Streaming parameters are intended to optimize the video
capture process as well as I/O. Presently applications can request a
high quality capture mode with the
The current video standard determines a nominal number of
frames per second. If less than this number of frames is to be
captured or output, applications can request frame skipping or
duplicating on the driver side. This is especially useful when using
write(), which are not augmented by timestamps
or sequence counters, and to avoid unnecessary data copying.
Finally these ioctls can be used to determine the number of
buffers used internally by a driver in read/write mode. For
implications see the section discussing the
To get and set the streaming parameters applications call
VIDIOC_S_PARM ioctl, respectively. They take
a pointer to a struct v4l2_streamparm, which contains a union holding
separate parameters for input and output devices.
These ioctls are optional, drivers need not implement them. If so, they return the EINVAL error code.