Ogg mapping for Opus
The IETF Opus codec is a low-latency audio codec optimized for both voice and general-purpose audio. See [tools.ietf.org/html/draft-ietf-codec-opus the spec] for technical details.
Almost everything about this codec is either fixed or dynamically switchable, so the usual id and setup header parameters in a the header packets of an Ogg encapsulation aren't useful. In particular, bitrate, frame size, mono/stereo, and coding modes are all dynamically switchable from packet to packet. A one-byte header on each data packet defines the parameters for that particular packet.
Remaining parameters we need to signal are:
- magic number for stream identification
- comment/metadata tags
Additionally there's been a desire to support some kind of channel bonding for surround, and some kind of option signalling for "Opus Custom", in particular the granulerate.
Two headers: id, comment
- 8 byte magic signature 'Opus\0\0\0\0' - <custom mode flags>
- follows the vorbis-comment header design used in OggVorbis, OggTheora, and Speex. - Magic is 'Opus\0\0\001'