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: 20180234784
    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: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Sven KORDON, Alexander KRUEGER
  • Publication number: 20180234785
    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 ({tilde over (C)}AMB(k?1)). The ambient HOA component ({tilde over (C)}AMB(k?1)) comprises, in a layered mode, first HOA coefficient sequences of the input HOA representation (cAMB,n(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: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sven KORDON, Alexander KRUEGER, Oliver WUEBBOLT
  • Publication number: 20180234704
    Abstract: In a method to improve backwards compatibility when decoding high-dynamic range images coded in a wide color gamut (WCG) space which may not be compatible with legacy color spaces, hue and/or saturation values of images in an image database are computed for both a legacy color space (say, YCbCr-gamma) and a preferred WCG color space (say, IPT-PQ). Based on a cost function, a reshaped color space is computed so that the distance between the hue values in the legacy color space and rotated hue values in the preferred color space is minimized HDR images are coded in the reshaped color space. Legacy devices can still decode standard dynamic range images assuming they are coded in the legacy color space, while updated devices can use color reshaping information to decode HDR images in the preferred color space at full dynamic range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Robin ATKINS, Peng YIN, Taoran LU, Jaclyn Anne PYTLARZ
  • Publication number: 20180234612
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products for automatically positioning a content capturing device are disclosed. A vehicle, e.g., an UAV, carries the content capturing device, e.g., a camcorder. The UAV can position the content capturing device at a best location for viewing a subject based on one or more audio or visual cues. The UAV can follow movement of the subject to achieve best audio or visual effect. In some implementations, a controller device carried by the subject can generate one or more signals for the UAV to follow. The controller device may be coupled to a microphone that records audio. The signals can be used to temporally synchronize video captured at the UAV and audio captured by the microphone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Timo KUNKEL, Cong ZHOU, Vivek KUMAR, Remi S. AUDFRAY
  • Publication number: 20180234109
    Abstract: The invention proposes a method and a device for arithmetic encoding of a current spectral coefficient using preceding spectral coefficients. Said preceding spectral coefficients are already encoded and both, said preceding and current spectral coefficients, are comprised in one or more quantized spectra resulting from quantizing time-frequency-transform of video, audio or speech signal sample values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventor: Oliver Wuebbolt
  • Publication number: 20180233156
    Abstract: A method for representing a second presentation of audio channels or objects as a data stream, the method comprising the steps of: (a) providing a set of base signals, the base signals representing a first presentation of the audio channels or objects; (b) providing a set of transformation parameters, the transformation parameters intended to transform the first presentation into the second presentation; the transformation parameters further being specified for at least two frequency bands and including a set of multi-tap convolution matrix parameters for at least one of the frequency bands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Applicants: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION, DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Dirk Jeroen BREEBAART, David Matthew COOPER, Leif Jonas SAMUELSSON
  • Publication number: 20180234069
    Abstract: A method in a computing device configured to perform volume-levelling processing on input audio data by at least applying one or more filters to the input audio data, the computing device being configured to obtain an estimated difference between a target output loudness level and a loudness level associated with the input audio data, and to adapt the filter coefficients of the one or more filters based on the estimated difference. The method involves starting, or stopping, the volume-levelling processing. The method comprises gradually increasing, or decreasing, a weighting applied to the estimated difference, in response to obtaining an indication to start, or stop, the volume-levelling processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mark David DE BURGH
  • Patent number: 10051400
    Abstract: A method of outputting audio in a teleconferencing environment includes receiving audio streams, processing the audio streams according to information regarding effective spatial positions, and outputting, by at least three speakers arranged in more than one dimension, the audio streams having been processed. The information regarding the plurality of effective spatial positions corresponds to a perceived spatial scene that extends beyond the speakers in at least two dimensions. In this manner, participants in the teleconference perceive the audio from the remote participants as originating at different positions in the teleconference room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: David S. McGrath, Glenn N. Dickins, Paul Holmberg, Gary Spittle, Michael Eckert
  • Patent number: 10049683
    Abstract: This disclosure falls into the field of audio coding, in particular it is related to the field of spatial audio coding, where the audio information is represented by multiple signals, where the signals may comprise audio channels or/and audio objects. In particular the disclosure provides a method and apparatus for reconstructing audio objects in an audio decoding system. Furthermore, this disclosure provides a method and apparatus for encoding such audio objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Heiko Purnhagen, Janusz Klejsa, Lars Villemoes, Toni Hirvonen
  • Publication number: 20180227691
    Abstract: Example embodiments disclosed herein relate to audio signal processing. The audio signal has multiple audio objects. A method of processing an audio signal is disclosed. The method includes obtaining an object position for each of the audio objects; and determining cluster positions for grouping the audio objects into clusters based on the object positions, a plurality of object-to-cluster gains, and a set of metrics. The metrics indicate a quality of the cluster positions and a quality of the object-to-cluster gains, each of the cluster positions is a centroid of a respective one of the clusters, and one of the object-to-cluster gains defines a ratio of the respective audio object in one of the clusters. The method also includes determining the object-to-cluster gains based on the object positions, the cluster positions and the set of metrics; and generating a cluster signal based on the determined cluster positions and object-to-cluster gains.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Lianwu Chen, Lie Lu, Dirk Jeroen Breebaart
  • Patent number: 10043526
    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: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Per Ekstrand, Lars Villemoes
  • Patent number: 10043528
    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 transform-based audio codec system which is particularly well suited for voice encoding/decoding. A transform-based speech encoder (100, 170) configured to encode a speech signal into a bitstream is described. The encoder (100, 170) comprises a framing unit (101) configured to receive a set (132, 332) of blocks; wherein the set (132, 332) of blocks comprises a plurality of sequential blocks (131) of transform coefficients; wherein the plurality of blocks (131) is indicative of samples of the speech signal; wherein a block (131) of transform coefficients comprises a plurality of transform coefficients for a corresponding plurality of frequency bins (301).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Lars Villemoes, Janusz Klejsa, Per Hedelin
  • Patent number: 10044337
    Abstract: Equalizer controller and controlling method are disclosed. In one embodiment, an equalizer controller includes an audio classifier for identifying the audio type of an audio signal in real time; and an adjusting unit for adjusting an equalizer in a continuous manner based on the confidence value of the audio type as identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Lie Lu, Jun Wang, Alan J. Seefeldt, Mingqing Hu
  • Patent number: 10045115
    Abstract: Personal audio systems and methods are disclosed. A personal audio system includes a voice activity detector to determine whether or not an ambient audio stream contains voice activity, a pitch estimator to determine a frequency of a fundamental component of an annoyance noise contained in the ambient audio stream, and a filter bank to attenuate the fundamental component and at least one harmonic component of the annoyance noise to generate a personal audio stream. The filter bank implements a first filter function when the ambient audio stream does not contain voice activity, or a second filter function when the ambient audio stream contains voice activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Gints Klimanis, Anthony Parks
  • Publication number: 20180217485
    Abstract: Projector display systems comprising a light dimmer and first modulator are disclosed. The light dimmer may comprise an adjustable iris, adjustable light sources and/or LCD stack that is capable of lowering the luminance of the light source illuminated the first modulator. The first modulator may comprise a plurality of analog mirrors (e.g. MEMS array) and the second modulator may comprise a plurality of mirrors (e.g., DMD array). The display system may further comprise a controller that sends control signals to the light dimmer and first modulator. The display system may render a desired dynamic range for rendering a projected image by a combination of such control signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Douglas J. GORNY, Douglas J. DARROW, Craig TODD, Martin J. RICHARDS
  • Publication number: 20180220144
    Abstract: In a method to code and transmit scalable HDR video signals, HDR signals are processed and encoded in the IPT-PQ color space to generate a base layer at reduced spatial resolution and/or dynamic range, and an enhancement layer with a residual signal. A signal reshaping block before the base layer encoder allows for improved coding of HDR signals using a reduced bit depth. A decoder can use a BL decoder and backward reshaping to generate a decoded BL HDR signal at a reduced dynamic range and/or spatial resolution, or it can combine the decoded BL HDR signal and the EL stream to generate a decoded HDR signal at full dynamic range and full resolution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Guan-Ming Su, Sheng Qu, Samir N. Hulyalkar, David Brooks
  • Publication number: 20180218741
    Abstract: From an HOA signal representation (c(t)) of a sound field having an order of N and a number 0=(N+1)2 of coefficient sequences a mezzanine HOA signal representation (wMEZZ(t)) is generated that consists of an arbitrary number I<0 of virtual loudspeaker signals WMEZZ1(t), WMEZZ,2(t), . . . , WMEZZ,I(t). 0 directions are computed which are nearly uniformly distributed on the unit sphere. The mode vectors with respect to these directions are linearly weighted for constructing a matrix, of which the pseudo-inverse is used for multiplying the HOA signal representation (c(t)) in order to form (11) the mezzanine HOA signal representation (WMEZZ(t)).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Florian Keiler, Sven Kordon, Alexander Krueger
  • Publication number: 20180218576
    Abstract: Techniques for low bit rate parametric encoding of haptic-tactile signals. The techniques encompass a parametric encoding method. The parametric encoding method includes the steps of: for at least one frame of a plurality of frames of a source haptic-tactile signal, representing the source haptic-tactile signal in the frame as a set of parameters and according to a functional representation; and including the set of parameters in a bit stream that encodes the source haptic-tactile signal. The functional representation is based on one of a set of orthogonal functionals, or polynomial approximation. For example, the functional representation can be based on one of Chebyshev functionals of the first kind through order n, Chebyshev functionals of the second kind through order n, or k-th order polynomial approximation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicants: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION, DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Sunil BHARITKAR, Charles Q. ROBINSON, Vivek KUMAR, Jeffrey RIEDMILLER, Christof FERSCH
  • Publication number: 20180218749
    Abstract: Methods for detecting whether a rendered version of a specified seamless connection (“SSC”) at a connection point between two audio segment sequences results in an audible discontinuity, and methods for analyzing at least one SSC between audio segment sequences to determine whether a renderable version of each SSC would have an audible discontinuity at the connection point when rendered, and in appropriate cases, for a SSC having a renderable version which is determined to have an audible discontinuity when rendered, correcting at least one audio segment of at least one segment sequence to be connected in accordance with the SSC in an effort to ensure that rendering of the SSC will result in seamless connection without an audible discontinuity. Other aspects are editing systems configured to implement any of the methods, and storage media and rendering systems which store audio data generated in accordance with any of the methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Roy M. FEJGIN, Freddie SANCHEZ, Vinay MELKOTE, Michael WARD
  • Publication number: 20180220248
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for decompressing a Higher Order Ambisonics (HOA) signal representation is disclosed. The apparatus includes an input interface that receives an encoded directional signal and an encoded ambient signal and an audio decoder that perceptually decodes the encoded directional signal and encoded ambient signal to produce a decoded directional signal and a decoded ambient signal, respectively. The apparatus further includes an extractor for obtaining side information related to the directional signal and an inverse transformer for converting the decoded ambient signal from a spatial domain to an HOA domain representation of the ambient signal. The apparatus also includes a synthesizer for recomposing a Higher Order Ambisonics (HOA) signal from the HOA domain representation of the ambient signal and the decoded directional signal. The side information includes a direction of the directional signal selected from a set of uniformly spaced directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alexander Krüger, Sven Kordon, Johannes Boehm, Johann-Markus Batke
  • Patent number: 10037762
    Abstract: Soundfield signals such as e.g. Ambisonics carry a representation of a desired sound field. The Ambisonics format is based on spherical harmonic decomposition of the soundfield, and Higher Order Ambisonics (HOA) uses spherical harmonics of at least 2nd order. However, commonly used loudspeaker setups are irregular and lead to problems in decoder design. A method for improved decoding an audio soundfield representation for audio playback comprises calculating a panning function (W) using a geometrical method based on the positions of a plurality of loudspeakers and a plurality of source directions, calculating a mode matrix (?) from the loudspeaker positions, calculating a pseudo-inverse mode matrix (?+) and decoding the audio soundfield representation. The decoding is based on a decode matrix (D) that is obtained from the panning function (W) and the pseudo-inverse mode matrix (?+).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Johann-Markus Batke, Florian Keiler, Johannes Boehm
  • Patent number: 10036938
    Abstract: Projection systems and/or methods for efficient use of light by recycling a portion of the light energy are disclosed. In one embodiment, a projection display system is disclosed comprising a light source; an integrated rod that receives light from said light source at a proximal end that comprise a reflective surface which may reflecting/recycle light down said integrating rod; and a modulator comprising at least one moveable mirror that reflects light received from the integrating rod in either a projection direction or a light recycling direction. In other embodiments, dual and multiple modulator projector display systems are disclosed. A first modulator may affect either a pre-modulated halftone image or may affect a highlights modulated image for a desired image to be displayed. A second modulator may be provided for primary modulation of a desired image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas J. Gorny, Martin J. Richards
  • Patent number: 10038916
    Abstract: Encoding and decoding architectures for 3D video delivery are described, such as 2D compatible 3D video delivery and frame compatible 3D video delivery. The architectures include pre-processing stages to pre-process the output of a base layer video encoder and/or decoder and input the pre-processed output into an enhancement layer video encoder and/or decoder of one or more enhancement layers. Multiplexing methods of how to combine the base and enhancement layer videos are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Alexandros Tourapis, Peshala V. Pahalawatta, Athanasios Leontaris, Kevin J. Stec, Walter J. Husak
  • Patent number: 10037764
    Abstract: When compressing an HOA data frame representation, a gain control (15, 151) is applied for each channel signal before it is perceptually encoded (16). The gain values are transferred in a differential manner as side information. However, for starting decoding of such streamed compressed HOA data frame representation absolute gain values are required, which should be coded with a minimum number of bits. For determining such lowest integer number (?e) of bits the HOA data frame representation (C(k)) is rendered in spatial domain to virtual loudspeaker signals lying on a unit sphere, followed by normalisation of the HOA data frame representation (C(k)). Then the lowest integer number of bits is set to ?e=? log2(?log2(?{square root over (KMAX)}·O)?+1)?.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander Krueger, Sven Kordon
  • Patent number: 10038891
    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: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Coporation
    Inventors: Walter J. Husak, David Ruhoff, Alexandros Tourapis, Athanasios Leontaris
  • Patent number: 10038961
    Abstract: Example embodiments disclosed herein relate to modelling a frequency response characteristic of an electro-acoustic transducer. A method includes obtaining at least one measurement of the frequency response characteristic for at least one electro-acoustic transducer of the category. A model of a frequency response characteristic specific to a category of electro-acoustic transducers is generated at least in part based on perceptual importance of a frequency band, an averaged, normalized or microphone compensated measurement such that the distortion of the model is optimized. A further method for estimating a frequency response characteristic of an electro-acoustic transducer is based on the generated model and the sensitivity of the electro-acoustic transducer or headphone. Corresponding system and computer program product are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Guilin Ma, Xiguang Zheng, C. Phillip Brown
  • Patent number: 10037763
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for generating an encoded audio bitstream, including by including substream structure metadata (SSM) and/or program information metadata (PIM) and audio data in the bitstream. Other aspects are apparatus and methods for decoding such a bitstream, and an audio processing unit (e.g., an encoder, decoder, or post-processor) configured (e.g., programmed) to perform any embodiment of the method or which includes a buffer memory which stores at least one frame of an audio bitstream generated in accordance with any embodiment of the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey Riedmiller, Michael Ward
  • Patent number: 10038965
    Abstract: The invention improves HOA sound field representation compression. The HOA representation is analyzed for the presence of dominant sound sources and their directions are estimated. Then the HOA representation is decomposed into a number of dominant directional signals and a residual component. This residual component is transformed into the discrete spatial domain in order to obtain general plane wave functions at uniform sampling directions, which are predicted from the dominant directional signals. Finally, the prediction error is transformed back to the HOA domain and represents the residual ambient HOA component for which an order reduction is performed, followed by perceptual encoding of the dominant directional signals and the residual component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander Krueger, Sven Kordon, Johannes Boehm
  • Publication number: 20180211677
    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 transform-based audio codec system which is particularly well suited for voice encoding/decoding. A quantization unit configured to quantize a first coefficient of a block of coefficients is described. The block of coefficients comprises a plurality of coefficients for a plurality of corresponding frequency bins. The quantization unit is configured to provide a set of quantizers. The set of quantizers comprises a plurality of different quantizers associated with a plurality of different signal-to-noise ratios, referred to as SNR, respectively. The plurality of different quantizers includes a noise-filling quantizer; one or more dithered quantizers; and one or more un-dithered quantizers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Janusz KLEJSA, Lars VILLEMOES, Per HEDELIN
  • Publication number: 20180210220
    Abstract: Shaped glasses have curved surface lenses with spectrally complementary filters disposed thereon. The filters curved surface lenses are configured to compensate for wavelength shifts occurring due to viewing angles and other sources. Complementary images are projected for viewing through projection filters having passbands that pre-shift to compensate for subsequent wavelength shifts. At least one filter may have more than 3 primary passbands. For example, two filters include a first filter having passbands of low blue, high blue, low green, high green, and red, and a second filter having passbands of blue, green, and red. The additional passbands may be utilized to more closely match a color space and white point of a projector in which the filters are used. The shaped glasses and projection filters together may be utilized as a system for projecting and viewing 3D images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Martin J. Richards, Wilson Allen, Gary D. Gomes
  • Publication number: 20180211682
    Abstract: In an apparatus configured to perform signal processing on audio data of a first sampling rate, methods disclosed herein comprise receiving audio data of a second sampling rate, the second sampling rate being higher than the first sampling rate. The methods comprise applying filtering to the audio data of the second sampling rate to thereby produce first filtered audio data and second filtered audio data, the first filtered audio data comprising mainly component frequencies which are audible to the human ear, the second filtered audio data comprising mainly components frequencies which are substantially inaudible to the human ear. The methods further comprise applying first signal processing to the first filtered audio data; and applying second signal processing to the second filtered audio data, the second signal processing having a lower computational complexity than the first signal processing. Corresponding apparatus and computer readable media are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nicholas L. ENGEL, Nicholas Luke APPLETON, Alan J. SEEFELDT
  • Publication number: 20180210217
    Abstract: 3D glasses include an absorptive layer in a single lens of the glasses. The absorptive layer may be specifically tailored for spectral separation characteristics of a 3D filter portion of the lens. The absorptive layer may be combined with, and work in conjunction with, interference layers of a lens while also operating separately as an absorber. The absorptive layer may include biometric variations and/or positive runout. The absorptive layer may selectively absorb more of one color than other colors. A balancing absorber may be included in an opposite eye channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Barret LIPPEY, Martin J. RICHARDS
  • Publication number: 20180210695
    Abstract: Embodiments are described for a method of rendering audio for playback through headphones comprising receiving digital audio content, receiving binaural rendering metadata generated by an authoring tool processing the received digital audio content, receiving playback metadata generated by a playback device, and combining the binaural rendering metadata and playback metadata to optimize playback of the digital audio content through the headphones.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nicolas R. TSINGOS, Rhonda WILSON, Sunil BHARITKAR, C. Phillip BROWN, Alan J. SEEFELDT, Remi AUDFRAY
  • Publication number: 20180213246
    Abstract: Implementations are provided that relate, for example, to view tiling in video encoding and decoding. A particular method includes accessing a video picture that includes multiple pictures combined into a single picture (826), accessing information indicating how the multiple pictures in the accessed video picture are combined (806, 808, 822), decoding the video picture to provide a decoded representation of at least one of the multiple pictures (824, 826), and providing the accessed information and the decoded video picture as output (824, 826). Some other implementations format or process the information that indicates how multiple pictures included in a single video picture are combined into the single video picture, and format or process an encoded representation of the combined multiple pictures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Purvin Bibhas PANDIT, Peng YIN, Dong TIAN
  • Publication number: 20180211440
    Abstract: Directional image sensor data may be acquired with one or more directional image sensors. A light source and illumination image may be generated based on the directional image sensor data. A number of operations may be caused to be performed for an image based at least in part on light source information in the light source image. The operations may include display management operations, device positional operations, augmented reality superimposition operations, ambient light control operations, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Timo KUNKEL, Patrick GRIFFIS, Gregory John WARD
  • Publication number: 20180211672
    Abstract: A method for performing audio inpainting, wherein missing portions in an input audio signal are recovered and a recovered audio signal is obtained, comprises computing a Short-Time Fourier Transform (STFT) on portions of the input audio signal, computing conditional expectations of the source power spectra of the input audio signal, wherein estimated source power spectra P(f, n, j) are obtained and wherein the variance tensor V and complex Short-Time Fourier Transform (STFT) coefficients of the input audio signals are used, iteratively re-calculating the variance tensor V from the estimated power spectra P(f, n, j) and re-calculating updated estimated power spectra P(f, n, j), computing an array of STFT coefficients ? from the resulting variance tensor V according to ?(f, n, j)=E{S(f, n, j)|x, Is, IL, V}, and converting the array of STFT coefficients ? to the time domain, wherein coefficients {tilde over (s)}1, {tilde over (s)}2, . . . , {tilde over (s)}j of the recovered audio signal are obtained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Cagdas BILEN, Alexey OZEROV, Patrick PEREZ
  • Patent number: 10033993
    Abstract: A system 8 for delivering stereoscopic images for viewing without 3-D glasses being required comprises a video display element 1, an image direction element 4, a front holder element 5, a rear holder element 3, and a resolution enhancement element 2. The video display element 1 outputs a plurality of left-eye images and a plurality of right-eye images. The image direction element 4 directs each left-eye image at a desired left-eye angle and directs each right-eye image at a desired right-eye angle. The front holder element 5 is movable relative to the rear holder element 3 to move the image direction element 4 to adjust each left-eye angle at which each left-eye image is directed and to adjust each right-eye angle at which each right-eye image is directed to suit each viewer. The resolution enhancement element 2 is modulated simultaneously with the image direction element 4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew Healy, Thao D. Hovanky, John Gilbert
  • Patent number: 10033999
    Abstract: A method for coding includes; segmenting an image into blocks; grouping blocks into a number of subsets; coding, using an entropy coding module, each subset, by associating digital information with symbols of each block of a subset, including, for the first block of the image, initializing state variables of the coding module; and generating a data sub-stream representative of at least one of the coded subsets of blocks. Where a current block is the first block to be coded of a subset, symbol occurrence probabilities for the first current block are determined based on those for a coded and decoded predetermined block of at least one other subset. Where the current block is the last coded block of the subset: writing, in the sub-stream representative of the subset, the entire the digital information associated with the symbols during coding of the blocks of the subset, and implementing the initializing sub-step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Felix Henry, Stephane Pateux, Gordon Clare
  • Patent number: 10034117
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignees: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Nicolas R. Tsingos, David S. McGrath, Freddie Sanchez, Antonio Mateos Sole
  • Patent number: 10032262
    Abstract: A processor for signal reshaping receives an input image with an input bit depth. Block-based standard deviations are computed. The input codewords are divided into codeword bins and each bin is assigned a standard deviation value. For each bin, a standard deviation to bit-depth function is applied to the bin values to generate minimal bit depth values for each codeword bin. An output codeword mapping function is generated based on the input bit depth, a target bit depth, and the minimal bit depth values. The codeword mapping function is applied to the input image to generate an output image in the target bit depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Amin Kheradmand, Guan-Ming Su, Cheng-Chi Li
  • Patent number: 10033940
    Abstract: A camera has two distinct image sensor arrays. The image sensor arrays are at least one of different types and different resolutions. The image sensor arrays have different dynamic ranges such that one of the image sensor arrays is a high dynamic range image sensor array configured to capture a wider range of light intensity than the other of the image sensor arrays. The camera has an imaging mechanism configured to combine information collected by each of the image sensor arrays to produce a high dynamic range image. The image sensor arrays include one low resolution image sensor array having a high dynamic range, and one high resolution image sensor array having a normal dynamic range smaller than the high dynamic range wherein luminance values within the normal dynamic range represent a subset of luminance values within the high dynamic range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory John Ward, Helge Seetzen, Wolfgang Heidrich
  • Patent number: 10032458
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing an input audio signal relies on a cascade of filterbanks, the cascade having a synthesis filterbank for synthesizing an audio intermediate signal from the input audio signal, the input audio signal being represented by a plurality of first subband signals generated by an analysis filterbank, wherein a number of filterbank channels of the synthesis filterbank is smaller than a number of channels of the analysis filterbank. The apparatus furthermore has a further analysis filterbank for generating a plurality of second subband signals from the audio intermediate signal, wherein the further analysis filterbank has a number of channels being different from the number of channels of the synthesis filterbank, so that a sampling rate of a subband signal of the plurality of second subband signals is different from a sampling rate of a first subband signal of the plurality of first subband signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignees: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V., Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Lars Villemoes, Per Ekstrand, Sascha Disch, Frederik Nagel, Stephan Wilde
  • Publication number: 20180204581
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the present invention, a method for reconstructing an audio signal having a baseband portion and a highband portion is disclosed. The method includes obtaining a decoded baseband audio signal by decoding an encoded audio signal and obtaining a plurality of subband signals by filtering the decoded baseband audio signal. The method further includes generating a high-frequency reconstructed signal by copying a number of consecutive subband signals of the plurality of subband signals and obtaining an envelope adjusted high-frequency signal. The method further includes generating a noise component based on a noise parameter. Finally, the method includes adjusting a phase of the high-frequency reconstructed signal and obtaining a time-domain reconstructed audio signal by combining the decoded baseband audio signal and the combined high-frequency signal to obtain a time-domain reconstructed audio signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Michael M. Truman, Mark S. Vinton
  • Patent number: 10027961
    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: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Wenhui Jia, Ajit Ninan, Arkady Ten, Gregory John Ward
  • Patent number: 10027963
    Abstract: An encoder receives an input enhanced dynamic range (EDR) image and a corresponding lower dynamic range (LDR) image to be coded at a given target rate. Before coding, a pre-dithering process is applied to the input LDR image to generate a dithered LDR image at a second bit depth, lower than its original bit depth. The pre-dithering process includes: generating uniformly-distributed noise, applying a spatial filter to the noise to generate low-pass or high-pass filtered noise, applying a temporal high pass or low pass filter to the spatially-filtered noise to generate output noise, adding the output noise to the input LDR image to generate a noise-enhanced LDR image, and quantizing the noise-enhanced image to generate the dithered LDR image. Selecting the characteristics of the dithering filters is based on both the target bit rate and luminance characteristics of the pixels in the input LDR image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Guan-Ming Su, Qian Chen, Bongsun Lee, Scott Daly
  • Patent number: 10026139
    Abstract: A method of detecting and extracting a watermark (digital watermarking) in a digital signal. The watermark is composed by the repetition of elementary components of a load to be transmitted. At least one repetition of an elementary component in the digital signal is detected. At least one quality attribute is assigned to each repetition of at least one elementary component. The repetitions of an elementary component are sorted according to a function of the quality attributes of these repetitions. Certain repetitions, dubbed individualities, of an elementary component are selected. The selected repetitions are fused.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Philippe Nguyen, Camille Rizko
  • Patent number: 10026408
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments provide encoding and decoding methods, and associated encoders and decoders, for encoding and decoding of an audio scene which at least comprises one or more audio objects (106a). The encoder (108, 110) generates a bit stream (116) which comprises downmix signals (112) and side information which includes individual matrix elements (114) of a reconstruction matrix which enables reconstruction of the one or more audio objects (106a) in the decoder (120).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Heiko Purnhagen, Lars Villemoes, Leif Jonas Samuelsson, Toni Hirvonen
  • Publication number: 20180199130
    Abstract: A time heuristic audio control system, comprises a receiver for receiving time-based data from a personal computing device and a memory storing one or more sets processing parameters comprising instructions for processing the ambient sound based upon the time-based data. The system further includes a processor coupled to the memory and the receiver configured to adjust the ambient sound as directed by a selected set of processing parameters retrieved from the memory to create adjusted audio, the selected set of processing parameters retrieved based upon the time-based data and at least one speaker for outputting the adjusted audio.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew J. Jaffe, Noah Kraft, Richard Fritz Lanman, III, Jeffrey Baker
  • Publication number: 20180197561
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a companding method and system for reducing coding noise in an audio codec. A compression process reduces an original dynamic range of an initial audio signal through a compression process that divides the initial audio signal into a plurality of segments using a defined window shape, calculates a wideband gain in the frequency domain using a non-energy based average of frequency domain samples of the initial audio signal, and applies individual gain values to amplify segments of relatively low intensity and attenuate segments of relatively high intensity. The compressed audio signal is then expanded back to the substantially the original dynamic range that applies inverse gain values to amplify segments of relatively high intensity and attenuating segments of relatively low intensity. A QMF filterbank is used to analyze the initial audio signal to obtain a frequency domain representation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicants: DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB, DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Per Hedelin, Arijit Biswas, Michael Schug, Vinay Melkote
  • Publication number: 20180197562
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a companding method and system for reducing coding noise in an audio codec. A compression process reduces an original dynamic range of an initial audio signal through a compression process that divides the initial audio signal into a plurality of segments using a defined window shape, calculates a wideband gain in the frequency domain using a non-energy based average of frequency domain samples of the initial audio signal, and applies individual gain values to amplify segments of relatively low intensity and attenuate segments of relatively high intensity. The compressed audio signal is then expanded back to the substantially the original dynamic range that applies inverse gain values to amplify segments of relatively high intensity and attenuating segments of relatively low intensity. A QMF filterbank is used to analyze the initial audio signal to obtain a frequency domain representation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicants: DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB, DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Per Hedelin, Arijit Biswas, Michael Schug, Vinay Melkote