[FFmpeg-devel] [PATCHv2] Add support for Opus in MPEG-TS

Kieran Kunhya kierank at obe.tv
Mon Jul 28 21:05:41 CEST 2014

> Could you maybe add a comment to where this comes from/where it is
> specified, and if you know possible future plan?

Myself and others from Opus/Videolan etc are drafting a specification
for Opus in TS:

We are registered with the appropriate MPEG-TS registration authority:

As far as I know the only application that can make these files
currently is the application I wrote.

> I just see the "provisional Opus" comment.
> Which kind of raises the question if we shouldn't disallow it unless an
> experimental flag is set - or at least warn, so that people won't rely
> on FFmpeg being able to decode any such files if maybe in a few months
> an incompatible version is introduced.

We don't have an officially registered DVB descriptor so we use one of
the spaces that are allowed for user defined descriptors because our
descriptor is not (yet) standardised by a standards body. Along with
our MPEG-TS registration (which FFmpeg checks) this user-defined
descriptor is guaranteed to be the Opus descriptor.

I have no objection to adding an experimental flag. The last patch
also has some issues which need addressing.
As a result of the implementation in FFmpeg/Libav parts of the
specification were change to simplify things so public review is
The specification also has reserved fields designed to allow expansion
in a backwards compatible fashion.

Note that I have deliberately not put a muxer in.


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