Dolby Labs Patents

Dolby Laboratories, Inc. licenses its audio technologies, including its noise-reduction systems, to the media industry. Its product portfolio includes Dolby Digital Plus (DD+), Dolby Digital (DD), AAC and HE-AAC, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, Dolby AC-4, Dolby Voice and Dolby Vision. Products that incorporate Dolby technologies include televisions, set-top boxes, computers, DVD and Blu-ray devices, soundbars, smartphones, tablets, video game consoles, and automobile entertainment systems.

Dolby Labs Patents by Type

  • Publication number: 20180352366
    Abstract: The positions of a plurality of speakers at a media consumption site are determined. Audio information in an object-based format is received. Gain adjustment value for a sound content portion in the object-based format may be determined based on the position of the sound content portion and the positions of the plurality of speakers. Audio information in a ring-based channel format is received. Gain adjustment value for each ring-based channel in a set of ring-based channels may be determined based on the ring to which the ring-based channel belongs and the positions of the speakers at a media consumption site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicants: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION, DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Nicolas R. TSINGOS, David S. MCGRATH, Freddie SANCHEZ, Antonio MATEOS SOLE
  • Publication number: 20180350393
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for measuring capture performance of multiple voice signals. A first speech signal is applied to a device, and measured at far-end at a far-end of a testing environment. A second speech signal is separately applied to the device, and is also measured at the far end. The measured speech signals are added, and a quality assessment model is applied to the first far-end combined signal to obtain a first quality metric. The first speech signal and the second speech signal are then both applied at the same time to the device and measured at the far-end. The quality assessment model is applied to the second far-end combined signal to obtain a second quality metric. The quality metric for the second far-end combined signal is normalized, based on the first quality metric, to obtain a performance index for the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Doh-Suk KIM
  • Publication number: 20180352475
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods, devices and computer program products for non-uniform quantization of parameters relating to parametric spatial coding of audio signals. The disclosure further relates to a method and apparatus for reconstructing an audio object in an audio decoding system taking the non-uniformly quantized parameters into account. According to the disclosure, such an approach renders it possible to reduce bit consumption without substantially reducing the quality of the reconstructed audio object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Heiko PURNHAGEN, Per EKSTRAND
  • Patent number: 10147436
    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 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey Riedmiller, Michael Ward
  • Patent number: 10147437
    Abstract: Higher Order Ambisonics represents three-dimensional sound independent of a specific loudspeaker set-up. However, transmission of an HOA representation results in a very high bit rate. Therefore compression with a fixed number of channels is used, in which directional and ambient signal components are processed differently. For coding, portions of the original HOA representation are predicted from the directional signal components. This prediction provides side information which is required for a corresponding decoding. By using some additional specific purpose bits, a known side information coding processing is improved in that the required number of bits for coding that side information is reduced on average.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander Krueger, Sven Kordon, Oliver Wuebbolt
  • Patent number: 10149082
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to reverberation generation for headphone virtualization. A method of generating one or more components of a binaural room impulse response (BRIR) for headphone virtualization is described. In the method, directionally-controlled reflections are generated, wherein directionally-controlled reflections impart a desired perceptual cue to an audio input signal corresponding to a sound source location. Then at least the generated reflections are combined to obtain the one or more components of the BRIR. Corresponding system and computer program products are described as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Louis D. Fielder, Zhiwei Shuang, Grant A. Davidson, Xiguang Zheng, Mark S. Vinton
  • Patent number: 10141004
    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: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignees: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Jeroen Koppens, Hannes Muesch
  • Patent number: 10140822
    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: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignees: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Sunil Bharitkar, Charles Q. Robinson, Vivek Kumar, Jeffrey Riedmiller, Christof Fersch
  • Patent number: 10142763
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to audio signal processing. Specifically, a method for processing audio signal is provided, the method comprising: determining, for a current frame of the audio signal, frequency band energies for a plurality of predefined frequency bands at least partially based on frequency parameters of the current frame; generating frequency band gains for the plurality of predefined frequency bands by processing the frequency band energies; and generating frequency bin gains for the current frame based on the frequency band gains using predefined frequency band filter banks, the frequency band filter banks being specific to the plurality of predefined frequency bands. Corresponding system and computer program product are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Zhiwei Shuang, David S. McGrath, Michael W. Mason
  • Patent number: 10142049
    Abstract: A method of determining a near optimal forward error correction scheme for the transmission of audio data over a lossy packet switched network having preallocated estimated bandwidth, delay and packet losses, between at least a first and second communications devices, the method including the steps of: determining a first coding rate for the audio data; determining a peak redundancy coding rate for redundant versions of the audio data; determining an average redundancy coding rate over a period of time for redundant versions of the audio data; determining an objective function which maximizes a bitrate-perceptual audio quality mapping of the transmitted audio data including a playout function formulation; and optimizing the objective function to produce a forward error correction scheme providing a high bitrate perceptual audio quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Xuejing Sun, Dong Shi
  • Patent number: 10142660
    Abstract: A method for encoding an image having been cut up into partitions. The method includes: predicting data of a current partition based on an already encoded and then decoded reference partition, generating a predicted partition; determining residual data by comparing data relating to the current partition with the predicted partition, the residual data associated with various digital data items. Prior producing a signal containing the encoded information, performing the following steps; determining, from the predetermined residual data, a subset containing residual data capable of being modified; calculating the value of a function representative of the residual data; comparing the calculated value with a value of at least one of the digital data items; based on the comparison, modification or non-modification of at least one of the residual data items of the subset; and, in the event of a modification, entropy encoding the at least one modified residual data item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Felix Henry, Gordon Clare
  • Patent number: 10140953
    Abstract: Methods are disclosed for adaptive display management using one or more viewing environment parameters. Given the one or more viewing environment parameters, an effective luminance range for a target display, and an input image, a tone-mapped image is generated based on a tone-mapping curve, an original PQ luminance mapping function, and the effective luminance range of the display. A corrected PQ (PQ?) luminance mapping function is generated according to the viewing environment parameters. A PQ-to-PQ? mapping is generated, wherein codewords in the original PQ luminance mapping function are mapped to codewords in the corrected (PQ?) luminance mapping function, and an adjusted tone-mapped image is generated based on the PQ-to-PQ? mapping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Wanat, Robin Atkins, Scott Daly
  • Patent number: 10141003
    Abstract: Example embodiments disclosed herein relate to noise level estimation. A method for noise level estimation is disclosed. The method includes, responsive to an increase of a signal level of a noise signal, calculating an impulsive noise probability of the noise signal, the impulsive noise probability indicating a likelihood that the noise signal is an impulsive noise. The method also includes determining a variable smoothing factor for noise level estimation based on the impulsive noise probability, the variable smoothing factor being associated with a previous estimated level of the noise signal. The method further includes smoothing the noise signal with the variable smoothing factor so as to determine a current estimated level of the noise signal. Corresponding system and computer program products are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Guilin Ma, C. Phillip Brown
  • Patent number: 10142731
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for dynamically suppressing non-linear distortion for a device, such as a speakerphone. A device may receive a signal, where the device has non-linear distortion at a predetermined frequency. The received signal may be analyzed to compute a tone strength parameter and a band level. The received signal may be filtered such that a spectrum of the input signal is dynamically limited by reducing suppression of the non-linear distortion when the tone strength parameter is in a lower portion of a predetermined range and increasing suppression of the non-linear distortion when the tone strength parameter is in an upper portion of the predetermined range, the predetermined range of the tone strength parameter corresponding to a loudness range of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Erwin Goesnar, David Gunawan
  • Patent number: 10142484
    Abstract: In an audio conferencing environment, including multiple users participating by means of a series of associated audio input devices for the provision of audio input, and a series of audio output devices for the output of audio output streams to the multiple users, with the audio input and output devices being interconnected to a mixing control server for the control and mixing of the audio inputs from each audio input devices to present a series of audio streams to the audio output devices, a method of reducing the effects of cross talk pickup of at least a first audio conversation by multiple audio input devices, the method including the steps of: (a) monitoring the series of audio input devices for the presence of a duplicate audio conversation input from at least two input audio sources in an audio output stream; and (b) where a duplicate audio conversation input is detected, suppressing the presence of the duplicate audio conversation input in the audio output stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Gary Spittle, Glenn Dickins, David Gunawan, Guilin Ma
  • Patent number: 10142611
    Abstract: Multi-layered frame-compatible video delivery is described. Multi-layered encoding and decoding methods, comprising a base layer and at least one enhancement layer with reference processing, are provided. In addition, multi-layered encoding and decoding methods with inter-layer dependencies are described. Encoding and decoding methods that are capable of frame-compatible 3D video delivery are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Athanasios Leontaris, Alexandros Tourapis, Peshala V. Pahalawatta, Kevin Stec, Walter Husak
  • Patent number: 10142761
    Abstract: A method for creating a head-related impulse response (HRIR) for use in rendering audio for playback through headphones comprises receiving location parameters for a sound including azimuth, elevation, and range relative to a head of a listener, applying a spherical head model to the azimuth, elevation, and range input parameters to generate binaural HRIR values, computing a pinna model using the azimuth and elevation parameters to apply to the binaural HRIR values to pinna modeled HRIR values, computing a torso model using the azimuth and elevation parameters to apply to the pinna modeled HRIR values to generate pinna and torso modeled HRIR values, and computing a near-field model using the azimuth and range parameters to apply to the pinna and torso modeled HRIR values to generate pinna, torso and near-field modeled HRIR values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: C. Phillip Brown, Matthew Fellers, Regunathan Radhakrishnan
  • Publication number: 20180336902
    Abstract: Various disclosed implementations involve processing and/or playback of a recording of a conference involving a plurality of conference participants. Some implementations disclosed herein involve analyzing conversational dynamics of the conference recording. Some examples may involve searching the conference recording to determine instances of segment classifications. The segment classifications may be based, at least in part, on conversational dynamics data. Some implementations may involve segmenting the conference recording into a plurality of segments, each of the segments corresponding with a time interval and at least one of the segment classifications. Some implementations allow a listener to scan through a conference recording quickly according to segments, words, topics and/or talkers of interest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard J. CARTWRIGHT, Kai LI, Xuejing SUN
  • Patent number: 10134409
    Abstract: In one aspect, the invention divides an audio signal into auditory events, each of which tends to be perceived as separate and distinct, by calculating the spectral content of successive time blocks of the audio signal, calculating the difference in spectral content between successive time blocks of the audio signal, and identifying an auditory event boundary as the boundary between successive time blocks when the difference in the spectral content between such successive time blocks exceeds a threshold. In another aspect, the invention generates a reduced-information representation of an audio signal by dividing an audio signal into auditory events, each of which tends to be perceived as separate and distinct, and formatting and storing information relating to the auditory events. Optionally, the invention may also assign a characteristic to one or more of the auditory events. Auditory events may be determined according to the first aspect of the invention or by another method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Brett G. Crockett
  • Patent number: 10133120
    Abstract: Techniques for driving a dual modulation display include generating backlight drive signals to drive individually-controllable illumination sources. The illumination sources emit first light onto a light conversion layer. The light conversion layer converts the first light, such as blue or ultraviolet light, into second light, such as white light. The light conversion layer can include quantum dot materials. Liquid crystal display (LCD) modulation drive signals are generated to determine transmission of the second light through individual color subpixels of the display. These LCD modulation drive signals can be adjusted based on one or more light field simulations to account for non-uniform, spatial color shifts. Alternatively, one or more light field simulations based on a uniformity assumption determine intermediate LCD modulation drive signals. A compensation field simulation, using backlight drive signals, is then used to adjust the intermediate LCD modulation drive signal for color correction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Chun Chi Wan, Ajit Ninan
  • Patent number: 10134405
    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: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Johann-Markus Batke, Florian Keiler, Johannes Boehm
  • Patent number: 10136133
    Abstract: A high dynamic range input video signal characterized by either a gamma-based or a perceptually-quantized (PQ) source electro-optical transfer function (EOTF) is to be compressed. Given a luminance range for an image-region in the input, for a gamma-coded input signal, a rate-control adaptation method in the encoder adjusts a region-based quantization parameter (QP) so that it increases in highlight regions and decreases in dark regions, otherwise, for a PQ-coded input, the region-based QP increases in the dark areas and decreases in the highlight areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Taoran Lu, Peng Yin, Tao Chen, Guan-Ming Su
  • Patent number: 10136118
    Abstract: Stereoscopic images are subsampled and placed in a “checkerboard” pattern in an image. The image is encoded in a monoscopic video format. The monoscopic video is transmitted to a device where the “checkerboard” is decoded. Portions of the checkerboard (e.g., “black” portions) are used to reconstruct one of the stereoscopic images and the other portion of the checkerboard (e.g., “white” portions) are used to reconstruct the other image. The subsamples are, for example, taken from the image in a location coincident to the checkerboard position in which the subsamples are encoded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Walter Husak, David Ruhoff, Alexandros Tourapis, Athanasios Leontaris
  • Patent number: 10136147
    Abstract: An intermediate bitstream generated by a first-stage transcoding system from an initial transmission package is received. The intermediate bitstream comprises base layer (BL) and enhancement layer (EL) signals. The combination of the BL and EL signals of the intermediate bitstream represents compressed wide dynamic range images. The BL signal of the intermediate bitstream alone represents compressed standard dynamic range images. A targeted transmission package is generated based on the intermediate bitstream. The targeted transmission package comprises BL and EL signals. The BL signal of the targeted transmission package may be directly transcoded from the BL signal of the intermediate bitstream alone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Guan-Ming Su, Tao Chen
  • Patent number: 10136162
    Abstract: Coding syntaxes in compliance with same or different VDR specifications may be signaled by upstream coding devices such as VDR encoders to downstream coding devices such as VDR decoders in a common vehicle in the form of RPU data units. VDR coding operations and operational parameters may be specified as sequence level, frame level, or partition level syntax elements in a coding syntax. Syntax elements in a coding syntax may be coded directly in one or more current RPU data units under a current RPU ID, predicted from other partitions/segments/ranges previously sent with the same current RPU ID, or predicted from other frame level or sequence level syntax elements previously sent with a previous RPU ID. A downstream device may perform decoding operations on multi-layered input image data based on received coding syntaxes to construct VDR images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Sheng Qu, Peng Yin, Yan Ye, Yuwen He, Walter Gish, Guan-Ming Su, Yufei Yuan, Samir Hulyalkar
  • Patent number: 10136240
    Abstract: Methods a provided for improving an audio scene for people suffering from hearing loss or for adverse hearing environments. Audio objects may be prioritized. In some implementations, audio objects that correspond to dialog may be assigned to a highest priority level. Other implementations may involve assigning the highest priority to other types of audio objects, such as audio objects that correspond to events. During a process of dynamic range compression, higher-priority objects may be boosted more, or cut less, than lower-priority objects. Some lower-priority audio objects may fall below the threshold of human hearing, in which case the audio objects may be dropped and not rendered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Mark David De Burgh, Tet Fei Yap
  • Patent number: 10136216
    Abstract: Methods and systems for generating an audio mix indicative of action sound captured at an event on a surface (e.g., a sporting event on a field) using a microphone array, where the array includes subsurface microphones (e.g., a large number of subsurface microphones) positioned under the surface, and optionally also other microphones. In typical embodiments, at least one point of interest (“PI”) on the surface is selected in an automated manner, PI data indicative of a currently selected PI on the surface is generated (e.g., a sequence of PIs on the surface is selected, the PI data is indicative of the sequence of PIs, and a most recently selected PI in the sequence is the currently selected PI), and the audio mix is generated in response to the PI data. Aspects include methods performed by any embodiment of the system, and a system or device configured (e.g., programmed) to perform any embodiment of the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignees: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Giulio Cengarle, Antonio Mateos Sole, Natanael David Olaiz, Kenneth Robert Hunold
  • Patent number: 10134413
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to an audio processing unit that includes a buffer, bitstream payload deformatter, and a decoding subsystem. The buffer stores at least one block of an encoded audio bitstream. The block includes a fill element that begins with an identifier followed by fill data. The fill data includes at least one flag identifying whether enhanced spectral band replication (eSBR) processing is to be performed on audio content of the block. A corresponding method for decoding an encoded audio bitstream is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Lars Villemoes, Heiko Purnhagen, Per Ekstrand
  • Publication number: 20180330743
    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: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Gints KLIMANIS, Anthony PARKS, Richard Fritz LANMAN, III, Noah KRAFT, Matthew J. JAFFE, Jeffrey Ross BAKER
  • Publication number: 20180332421
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and medium for rendering an audio program to a number of loudspeaker feed signals are provided. The audio program may include one or more audio objects, and metadata associated with each of the one or more audio objects. The metadata may include position information indicating a time-varying position of the audio object and a parameter indicating whether the audio object should be reproduced at the time-varying position, or at one of a plurality of fixed positions. In response to the position and the parameter, a position at which to reproduce each audio object may be determined. The determined position may be one of the plurality of fixed positions that is nearest to the time-varying position indicated by the position information. Each audio object may be reproduced at the determined position by rendering the audio object into one or more of the loudspeaker feed signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventor: Juan Felix TORRES
  • Publication number: 20180332269
    Abstract: Stereoscopic images are subsampled and placed in a “checkerboard” pattern in an image. The image is encoded in a monoscopic video format. The monoscopic video is transmitted to a device where the “checkerboard” is decoded. Portions of the checkerboard (e.g., “black” portions) are used to reconstruct one of the stereoscopic images and the other portion of the checkerboard (e.g., “white” portions) are used to reconstruct the other image. The subsamples are, for example, taken from the image in a location coincident to the checkerboard position in which the subsamples are encoded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Walter J. Husak, David Ruhoff, Alexandros Tourapis, Athanasios Leontaris
  • Publication number: 20180332296
    Abstract: In a method to reconstruct a high dynamic range video signal, a decoder receives parameters in the input bitstream to generate a prediction function. Using the prediction function, it generates a first set of nodes for a first prediction lookup table, wherein each node is characterized by an input node value and an output node value. Then, it modifies the output node values of one or more of the first set of nodes to generate a second set of nodes for a second prediction lookup table, and generates output prediction values using the second lookup table. Low-complexity methods to modify the output node value of a current node in the first set of nodes based on computing modified slopes between the current node and nodes surrounding the current node are presented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Harshad KADU, Guan-Ming SU, Hanyang SUN
  • Patent number: 10129557
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Purvin Bibhas Pandit, Peng Yin, Dong Tian
  • Patent number: 10129645
    Abstract: A method performed by an audio decoder for reconstructing N audio channels from an audio signal containing M audio channels is disclosed. The method includes receiving a bitstream containing an encoded audio signal having M audio channels and a set of spatial parameters, the set of spatial parameters including an inter-channel intensity difference parameter and an inter-channel coherence parameter. The encoded audio bitstream is then decoded to obtain a decoded frequency domain representation of the M audio channels, and at least a portion of the frequency domain representation is decorrelated with an all-pass filter having a fractional delay. The all-pass filter is attenuated at locations of a transient. A matrixed version of the decorrelated signals are summed with a matrixed version of the decoded frequency domain representation to obtain N audio signals that collectively having N audio channels where M is less than N.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Heiko Purnhagen, Lars Villemoes, Jonas Engdegard, Jonas Roeden, Kristofer Kjoerling
  • Patent number: 10127914
    Abstract: A method for compressing a HOA signal being an input HOA representation with input time frames (C(k)) of HOA coefficient sequences comprises spatial HOA encoding of the input time frames and subsequent perceptual encoding and source encoding. Each input time frame is decomposed (802) into a frame of predominant sound signals (XPS(k?1)) and a frame of an ambient HOA component (CAMB(k?1)). The ambient HOA component (C˜AMB(k?1)) comprises, in a layered mode, first HOA coefficient sequences of the input HOA representation (cn(k?1)) in lower positions and second HOA coefficient sequences (cAMB,n(k?1)) in remaining higher positions. The second HOA coefficient sequences are part of an HOA representation of a residual between the input HOA representation and the HOA representation of the predominant sound signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Sven Kordon, Alexander Krueger, Oliver Wuebbolt
  • Publication number: 20180324540
    Abstract: Example embodiments disclosed herein relate to content-adaptive surround sound virtualization. A method of virtualizing surround sound is disclosed. The method includes receiving a set of input audio signals, each of the input audio signals being indicative of sound from one of different sound sources, and determining a probability of the set of input audio signals belonging to a predefined audio content category. The method also includes determining a virtualization amount based on the determined probability, the virtualization amount indicating to which extent the set of input audio signals is virtualized as surround sound. The method further includes performing surround sound virtualization on two or more input audio signals in the set based on the determined virtualization amount and generating output audio signals based on the virtualized input audio signals and other input audio signals in the set. Corresponding system and computer program product for virtualizing surround sound are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Xin Liu, Lie LU, Alan J. Seefeldt
  • Publication number: 20180322889
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to an audio processing unit that includes a buffer, bitstream payload deformatter, and a decoding subsystem. The buffer stores at least one block of an encoded audio bitstream. The block includes a fill element that begins with an identifier followed by fill data. The fill data includes at least one flag identifying whether enhanced spectral band replication (eSBR) processing is to be performed on audio content of the block. A corresponding method for decoding an encoded audio bitstream is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Lars Villemoes, Heiko Purnhagen, Per Ekstrand
  • Publication number: 20180322886
    Abstract: The present document relates an audio encoding and decoding system (referred to as an audio codec system). In particular, the present document relates to a audio codec system which is particularly well suited for voice encoding/decoding. A transform-based speech encoder is configured to encode a speech signal into a bitstream is described. A speech decoder configured to decode audio signals from a bitstream is further described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Lars VILLEMOES, Janusz KLEJSA, Per HEDELIN
  • Publication number: 20180324543
    Abstract: Embodiments are described for an adaptive audio system that processes audio data comprising a number of independent monophonic audio streams. One or more of the streams has associated with it metadata that specifies whether the stream is a channel-based or object-based stream. Channel-based streams have rendering information encoded by means of channel name; and the object-based streams have location information encoded through location expressions encoded in the associated metadata. A codec packages the independent audio streams into a single serial bitstream that contains all of the audio data. This configuration allows for the sound to be rendered according to an allocentric frame of reference, in which the rendering location of a sound is based on the characteristics of the playback environment (e.g., room size, shape, etc.) to correspond to the mixer's intent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Charles Q. ROBINSON, Nicolas R. TSINGOS, Christophe CHABANNE
  • Publication number: 20180322890
    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: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Applicants: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION, DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Jeffrey RIEDMILLER, Karl J. ROEDEN, Kristofer KJOERLING, Heiko PURNHAGEN, Vinay MELKOTE, Leif SEHLSTROM
  • Publication number: 20180322679
    Abstract: Systems and methods for overlaying a second image/video data onto a first image/video data are described herein. The first image/video data may be intended to be rendered on a display with certain characteristics—e.g., HDR, EDR, VDR or UHD capabilities. The second image/video data may comprise graphics, closed captioning, text, advertisement—or any data that may be desired to be overlaid and/or composited onto the first image/video data. The second image/video data may be appearance mapped according to the image statistics and/or characteristics of the first image/video data. In addition, such appearance mapping may be made according to the characteristics of the display that the composite data is to be rendered. Such appearance mapping is desired to render a composite data that is visually pleasing to a viewer, rendered upon a desired display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Timo KUNKEL, Ning XU, Tao CHEN, Bongsun LEE, Samir N. HULYALKAR
  • Patent number: 10123002
    Abstract: A projection display system includes a spatial modulator that is controlled to compensate for flare in a lens of the projector. The spatial modulator increases achievable intra-frame contrast and facilitates increased peak luminance without unacceptable black levels. Some embodiments provide 3D projection systems in which the spatial modulator is combined with a polarization control panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory John Ward, Robin Atkins
  • Patent number: 10123019
    Abstract: Pixel data of a video sequence with enhanced dynamic range (EDR) are predicted based on pixel data of a corresponding video sequence with standard dynamic range (SDR) and a piecewise inter-layer predictor. The output parameters of the piecewise predictor are computed based atleast on two sets of pre-computed values and a prediction cost criterion. The first set of pre-computed values applies to all input SDR frames and comprises a set of SDR pixel values raised to one or more integer power terms. The second set of pre-computed values is frame specific and is computed based on a histogram of an input SDR frame and pixel values of the corresponding EDR frame. The pre-computed values allow for a fast iterative algorithm to identify the best pivot points for the piecewise polynomials according to a prediction cost and to solve for the coefficients of the piecewise predictor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignees: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Guan-Ming Su, Qian Chen, Peng Yin, Ralf Willenbacher
  • Patent number: 10121479
    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: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Kristofer Kjoerling, Robin Thesing, Harald Mundt, Heiko Purnhagen, Karl Jonas Roeden
  • Patent number: 10123018
    Abstract: Novel methods and systems for non-backward compatible video encoding are disclosed. The bitrates of the base layer and enhancement layer are dynamically assigned based on features found in scenes in the video compared to a machine learned quality classifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Sankaranarayanan Piramanayagam, Hsuan-Ting Chou, Guan-Ming Su
  • Patent number: 10121454
    Abstract: Displays, display components, image and video processing apparatus and related methods are described. A method for driving local-dimming displays comprises generating control values for driving pixels of a spatial light modulator from one image data component and generating control values for driving backlight elements from a second image data component. The first and second image data components may respectively comprise a tone map and a ratio image. Control values for the spatial light modulator and/or backlight may be obtained using cost effective hardware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Ajit Ninan, Wenhui Jia
  • Patent number: 10123146
    Abstract: A multi-channel decoder for generating a binaural signal from a downmix signal using upmix rule information on an energy-error introducing upmix rule for calculating a gain factor based on the upmix rule information and characteristics of head related transfer function based filters corresponding to upmix channels. The one or more gain factors are used by a filter processor for filtering the downmix signal so that an energy corrected binaural signal having a left binaural channel and a right binaural channel is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventor: Lars Villemoes
  • Publication number: 20180315434
    Abstract: The present invention relates to transposing signals in time and/or frequency and in particular to coding of audio signals. More particular, the present invention relates to high frequency reconstruction (HFR) methods including a frequency domain harmonic transposer. A method and system for generating a transposed output signal from an input signal using a transposition factor T is described. The system comprises an analysis window of length La, extracting a frame of the input signal, and an analysis transformation unit of order M transforming the samples into M complex coefficients. M is a function of the transposition factor T. The system further comprises a nonlinear processing unit altering the phase of the complex coefficients by using the transposition factor T, a synthesis transformation unit of order M transforming the altered coefficients into M altered samples, and a synthesis window of length Ls, generating a frame of the output signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Per Ekstrand, Lars Villemoes
  • Publication number: 20180314205
    Abstract: Dual or multi-modulation display systems are disclosed that comprise projector systems with at least one modulator that may employ non-mechanical beam steering modulation. Many embodiments disclosed herein employ a non-mechanical beam steering and/or polarizer to provide for a highlights modulator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Douglas J. Gorny, Martin J. Richards
  • Publication number: 20180315432
    Abstract: For converting a channel-based 3D audio signal to a higher-order Ambisonics HOA audio signal, the channel-based 3D audio signal is transformed (21) from time domain to frequency domain. A primary ambient decomposition (22) is carried out for three-channel triplets of blocks of the domain channel-based 3D audio signal, wherein directional signals and ambient signals are provided (37) for each triplet. From the directional signals directional information of a total directional signal for each triple is derived (23). That total directional signal is HOA encoded (25) according to the derived directions, and ambient signals are HOA encoded (24) according to channel positions. The HOA coefficients of the HOA encoded directional signal and the HOA coefficients of the HOA encoded ambient signal are superimposed (27) in order to obtain a HOA coefficients signal for the channel-based 3D audio signal, followed by a transformation (26) into time domain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Johannes BOEHM, Xiaoming CHEN