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RE: Issue 29 - SMPTE tests

From: Sean Hayes <Sean.Hayes@microsoft.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Apr 2009 14:35:11 +0100
To: "Glenn A. Adams" <gadams@xfsi.com>, Public TTWG List <public-tt@w3.org>
Message-ID: <AB3FC8E280628440B366A29DABB6B6E8046B7ECC44@EA-EXMSG-C334.europe.corp.microsoft.com>
OK, if it has a defined meaning that we define but no meaning in SMPTE 12M, then we shouldn't use the word smpte in the attribute name; call it dropMode or some such.

Sean Hayes
Media Accessibility Strategist
Accessibility Business Unit
Microsoft

Office:  +44 118 909 5867,
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From: Glenn A. Adams [mailto:gadams@xfsi.com]
Sent: 12 April 2009 2:26 PM
To: Sean Hayes; Public TTWG List
Subject: Re: Issue 29 - SMPTE tests

But it does indeed have a well defined meaning, whether it is used anywhere at all (in a deployed system) is not relevant. The definition of ttp:smpteMode clearly defines what dropNTSC, dropPAL, and noDrop mean irrespective of whether they are used in any deployed television system. In particular, you example below (ttp:frameRate="30" ttp:smpteMode="dropNTSC") means that frames are counted as follows:

If second == 0 and minute is not one of { 0, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 }, then frames in that second are counted from [2 ... 29]; otherwise, frames are counted [0 ... 29].

So it is well defined and does have a meaning. Accordingly, no change to the spec is required.

G.

On 4/12/09 9:20 PM, "Sean Hayes" <Sean.Hayes@microsoft.com> wrote:
True. But what I meant was timebase="smpte" frameRate="30" smpteMode="NTSCDrop", sorry for the confusion. There is afaik no such thing as drop @ 30fps, so unless we mean 29.97 (in which case the frameRate setting is superfluous and confusing), then this has no meaning.

I'm generally in favor of generality, (and even being able to write things that have no meaning, as long as we are clear that this is the case). I'm no expert on SMPTE 12M, and I don't have the spec to check; but I'm not sure it is a continuous parameter space.

I will endeavour to find out what 12M actually allows.


Sean Hayes
Media Accessibility Strategist
Accessibility Business Unit
Microsoft

Office:  +44 118 909 5867,
Mobile: +44 7875 091385


From: Glenn A. Adams [mailto:gadams@xfsi.com]
Sent: 12 April 2009 8:43 AM
To: Sean Hayes; Public TTWG List
Subject: Re: Issue 29 - SMPTE tests


On 4/11/09 11:10 PM, "Sean Hayes" <Sean.Hayes@microsoft.com> wrote:

[SH] frameRate="30" smpteMode="NTSCDrop" - is this to be interpreted as 29.97 drop frame or an error?

[GA] I wouldn't interpret as an error, but rather as warranting reporing a warning (in a hypothetical 'dfxplint' program), for example:

WARNING: ttp:smpteMode parameter is ignored unless the value of ttp:timeBase is specified as "smpte"

The current text of Section 6.2.8 clearly states this:
If the time base, defined by 6.2.11 ttp:timeBase, is designated as smpte, then this parameter applies as follows: ...

Also, the current text of Section 6.2.11 states:
If the time base is designated as smpte, then ... In this case, the value of the ttp:markerMode and ttp:smpteMode parameters apply, as defined by 6.2.5 ttp:markerMode and 6.2.8 ttp:smpteMode, respectively.

[SH] With these tests, we can consider Issue 29 closed, however I'm wondering whether we ought to define that tickRate and tickRateMultiplier are only defined in clock mode="media", and that for clockmode="smpte" the smpteMode attribute only is defined, with the values :

NTSC_30
NTSC_29.97_drop
NTSC_29.97_non_drop
PAL_25
Film_24
IVTC_23.96
[GA] I don't like enumerations of aggregrate parameter points in a multi-dimensional parameter space, at least for operational parameters, as there is always a corner case you haven't accounted for, plus it makes spec maintenance more difficult. However, I would not object to defining these as enumerated (and labeled) optional features in Appendix E, where each definition would specify the set of ttp parameter values for which support is required if the feature is supported.

[GA] Regarding the semantics of ttp:tickRate, it is presently defined as related to "media time" as follows:
The ttp:tickRate attribute is used to specify the tick rate of a related media object or the intrinsic tick rate of content of a document instance in case it is intended to function as an independent media object.

We don't discusss in the text whether the use of the 't' metric would be permitted when:

 *   ttp:timeBase="clock"
 *   ttp:timeBase="smpte"

It seems to me, that the tick metric is well defined for (1) timeBase="clock" and (2) timeBase="smpte" and markerMode="continuous". If there is no objection, then propose that we elaborate these two cases in the text.
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