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RE: Using UVC webcam gadget with a real v4l2 device

Hi Laurent,

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Laurent Pinchart [mailto:laurent.pinchart@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
> Sent: Monday, April 23, 2012 7:47 PM
> To: Bhupesh SHARMA
> Cc: linux-usb@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx; linux-media@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx;
> balbi@xxxxxx; g.liakhovetski@xxxxxx
> Subject: Re: Using UVC webcam gadget with a real v4l2 device
> Hi Bhupesh,
> On Monday 23 April 2012 02:24:53 Bhupesh SHARMA wrote:
> > Hi Laurent,
> >
> > I have been doing some experimentation with the UVC webcam gadget
> along with
> > the UVC user-space application which you have written.
> >
> > The UVC webcam gadget works fine with the user space application
> handling
> > the CONTROL events and providing DATA events. Now, I wish to
> interface a
> > real v4l2 device, for e.g. VIVI or more particularly a soc_camera
> based
> > host and subdev pair.
> >
> > Now, I see that I can achieve this by opening the UVC and V4L2
> devices and
> > doing MMAP -> REQBUF -> QBUF -> DQBUF calls on both the devices per
> the UVC
> > control event received. But this will involve copying the video
> buffer in
> > the user-space application from v4l2 (_CAPTURE) to uvc (_OUTPUT)
> domains,
> > which will significantly reduce the video capture performance.
> >
> > Is there a better solution to this issue? Maybe doing something like
> > gadget does with the help of u_ether.c like helper routines. But if I
> > remember well it also requires the BRCTL (Bridge Control Utility) in
> > userspace to route data arriving on usb0 to eth0 and vice-versa. Not
> sure
> > though, if it does copying of a skb buffer from ethernet to usb
> domain and
> > vice-versa.
> To avoid copying data between the two devices you should use USERPTR
> instead
> of MMAP on at least one of the two V4L2 devices. The UVC gadget driver
> doesn't
> support USERPTR yet though. This shouldn't be too difficult to fix, we
> need to
> replace the custom buffers queue implementation with videobuf2, as has
> been
> done in the uvcvideo driver.

I was thinking of using the USERPTR method too, but I realized that currently
neither UVC webcam gadget nor soc-camera subsystem supports this IO method.
They support only MMAP IO as of now :(

> I'll try to implement this. Would you then be able to test patches ?

For sure, I can test your patches on my setup.

BTW, I was exploring GSTREAMER to use the data arriving from soc-camera (v4l2)
capture device '/dev/video1' via 'v4l2src' plugin and routing the same to
the UVC gadget '/dev/video0' via the 'v4l2sink' plugin.

Don't know if this can work cleanly in my setup and whether GSTREAMER actually
performs a buffer copy internally. But I will at-least give it a try :)

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