Starting with "Op" helps distinguish it from audio data packets,
as this is an invalid TOC sequence.
2. Version (8 bits, unsigned):
The version number MUST always be '1' for this version of the
encapsulation specification. Implementations SHOULD treat
streams where the upper four bits of the version number match
that of a recognized specification as backwards compatible with
that specification. That is, the version number can be split
into "major" and "minor" version sub-fields, with changes to the
minor sub-field (in the lower four bits) signaling compatible
changes. For example, an implementation of this specification
SHOULD accept any stream with a version number of '15' or less,
and SHOULD assume any stream with a version number '16' or
greater is incompatible. The initial version '1' was chosen to
keep implementations from relying on this octet as a null
terminator for the "OpusHead" string.
3. Output Channel Count 'C' (8 bits, unsigned):
This is the number of output channels. This might be different
than the number of encoded channels, which can change on a
packet-by-packet basis. This value MUST NOT be zero. The
maximum allowable value depends on the channel mapping family,
and might be as large as 255. See Section 5.1.1 for details.
4. Pre-skip (16 bits, unsigned, little endian):
This is the number of samples (at 48 kHz) to discard from the
decoder output when starting playback, and also the number to
subtract from a page's granule position to calculate its PCM
sample position. When cropping the beginning of existing Ogg
Opus streams, a pre-skip of at least 3,840 samples (80 ms) is
RECOMMENDED to ensure complete convergence in the decoder.
5. Input Sample Rate (32 bits, unsigned, little endian):
This is the sample rate of the original input (before encoding),
in Hz. This field is _not_ the sample rate to use for playback
of the encoded data.
Opus can switch between internal audio bandwidths of 4, 6, 8, 12,
and 20 kHz. Each packet in the stream can have a different audio
bandwidth. Regardless of the audio bandwidth, the reference
decoder supports decoding any stream at a sample rate of 8, 12,
16, 24, or 48 kHz. The original sample rate of the audio passed
to the encoder is not preserved by the lossy compression.
An Ogg Opus player SHOULD select the playback sample rate
according to the following procedure:
1. If the hardware supports 48 kHz playback, decode at 48 kHz.
2. Otherwise, if the hardware's highest available sample rate is
a supported rate, decode at this sample rate.
3. Otherwise, if the hardware's highest available sample rate is
less than 48 kHz, decode at the next higher Opus supported
rate above the highest available hardware rate and resample.
4. Otherwise, decode at 48 kHz and resample.
However, the 'input sample rate' field allows the muxer to pass
the sample rate of the original input stream as metadata. This
is useful when the user requires the output sample rate to match
the input sample rate. For example, when not playing the output,
an implementation writing PCM format samples to disk might choose
to resample the audio back to the original input sample rate to
reduce surprise to the user, who might reasonably expect to get
back a file with the same sample rate.
A value of zero indicates "unspecified". Muxers SHOULD write the
actual input sample rate or zero, but implementations that do
something with this field SHOULD take care to behave sanely if
given crazy values (e.g., do not actually upsample the output to
10 MHz if requested). Implementations SHOULD support input
sample rates between 8 kHz and 192 kHz (inclusive). Rates
outside this range MAY be ignored by falling back to the default
rate of 48 kHz instead.
6. Output Gain (16 bits, signed, little endian):
This is a gain to be applied when decoding. It is 20*log10 of
the factor by which to scale the decoder output to achieve the
desired playback volume, stored in a 16-bit, signed, two's
complement fixed-point value with 8 fractional bits (i.e.,
To apply the gain, an implementation could use the following:
sample *= pow(10, output_gain/(20.0*256))
where 'output_gain' is the raw 16-bit value from the header.
Players and media frameworks SHOULD apply it by default. If a
player chooses to apply any volume adjustment or gain
modification, such as the R128_TRACK_GAIN (see Section 5.2), the
adjustment MUST be applied in addition to this output gain in
order to achieve playback at the normalized volume.
A muxer SHOULD set this field to zero, and instead apply any gain
prior to encoding, when this is possible and does not conflict
with the user's wishes. A nonzero output gain indicates the gain
was adjusted after encoding, or that a user wished to adjust the
gain for playback while preserving the ability to recover the
original signal amplitude.
Although the output gain has enormous range (+/- 128 dB, enough
to amplify inaudible sounds to the threshold of physical pain),
most applications can only reasonably use a small portion of this
range around zero. The large range serves in part to ensure that
gain can always be losslessly transferred between OpusHead and
R128 gain tags (see below) without saturating.
7. Channel Mapping Family (8 bits, unsigned):
This octet indicates the order and semantic meaning of the output
Each currently specified value of this octet indicates a mapping
family, which defines a set of allowed channel counts, and the
ordered set of channel names for each allowed channel count. The
details are described in Section 5.1.1.
8. Channel Mapping Table:
This table defines the mapping from encoded streams to output
channels. Its contents are specified in Section 5.1.1.
All fields in the ID headers are REQUIRED, except for 'channel
mapping table', which MUST be omitted when the channel mapping family
is 0, but is REQUIRED otherwise. Implementations SHOULD treat a
stream as invalid if it contains an ID header that does not have
enough data for these fields, even if it contain a valid 'magic
signature'. Future versions of this specification, even backwards-
compatible versions, might include additional fields in the ID
header. If an ID header has a compatible major version, but a larger
minor version, an implementation MUST NOT treat it as invalid for
containing additional data not specified here, provided it still
completes on the first page.
5.1.1. Channel Mapping
An Ogg Opus stream allows mapping one number of Opus streams (N) to a
possibly larger number of decoded channels (M + N) to yet another
number of output channels (C), which might be larger or smaller than
the number of decoded channels. The order and meaning of these
channels are defined by a channel mapping, which consists of the
'channel mapping family' octet and, for channel mapping families
other than family 0, a 'channel mapping table', as illustrated
in Figure 3.
0 1 2 3
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1
| Stream Count |
| Coupled Count | Channel Mapping... :
Figure 3: Channel Mapping Table
The fields in the channel mapping table have the following meaning:
1. Stream Count 'N' (8 bits, unsigned):
This is the total number of streams encoded in each Ogg packet.
This value is necessary to correctly parse the packed Opus
packets inside an Ogg packet, as described in Section 3. This
value MUST NOT be zero, as without at least one Opus packet with
a valid TOC sequence, a demuxer cannot recover the duration of an
For channel mapping family 0, this value defaults to 1, and is
2. Coupled Stream Count 'M' (8 bits, unsigned):
This is the number of streams whose decoders are to be configured
to produce two channels (stereo). This MUST be no larger than
the total number of streams, N.
Each packet in an Opus stream has an internal channel count of 1
or 2, which can change from packet to packet. This is selected
by the encoder depending on the bitrate and the audio being
encoded. The original channel count of the audio passed to the
encoder is not necessarily preserved by the lossy compression.
Regardless of the internal channel count, any Opus stream can be
decoded as mono (a single channel) or stereo (two channels) by
appropriate initialization of the decoder. The 'coupled stream
count' field indicates that the decoders for the first M Opus
streams are to be initialized for stereo (two-channel) output,
and the remaining (N - M) decoders are to be initialized for mono
(a single channel) only. The total number of decoded channels,
(M + N), MUST be no larger than 255, as there is no way to index
more channels than that in the channel mapping.
For channel mapping family 0, this value defaults to (C - 1)
(i.e., 0 for mono and 1 for stereo), and is not coded.
3. Channel Mapping (8*C bits):
This contains one octet per output channel, indicating which
decoded channel is to be used for each one. Let 'index' be the
value of this octet for a particular output channel. This value
MUST either be smaller than (M + N) or be the special value 255.
If 'index' is less than 2*M, the output MUST be taken from
decoding stream ('index'/2) as stereo and selecting the left
channel if 'index' is even, and the right channel if 'index' is
odd. If 'index' is 2*M or larger, but less than 255, the output
MUST be taken from decoding stream ('index' - M) as mono. If
'index' is 255, the corresponding output channel MUST contain
The number of output channels, C, is not constrained to match the
number of decoded channels (M + N). A single index value MAY
appear multiple times, i.e., the same decoded channel might be
mapped to multiple output channels. Some decoded channels might
not be assigned to any output channel, as well.
For channel mapping family 0, the first index defaults to 0, and
if C == 2, the second index defaults to 1. Neither index is
After producing the output channels, the channel mapping family
determines the semantic meaning of each one. There are three defined
mapping families in this specification.
18.104.22.168. Channel Mapping Family 0
Allowed numbers of channels: 1 or 2. RTP mapping. This is the same
channel interpretation as [RFC7587].
o 1 channel: monophonic (mono).
o 2 channels: stereo (left, right).
Special mapping: This channel mapping family also indicates that the
content consists of a single Opus stream that is stereo if and only
if C == 2, with stream index 0 mapped to output channel 0 (mono, or
left channel) and stream index 1 mapped to output channel 1 (right
channel) if stereo. When the 'channel mapping family' octet has this
value, the channel mapping table MUST be omitted from the ID header
22.214.171.124. Channel Mapping Family 1
Allowed numbers of channels: 1...8. Vorbis channel order (see
Each channel is assigned to a speaker location in a conventional
surround arrangement. Specific locations depend on the number of
channels, and are given below in order of the corresponding channel
o 1 channel: monophonic (mono).
o 2 channels: stereo (left, right).
o 3 channels: linear surround (left, center, right).
o 4 channels: quadraphonic (front left, front right, rear left,
o 5 channels: 5.0 surround (front left, front center, front right,
rear left, rear right).
o 6 channels: 5.1 surround (front left, front center, front right,
rear left, rear right, LFE).
o 7 channels: 6.1 surround (front left, front center, front right,
side left, side right, rear center, LFE).
o 8 channels: 7.1 surround (front left, front center, front right,
side left, side right, rear left, rear right, LFE).
This set of surround options and speaker location orderings is the
same as those used by the Vorbis codec [VORBIS-MAPPING]. The
ordering is different from the one used by the WAVE
[WAVE-MULTICHANNEL] and Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC) [FLAC]
formats, so correct ordering requires permutation of the output
channels when decoding to or encoding from those formats. "LFE" here
refers to a Low Frequency Effects channel, often mapped to a
subwoofer with no particular spatial position. Implementations
SHOULD identify "side" or "rear" speaker locations with "surround"
and "back" as appropriate when interfacing with audio formats or
systems that prefer that terminology.
126.96.36.199. Channel Mapping Family 255
Allowed numbers of channels: 1...255. No defined channel meaning.
Channels are unidentified. General-purpose players SHOULD NOT
attempt to play these streams. Offline implementations MAY
deinterleave the output into separate PCM files, one per channel.
Implementations SHOULD NOT produce output for channels mapped to
stream index 255 (pure silence) unless they have no other way to
indicate the index of non-silent channels.
188.8.131.52. Undefined Channel Mappings
The remaining channel mapping families (2...254) are reserved. A
demuxer implementation encountering a reserved 'channel mapping
family' value SHOULD act as though the value is 255.
An Ogg Opus player MUST support any valid channel mapping with a
channel mapping family of 0 or 1, even if the number of channels does
not match the physically connected audio hardware. Players SHOULD
perform channel mixing to increase or reduce the number of channels
Implementations MAY use the matrices in Figures 4 through 9 to
implement downmixing from multichannel files using channel mapping
family 1 (Section 184.108.40.206), which are known to give acceptable
results for stereo. Matrices for 3 and 4 channels are normalized so
each coefficient row sums to 1 to avoid clipping. For 5 or more
channels, they are normalized to 2 as a compromise between clipping
and dynamic range reduction.
In these matrices the front-left and front-right channels are
generally passed through directly. When a surround channel is split
between both the left and right stereo channels, coefficients are
chosen so their squares sum to 1, which helps preserve the perceived
intensity. Rear channels are mixed more diffusely or attenuated to
maintain focus on the front channels.
L output = ( 0.585786 * left + 0.414214 * center )
R output = ( 0.414214 * center + 0.585786 * right )
Exact coefficient values are 1 and 1/sqrt(2), multiplied by
1/(1 + 1/sqrt(2)) for normalization.
Figure 4: Stereo Downmix Matrix for the
Linear Surround Channel Mapping / \ / \ / FL \
| L output | | 0.422650 0.000000 0.366025 0.211325 | | FR |
| R output | = | 0.000000 0.422650 0.211325 0.366025 | | RL |
\ / \ / \ RR /
Exact coefficient values are 1, sqrt(3)/2 and 1/2, multiplied by
1/(1 + sqrt(3)/2 + 1/2) for normalization.
Figure 5: Stereo Downmix Matrix for the Quadraphonic Channel Mapping / FL \
/ \ / \ | FC |
| L | | 0.650802 0.460186 0.000000 0.563611 0.325401 | | FR |
| R | = | 0.000000 0.460186 0.650802 0.325401 0.563611 | | RL |
\ / \ / | RR |
Exact coefficient values are 1, 1/sqrt(2), sqrt(3)/2 and 1/2,
multiplied by 2/(1 + 1/sqrt(2) + sqrt(3)/2 + 1/2) for normalization.
Figure 6: Stereo Downmix Matrix for the 5.0 Surround Mapping
1. Magic Signature:
This is an 8-octet (64-bit) field that allows codec
identification and is human readable. It contains, in order, the
Starting with "Op" helps distinguish it from audio data packets,
as this is an invalid TOC sequence.
2. Vendor String Length (32 bits, unsigned, little endian):
This field gives the length of the following vendor string, in
octets. It MUST NOT indicate that the vendor string is longer
than the rest of the packet.
3. Vendor String (variable length, UTF-8 vector):
This is a simple human-readable tag for vendor information,
encoded as a UTF-8 string [RFC3629]. No terminating null octet
This tag is intended to identify the codec encoder and
encapsulation implementations, for tracing differences in
technical behavior. User-facing applications can use the
'ENCODER' user comment tag to identify themselves.
4. User Comment List Length (32 bits, unsigned, little endian):
This field indicates the number of user-supplied comments. It
MAY indicate there are zero user-supplied comments, in which case
there are no additional fields in the packet. It MUST NOT
indicate that there are so many comments that the comment string
lengths would require more data than is available in the rest of
5. User Comment #i String Length (32 bits, unsigned, little endian):
This field gives the length of the following user comment string,
in octets. There is one for each user comment indicated by the
'user comment list length' field. It MUST NOT indicate that the
string is longer than the rest of the packet.
6. User Comment #i String (variable length, UTF-8 vector):
This field contains a single user comment encoded as a UTF-8
string [RFC3629]. There is one for each user comment indicated
by the 'user comment list length' field.
The 'vendor string length' and 'user comment list length' fields are
REQUIRED, and implementations SHOULD treat a stream as invalid if it
contains a comment header that does not have enough data for these
fields, or that does not contain enough data for the corresponding
vendor string or user comments they describe. Making this check
before allocating the associated memory to contain the data helps
prevent a possible Denial-of-Service (DoS) attack from small comment
headers that claim to contain strings longer than the entire packet
or more user comments than could possibly fit in the packet.
Immediately following the user comment list, the comment header MAY
contain zero-padding or other binary data that is not specified here.
If the least-significant bit of the first byte of this data is 1,
then editors SHOULD preserve the contents of this data when updating
the tags, but if this bit is 0, all such data MAY be treated as
padding, and truncated or discarded as desired. This allows informal
experimentation with the format of this binary data until it can be
The comment header can be arbitrarily large and might be spread over
a large number of Ogg pages. Implementations MUST avoid attempting
to allocate excessive amounts of memory when presented with a very
large comment header. To accomplish this, implementations MAY treat
a stream as invalid if it has a comment header larger than
125,829,120 octets (120 MB), and MAY ignore individual comments that
are not fully contained within the first 61,440 octets of the comment
5.2.1. Tag Definitions
The user comment strings follow the NAME=value format described by
[VORBIS-COMMENT] with the same recommended tag names: ARTIST, TITLE,
DATE, ALBUM, and so on.
Two new comment tags are introduced here:
First, an optional gain for track normalization:
representing the volume shift needed to normalize the track's volume
during isolated playback, in random shuffle, and so on. The gain is
a Q7.8 fixed-point number in dB, as in the ID header's 'output gain'
field. This tag is similar to the REPLAYGAIN_TRACK_GAIN tag in
Vorbis [REPLAY-GAIN], except that the normal volume reference is the
Second, an optional gain for album normalization:
representing the volume shift needed to normalize the overall volume
when played as part of a particular collection of tracks. The gain
is also a Q7.8 fixed-point number in dB, as in the ID header's
'output gain' field. The values '-573' and '111' given here are just
An Ogg Opus stream MUST NOT have more than one of each of these tags,
and, if present, their values MUST be an integer from -32768 to
32767, inclusive, represented in ASCII as a base 10 number with no
whitespace. A leading '+' or '-' character is valid. Leading zeros
are also permitted, but the value MUST be represented by no more than
6 characters. Other non-digit characters MUST NOT be present.
If present, R128_TRACK_GAIN and R128_ALBUM_GAIN MUST correctly
represent the R128 normalization gain relative to the 'output gain'
field specified in the ID header. If a player chooses to make use of
the R128_TRACK_GAIN tag or the R128_ALBUM_GAIN tag, it MUST apply
those gains _in addition_ to the 'output gain' value. If a tool
modifies the ID header's 'output gain' field, it MUST also update or
remove the R128_TRACK_GAIN and R128_ALBUM_GAIN comment tags if
present. A muxer SHOULD place the gain it wants other tools to use
by default into the 'output gain' field, and not the comment tag.
To avoid confusion with multiple normalization schemes, an Opus
comment header SHOULD NOT contain any of the REPLAYGAIN_TRACK_GAIN,
REPLAYGAIN_TRACK_PEAK, REPLAYGAIN_ALBUM_GAIN, or
REPLAYGAIN_ALBUM_PEAK tags, unless they are only to be used in some
context where there is guaranteed to be no such confusion.
[EBU-R128] normalization is preferred to the earlier REPLAYGAIN
schemes because of its clear definition and adoption by industry.
Peak normalizations are difficult to calculate reliably for lossy
codecs because of variation in excursion heights due to decoder
differences. In the authors' investigations, they were not applied
consistently or broadly enough to merit inclusion here.
6. Packet Size Limits
Technically, valid Opus packets can be arbitrarily large due to the
padding format, although the amount of non-padding data they can
contain is bounded. These packets might be spread over a similarly
enormous number of Ogg pages. When encoding, implementations SHOULD
limit the use of padding in audio data packets to no more than is
necessary to make a VBR stream CBR, unless they have no reasonable
way to determine what is necessary. Demuxers SHOULD treat audio data
packets as invalid (treat them as if they were malformed Opus packets
with an invalid TOC sequence) if they are larger than 61,440 octets
per Opus stream, unless they have a specific reason for allowing
extra padding. Such packets necessarily contain more padding than
needed to make a stream CBR. Demuxers MUST avoid attempting to
allocate excessive amounts of memory when presented with a very large
packet. Demuxers MAY treat audio data packets as invalid or
partially process them if they are larger than 61,440 octets in an
Ogg Opus stream with channel mapping families 0 or 1. Demuxers MAY
treat audio data packets as invalid or partially process them in any
Ogg Opus stream if the packet is larger than 61,440 octets and also
larger than 7,680 octets per Opus stream. The presence of an
extremely large packet in the stream could indicate a memory
exhaustion attack or stream corruption.
In an Ogg Opus stream, the largest possible valid packet that does
not use padding has a size of (61,298*N - 2) octets. With
255 streams, this is 15,630,988 octets and can span up to 61,298 Ogg
pages, all but one of which will have a granule position of -1. This
is, of course, a very extreme packet, consisting of 255 streams, each
containing 120 ms of audio encoded as 2.5 ms frames, each frame using
the maximum possible number of octets (1275) and stored in the least
efficient manner allowed (a VBR code 3 Opus packet). Even in such a
packet, most of the data will be zeros as 2.5 ms frames cannot
actually use all 1275 octets.
The largest packet consisting of entirely useful data is
(15,326*N - 2) octets. This corresponds to 120 ms of audio encoded
as 10 ms frames in either SILK or Hybrid mode, but at a data rate of
over 1 Mbps, which makes little sense for the quality achieved.
A more reasonable limit is (7,664*N - 2) octets. This corresponds to
120 ms of audio encoded as 20 ms stereo CELT mode frames, with a
total bitrate just under 511 kbps (not counting the Ogg encapsulation
overhead). For channel mapping family 1, N = 8 provides a reasonable
upper bound, as it allows for each of the 8 possible output channels
to be decoded from a separate stereo Opus stream. This gives a size
of 61,310 octets, which is rounded up to a multiple of 1,024 octets
to yield the audio data packet size of 61,440 octets that any
implementation is expected to be able to process successfully.
7. Encoder Guidelines
When encoding Opus streams, Ogg muxers SHOULD take into account the
algorithmic delay of the Opus encoder.
In encoders derived from the reference implementation [RFC6716], the
number of samples can be queried with
To achieve good quality in the very first samples of a stream,
implementations MAY use linear predictive coding (LPC) extrapolation
to generate at least 120 extra samples at the beginning to avoid the
Opus encoder having to encode a discontinuous signal. For more
information on linear prediction, see [LINEAR-PREDICTION]. For an
input file containing 'length' samples, the implementation SHOULD set
the 'pre-skip' header value to (delay_samples + extra_samples),
encode at least (length + delay_samples + extra_samples) samples, and
set the granule position of the last page to
(length + delay_samples + extra_samples). This ensures that the
encoded file has the same duration as the original, with no time
offset. The best way to pad the end of the stream is to also use LPC
extrapolation, but zero-padding is also acceptable.
7.1. LPC Extrapolation
The first step in LPC extrapolation is to compute linear prediction
coefficients [LPC-SAMPLE]. When extending the end of the signal,
order-N (typically with N ranging from 8 to 40) LPC analysis is
performed on a window near the end of the signal. The last N samples
are used as memory to an infinite impulse response (IIR) filter.
The filter is then applied on a zero input to extrapolate the end of
the signal. Let 'a(k)' be the kth LPC coefficient and 'x(n)' be the
nth sample of the signal. Each new sample past the end of the signal
is computed as
x(n) = \ a(k)*x(n - k)
k = 1
The process is repeated independently for each channel. It is
possible to extend the beginning of the signal by applying the same
process backward in time. When extending the beginning of the
signal, it is best to apply a "fade in" to the extrapolated signal,
e.g., by multiplying it by a half-Hanning window [HANNING].
7.2. Continuous Chaining
In some applications, such as Internet radio, it is desirable to cut
a long stream into smaller chains, e.g., so the comment header can be
updated. This can be done simply by separating the input streams
into segments and encoding each segment independently. The drawback
of this approach is that it creates a small discontinuity at the
boundary due to the lossy nature of Opus. A muxer MAY avoid this
discontinuity by using the following procedure:
1. Encode the last frame of the first segment as an independent
frame by turning off all forms of inter-frame prediction.
De-emphasis is allowed.
2. Set the granule position of the last page to a point near the end
of the last frame.
3. Begin the second segment with a copy of the last frame of the
4. Set the 'pre-skip' value of the second stream in such a way as to
properly join the two streams.
5. Continue the encoding process normally from there, without any
reset to the encoder.
In encoders derived from the reference implementation, inter-frame
prediction can be turned off by calling
For best results, this implementation requires that prediction be
explicitly enabled again before resuming normal encoding, even after
8. Security Considerations
Implementations of the Opus codec need to take appropriate security
considerations into account, as outlined in [RFC4732]. This is just
as much a problem for the container as it is for the codec itself.
Malicious payloads and/or input streams can be used to attack codec
implementations. Implementations MUST NOT overrun their allocated
memory nor consume excessive resources when decoding payloads or
processing input streams. Although problems in encoding applications
are typically rarer, this still applies to a muxer, as
vulnerabilities would allow an attacker to attack transcoding
Header parsing code contains the most likely area for potential
overruns. It is important for implementations to ensure their
buffers contain enough data for all of the required fields before
attempting to read it (for example, for all of the channel map data
in the ID header). Implementations would do well to validate the
indices of the channel map, also, to ensure they meet all of the
restrictions outlined in Section 5.1.1, in order to avoid attempting
to read data from channels that do not exist.
To avoid excessive resource usage, we advise implementations to be
especially wary of streams that might cause them to process far more
data than was actually transmitted. For example, a relatively small
comment header may contain values for the string lengths or user
comment list length that imply that it is many gigabytes in size.
Even computing the size of the required buffer could overflow a
32-bit integer, and actually attempting to allocate such a buffer
before verifying it would be a reasonable size is a bad idea. After
reading the user comment list length, implementations might wish to
verify that the header contains at least the minimum amount of data
for that many comments (4 additional octets per comment, to indicate
each has a length of zero) before proceeding any further, again
taking care to avoid overflow in these calculations. If allocating
an array of pointers to point at these strings, the size of the
pointers may be larger than 4 octets, potentially requiring a
separate overflow check.
Another bug in this class we have observed more than once involves
the handling of invalid data at the end of a stream. Often,
implementations will seek to the end of a stream to locate the last
timestamp in order to compute its total duration. If they do not
find a valid capture pattern and Ogg page from the desired logical
stream, they will back up and try again. If care is not taken to
avoid re-scanning data that was already scanned, this search can
quickly devolve into something with a complexity that is quadratic in
the amount of invalid data.
In general, when seeking, implementations will wish to be cautious
about the effects of invalid granule position values and ensure all
algorithms will continue to make progress and eventually terminate,
even if these are missing or out of order.
Like most other container formats, Ogg Opus streams SHOULD NOT be
used with insecure ciphers or cipher modes that are vulnerable to
known-plaintext attacks. Elements such as the Ogg page capture
pattern and the 'magic signature' fields in the ID header and the
comment header all have easily predictable values, in addition to
various elements of the codec data itself.
9. Content Type
An "Ogg Opus file" consists of one or more sequentially multiplexed
segments, each containing exactly one Ogg Opus stream. The
RECOMMENDED mime-type for Ogg Opus files is "audio/ogg".
If more specificity is desired, one MAY indicate the presence of Opus
streams using the codecs parameter defined in [RFC6381] and
for an Ogg Opus file.
The RECOMMENDED filename extension for Ogg Opus files is '.opus'.
When Opus is concurrently multiplexed with other streams in an Ogg
container, one SHOULD use one of the "audio/ogg", "video/ogg", or
"application/ogg" mime-types, as defined in [RFC5334]. Such streams
are not strictly "Ogg Opus files" as described above, since they
contain more than a single Opus stream per sequentially multiplexed
segment, e.g., video or multiple audio tracks. In such cases, the
'.opus' filename extension is NOT RECOMMENDED.
In either case, this document updates [RFC5334] to add "opus" as a
codecs parameter value with char: 'OpusHead' as Codec Identifier.
10. IANA Considerations
Per this document, IANA has updated the "Media Types" registry by
adding .opus as a file extension for "audio/ogg" and adding itself as
a reference alongside [RFC5334] for "audio/ogg", "video/ogg", and
"application/ogg" Media Types.
This document defines a new registry "Opus Channel Mapping Families"
to indicate how the semantic meanings of the channels in a multi-
channel Opus stream are described. IANA has created a new namespace
of "Opus Channel Mapping Families". This registry is listed on the
IANA Matrix. Modifications to this registry follow the
"Specification Required" registration policy as defined in [RFC5226].
Each registry entry consists of a Channel Mapping Family Number,
which is specified in decimal in the range 0 to 255, inclusive, and a
Reference (or list of references). Each Reference must point to
sufficient documentation to describe what information is coded in the
Opus identification header for this channel mapping family, how a
demuxer determines the stream count ('N') and coupled stream count
('M') from this information, and how it determines the proper
interpretation of each of the decoded channels.
This document defines three initial assignments for this registry.
| Value | Reference |
| 0 | RFC 7845, Section 220.127.116.11 |
| | |
| 1 | RFC 7845, Section 18.104.22.168 |
| | |
| 255 | RFC 7845, Section 22.214.171.124 |
The designated expert will determine if the Reference points to a
specification that meets the requirements for permanence and ready
availability laid out in [RFC5226] and whether it specifies the
information described above with sufficient clarity to allow
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