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.

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  • Publication number: 20180292663
    Abstract: A projector system comprising a laser light source, a collimating lens, a fly-eye lens, an integrating rod and a first modulator is disclosed. The light from a laser light source/fiber illuminates a collimator to substantially collimate the light and then is transmitted through a fly's-eye lens. The fly's-eye lens provides a desired angular/spatial light distribution for further processing to a first modulator of the projector system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Martin J. RICHARDS, Duane Scott DEWALD, Nathan WAINWRIGHT, Barret LIPPEY
  • Publication number: 20180295464
    Abstract: Diffuse or spatially large audio objects may be identified for special processing. A decorrelation process may be performed on audio signals corresponding to the large audio objects to produce decorrelated large audio object audio signals. These decorrelated large audio object audio signals may be associated with object locations, which may be stationary or time-varying locations. For example, the decorrelated large audio object audio signals may be rendered to virtual or actual speaker locations. The output of such a rendering process may be input to a scene simplification process. The decorrelation, associating and/or scene simplification processes may be performed prior to a process of encoding the audio data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicants: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION, DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Dirk Jeroen BREEBAART, Lie LU, Nicolas R. TSINGOS, Antonio MATEOS SOLE
  • Publication number: 20180295329
    Abstract: Projection systems and/or methods comprising a blurring element are disclosed In one embodiment, a blurring element may comprise a first plate having a pattern on a first surface and second plate. The first plate and the second plate may comprise material having a slight difference in their respective index of refraction. In another embodiment, a blurring element may comprise a first plate having a pattern thereon and a second immersing material. The blurring element may be placed in between two modulators in a dual or multi-modulator projector system. The blurring element may be configured to give a desired shape to the light transmitted from a first modulator to a second modulator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Martin J. RICHARDS, Nathan Shawn WAINWRIGHT, Duane Scott DEWALD, Barret LIPPEY, Brad WALKER
  • Publication number: 20180293752
    Abstract: At a first time point, a first light capturing device at a first spatial location in a three-dimensional (3D) space captures first light rays from light sources located at designated spatial locations on a viewer device in the 3D space. At the first time point, a second light capturing device at a second spatial location in the 3D space captures second light rays from the light sources located at the designated spatial locations on the viewer device in the 3D space. Based on the first light rays captured by the first light capturing device and the second light rays captured by the second light capturing device, at least one of a spatial position and a spatial direction, at the first time point, of the viewer device is determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Ajit NINAN, Neil MAMMEN
  • Publication number: 20180295352
    Abstract: A spatial direction of a wearable device that represents an actual viewing direction of the wearable device is determined. The spatial direction of the wearable device is used to select, from a multi-view image comprising single-view images, a set of single-view images. A display image is caused to be rendered on a device display of the wearable device. The display image represents a single-view image as viewed from the actual viewing direction of the wearable device. The display image is constructed based on the spatial direction of the wearable device and the set of single-view images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Ajit NINAN, Neil Mammen
  • Publication number: 20180295459
    Abstract: A computer implemented system for rendering captured audio soundfields to a listener comprises apparatus to deliver the audio soundfields to the listener. The delivery apparatus delivers the audio soundfields to the listener with first and second audio elements perceived by the listener as emanating from first and second virtual source locations, respectively, and with the first audio element and/or the second audio element delivered to the listener from a third virtual source location. The first virtual source location and the second virtual source location are perceived by the listener as being located to the front of the listener, and the third virtual source location is located to the rear or the side of the listener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard J. CARTWRIGHT, David S. MCGRATH, Glenn N. DICKINS
  • Publication number: 20180295351
    Abstract: A wearable device comprises a left view optical stack for a viewer to view left view cinema display images rendered on a cinema display and a right view optical stack for the viewer to view right view cinema display images rendered on the cinema display. The left view cinema display images and the right view cinema display images form stereoscopic cinema images. The wearable device further comprises a left view imager that renders left view device display images, to the viewer, on a device display, and a right view imager that renders right view device display images, to the viewer, on the device display. The left view device display images and the right view device display images form stereoscopic device images complementary to the stereoscopic cinema images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Ajit NINAN, Neil MAMMEN
  • Publication number: 20180295330
    Abstract: Dual and multi-modulator projector display systems and techniques are disclosed. In one embodiment, a projector display system comprises a light source; a controller, a first modulator, receiving light from the light source and rendering a halftone image of said the input image; a blurring optical system that blurs said halftone image with a Point Spread Function (PSF); and a second modulator receiving the blurred halftone image and rendering a pulse width modulated image which may be projected to form the desired screen image. Systems and techniques for forming a binary halftone image from input image, correcting for misalignment between the first and second modulators and calibrating the projector system—e.g. over time—for continuous image improvement are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Jerome SHIELDS, Martin J. RICHARDS, Juan P. PERTIERRA
  • Patent number: 10097820
    Abstract: A high resolution 3D image may be encoded into a first multiplexed image frame and a second multiplexed image frame in a base layer (BL) video signal and an enhancement layer (EL) video signal. The first multiplexed image frame may comprise horizontal high resolution image data for both eyes, while the second multiplexed image frame may comprise vertical high resolution image data for both eyes. Encoded symmetric-resolution image data for the 3D image may be distributed to a wide variety of devices for 3D image processing and rendering. A recipient device may reconstruct reduced resolution 3D image from one of the first multiplexed image frame or the second multiplexed image frame. A recipient device may also reconstruct high resolution 3D image by combining high resolution image data from both of the first multiplexed image frame and the second multiplexed image frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Tao Chen, Hariharan Ganapathy, I, Samir N. Hulyalkar, Gopi Lakshminarayanan, Peng Yin, Taoran Lu, Walter J. Husak
  • Patent number: 10097846
    Abstract: A system for decoding a video bitstream includes receiving a bitstream and a plurality of enhancement bitstreams together with receiving a video parameter set and a video parameter set extension. The system also receives an output layer set change message including information indicating a change in at least one output layer set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventor: Sachin G. Deshpande
  • Patent number: 10097941
    Abstract: A multi-channel decoder for generating a binaural signal from a downmix signal using upmix rule information on an energy-error introducing upmix rule for calculating a gain factor based on the upmix rule information and characteristics of head related transfer function based filters corresponding to upmix channels. The one or more gain factors are used by a filter processor for filtering the downmix signal so that an energy corrected binaural signal having a left binaural channel and a right binaural channel is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventor: Lars Villemoes
  • Patent number: 10097940
    Abstract: A multi-channel decoder for generating a binaural signal from a downmix signal using upmix rule information on an energy-error introducing upmix rule for calculating a gain factor based on the upmix rule information and characteristics of head related transfer function based filters corresponding to upmix channels. The one or more gain factors are used by a filter processor for filtering the downmix signal so that an energy corrected binaural signal having a left binaural channel and a right binaural channel is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventor: Lars Villemoes
  • Patent number: 10095468
    Abstract: In an audio encoder, for audio content received in a source audio format, default gains are generated based on a default dynamic range compression (DRC) curve, and non-default gains are generated for a non-default gain profile. Based on the default gains and non-default gains, differential gains are generated. An audio signal comprising the audio content, the default DRC curve, and differential gains is generated. In an audio decoder, the default DRC curve and the differential gains are identified from the audio signal. Default gains are re-generated based on the default DRC curve. Based on the combination of the re-generated default gains and the differential gains, operations are performed on the audio content extracted from the audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignees: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Jeroen Koppens, Jeffrey Riedmiller, Kristofer Kjoerling, Alexander Groeschel, Holger Hoerich, Alan J. Seefeldt
  • Patent number: 10096329
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to signal processing. Methods for enhancing intelligibility of speech content in an audio signal are disclosed. One of the methods comprises obtaining reference loudness of the audio signal. The method further comprises enhancing the intelligibility of the speech content by adjusting partial loudness of the audio signal based on the reference loudness and a degree of the intelligibility. Corresponding systems and computer program products are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Guilin Ma, Xiguang Zheng, C. Phillip Brown
  • Patent number: 10097857
    Abstract: A method for encoding a LUT defined as a lattice of vertices is disclosed. At least one value is of each vertex of the lattice. The method comprises for a current vertex: predicting the at least one value of said current vertex from another value which is for example obtained from reconstructed values of neighboring vertices; and encoding in a bitstream at least one residue computed between the at least one value of the current vertex and its prediction in a bitstream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Philippe Bordes, Pierre Andrivon, Emmanuel Jolly
  • Publication number: 20180287910
    Abstract: In a packet switched voice delivery application which utilizes a jitter buffer for the delivery of sequential packet data, a method of determining a measure of the output jitter of taking packets out of the buffer, the method including the step of: (a) forming a pull jitter measure comprising the differential fetch times between sequential pull packets dived by an expected time interval between packets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Xuejing Sun, JiaQuan Huo, Paul Holmberg
  • Publication number: 20180287918
    Abstract: This disclosure falls into the field of voice communication systems, more specifically it is related to the field of voice quality estimation in a packet based voice communication system. In particular the disclosure provides methods, computer program products and devices for reducing a prediction error of the voice quality estimation by considering forward error correction of lost voice packets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventor: Doh-Suk KIM
  • Publication number: 20180284590
    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: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Douglas J. GORNY, Martin J. RICHARDS, Timo KUNKEL, David Lloyd SCHNUELLE
  • Patent number: 10088896
    Abstract: Input VR imagery is received. Global motions as represented in the input VR imagery relative to a viewer of a virtual reality (VR) application is extracted. A dampening factor is applied to the global motions to generate dampened global motions. VR imagery to be rendered to the viewer at a time point is generated based on the input VR imagery and the dampened global motions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Scott Daly, Grant Haverstock Mulliken
  • Patent number: 10091601
    Abstract: Multi-channel audio content is mixed for a particular loudspeaker setup. However, a consumer's audio setup is very likely to use a different placement of speakers. The present invention provides a method of rendering multi-channel audio that assures replay of the spatial signal components with equal loudness of the signal. A method for obtaining an energy preserving mixing matrix (G) for mixing L1 input audio channels to L2 output channels comprises steps of obtaining a first mixing matrix ?, performing a singular value decomposition on the first mixing matrix ? to obtain a singularity matrix S, processing the singularity matrix S to obtain a processed singularity matrix ?, determining a scaling factor a, and calculating an improved mixing matrix G according to G=aU?VT. The perceived sound, loudness, timbre and spatial impression of multi-channel audio replayed on an arbitrary loudspeaker setup practically equals that of the original speaker setup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Johannes Boehm
  • Patent number: 10089992
    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 (cn(k?1)) in lower positions and second HOA coefficient sequences (cAMB,n(k?1)) in remaining higher positions. The second HOA coefficient sequences are part of an HOA representation of a residual between the input HOA representation and the HOA representation of the predominant sound signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Sven Kordon, Alexander Krueger, Oliver Wuebbolt
  • Patent number: 10091603
    Abstract: A multi-channel decoder for generating a binaural signal from a downmix signal using upmix rule information on an energy-error introducing upmix rule for calculating a gain factor based on the upmix rule information and characteristics of head related transfer function based filters corresponding to upmix channels. The one or more gain factors are used by a filter processor for filtering the downmix signal so that an energy corrected binaural signal having a left binaural channel and a right binaural channel is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventor: Lars Villemoes
  • Patent number: 10089991
    Abstract: A method (600) for generating a bitstream (500) indicative of an object based audio program is described. The bitstream (500) comprises a sequence of containers (501). A first container (501) of the sequence of containers (501) comprises a plurality of substream entities (520) for a plurality of substreams (411, 412, 413, 414) of the object based audio program and a presentation section (510). The method (600) comprises determining (601) a set of object channels (424). The method (600) further comprises providing (602) a set of object related metadata (434, 444) for the set of object channels (424). In addition, the method (600) comprises inserting (603) a first set of object channel frames and a first set of object related metadata frames into a respective set of substream entities (520) of the first container (501). Furthermore, the method (600) comprises inserting (604) presentation data into the presentation section (510).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Christof Fersch, Alexander Groeschel
  • Patent number: 10090817
    Abstract: Systems and methods for leveling loudness variation in an audio signal are described. Embodiments use both a perceptual leveling algorithm and a standards-based loudness measure together to minimize audio process artifacts and ensure that the measured loudness of the processed audio is close to a required measure, according to a particular standard measurement of loudness. These systems and methods can be used either offline or in real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew P. Reilly, Michael Smithers, Jeffrey Riedmiller
  • Publication number: 20180278963
    Abstract: In a method to reconstruct a high dynamic range video signal, a decoder receives a base layer standard dynamic range video signal, an enhancement layer video signal, a metadata bitstream for a reference processing unit and a CRC code related to the metadata. A decoder reconstructs a high-dynamic range video output signal based on the base layer video signal, the enhancement layer video signal, and the data syntax and metadata specified by the metadata bitstream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Applicants: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION, DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Klaas Heinrich SCHUEUER, BROOKS David, Satoshi TESHIGAWARA, Tao CHEN
  • Publication number: 20180277127
    Abstract: The present document relates to a method of layered encoding of a compressed sound representation of a sound or sound field. The compressed sound representation comprises a basic compressed sound representation comprising a plurality of components, basic side information for decoding the basic compressed sound representation to a basic reconstructed sound representation of the sound or sound field, and enhancement side information including parameters for improving the basic reconstructed sound representation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Sven KORDON, Alexander KRUEGER
  • Publication number: 20180277047
    Abstract: A display system with temperature compensation includes (a) a backlight unit containing a light emitting diode (LED) array, (b) a liquid crystal display (LCD) containing a plurality of pixels for spatially modulating, according to respective LCD drive values of the pixels, transmission of light generated by the LED array, (c) a plurality of temperature probes mounted to the backlight unit for measuring a respective plurality of temperatures at the LED array, (d) a light-field simulator for simulating, at least in part based upon the temperatures, a light field at the LCD as generated by the LED array, and (e) an LCD drive solver for processing a target image and the light field simulated by the light-field simulator, to determine the LCD drive values required to display the target image as compensated for temperatures of the LED array.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Qiqin DAI, Jon S. McElvain
  • Publication number: 20180279063
    Abstract: A method for processing audio data, the method comprising: receiving audio data corresponding to a plurality of instances of audio, including at least one of: (a) audio data from multiple endpoints, recorded separately or (b) audio data from a single endpoint corresponding to multiple talkers and including spatial information for each of the multiple talkers; rendering the audio data in a virtual acoustic space such that each of the instances of audio has a respective different virtual position in the virtual acoustic space; and scheduling the instances of audio to be played back with a playback overlap between at least two of the instances of audio, wherein the scheduling is performed, at least in part, according to a set of perceptually-motivated rules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Xuejing SUN, Richard J. CARTWRIGHT, Michael P. HOLLIER, Michael ECKERT
  • Publication number: 20180277128
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a new method and apparatus for improvement of High Frequency Reconstruction (HFR) techniques using frequency translation or folding or a combination thereof. The proposed invention is applicable to audio source coding systems, and offers significantly reduced computational complexity. This is accomplished by means of frequency translation or folding in the subband domain, preferably integrated with spectral envelope adjustment in the same domain. The concept of dissonance guard-band filtering is further presented. The proposed invention offers a low-complexity, intermediate quality HFR method useful in speech and natural audio coding applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Lars G. Liljeryd, Per Ekstrand, Fredrik Henn, Kristofer Kjoerling
  • Publication number: 20180278930
    Abstract: Inter-color image prediction is based on multi-channel multiple regression (MMR) models. Image prediction is applied to the efficient coding of images and video signals of high dynamic range. MMR models may include first order parameters, second order parameters, and cross-pixel parameters. MMR models using extension parameters incorporating neighbor pixel relations are also presented. Using minimum means-square error criteria, closed form solutions for the prediction parameters are presented for a variety of MMR models.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Guan-Ming SU, Sheng QU, Hubert KOEPFER, Yufei YUAN, Samir HULYALKAR
  • Patent number: 10083701
    Abstract: Encoding and decoding devices for encoding the channels of an audio system having at least four channels are disclosed. The decoding device has a first stereo decoding component which subjects a first pair of input channels to a first stereo decoding, and a second stereo decoding component which subjects a second pair of input channels to a second stereo decoding. The results of the first and second stereo decoding components are crosswise coupled to a third and a fourth stereo decoding component which each performs stereo decoding on one channel resulting from the first stereo decoding component, and one channel resulting from the second stereo decoding component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Kristofer Kjoerling, Harald Mundt, Heiko Purnhagen
  • Patent number: 10085105
    Abstract: A multi-channel decoder for generating a binaural signal from a downmix signal using upmix rule information on an energy-error introducing upmix rule for calculating a gain factor based on the upmix rule information and characteristics of head related transfer function based filters corresponding to upmix channels. The one or more gain factors are used by a filter processor for filtering the downmix signal so that an energy corrected binaural signal having a left binaural channel and a right binaural channel is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventor: Lars Villemoes
  • Publication number: 20180268827
    Abstract: The present document relates to a method of layered encoding of a frame of a compressed higher-order Ambisonics, HOA, representation of a sound or sound field. The compressed HOA representation comprises a plurality of transport signals. The method comprises assigning the plurality of transport signals to a plurality of hierarchical layers, the plurality of layers including a base layer and one or more hierarchical enhancement layers, generating, for each layer, a respective HOA extension payload including side information for parametrically enhancing a reconstructed HOA representation obtainable from the transport signals assigned to the respective layer and any layers lower than the respective layer, assigning the generated HOA extension payloads to their respective layers, and signaling the generated HOA extension payloads in an output bitstream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Sven KORDON, Alexander KRUEGER
  • Publication number: 20180268829
    Abstract: Methods for generating an object based audio program which is renderable in a personalizable manner, e.g., to provide an immersive, perception of audio content of the program. Other embodiments include steps of delivering (e.g., broadcasting), decoding, and/or rendering such a program. Rendering of audio objects indicated by the program may provide an immersive experience. The audio content of the program may be indicative of multiple object channels (e.g., object channels indicative of user-selectable and user-configurable objects, and typically also a default set of objects which will be rendered in the absence of a selection by a user) and a bed of speaker channels. Another aspect is an audio processing unit (e.g., encoder or decoder) configured to perform, or which includes a buffer memory which stores at least one frame (or other segment) of an object based audio program (or bitstream thereof) generated in accordance with, any embodiment of the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicants: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert Andrew FRANCE, Thomas ZIEGLER, Sripal S. MEHTA, Andrew Jonathan DOWELL, Prinyar SAUNGSOMBOON, Michael David DWYER, Farhad FARAHANI, Nicolas R. Tsingos, Freddie SANCHEZ
  • Publication number: 20180270598
    Abstract: Audio perception in local proximity to visual cues is provided. A device includes a video display, first row of audio transducers, and second row of audio transducers. The first and second rows can be vertically disposed above and below the video display. An audio transducer of the first row and an audio transducer of the second row form a column to produce, in concert, an audible signal. The perceived emanation of the audible signal is from a plane of the video display (e.g., a location of a visual cue) by weighing outputs of the audio transducers of the column. In certain embodiments, the audio transducers are spaced farther apart at a periphery for increased fidelity in a center portion of the plane and less fidelity at the periphery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Christophe Chabanne, Nicolas R. Tsingos, Charles Q. Robinson
  • Publication number: 20180270600
    Abstract: For generating 3D audio content from a two-channel stereo signal, the stereo signal (x(t)) is partitioned into overlapping sample blocks and is transformed into time-frequency domain. From the stereo signal directional and ambient signal components are separated, wherein the estimated directions of the directional components are changed by a predetermined factor, wherein, if changes are within a predetermined interval, they are combined in order to form a directional centre channel object signal. For the other directions an encoding to Higher Order Ambisonics (HOA) is performed. Additional ambient signal channels are generated by de-correlation and rating by gain factors, followed by encoding to HOA. The directional HOA signals and the ambient HOA signals are combined, and the combined HOA signal and the centre channel object signals are transformed to time domain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY INTERNATIONAL
    Inventors: Johannes BOEHM, Xiaoming CHEN
  • Publication number: 20180270451
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for detecting and remedying potential incongruence in a video conference. A camera of a video conferencing system may capture video images of a conference room. A processor of the video conferencing system may identify locations of a plurality of participants within an image plane of a video image. Using face and shape detection, a location of a center point of each identified participant's torso may be calculated. A region of congruence bounded by key parallax lines may be calculated, the key parallax lines being a subset of all parallax lines running through the center points of each identified participant. When the audio device location is not within the region of congruence, audio captured by an audio device may be adjusted to reduce effects of incongruence when the captured audio is replayed at a far end of the video conference.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Glenn N. DICKINS, Ludovic Christophe MALFAIT, David GUNAWAN
  • Publication number: 20180268831
    Abstract: An encoding system (400) encodes an N-channel audio signal (X), wherein N?3, as a single-channel downmix signal (Y) together with dry and wet upmix parameters ({tilde over (C)}, {tilde over (P)}). In a decoding system (200), a decorrelating section (101) outputs, based on the downmix signal, an (N?1)-channel decorrelated signal (Z); a dry upmix section (102) maps the downmix signal linearly in accordance with dry upmix coefficients (C) determined based on the dry upmix parameters; a wet upmix section (103) populates an intermediate matrix based on the wet upmix parameters and knowing that the intermediate matrix belongs to a predefined matrix class, obtains wet upmix coefficients (P) by multiplying the intermediate matrix by a predefined matrix, and maps the decorrelated signal linearly in accordance with the wet upmix coefficients; and a combining section (104) combines outputs from the upmix sections to obtain a reconstructed signal ({circumflex over (X)}) corresponding to the signal to be reconstructed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Lars VILLEMOES, Heidi-Maria LEHTONEN, Heiko PURNHAGEN, Toni HIRVONEN
  • Patent number: 10080026
    Abstract: Statistical values are computed based on received source images. An adaptive reshaping function is selected for one or more source images based on the one or more statistical values. A portion of source video content is adaptively reshaped, based on the selected adaptive reshaping function to generate a portion of reshaped video content. The portion of source video content is represented by the one or more source images. An approximation of an inverse of the selected adaptive reshaping function is generated. The reshaped video content and a set of adaptive reshaping parameters defining the approximation of the inverse of the selected adaptive reshaping function are encoded into a reshaped video signal. The reshaped video signal may be processed by a downstream recipient device to generate a version of reconstructed source images, for example, for rendering with a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Guan-Ming Su, Qiuwei Wang, Hsuan-Ting Chou, Navaneeth Kamballur Kottayil
  • Patent number: 10080035
    Abstract: Coding techniques for a video image compression system involve improving an image quality of a sequence of two or more bi-directionally predicted intermediate frames, where each of the frames includes multiple pixels. One method involves determining a brightness value of at least one pixel of each bi-directionally predicted intermediate frame in the sequence as an equal average of brightness values of pixels in non-bidirectionally predicted frames bracketing the sequence of bi-directionally predicted intermediate frames. The brightness values of the pixels in at least one of the non-bidirectionally predicted frames is converted from a non-linear representation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Gary A. Demos
  • Patent number: 10079941
    Abstract: A method in a soundfield-capturing endpoint and the capturing endpoint that comprises a microphone array capturing soundfield, and an input processor pre-processing and performing auditory scene analysis to detect local sound objects and positions, de-clutter the sound objects, and integrate with auxiliary audio signals to form a de-cluttered local auditory scene that has a measure of plausibility and perceptual continuity. The input processor also codes the resulting de-cluttered auditory scene to form coded scene data comprising mono audio and additional scene data to send to others. The endpoint includes an output processor generating signals for a display unit that displays a summary of the de-cluttered local auditory scene and/or a summary of activity in the communication system from received data, the display including a shaped ribbon display element that has an extent with locations on the extent representing locations and other properties of different sound objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Glenn N. Dickins, Gary Spittle, David Gunawan, Anthony Tucker
  • Publication number: 20180262551
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method for optimizing delivery of a digital program having a plurality of selectable program components includes delivering to a first node a composite set of program components, assembling from the composite set first and second subsets of program components, the first and second subsets differing by at least one program component, delivering the first subset of program components to a first user, and delivering the second subset of program components to a second user. The program components relate to multiple program categories and each of the multiple program categories is associated with a program presentation aspect and comprises a plurality of selections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Michael F. DEMEYER, Timothy E. ONDERS
  • Publication number: 20180262856
    Abstract: Example embodiments disclosed herein relates to upmixing of audio signals. A method of upmixing an audio signal is described. The method includes decomposing the audio signal into a diffuse signal and a direct signal, generating an audio bed at least in part based on the diffuse signal, the audio bed including a height channel, extracting an audio object from the direct signal, estimating metadata of the audio object, the metadata including height information of the audio object; and rendering the audio bed and the audio object as an upmixed audio signal, wherein the audio bed is rendered to a predefined position and the audio object is rendered according to the metadata. Corresponding system and computer program product are described as well.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jun WANG, Lie LU, Lianwu CHEN, Mingqing HU
  • Publication number: 20180261184
    Abstract: A handheld imaging device has a data receiver that is configured to receive reference encoded image data. The data includes reference code values, which are encoded by an external coding system. The reference code values represent reference gray levels, which are being selected using a reference grayscale display function that is based on perceptual non-linearity of human vision adapted at different light levels to spatial frequencies. The imaging device also has a data converter that is configured to access a code mapping between the reference code values and device-specific code values of the imaging device. The device-specific code values are configured to produce gray levels that are specific to the imaging device. Based on the code mapping, the data converter is configured to transcode the reference encoded image data into device-specific image data, which is encoded with the device-specific code values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Ajit NINAN
  • Publication number: 20180262769
    Abstract: Pixel data of a video sequence with enhanced dynamic range (EDR) are predicted based on pixel data of a corresponding video sequence with standard dynamic range (SDR) and an inter-layer predictor. Under a highlights clipping constrain, conventional SDR to EDR prediction is adjusted as follows: a) given a highlights threshold, the SDR to EDR predictor is adjusted to output a fixed output value for all input SDR pixel values larger than the highlights threshold, and b) given a dark-regions threshold, the residual values between the input EDR signal and its predicted value are set to zero for all input SDR pixel values lower than the dark-regions threshold. Example processes to determine the highlights and dark-regions thresholds and whether highlights clipping is occurring are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Guan-Ming SU, Qian CHEN
  • Patent number: 10074012
    Abstract: Image data relating to real-world objects or persons is collected from a scene while collecting audio data relating to the real-world objects or persons from the same scene. The audio data is used to derive sound objects corresponding to the real-world objects or persons. The image data is used to derive video objects corresponding to the real-world objects or persons. Based on the sound objects and the video objects, candidate salient objects are generated. A salient object is selected from among the candidate salient objects. Perceptual enhancement operations are performed on the selected salient object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Cong Zhou, Timo Kunkel, Cristina Michel Vasco
  • Patent number: 10074379
    Abstract: On the basis of a bitstream (P), an n-channel audio signal (X) is reconstructed by deriving an m-channel core signal (Y) and multichannel coding parameters (?) from the bitstream, where 1?m<n. Also derived from the bitstream are pre-processing dynamic range control, DRC, parameters (DRC2) quantifying an encoder-side dynamic range limiting of the core signal. The n-channel audio signal is obtained by parametric synthesis in accordance with the multichannel coding parameters and while cancelling any encoder-side dynamic range limiting based on the pre-processing DRC parameters. In particular embodiments, the reconstruction further includes use of compensated post-processing DRC parameters quantifying a potential decoder-side dynamic range compression. Cancellation of an encoder-side range limitation and range compression are preferably performed by different decoder-side components. Cancellation and compression may be coordinated by a DRC pre-processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignees: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Jeffrey Riedmiller, Karl J. Roeden, Kristofer Kjoerling, Heiko Purnhagen, Vinay Melkote, Leif Sehlstrom
  • Patent number: D828845
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Sigrid Harder, Robert Andrew France, Thomas Ziegler, Radoslaw Musial, Christopher Oates
  • Patent number: RE47076
    Abstract: A picture coding method of the present invention codes a picture signal and a ratio of a number of luminance pixels and a number of chrominance pixels for the picture signal, and then one coding method out of at least two coding methods is selected depending on the ratio. Next, data related to a picture size is coded in accordance with the selected coding method. The data related to the picture size indicates a size of the picture corresponding to the picture signal or an output area, which is a pixel area to be outputted in decoding in a whole pixel area coded in the picture signal coding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventor: Shinya Kadono
  • Patent number: D830329
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: George Trasmonte, Meiling Zhang, Kelvin Francis Griffiths