AVT                                                           F. de Bont
Internet-Draft                                       Philips Electronics
Updates: 3640 (if approved)                                    S. Doehla
Intended status: Standards Track                          Fraunhofer IIS
Expires: November 16, 2008                                    M. Schmidt
                                                      Dolby Laboratories
                                                        R. Sperschneider
                                                          Fraunhofer IIS
                                                            May 15, 2008


  RTP Payload Format for Elementary Streams with MPEG Surround multi-
                             channel audio
                      draft-schmidt-avt-mps-00.txt

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Abstract

   This memo describes extensions for the RTP payload format defined in
   RFC3640 for the transport of MPEG Surround multi-channel audio.
   Additional MIME Type parameters are defined to signal backwards
   compatible transmission inside an MPEG-4 audio elementary stream.  In
   addition a layered transmission scheme without using the MPEG-4
   systems framework is presented to transport an MPEG Surround



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   elementary stream via RTP in parallel with an RTP stream containing
   the downmixed audio data.


Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
   2.  Conventions  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
   3.  Definitions and Abbreviations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
     3.1.  Definitions  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
     3.2.  Abbreviations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
   4.  Transport of MPEG Surround . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
     4.1.  Embedded spatial audio data in AAC payloads  . . . . . . .  5
     4.2.  MPEG Surround Elementary Stream  . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
       4.2.1.  Low Bit-rate MPEG Surround . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
       4.2.2.  High Bit-rate MPEG Surround  . . . . . . . . . . . . .  8
   5.  IANA Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  9
     5.1.  MIME Type registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  9
     5.2.  Registration of Mode Definitions with IANA . . . . . . . .  9
     5.3.  Usage of SDP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
   6.  Security Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
   7.  Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
   Authors' Addresses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
   Intellectual Property and Copyright Statements . . . . . . . . . . 12



























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1.  Introduction

   MPEG Surround (Spatial Audio Coding, SAC) [23003-1] is an
   International Standard that was finalized by MPEG in January 2007.
   It is capable of re-creating N channels based on M<N transmitted
   channels and additional control data.  In the preferred modes of
   operating the spatial audio coding system, the M channels can either
   be a single mono channel or a stereo channel pair.  The control data
   represents a significant lower data rate than the data rate required
   for transmitting all N channels, making the coding very efficient
   while at the same time ensuring compatibility with M channel devices.

   The MPEG Surround standard incorporates a number of tools enabling
   features that allow for broad application of the standard.  A key
   feature is the ability to scale the spatial image quality gradually
   from very low spatial overhead towards transparency.  Another key
   feature is that the decoder input can be made compatible to existing
   matrixed surround technologies.

   As an example, for 5.1 multi-channel audio, the MPEG Surround encoder
   creates a stereo (or mono) downmix signal and spatial information
   describing the full 5.1 material in a highly efficient parameterised
   format.  The spatial information is transmitted alongside the
   downmix.

   By using MPEG Surround, existing services can easily be upgraded to
   provide surround sound in a backward compatible fashion.  While a
   stereo decoder in an existing legacy consumer device ignores the MPEG
   Surround data and plays back the stereo signal without any quality
   degradation, an MPEG Surround enabled decoder will deliver high
   quality multi-channel audio.

   The MPEG Surround decoder can operate in modes that render the multi-
   channel signal to multi-channel output, stereo output or operate in a
   two-channel headphone mode to produce a virtual surround output
   signal.


2.  Conventions

   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 [RFC2119].


3.  Definitions and Abbreviations





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3.1.  Definitions

   This memo makes use of the definitions specified in [14496-1],
   [14496-3], [23003-1] and [RFC3640].  Frequently used terms are summed
   up for convenience:

      Access Unit: An MPEG Access Unit is the smallest data entity to
      which timing information is attributed.  In the case of audio, an
      Access Unit is the smallest individually accessible portion of
      coded audio data within an elementary stream.

      AudioSpecificConfig(): Extends the class DecoderSpecificInfo(), as
      defined in [14496-1] when the objectType indication refers to a
      stream complying with [14496-3].  AudioSpecificConfig() is used as
      the configuration structure for MPEG-4 Audio as specified in
      [14496-3].  It contains the field audioObjectType that distincts
      between the different audio codecs defined in [14496-3], general
      audio information (e.g. the sampling frequency and number of
      channels) and further codec-dependent information structures.

      SpatialSpecificConfig(): Configuration structure for MPEG Surround
      audio coding as specified in [23003-1].  An AudioSpecificConfig()
      with an audioObjectType of value 30 contains a
      SpatialSpecificConfig() structure.

3.2.  Abbreviations

     AOT:  Audio Object Type
     ASC:  AudioSpecificConfig() structure
     AU:   Access Unit
     PLI:  Profile and Level Indication
     SSC:  SpatialSpecificConfig() structure


4.  Transport of MPEG Surround

   From a top-level perspective MPEG Surround data can be subdivided
   into configuration data contained in the SpatialSpecificConfig()
   (SSC) and the SpatialFrame() that contains the MPEG Surround payload.
   The configuration data can be signaled in-band or out-of-band.  In
   the case of in-band signaling the SSC is conveyed in an
   SacDataFrame() jointly with a SpatialFrame().  In the case of out-of-
   band signaling the SSC is transmitted to the decoder separately, e.g.
   by SDP means.

   SpatialFrame()s may be transmitted either embedded into the downmix
   stream (Section 4.1) or as an individual elementary stream besides
   the downmix audio stream (Section 4.2).



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   The buffer definition for AAC decoders limits the size of an AU as
   specified in [14496-3].  For high-bitrate applications that exceed
   this limit all MPEG Surround data MUST be put in a separate stream as
   defined in Section 4.2.

4.1.  Embedded spatial audio data in AAC payloads

   [14496-3] define the extension_payload() as a mechanism for transport
   of extension data inside AAC payloads.  Typical extension data
   include SBR data and MPEG Surround data, i.e. a SacDataFrame() in
   extension_payload()s of type EXT_SAC_DATA. extension_payload()s
   reside inside the downmix AAC elementary stream.  The resulting
   single elementary stream is transported as specified in [RFC3640].
   As AAC decoders are required to skip unknown extension data, MPEG
   Surround data can be embedded backwards compatible and be transported
   with the mechanism already described in [RFC3640].

   The SacDataFrame() includes a SpatialFrame() and an optional header
   that contains an SSC.  Any SSC in a SacDataFrame() MUST be identical
   to the SSC conveyed via SDP for that stream.

   No new mode is introduced for SpatialFrame()s being embedded into AAC
   payloads.  Either the modes AAC-lbr or AAC-hbr SHOULD be used.  The
   additional MIME Type parameters as defined in Section 5.1 MUST be
   present when SpatialFrame()s are embedded into AAC payloads.

   For example:

   m=audio 5000 RTP/AVP 96
   a=rtpmap:96 mpeg4-generic/48000/2
   a=fmtp:96 streamType=5; profile-level-id=44; mode=AAC-hbr; config=131
     056E598; sizeLength=13; indexLength=3; indexDeltaLength=3; constant
     Duration=2048; MPS-profile-level-id=55; MPS-config=F1B4CF920442029B
     501185B6DA00;

   In this example the stream specifies the HE-AAC Profile at Level 2
   [Profile and Level Indication (PLI) 44] and the config string
   contains the hexadecimal representation of the HE-AAC ASC
   [audioObjectType=2 (AAC LC); extensionAudioObjectType=5 (SBR);
   samplingFrequencyIndex=0x6 (24kHz);
   extensionSamplingFrequencyIndex=0x3 (48kHz); channelConfiguration=2
   (2.0 channels)] of the downmix AAC elementary stream using explicit
   backward compatible signaling.

   Furthermore, the stream specifies the MPEG Surround Baseline Profile
   at Level 3 (PLI55) and the MPS-config string contains the hexadecimal
   representation of the MPEG Surround ASC [audioObjectType=30 (MPEG
   Surround); samplingFrequencyIndex=0x3 (48kHz); channelConfiguration=6



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   (5.1 channels); sacPayloadEmbedding=1; SSC=(48 kHz; 32 slots; 525
   tree; ResCoding=1; ResBands=[0,13,13,13])].

   Note that the a=fmtp lines of the example above have been wrapped to
   fit the page; they comprise each a single line in the SDP file.

4.2.  MPEG Surround Elementary Stream

   MPEG Surround SpatialFrame()s can be present in an individual
   elementary stream.  This stream complements the stream containing the
   downmix audio data, which may be coded by an arbitrary coding scheme.
   MPEG Surround elementary streams are packetized as specified in
   [RFC3640].  The mode signaled and used for an MPEG Surround
   elementary stream MUST be either MPS-hbr or MPS-lbr.  The MPS-hbr
   mode SHALL be used when the frame size may exceed 63 bytes, e.g. when
   high-bitrate residual coding is in use.

   The dependency relationships between the MPEG Surround elementary
   stream and the downmix stream are signaled as specified in
   [I-D.ietf-mmusic-decoding-dependency].

   The media clocks of the MPEG Surround elementary stream and the
   downmix stream SHALL operate in the same clock domain, i.e. the
   clocks MUST NOT drift.  RTCP sender reports MUST indicate that the
   stream timestamps are not drifting, i.e. that a single sender report
   for each stream is sufficient to establish unambiguous timing.  The
   sampling rate of the MPEG Surround signal and the decoded downmix
   signal MUST be identical.

   If HE-AAC is used as the coding scheme for the downmix, the RTP
   clock-rate of the downmix MAY be the sampling rate of the AAC core,
   i.e. the clock-rate of the MPEG Surround elementary stream is an
   integer multiple of the clock-rate of the downmix stream.

   Note that separate RTP streams have different random RTP timestamp
   offsets and therefore RTCP MUST be used to synchronize the coded
   downmix audio data and the MPEG surround elementary stream.

   For example:












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   a=group:DDP 1 2

   m=audio 5000 RTP/AVP 96
   a=rtpmap:96 mpeg4-generic/48000/2
   a=fmtp:96 streamType=5; profile-level-id=44; mode=AAC-hbr; config=2B1
     18800; sizeLength=13; indexLength=3; indexDeltaLength=3; constantDu
     ration=2048
   a=mid:1

   m=audio 5002 RTP/AVP 97
   a=rtpmap:97 mpeg4-generic/48000/6
   a=fmtp:97 streamType=5; profile-level-id=55; mode=MPS-hbr; config=F1B
     0CF920460029B601189E79E70; sizeLength=13; indexLength=3;  indexDelt
     aLength=3; constantDuration=2048
   a=mid:2
   a=depend:97 lay 1:96;

   In this example the first stream specifies the High Efficiency AAC
   Profile at Level 2 (PLI44) and the config string contains the
   hexadecimal representation of the HE-AAC ASC [audioObjectType=2 (AAC
   LC); extensionAudioObjectType=5 (SBR); samplingFrequencyIndex=0x6
   (24kHz); extensionSamplingFrequencyIndex=0x3 (48kHz);
   channelConfiguration=2 (2.0 channels)].

   The second stream specifies Baseline MPEG Surround Profile at Level 3
   (PLI55) and the config string contains the hexadecimal represenation
   of the ASC [AOT=30(MPEG Surround); 48 kHz; 5.1-ch;
   sacPayloadEmbedding=0; SSC=(48 kHz; 32 slots; 525 tree; ResCoding=1;
   ResBands=[7,7,7,7])]

   Note that the a=fmtp lines of the example above have been wrapped to
   fit the page; they comprise each a single line in the SDP file.

4.2.1.  Low Bit-rate MPEG Surround

   This mode is signaled by mode=MPS-lbr.  This mode supports the
   transport of one or more complete Access Units, each consisting of a
   single MPEG Surround SpatialFrame().  The AUs can be variably sized
   and interleaved.  The maximum size of a SpatialFrame() is 63 bytes.
   Fragmentation MUST NOT be used in this mode.  Receivers MUST support
   de-interleaving.

   The payload configuration is the same as in the AAC-lbr mode.  It
   consists of the AU Header Section, followed by concatenated AUs.
   Note that Access Units are byte-aligned.  The Auxiliary Section MUST
   be empty in the MPS-lbr mode.  The one-octet AU-header MUST provide:





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   1.  the size of each AAC frame encoded as 6 bits

   2.  2 bits index information for computing the sequence (and hence
       timing) of each SpatialFrame().

   The concatenated AU-header Section MUST be preceded by the 16-bit AU-
   header-length field.

   In addition to the required MIME format parameters, the following
   parameters MUST be present with fixed values: sizeLength (fixed value
   6), indexLength (fixed value 2) and indexDeltaLength (fixed value 2).
   The parameter maxDisplacement MUST be present when interleaving.
   SpatialFrame()s always have a fixed duration per AU; the fixed
   duration MUST be signaled by the MIME format parameter
   constantDuration.

   The value of the "config" parameter is the hexadecimal representation
   of the ASC, as defined in [14496-3] with an AOT of 30 and the
   sacPayloadEmbedding flag set to 0.

   The "profile-level-id" parameter SHALL contain a valid PLI for MPEG
   Surround as specified in [14496-3].

4.2.2.  High Bit-rate MPEG Surround

   This mode is signaled by mode=MPS-hbr.  This mode supports the
   transportation of either one fragment of an Access Unit or one
   complete AU or several complete AUs.  Each AU consists of a single
   MPEG Surround SpatialFrame().  The AUs can be variably sized and
   interleaved.  The maximum size of a SpatialFrame() is 8191 bytes.
   Receivers MUST support de-interleaving.

   The payload configuration is the same as in the AAC-hbr mode.  It
   consists of the AU Header Section, followed by either one
   SpatialFrame(), a fragment of a SpatialFrame() or several
   concatenated SpatialFrame()s.  Note that Access Units are byte-
   aligned.  The Auxiliary Section MUST be empty in the MPS-hbr mode.
   The two-octet AU-header MUST provide:

   1.  the size of each AAC frame encoded as 13 bits

   2.  3 bits index information for computing the sequence (and hence
       timing) of each SpatialFrame(), i.e. the AU-Index or AU-Index-
       delta field.

   Each AU-Index field MUST be coded with the value 0.  The concatenated
   AU-header Section MUST be preceded by the 16-bit AU-header-length
   field.



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   In addition to the required MIME format parameters, the following
   parameters MUST be present with fixed values: sizeLength (fixed value
   13), indexLength (fixed value 3) and indexDeltaLength (fixed value
   3).  The parameter maxDisplacement MUST be present when interleaving.
   SpatialFrame()s always have a fixed duration per AU; the fixed
   duration MUST be signaled by the MIME format parameter
   constantDuration.

   The value of the "config" parameter is the hexadecimal representation
   of the ASC, as defined in [14496-3] with an AOT of 30 and the
   sacPayloadEmbedding flag set to 0.

   The "profile-level-id" parameter SHALL contain a valid PLI for MPEG
   Surround as specified in [14496-3].


5.  IANA Considerations

   This memo defines additional optional format parameters to the MIME
   subtype mpeg4-generic.  These parameters SHALL only be used in
   combination with the AAC-lbr or AAC-hbr modes (cf. [RFC3640] section
   3.3).

5.1.  MIME Type registration

   This memo defines the following additional optional parameters which
   SHALL be used if MPEG Surround data is present inside the payload of
   an AAC elementary stream.

      MPS-profile-level-id: A decimal representation of the MPEG
      Surround Profile Level indication as defined in [14496-3].  This
      parameter MUST be used in the capability exchange or session
      set-up procedure to indicate the MPEG Surround Profile and Level
      that the decoder must be capable in order to decode the stream.

      MPS-config: A hexadecimal representation of an octet string that
      expresses the AudioSpecificConfig (ASC) as defined in [14496-3]
      for MPEG Surround.  The ASC is mapped onto the hexadecimal octet
      string in an MSB-first basis.  The AOT in this ASC SHALL have the
      value 30.  The SSC inside the ASC MUST have the
      sacPayloadEmbedding flag set to 1.

5.2.  Registration of Mode Definitions with IANA

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5.3.  Usage of SDP

   It is assumed that the MIME format parameters are conveyed via an SDP
   message as specified in [RFC3640], section 4.4.


6.  Security Considerations

   RTP packets using the payload format defined in this memo are subject
   to the security considerations of the RTP specification [RFC3550] and
   [RFC3640] which is extended with this memo.  This implies that
   confideniality of the media streams is achieved by encryption.
   Because the data compression used with this payload format is applied
   end-to-end, encryption may be performed on the compressed data so
   there is no conflict between the two operations.


7.  Normative References

   [14496-1]  MPEG, "ISO/IEC International Standard 14496-1 - Coding of
              audio-visual objects, Part 1 Systems", 2004.

   [14496-3]  MPEG, "ISO/IEC International Standard 14496-3 - Coding of
              audio-visual objects, Part 3 Audio", 2005.

   [23003-1]  MPEG, "ISO/IEC International Standard 23003-1 - MPEG
              Surround (MPEG D)", 2007.

   [I-D.ietf-mmusic-decoding-dependency]
              Schierl, T. and S. Wenger, "Signaling media decoding
              dependency in Session Description Protocol (SDP)",
              I-D ietf-mmusic-decoding-dependency, February 2008.

   [RFC2119]  Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate
              Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119, March 1997.

   [RFC3550]  Schulzrinne, H., Casner, S., Frederick, R., and V.
              Jacobson, "RTP: A Transport Protocol for Real-Time
              Applications", STD 64, RFC 3550, July 2003.

   [RFC3640]  van der Meer, J., Mackie, D., Swaminathan, V., Singer, D.,
              and P. Gentric, "RTP Payload Format for Transport of
              MPEG-4 Elementary Streams", RFC 3640, November 2003.








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Authors' Addresses

   Frans de Bont
   Philips Electronics
   High Tech Campus 5
   5656 AE Eindhoven,
   NL

   Phone: ++31 40 2740234
   Email: frans.de.bont@philips.com


   Stefan Doehla
   Fraunhofer IIS
   Am Wolfmantel 33
   91058 Erlangen,
   DE

   Phone: +49 9131 776 6042
   Email: stefan.doehla@iis.fraunhofer.de


   Malte Schmidt
   Dolby Laboratories
   Deutschherrnstr. 15-19
   90537 Nuernberg,
   DE

   Phone: +49 911 928 91 42
   Email: malte.schmidt@dolby.com


   Ralph Sperschneider
   Fraunhofer IIS
   Am Wolfmantel 33
   91058 Erlangen,
   DE

   Phone: +49 9131 776 6167
   Email: ralph.sperschneider@iis.fraunhofer.de











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