[FFmpeg-devel] [PATCH] Add libavformat option to ignore non monotime dts timestamps

Sam Creasey sammy
Fri Sep 24 19:14:09 CEST 2010

On Fri, Sep 24, 2010 at 12:10 PM, Mike Scheutzow
<mike.scheutzow at alcatel-lucent.com> wrote:
> Sam Creasey wrote:
>> This patch adds an option which disables an error check for dts
>> ordering in compute_pkt_fields2(). ?This was needed to store the RTP
>> stream from a particular model camera usefully (using the existing
>> igndts flag resulted in rather jumpy playback of the final stream).
>> Should have no effect if the new option is not specified.
> I am wondering if this is a reasonable way to solve the problem. It seems
> like this feature could lead to the creation of an even more badly-formed
> output file.
> Please give us more info:
> 1. what is the format of the RTP payload? Is it a well-known container type?

The RTP payload is H264 video, using payload type 96 (through rtpmap
in the SDP).  AFAICT, the camera in question is using a standard H.264
container, as most tools/players seem to be able to record/play the
stream.  I haven't done the RFC diving to actually hand-decode the
incoming packets.

> 2. what container type are you writing the output to?

ASF, though this particular patch is also needed for AVI output to
work.  I haven't tried any other containers.

> 3. is the failing timestamp equal to the preceeding one, or is the pkt->dts
> value actually smaller?


> 4. do you know if the container already has these "bad" DTS timestamps, or
> are they being created by FFmpeg itself?

Well, that led me down a much more complicated road of investigation
than "this error seems to be causing me problems, I'll just turn it

They appear to be generated by FFmpeg itself, particularly in
ffmpeg.c:output_packet(), on line 1748 during the call to
av_rescale_q() in the case that the input packet's dts was equal to
AV_NOPTS_VALUE.  In the most reproducable case, av_rescale_q returns 1
for two packets in a row, which eventually causes the check in
compute_pkt_fields2() to fail.

I've seen other cases where the failure was of a repeated dts of other
larger numbers (50, in one case), though that occured before I'd
instrumented to code sufficiently to see where the dts was coming

As an additonal note, the case of the duplicated timestamp appears to
only occur when both the dts and pts values of the pkt argument to
output_frame() are AV_NOPTS_VALUE.   In the alternate case, whatever
is generating the input to output_frame() begins assigning values to
pts, and the case I kludged around by ignorning the later error is

I have a strong suspicion that having found something slightly closer
to a root cause, my odds of getting a patch accepted which simply
papers over it are quite low, and the odds of my having to spend many
more hours in this code have increased dramatically...

I'll continue digging and see if there's a more "proper" way to
resolve this issue.

Thanks for your time.

-- Sam

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