RTP Payload Format for MPEG-4 Audio/Visual Streams
RFC 6416

Document Type RFC - Proposed Standard (October 2011; No errata)
Obsoletes RFC 3016
Last updated 2015-10-14
Replaces draft-ietf-avt-rfc3016bis
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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                        M. Schmidt
Request for Comments: 6416                            Dolby Laboratories
Obsoletes: 3016                                               F. de Bont
Category: Standards Track                            Philips Electronics
ISSN: 2070-1721                                                S. Doehla
                                                          Fraunhofer IIS
                                                                  J. Kim
                                                     LG Electronics Inc.
                                                            October 2011

           RTP Payload Format for MPEG-4 Audio/Visual Streams


   This document describes Real-time Transport Protocol (RTP) payload
   formats for carrying each of MPEG-4 Audio and MPEG-4 Visual
   bitstreams without using MPEG-4 Systems.  This document obsoletes RFC
   3016.  It contains a summary of changes from RFC 3016 and discusses
   backward compatibility to RFC 3016.  It is a necessary revision of
   RFC 3016 in order to correct misalignments with the 3GPP Packet-
   switched Streaming Service (PSS) specification regarding the RTP
   payload format for MPEG-4 Audio.

   For the purpose of directly mapping MPEG-4 Audio/Visual bitstreams
   onto RTP packets, this document provides specifications for the use
   of RTP header fields and also specifies fragmentation rules.  It also
   provides specifications for Media Type registration and the use of
   the Session Description Protocol (SDP).  The audio payload format
   described in this document has some limitations related to the
   signaling of audio codec parameters for the required multiplexing
   format.  Therefore, new system designs should utilize RFC 3640, which
   does not have these restrictions.  Nevertheless, this revision of RFC
   3016 is provided to update and complete the specification and to
   enable interoperable implementations.

Status of This Memo

   This is an Internet Standards Track document.

   This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force
   (IETF).  It represents the consensus of the IETF community.  It has
   received public review and has been approved for publication by the
   Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).  Further information on
   Internet Standards is available in Section 2 of RFC 5741.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
     1.1.  MPEG-4 Visual RTP Payload Format . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
     1.2.  MPEG-4 Audio RTP Payload Format  . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
     1.3.  Interoperability with RFC 3016 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
     1.4.  Relation with RFC 3640 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
   2.  Definitions and Abbreviations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
   3.  Clarifications on Specifying Codec Configurations for
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