Commit d2edee4b authored by Julien Isorce's avatar Julien Isorce Committed by Wim Taymans

doc: add design-rtpauxiliary.txt to describe how rtpbin deals with auxiliary elements

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design-rtpcollision.txt \
design-rtpauxiliary.txt \
design-rtcollision.txt \
design-rtpretransmission.txt
RTP auxiliary stream design
auxiliary elements
------------------
There are two kind of auxiliary elements, sender and receiver.
Let's call them rtpauxsend and rtpauxreceive.
rtpauxsend has always one sink pad and can have unlimited requested src pads.
If only src pad then it works in SSRC-multiplexed mode, if several src pads
then it works in session multiplexed mode.
rtpauxreceive has always one ssrc pad and can have unlimited requested sink pads.
If only one sink pad then it works in SSRC-multiplexed mode, if several sink pads
then it works in session multiplexed mode.
rtpbin and auxiliary elements
----------------------------
-- basic mecanism
rtpbin knows for which session ids the given auxiliary element belong to.
It's done through "set-aux-send", for rtpauxsend kind, and through
"set-aux-receive" for rtpauxreceive kind.
You can call those signals as much as needed for each auxiliary element.
So for aux elements that work in SSRC-multiplexed mode this signal action is
called only one time.
The user has to call those action signals before to request the differents
rtpbin pads.
rtpbin is in charge to link those auxiliary elements with the sessions,
and on receiver side, rtpbin has also to handle the link with ssrcdemux.
rtpbin never knows if the given rtpauxsend is actually a rtprtxsend element
or another aux element.
rtpbin never knows if the given rtpauxreceive is actually a rtprtxreceive
element or another aux element.
rtpbin has to be kept generic so that more aux elements can be added later
without changing rtpbin.
It's currently not possible to use rtpbin with auxiliary stream from gst-launch.
We can discuss about having the ability for rtpbin to instanciate itself
the special aux elements rtprtxsend and rtprtxreceive but they need to be
configured ("payload-type" and "payload-types" properties) to make retransmission
work. So having several rtprtxsend and rtprtxreceive in a rtpbin would require
a lot of properties to manage them form rtpbin.
And for each auxiliary elements.
If you want to use rtprtxreceive and rtprtpsend from gst-launch you have to use
rtpsession, ssrcdemux and rtpjitterbuffer elements yourself.
See gtk-doc of rtprtxreceive for an example.
-- requesting the rtpbin's pads on the pipeline receiver side
If rtpauxreceive is set for session, i, j, k then it has to call
rtpbin::"set-aux-receive" 3 times giving those ids and this aux element.
It has to be done before requesting the recv_rtp_sink_i, recv_rtp_sink_j, recv_rtp_sink_k.
For a concrete case rtprtxreceive, if the user wants it for session i, then it has
to call rtpbin::"set-aux-receive" one time giving i and this aux element.
Then the user can request recv_rtp_sink_i pad.
Calling rtpbin::"set-aux-receive" does not create the session. It add the given
session id and aux element to a hashtable(key:session id, value: aux element).
Then when the user ask for rtpbin.recv_rtp_sink_i, rtpbin lookup if there is an
aux element for this i session id. If yes it requests a sink pad to this aux
element and links it with the recv_rtp_src pad of the new gstrtpsession.
rtpbin also checks that this aux element is connected only one time to ssrcdemux.
Because rtpauxreceive has only one source pad.
Each call to request rtpbin.recv_rtp_sink_k will also creates rtpbin.recv_rtp_src_k_ssrc_pt
as usual. So that the user have it when then it requests rtpbin. (from gst-launch) or
using on_rtpbinreceive_pad_added callback from an application.
-- requesting the rtpbin's pads on the pipeline sender side
For the sender this is similar but a bit more complicated to implement.
When the user asks for rtpbin.send_rtp_sink_i, rtpbin will lookup in its
second map (key:session id, value: aux send element). If there is one aux
element, then it will set the sink pad of this aux sender element to be the ghost
pad rtpbin.send_rtp_sink_i that the user asked. rtpbin will also request a src
pad of this aux element to connect it to gstrtpsession_i. It will automatically
create rtpbin.send_rtp_src_i the usuall way. Then if the user asks
rtpbin.send_rtp_src_k, then rtpbin will also lookup in that map and request
another source pad of the aux element and connect it to the new gstrtpsession_k.
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