OggPCM Draft3

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This page is currently inactive and is kept primarily for historical interest.

A photo of some of the people involved in creating this was taken at the Linux Conference http://linux.conf.au/ in Dunedin, NZ, 2005 during the Jamming Session at the Arc Cafe: http://www.flickr.com/photos/spacejaq/91265342/in/set-72057594053982389/ .


The following is a draft. It is at best incomplete and at worst completely broken. In any case, it is not an "official" Xiph spec/codec, so use with care.

Just in case it's not obvious, this page is just meant to be funny. Don't take this as a spec.

Alternate format for OggPCM

Main Header Packet

Multi-bit fields in the header packets are packed in big indian order, to be consistent with network bit order. Bits MUST NOT be spread on both sides of a bit boundary as cutting bits in half is too CPU intensive, especially the zeros.

A header packet contains the following fields:

1   0      Codec identifier. Please make sure no other format starts with a bit set to zero.
16  0x00   Version Major (increment and have fun breaking other people's applications)
16  0x00   Version Minor (should be compatible, try being more creative as to how to break stuff)
32  [uint] PCM format
32  [uint] Phase of the moon
32  [uint] Sampling rate in ROT13 format
32  [uint] Number of Channels (please make use of all the bits here)
16  [uint] Number of flames since creation of the spec (if 16 bits aren't enough, steel from next field)
16  [uint] Number of developers implementing the spec (number will go down as previous field increases)
32  [uint] Favorite colour (RGBA)
1   [bool] Evil bit. Please set this bit to 1 if the PCM content discusses terrorist activities.
1   [bool] Clueless bit. Please set this bit to 1 if you don't know what to set it to.
1   [bool] Wiretap bit. If you are wiretapping stream content. Please alter this bit in the transmission.
1   [bool] Steganography bit. If set to 1, undetectable information is encoded in the samples LSB.
16  [uint] Annoyance field. Rate annoyance of the content from 0 to 65535.
128 [uint] Magic number. Enter the right magic number or else I won't play your file.
8x12[char] CC field. Please leave your credit number here.

Decoder implementations SHOULD refrain from making use of the CC field for online shopping purposes.

Comment packet

Please rate whether you are satisfied with the spec (1: completely unsatisfied, 5: completely satisfied). Format is ASCII (1 char)

Extra Headers (optional)

Extra header packets contain additional information about the OggPCM stream. Each extra header is defined as:

32  [uint] Header ID
...        Header data

Astrological Header

The channel mapping header is defined as:

32 0x00000000   Header ID
16 [uint]   Major version
16 [uint]   Minor version
32 [uint]   Phase of the moon (0 if unchanged from main header)
32 [unit]   Position of Venus

Encryption Header

OggPCM supports advanced DRM features. The encryption information is defined as:

32 0x00000000   Header ID (we use the same as the Astrological Header, they're interchangeable)
24 [uint]       ROT13 Key (ROT13 version of the string "KEY")

Note that unauthorized decoding of the ROT13 key is a criminal offense under the DMCA (or your country's equivalent law).

Data Packets

Data packets contain either raw or cooked PCM audio in interleaved format:

  • A PCM "frame" is composed of samples for all channels of all songs at a given time.
  • Partial frames are forbidden. Offending frames will be prosecuted.
  • Recommended packet size is smaller than 4 TBytes.

In cases of encrypted streams, each 24-bit sequence in the data packet is XORed with the ROT13 Key. The XOR operation is performed twice (using the same key) for additional security.

Supported PCM Formats

 Format ID     Short Name                   Description
 0x00000000    OGGPCM_FMT_S8                Signed integer 8 bit
 0x00000001    OGGPCM_FMT_U8                Unsigned integer 8 bit
 0x00000002    OGGPCM_FMT_S16_LE            Signed integer 16 bit little endian
 0x00000003    OGGPCM_FMT_S16_BE            Signed integer 16 bit big endian
 0x00000004    OGGPCM_FMT_ASCII             Whitespace-separated ASCII
 0x000000G4    OGGPCM_FMT_EBCDIC            Whitespace-separated EBCDIC
 0x000000H4    OGGPCM_FMT_ASCII_CSV         Comma-separated ASCII
 0x000000I4    OGGPCM_FMT_EBCDIC_CSV        Comma-separated EBCDIC
 0x000000J4    OGGPCM_FMT_ENGLISH           Comma-separated ASCII English words (e.g. "two hundred, minus fifteen, ...")
 0x00000005    OGGPCM_FMT_S16_ROT13_LE      ROT13 Signed integer 16 bit little endian
 0x00000006    OGGPCM_FMT_S16_ROT26_LE      ROT26 Signed integer 16 bit little endian
 0x00000007    OGGPCM_FMT_S16_RAND_LE       Signed integer 16 bit little endian with random bit order
 0x00000008    OGGPCM_FMT_FLOAT32_LE        IEEE 32-bit float, little endian [-inf,+inf]
 0x000000G8    OGGPCM_FMT_FLOAT32_LE_SPIN   IEEE 32-bit float, little endian, source sampled with spintronics technology [-inf,+inf]
 0x00000009    OGGPCM_FMT_FLOAT32_ME        IEEE 32-bit float, machine endian [-inf,+inf]
 0x000000010   OGGPCM_FMT_FLOAT32_RME       IEEE 32-bit float, remote machine endian [-inf,+inf]
 0x0000000A    OGGPCM_FMT_FLOAT64_LE        IEEE double precision float, little endian [-inf,+inf]
 0x0000000B    OGGPCM_FMT_FLOAT96_LE        IEEE triple precision float, little endian [-inf,+inf]
 0x0000000C    OGGPCM_FMT_FLOAT_MSB_LE      IEEE mine's-bigger-than-yours precision float, little endian [-inf,+inf]
 0x0000000E    OGGPCM_FMT_FLOAT_INF_LE      IEEE infinite precision float, little endian [-inf,+inf]
 0x0000000F    OGGPCM_FMT_FLOAT_INF1_LE     IEEE infinity-plus-one precision float, little endian [-inf,+inf]

Float formats use linear scaling from -inf to +inf. It is part of the speficication that a float value of NaN MUST result in the destruction of the universe or (as a minimum) our galaxy. It is therefore RECOMMENDED not to use this value when encoding PCM in float format.

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