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Re: replaceTrack proposal

From: Erik Lagerway <erik@hookflash.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 13:40:42 -0700
Message-ID: <CAPF_GTb0n3zjDjky5ibhtnMyZ15AfzC-DcpTi9doYfAhmyFWhw@mail.gmail.com>
To: Peter Thatcher <pthatcher@google.com>
Cc: Jan-Ivar Bruaroey <jib@mozilla.com>, "public-webrtc@w3.org" <public-webrtc@w3.org>
On Wed, Sep 3, 2014 at 11:31 AM, Peter Thatcher <pthatcher@google.com>
wrote:

> I like the idea of being able to change the track that feeds into the
> RtpSender.  Overall, I like the proposal.  But a few questions:
>
> 1.  Why not just setTrack instead of replaceTrack?  I don't mean to
> bikeshed, but we have lots of setters in the code, and no "replacers"
> in the API.
>

+1

In addition to Peter's comments, there are at least a few implementations
elsewhere that are well along now using setTrack. For us, changing it to
replaceTrack now would introduce a lot of work.

Jan, would you be opposed to changing the name to setTrack with this in
mind?


>
> 2.  Why would it matter at all what MediaStream the track is in?  I
> don't see why it would matter.  And for that matter, when would you
> have two video tracks in a MediaStream in the first place?  What does
> that even mean?
>
>
> On Wed, Sep 3, 2014 at 7:55 AM, Jan-Ivar Bruaroey <jib@mozilla.com> wrote:
> > People want to switch seamlessly between the front and back camera on a
> > mobile device in mid-call.
> >
> > This requires somehow switching out the source of a video being sent
> over a
> > peerConnection without renegotiation.
> >
> > We're trying out a solution to this that recently landed in Firefox
> Nightly,
> > and we'd like to propose the API for it.
> >
> > It consists of a replaceTrack method to the recently discussed RtpSender:
> > [1]
> >
> > interface RTCRtpSender {
> >   readonly attribute MediaStreamTrack track;
> >
> >   void replaceTrack(MediaStreamTrack withTrack,
> >                     VoidFunction successCallback,
> >                     RTCPeerConnectionErrorCallback failureCallback);
> > };
> >
> > The withTrack argument SHOULD be a track in the same mediaStream as
> > RtpSender.track, though we've had to relax this requirement until Firefox
> > supports more than one track of the same type per mediaSteam, and the
> > restriction may turn out to be unnecessary. [2]
> >
> > The method is asynchronous (though so far we've not needed it to be).
> >
> > If the method succeeds then withTrack is now being transmitted over the
> > peerConnection in place of the previous RtpSender.track, and
> RtpSender.track
> > now points to withTrack. No changes are made to the mediaStream.
> >
> > If the method fails then the existing RtpSender.track has not been
> replaced.
> >
> > Example:
> >
> > function switchToSendingBackCamera(sender) {
> > mediaDevices.getUserMedia({video:{facingMode:{exact:"environment"}}},
> > function(stream) {
> >     sender.replaceTrack(stream.getVideoTracks()[0], function() {
> >       console.log("switched to back camera");
> >     }, failed);
> >   }, failed);
> > });
> >
> > Real test page:
> http://mozilla.github.io/webrtc-landing/pc_test_swap.html
> > [3][4]
> >
> > .: Jan-Ivar :.
> >
> > [1]
> >
> https://www.w3.org/2011/04/webrtc/wiki/images/6/63/WebRTC_RTCSender-Receiver.pdf
> >
> > [2] This works because sync happens receiver-side and timestamps are
> tied to
> > capture.
> >     While streams == synchronization contexts, by replacing a track at
> the
> > sender,
> >     we're making it part of the context at the receiver, so should we
> > require it on
> >     thethe sender end for symmetry?
> >
> > [3] The real test page contains antics to work on systems that are
> limited
> > to one
> > open camera at a time. It calls replaceTrack twice, first to an interim
> > black
> >     fake video.
> >
> > [4] Last night's Nightly is needed to flip between front and back on
> > android.
> >
> >
>
>
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