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: 20190116445
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for providing an immersive listening area for one or more listeners. To improve the immersive experience a rear sound bar is placed behind the listeners and the input channels of the rear sound bar receive customized processing to create a virtual rear sound stage. The virtual rear sound stage and a front sound stage created by a front sound bar, combine to create an overall sound stage to encompass the listeners, providing the listeners with an immersive listening experience.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mark William GERRARD, Michael William MASON
  • Publication number: 20190115888
    Abstract: The invention relates to methods and apparatus for adjusting a level of an audio signal. An audio signal is divided into a plurality of frequency bands. Modification parameters are obtained for at least one of the plurality of frequency band. Gain factors are derived for at least one of the plurality of frequency bands, the gain factors determined based on the amplitude scale factors. The gain factors are smoothed. A level of noise from noise compensation factors is determined. The gain factors are applied to at least one of the frequency bands to generate gain adjusted frequency bands. The level of noise is adjusted based on the gain adjusted frequency bands. At least one of the frequency bands is filtered with a filter generated with the filter coefficients. The plurality of frequency bands is synthesized to generate an output audio signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Alan Jeffrey Seefeldt
  • Publication number: 20190116443
    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: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventor: Lars VILLEMOES
  • Publication number: 20190116450
    Abstract: Some disclosed methods may involve receiving audio reproduction data, including audio objects, differentiating near-field audio objects and far-field audio objects in the audio reproduction data, and rendering the far-field audio objects into speaker feed signals for room speakers of a reproduction environment. Each speaker feed signal may correspond to at least one of the room speakers. The near-field audio objects may be rendered into speaker feed signals for near-field speakers and/or headphone speakers of the reproduction environment. Reverberant audio objects may be generated based on physical microphone data from physical microphones in the reproduction environment and from virtual microphone data that is calculated for near-field audio objects. The reverberant audio objects may be rendered into speaker feed signals for the room speakers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Nicolas R. TSINGOS
  • Publication number: 20190115896
    Abstract: The invention relates to methods and apparatus for adjusting a level of an audio signal. An audio signal is divided into a plurality of frequency bands. Modification parameters are obtained for at least one of the plurality of frequency band. Gain factors are derived for at least one of the plurality of frequency bands, the gain factors determined based on the amplitude scale factors. The gain factors are smoothed. A level of noise from noise compensation factors is determined. The gain factors are applied to at least one of the frequency bands to generate gain adjusted frequency bands. The level of noise is adjusted based on the gain adjusted frequency bands. At least one of the frequency bands is filtered with a filter generated with the filter coefficients. The plurality of frequency bands is synthesized to generate an output audio signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Alan Jeffrey Seefeldt
  • Publication number: 20190115038
    Abstract: The present invention relates to audio coding systems which make use of a harmonic transposition method for high frequency reconstruction (HFR). A system and a method for generating a high frequency component of a signal from a low frequency component of the signal is described. The system comprises an analysis filter bank providing a plurality of analysis subband signals of the low frequency component of the signal. It also comprises a non-linear processing unit to generate a synthesis subband signal with a synthesis frequency by modifying the phase of a first and a second of the plurality of analysis subband signals and by combining the phase-modified analysis subband signals. Finally, it comprises a synthesis filter bank for generating the high frequency component of the signal from the synthesis subband signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Lars Villemoes, Per Hedelin
  • Publication number: 20190114977
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided that employ one or more of a variety of techniques for reducing the time required to display high resolution images on a high dynamic range display having a light source layer and a display layer. In one technique, the image resolution is reduced, an effective luminance pattern is determined for the reduced resolution image, and the resolution of the effective luminance pattern is then increased to the resolution of the display layer. In another technique, the light source layer's point spread function is decomposed into a plurality of components, and an effective luminance pattern is determined for each component. The effective luminance patterns are then combined to produce a total effective luminance pattern. Additional image display time reduction techniques are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Lorne A. WHITEHEAD, Helge SEETZEN, Gregory John WARD, Wolfgang HEIDRICH
  • Publication number: 20190115887
    Abstract: The invention relates to methods and apparatus for adjusting a level of an audio signal. An audio signal is divided into a plurality of frequency bands. Modification parameters are obtained for at least one of the plurality of frequency band. Gain factors are derived for at least one of the plurality of frequency bands, the gain factors determined based on the amplitude scale factors. The gain factors are smoothed. A level of noise from noise compensation factors is determined. The gain factors are applied to at least one of the frequency bands to generate gain adjusted frequency bands. The level of noise is adjusted based on the gain adjusted frequency bands. At least one of the frequency bands is filtered with a filter generated with the filter coefficients. The plurality of frequency bands is synthesized to generate an output audio signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Alan Jeffrey Seefeldt
  • Publication number: 20190115892
    Abstract: The invention relates to methods and apparatus for adjusting a level of an audio signal. An audio signal is divided into a plurality of frequency bands. Modification parameters are obtained for at least one of the plurality of frequency band. Gain factors are derived for at least one of the plurality of frequency bands, the gain factors determined based on the amplitude scale factors. The gain factors are smoothed. A level of noise from noise compensation factors is determined. The gain factors are applied to at least one of the frequency bands to generate gain adjusted frequency bands. The level of noise is adjusted based on the gain adjusted frequency bands. At least one of the frequency bands is filtered with a filter generated with the filter coefficients. The plurality of frequency bands is synthesized to generate an output audio signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Alan Jeffrey Seefeldt
  • Publication number: 20190115889
    Abstract: The invention relates to methods and apparatus for adjusting a level of an audio signal. An audio signal is divided into a plurality of frequency bands. Modification parameters are obtained for at least one of the plurality of frequency band. Gain factors are derived for at least one of the plurality of frequency bands, the gain factors determined based on the amplitude scale factors. The gain factors are smoothed. A level of noise from noise compensation factors is determined. The gain factors are applied to at least one of the frequency bands to generate gain adjusted frequency bands. The level of noise is adjusted based on the gain adjusted frequency bands. At least one of the frequency bands is filtered with a filter generated with the filter coefficients. The plurality of frequency bands is synthesized to generate an output audio signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Alan Jeffrey Seefeldt
  • Publication number: 20190115895
    Abstract: The invention relates to methods and apparatus for adjusting a level of an audio signal. An audio signal is divided into a plurality of frequency bands. Modification parameters are obtained for at least one of the plurality of frequency band. Gain factors are derived for at least one of the plurality of frequency bands, the gain factors determined based on the amplitude scale factors. The gain factors are smoothed. A level of noise from noise compensation factors is determined. The gain factors are applied to at least one of the frequency bands to generate gain adjusted frequency bands. The level of noise is adjusted based on the gain adjusted frequency bands. At least one of the frequency bands is filtered with a filter generated with the filter coefficients. The plurality of frequency bands is synthesized to generate an output audio signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Alan Jeffrey Seefeldt
  • Publication number: 20190115891
    Abstract: The invention relates to methods and apparatus for adjusting a level of an audio signal. An audio signal is divided into a plurality of frequency bands. Modification parameters are obtained for at least one of the plurality of frequency band. Gain factors are derived for at least one of the plurality of frequency bands, the gain factors determined based on the amplitude scale factors. The gain factors are smoothed. A level of noise from noise compensation factors is determined. The gain factors are applied to at least one of the frequency bands to generate gain adjusted frequency bands. The level of noise is adjusted based on the gain adjusted frequency bands. At least one of the frequency bands is filtered with a filter generated with the filter coefficients. The plurality of frequency bands is synthesized to generate an output audio signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Alan Jeffrey Seefeldt
  • Publication number: 20190115890
    Abstract: The invention relates to methods and apparatus for adjusting a level of an audio signal. An audio signal is divided into a plurality of frequency bands. Modification parameters are obtained for at least one of the plurality of frequency band. Gain factors are derived for at least one of the plurality of frequency bands, the gain factors determined based on the amplitude scale factors. The gain factors are smoothed. A level of noise from noise compensation factors is determined. The gain factors are applied to at least one of the frequency bands to generate gain adjusted frequency bands. The level of noise is adjusted based on the gain adjusted frequency bands. At least one of the frequency bands is filtered with a filter generated with the filter coefficients. The plurality of frequency bands is synthesized to generate an output audio signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Alan Jeffrey Seefeldt
  • Publication number: 20190115894
    Abstract: The invention relates to methods and apparatus for adjusting a level of an audio signal. An audio signal is divided into a plurality of frequency bands. Modification parameters are obtained for at least one of the plurality of frequency band. Gain factors are derived for at least one of the plurality of frequency bands, the gain factors determined based on the amplitude scale factors. The gain factors are smoothed. A level of noise from noise compensation factors is determined. The gain factors are applied to at least one of the frequency bands to generate gain adjusted frequency bands. The level of noise is adjusted based on the gain adjusted frequency bands. At least one of the frequency bands is filtered with a filter generated with the filter coefficients. The plurality of frequency bands is synthesized to generate an output audio signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Alan Jeffrey Seefeldt
  • Publication number: 20190115893
    Abstract: The invention relates to methods and apparatus for adjusting a level of an audio signal. An audio signal is divided into a plurality of frequency bands. Modification parameters are obtained for at least one of the plurality of frequency band. Gain factors are derived for at least one of the plurality of frequency bands, the gain factors determined based on the amplitude scale factors. The gain factors are smoothed. A level of noise from noise compensation factors is determined. The gain factors are applied to at least one of the frequency bands to generate gain adjusted frequency bands. The level of noise is adjusted based on the gain adjusted frequency bands. At least one of the frequency bands is filtered with a filter generated with the filter coefficients. The plurality of frequency bands is synthesized to generate an output audio signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Alan Jeffrey Seefeldt
  • Patent number: 10261405
    Abstract: A locally dimmed display has a spatial light modulator illuminated by a light source. The spatial light modulator is illuminated with a low resolution version of a desired image. The illumination may comprise a series of lighting elements that vary smoothly from one element to another at the spatial light modulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Lorne A. Whitehead, Gregory John Ward, Wolfgang Stuerzlinger, Helge Seetzen
  • Patent number: 10264235
    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 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Walter J. Husak, David Ruhoff, Alexandros Tourapis, Athanasios Leontaris
  • Patent number: 10264225
    Abstract: A backlight for a display comprises a plurality of independently controllable light sources and inclined surfaces inclining in a radially outward direction from each light source for shaping the distribution of emitted light. The light sources may each comprise a group of differently-colored light emitters. The backlight may include light integrators configured to mix light of the differently-colored light emitters. Inclined surfaces for shaping the distribution of emitted light may be arranged around exits of the light integrators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Helge Seetzen, Lorne A. Whitehead, Gregory John Ward
  • Patent number: 10262603
    Abstract: A non-uniform illumination pattern is determined with a display panel of a display device. The non-uniform illumination pattern comprises different values of the one or more illumination properties in first and second spatial regions of the display panel. An illumination compensation pattern is generated based at least in part on the non-uniform illumination pattern. The illumination compensation pattern is configured to homogenize values of the illumination properties in a plurality of spatial regions of the display panel that include the first and second spatial regions, and implemented in the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Ajit Ninan, Chun Chi Wan
  • Patent number: 10262668
    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: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Lars Villemoes, Heiko Purnhagen, Per Ekstrand
  • Patent number: 10264287
    Abstract: An SDR CDF is constructed based on an SDR histogram generated from a distribution of SDR codewords in SDR images. An HDR CDF is constructed based on an HDR histogram generated from a distribution of HDR codewords in HDR images that correspond to the SDR images. A histogram transfer function is generated based on the SDR CDF and the HDR CDF. The SDR images are transmitted along with backward reshaping metadata to recipient devices. The backward reshaping metadata is generated at least in part on the histogram transfer function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Bihan Wen, Harshad Kadu, Guan-Ming Su
  • Patent number: 10261406
    Abstract: The present invention provides a cinema screen that improves audience perception of brightness at, for example, a premium theater without additional illumination cost. The screen is produced from materials that also help mitigate speckle from laser illumination. The screen has properties and includes structures that may be tuned to the specific capabilities of the projection system, arrangement of the theater, and projector (and angle of projection, angle of viewing). Light reflected from the screen are direct toward audience members and away from walls and ceilings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas J. Gorny, Martin J. Richards, Timo Kunkel, David Lloyd Schnuelle
  • Patent number: 10264256
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer programs for improved quality video compression. Image quality from MPEG-style video coding may be improved by preserving a higher number of bits during intermediate encoding and decoding processing steps. Problems of inverse discrete cosine transform (IDCT) mismatch can be eliminated by exactly matching the IDCT function numerical algorithm of the decoder to the IDCT function numerical algorithm used for the decoding portion of the encoder. Also included is an application of high precision compression to wide dynamic range images by extending the range of the “quantization parameter” or “QP”. The extension of QP may be accomplished either by increasing the range of QP directly, or indirectly through a non-linear transformation. Also included is an application of extended intermediate processing precision and an extended QP range to reduced contrast regions of an image to extend the precision with which the low-contrast portions are compression coded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Gary A. Demos, David Ruhoff
  • Patent number: 10264259
    Abstract: Techniques are provided to encode and decode image data comprising a tone mapped (TM) image with HDR reconstruction data in the form of luminance ratios and color residual values. In an example embodiment, luminance ratio values and residual values in color channels of a color space are generated on an individual pixel basis based on a high dynamic range (HDR) image and a derivative tone-mapped (TM) image that comprises one or more color alterations that would not be recoverable from the TM image with a luminance ratio image. The TM image with HDR reconstruction data derived from the luminance ratio values and the color-channel residual values may be outputted in an image file to a downstream device, for example, for decoding, rendering, and/or storing. The image file may be decoded to generate a restored HDR image free of the color alterations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Wenhui Jia, Ajit Ninan, Arkady Ten, Gregory John Ward
  • Patent number: 10264382
    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. The ambient HOA component is represented by a minimum number of HOA coefficient sequences. The remaining channels contain either directional signals or additional coefficient sequences of the ambient HOA component, depending on what will result in optimum perceptual quality. This processing can change on a frame-by-frame basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Sven Kordon, Alexander Krueger
  • Patent number: 10262669
    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: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Lars Villemoes, Heiko Purnhagen, Per Ekstrand
  • Patent number: 10262670
    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: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander Krueger, Sven Kordon
  • Patent number: 10262663
    Abstract: The invention is suited for improving a low bit rate compressed and decompressed Higher Order Ambisonics HOA signal representation of a sound field, wherein the decompression provides a spatially sparse decoded HOA representation and a set of indices of coefficient sequences of this representation. From reconstructed signals of the original HOA representation a number of modified phase spectra signals are created using de-correlation filters, which modified phase spectra signals are uncorrelated with the signals of said original representation. The modified phase spectra signals are mixed with each other using predetermined mixing parameters, in order to provide a replicated ambient HOA component. Finally the spatially sparse decoded HOA representation is enhanced with the replicated time domain HOA representation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander Krueger, Sven Kordon, Florian Keiler
  • Publication number: 20190110149
    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: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Applicant: DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventor: Lars VILLEMOES
  • Publication number: 20190110054
    Abstract: A tone-mapping function that maps input images of a high dynamic range into reference tone-mapped images of a relatively narrow dynamic range is generated. A luma forward reshaping function is derived, based on first bit depths and second bit depths, for forward reshaping luma codewords of the input images into forward reshaped luma codewords of forward reshaped images approximating the reference tone-mapped images. A chroma forward reshaping mapping is derived for predicting chroma codewords of the forward reshaped images. Backward reshaping metadata that is to be used by recipient devices to generate a luma backward reshaping function and a chroma backward reshaping mapping is transmitted with the forward reshaped images to the recipient devices. Techniques for the joint derivation of forward luma and chroma reshaping functions are also presented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Guan-Ming Su, Jon Scott Miller, Walter J. Husak, Yee Jin Lee, Harshad Kadu
  • Publication number: 20190108850
    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: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Applicant: DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventor: Lars VILLEMOES
  • Publication number: 20190110150
    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: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Applicant: DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventor: Lars VILLEMOES
  • Publication number: 20190110151
    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: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Applicant: DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventor: Lars VILLEMOES
  • Patent number: 10255027
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Nicolas R. Tsingos, Rhonda Wilson, Sunil Bharitkar, C. Phillip Brown, Alan J. Seefeldt, Remi Audfray
  • Patent number: 10257532
    Abstract: A method is provided for coding at least one image split up into partitions, a current partition to be coded containing data, at least one data item of which is allotted a sign. The coding method includes, for the current partition, the following steps: calculating the value of a function representative of the data of the current partition with the exclusion of the sign; comparing the calculated value with a predetermined value of the sign; as a function of the result of the comparison, modifying or not modifying at least one of the data items of the current partition, in the case of modification, coding the at least one modified data item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Felix Henry, Gordon Clare
  • Patent number: 10257511
    Abstract: An image decoding apparatus that includes a motion compensation prediction circuit configured to conduct motion compensation prediction for each of blocks to be decoded by using the reconstructed image, an inverse transformation circuit configured to conduct inverse orthogonal transformation for the data of the blocks to be decoded, and a determination circuit configured to determine a filtering strength and whether or not to conduct filtering, with respect to each of the boundaries. In addition, the determining circuit is configured to determine filtering is conducted when at least one of the two adjacent blocks is intra-coded, and filtering is not conducted when both of the two adjacent blocks are not intra-coded, a non-zero transformation coefficient is not coded in both of the two adjacent blocks, the two adjacent blocks are predicted by the same reference frame, and an absolute value of a difference between motion vectors of the two adjacent blocks is smaller than a specified threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Shijun Sun, Shawmin Lei, Hiroyuki Katata
  • Patent number: 10257636
    Abstract: Described herein is a method (30) of rendering an audio signal (17) for playback in an audio environment (27) defined by a target loudspeaker system (23), the audio signal (17) including audio data relating to an audio object and associated position data indicative of an object position. Method (30) includes the initial step (31) of receiving the audio signal (17). At step (32) loudspeaker layout data for the target loudspeaker system (23) is received. At step (33) control data is received that is indicative of a position modification to be applied to the audio object in the audio environment (27). At step (38) in response to the position data, loudspeaker layout data and control data, rendering modification data is generated. Finally, at step (39) the audio signal (17) is rendered with the rendering modification data to output the audio signal (17) with the audio object at a modified object position that is between loudspeakers within the audio environment (27).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignees: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Dirk Jeroen Breebaart, Antonio Mateos Sole, Heiko Purnhagen, Nicolas R. Tsingos
  • Patent number: 10257635
    Abstract: The invention improves HOA sound field representation compression. The HOA representation is analysed 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: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander Krueger, Sven Kordon, Johannes Boehm
  • Patent number: 10256057
    Abstract: An apparatus may include: a stationary module; a movable module having an outer surface and a substrate; a tactile switch secured on a first side of the substrate; a light indicator secured on a second side of the substrate, the first side and the second side being opposing sides of the substrate, etc. The movable module is configured to generate a spatial displacement relative to the stationary module along a spatial direction in response to a physical force exerted on the outer surface along the spatial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: David Clementson
  • Patent number: 10255879
    Abstract: Image data is transformed for display on a target display. A sigmoidal transfer function provides a free parameter controlling min-tone contrast. The transfer function may be dynamically adjusted to accommodate changing ambient lighting conditions. The transformation may be selected so as to automatically adapt image data for display on a target display in a way that substantially preserves creative intent embodied in the image data. The image data may be video data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Anders Ballestad, Andrey Kostin
  • Patent number: 10257513
    Abstract: In a video processing system, a method and system for generating a transform size syntax element for video decoding are provided. For high profile mode video decoding operations, the transform sizes may be selected based on the prediction macroblock type and the contents of the macroblock. A set of rules may be utilized to select from a 4.×.4 or an 8.×.8 transform size during the encoding operation. Dynamic selection of transform size may be performed on intra-predicted macroblocks, inter-predicted macroblocks, and/or direct mode inter-predicted macroblocks. The encoding operation may generate a transform size syntax element to indicate the transform size that may be used in reconstructing the encoded macroblock. The transform size syntax element may be transmitted to a decoder as part of the encoded video information bit stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen Gordon, Douglas Chin
  • Patent number: 10256785
    Abstract: Distortion reducing multi-band compressor with timbre preservation is provided. Timbre preservation is achieved by determining a time-varying threshold in each of a plurality frequency bands as a function of a respective fixed threshold for the frequency band and, at least in part, an audio signal level and a fixed threshold outside such frequency band. If a particular frequency band receives significant gain reduction due to being above or approaching its fixed threshold, then a time-varying threshold of one or more other frequency bands are also decreased to receive some gain reduction. In a specific embodiment, time-varying thresholds can be computed from an average difference of the audio input signal in each frequency band and its respective fixed threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Alan Jeffrey Seefeldt
  • Patent number: 10257477
    Abstract: Smaller halftone tiles are implemented on a first modulator of a dual modulation projection system. This techniques uses multiple halftones per frame in the pre-modulator synchronized with a modified bit sequence in the primary modulator to effectively increase the number of levels provided by a given tile size in the halftone modulator. It addresses the issue of reduced contrast ratio at low light levels for small tile sizes and allows the use of smaller PSFs which reduce halo artifacts in the projected image and may be utilized in 3D projecting and viewing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Martin J. Richards, Jerome Shields
  • Patent number: 10257632
    Abstract: Higher Order Ambisonics (HOA) signals can be compressed by decomposition into a predominant sound component and a residual ambient component. The compressed representation comprises pre-dominant sound signals, coefficient sequences of the ambient component and side information. For efficiently combining HOA decompression and HOA rendering to obtain loudspeaker signals, combined rendering and decoding of the compressed HOA signal comprises perceptually decoding the perceptually coded portion and decoding the side information, without reconstructing HOA coefficient sequences. For reconstructing components of a first type, fading of coefficient sequences is not required, while for components of a second type fading is required. For each second type component, different linear operations are determined: one for coefficient sequences that in a current frame require no fading, one for those that require fading-in, and one for those that require fading-out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Sven Kordon, Alexander Krueger
  • Publication number: 20190104301
    Abstract: Light from an array of laser light sources are spread to cover the modulating face of a DMD or other modulator. The spread may be performed, for example, by a varying curvature array of lenslets, each laser light directed at one of the lenslets. Light from neighboring and/or nearby light sources overlap at a modulator. The lasers are energized at different energy/brightness levels causing the light illuminating the modulator to itself be modulated (locally dimmed). The modulator then further modulates the locally dimmed lights to produce a desired image. A projector according to the invention may utilize, for example, a single modulator sequentially illuminated or separate primary color modulators simultaneously illuminated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Martin J. RICHARDS
  • Publication number: 20190104376
    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: November 30, 2018
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Charles Q. ROBINSON, Nicolas R. TSINGOS, Christophe CHABANNE
  • Publication number: 20190104309
    Abstract: Input minimal noise levels of are computed over input codeword bins based on image content in input images of an input bit depth. The minimal noise levels are adjusted to generate approximated minimal noise levels of a higher bit depth. The approximated minimal noise levels are used to generate per-bin bit depths over the input codeword bins. The input codeword bins are classified into first codeword bins that have relatively high risks of banding artifacts and some other input codeword bins that have relatively low or zero risks of banding artifacts based on the per-bin bit depths. Portions of bit depths from the other input codeword bins are moved to the first input codeword bins to generate modified per-bin bit depths. A forward reshaping function constructed from the modified per-bin bit depths is used to reshape the input images into reshaped images used to generate output images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Guan-Ming SU, Amin KHERADMAND, Navaneeth KAMBALLUR KOTTAYIL
  • Publication number: 20190103123
    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: December 3, 2018
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Applicant: DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Lars VILLEMOES, Heiko PURNHAGEN, Per EKSTRAND
  • Publication number: 20190103119
    Abstract: A method for performing inter-channel encoding of a multi-channel audio signal comprising channel signals for N channels, with N being an integer, with N>1, is described. The method comprises determining a basic graph comprising the N channels as nodes and comprising directed edges between at least some of the N channels. Furthermore, the method comprises determining an inter-channel coding graph from the basic graph, such that the inter-channel coding graph is a directed acyclic graph, and such that a cumulated a cumulated cost of the signals of the nodes of the inter-channel coding graph is reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Applicants: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Janusz KLEJSA, SR., Roy M. FEJGIN, Mark S. VINTON
  • Patent number: 10251007
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Juan Felix Torres