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I needed to correct video illumination and found an awesome filter called greyedge.

The problem is that when applying this filter to my videos it often produces black frames. So I've made a test to make it easy to explain my problem:

  1. Take any png picture (I used one exported from my video - cut.png)
  2. Run ffmpeg -y -i cut.png -vf greyedge=difford=1:minknorm=5:sigma=2 output.png. On a first run it will produce black pic, on a second run it may or may not produce proper pic. On a third run it will give me correct picture. If I wait for some time and run it again - it will again produce black pic.

Do you have any ideas why this might be happening? I'm suspecting some environment problem but maybe it's something known?

Thank you.

----- added logs ------

Hey guys, yeah I understand it would work on your machines. It worked for me too, but then suddenly stopped. Here's the log (tried with my cut.mp4 file which worked well just a week ago):

ffmpeg version 4.2.2 Copyright (c) 2000-2019 the FFmpeg developers
  built with Apple clang version 11.0.0 (clang-1100.0.33.16)
  configuration: --prefix=/usr/local/Cellar/ffmpeg/4.2.2 --enable-shared --enable-pthreads --enable-version3 --enable-avresample --cc=clang --host-cflags='-I/Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/adoptopenjdk-13.0.1.jdk/Contents/Home/include -I/Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/adoptopenjdk-13.0.1.jdk/Contents/Home/include/darwin -fno-stack-check' --host-ldflags= --enable-ffplay --enable-gnutls --enable-gpl --enable-libaom --enable-libbluray --enable-libmp3lame --enable-libopus --enable-librubberband --enable-libsnappy --enable-libtesseract --enable-libtheora --enable-libvidstab --enable-libvorbis --enable-libvpx --enable-libx264 --enable-libx265 --enable-libxvid --enable-lzma --enable-libfontconfig --enable-libfreetype --enable-frei0r --enable-libass --enable-libopencore-amrnb --enable-libopencore-amrwb --enable-libopenjpeg --enable-librtmp --enable-libspeex --enable-libsoxr --enable-videotoolbox --disable-libjack --disable-indev=jack
  libavutil      56. 31.100 / 56. 31.100
  libavcodec     58. 54.100 / 58. 54.100
  libavformat    58. 29.100 / 58. 29.100
  libavdevice    58.  8.100 / 58.  8.100
  libavfilter     7. 57.100 /  7. 57.100
  libavresample   4.  0.  0 /  4.  0.  0
  libswscale      5.  5.100 /  5.  5.100
  libswresample   3.  5.100 /  3.  5.100
  libpostproc    55.  5.100 / 55.  5.100
Input #0, mov,mp4,m4a,3gp,3g2,mj2, from 'cut.mp4':
  Metadata:
    major_brand     : mp42
    minor_version   : 1
    compatible_brands: isommp41mp42
    creation_time   : 2020-01-12T01:16:55.000000Z
  Duration: 00:00:35.02, start: 0.000000, bitrate: 11644 kb/s
    Stream #0:0(und): Video: h264 (High) (avc1 / 0x31637661), yuv420p, 1920x1080, 9998 kb/s, 28.61 fps, 29.97 tbr, 90k tbn, 1411200000.00 tbc (default)
    Metadata:
      creation_time   : 2020-01-12T01:16:55.000000Z
      handler_name    : Core Media Video
    Stream #0:1(und): Audio: aac (mp4a / 0x6134706D), 48000 Hz, stereo, fltp, 192 kb/s (default)
    Metadata:
      creation_time   : 2020-01-12T01:16:55.000000Z
      handler_name    : Core Media Audio
Stream mapping:
  Stream #0:0 -> #0:0 (h264 (native) -> h264 (libx264))
  Stream #0:1 -> #0:1 (aac (native) -> aac (native))
Press [q] to stop, [?] for help
[swscaler @ 0x107493000] No accelerated colorspace conversion found from yuv420p to gbrp.ed=N/A    
[libx264 @ 0x7ffc1180ac00] using cpu capabilities: MMX2 SSE2Fast SSSE3 SSE4.2 AVX FMA3 BMI2 AVX2
[libx264 @ 0x7ffc1180ac00] profile High, level 4.0
[libx264 @ 0x7ffc1180ac00] 264 - core 155 r2917 0a84d98 - H.264/MPEG-4 AVC codec - Copyleft 2003-2018 - http://www.videolan.org/x264.html - options: cabac=1 ref=3 deblock=1:0:0 analyse=0x3:0x113 me=hex subme=7 psy=1 psy_rd=1.00:0.00 mixed_ref=1 me_range=16 chroma_me=1 trellis=1 8x8dct=1 cqm=0 deadzone=21,11 fast_pskip=1 chroma_qp_offset=-2 threads=6 lookahead_threads=1 sliced_threads=0 nr=0 decimate=1 interlaced=0 bluray_compat=0 constrained_intra=0 bframes=3 b_pyramid=2 b_adapt=1 b_bias=0 direct=1 weightb=1 open_gop=0 weightp=2 keyint=250 keyint_min=25 scenecut=40 intra_refresh=0 rc_lookahead=40 rc=crf mbtree=1 crf=23.0 qcomp=0.60 qpmin=0 qpmax=69 qpstep=4 ip_ratio=1.40 aq=1:1.00
Output #0, mp4, to 'output.mp4':
  Metadata:
    major_brand     : mp42
    minor_version   : 1
    compatible_brands: isommp41mp42
    encoder         : Lavf58.29.100
    Stream #0:0(und): Video: h264 (libx264) (avc1 / 0x31637661), yuv420p, 1920x1080, q=-1--1, 29.97 fps, 30k tbn, 29.97 tbc (default)
    Metadata:
      creation_time   : 2020-01-12T01:16:55.000000Z
      handler_name    : Core Media Video
      encoder         : Lavc58.54.100 libx264
    Side data:
      cpb: bitrate max/min/avg: 0/0/0 buffer size: 0 vbv_delay: -1
    Stream #0:1(und): Audio: aac (LC) (mp4a / 0x6134706D), 48000 Hz, stereo, fltp, 128 kb/s (default)
    Metadata:
      creation_time   : 2020-01-12T01:16:55.000000Z
      handler_name    : Core Media Audio
      encoder         : Lavc58.54.100 aac
frame= 1050 fps=1.3 q=-1.0 Lsize=     664kB time=00:00:35.03 bitrate= 155.2kbits/s dup=53 drop=0 speed=0.0419x    
video:75kB audio:550kB subtitle:0kB other streams:0kB global headers:0kB muxing overhead: 6.241971%
[libx264 @ 0x7ffc1180ac00] frame I:5     Avg QP: 7.60  size:   424
[libx264 @ 0x7ffc1180ac00] frame P:265   Avg QP:10.09  size:    77
[libx264 @ 0x7ffc1180ac00] frame B:780   Avg QP:13.67  size:    69
[libx264 @ 0x7ffc1180ac00] consecutive B-frames:  1.0%  0.0%  0.0% 99.0%
[libx264 @ 0x7ffc1180ac00] mb I  I16..4: 100.0%  0.0%  0.0%
[libx264 @ 0x7ffc1180ac00] mb P  I16..4:  0.0%  0.0%  0.0%  P16..4:  0.0%  0.0%  0.0%  0.0%  0.0%    skip:100.0%
[libx264 @ 0x7ffc1180ac00] mb B  I16..4:  0.0%  0.0%  0.0%  B16..8:  0.0%  0.0%  0.0%  direct: 0.0%  skip:100.0%
[libx264 @ 0x7ffc1180ac00] 8x8 transform intra:0.0%
[libx264 @ 0x7ffc1180ac00] coded y,uvDC,uvAC intra: 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% inter: 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
[libx264 @ 0x7ffc1180ac00] i16 v,h,dc,p: 99%  0%  1%  0%
[libx264 @ 0x7ffc1180ac00] i8c dc,h,v,p: 100%  0%  0%  0%
[libx264 @ 0x7ffc1180ac00] Weighted P-Frames: Y:0.0% UV:0.0%
[libx264 @ 0x7ffc1180ac00] kb/s:17.36
[aac @ 0x7ffc12807200] Qavg: 169.519
  • 1
    Can't reproduce. Share full log and ideally input with which this issue occurs. – Gyan Jan 21 at 4:51
  • I can't reproduce, too. I always got binary identical outputs for the same input image (I tried 3 different images). – MarianD Jan 21 at 8:38
  • I've added log guys, sadly it worked for me too, but then something changed probably in my environment and it only produces black frames now :( – Andrii Gorishnii Jan 24 at 0:37
  • Try on another machine. – Gyan Jan 24 at 15:06
  • Yeah, it worked on my Windows machine. Still doesn't work on Mac... – Andrii Gorishnii Feb 27 at 0:23

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