Patents Assigned to Dolby International AB
  • Patent number: 10236010
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a pitch filter for filtering a preliminary audio signal generated from an audio bitstream is disclosed. The pitch filter has an operating mode selected from one of either: (i) an active mode where the preliminary audio signal is filtered using filtering information to obtain a filtered audio signal, and (ii) an inactive mode where the pitch filter is disabled. The preliminary audio signal is generated in an audio encoder or audio decoder having a coding mode selected from at least two distinct coding modes, and the pitch filter is capable of being selectively operated in either the active mode or the inactive mode while operating in the coding mode based on control information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Barbara Resch, Kristofer Kjörling, Lars Villemoes
  • Publication number: 20190080700
    Abstract: The present document describes a method (800) for allocating bits to a frame (301) of a sequence of frames (301) to yield a bitstream having a constant average bitrate, wherein the frame (301) comprises audio data and metadata. The method (800) comprises maintaining (801) an overall bit reservoir (100) and maintaining (802) a virtual bit reservoir (510) being a subset of the overall bit reservoir (100), such that bits for the metadata of the frame (301) are allocated from the virtual bit reservoir (510) and such that bits for the audio data of the frame (301) are allocated from the overall bit reservoir (100).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Applicant: DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Michael SCHUG, Holger HOERICH, Tobias R. WAGENBLASS, Christof FERSCH, Karsten LINZMEIER
  • Publication number: 20190081719
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for concealing packet loss in a received audio stream. Candidate frequency lines may be identified within one or two previous frames of the audio stream. For two-frame concealment, gains may be calculated for each candidate frequency line between a first frame and a second frame, and candidate frequency lines may be selected based on the calculated gains. Different techniques may be used to select the candidate frequency lines, including a full-search method and a hybrid method based on selecting peaks from a pseudospectrum. Sub-band predictors may be selected from a database of predictor candidates based on the selected candidate frequency lines. Each predictor may be a function of frequency, and the selected predictors may be arranged as a matrix. The sub-band predictors may then be applied to corresponding blocks of the second frame to obtain sub-band coefficients used to reconstruct the lost frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Applicants: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Shen HUANG, Lars VILLEMOES
  • Patent number: 10224046
    Abstract: A method, an apparatus, logic (e.g., executable instructions encoded in a non-transitory computer-readable medium to carry out a method), and a non-transitory computer-readable medium configured with such instructions. The method is to generate and spatially render spatial comfort noise at a receiving endpoint of a conference system, such that the comfort noise has target spectral characteristics typical of comfort noise, and at least one spatial property that at least substantially matches at least one target spatial property. On version includes receiving one or more or more audio signals from other endpoints, combining the received audio signals with the spatial comfort noise signals, and rendering the combination of the received audio signals and the spatial comfort noise signals to a set of output signals for loudspeakers, such that the spatial comfort noise signals are continually in the output signal sin addition to output from the received audio signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignees: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Glenn N. Dickins, Xuejing Sun, Yen-Liang Shue, Heiko Purnhagen
  • Patent number: 10224040
    Abstract: The present application relates to packet loss concealment apparatus and method, and audio processing system. According to an embodiment, the packet loss concealment apparatus is provided for concealing packet losses in a stream of audio packets, each audio packet comprising at least one audio frame in transmission format comprising at least one monaural component and at least one spatial component. The packet loss concealment apparatus may comprises a first concealment unit for creating the at least one monaural component for a lost frame in a lost packet and a second concealment unit for creating the at least one spatial component for the lost frame. According to the embodiment, spatial artifacts such as incorrect angle and diffuseness may be avoided as far as possible in PLC for multi-channel spatial or sound field encoded audio signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignees: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Shen Huang, Xuejing Sun, Heiko Purnhagen
  • Publication number: 20190066702
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for switching between lossy coded time segments and a lossless stream of the same source audio. A decoder may receive lossy coded time segments that include audio encoded using frequency-domain lossy coding. The decoder may also receive a lossless stream, which the decoder plays back, that includes audio from the same source encoded using lossless coding. In response to receiving a determination that network bandwidth is constrained, the decoder may generate an aliasing cancellation component based on a previously-decoded frame of the lossless stream, which may be added to a lossy time segment at a transition frame. The sum of the aliasing cancellation component and the lossy time segment may be normalized using a weight caused by an encoding window. Audio playback of the lossy coded time segments may then be provided, beginning with the aliasing-canceled transition frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Applicant: Dolby International AB
    Inventor: Arijit BISWAS
  • Publication number: 20190066708
    Abstract: There is provided methods and apparatuses for decoding and encoding of audio signals. In particular, a method for decoding includes receiving a waveform-coded signal having a spectral content corresponding to a subset of the frequency range above a cross-over frequency. The waveform-coded signal is interleaved with a parametric high frequency reconstruction of the audio signal above the cross-over frequency. In this way an improved reconstruction of the high frequency bands of the audio signal is achieved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Applicant: DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Kristofer KJOERLING, Robin THESING, Harald MUNDT, Heiko PURNHAGEN, Karl Jonas ROEDEN
  • Publication number: 20190065140
    Abstract: In an audio encoder, for audio content received in a source audio format, default gains are generated based on a default dynamic range compression (DRC) curve, and non-default gains are generated for a non-default gain profile. Based on the default gains and non-default gains, differential gains are generated. An audio signal comprising the audio content, the default DRC curve, and differential gains is generated. In an audio decoder, the default DRC curve and the differential gains are identified from the audio signal. Default gains are re-generated based on the default DRC curve. Based on the combination of the re-generated default gains and the differential gains, operations are performed on the audio content extracted from the audio signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Applicants: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION, DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Jeroen Koppens, Jeffrey Riedmiller, Kristofer Kjoerling, Alexander Stahlmann, Holger Hoerich, Alan J. Seefeldt
  • Publication number: 20190069115
    Abstract: Currently there is no simple and satisfying way to create 3D audio from existing 2D content. The conversion from 2D to 3D sound should spatially redistribute the sound from existing channels. From a multi-channel 2D audio input signal (x(k)(t)) a 3D sound representation is generated which includes an HOA representation Formula (I) and channel object signals Formula (II) scaled from channels of the 2D audio input signal. Additional signals Formula (III) placed in the 3D space are generated by scaling (21, 222; 41, 422; Formula (IV)) channels from the 2D audio input signal and by decorrelating (24, 25; 44, 45, 451; Formula (V)) a scaled version of a mix of channels from the 2D audio input signal, whereby spatial positions for the additional signals are predetermined. The additional signals Formula (III) are converted (27; 47) to a HOA representation Formula (I).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Applicant: DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Alexander KRUEGER, Johannes BOEHM, Sven KORDON, Xiaoming CHEN, Stefan ABELING, Florian KEILER, Holger KROPP
  • Publication number: 20190066707
    Abstract: The present invention proposes a new method for improving the performance of a real-valued filterbank based spectral envelope adjuster. By adaptively locking the gain values for adjacent channels dependent on the sign of the channels, as defined in the application, reduced aliasing is achieved. Furthermore, the grouping of the channels during gain-calculation, gives an improved energy estimate of the real valued subband signals in the filterbank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Applicant: DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Kristofer KJOERLING, Lars VILLEMOES
  • Patent number: 10217476
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a companding method and system for reducing coding noise in an audio codec. A compression process reduces an original dynamic range of an initial audio signal through a compression process that divides the initial audio signal into a plurality of segments using a defined window shape, calculates a wideband gain in the frequency domain using a non-energy based average of frequency domain samples of the initial audio signal, and applies individual gain values to amplify segments of relatively low intensity and attenuate segments of relatively high intensity. The compressed audio signal is then expanded back to the substantially the original dynamic range that applies inverse gain values to amplify segments of relatively high intensity and attenuating segments of relatively low intensity. A QMF filterbank is used to analyze the initial audio signal to obtain a frequency domain representation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignees: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Per Hedelin, Arijit Biswas, Michael Schug, Vinay Melkote
  • Patent number: 10218989
    Abstract: A system for decoding a video bitstream includes receiving a frame of the video that includes at least one slice and at least one tile and where each of the at least one slice and the at least one tile are not all aligned with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventor: Sachin G. Deshpande
  • Patent number: 10217474
    Abstract: On the basis of a bitstream (P), an n-channel audio signal (X) is reconstructed by deriving an m-channel core signal (Y) and multichannel coding parameters (a) from the bitstream, where 1?m<n. Also derived from the bitstream are pre-processing dynamic range control, DRC, parameters (DRC2) quantifying an encoder-side dynamic range limiting of the core signal. The n-channel audio signal is obtained by parametric synthesis in accordance with the multichannel coding parameters and while cancelling any encoder-side dynamic range limiting based on the pre-processing DRC parameters. In particular embodiments, the reconstruction further includes use of compensated post-processing DRC parameters quantifying a potential decoder-side dynamic range compression. Cancellation of an encoder-side range limitation and range compression are preferably performed by different decoder-side components. Cancellation and compression may be coordinated by a DRC pre-processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignees: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Jeffrey Riedmiller, Karl J. Roeden, Kristofer Kjoerling, Heiko Purnhagen, Vinay Melkote, Leif Sehlstrom
  • Publication number: 20190057694
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods for processing a decoded audio signal and for selectively applying speech/dialog enhancement to the decoded audio signal. The present disclosure also relates to a method of operating a headset for computer-mediated reality. A method of processing a decoded audio signal comprises obtaining a measure of a cognitive load of a listener that listens to a rendering of the audio signal, determining whether speech/dialog enhancement shall be applied based on the obtained measure of the cognitive load, and performing speech/dialog enhancement based on the determination. A method of operating a headset for computer-mediated reality comprises obtaining eye-tracking data of a wearer of the headset, determining a measure of a cognitive load of the wearer of the headset based on the eye-tracking data, and outputting an indication of the cognitive load of the wearer of the headset.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2018
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Applicant: Dolby International AB
    Inventor: Arijit Biswas
  • Publication number: 20190057713
    Abstract: A method for hybrid speech enhancement which employs parametric-coded enhancement (or blend of parametric-coded and waveform-coded enhancement) under some signal conditions and waveform-coded enhancement (or a different blend of parametric-coded and waveform-coded enhancement) under other signal conditions. Other aspects are methods for generating a bitstream indicative of an audio program including speech and other content, such that hybrid speech enhancement can be performed on the program, a decoder including a buffer which stores at least one segment of an encoded audio bitstream generated by any embodiment of the inventive method, and a system or device (e.g., an encoder or decoder) configured (e.g., programmed) to perform any embodiment of the inventive method. At least some of speech enhancement operations are performed by a recipient audio decoder with Mid/Side speech enhancement metadata generated by an upstream audio encoder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Applicants: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION, DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Jeroen KOPPENS, Hannes MUESCH
  • Publication number: 20190051312
    Abstract: The present invention provides improvements to prior art audio codecs that generate a stereo-illusion through post-processing of a received mono signal. These improvements are accomplished by extraction of stereo-image describing parameters at the encoder side, which are transmitted and subsequently used for control of a stereo generator at the decoder side. Furthermore, the invention bridges the gap between simple pseudo-stereo methods, and current methods of true stereo-coding, by using a new form of parametric stereo coding. A stereo-balance parameter is introduced, which enables more advanced stereo modes, and in addition forms the basis of a new method of stereo-coding of spectral envelopes, of particular use in systems where guided HFR (High Frequency Reconstruction) is employed. As a special case, the application of this stereo-coding scheme in scalable HFR-based codecs is described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Applicant: DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Fredrik HENN, Kristofer KJORLING, Lars LILJERYD, Jonas RODEN, Jonas ENGDEGARD
  • Publication number: 20190037283
    Abstract: Personalized audio metadata is generated based on audio program elements and presentation configuration metadata to specify personalized audio presentations for a media presentation. The personalized audio metadata is transmitted to an adaptive streaming client in response to receiving a media presentation request by the adaptive streaming client for the media presentation. Audio program elements of a specific personalized audio presentation are transmitted to the adaptive streaming client in response to receiving subsequent media streaming requests for the audio program elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Applicants: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION, DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Kurt KRAUSS, Michael Peter ASSENTI
  • Publication number: 20190037331
    Abstract: Methods for dialogue enhancing audio content, comprising providing a first audio signal presentation of the audio components, providing a second audio signal presentation, receiving a set of dialogue estimation parameters configured to enable estimation of dialogue components from the first audio signal presentation, applying said set of dialogue estimation parameters to said first audio signal presentation, to form a dialogue presentation of the dialogue components; and combining the dialogue presentation with said second audio signal presentation to form a dialogue enhanced audio signal presentation for reproduction on the second audio reproduction system, wherein at least one of said first and second audio signal presentation is a binaural audio signal presentation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Applicants: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Leif Jonas SAMUELSSON, Dirk Jeroen BREEBAART, David Matthew COOPER, Jeroen KOPPENS
  • Publication number: 20190035411
    Abstract: A method for generating a bitstream indicative of an object based audio program is described. The bitstream comprises a sequence of containers. A first container of the sequence of containers comprises a plurality of substream entities for a plurality of substreams of the object based audio program and a presentation section. The method comprises determining a set of object channels. The method further comprises providing a set of object related metadata for the set of object channels. In addition, the method comprises inserting a first set of object channel frames and a first set of object related metadata frames into a respective set of substream entities of the first container. Furthermore, the method comprises inserting presentation data into the presentation section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Applicant: DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Christof FERSCH, Alexander STAHLMANN
  • Patent number: 10192562
    Abstract: The invention provides an efficient implementation of cross-product enhanced high-frequency reconstruction (HFR), wherein a new component at frequency Q?+r?0 is generated on the basis of existing components at ? and ?+?0. The invention provides a block-based harmonic transposition, wherein a time block of complex subband samples is processed with a common phase modification. Superposition of several modified samples has the net effect of limiting undesirable intermodulation products, thereby enabling a coarser frequency resolution and/or lower degree of oversampling to be used. In one embodiment, the invention further includes a window function suitable for use with block-based cross-product enhanced HFR. A hardware embodiment of the invention may include an analysis filter bank, a subband processing unit configurable by control data and a synthesis filter bank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventor: Lars Villemoes