WebRTC Audio Codec and Processing Requirements
draft-ietf-rtcweb-audio-00

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Network Working Group                                          JM. Valin
Internet-Draft                                                   Mozilla
Intended status: Standards Track                                 C. Bran
Expires: March 11, 2013                                      Plantronics
                                                       September 7, 2012

             WebRTC Audio Codec and Processing Requirements
                       draft-ietf-rtcweb-audio-00

Abstract

   This document outlines the audio codec and processing requirements
   for WebRTC client application and endpoint devices.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
   2.  Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
   3.  Codec Requirements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
   4.  Audio Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
   5.  Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC)  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
   6.  Legacy VoIP Interoperability  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
   7.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
   8.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
   9.  Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
   10. Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

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1.  Introduction

   An integral part of the success and adoption of the Web Real Time
   Communications (WebRTC) will be the voice and video interoperability
   between WebRTC applications.  This specification will outline the
   audio processing and codec requirements for WebRTC client
   implementations.

2.  Terminology

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this
   document are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119 [RFC2119].

3.  Codec Requirements

   To ensure a baseline level of interoperability between WebRTC
   clients, a minimum set of required codecs are specified below.  While
   this section specifies the codecs that will be mandated for all
   WebRTC client implementations, it leaves the question of supporting
   additional codecs to the will of the implementer.

   WebRTC clients are REQUIRED to implement the following audio codecs.

   o  Opus [RFC6716], with any ptime value up to 120 ms

   o  G.711 PCMA and PCMU with one channel, a rate of 8000 Hz and a
      ptime of 20 - see section 4.5.14 of [RFC3551]

   o  Telephone Event - [RFC4734]

   For all cases where the client is able to process audio at a sampling
   rate higher than 8 kHz, it is RECOMMENDED that Opus be offered before
   PCMA/PCMU.  For Opus, all modes MUST be supported on the decoder
   side.  The choice of encoder-side modes is left to the implementer.
   Clients MAY use the offer/answer mechanism to signal a preference for
   a particular mode or ptime.

4.  Audio Level

   It is desirable to standardize the "on the wire" audio level for
   speech transmission to avoid users having to manually adjust the
   playback and to facilitate mixing in conferencing applications.  It
   is also desirable to be consistent with ITU-T recommendations G.169
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