Patents Assigned to Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
  • Patent number: 10410675
    Abstract: Methods for digital content production and playback of an immersive stereographic video work provide or enhance interactivity of immersive entertainment using various different playback and production techniques. “Immersive stereographic” may refer to virtual reality, augmented reality, or both. The methods may be implemented using specialized equipment for immersive stereographic playback or production. Aspects of the methods may be encoded as instructions in a computer memory, executable by one or more processors of the equipment to perform the aspects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Gregory I. Gewickey, Lewis S. Ostrover, Michael Smith, Michael Zink
  • Patent number: 10340870
    Abstract: A method or apparatus for delivering audio programming such as music to listeners may include identifying, capturing and applying a listener's audiometric profile to transform audio content so that the listener hears the content similarly to how the content was originally heard by a creative producer of the content. An audio testing tool may be implemented as software application to identify and capture the listener's audiometric profile. A signal processor may operate an algorithm used for processing source audio content, obtaining an identity and an audiometric reference profile of the creative producer from metadata associated with the content. The signal processor may then provide audio output based on a difference between the listener's and creative producer's audiometric profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Darcy Antonellis, Lewis Ostover
  • Patent number: 10326978
    Abstract: An apparatus for generating a 3D presentation is described wherein the 3D presentation (that could include a 3D movie, a VR (virtual reality) and/or an AR (augmented reality) content) from original 3D content including original audio and visual components, forming a plurality of scenes, each scene being associated with a respective environment or environments having respective audio characteristics. The original audio components in at least some of the scenes are modified by the apparatus to conform with or compensate for the acoustic characteristics of the respective scene and/or the environment of the location where the presentation is taking place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Lewis S. Ostrover, Bradley Thomas Collar
  • Patent number: 10276211
    Abstract: Methods for digital content production and playback of an immersive stereographic video work provide or enhance interactivity of immersive entertainment using various different playback and production techniques. “Immersive stereographic” may refer to virtual reality, augmented reality, or both. The methods may be implemented using specialized equipment for immersive stereographic playback or production. Aspects of the methods may be encoded as instructions in a computer memory, executable by one or more processors of the equipment to perform the aspects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Gregory I. Gewickey, Lewis S. Ostrover, Michael Smith, Michael Zink
  • Patent number: 10277862
    Abstract: Video conversion technology, in which a first stream of video content is accessed and multiple, different layers are extracted from the first stream of the video content. Each of the multiple, different layers are separately processed to convert the multiple, different layers into modified layers that each have a higher resolution. The modified layers are reassembled into a second stream of the video content that has a higher resolution than the first stream of the video content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: William Evans Butterworth, Roger Raymond Dwinell, Valerie McMahon
  • Patent number: 10277883
    Abstract: Mathematical relationships between the scene geometry, camera parameters, and viewing environment are used to control stereography to obtain various results influencing the viewer's perception of 3D imagery. The methods may include setting a horizontal shift, convergence distance, and camera interaxial parameter to achieve various effects. The methods may be implemented in a computer-implemented tool for interactively modifying scene parameters during a 2D-to-3D conversion process, which may then trigger the re-rendering of the 3D content on the fly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Christopher E. Nolan, Bradley T. Collar, Michael D. Smith
  • Patent number: 10249091
    Abstract: An augmented reality (AR) output device or virtual reality (VR) output device is worn by a user, and includes one or more sensors positioned to detect actions performed by a user of the immersive output device. A processor provides a data signal configured for the AR or VR output device, causing the immersive output device to provide AR output or VR output via a stereographic display device. The data signal encodes audio-video data. The processor controls a pace of scripted events defined by a narrative in the one of the AR output or the VR output, based on output from the one or more sensors indicating actions performed by a user of the AR or VR output device. The audio-video data may be packaged in a non-transitory computer-readable medium with additional content that is coordinated with the defined narrative and is configured for providing an alternative output, such as 2D video output or the stereoscopic 3D output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Christopher DeFaria, Piotr Mintus, Gary Lake-Schaal, Lewis Ostrover
  • Patent number: 10213688
    Abstract: A processor provides a simulated three-dimensional (3D) environment for a game or virtual reality (VR) experience, including controlling a characteristic parameter of a 3D object or character based on at least one of: an asynchronous event in a second game, feedback from multiple synchronous users of the VR experience, or on a function driven by one or variables reflecting a current state of at least one of the 3D environment, the game or the VR experience. In another aspect, a sensor coupled to an AR/VR headset detects an eye convergence distance. A processor adjusts a focus distance for a virtual camera that determines rendering of a three-dimensional (3D) object for a display device of the headset, based on at least one of the eye convergence distance or a directed focus of attention for the at least one of the VR content or the AR content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
    Inventors: Greg Gewicke, Gary Lake-Schaal, Piotr Mintus, Lewis Ostrover, Michael Smith
  • Patent number: 10182203
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to an optical disc player with a standard digital port, such as a USB port, coupled to an external storage, such as a thumb drive, coupled to a standard digital port such as a USB port. The external storage may also be used to provide content, commands or applications that enable the player to present certain additional content, or to perform certain additional or enhanced functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Lewis S. Ostrover, Bradley T. Collar
  • Patent number: 10178413
    Abstract: Efficient image compression for video data characterized by a non-neutral dominant white point is achieved by transforming the input video signal into a de-correlated video signal based on a color difference encoding transform, wherein the color difference encoding transform is adapted based on the dominant white point using an algorithm. The adapting algorithm is designed for optimizing low-entropy output when the white point is other than a neutral or equal-energy value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventor: Michael D. Smith
  • Patent number: 10109320
    Abstract: Methods for digital content production and playback of an immersive stereographic video work provide or enhance interactivity of immersive entertainment using various different playback and production techniques. “Immersive stereographic” may refer to virtual reality, augmented reality, or both. The methods may be implemented using specialized equipment for immersive stereographic playback or production. Aspects of the methods may be encoded as instructions in a computer memory, executable by one or more processors of the equipment to perform the aspects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory I. Gewickey, Lewis S. Ostrover, Michael Smith, Michael Zink
  • Patent number: 10026452
    Abstract: An apparatus generating audio cues for content indicative of the position of audio objects within the content comprising: an audio processor receiving raw audio tracks for said content and information indicative of the positions of at least some of said audio tracks within frames of said content, said audio processor generating corresponding audio parameters; an authoring tool receiving said audio parameters and generating encoding coefficients, said audio parameters including audio cue of the position of audio objects corresponding to said tracks in at least one spatial dimension; and a first audio/video encoder receiving an input and encoding said input into an audio visual content having visual objects and audio objects, said audio objects being disposed at location corresponding to said one spatial position, said encoder using said encoding coefficients for said encoding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Darcy Antonellis, Massimiliano Gasparri, Lewis S. Ostrover, Bradley Thomas Collar
  • Patent number: 9997199
    Abstract: Methods for digital content production and playback of an immersive stereographic video work provide or enhance interactivity of immersive entertainment using various different playback and production techniques. “Immersive stereographic” may refer to virtual reality, augmented reality, or both. The methods may be implemented using specialized equipment for immersive stereographic playback or production. Aspects of the methods may be encoded as instructions in a computer memory, executable by one or more processors of the equipment to perform the aspects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory I. Gewickey, Lewis S. Ostrover, Michael Smith, Michael Zink
  • Patent number: 9866876
    Abstract: A digital media distribution device that includes an encoder, a decoder coupled to the encoder, and a transcoder coupled to the decoder. The encoder is configured to encode input data that is received by the digital media distribution device into a first data format. The decoder is configured to decode output data to be output by the digital media distribution device. The transcoder is configured to convert the encoded input data from the first data format into a second data format. The digital media distribution device is configured to be coupled to a computer network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Paul Klamer, Ken Long, Arjun Ramamurthy
  • Patent number: 9773314
    Abstract: Separations or images relating to film or other fields may be registered using a variety of features, such as, for example: (1) correcting one or more film distortions; (2) automatically determining a transformation to reduce a film distortion; (3) applying multiple criteria of merit to a set of features to determine a set of features to use in determining a transformation; (4) determining transformations for areas in an image or a separation in a radial order; (5) comparing areas in images or separations by weighting feature pixels differently than non-feature pixels; (6) determining distortion values for transformations by applying a partial distortion measure and/or using a spiral search configuration; (7) determining transformations by using different sets of features to determine corresponding transformation parameters in an iterative manner; and (8) applying a feathering technique to neighboring areas within an image or separation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignees: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., Oath Inc.
    Inventors: Keren O. Perlmutter, Sharon M. Perlmutter, Eric Wang, Paul R. Klamer, Christopher J. Cookson, Massimiliano Gasparri
  • Patent number: 9754625
    Abstract: Digital content encoded on a physical media, such as a DVD or Blu-Ray disk, includes first content comprising a video feature such as a motion picture or the like, and a user-selectable application configured to operate as follows. When activated using an icon off of a menu screen, the application records an identifier for scenes (discrete portions) of the first content that are selected by a user to generate a playlist. The user may select the scenes by indicating a start and end of each scene. The application saves the playlist locally, then uploads to a server. Via a user account at the server, a user may publish the playlist to a user-created distribution list, webpage, or other electronic publication, and modify the playlist by deleting or reordering scenes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Kim Lau, Jacob Frautschi, Massimiliano Gasparri, Randy Lee, Patrick Harman
  • Patent number: 9748914
    Abstract: A method or apparatus for delivering audio programming such as music to listeners may include identifying, capturing and applying a listener's audio perception characteristics (sometimes referred to as the listener's Personal Waveform Profile) to transform audio content so that the listener perceives the content similarly to how the content would be perceived by a different listener. An audio testing tool may be implemented as software application to identify and capture respective listeners' Personal Waveform Profiles. A signal processor may operate an algorithm processing source audio content using the respective listeners' Personal Waveform Profiles to provide audio output based on a difference between different profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Darcy Antonellis, Lewis Ostrover
  • Patent number: 9749659
    Abstract: A specification defining allowable luma and chroma code-values is applied in a region-of-interest encoding method of a mezzanine compression process. The method may include analyzing an input image to determine regions or areas within each image frame that contain code-values that are near allowable limits as specified by the specification. In addition, the region-of-interest method may comprise then compressing those regions with higher precision than the other regions of the image that do not have code-values that are close to the legal limits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Michael Smith, Bradley Collar
  • Patent number: 9736514
    Abstract: Methods for managing digital content include authenticating a user account identifier from a client device over a computer network, registering a telephone number for at least one wireless mobile device in a registry identified with the user account based on the authenticating, as a pre-authorized identifier for accessing digital content licensed for use with the client device. The methods include maintaining a library of digital content identified with the user account for access by the at least one wireless mobile device, and initiating streaming of the digital video content to the at least one wireless mobile device without requiring user authentication from the at least one wireless mobile device, based on the registering of the telephone number as the pre-authorized identifier. An apparatus for performing the method comprises a processor coupled to a memory, the memory holding instructions for performing steps of the method as summarized above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Justin Herz, Kevin Kozan, Essam Mahmoud, ALan Levicki
  • Patent number: 9723257
    Abstract: Video conversion technology, in which a first stream of video content is accessed and multiple, different layers are extracted from the first stream of the video content. Each of the multiple, different layers are separately processed to convert the multiple, different layers into modified layers that each have a higher resolution. The modified layers are reassembled into a second stream of the video content that has a higher resolution than the first stream of the video content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: William Evans Butterworth, Roger Raymond Dwinell, Valerie McMahon