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Old 27th November 2019, 14:14   #1  |  Link
stax76
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How to do multi-threaded video rendering with C#/VB.NET ?

I'm working on an app (staxrip) that uses a video library (avisynth/vapoursynth) and GDI for video rendering.

In its current state it's inefficient because it's not multi-threaded and not hardware accelerated, in particular 4K/UHD is painful slow.

Before trying to render it with opengl or directx I want to try to multi-thread it and see if it's good enough.

Playback is not required, only showing frames when a trackbar/slider is moved.

Currently, it works like so:

1. track bar is moved by user
2. native video library is queried for a frame, can be slow for large videos
3. native frame is converted to a WinForms bitmap
4. Bitmap is rendered with GDI (System.Drawing)

All this happens in the same thread and I believe it would be much faster with multi-threading.

I think my threading knowledge is not good enough for this task, which .NET threading techniques can I try? Or should I maybe forget about GDI and try opengl or directx, I don't know much about that either but I can learn it.
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