[PATCH v4 29/36] media: imx: mipi-csi2: enable setting and getting of frame rates

Philipp Zabel p.zabel at pengutronix.de
Mon Mar 13 06:55:01 PDT 2017

On Mon, 2017-03-13 at 13:27 +0000, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 13, 2017 at 03:16:48PM +0200, Sakari Ailus wrote:
> > The vast majority of existing drivers do not implement them nor the user
> > space expects having to set them. Making that mandatory would break existing
> > user space.
> > 
> > In addition, that does not belong to link validation either: link validation
> > should only include static properties of the link that are required for
> > correct hardware operation. Frame rate is not such property: hardware that
> > supports the MC interface generally does not recognise such concept (with
> > the exception of some sensors). Additionally, it is dynamic: the frame rate
> > can change during streaming, making its validation at streamon time useless.
> So how do we configure the CSI, which can do frame skipping?
> With what you're proposing, it means it's possible to configure the
> camera sensor source pad to do 50fps.  Configure the CSI sink pad to
> an arbitary value, such as 30fps, and configure the CSI source pad to
> 15fps.
> What you actually get out of the CSI is 25fps, which bears very little
> with the actual values used on the CSI source pad.
> You could say "CSI should ask the camera sensor" - well, that's fine
> if it's immediately downstream, but otherwise we'd need to go walking
> down the graph to find something that resembles its source - there may
> be mux and CSI2 interface subdev blocks in that path.  Or we just accept
> that frame rates are completely arbitary and bear no useful meaning what
> so ever.

Which would include the frame interval returned by VIDIOC_G_PARM on the
connected video device, as that gets its information from the CSI output
pad's frame interval.


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