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Understanding MFXVideoDECODE_DecodeHeader


I am callingMFXVideoDECODE_DecodeHeader in an attempt to initialize the mfxVideoParam structure. The source of the H.264 encoded data is in the following file ( which was generated using the Intel Media SDK (version 1.3). The sequence and picture parameter sets are contained in the first 46 bytes of the file.

If I provide the first 50 or 75 bytes fromthis file to the MFXVideoDECODE_DecodeHeader function (via the mfxBitStream parameter), the function returns MFX_ERR_NONE and the mfxVideoParam structure is filled out correctly. If I provide a different number of bytes (e.g. 46, 47, 48, 49, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74), the function returns MFX_ERR_MORE_DATA.

I expected to be able to provide only the first 46 bytes. Can anyone explain to me why this does not work?

Thanks, Steve

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Hi Steve,

I was able to reproduce the issue you reported. Looking at the implementation of DecodeHeader it seems we likely have a bug here.

Thanks for sharing your finding and helping us improve Intel Media SDK. We hope to provide a solution for this in both SW and HW implementation as soon as possible.

In the meantime you should be able to workaround the issue padding the data provided to DecodeHeader.