[FFmpeg-devel] [PATCH] MMS protocol support patch 1

Björn Axelsson bjorn.axelsson
Tue Sep 25 17:51:52 CEST 2007

On Sat, 2007-09-22 at 02:43 +0200, Michael Niedermayer wrote:
> Hi
> On Wed, Sep 19, 2007 at 05:51:16PM +0200, Bj?rn Axelsson wrote:
> > Hi,
> > this is the first patch for MMS protocol support. Since the last RFC i
> > have cleaned it up overall, split it up into several files and selected
> > a minimal functional subset for your reviewing pleasure. I know it is
> > still a lot of code to review, but it should at least be better than the
> > last monster MMS patch.
> > 
> > This patch only includes mmsh (MMS over HTTP) support to keep it as
> > small as possible. It also appears to be what most servers support. Some
> > of the generic mms code make more or less obvious references to the mmst
> > (MMS over TCP) protocol, which I hope is ok since that implementation
> > will be added in a later patch.
> > 
> > When (if?) this is accepted I have some separate patches planned:
> > - mmst support (implemented, just waiting for the smoke to clear)
> > - mms protocol that chooses the best possible of the existing
> > subprotocols (either mmst or mmsh)
> > - clean API for controlling protocols (seek, play, pause).
> its ok if you cleanup the API after adding MMS support but i will not accept
> hacks in the code due to a missing clean API, that is if you can simply
> remove/split out the parts which would need API changes then thats fine
> otherwise the API cleanup will have to be done first

Ok. Attached is a first draft for the API additions. It passes
regression tests and performs well with an adjusted MMS patch.

The goal is to expose a protocol-level API for functionality similar to
read_play, read_pause and read_seek in AVInputFormat. The utility of
protocol-level play/pause is obvious, and read_seek enables usage of
server-side indices for seeking to specific time points.

The highest level API is still av_play(), av_pause() and av_seek_frame()
and most applications should require no changes.

There are a couple of weak points I'd like some feedback on, though:

- After a protocol-level seek most demuxers would need to be notified so
that they can reset their current state. In the patch I chose the
easiest solution: each demuxer need to implement support for
protocol-level seeking as I have done in asf.c in the patch. An
alternative would be to add a read_flush() or similar call to
AVInputFormat and do the protocol-level seeking in av_seek_frame().

- AVInputFormat:read_seek() takes a stream_index parameter which makes
little sense for a protocol. Correctly supporting would require the
URLProtocol to maintain an AVFormatContext parallel to that of the
demuxer with the hope that stream indices are identical in both.
Additionally, there's still no guarantee that the actual protocol
supports time point seeking in specific streams. The attached patch
keeps the stream_index parameter for the URLProtocol:url_read_seek, but
allows it to be "-1" for "any stream". A cleaner solution would be to
drop that parameter from the URLProtocol and ByteIOContext read_seek,
but then their semantics would differ even more from
AVInputformat:read_seek and it would be much harder to add support for
stream_index in the future.
(My MMS implementation does use a "shadow" AVFormatContext, but will
still not be able to honor stream_index since it is unknown if it is
possible with MMS to select a specific stream when seeking to a time
Without the stream_index parameter it would be possible to merge
url_read_seek into url_seek with a special whence parameter, e.g.

Bj?rn Axelsson                    Phone: +46-(0)90-18 98 97
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