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: 20180167515
    Abstract: Example embodiments disclosed herein relate to audio signal processing based on remote user control. A method of processing an audio signal in an audio sender device is disclosed. The method includes receiving, at a current device, a control parameter from a remote device, the control parameter being generated based on a user input of the remote device and specifying a user preference for an audio signal to be transmitted to the remote device. The method also includes processing the audio signal based on the received control parameter and transmitting the processed audio signal to the remote device. Corresponding computer program product of processing an audio signal and corresponding device are also disclosed. Corresponding method in an audio receiver device and computer program product of processing an audio signal as well as corresponding device are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Dong SHI, Xuejing SUN, Zhiwei SHUANG
  • Publication number: 20180167637
    Abstract: In a method to improve the coding efficiency of high-dynamic range (HDR) images, a decoder parses sequence processing set (SPS) data from an input coded bitstream to detect that an HDR extension syntax structure is present in the parsed SPS data. It extracts from the HDR extension syntax structure post-processing information that includes one or more of a color space enabled flag, a color enhancement enabled flag, an adaptive reshaping enabled flag, a dynamic range conversion flag, a color correction enabled flag, or an SDR viewable flag. It decodes the input bitstream to generate a preliminary output decoded signal, and generates a second output signal based on the preliminary output signal and the post-processing information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Peng YIN, Taoran LU, Fangjun PU, Tao CHEN, Walter J. HUSAK
  • Publication number: 20180167616
    Abstract: The quantization parameter QP is well-known in digital video compression as an indication of picture quality. Digital symbols representing a moving image are quantized with a quantizing step that is a function QSN of the quantization parameter QP, which function QSN has been normalized to the most significant bit of the bit depth of the digital symbols. As a result, the effect of a given QP is essentially independent of bit depth a particular QP value has a standard effect on image quality, regardless of bit depth. The invention is useful, for example, in encoding and decoding at different bit depths, to generate compatible, bitstreams having different bit depths, and to allow different bit depths for different components of a video signal by compressing each with the same fidelity (i.e., the same QP).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Walter C. Gish, Christopher J. Vogt
  • Publication number: 20180166084
    Abstract: When decompressing 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: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander KRUEGER, Sven KORDON
  • Publication number: 20180165796
    Abstract: Several implementations relate, for example, to depth encoding and/or filtering for 3D video (3DV) coding formats. A sparse dyadic mode (308) for partitioning macroblocks (MBs) along edges in a depth map is provided as well as techniques for trilateral (or bilateral) filtering of depth maps that may include adaptive selection between filters sensitive to changes in video intensity and/or changes in depth. One implementation partitions a depth picture, and then refines the partitions based on a corresponding image picture. Another implementation filters a portion of a depth picture based on values for a range of pixels in the portion. For a given pixel in the portion that is being filtered, the filter weights a value of a particular pixel in the range by a weight that is based on one or more of location distance, depth difference, and image difference.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wang Lin LAI, Shujie LIU, Dong TIAN
  • Publication number: 20180167756
    Abstract: Multiple virtual source locations may be defined for a volume within which audio objects can move. A set-up process for rendering audio data may involve receiving reproduction speaker location data and pre-computing gain values for each of the virtual sources according to the reproduction speaker location data and each virtual source location. The gain values may be stored and used during “run time,” during which audio reproduction data are rendered for the speakers of the reproduction environment. During run time, for each audio object, contributions from virtual source locations within an area or volume defined by the audio object position data and the audio object size data may be computed. A set of gain values for each output channel of the reproduction environment may be computed based, at least in part, on the computed contributions. Each output channel may correspond to at least one reproduction speaker of the reproduction environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicants: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION, DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Antonio MATEOS SOLE, Nicolas R. TSINGOS
  • Patent number: 9997164
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignees: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, Dolby International AB
    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: 20180157054
    Abstract: Shaped glasses have curved surface lenses and spectrally complementary filters disposed on the curved surface lenses configured to compensate for wavelength shifts occurring due to viewing angles and other sources. The spectrally complementary filters include guard bands to prevent crosstalk between spectrally complementary portions of a 3D image viewed through the shaped glasses. In one embodiment, the spectrally complementary filters are disposed on the curved lenses with increasing layer thickness towards edges of the lenses. The projected complementary images may also be pre-shifted to compensate for subsequent wavelength shifts occurring while viewing the images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Martin J. Richards, Wilson Heaton Allen
  • Publication number: 20180155944
    Abstract: Theater designs including social media, and theater entrances configured to draw patrons into a main area of the theater including an entrance having a curved wall and curved walkway having a horizon drop-off for display of content related to a motion picture or other feature to be shown in the theater. The content may be interactive or otherwise linked to patrons passing a hallway including the curved wall. Spatialized sound corresponding to the video “moves” with objects in the video and with patrons as they traverse walkway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Douglas J. GORNY, Wilhelm OEHL, Vincent VORON, David HERMAN, Donald BURLOCK, Pascal SIJEN, Christopher Roy KUKSHTEL, C. Matthew CUSON, Charles Q. ROBINSON
  • Publication number: 20180160249
    Abstract: Decoding of Ambisonics representations for a stereo loudspeaker setup is known for first-order Ambisonics audio signals. But such first-order Ambisonics approaches have either high negative side lobes or poor localisation in the frontal region. The invention deals with the processing for stereo decoders for higher-order Ambisonics HOA. The desired panning functions can be derived from a panning law for placement of virtual sources between the loudspeakers. For each loudspeaker a desired panning function for all possible input directions at sampling points is defined. The panning functions are approximated by circular harmonic functions, and with increasing Ambisonics order the desired panning functions are matched with decreasing error. For the frontal region between the loudspeakers, a panning law like the tangent law or vector base amplitude panning (VBAP) are used. For the rear directions panning functions with a slight attenuation of sounds from these directions are defined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Florian KEILER, Johannes BOEHM
  • Publication number: 20180160236
    Abstract: A method, a system and a computer program product are disclosed for enhancing an audio signal in relation to a hearing impairment. An input signal is obtained comprising input sub-band signals in a frequency range comprising a source range and a target range. The input sub-band signals in the source range are selectively transposed into transposed sub-band signals in the target range according to a predefined transposing rule. A masking threshold is determined based on a predefined perceptual model and perceptually relevant sub-band signals of the transposed sub-band signals in the target range exceeding the masking threshold are detected. Input sub-band signals in the target range are selectively replaced with corresponding detected perceptually relevant sub-band signals of the transposed sub-band signals in the target range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby International AB
    Inventor: Arijit BISWAS
  • Publication number: 20180157149
    Abstract: A device for quasi-phase-matched frequency doubling of broadband light with uncorrelated spectral phase includes a nonlinear optical material, which in turn includes a domain-reversed grating organized in a series of sections along propagation direction of the broadband light through the nonlinear optical material. Each of the sections is characterized by a respective period of the domain-reversed grating. The period within a first connected subset of the series alternates between two discrete values along the propagation direction. A method for designing the domain-reversed grating includes determining a grating function model describing an ideal nonlinear coefficient of a domain-reversed grating, and discretizing the grating function model to a manufacturable grating function having period restricted to a discrete set of manufacturable periods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Alireza MARANDI, Gennady IMESHEV, Dzhakhangir V. KHAYDAROV, Gregory David MILLER
  • Publication number: 20180160089
    Abstract: An existing metadata set that is specific to a color volume transformation model is transformed to a metadata set that is specific to a distinctly different color volume transformation model. For example, source content metadata for a first color volume transformation model is received. This source metadata determines a specific color volume transformation, such as a sigmoidal tone map curve. The specific color volume transformation is mapped to a color volume transformation of a second color volume transformation model, e.g., a Bézier tone map curve. Mapping can be a best fit curve, or a reasonable approximation. Mapping results in metadata values used for the second color volume transformation model (e.g., one or more Bézier curve knee points and anchors). Thus, devices configured for the second color volume transformation model can reasonably render source content according to received source content metadata of the first color volume transformation model.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Raymond YEUNG, Patrick GRIFFIS, Thaddeus BEIER, Robin ATKINS
  • Patent number: 9990749
    Abstract: Systems and methods for perceptually synchronizing at least one secondary display that is in a same visual environment as a primary display. The image appearance parameters may be derived from the image/video shown on the primary display can be used to map the appearance of any arbitrary content on a secondary device. To produce a visually pleasing environment for a viewer in the visual environment, systems and methods are herein disclosed for synchronizing the display settings or parameters. The synchronization may be affected by dynamically adjusting the image data rendered upon one of the primary and/or secondary displays. Such dynamic adjustments may be made in accordance with the characteristics of the primary display and/or secondary display. Such adjustments may be made to the dynamic range, color mapping, etc. of the rendering on either display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Timo Kunkel
  • Patent number: 9992600
    Abstract: Multiple virtual source locations may be defined for a volume within which audio objects can move. A set-up process for rendering audio data may involve receiving reproduction speaker location data and pre-computing gain values for each of the virtual sources according to the reproduction speaker location data and each virtual source location. The gain values may be stored and used during “run time,” during which audio reproduction data are rendered for the speakers of the reproduction environment. During run time, for each audio object, contributions from virtual source locations within an area or volume defined by the audio object position data and the audio object size data may be computed. A set of gain values for each output channel of the reproduction environment may be computed based, at least in part, on the computed contributions. Each output channel may correspond to at least one reproduction speaker of the reproduction environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignees: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Antonio Mateos Sole, Nicolas R. Tsingos
  • Patent number: 9992476
    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: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Walter J. Husak, David Ruhoff, Alexandros Tourapis, Athanasios Leontaris
  • Patent number: 9992460
    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. overtime—for continuous image improvement are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Jerome Shields, Martin J. Richards, Juan P. Pertierra
  • Patent number: 9992601
    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: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventor: Lars Villemoes
  • Patent number: 9990935
    Abstract: The present document relates to the design of anti-aliasing and/or anti-imaging filters for resamplers using rational resampling factors. In particular, the present document relates to a method for implementing such anti-aliasing and/or anti-imaging filters with reduced computational complexity. In addition, the present document relates to further aspects of an audio encoding and decoding system, such as the phase relation between the channels of a multi-channel audio signal and/or the structure of the bitstream of an encoded audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignees: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Alexander Groeschel, Jens Popp, Martin Wolters, Jeffrey Riedmiller, Michael Ward, Karl Jonas Roeden, Holger Hoerich, Karsten Linzmeier, Tobias Friedrich
  • Patent number: 9992507
    Abstract: Methods for decoding a video bitstream. One of the methods includes receiving a respective buffer description for each of one or more decoded reference pictures from the video bitstream; wherein the respective buffer descriptions include a poc cycle parameter for one or more long term reference pictures in the one or more decoded reference pictures, and wherein the poc cycle parameter is used to calculate a picture order count (POC) for the decoded long term reference pictures; identifying one or more decoded reference pictures for a current picture from a decoded picture buffer, based on the POC for the decoded long term reference pictures; decoding the current picture using inter-frame prediction based on the identified one or more decoded reference pictures; and buffering the decoded picture in the decoded picture buffer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Kiran Misra, Sachin G. Deshpande, Christopher A. Segall
  • Patent number: 9990929
    Abstract: The present invention proposes a new method for improving the performance of a real-valued filterbank based spectral envelope adjuster. By adaptively locking the gain values for adjacent channels dependent on the sign of the channels, as defined in the application, reduced aliasing is achieved. Furthermore, the grouping of the channels during gain-calculation, gives an improved energy estimate of the real valued subband signals in the filterbank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Kristofer Kjoerling, Lars Villemoes
  • Patent number: 9990934
    Abstract: Higher Order Ambisonics represents three-dimensional sound independent of a specific loudspeaker set-up. However, transmission of an HOA representation results in a very high bit rate. Therefore compression with a fixed number of channels is used, in which directional and ambient signal components are processed differently. For coding, portions of the original HOA representation are predicted from the directional signal components. This prediction provides side information which is required for a corresponding decoding. By using some additional specific purpose bits, a known side information coding processing is improved in that the required number of bits for coding that side information is reduced on average.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander Krueger, Sven Kordon, Oliver Wuebbolt
  • Publication number: 20180151186
    Abstract: Methods and audio processing units for generating an object based audio program including conditional rendering metadata corresponding to at least one object channel of the program, where the conditional rendering metadata is indicative of at least one rendering constraint, based on playback speaker array configuration, which applies to each corresponding object channel, and methods for rendering audio content determined by such a program, including by rendering content of at least one audio channel of the program in a manner compliant with each applicable rendering constraint in response to at least some of the conditional rendering metadata. Rendering of a selected mix of content of the program may provide an immersive experience.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Applicants: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Sripal S. MEHTA, Thomas ZIEGLER, Stewart MURRIE
  • Publication number: 20180152803
    Abstract: An audio processing system and method which calculates, based on spatial metadata of the audio object, a panning coefficient for each of the audio objects in relation to each of a plurality of predefined channel coverage zones. Converts the audio signal into submixes in relation to the predefined channel coverage zones based on the calculated panning coefficients and the audio objects. Each of the submixes indicating a sum of components of the plurality of the audio objects in relation to one of the predefined channel coverage zones. Generating a submix gain by applying an audio processing to each of the submix and controls an object gain applied to each of the audio objects. The object gain being as a function of the panning coefficients for each of the audio objects and the submix gains in relation to each of the predefined channel coverage zones.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alan J. SEEFELDT, Lie LU, Chen ZHANG
  • Publication number: 20180151188
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for generating an encoded audio bitstream, including by including program loudness metadata and audio data in the bitstream, and optionally also program boundary metadata in at least one segment (e.g., frame) of the bitstream. Other aspects are apparatus and methods for decoding such a bitstream, e.g., including by performing adaptive loudness processing of the audio data of an audio program indicated by the bitstream, or authentication and/or validation of metadata and/or audio data of such an audio program. Another aspect is 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: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael GRANT, Scott Gregory NORCROSS, Jeffrey RIEDMILLER, Michael WARD
  • Publication number: 20180151170
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to combined active noise cancellation and noise compensation in a headphone. An audio processing device includes a selector and a noise compensation unit. The selector can select one of a plurality of first transfer functions based on at least one feature of at least one of an external noise and a content audio signal representing a sound to be reproduced through the headphone. The noise compensation unit can compute a second audio signal by applying the selected first transfer function to a first audio signal, and derive gains for the noise compensation at least based on the second audio signal. The at least one feature can be used to distinguish at least two of the first transfer functions. Each of the first transfer functions can transform the first audio signal to the second audio signal which is assumed as representing a version of the sound represented by the first audio signal, which arrives at an eardrum of a listener wearing the headphone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Guilin MA, Xiguang ZHENG
  • Publication number: 20180151189
    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: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Applicants: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION, DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Jeffrey RIEDMILLER, Karl J. ROEDEN, Kristofer KJOERLING, Heiko PURNHAGEN, Vinay MELKOTE, Leif SEHLSTROM
  • Publication number: 20180152678
    Abstract: Dual or multi-modulation display systems comprising a first modulator and a second modulator are disclosed. 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 first and second modulator. The display system may render highlight features within a projected image by affecting a time multiplexing scheme. In one embodiment, the first modulator may be switched on a sub-frame basis such that a desired proportion of the available light may be focused or directed onto the second modulator to form the highlight feature on a sub-frame rendering basis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Martin J. Richards
  • Publication number: 20180152719
    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: January 24, 2018
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Purvin Bibhas PANDIT, Peng YIN, Dong TIAN
  • Patent number: 9986338
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to speakers and circuits that reflect sound off a wall surface (114) to a listening location at a distance from a speaker. The reflected sound (103) provides direct audio cues to reproduce audio objects that have direct audio components without the need for direct firing speakers. The speaker comprises sideward firing drivers (108) to reflect sound off of the wall surface (114) and represents a virtual direct speaker (116). A virtual direct filter is applied to the sideward-firing driver signal to improve the perception of direct audio transmitted by the sideward firing speaker (108) to provide optimum reproduction of the reflected sound. The virtual direct filter may be incorporated as part of a crossover circuit that separates the full band and sends high frequency sound to the sideward-firing driver (108).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Warren Mansfield, Eugene Edward Radzik, Alan J. Seefeldt, Jared Smith, C. Phillip Brown, Michael Smithers
  • Patent number: 9983545
    Abstract: Dual or multi-modulation display system are disclosed that comprise projector systems with at least one modulator that may employ non-mechanical beam steering modulation. Many embodiments disclosed herein employ a non-mechanical beam steering and/or polarizer to provide for a highlights modulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas J. Gorny, Martin J. Richards
  • Patent number: 9984694
    Abstract: Conventional audio compression technologies perform a standardized signal transformation, independent of the type of the content. Multi-channel signals are decomposed into their signal components, subsequently quantized and encoded. This is disadvantageous due to lack of knowledge on the characteristics of scene composition, especially for e.g. multi-channel audio or Higher-Order Ambisonics (HOA) content. An improved method for encoding pre-processed audio data comprises encoding the pre-processed audio data, and encoding auxiliary data that indicate the particular audio pre-processing. An improved method for decoding encoded audio data comprises determining that the encoded audio data had been pre-processed before encoding, decoding the audio data, extracting from received data information about the pre-processing, and post-processing the decoded audio data according to the extracted pre-processing information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Oliver Wuebbolt, Johannes Boehm, Peter Jax
  • Patent number: 9986249
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer programs for improving compressed image chroma information. In one aspect of the invention, a resolution for a red color component of a color video image is used that is higher than the resolution for a blue color component of the color video image. Another aspect includes utilizing a lower or higher value of a quantization parameter (QP) for one or more chroma channels as compared to the luminance channel. Another aspect is use of a logarithmic representation of a video image to benefit image coding. Another aspect uses more than two chroma channels to represent a video image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Gary A. Demos
  • Patent number: 9986254
    Abstract: Implementations are provided that relate, for example, to view tiling in video encoding and decoding. A particular method includes accessing a video picture that includes multiple pictures combined into a single picture (826), accessing information indicating how the multiple pictures in the accessed video picture are combined (806, 808, 822), decoding the video picture to provide a decoded representation of at least one of the multiple pictures (824, 826), and providing the accessed information and the decoded video picture as output (824, 826). Some other implementations format or process the information that indicates how multiple pictures included in a single video picture are combined into the single video picture, and format or process an encoded representation of the combined multiple pictures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Purvin Bibhas Pandit, Peng Yin, Dong Tian
  • Patent number: 9984695
    Abstract: The present document relates to the technical field of audio coding, decoding and processing. It specifically relates to methods of recovering high frequency content of an audio signal from low frequency content of the same audio signal in an efficient manner. A method for determining a first banded tonality value for a first frequency subband of an audio signal is described. The first banded tonality value is used for approximating a high frequency component of the audio signal based on a low frequency component of the audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Robin Thesing, Michael Schug
  • Patent number: 9985855
    Abstract: Described are: a method, an apparatus, and a tangible computer-readable storage medium comprising instructions to instruct one or more processors to carry out a method. One set of methods is for the transmit side of a communication link and another set of methods is for the receive side. A transmit side method includes assigning one of a set of classifications to media, e.g., voice/audio packets transmitted in a sequence, different classifications impacting differently a measure of perceptual quality calculated at the receive side if packets of the respective classifications are lost. A present packet is sent to the receive side containing the classification of a previous packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Glenn N. Dickins, Hannes Muesch
  • Publication number: 20180144751
    Abstract: The application relates to audio encoder and decoder systems. An embodiment of the encoder system comprises a downmix stage for generating a downmix signal and a residual signal based on a stereo signal. In addition, the encoder system comprises a parameter determining stage for determining parametric stereo parameters such as an inter-channel intensity difference and an inter-channel cross-correlation. Preferably, the parametric stereo parameters are time- and frequency-variant. Moreover, the encoder system comprises a transform stage. The transform stage generates a pseudo left/right stereo signal by performing a transform based on the downmix signal and the residual signal. The pseudo stereo signal is processed by a perceptual stereo encoder. For stereo encoding, left/right encoding or mid/side encoding is selectable. Preferably, the selection between left/right stereo encoding and mid/side stereo encoding is time- and frequency-variant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Heiko Purnhagen, Pontus Carlsson, Kristofer Kjoerling
  • Publication number: 20180146288
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are disclosed for processing an audio signal. The apparatus includes an input interface, a digital filterbank having an analysis part and a synthesis part, a first phase shifter, a spectral envelope adjuster, a second phase shifter, and an output interface. The first phase shifter and the second phase shifter reduce a complexity of the digital filterbank, which includes both analysis and synthesis filters that are complex-exponential modulated versions of a prototype filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby International AB
    Inventor: Per Ekstrand
  • Publication number: 20180144759
    Abstract: Example embodiments disclosed herein relate to audio source separation with source direction determined based on iterative weighted component analysis. A method of separating audio sources in audio content is disclosed. The audio content includes a plurality of channels. The method includes obtaining multiple data samples from multiple time-frequency tiles of the audio content. The method also includes analyzing the data samples to generate multiple components in a plurality of iterations, wherein each of the components indicates a direction with a variance of the data samples, and wherein in each of the plurality of iterations, each of the data samples is weighted with a weight that is determined based on a selected component from the multiple components. The method further includes determining a source direction of the audio content based on the selected component for separating an audio source from the audio content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lie LU, Mingqing HU
  • Publication number: 20180146185
    Abstract: Stereoscopic images are subsampled and placed in a “checkerboard” pattern in an image. The image is encoded in a monoscopic video format. The monoscopic video is transmitted to a device where the “checkerboard” is decoded. Portions of the checkerboard (e.g., “black” portions) are used to reconstruct one of the stereoscopic images and the other portion of the checkerboard (e.g., “white” portions) are used to reconstruct the other image. The subsamples are, for example, taken from the image in a location coincident to the checkerboard position in which the subsamples are encoded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Walter J. Husak, David Ruhoff, Alexandros Tourapis, Athanasios Leontaris
  • Publication number: 20180146176
    Abstract: Apparatus for controlling a spatial light modulator (106) of an image projector (100), the image projector further comprising an illumination source (102) arranged to illuminate the spatial light modulator (106), the apparatus comprising an input (126) for receiving image data, an output for outputting image data and a controller (110) in communication with the input and the output, the controller (110) being configured to: •determine an estimated thermal state of the projector; •use at least the estimated thermal state of the projector to obtain an expected illumination pattern of light incident on the spatial light modulator (106) when illuminated by the illumination source (102); •use the expected illumination pattern to adjust the received image data so as to compensate for thermal changes in one or more components of the image projector; and •output the adjusted image data to the spatial light modulator (106).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher John ORLICK, Jerome D. SHIELDS
  • Publication number: 20180146315
    Abstract: Higher Order Ambisonics represents three-dimensional sound independent of a specific loudspeaker set-up. However, transmission of an HOA representation results in a very high bit rate. Therefore compression with a fixed number of channels is used, in which directional and ambient signal components are processed differently. The ambient HOA component is represented by a minimum number of HOA coefficient sequences. The remaining channels contain either directional signals or additional coefficient sequences of the ambient HOA component, depending on what will result in optimum perceptual quality. This processing can change on a frame-by-frame basis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: SVEN KORDON, ALEXANDER KRUEGER
  • Publication number: 20180144753
    Abstract: The application relates to HFR (High Frequency Reconstruction/Regeneration) of audio signals. In particular, the application relates to a method and system for performing HFR of audio signals having large variations in energy level across the low frequency range which is used to reconstruct the high frequencies of the audio signal. A system configured to generate a plurality of high frequency subband signals covering a high frequency interval from a plurality of low frequency subband signals is described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby International AB
    Inventor: Kristofer Kjoerling
  • Publication number: 20180146198
    Abstract: Video images are rendered in viewports of content viewers. Each content viewer views video images through a respective viewport in the viewports. Spatial locations in the video images to which foveal visions of the content viewers are directed are determined. ROIs in the video images are identified based on the spatial locations in the video images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Chaitanya ATLURU, Ajit NINAN
  • Publication number: 20180144692
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for filtering metadata to be used in display management. Given an input video stream and input metadata comprising at least one of minimum, average, or maximum luminance values of the video frames in the video stream, values of a function of the input metadata are filtered using a temporal filter to generate filtered metadata, wherein the filtering is based only on metadata for input frames in the same scene. Methods for temporal filtering based on an exponential moving average filter or a look-ahead sliding window filter are presented, including methods for scene-change detection using the input metadata.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robin ATKINS, Gregory John WARD, Samir N. HULYALKAR, Guan-Ming SU, Sheng QU
  • Patent number: 9979369
    Abstract: An audio peak limiter apparatus which calculates a smoothed sequence of gains for application to a sequence of blocks of samples of an audio signal. The apparatus sometimes calculates a candidate gain, to replace a too-large smoothed gain, such that applying the candidate gain would produce no scaled sample whose magnitude exceeds a predetermined limit. The apparatus sometimes calculates and stores a final gain to replace the too-large smoothed gain (where the final gain can be obtained e.g. by dividing the to-be-replaced smoothed gain by a prior smoothed gain and multiplying the result by the corresponding prior final gain), if it is determined that the candidate gain is not less than the immediately previous final gain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Nicholas Luke Appleton, Christopher Mark Tubb, William Thomas Rowley, Imankalyan Mukherjee
  • Patent number: 9980073
    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: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander Krüger, Sven Kordon, Johannes Boehm, Johann-Markus Batke
  • Patent number: 9978385
    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 (C, 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 (X) corresponding to the signal to be reconstructed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Lars Villemoes, Heidi-Maria Lehtonen, Heiko Purnhagen, Toni Hirvonen
  • Patent number: 9979366
    Abstract: The invention relates to the measurement and control of the perceived sound loudness and/or the perceived spectral balance of an audio signal. An audio signal is modified in response to calculations performed at least in part in the perceptual (psychoacoustic) loudness domain. The invention is useful, for example, in one or more of: loudness-compensating volume control, automatic gain control, dynamic range control (including, for example, limiters, compressors, expanders, etc.), dynamic equalization, and compensating for background noise interference in an audio playback environment. The invention includes not only methods but also corresponding computer programs and apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Alan Jeffrey Seefedlt
  • Patent number: D819625
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Peter Michaelian, Grayson H. Byrd, Christine Anna Naples