Opened 5 years ago

Closed 5 years ago

#2446 closed defect (fixed)

ffplay frame drop playback broken (regression)

Reported by: ubitux Owned by: cus
Priority: important Component: ffplay
Version: git-master Keywords: framedrop regression
Cc: Blocked By:
Blocking: Reproduced by developer: yes
Analyzed by developer: yes


After de81d8da, ffplay -f lavfi mandelbrot doesn't play anymore here.

☭ ./ffplay -f lavfi mandelbrot
ffplay version N-51656-g1adf54d Copyright (c) 2003-2013 the FFmpeg developers
  built on Apr  8 2013 01:34:48 with gcc 4.8.0 (GCC)
  configuration: --enable-gpl --enable-version3 --enable-fontconfig --enable-libfreetype --enable-libmp3lame --enable-libvorbis --enable-libxvid --enable-libx264 --enable-libvpx --enable-libtheora --enable-x11grab --enable-libopenjpeg --enable-libass --enable-libmodplug --enable-libv4l2 --cc=colorgcc --samples=/home/ubitux/fate-samples --prefix=/tmp/ffinstall --disable-runtime-cpudetect --enable-libcelt --enable-libopencv --enable-frei0r --enable-libcaca --enable-libiec61883 --enable-libopencore-amrwb --enable-libopencore-amrnb --enable-libopus --enable-libpulse --enable-libspeex
  libavutil      52. 25.100 / 52. 25.100
  libavcodec     55.  2.100 / 55.  2.100
  libavformat    55.  1.100 / 55.  1.100
  libavdevice    55.  0.100 / 55.  0.100
  libavfilter     3. 49.100 /  3. 49.100
  libswscale      2.  2.100 /  2.  2.100
  libswresample   0. 17.102 /  0. 17.102
  libpostproc    52.  2.100 / 52.  2.100
Input #0, lavfi, from 'mandelbrot':0KB vq=    0KB sq=    0B f=0/0   
  Duration: N/A, start: 0.000000, bitrate: N/A
    Stream #0:0: Video: rawvideo (RGBA / 0x41424752), rgba, 640x480 [SAR 1:1 DAR 4:3], 25 tbr, 25 tbn, 25 tbc
   4.01 A-V:  0.000 fd=  43 aq=    0KB vq=    0KB sq=    0B f=0/0   

Note that a slowdown introduced in 0d6e5a17 made mandelbrot frame drop here with my configuration. And that frame-dropped playback got broke (freezed video) after de81d8da.

Change History (7)

comment:1 Changed 5 years ago by cehoyos

  • Keywords playback removed
  • Priority changed from normal to important

comment:2 Changed 5 years ago by ubitux

The speedloss introduced in 0d6e5a17 is now fixed by 51bcd5cd. To reproduce the slowdown, ./ffplay -f lavfi mandelbrot=morphamp=1.1 can be used.

comment:3 Changed 5 years ago by cus

  • Cc added

This seems like a bug and a regression, but it's not necessarily one.

By default, if ffplay is playing video without audio, it uses as external clock as a sync source. This basically means that video playback is synced to your PC clock and this ensures that video is played in realtime and with frame drops if displaying a frame or filtering a frame would take too much time.

In this case reading from the source is what's cannot be done in real time. FFplay early framedrop code drops the frames before passing them to the filter chain if the read frame's timestamp is late at the time of reading it, and that is always the case if the your source cannot be read in realtime.

Actually in this case there would be no point in dropping any of the frames, because by the time you get the next frame you will be more late than the last time. Syncing to external clock simply cannot be done.

A workaround for this is to use the -sync video paramter when playing the file.

comment:4 Changed 5 years ago by ubitux

Yes it works with -sync video, as well as -noframedrop. Though, with the default behaviour (framedrop then), it is expected from the player not to drop the frames when the decoding is slow, but just when the rendering is, no? Whatever time it takes to decode, maybe a forced minimum frame rate refresh of 1 frame/sec would be relevant? That freeze is not expected, and it's actually really a regression from previously AFAICT.

comment:5 Changed 5 years ago by cus

  • Analyzed by developer set
  • Owner set to cus
  • Reproduced by developer set
  • Status changed from new to open

comment:6 Changed 5 years ago by ubitux

Fix in b8facbee confirmed, thank you!

comment:7 Changed 5 years ago by ubitux

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from open to closed
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