[sugar] video bleeds through somewhat between sessions
Benjamin M. Schwartz
Wed Aug 6 01:43:54 EDT 2008
Quoting Martin Langhoff <martin.langhoff at gmail.com>:
> There is probably a bug in the mplayer wrapper (are you using an
> mplayer 'activity' wrapper?) in that it's not getting rid of the
> overlay setup when it loses focus or is minimized.
This is not a bug, at least in the case of losing focus. Color-keyed video
acceleration is designed specifically for the case of playing video in a
background window that is partially obscured by a window in front of it. This
works correctly so long as the chosen key color isn't present in the foreground
window, and so the favored key color is hot pink because it is so rarely used.
The problem here appears to be that mplayer has chosen a key color that is a
shade of gray. That's a poor choice, and arguably a bug.
However, Mikus has a good point here. Insofar as XVideo's color keying is
designed to overlap windows correctly with live video, it is unnecessary in our
single-window UI. The GPU is doing a great deal of unnecessary work to blit a
video that we already know to be completely occluded. Minimizing Activity
windows might be a good way to start fixing this. We should also consider what
happens when two running Activities both want to use XVideo. Can we multiplex
access to XVideo, knowing that only one Activity is ever actually visible at a
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