[FFmpeg-devel] [PATCH] support for ordered chapters/segment linking in Matroska

Michael Niedermayer michaelni
Wed Aug 13 01:26:17 CEST 2008

On Wed, Aug 13, 2008 at 12:17:50AM +0200, John B wrote:
> Sorry for the spam, but I took a look at the appropriate places and I
> think this *might* be possible, and also give ffmpeg a nice feature
> (concatenation of Vorbis streams) in the process.
> Vorbis has 3 header packets for setup. The first one has a few
> critical values that must match (samplerate, channels and both
> blocksizes [window sizes] - incidentally, mkvmerge doesn't check
> blocksizes). The 2nd header is metadata and isn't needed for decoding.
> The third is the setup header and is where things turn interesting -
> it includes a number of (VLC) codebooks, (spectral) floors, residues,
> (channel) mappings and finally modes. A mode references a block size
> and a mapping, which references floors and residues, which reference
> codeblocks.
> Every audio packet has a single bit header (a 0) followed as few bits
> as possible [ilog(modes)] to select a mode number for decoding, and
> then comes the actual packet data.
> The idea here is that you can theoretically build a codec setup header
> that contains all setups from all the concatenated segments. This
> would increase the size of every individual audio packet an average of
> log2(n) bits, where n is the total number of setups you're merging.
> You'd have to modify the audio packets to point to the correct setup.
> A more refined implementation would try to re-use matching modes
> whenever possible.

insanity ...

If you want to concatenate use a codec that supports it, mp3, ac3 and aac
likely do. vorbis does not unless all 3 headers match exactly.


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