Patents Assigned to Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
  • Publication number: 20180227691
    Abstract: Example embodiments disclosed herein relate to audio signal processing. The audio signal has multiple audio objects. A method of processing an audio signal is disclosed. The method includes obtaining an object position for each of the audio objects; and determining cluster positions for grouping the audio objects into clusters based on the object positions, a plurality of object-to-cluster gains, and a set of metrics. The metrics indicate a quality of the cluster positions and a quality of the object-to-cluster gains, each of the cluster positions is a centroid of a respective one of the clusters, and one of the object-to-cluster gains defines a ratio of the respective audio object in one of the clusters. The method also includes determining the object-to-cluster gains based on the object positions, the cluster positions and the set of metrics; and generating a cluster signal based on the determined cluster positions and object-to-cluster gains.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Lianwu Chen, Lie Lu, Dirk Jeroen Breebaart
  • Patent number: 10044337
    Abstract: Equalizer controller and controlling method are disclosed. In one embodiment, an equalizer controller includes an audio classifier for identifying the audio type of an audio signal in real time; and an adjusting unit for adjusting an equalizer in a continuous manner based on the confidence value of the audio type as identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Lie Lu, Jun Wang, Alan J. Seefeldt, Mingqing Hu
  • Patent number: 10045115
    Abstract: Personal audio systems and methods are disclosed. A personal audio system includes a voice activity detector to determine whether or not an ambient audio stream contains voice activity, a pitch estimator to determine a frequency of a fundamental component of an annoyance noise contained in the ambient audio stream, and a filter bank to attenuate the fundamental component and at least one harmonic component of the annoyance noise to generate a personal audio stream. The filter bank implements a first filter function when the ambient audio stream does not contain voice activity, or a second filter function when the ambient audio stream contains voice activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Gints Klimanis, Anthony Parks
  • Publication number: 20180217485
    Abstract: Projector display systems comprising a light dimmer and first modulator are disclosed. The light dimmer may comprise an adjustable iris, adjustable light sources and/or LCD stack that is capable of lowering the luminance of the light source illuminated the first modulator. The first modulator may comprise a plurality of analog mirrors (e.g. MEMS array) and the second modulator may comprise a plurality of mirrors (e.g., DMD array). The display system may further comprise a controller that sends control signals to the light dimmer and first modulator. The display system may render a desired dynamic range for rendering a projected image by a combination of such control signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Douglas J. GORNY, Douglas J. DARROW, Craig TODD, Martin J. RICHARDS
  • Publication number: 20180220144
    Abstract: In a method to code and transmit scalable HDR video signals, HDR signals are processed and encoded in the IPT-PQ color space to generate a base layer at reduced spatial resolution and/or dynamic range, and an enhancement layer with a residual signal. A signal reshaping block before the base layer encoder allows for improved coding of HDR signals using a reduced bit depth. A decoder can use a BL decoder and backward reshaping to generate a decoded BL HDR signal at a reduced dynamic range and/or spatial resolution, or it can combine the decoded BL HDR signal and the EL stream to generate a decoded HDR signal at full dynamic range and full resolution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Guan-Ming Su, Sheng Qu, Samir N. Hulyalkar, David Brooks
  • Publication number: 20180218749
    Abstract: Methods for detecting whether a rendered version of a specified seamless connection (“SSC”) at a connection point between two audio segment sequences results in an audible discontinuity, and methods for analyzing at least one SSC between audio segment sequences to determine whether a renderable version of each SSC would have an audible discontinuity at the connection point when rendered, and in appropriate cases, for a SSC having a renderable version which is determined to have an audible discontinuity when rendered, correcting at least one audio segment of at least one segment sequence to be connected in accordance with the SSC in an effort to ensure that rendering of the SSC will result in seamless connection without an audible discontinuity. Other aspects are editing systems configured to implement any of the methods, and storage media and rendering systems which store audio data generated in accordance with any of the methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Roy M. FEJGIN, Freddie SANCHEZ, Vinay MELKOTE, Michael WARD
  • Publication number: 20180218576
    Abstract: Techniques for low bit rate parametric encoding of haptic-tactile signals. The techniques encompass a parametric encoding method. The parametric encoding method includes the steps of: for at least one frame of a plurality of frames of a source haptic-tactile signal, representing the source haptic-tactile signal in the frame as a set of parameters and according to a functional representation; and including the set of parameters in a bit stream that encodes the source haptic-tactile signal. The functional representation is based on one of a set of orthogonal functionals, or polynomial approximation. For example, the functional representation can be based on one of Chebyshev functionals of the first kind through order n, Chebyshev functionals of the second kind through order n, or k-th order polynomial approximation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicants: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION, DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Sunil BHARITKAR, Charles Q. ROBINSON, Vivek KUMAR, Jeffrey RIEDMILLER, Christof FERSCH
  • Publication number: 20180220248
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for decompressing a Higher Order Ambisonics (HOA) signal representation is disclosed. The apparatus includes an input interface that receives an encoded directional signal and an encoded ambient signal and an audio decoder that perceptually decodes the encoded directional signal and encoded ambient signal to produce a decoded directional signal and a decoded ambient signal, respectively. The apparatus further includes an extractor for obtaining side information related to the directional signal and an inverse transformer for converting the decoded ambient signal from a spatial domain to an HOA domain representation of the ambient signal. The apparatus also includes a synthesizer for recomposing a Higher Order Ambisonics (HOA) signal from the HOA domain representation of the ambient signal and the decoded directional signal. The side information includes a direction of the directional signal selected from a set of uniformly spaced directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alexander Krüger, Sven Kordon, Johannes Boehm, Johann-Markus Batke
  • Patent number: 10037762
    Abstract: Soundfield signals such as e.g. Ambisonics carry a representation of a desired sound field. The Ambisonics format is based on spherical harmonic decomposition of the soundfield, and Higher Order Ambisonics (HOA) uses spherical harmonics of at least 2nd order. However, commonly used loudspeaker setups are irregular and lead to problems in decoder design. A method for improved decoding an audio soundfield representation for audio playback comprises calculating a panning function (W) using a geometrical method based on the positions of a plurality of loudspeakers and a plurality of source directions, calculating a mode matrix (?) from the loudspeaker positions, calculating a pseudo-inverse mode matrix (?+) and decoding the audio soundfield representation. The decoding is based on a decode matrix (D) that is obtained from the panning function (W) and the pseudo-inverse mode matrix (?+).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Johann-Markus Batke, Florian Keiler, Johannes Boehm
  • Patent number: 10038916
    Abstract: Encoding and decoding architectures for 3D video delivery are described, such as 2D compatible 3D video delivery and frame compatible 3D video delivery. The architectures include pre-processing stages to pre-process the output of a base layer video encoder and/or decoder and input the pre-processed output into an enhancement layer video encoder and/or decoder of one or more enhancement layers. Multiplexing methods of how to combine the base and enhancement layer videos are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Alexandros Tourapis, Peshala V. Pahalawatta, Athanasios Leontaris, Kevin J. Stec, Walter J. Husak
  • Patent number: 10036938
    Abstract: Projection systems and/or methods for efficient use of light by recycling a portion of the light energy are disclosed. In one embodiment, a projection display system is disclosed comprising a light source; an integrated rod that receives light from said light source at a proximal end that comprise a reflective surface which may reflecting/recycle light down said integrating rod; and a modulator comprising at least one moveable mirror that reflects light received from the integrating rod in either a projection direction or a light recycling direction. In other embodiments, dual and multiple modulator projector display systems are disclosed. A first modulator may affect either a pre-modulated halftone image or may affect a highlights modulated image for a desired image to be displayed. A second modulator may be provided for primary modulation of a desired image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas J. Gorny, Martin J. Richards
  • Patent number: 10038965
    Abstract: The invention improves HOA sound field representation compression. The HOA representation is analyzed for the presence of dominant sound sources and their directions are estimated. Then the HOA representation is decomposed into a number of dominant directional signals and a residual component. This residual component is transformed into the discrete spatial domain in order to obtain general plane wave functions at uniform sampling directions, which are predicted from the dominant directional signals. Finally, the prediction error is transformed back to the HOA domain and represents the residual ambient HOA component for which an order reduction is performed, followed by perceptual encoding of the dominant directional signals and the residual component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander Krueger, Sven Kordon, Johannes Boehm
  • Patent number: 10038961
    Abstract: Example embodiments disclosed herein relate to modelling a frequency response characteristic of an electro-acoustic transducer. A method includes obtaining at least one measurement of the frequency response characteristic for at least one electro-acoustic transducer of the category. A model of a frequency response characteristic specific to a category of electro-acoustic transducers is generated at least in part based on perceptual importance of a frequency band, an averaged, normalized or microphone compensated measurement such that the distortion of the model is optimized. A further method for estimating a frequency response characteristic of an electro-acoustic transducer is based on the generated model and the sensitivity of the electro-acoustic transducer or headphone. Corresponding system and computer program product are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Guilin Ma, Xiguang Zheng, C. Phillip Brown
  • Patent number: 10037763
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for generating an encoded audio bitstream, including by including substream structure metadata (SSM) and/or program information metadata (PIM) and audio data in the bitstream. Other aspects are apparatus and methods for decoding such a bitstream, and an audio processing unit (e.g., an encoder, decoder, or post-processor) configured (e.g., programmed) to perform any embodiment of the method or which includes a buffer memory which stores at least one frame of an audio bitstream generated in accordance with any embodiment of the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey Riedmiller, Michael Ward
  • Patent number: 10037764
    Abstract: When compressing an HOA data frame representation, a gain control (15, 151) is applied for each channel signal before it is perceptually encoded (16). The gain values are transferred in a differential manner as side information. However, for starting decoding of such streamed compressed HOA data frame representation absolute gain values are required, which should be coded with a minimum number of bits. For determining such lowest integer number (?e) of bits the HOA data frame representation (C(k)) is rendered in spatial domain to virtual loudspeaker signals lying on a unit sphere, followed by normalisation of the HOA data frame representation (C(k)). Then the lowest integer number of bits is set to ?e=? log2(?log2(?{square root over (KMAX)}·O)?+1)?.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander Krueger, Sven Kordon
  • Publication number: 20180210220
    Abstract: Shaped glasses have curved surface lenses with spectrally complementary filters disposed thereon. The filters curved surface lenses are configured to compensate for wavelength shifts occurring due to viewing angles and other sources. Complementary images are projected for viewing through projection filters having passbands that pre-shift to compensate for subsequent wavelength shifts. At least one filter may have more than 3 primary passbands. For example, two filters include a first filter having passbands of low blue, high blue, low green, high green, and red, and a second filter having passbands of blue, green, and red. The additional passbands may be utilized to more closely match a color space and white point of a projector in which the filters are used. The shaped glasses and projection filters together may be utilized as a system for projecting and viewing 3D images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Martin J. Richards, Wilson Allen, Gary D. Gomes
  • Publication number: 20180211682
    Abstract: In an apparatus configured to perform signal processing on audio data of a first sampling rate, methods disclosed herein comprise receiving audio data of a second sampling rate, the second sampling rate being higher than the first sampling rate. The methods comprise applying filtering to the audio data of the second sampling rate to thereby produce first filtered audio data and second filtered audio data, the first filtered audio data comprising mainly component frequencies which are audible to the human ear, the second filtered audio data comprising mainly components frequencies which are substantially inaudible to the human ear. The methods further comprise applying first signal processing to the first filtered audio data; and applying second signal processing to the second filtered audio data, the second signal processing having a lower computational complexity than the first signal processing. Corresponding apparatus and computer readable media are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nicholas L. ENGEL, Nicholas Luke APPLETON, Alan J. SEEFELDT
  • Publication number: 20180213246
    Abstract: Implementations are provided that relate, for example, to view tiling in video encoding and decoding. A particular method includes accessing a video picture that includes multiple pictures combined into a single picture (826), accessing information indicating how the multiple pictures in the accessed video picture are combined (806, 808, 822), decoding the video picture to provide a decoded representation of at least one of the multiple pictures (824, 826), and providing the accessed information and the decoded video picture as output (824, 826). Some other implementations format or process the information that indicates how multiple pictures included in a single video picture are combined into the single video picture, and format or process an encoded representation of the combined multiple pictures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Purvin Bibhas PANDIT, Peng YIN, Dong TIAN
  • Publication number: 20180210695
    Abstract: Embodiments are described for a method of rendering audio for playback through headphones comprising receiving digital audio content, receiving binaural rendering metadata generated by an authoring tool processing the received digital audio content, receiving playback metadata generated by a playback device, and combining the binaural rendering metadata and playback metadata to optimize playback of the digital audio content through the headphones.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nicolas R. TSINGOS, Rhonda WILSON, Sunil BHARITKAR, C. Phillip BROWN, Alan J. SEEFELDT, Remi AUDFRAY
  • Publication number: 20180211440
    Abstract: Directional image sensor data may be acquired with one or more directional image sensors. A light source and illumination image may be generated based on the directional image sensor data. A number of operations may be caused to be performed for an image based at least in part on light source information in the light source image. The operations may include display management operations, device positional operations, augmented reality superimposition operations, ambient light control operations, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Timo KUNKEL, Patrick GRIFFIS, Gregory John WARD