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Re: [londroid] Android NDK & Image processing

From: Reuben
Sent on: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 4:46 PM

As long as you can avoid manipulating pixel values in Java (which will indeed be slow) you should be okay performance-wise... you may not need the NDK at all.

1. Converting from YUV to RGB, you don't need to do this.. you can just ask the OS to provide the preview image in RGB to start with. See Camera.Parameters.setPictureFormat() API at

2. A simple yellow effect can be achieved with ColorMatrixColorFilter (see This is a thin Java wrapper around some efficient native pixel manipulation. The matrix you'd use for yellowing would boost the red and green channels, i.e something like :

2,0,0,0,0,   // R
0,2,0,0,0,   // G
0,0,1,0,0,   // B
0,0,0,1,0    // A

You may need to experiment a bit to get the effect you need. 



On Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 6:16 PM, Neil Glenister <[address removed]> wrote:
Hi all,

I've been pulling my hair out over some problems with an image processing app and wondered if any of you would be able to help/give advice...

The app essentially takes the live camera feed and applies a simple filter to it (e.g. yellow tint). The problem is that it runs far too slow. The app MUST run without any lag at all for it to be usable.

I've been told that the only viable option is to use the NDK (based on info from tight lipped companies who have achieved this) which I have tried and so far I haven't managed to get it to work. What I'm currently trying to do is push the two intensive parts through the NDK:

1/ Converting the camera image format from YUV to RGB
2/ Applying the filters

The filters and YUV>RGB is readily available in Java so it's "simply" a case of porting it to the NDK. I've tried but it doesn't work and I can't get a hold of the developer.

I guess my questions are:

a) Has anyone ever used the NDK with image processing?
b) Is there another way that's been tested and proven?

Thanks a lot in advance for any feedback!


Neil Glenister
Technical Creative & MD
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