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: 20200092422
    Abstract: Teleconference audio data including a plurality of individual uplink data packet streams, may be received during a teleconference. Each uplink data packet stream may corresponding to a telephone endpoint used by one or more teleconference participants. The teleconference audio data may be analyzed to determine a plurality of suppressive gain coefficients, which may be applied to first instances of the teleconference audio data during the teleconference, to produce first gain-suppressed audio data provided to the telephone endpoints during the teleconference. Second instances of the teleconference audio data, as well as gain coefficient data corresponding to the plurality of suppressive gain coefficients, may be sent to a memory system as individual uplink data packet streams. The second instances of the teleconference audio data may be less gain-suppressed than the first gain-suppressed audio data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Glenn N. DICKINS, Richard J. CARTWRIGHT
  • Publication number: 20200089096
    Abstract: A novel projection system includes a base signal source, a highlight signal source, a base/highlight destination, and a shared optical element. A base signal provided by the base source and a highlight signal provided by the highlight source are combined by the shared optical element. In a particular embodiment, the base signal source and the highlight signal source each include a light source, a spatial light modulator, and optics, and the base/highlight destination includes optics and a spatial light modulator. In a more particular embodiment, the base signal source and the highlight source provide spatially modulated lightfields to the shared optical element. In another particular embodiment, the base signal and the highlight signal are modulated by the spatial light modulator of the base/highlight destination after being combined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Juan P. Pertierra, Martin J. Richards, Barret Lippey, Nathan S. Wainwright, John D. Jackson
  • Patent number: 10593340
    Abstract: There are provided decoding and encoding methods for encoding and decoding of multichannel audio content for playback on a speaker configuration with N channels. The decoding method comprises decoding, in a first decoding module, M input audio signals into M mid signals which are suitable for playback on a speaker configuration with M channels; and for each of the N channels in excess of M channels, receiving an additional input audio signal corresponding to one of the M mid signals and decoding the input audio signal and its corresponding mid signal so as to generate a stereo signal including a first and a second audio signal which are suitable for playback on two of the N channels of the speaker configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Heiko Purnhagen, Harald Mundt, Kristofer Kjoerling
  • Patent number: 10595117
    Abstract: Personal audio systems and methods are disclosed. A personal audio system includes a class table storing processing parameters respectively associated with a plurality of annoyance noise classes, a controller, and a processor. The controller identifies an annoyance noise class of an annoyance noise included in an ambient audio stream and retrieves, from the class table, one or more processing parameters associated with the identified annoyance noise class. The processor to processes the ambient audio stream according to the one or more retrieved processing parameters class to provide a personal audio stream. The processor includes a pitch tracker to identify a fundamental frequency of the annoyance noise and a filter bank including a band reject filter tuned to the fundamental frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Gints Klimanis, Anthony Parks, Jeff Baker
  • Patent number: 10595145
    Abstract: The invention discloses rendering sound field signals, such as Higher-Order Ambisonics (HOA), for arbitrary loudspeaker setups, where the rendering results in highly improved localization properties and is energy preserving. This is obtained by rendering an audio sound field representation for arbitrary spatial loudspeaker setups and/or by a decoder that decodes based on a decode matrix (D). The decode matrix (D) is based on smoothing and scaling of a first decode matrix {circumflex over (D)} with smoothing coefficients. The first decode matrix {circumflex over (D)} is based on a mix matrix G and a mode matrix {tilde over (?)}, where the mix matrix G was determined based on L speakers and positions of a spherical modelling grid related to a HOA order N, and the mode matrix {tilde over (?)} was determined based on the spherical modelling grid and the HOA order N.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Johannes Boehm, Florian Keiler
  • Patent number: 10593338
    Abstract: Some methods involve receiving an input audio signal that includes N input audio channels, the input audio signal representing a first soundfield format having a first soundfield format resolution, N being an integer ?2. A first decorrelation process may be applied to two or more of the input audio channels to produce a first set of decorrelated channels, the first decorrelation process maintaining an inter-channel correlation of the set of input audio channels. A first modulation process may be applied to the first set of decorrelated channels to produce a first set of decorrelated and modulated output channels. The first set of decorrelated and modulated output channels may be combined with two or more undecorrelated output channels to produce an output audio signal that includes O output audio channels representing a second and relatively higher-resolution soundfield format than the first soundfield format, O being an integer ?3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: David S. McGrath
  • Patent number: 10593292
    Abstract: An input media signal encoded with a portion of image data to be rendered with a target display device is received. It is determined, based on the portion of image data, whether a first power profile is to be applied to rendering the portion of image data with the target display device. In response to determining, based on the portion of image data, that the first power profile is not to be applied to rendering the portion of image data with the target display device, a second power profile is applied to rendering the portion of image data with the target display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Ajit Ninan, Chun Chi Wan
  • Patent number: 10595128
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a virtual height filter for use with or in an upward-firing speaker system that reflects sound off a ceiling to a listening location at a distance from a speaker, and that provides height cues to reproduce audio objects that have overhead audio components. A virtual height filter based on a directional hearing model is applied to the upward-firing driver signal to improve the perception of height for audio signals transmitted by the virtual height speaker to provide optimum reproduction of the overhead reflected sound. The virtual height filter is provided by any one or combination of analog or digital filter circuits, or mechanical structures including speaker grill, enclosure, or driver design or configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Smithers, Brett G. Crockett, Alan J. Seefeldt, C. Phillip Brown
  • Patent number: 10594283
    Abstract: Example embodiments disclosed herein relate to audio signal loudness control. A method for controlling loudness of an audio signal is disclosed. The method includes responsive to determining presence of a noise signal, deriving a target partial loudness adjustment based, at least in part, on at least one of a first factor related to the noise signal and a second factor related to the audio signal. The method further includes determining a target partial loudness of the audio signal based, at least in part, on the target partial loudness adjustment. Corresponding system, apparatus and computer program product are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Guilin Ma, Xiguang Zheng
  • Patent number: 10595152
    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: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignees: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Dirk Jeroen Breebaart, Lie Lu, Nicolas R. Tsingos, Antonio Mateos Sole
  • Publication number: 20200082836
    Abstract: An audio communication endpoint receives a bitstream containing spectral components representing spectral content of an audio signal, wherein the spectral components relate to a first range extending up to a first break frequency, above which any spectral components are unassigned. The endpoint adapts the received bitstream in accordance with a second range extending up to a second break frequency by removing spectral components or adding neutral-valued spectral components relating to a range between the first and second break frequencies. The endpoint then attenuates spectral content in a neighbourhood of the least of the first and second break frequencies for thereby achieving a gradual spectral decay. After this, reconstructing the audio signal is reconstructed by an inverse transform operating on spectral components relating to said second range in the adapted and attenuated received bitstream. At small computational expense, the endpoint may to adapt to different sample rates in received bitstreams.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Heiko PURNHAGEN, Leif SEHLSTROM, Lars VILLEMOES, Glenn N. DICKINS, Mark S. VINTON
  • Publication number: 20200084448
    Abstract: Techniques are provided to encode and decode image data comprising a tone mapped (TM) image with HDR reconstruction data in the form of luminance ratios and color residual values. In an example embodiment, luminance ratio values and residual values in color channels of a color space are generated on an individual pixel basis based on a high dynamic range (HDR) image and a derivative tone-mapped (TM) image that comprises one or more color alterations that would not be recoverable from the TM image with a luminance ratio image. The TM image with HDR reconstruction data derived from the luminance ratio values and the color-channel residual values may be outputted in an image file to a downstream device, for example, for decoding, rendering, and/or storing. The image file may be decoded to generate a restored HDR image free of the color alterations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Wenhui JIA, Ajit NINAN, Arkady TEN, Gregory John WARD
  • Publication number: 20200084538
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to an upward-firing speaker that reflects sound off a ceiling to a listening location at a distance from a speaker. The reflected sound provides height cues to reproduce audio objects that have overhead audio components. The speaker comprises a direct-firing tweeter and an upward-firing full-range driver in a unitary enclosure for playback of front-channel and height-channel signals, respectively. A crossover passes high frequencies of a front-channel signal directly to the tweeter and combines low frequencies of the front-channel signal with the height channel signal to be played through the full-range driver. A virtual height filter is applied to the height channel signal to improve the perception of height for audio signals transmitted by the virtual height speaker to provide optimum reproduction of the overhead reflected sound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: C. Phillip Brown, Michael J. Smithers
  • Patent number: 10586552
    Abstract: Methods and systems employing an internal microphone and an external microphone of a headset to capture own voice content in the presence of noise, extract the own voice content from background noise (by performing noise reduction on the microphone outputs to generate a noise reduced signal indicative of the own voice content), and optionally also perform voice activity detection to identify segments of own voice presence or absence. In some embodiments, the external microphone is employed to capture the own voice content, the internal microphone signal is employed to infer the noise captured by the external microphone, and the inferred noise is subtracted from the external microphone signal to generate the noise reduced signal. Aspects include methods performed by any embodiment of the system, and a system or device configured (e.g., programmed) to perform any embodiment of the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Chunjian Li
  • Patent number: 10587897
    Abstract: Coding syntaxes in compliance with same or different VDR specifications may be signaled by upstream coding devices such as VDR encoders to downstream coding devices such as VDR decoders in a common vehicle in the form of RPU data units. VDR coding operations and operational parameters may be specified as sequence level, frame level, or partition level syntax elements in a coding syntax. Syntax elements in a coding syntax may be coded directly in one or more current RPU data units under a current RPU ID, predicted from other partitions/segments/ranges previously sent with the same current RPU ID, or predicted from other frame level or sequence level syntax elements previously sent with a previous RPU ID. A downstream device may perform decoding operations on multi-layered input image data based on received coding syntaxes to construct VDR images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Sheng Qu, Peng Yin, Yan Ye, Yuwen He, Walter Gish, Guan-Ming Su, Yufei Yuan, Samir Hulyalkar
  • Patent number: 10587890
    Abstract: Methods and systems for improving coding efficiency of video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Yeping Su, Christopher A. Segall
  • Patent number: 10584386
    Abstract: The present invention relates to coding of audio signals, and in particular to high frequency reconstruction methods including a frequency domain harmonic transposer. A system and method for generating a high frequency component of a signal from a low frequency component of the signal is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Lars Villemoes, Per Ekstrand
  • Patent number: 10586557
    Abstract: According to one aspect, a method for determining voice activity is disclosed, the method including receiving a frame of an input audio signal, the input audio signal having a sample rate, and spitting the audio signal into a plurality of subbands, the plurality of subbands including at least a lowest subband and a highest subband. The method further comprises filtering the lowest subband to reduce an energy of the lowest subband, estimating a noise level for at least some of the plurality of subbands, and computing a signal-to-noise ratio for at least some of the plurality of subbands. The method also includes determining a speech activity level based at least in part on the computed signal-to-noise ratios and an average of an energy of at least some of the plurality of subbands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Hannes Muesch
  • Patent number: 10586545
    Abstract: The invention provides methods and devices for stereo encoding and decoding using complex prediction in the frequency domain. In one embodiment, a decoding method, for obtaining an output stereo signal from an input stereo signal encoded by complex prediction coding and comprising first frequency-domain representations of two input channels, comprises the upmixing steps of: (i) computing a second frequency-domain representation of a first input channel; and (ii) computing an output channel on the basis of the first and second frequency-domain representations of the first input channel, the first frequency-domain representation of the second input channel and a complex prediction coefficient. The upmixing can be suspended responsive to control data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Heiko Purnhagen, Lars Villemoes, Pontus Carlsson
  • Patent number: 10586550
    Abstract: The present invention relates to audio coding systems which make use of a harmonic transposition method for high frequency reconstruction (HFR). A system and a method for generating a high frequency component of a signal from a low frequency component of the signal is described. The system comprises an analysis filter bank providing a plurality of analysis subband signals of the low frequency component of the signal. It also comprises a non-linear processing unit to generate a synthesis subband signal with a synthesis frequency by modifying the phase of a first and a second of the plurality of analysis subband signals and by combining the phase-modified analysis subband signals. Finally, it comprises a synthesis filter bank for generating the high frequency component of the signal from the synthesis subband signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Lars Villemoes, Per Hedelin
  • Patent number: 10587982
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for an adaptive audio system that renders reflected sound for adaptive audio systems in different ways depending on the orientation of at least one speaker in a set of speakers. A speaker of the system may comprise an integrated speaker having front-firing and upward-firing drivers, a sensor to determine the orientation of the speaker (e.g., horizontal or vertical) and a transceiver and control unit that transmits the orientation to a decoder and receives updated speaker feeds from the renderer based on the orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: David Matthew Fischer, Warren Mansfield, Adam Christopher Noel, Timothy James Eggerding, Philip Nicol
  • Patent number: 10586553
    Abstract: In an apparatus configured to perform signal processing on audio data of a first sampling rate, methods disclosed herein comprise receiving audio data of a second sampling rate, the second sampling rate being higher than the first sampling rate. The methods comprise applying filtering to the audio data of the second sampling rate to thereby produce first filtered audio data and second filtered audio data, the first filtered audio data comprising mainly component frequencies which are audible to the human ear, the second filtered audio data comprising mainly components frequencies which are substantially inaudible to the human ear. The methods further comprise applying first signal processing to the first filtered audio data; and applying second signal processing to the second filtered audio data, the second signal processing having a lower computational complexity than the first signal processing. Corresponding apparatus and computer readable media are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Nicholas L. Engel, Nicholas Luke Appleton, Alan J. Seefeldt
  • Publication number: 20200077222
    Abstract: Described is a method performed by a computation device for generating a binaural audio stream, comprising: receiving an audio stream for a sound source; determining a measure of processing capability of the computation device; selecting, based on the determined measure, a filtering mode from among a predefined set of filtering modes for use in an audio filtering process intended to convert the audio stream into a binaural audio stream; determining, based on a relative position of the virtual source location to a virtual listener location in a virtual listening environment, filter parameters for a set of filters specified by the selected filtering mode; generating the binaural audio stream by applying the audio filtering process to the audio stream, using the set of filters specified by the selected filtering mode; and outputting the binaural audio stream for playback. Further described are corresponding computation devices, computer programs, and computer-readable storage media.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Khoa-Van NGUYEN, Stephane GIRAUDIE, Benoit SENARD
  • Publication number: 20200076450
    Abstract: The invention proposes a method and a device for arithmetic encoding of a current spectral coefficient using preceding spectral coefficients. Said preceding spectral coefficients are already encoded and both, said preceding and current spectral coefficients, are comprised in one or more quantized spectra resulting from quantizing time-frequency-transform of video, audio or speech signal sample values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventor: Oliver Wuebbolt
  • Publication number: 20200077178
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a speaker system that contains an array of multiple dispersion drivers that creates an expansive acoustic pattern to playback multi-channel audio content through a standalone speaker. The speaker system comprises an interface receiving stereo audio; an upmixer generating surround sound formatted audio from the stereo audio including one or more height channels; a virtualizer/downmixer component coupled to the upmixer and generating speaker feeds for two or more loudspeaker output sections, configured to play back the stereo audio, wherein each output section is further configured to play its own dedicated stereo audio signals; and a set of drivers each coupled to a respective output section and configured to project sound in at least two different dispersion patterns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Warren MANSFIELD, Alan J. SEEFELDT, Peter Michael RAZUKAS, Arun SAMBANDAM
  • Publication number: 20200074710
    Abstract: Systems and methods for overlaying a second image/video data onto a first image/video data are described herein. The first image/video data may be intended to be rendered on a display with certain characteristics—e.g., HDR, EDR, VDR or UHD capabilities. The second image/video data may comprise graphics, closed captioning, text, advertisement—or any data that may be desired to be overlaid and/or composited onto the first image/video data. The second image/video data may be appearance mapped according to the image statistics and/or characteristics of the first image/video data. In addition, such appearance mapping may be made according to the characteristics of the display that the composite data is to be rendered. Such appearance mapping is desired to render a composite data that is visually pleasing to a viewer, rendered upon a desired display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Timo KUNKEL, Ning XU, Tao CHEN, Bongsun LEE, Samir N. HULYALKAR
  • Publication number: 20200073152
    Abstract: A display has a screen which incorporates a light modulator. The screen may be a front projection screen or a rear-projection screen. The screen is illuminated with light from a light source comprising an array of controllable light-emitters. The controllable-emitters and elements of the light modulator may be controlled to adjust the intensity of light emanating from corresponding areas on the screen. The display may provide a high dynamic range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Lorne A. WHITEHEAD, Gregory John WARD, Wolfgang STUERZLINGER, Helge SEETZEN, Don GRAHAM
  • Patent number: 10581554
    Abstract: Systems and methods to transmit data over multiple communication channels in parallel with forward error correction. Original packets are evenly distributed to the channels as the initial systematically channel-encoded packets. Subsequent channel-encoded packets are configured to be linearly independent of their base sets of channel-encoded packets, where a base set for a subsequent channel-encoded packet includes those scheduled to be transmitted before the subsequent packet in the same channel as the subsequent packet, and optionally one or more initial packets from other channels. The compositions of the sequences of the encoded packets can be predetermined without the content of the packets; and the channel-encoded packets can be generated from the original packets on-the-fly by the transmitters of the channels during transmission. When a sufficient number of packets have been received via the channels, a recipient may terminate their transmissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Mingchao Yu, Mark Craig Reed
  • Patent number: 10580367
    Abstract: Methods for mapping an image from one dynamic range to another dynamic range are presented. The mapping is based on a sigmoid-like function determined by three anchor points. The first anchor point is determined using the black point levels of a reference and a target display, the second anchor point is determined using the white point levels of the reference and target displays, and the third anchor point is determined using mid-tones information data for the input image and the mid-tones level of the target display. The mid-tones level of the target display is computed adaptively based on a desired range of constant brightness and a mapping function. The mapping function mapping may be piece-wise linear (in the log domain), piece-wise continuous, or a sigmoid. Examples for mapping high dynamic range images to standard dynamic range displays are presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen D. Vernon, Robin Atkins
  • Patent number: 10580426
    Abstract: When compressing an HOA data frame representation, a gain control (15, 151) is applied for each channel signal before it is perceptually encoded (16). The gain values are transferred in a differential manner as side information. However, for starting decoding of such streamed compressed HOA data frame representation absolute gain values are required, which should be coded with a minimum number of bits. For determining such lowest integer number (?e) of bits the HOA data frame representation (C(k)) is rendered in spatial domain to virtual loudspeaker signals lying on a unit sphere, followed by normalisation of the HOA data frame representation (C(k)). Then the lowest integer number of bits is set to ?e=?log2(?log2(?{square root over (KMAX)}·O)?+1)?.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander Krueger, Sven Kordon
  • Patent number: 10582218
    Abstract: A system utilizing a high throughput coding mode for CABAC in HEVC is described. The system may include an electronic device configured to obtain a block of data to be encoded using an arithmetic based encoder; to generate a sequence of syntax elements using the obtained block; to compare an Absolute-3 value of the sequence or a parameter associated with the Absolute-3 value to a preset value; and to convert the Absolute-3 value to a codeword using a first code or a second code that is different than the first code, according to a result of the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Seung-Hwan Kim, Louis J. Kerofsky, Christopher A. Segall
  • Patent number: 10582327
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for providing an immersive listening area for one or more listeners. To improve the immersive experience a rear sound bar is placed behind the listeners and the input channels of the rear sound bar receive customized processing to create a virtual rear sound stage. The virtual rear sound stage and a front sound stage created by a front sound bar, combine to create an overall sound stage to encompass the listeners, providing the listeners with an immersive listening experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Mark William Gerrard, Michael William Mason
  • Publication number: 20200067476
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method of determining parameters for use by a first dynamic range control, DRC, model. The method comprises feeding a first audio signal to a second DRC model and receiving a second audio signal from the second DRC model, the second audio signal being a dynamic range controlled version of the first audio signal, rule-based selecting one or more pairs of samples of the first audio signal and corresponding samples of the second audio signal, and determining parameters of a first set of parameters among the parameters for use by the first DRC model based on the one or more selected pairs of samples. The present disclosure further relates to a method of reversing DRC of a dynamic range controlled audio signal and to a method of declipping a clipped audio signal that has been clipped by a DRC model. The present disclosure yet further relates to corresponding apparatus and computer-readable media.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Applicant: Dolby International AB
    Inventor: Stanislaw GORLOW
  • Publication number: 20200066292
    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: October 28, 2019
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Applicant: Dolby International AB
    Inventor: Per EKSTRAND
  • Publication number: 20200065055
    Abstract: Embodiments are described for a method of rendering audio for playback through headphones comprising receiving digital audio content, receiving binaural rendering metadata generated by an authoring tool processing the received digital audio content, receiving playback metadata generated by a playback device, and combining the binaural rendering metadata and playback metadata to optimize playback of the digital audio content through the headphones.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nicolas R. TSINGOS, Rhonda WILSON, Sunil BHARITKAR, C. Phillip BROWN, Alan J. SEEFELDT, Remi AUDFRAY
  • Publication number: 20200066287
    Abstract: A method performed in an audio decoder for decoding M encoded audio channels representing N audio channels is disclosed. The method includes receiving a bitstream containing the M encoded audio channels and a set of spatial parameters, decoding the M encoded audio channels, and extracting the set of spatial parameters from the bitstream. The method also includes analyzing the M audio channels to detect a location of a transient, decorrelating the M audio channels, and deriving N audio channels from the M audio channels and the set of spatial parameters. A first decorrelation technique is applied to a first subset of each audio channel and a second decorrelation technique is applied to a second subset of each audio channel. The first decorrelation technique represents a first mode of operation of a decorrelator, and the second decorrelation technique represents a second mode of operation of the decorrelator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Mark F. DAVIS
  • Publication number: 20200066225
    Abstract: A processor receives input video data of a video dynamic range and input dynamic metadata. It also receives: input graphics data of a graphics dynamic range and input static metadata, display identification data from a target display over a video interface, and a blending priority map characterizing a per-pixel priority of output pixels in an image generated by blending the input video data and the input graphics data. A video mapping function and a graphics mapping function which map data from the input video and graphics dynamic ranges to the target dynamic range are generated based on the dynamic and static metadata. Then, the input and graphics data are blended based on the blending priority map and a per-pixel decision to map pixels to the target dynamic range using either the video mapping function or the graphics mapping function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Robin ATKINS
  • Publication number: 20200067473
    Abstract: The invention relates to methods and apparatus for adjusting a level of an audio signal. An audio signal is divided into a plurality of frequency bands. Modification parameters are obtained for at least one of the plurality of frequency band. Gain factors are derived for at least one of the plurality of frequency bands, the gain factors determined based on the amplitude scale factors. The gain factors are smoothed. A level of noise from noise compensation factors is determined. The gain factors are applied to at least one of the frequency bands to generate gain adjusted frequency bands. The level of noise is adjusted based on the gain adjusted frequency bands. At least one of the frequency bands is filtered with a filter generated with the filter coefficients. The plurality of frequency bands is synthesized to generate an output audio signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2019
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Alan Jeffrey SEEFELDT
  • Publication number: 20200066282
    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: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Applicant: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Kristofer KJOERLING, Harald MUNDT, Heiko PURNHAGEN
  • Publication number: 20200068330
    Abstract: A method for performing DRC on a HOA signal comprises transforming the HOA signal to the spatial domain, analyzing the transformed HOA signal, and obtaining, from results of said analyzing, gain factors that are usable for dynamic compression. The gain factors can be transmitted together with the HOA signal. When applying the DRC, the HOA signal is transformed to the spatial domain, the gain factors are extracted and multiplied with the transformed HOA signal in the spatial domain, wherein a gain compensated transformed HOA signal is obtained. The gain compensated transformed HOA signal is transformed back into the HOA domain, wherein a gain compensated HOA signal is obtained. The DRC may be applied in the QMF-filter bank domain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Johannes BOEHM, Florian KEILER
  • Patent number: 10573324
    Abstract: The present document describes a method (800) for allocating bits to a frame (301) of a sequence of frames (301) to yield a bitstream having a constant average bitrate, wherein the frame (301) comprises audio data and metadata. The method (800) comprises maintaining (801) an overall bit reservoir (100) and maintaining (802) a virtual bit reservoir (510) being a subset of the overall bit reservoir (100), such that bits for the metadata of the frame (301) are allocated from the virtual bit reservoir (510) and such that bits for the audio data of the frame (301) are allocated from the overall bit reservoir (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Michael Schug, Holger Hoerich, Tobias R. Wagenblass, Christof Fersch, Karsten Linzmeier
  • Patent number: 10575028
    Abstract: Given HDR and SDR video inputs representing the same content, segment-based methods are described to generate a backward-compatible reshaped SDR video which preserves the artistic intent or “look” of the inputs and satisfies other coding requirements. For each frame in a segment, reshaping functions are generated based on a support frames set determined based on a sliding window of frames that is adjusted based on scene cuts in the segment and which may include frames from both the current segment and neighboring segments. For luma reshaping, a mapping that preserves the cumulative density function of the luminance histogram values in the EDR and SDR inputs is combined with a minimum codeword allocation derived based on the EDR signal and the support frame set. For chroma reshaping, methods for segment-based forward and backward reshaping using multivariate, multi-regression models are also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Harshad Kadu, Qian Chen, Guan-Ming Su
  • Patent number: 10574994
    Abstract: Overlapped block disparity estimation and compensation is described. Compensating for images with overlapped block disparity compensation (OBDC) involves determining if OBDC is enabled in a video bit stream, and determining if OBDC is enabled for one or more macroblocks that neighbor a first macroblock within the video bit stream. The neighboring macroblocks may be transform coded. If OBDC is enabled in the video bit stream and for the one or more neighboring macroblocks, predictions may be made for a region of the first macroblock that has an edge adjacent with the neighboring macroblocks. OBDC can be causally applied. Disparity compensation parameters or modes may be shared amongst views or layers. A variety of predictions may be used with causally-applied OBDC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Alexandros Tourapis, Athanasios Leontaris
  • Patent number: 10575005
    Abstract: In a method to code and transmit scalable HDR video signals, HDR signals are processed and encoded in the IPT-PQ color space to generate a base layer at reduced spatial resolution and/or dynamic range, and an enhancement layer with a residual signal. A signal reshaping block before the base layer encoder allows for improved coding of HDR signals using a reduced bit depth. A decoder can use a BL decoder and backward reshaping to generate a decoded BL HDR signal at a reduced dynamic range and/or spatial resolution, or it can combine the decoded BL HDR signal and the EL stream to generate a decoded HDR signal at full dynamic range and full resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Guan-Ming Su, Sheng Qu, Samir N. Hulyalkar, David Brooks
  • Patent number: 10573330
    Abstract: The present document relates to audio source coding systems. In particular, the present document relates to audio source coding systems which make use of linear prediction in combination with a filterbank. A method for estimating a first sample (615) of a first subband signal in a first subband of an audio signal is described. The first subband signal of the audio signal is determined using an analysis filterbank (612) comprising a plurality of analysis filters which provide a plurality of subband signals in a plurality of subbands from the audio signal, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventor: Lars Villemoes
  • Patent number: 10571762
    Abstract: A display provides increased contrast and resolution via first LCD panel energized to generate an image and a second LCD panel configured to increase contrast of the image. The second panel is an LCD panel without color filters and is configured to increase contrast by decreasing black levels of dark portions of images using polarization rotation and filtration. The second LCD panel may have higher resolution than the first LCD panel. A half wave plate and/or film is placed in between the first and the second panel. The panels may be directly illuminated or edge lit, and may be globally or locally dimmed lights that may also include individual control of color intensities for each image or frame displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: John Gilbert
  • Patent number: 10567879
    Abstract: Some disclosed methods may involve receiving audio reproduction data and determining, based on the audio reproduction data, a sound source location at which a sound is to be rendered. A near-field gain and a far-field gain may be based, at least in part, on a sound source distance between the sound source location and a reproduction environment location. Room speaker feed signals may be based, at least in part, on room speaker positions, the sound source location and the far-field gain. Near-field speaker feed signals may be based, at least in part, on the near-field gain, the sound source location and a position of near-field speakers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Remi S. Audfray, Nicolas R. Tsingos, Pradeep Kumar Govindaraju
  • Patent number: 10566006
    Abstract: Many portable playback devices cannot decode and playback encoded audio content having wide bandwidth and wide dynamic range with consistent loudness and intelligibility unless the encoded audio content has been prepared specially for these devices. This problem can be overcome by including with the encoded content some metadata that specifies a suitable dynamic range compression profile by either absolute values or differential values relative to another known compression profile. A playback device may also adaptively apply gain and limiting to the playback audio. Implementations in encoders, in transcoders and in decoders are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignees: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Jeffrey Riedmiller, Harald Mundt, Michael Schug, Martin Wolters
  • Patent number: 10566005
    Abstract: This disclosure falls into the field of audio coding, in particular it is related to the field of providing a framework for providing loudness consistency among differing audio output signals. In particular, the disclosure relates to methods, computer program products and apparatus for encoding and decoding of audio data bitstreams in order to attain a desired loudness level of an output audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignees: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Jeroen Koppens, Scott Gregory Norcross
  • Patent number: RE47887
    Abstract: Laser lit flat panel displays are disclosed including edge-lit and direct lit backlights. In certain embodiments, laser assemblies are selected to obtain bandwidth distributions to reduce speckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Masayuki Karakawa