[Matroska-devel] SImple Block Header

Moritz Bunkus moritz at bunkus.org
Thu Jun 16 15:13:40 CEST 2011


a simple block element, like every other EBML element, begins with its
ID and its total size.

> Size = 1 + (1-8) + 4 + (4 + (4)) octets. So from 6 to 21 octets.

Here: The ID of the simple block element is one byte long (0xA3), hence
the "1".

The total size of the element can be anywhere from 6 to several million
bytes. The size is encoded the same everywhere: as a variable length
integer. Hence the "(1-8)", meaning it is coded with at least 1 but at
most 8 bytes.

The next element is the track number etc. This is usually one byte long,
but can be longer; again it's a variable length integer.

Then there's the relative timecode stored as a two-byte signed integer.

Well... I don't understand the 4 + (4 + (4)) part either ;) Follow
How to calculate lacing is shown right above that section.

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