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Internet Draft                                               R. Gellens
Document: draft-gellens-mime-bucket-02.txt                     Qualcomm
Expires: August 2005                                          D. Singer
                                                                  Apple
                                                              P. Frojdh
                                                               Ericsson
                                                          February 2005


             The Codecs Parameter for "Bucket" Media Types

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Abstract

    Several MIME type/subtype combinations exist which can contain
    different media formats.  A receiving agent thus needs to examine
    the details of such media content to determine if the specific
    elements can be rendered given an available set of codecs.
    Especially when the end system has limited resources, or the
    connection to the end system has limited bandwidth, it would be


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    helpful to know from the Content-Type alone if the content can be
    rendered.

    This document adds a new parameter, "codecs", to various
    type/subtype combinations to allow for unambiguous specification of
    the codecs indicated by the media formats contained within.

    By labelling content with the specific codecs indicated to render
    the contained media, receiving systems can determine if the codecs
    are supported by the end system, and if not, can take appropriate
    action (such as rejecting the content, sending notification of the
    situation, transcoding the content to a supported type, fetching and
    installing the required codecs, further inspection to determine if
    it will be sufficient to support a subset of the indicated codecs,
    etc.)




































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Table of Contents

     1.  Conventions Used in this Document  . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
     2.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     3.  The Codecs Parameter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
       3.1.  Generic Syntax  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
       3.2.  ISO File Format Name Space . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
       3.3.  ISO Syntax  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     4.  Use in Additional Media Types  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  8
     5.  Examples  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     6.  Additional Media Feature Details . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  9
     7.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     8.  Security Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  9
     9.  Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
    10.  Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
    11.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
    12.  Authors' Addresses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
       Intellectual Property Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
       Full Copyright Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
       Disclaimer  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12


1.  Conventions Used in this Document

    The key words "REQUIRED", "MUST", "MUST NOT", "SHOULD", "SHOULD
    NOT", and "MAY" in this document are to be interpreted as described
    in "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate Requirement Levels"
    [KEYWORDS].

    Syntax is given using [ABNF], including the Core Rules.


2.  Introduction

    One of the original motivations for MIME is the ability to identify
    the specific media type of a message part.  However, due to various
    factors, it is not always possible from looking at the MIME type and
    subtype to know which specific media formats are contained in the
    body part, or which codecs are indicated in order to render the
    content.

    There are several media type/subtypes (either currently registered
    or deployed with registration pending) which may contain codecs
    chosen from a set.  It is currently necessary to examine each media
    element in order to determine the codecs required to render the
    content.  For example, video/3gpp may contain any of the video
    formats H.263 Profile 0, H.263 Profile 3, H.264, MPEG-4 Simple
    Profile, and/or any of the audio formats AMR, AMR-WB, Extended
    AMR-WB, AAC, or Enhanced aacPlus, as specified in [3GPP-Formats].


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    In some cases, the specific codecs can be determined by examining
    the header information of the media content.  While this isn't as
    bad as examining the entire content, it still requires specialized
    knowledge of each format and is resource consumptive.

    This ambiguity can be a problem for various clients and servers.  It
    presents a significant burden to Multimedia Messaging (MMS) servers,
    which must examine the media sent in each message in order to
    determine which codecs are required to render the content.  Only
    then can it determine if the content requires transcoding or
    specialized handling prior to being transmitted to the handset.

    Additionally, it presents a challenge to smart clients on devices
    with constrained memory, processing power, or transmission bandwidth
    (such as cellular telephones and PDAs).  Such clients often need to
    determine in advance if they are currently capable of rendering the
    content contained in an MMS or email message.

    Specifically,

    o    audio/3gpp can contain AMR, AAC, AMR-WB, Extended AMR-WB, or
    Enhanced aacPlus contents as specified in [3GPP-Formats].
    o   audio/3gpp2 can contain AMR, AAC, 13K (as per [13k]), EVRC, or
        SMV, as specified in [3GPP2-Formats] (video/3gpp2 MIME
        registration pending).
    o   video/3gpp can contain H.263 Profile 0, H.263 Profile 3, H.264,
        MPEG-4 Simple Profile, and/or AMR, AMR-WB, Extended AMR-WB, AAC,
        or Enhanced aacPlus, as specified in [3GPP-Formats].
    o   video/3gpp2 can contain H.263 Profile 0, H.263 Profile 3, H.264,
        MPEG-4 Simple Profile, and/or AMR, AAC, 13K (as per [13k]),
        EVRC, or SMV, as specified in [3GPP2-Formats] (video/3gpp2 MIME
        registration pending).

    Note that there are additional media types which are ambiguous, but
    are outside the scope of this document, including:
    o   video/mpeg4-generic which can contain anything allowed by the
        MPEG-4 specification, or any audio codec registered with the MP4
        registration authority [MP4-Reg].
    o   video/quicktime which can contain anything for which there is a
        QuickTime codec component; since QuickTime is extensible, this
        is not limited to the codecs that are or have been shipped by
        Apple Computer.

    With each "bucket" type, a receiving agent only knows that it has a
    container format.  It doesn't even know whether content labelled
    video/3GPP or video/3GPP2 contains video; it might be audio only,
    audio and video, or video only.




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    A solution which permits a receiving agent to determine the specific
    codecs required to render media content would help provide efficient
    and scalable servers, especially for Multimedia Messaging (MMS), and
    aid the growth of multimedia services in wireless networks.


3.  The Codecs Parameter

    This document adds a parameter to allow unambiguous specification of
    all codecs indicated to render the content in the MIME part.  This
    parameter is optional in all current types to which it is added.
    Future types which contain ambiguity are strongly encouraged to
    include this parameter, as mandatory if possible, as optional
    otherwise.

    Media types:
        audio/3gpp,
        audio/3gpp2*,
        video/3gpp,
        video/3gpp2*,

        *registration pending

    Parameter name:
        Codecs

    Parameter value:
        A single value, or a comma-separated list of values (which must
        be enclosed in quotes to comply with [MIME-Format]) which
        identifies the codec(s) indicated to render the content in the
        body part.

        Each value consists of one or more dot-separated elements.  The
        name space for the first element is determined by the MIME type.
        The name space for each subsequent element is determined by the
        preceding element.

        An element MAY includes characters that (per [MIME-Format]) must
        be enclosed in quotes.  In this case the entire value MUST be
        enclosed in quotes.

        An element MAY include a character that must be encoded in order
        to comply with [MIME-format] or with additional restrictions in
        this document.  In this case, the character is represented as a
        percent-sign ("%") followed by two characters which express the
        character as two hexadecimal digits.  Note that due to the use
        of the percent sign in this way, the percent sign itself must be
        so encoded. (See the ABNF below.)



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        Examples of Generic Syntax:
            a.bb.ccc.d
            "a.bb, c.dd"
            fo%2e
            "%25%20xz, gork"

    When the Codecs parameter is used, it MUST contain all codecs
    indicated by the content present in the body part.  The Codecs
    parameter MUST NOT include any codecs which are not indicated by any
    media elements in the body part.

    In some cases not all indicated codecs are absolutely required in
    order to render the content.  Therefore, when a receiver does not
    support all listed codecs, special handling MAY be required.  For
    example, the media element(s) MAY need to be examined in order to
    determine if an unsupported codec is actually required (e.g., there
    may be alternative tracks (such as English and Spanish audio), there
    may be timed text that can be dropped, etc.)

    NOTE:  Although the parameter value MUST be complete and accurate in
    'breadth' (that is, it MUST report all four-character codes used in
    all tracks for ISO-family files, for example) systems MUST NOT rely
    on it being complete in 'depth'.  If the hierarchical rules for a
    given code (e.g., 'qvxy') were written after a server was
    implemented, for example, that server will not know what elements to
    place after 'qvxy'.


3.1.  Generic Syntax

    See [ABNF] Core Rules for ALPHA, DIGIT, HEXDIGIT, DQUOTE, SP

    codecs      = "Codecs" *SP "=" *SP value

    value       = id / DQUOTE *SP id *(*SP "," SP id) *SP DQUOTE

    id          = id-gen

    id-gen      = element *( "." element )

    element     = 1*(idchar / idchar-spec)

    idchar      = "!" / "#" / "$" / "&" /
                  "'" / "*" / "+" / "-" /
                  "^" / "_" / "`" / "/" /
                  "(" / ")" / "<" / ">" /
                  "@" / ";" / ":" / "\" /
                  "{" / "}" / "~" /
                  ALPHA / DIGIT


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                  ; non-ALPHA and non-DIGIT MUST be in quotes

    idchar-spec = "%" 2HEXDIG                  ; one character in hex


    Initial name space:  This document only defines values for files in
    the ISO Base Media File Format family.  Other file formats may also
    define codec naming.


3.2.  ISO File Format Name Space

    For the ISO Base Media File Format, the first element of a 'Codecs'
    parameter value is a sample description entry four-character code as
    registered by the MP4 Registration Authority [MP4-Reg].  Values are
    case-sensitive.

    Note that there are potentially multiple tracks in a file, each
    potentially carrying multiple sample entries (some but not all uses
    of the ISO File Format restrict the number of sample entries in a
    track to one).

    When the first element of a value is 'mp4a' (indicating some kind of
    MPEG-4 audio) or 'mp4v' (indicating some kind of MPEG-4 part-2
    video), the second element is the hexadecimal representation of the
    MP4 Registration Authority ObjectTypeIndication (OTI), as specified
    in [MP4-Reg] and [MP41] (including amendments).

    One of the OTI values for 'mp4a' is 0x40 (identifying MPEG-4 audio).
    For this value, the third element identifies the audio
    ObjectTypeIndication (OTI) as defined in [MP4A] (including
    amendments), expressed as a decimal number.

    For example, AAC low complexity has the value 2, so a complete
    string for AAC-LC would be 'mp4a.0x40.2'.

    One of the OTI values for 'mp4v' is 0x20 (identifying MPEG-4 part-2
    video).  For this value, the third element identifies the video
    ProfileLevelIndication as defined in [MP4V] (including amendments),
    expressed as a decimal number.

    For example, MPEG-4 Visual Simple Profile Level 0 has the value 9,
    so a complete string for MPEG-4 Visual Simple Profile Level 0 would
    be 'mp4v.0x20.9'.







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3.3.  ISO Syntax

    id          =/ id-iso

    id-iso      = iso-gen / iso-mpega / iso-mpegv

    iso-gen     = cpid *( "." element )

    iso-mpega   = mp4a "." oti [ "." aud-oti ]

    iso-mpegv   = mp4v "." oti [ "." vid-pli ]

    cpid        = 4(idchar / idchar-spec)

    mp4a        = %x6d.70.34.61 ;; 'mp4a'

    oti         = "0x" 2HEXDIG

    aud-oti     = 1*DIGIT

    mp4v        = %x6d.70.34.76 ;; 'mp4v'

    vid-pli     = 1*DIGIT


4.  Use in Additional Media Types

    This parameter MAY be specified for use with additional MIME media
    types.

    For ISO file formats where the name space as defined here is
    sufficient, all that needs to be done is to update the media type
    registration to specify the Codecs parameter with a reference to
    this document.  For existing media types, it is generally advisable
    for the parameter to be optional; for new media types the parameter
    MAY be optional or required, as appropriate.

    For ISO file formats where the name space as defined here needs to
    be expanded, a new document MAY update this one by specifying the
    additional detail.

    For non-ISO formats, a new document MAY update this one by
    specifying the name space for the media type(s).








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5.  Examples

    Content-Type: video/3GPP2; Codecs="sevc, s263"
        (EVRC audio plus H.263 video)
    Content-Type: audio/3gpp; Codecs=samr
        (AMR audio)
    Content-Type: video/3gpp; Codecs="s263, samr"
        (H.263 video plus AMR audio)
    Content-Type: audio/3gpp2; Codecs=mp4a.0xE1
        (13k audio)
    Content-Type: video/3gpp2; Codecs="mp4v.0x20, mp4a.0xE1"
        (Visual ISO/IEC 14496-2 [MP4V] plus 13K voice)

        Note: 0x20 OTI value says "Includes associated Amendment(s) and
        Corrigendum(a).  The actual object types are defined in [MP4V]
        and are conveyed in the DecoderSpecificInfo as specified in
        [MP4V], Annex K.


6.  Additional Media Feature Details

    For the same reasons that the Codecs parameter is useful, it is
    sometimes helpful to provide additional details for a media element
    (e.g., the number of X and Y pixels, the color depth, etc.).  These
    details are sometimes called "media features" and sometimes "media
    characteristics".

    When such additional features are included, the [Content-Features]
    header provides a handy way to do so.


7.  IANA Considerations

    The IANA is kindly requested to add "Codecs" as an optional
    parameter to the media types listed in Section 3, with a reference
    to this document


8.  Security Considerations

    The codecs parameter itself does not alter the security
    considerations of any of the media types for which it is available.
    Each audio and video media type has its own set of security
    considerations which continue to apply, regardless of the use of the
    codecs parameter.






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    An incorrect codecs parameter might cause media content to be
    received by a device which is not capable of rendering it, or might
    cause media content to not be sent to a device which is capable of
    receiving it.  An incorrect codecs parameter is therefore capable of
    some types of denial of service attacks.  However, this is most
    likely to arise by accident, as an attacker capable of altering
    media data in transit could cause more harm by altering the media
    format itself, or even the content type header, rather than just the
    codecs parameter of the content type header.


9.  Acknowledgements

    Harinath Garudadri provided a great deal of help, which is very much
    appreciated.


10.  Normative References

    [ABNF] Crocker, Overell, "Augmented BNF for Syntax Specifications:
    ABNF", RFC 2234, Internet Mail Consortium, Demon Internet Ltd.,
    November 1997.

    [Content-Features] Kline, G., "Indicating Media Features for MIME
    Content", RFC 2912, September 2000.

    [MIME-Format] Freed, N. and N. Borenstein, "Multipurpose Internet
    Mail Extensions (MIME) Part One:  Format of Internet Message
    Bodies", RFC 2045, November 2996.

    [MIME-Types] Freed, N. and N. Borenstein, "Multipurpose Internet
    Mail Extensions (MIME) Part Two:  Media Types", RFC 2046, November
    1996.

    [Media-Features] Holtman, K., A. Mutz and T. Hardie, "Media Feature
    Tag Registration Procedure", RFC 2506, BCP 31, March 1999.

    [MP4-reg] MP4REG, The MPEG-4 Registration Authority,
    <url://www.mp4ra.org>


11.  Informative References









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    [13k] Gellens, R and H. Garudadri, "The QCP File Format and Media
    Types for Speech Data", RFC 3625, September 2003.

    [AMR] Sjoberg, J., M. Westerlund, A. Lakaniemi, Q. Xie, "Real-Time
    Transport Protocol (RTP) Payload Format and File Storage Format for
    the Adaptive Multi-Rate (AMR) and Adaptive Multi-Rate Wideband
    (AMR-WB) Audio Codecs", RFC 3267, June 2002.

    [3GPP-Codecs] TS 26.234, Third Generation Partnership Project
    (3GPP), "Transparent End-to-End Packet-Switched Streaming Service
    (PSS); 3GPP file format (3GP)", URL:
    <http://www.3gpp.org/ftp/Specs/html-info/26234.htm>

    [3GPP-Formats] TS 26.244, Third Generation Partnership Project
    (3GPP), "Transparent End-to-End Packet Switched Streaming Service;
    3GPP file format (3GP)", URL:
    <http://www.3gpp.org/ftp/Specs/html-info/26244.htm>

    [3GPP2-Formats] Third Generation Partnership Project 2, "3GPP2 File
    Formats for Multimedia Service", URL:
    <http://www.3gpp2.org/Public_html/specs/C.S0050-0_v1.0_121503.pdf>

    [MP41] ISO/IEC 14496-1:2001, "Information technology--Coding of
    audio-visual objects--Part 1:  Systems".

    [MP4A] ISO/IEC 14496-3:2001, "Information Technology--Coding of
    Audio/Visual Object--Part 3:  Audio".

    [MP4V] ISO/IEC 14496-2:2001, "Information Technology--Coding of
    Audio/Visual Object--Part 2:  Video".


12.  Authors' Addresses

    Randall Gellens
    QUALCOMM Incorporated
    5775 Morehouse Drive
    San Diego, CA  92121
    USA
    randy@qualcomm.com

    David Singer
    Apple Computer, Inc.
    One Infinite Loop, MS:302-3MT
    Cupertino  CA 95014
    USA
    singer@apple.com
    +1 408 974 3162



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    Per Frojdh
    Ericsson Research
    Multimedia Technologies
    SE-164 80 Stockholm, SWEDEN
    +46 8 7190000
    Per.Frojdh@ericsson.com


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