Jetson Linux API Reference

32.7.5 Release
00_video_decode (video decode)


The video_decode sample application demonstrates how to use the buffer allocated by the libv4l2 component to decode H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9, MPEG4, or MPEG2 video streams.

The application reads an H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9, MPEG4, or MPEG2 elementary video file, decodes it, and passes it to the EGL renderer to show the decoded images without any extra memory copy.

Supported video formats are:

  • H.264
  • H.265
  • VP8
  • VP9
  • MPEG4
  • MPEG2

Building and Running


To build

  • Enter:
     $ cd /usr/src/jetson_multimedia_api/samples/00_video_decode
     $ make

To run

  • Enter:
     $ ./video_decode <in-format> [options] <in-file>

To view supported options


   $ ./video_decode --help


  $ ./video_decode H264 ../../data/Video/sample_outdoor_car_1080p_10fps.h264


The following diagram shows the flow through this sample.

  • The Output Plane receives input in bitstream format and delivers it to the Decoder for decoding.
  • The Capture Plane transfer decoded frames to the application in YUV format.
  • For the Output Plane the application supports MMAP and USRPTR memory types. For the Capture Plane it supports MMAP and DMABUF memory types.
  • The application can also dump files from the Capture Plane.

Key Structure and Classes

The sample uses the following key structures and classes.

Element Description
NvVideoDecoder Contains all video decoding-related elements and functions.
NvEglRenderer Contains all EGL display rendering-related functions.
dec_capture_loop A pointer to the thread handler for the decoding capture loop.

The NvVideoDecoder class packages all video decoding-related elements and functions. Key members used in the sample are:

Member Description
output_plane Specifies the V4L2 output plane.
capture_plane Specifies the V4L2 capture plane.
createVideoDecoder Static function to create video decode object.
subscribeEvent Subscribe event.
setOutputPlaneFormat Set output plane format.
setCapturePlaneFormat Set capture plane format.
dqEvent Dqueue the event which reports by the V4L2 device.
isInError Checks if under error state.

Class NvVideoDecoder contains two key elements: output_plane and capture_plane. These objects are derived from class type NvV4l2ElementPlane. The sample uses the following key members:

Element Description
setupPlane Sets up the plane of V4L2 element.
deinitPlane Destroys the plane of the V4L2 element.
setStreamStatus Starts/stops the stream.
setDQThreadCallback Sets the callback function of the dqueue buffer thread.
startDQThread Starts the thread of the dqueue buffer.
stopDQThread Stops the thread of the dqueue buffer.
qBuffer Queues the V4L2 buffer.
dqBuffer Dequeues the V4L2 buffer.
getNumBuffers Gets the number of V4L2 buffers.
getNumQueuedBuffers Gets the number of buffers currently queued on the plane.