The per-pixel bit depth of a depth video stream is 16-bit. It can be uploaded to any WebGL texture of matching per pixel bit depth. The depth is an unsigned short value and it can be interpreted in a shader as follows...
It seems like it would already require a bunch of code, to me. I'm not sure how using packed 565 instead of something else requires less code.
The current proposal is an ugly hack, and I'd like to be sure there's no better way before considering implementing it.
"We already have this working in prototype" is not a convincing argument for the quality of a spec.
If all of the target devices support depth textures, but not GLES3, the spec should use depth textures.
In GLES3, we get R16UI, though it isn't normalized. It has the same capabilities as DEPTH_COMPONENT16, anyways. (sampleable and renderable, but not filterable) It seems like you'd want normalization for something like this, but maybe not? If renderability isn't important, R32F could give normalization with sufficient precision.
Regardless of all of this, like GL extensions do, it would be better if this extension proposal had a brief discussion of reasoning for why it makes the tradeoffs it does.
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From: "Rob Manson" <roBman@buildAR.com>
To: "Kenneth Russell" <email@example.com>
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Subject: Re: [Public WebGL] WEBGL_texture_from_depth_video extension proposal
+1 for this and to us not creating more work for implementers.
On 12/11/14 10:46 AM, Kenneth Russell wrote:
> I still think it's reasonable to limit depth camera texture uploads to
> just 5_6_5 textures in WebGL 1.0. WebGL 2.0 implementations are
> actively being developed and spending excessive time on the 1.0 code
> paths will just delay their release. Intel's already implemented the
> depth stream upload path to 5_6_5 textures and shown some demos
> publicly, so integrating this support will take very little time.