chickadee » ffmpeg-video

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Chicken Scheme egg with bindings for ffmpeg designed for computer vision applications. In essence videos are treated as containers of images.

Note that this egg binds only to a small subset of ffmpeg that deals with video. It is used for computer vision where video files have only a single stream and audio is irrelevant. In addition this egg is designed to have frame-level accuracy, as such it doesn't support seeking and computing the video length is linear in the size of the video and very slow. Because of this it stores the computed video length of each video along with each video in a file named '<video>.video-length'.

Note that in keeping with ffmpeg's screwed up convention the first frame is 1, not 0.

Currently the main limitation of this egg is that it cannot encode video. One day it will be able to do so.


with-ffmpeg-video video-path fprocedure

Call f with an open ffmpeg at video-path.

ffmpeg-open-video filenameprocedure
ffmpeg-close-video videoprocedure

Open and close a video.

ffmpeg-video-finished? videoprocedure
ffmpeg-video-frame-index videoprocedure
ffmpeg-video-width videoprocedure
ffmpeg-video-height videoprocedure
ffmpeg-video-frame-rate videoprocedure

Get information about an open video of an open video.

ffmpeg-next-frame! videoprocedure

Advance the frame of a video.

ffmpeg-video-frame-data videoprocedure
ffmpeg-video-frame-data-as-imlib videoprocedure

Returns an image for the current frame as a PPM or an imlib image. See the scheme2c-compatibility or imlib eggs respectively.

video-length video-pathnameprocedure

Compute the length of a video in frames. Note that this is a very slow operation as it must inspect the entire video. Frame-level accuracy cannot be achieved by seeking. See the note at the beginning of this document about caching.

for-each-frame f vprocedure
for-each-frame-but-last f vprocedure
for-each-frame-reversed f vprocedure
for-each-frame-indexed f vprocedure
for-each-frame-indexed-but-last f vprocedure
map-frame f vprocedure
map-frame-but-last f vprocedure
map-frame-indexed f vprocedure
map-frame-indexed-but-last f vprocedure

Walk over the frames of a video. Note that this does not fetch any data, even though decoding must happen for frame-level accuracy, it simply calls the function with one argument, the frame index. The indexed versions of these functions also pass an index (guaranteed to be 0-based) into the current movie.

for-each-frame-pair individual-f pair-f video-nameprocedure
map-frame-pair individual-f pair-f video-nameprocedure

As above this only provides frame indices not data. individual-f is called once for each frame and pair-f is called on every pair of frames.

for-each-imlib-frame-from-video-indexed f videoprocedure
for-each-imlib-frame-from-video-indexed-but-last f videoprocedure
for-each-imlib-frame-pair-from-video individual-f pair-f videoprocedure
for-each-imlib-frame-pair-from-video-indexed individual-f pair-f videoprocedure
map-imlib-frame-from-video-indexed f videoprocedure
map-imlib-frame-pair-from-video individual-f pair-f videoprocedure

Iterate over the video as above but the functions are called with both a frame number and an imlib image of the current frame. The indexed versions of these functions also pass an index (as the second arugment) (guaranteed to be 0-based) into the current movie.


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