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3. Registering Payload Types

3. Registering Payload Types

This profile defines a set of standard encodings and their payload types when used within RTP. Other encodings and their payload types are to be registered with the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA). When registering a new encoding/payload type, the following information should be provided:

  • name and description of encoding, in particular the RTP timestamp clock rate; the names defined here are 3 or 4 characters long to allow a compact representation if needed;

  • indication of who has change control over the encoding (for example, ISO, CCITT/ITU, other international standardization bodies, a consortium or a particular company or group of companies);

  • any operating parameters or profiles;

  • a reference to a further description, if available, for example (in order of preference) an RFC, a published paper, a patent filing, a technical report, documented source code or a computer manual;

  • for proprietary encodings, contact information (postal and email address);

  • the payload type value for this profile, if necessary (see below).

Note that not all encodings to be used by RTP need to be assigned a static payload type. Non-RTP means beyond the scope of this memo (such as directory services or invitation protocols) may be used to establish a dynamic mapping between a payload type drawn from the range 96-127 and an encoding. For implementor convenience, this profile contains descriptions of encodings which do not currently have a static payload type assigned to them.

The available payload type space is relatively small. Thus, new static payload types are assigned only if the following conditions are met:

  • The encoding is of interest to the Internet community at large.

  • It offers benefits compared to existing encodings and/or is required for interoperation with existing, widely deployed conferencing or multimedia systems.

  • The description is sufficient to build a decoder.


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