minor
Keywords: Cc:
Blocked By: Blocking:
Reproduced by developer: Analyzed by developer:


When I play a vp8 stream created by the reference encoder (ivfenc) with "--auto-alt-ref=1" specified, I see uneven playback whenever a lot of alt-ref frames come up in a short span during a camera pan. Any video source will do this, but I have a particularly bad example (15 sec vp8 stream as ivf):

Vlc and gstreamer play these videos normally. Mplayer plays videos with "--auto-alt-ref=0" normally.

I can correct the problem (to my eyes) by forcing vp8_decode_frame() (libavcodec/vp8.c) to return the previous (displayed) frame, rather than no frame, each time it decodes a non-displayed (alt-ref) frame:

line 1645:

if (!s->invisible) {

*(AVFrame*)data = *s->framep[VP56_FRAME_CURRENT];
*data_size = sizeof(AVFrame);

+ } else {
+ *(AVFrame*)data = *s->framep[VP56_FRAME_PREVIOUS];
+ *data_size = sizeof(AVFrame);
+ av_log(avctx, AV_LOG_WARNING, "invisible frame\n");


However, I think this would damage ffmpeg's vp8 handling if it were in the libavcodec library, rather than just compiled into mplayer. With the above change, I can't see any stuttering in the affected videos. AV sync doesn't seem to be affected.

I suspect that mplayer isn't properly handling frames which aren't intended to be displayed, but I have to confess that the code involved has eluded me so far. Ideally, I'd expect an alt-ref frame to be handled by immediately decoding the next frame, rather than waiting another frame interval, which may or may not be happening.

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