HOWTO: Retrieving an Optimal DIB Format for a Device

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When writing applications that demand the highest possible performance from blt'ing operations that transfer from a DIB surface to a target device, it is extremely important to ensure that the attributes of source surface exactly match those of the destination device. If the attributes do not match, then a performance-consuming translation will occur when using such operations as BitBlt().

This article demonstrates a simple method for obtaining the attributes that describe the surface of a device. This surface information can be used with the CreateDIBSection() API to allow you to create a DIB surface that optimally matches the target device.
GetOptimalDIBFormat demonstrates how to retrieve the optimal format for a display device. GetRGBBitsPerPixel demonstrates how to call GetOptimalDIBFormat to derive the number of unique shades of red, green, and blue that can be represented on a surface.

Sample Code

/**********************************************************GetOptimalDIBFormat  Purpose:   Retrieves the optimal DIB format for a display    device. The optimal DIB format is the format that    exactly matches the format of the target device.    Obtaining this is very important when dealing with    16bpp modes because you need to know what bitfields    value to use (555 or 565 for example).   You normally use this function to get the best   format to pass to CreateDIBSection() in order to   maximize blt'ing performance.  Input:   hdc - Device to get the optimal format for.   pbi - Pointer to a BITMAPINFO + color table         (room for 256 colors is assumed).  Output:   pbi - Contains the optimal DIB format. In the          <= 8bpp case, the color table will contain the          system palette. In the >=16bpp case, the "color          table" will contain the correct bit fields (see          BI_BITFIELDS in the Platform SDK documentation          for more information).  Notes:   If you are going to use this function on a 8bpp device   you should make sure the color table contains a identity   palette for optimal blt'ing.**********************************************************/ BOOL GetOptimalDIBFormat(HDC hdc, BITMAPINFOHEADER *pbi){    HBITMAP hbm;    BOOL bRet = TRUE;        // Create a memory bitmap that is compatible with the    // format of the target device.    hbm = CreateCompatibleBitmap(hdc, 1, 1);    if (!hbm)        return FALSE;        // Initialize the header.    ZeroMemory(pbi, sizeof(BITMAPINFOHEADER));    pbi->biSize = sizeof(BITMAPINFOHEADER);    // First call to GetDIBits will fill in the optimal biBitCount.    bRet = GetDIBits(hdc, hbm, 0, 1, NULL, (BITMAPINFO*)pbi, DIB_RGB_COLORS);        // Second call to GetDIBits will get the optimal color table, o    // or the optimal bitfields values.    if (bRet)        bRet = GetDIBits(hdc, hbm, 0, 1, NULL, (BITMAPINFO*)pbi, DIB_RGB_COLORS);        // Clean up.    DeleteObject(hbm);    return bRet;}// Counts the number of set bits in a DWORD.BYTE CountBits(DWORD dw){    int iBits = 0;        while (dw) {        iBits += (dw & 1);        dw >>= 1;    }        return iBits;}/**********************************************************GetRGBBitsPerPixel  Purpose:   Retrieves the number of bits of color resolution for each    color channel of a specified.  Input:   hdc - Device to get the color information for.     Output:   pRed   - Number of distinct red levels the device can display.   pGreen - Number of distinct green levels the device can display.   pBlue  - Number of distinct blue levels the device can display.  Notes:   This function does not return any meaningful information for   palette-based devices.**********************************************************/ BOOL GetRGBBitsPerPixel(HDC hdc, PINT pRed, PINT pGreen, PINT pBlue){    BITMAPINFOHEADER *pbi;    LPDWORD lpdw;    BOOL bRet = TRUE;    // If the target device is palette-based, then bail because there is no    // meaningful way to determine separate RGB bits per pixel.    if (GetDeviceCaps(hdc, RASTERCAPS) & RC_PALETTE)         return FALSE;      // Shortcut for handling 24bpp cases.    if (GetDeviceCaps(hdc, PLANES) * GetDeviceCaps(hdc, BITSPIXEL) == 24) {        *pRed = *pGreen = *pBlue = 8;        return TRUE;    }       // Allocate room for a header and a color table.    pbi = (BITMAPINFOHEADER *)GlobalAlloc(GPTR, sizeof(BITMAPINFOHEADER) +                                                 sizeof(RGBQUAD)*256);    if (!pbi)        return FALSE;    // Retrieve a description of the device surface.    if (GetOptimalDIBFormat(hdc, pbi)) {        // Get a pointer to the bitfields.        lpdw = (LPDWORD)((LPBYTE)pbi + sizeof(BITMAPINFOHEADER));        *pRed   = CountBits(lpdw[0]);        *pGreen = CountBits(lpdw[1]);        *pBlue  = CountBits(lpdw[2]);    } else        bRet = FALSE;        // Clean up.    GlobalFree(pbi);    return bRet;}				
For additional information about 16 and 32 bits-per-pel (bpp) DIB formats, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:For additional information about DIB sections and how to use them, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
186221 SAMPLE: DibSectn.exe Uses DIBSections in Win32

Article ID: 230492 - Last Review: 02/21/2014 00:36:09 - Revision: 4.1

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