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Multimedia User Guide (UG1449)

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This document describes the architecture and features of multimedia systems with the combination of processing subsystem (PS), programmable logic (PL), and video code unit (VCU) IP. Learning about this architecture helps you understand the complete multimedia system, and facilitates integration with third party IP to develop custom multimedia pipelines. This document lists several audio-video pipelines to demonstrate expanded and enhanced multimedia solutions. It covers the VCU codec parameters that are required to fine-tune for various video use cases and information for debugging the multimedia pipeline.

This document consists of the following chapters.

  • Introduction to Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC: An Ideal System for Multimedia: Provides a brief introduction to the architecture and multimedia processing engines of the AMD Zynq™ UltraScale+™ MPSoC.
  • Multimedia PL IP: Discusses the features of the Multimedia PL Fabric IP.
  • Video Pipelines: Showcases the example video pipelines created using AMD IP. This document also discusses device tree changes required as part of PetaLinux build, to bring up video pipelines for capture and display, and to enable audio support.
  • VCU Codec Features: Describes the VCU parameters in detail.
  • GStreamer Multimedia Framework: Reveals the GStreamer pipeline for audio-video. Explains pipeline configuration, and each GStreamer element required to run the audio-video pipeline.
  • Debug: Aids in debugging multimedia pipeline issues. The GST_shark tool measures the pipeline latency, and helps debug latency issues.
  • Performance and Optimization: Specifies the techniques to enhance the performance of the GStreamer pipeline.