Bug 194802 - Video freezes when attaching a local MediaStream to multiple elements
Summary: Video freezes when attaching a local MediaStream to multiple elements
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: WebKit
Classification: Unclassified
Component: WebRTC (show other bugs)
Version: Safari Technology Preview
Hardware: All All
: P2 Normal
Assignee: Nobody
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Keywords: InRadar
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Blocks:
 
Reported: 2019-02-18 17:57 PST by Dan
Modified: 2019-06-05 08:59 PDT (History)
3 users (show)

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Description Dan 2019-02-18 17:57:12 PST
My video freezes when attaching a local MediaStream to multiple video elements.

Steps to reproduce:
1. Capture your camera with getUserMedia()
2. Display your local video with videoElement.srcObject = mediaStream
3. Display your local video in a 2nd video element

Expected behaviour
Both video elements play the video

Actual behaviour
The first video element sometimes freezes when attaching the stream to the 2nd element. The video element doesn't go to a paused state, it just looks frozen. If you attach the mediaStream to a 3rd element then the 1st and 2nd may both freeze. Sometimes the frozen videos will unfreeze when attaching the mediaStream to another element. Sometimes the frozen videos will only freeze for a second or two. Other times they will remain frozen until attaching the stream to a new element.

Devices
I am seeing this on my MacBook Pro in the Safari Technology Preview (12.2) and on my iPad Mini 2 on the Apple beta program (12.2). I am _not_ seeing it in the stable Safari on my Mac (12.0.3), or the stable iOS version on my iPhone 5s (12.1.3).

Repro
https://codepen.io/dbriggs/pen/gqqpeZ
Comment 1 Dan 2019-03-26 09:03:01 PDT
iOS 12.2 just landed stable and this issue is still happening. My iPhone 5s that was working fine on 12.1.3 now has this issue on 12.2.
Comment 2 Radar WebKit Bug Importer 2019-03-26 09:12:56 PDT
<rdar://problem/49274083>
Comment 3 youenn fablet 2019-03-26 09:17:48 PDT
Thanks Dan,

I was able to repro on STP and iOS. Often the video freezes for a few seconds and then restarts again on its own.
Doing play/pause usually works for the video but some other video might get frozen for some time.
Comment 4 youenn fablet 2019-03-26 09:20:40 PDT
Adding controls and user clicking pause/play does fix the freezing.
Comment 5 Dan 2019-03-26 15:03:23 PDT
Ya good call. I tried .play() but hadn't tried pausing first. That works for me as well.

Do you know if it's possible to detect this frozen state? Only thing I could think of was using a canvas with getImageData() to check if rgba values have changed. Pretty hacky to say the least :)
Comment 6 Dan 2019-03-26 15:41:32 PDT
Just wanted to mention that this problem only occurs for local streams. I was curious if it would also happen for remote streams so I made another codepen to test. Remote streams seem to work fine. Here's the pen in case anyone wants to play around with it: https://codepen.io/dbriggs/pen/KELaYQ.
Comment 7 youenn fablet 2019-03-27 15:01:51 PDT
Did a quick check and flushing the AVSampleBufferDisplayLayer before enqueueing a sample in MediaPlayerPrivateMediaStreamAVFObjC::enqueueCorrectedVideoSample seems to do the trick.
Comment 8 Eric Carlson 2019-03-27 15:54:36 PDT
(In reply to youenn fablet from comment #7)
> Did a quick check and flushing the AVSampleBufferDisplayLayer before
> enqueueing a sample in
> MediaPlayerPrivateMediaStreamAVFObjC::enqueueCorrectedVideoSample seems to
> do the trick.

We don't want to do that every time, so we'll have to figure out how to detect the bad state.
Comment 9 Dan 2019-06-03 19:34:46 PDT
Any progress on this? I've noticed two similar nasty issues recently and I'm wondering if they might be caused by the same underlying problem.

1. The video from remote streams sometimes freezes if you minimize the browser then come back a few seconds later. This is quite rare and I haven't found a reliable way to reproduce it. But the it looks the same as the original issue I described. Everything about the video track is normal (enabled, not muted, readyState is live, etc), video element is not paused, and calling .pause() then .play() resolves it. But I haven't found a way to detect it. I also logged getStats results in my test to make sure I was receiving video data. Everything looks fine, the video is just frozen on the screen.

2. Remote audio sometimes freezes. I've seen something very similar to the point above but for audio. We've had several users of our application report this issue. It shows up as one person on iOS safari not being able to hear one of the other participants. To be clear, they can hear everyone else, and everyone can hear them. They just can't hear 1 person. I managed to reproduce it only a couple of times after trying for several hours (hundreds of attempts - not highly reproducible!). Similar to the video issue above, the viewer is receiving audio data and the audio track looks fine, plus, the audio element is not paused. But audio can't be heard. Calling .pause() then .play() fixes this as well. The problem is that I can't detect it. I'm even using the web audio API to ensure we are getting sound and indeed we are. Everything seems to be working well, the user just can't hear the sound. I've considered just calling .pause() then .play() on an interval to ensure it never gets stuck in this state, but the paused state seems to last almost a second on my iPhone. Having audio cut out for a second on a regular interval just isn't an option :)

Let me know if you think these might be related to the original report. If not, I'm happy to file a new bug report. These are big problems for us so I'd love to get them solved.
Comment 10 youenn fablet 2019-06-03 21:25:05 PDT
The remote video issue might be the same.
The audio bug seems different, can you file another bug?
If you can reproduce it, taking a sysdiagnose might be helpful.
Comment 11 Dan 2019-06-04 15:15:20 PDT
Thanks for the quick response! Took a couple hours but was finally able to reproduce the audio issue again and capture a sysdiagnose :) Filed https://bugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=198545.
Comment 12 youenn fablet 2019-06-04 20:21:04 PDT
Another similar issue happened to me:
- load https://webrtc.github.io/samples/src/content/peerconnection/pc1/
- click start and call to have an on-going webrtc call
- load youtube.com in another tab and start a video. At that point, the capture should be suspended
- go back to the previous tab, the capture should restart (and youtube be suspended).
At that point, the video element with the local track was black, the video element with the remote track was ok.
Comment 13 Dan 2019-06-05 08:59:06 PDT
Interesting. Both video elements go black for me when returning from YouTube (elements are paused). If you inspect the element, is it paused? Or black for some other reason? Calling .play() on the elements fixes it for me.