[SDL] SDL_image and memory

benang at cs.its.ac.id benang at cs.its.ac.id
Thu Sep 21 18:44:54 PDT 2006

> please start a new thread for a new topic
> benang at cs.its.ac.id wrote:
>> Okay, now I get the big picture. Anyway, the bitmaps were overwhelming
>> and
>> made the application crash. So, I intend to do it in the SDL_image's
>> way.
>> One more question though, is there any library for playing avi or mpg
>> files with SDL?
>> Thanks alot.
>>> On Wednesday 20 September 2006 06:15, benang at cs.its.ac.id wrote:
>>>> Thanks for the reply. Okay what if I change my question. If I load
>>>> the resources into RWops pointers, and convert them to SDL_Surface
>>>> only when needed, would the cost of conversion be more efficient
>>>> than if the SDL_Surface were all (or partially) be read from the
>>>> swap pagefile (obviously it will happen because the total of the
>>>> bitmap files are 6-700 megs whereas my memory is only 512 megs)?
>>> As far as performance is concerned, that depends on the speed of the
>>> disk the swap is on, in relation to the speed of the CPU. Also, if
>>> your application already needs a lot of CPU time, adding
>>> decompression overhead might be worse than streaming from disk, even
>>> if the disk is relatively slow.
>>> There is another problem, however: Timing. Disk access is rather
>>> "random" in nature; sometimes it's very quick (data already cached or
>>> in the read-ahead buffers), and sometimes very slow (data needs to be
>>> read from the physical disk before your application can continue). To
>>> keep the disk access from making animation unsmooth, you'd need to do
>>> the disk access in a background thread or similar.
>>> //David Olofson - Programmer, Composer, Open Source Advocate

No need. I've put an end of the thread with my last reply.

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