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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  • Patent number: 9921416
    Abstract: A speckle damping system for dampening speckle on a projection screen for a projection display system employing coherent or partially coherent light sources (e.g., lasers, LEDs) are disclosed. In one embodiment, a rotatably coupled system is disclosed, comprising: a set of actuators; a set of rotatably coupled mounts, each of said set of rotatably coupled mount capable of mounting at least one said actuator; and wherein said at least one actuator mounted on said rotatably coupled mount is in moveable mechanical communication with said projection screen. In another embodiment, a linearly coupled system is disclosed comprising: a set of actuators; a set of linearly coupled mounts, each of said set of linearly coupled mount capable of mounting at least one said actuator; and wherein said at least one actuator mounted on said linearly coupled mount is in moveable mechanical communication with said projection screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Brad Basler, Trevor Davies, Douglas J. Gorny, Wilson Allen
  • Patent number: 9922657
    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 normalization of the HOA data frame representation (C(k)). Then the lowest integer number of bits is set to (AA).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander Krueger, Sven Kordon
  • Patent number: 9923536
    Abstract: Volume leveler controller and controlling method are disclosed. In one embodiment, A volume leveler controller includes an audio content classifier for identifying the content type of an audio signal in real time; and an adjusting unit for adjusting a volume leveler in a continuous manner based on the content type as identified. The adjusting unit may configured to positively correlate the dynamic gain of the volume leveler with informative content types of the audio signal, and negatively correlate the dynamic gain of the volume leveler with interfering content types of the audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Jun Wang, Lie Lu, Alan Seefeldt
  • Patent number: 9921412
    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: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Martin J. Richards, Wilson Allen
  • Publication number: 20180077510
    Abstract: Sound scenes in 3D can be synthesized or captured as a natural sound field. For decoding, a decode matrix is required that is specific for a given loudspeaker setup and is generated using the known loudspeaker positions. However, some source directions are attenuated for 2D loudspeaker setups like e.g. 5.1 surround. An improved method for decoding an encoded audio signal in soundfield format for L loudspeakers at known positions comprises steps of adding (10) a position of at least one virtual loudspeaker to the positions of the L loudspeakers, generating (11) a 3D decode matrix (D?), wherein the positions ({circumflex over (?)}1 . . . {circumflex over (?)}L) of the L loudspeakers and the at least one virtual position ({circumflex over (?)}?L+1) are used, downmixing (12) the 3D decode matrix (D?), and decoding (14) the encoded audio signal (i14) using the downscaled 3D decode matrix ({tilde over (D)}). As a result, a plurality of decoded loudspeaker signals (q14) is obtained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Florian Keiler, Johannes Boehm
  • Publication number: 20180075862
    Abstract: In an audio processing system (300), a filtering section (350, 400): receives subband signals (410, 420, 430) corresponding to audio content of a reference signal (301) in respective frequency subbands; receives subband signals (411, 421, 431) corresponding to audio content of a response signal (304) in the respective subbands; and forms filtered inband references (412, 422, 432) by applying respective filters (413, 423, 433) to the subband signals of the reference signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Dong SHI, Glenn N. DICKINS, David GUNAWAN, Xuejing SUN
  • Publication number: 20180077511
    Abstract: Embodiments are described for a system of rendering object-based audio content through a system that includes individually addressable drivers, including at least one driver that is configured to project sound waves toward one or more surfaces within a listening environment for reflection to a listening area within the listening environment; a renderer configured to receive and process audio streams and one or more metadata sets associated with each of the audio streams and specifying a playback location of a respective audio stream; and a playback system coupled to the renderer and configured to render the audio streams to a plurality of audio feeds corresponding to the array of audio drivers in accordance with the one or more metadata sets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Sripal S. MEHTA, Brett G. CROCKETT, Spencer HOOKS, Alan SEEFELDT, Christophe CHABANNE, C. Phillip BROWN, Joshua B. LANDO, Brad BASLER, Stewart MURRIE
  • Publication number: 20180077515
    Abstract: Improved tools for authoring and rendering audio reproduction data are provided. Some such authoring tools allow audio reproduction data to be generalized for a wide variety of reproduction environments. Audio reproduction data may be authored by creating metadata for audio objects. The metadata may be created with reference to speaker zones. During the rendering process, the audio reproduction data may be reproduced according to the reproduction speaker layout of a particular reproduction environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Nicolas R. TSINGOS, Charles Q. ROBINSON, Jurgen W. SCHARPF
  • Publication number: 20180075865
    Abstract: The present document relates to audio source coding systems which make use of a harmonic transposition method for high frequency reconstruction (HFR), as well as to digital effect processors, e.g. exciters, where generation of harmonic distortion add brightness to the processed signal, and to time stretchers where a signal duration is prolonged with maintained spectral content. A system and method configured to generate a time stretched and/or frequency transposed signal from an input signal is described. The system comprises an analysis filterbank configured to provide an analysis subband signal from the input signal; wherein the analysis subband signal comprises a plurality of complex valued analysis samples, each having a phase and a magnitude. Furthermore, the system comprises a subband processing unit configured to determine a synthesis subband signal from the analysis subband signal using a subband transposition factor Q and a subband stretch factor S.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby International AB
    Inventor: Lars Villemoes
  • Publication number: 20180077491
    Abstract: Embodiments are described for a hybrid amplification architecture that separates individual audio amplifier stages from the power supply and a simple two- or three-conductor bus that transmits both power and audio signal to a plurality of daisy-chained speakers to playback adaptive audio content in an expanded surround-sound environment including surround and overhead speakers or for use within professional live sound applications and/or distributed audio systems. A control unit generates digital audio and power and transmits both simultaneously over the bus to individual speaker units associated with each speaker. The speaker units recover the power decode the channel assignment to route the audio to the appropriate speakers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Joel A. BUTLER, Garth Norman SHOWALTER
  • Patent number: 9918052
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Martin J. Richards
  • Patent number: 9916837
    Abstract: Methods and corresponding apparatuses for transmitting and receiving audio signals are described. A transformation is performed on the audio signals in units of frame in order to obtain transformed audio data of each frame, said transformed audio data consisting of multiple signal components in the frequency domain. These signal components of each frame are distributed into multiple adjacent packets in order to generate packets in which signal components distributed from multiple frames are interleaved. Subsequently, the generated packets are transmitted. Accordingly, in case that packet loss occurs during transmission, the audio signals can be recovered based on the received signal components without consuming additional bandwidth. Therefore, robustness against packet loss can be achieved with little overhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Huiqun Deng, Xuejing Sun
  • Patent number: 9918164
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are disclosed for filtering an audio signal. The apparatus includes an analysis filter bank, a high frequency reconstructor or parametric stereo processor, and a synthesis filter bank. The analysis filterbank receives real-valued time domain input audio samples and generates complex valued subband samples. The high frequency reconstructor or parametric stereo processor modifies at least some of the complex valued subband samples. The synthesis filter bank receives the modified complex valued subband samples and generates time domain output audio samples. The analysis filter bank comprises analysis filters that are complex exponential modulated versions of a prototype filter with an arbitrary phase shift to reduce a complexity of the filter bank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventor: Per Ekstrand
  • Patent number: 9918159
    Abstract: A time heuristic audio control system, comprises a receiver for receiving time-based data from a personal computing device and a memory storing one or more sets processing parameters comprising instructions for processing the ambient sound based upon the time-based data. The system further includes a processor coupled to the memory and the receiver configured to adjust the ambient sound as directed by a selected set of processing parameters retrieved from the memory to create adjusted audio, the selected set of processing parameters retrieved based upon the time-based data and at least one speaker for outputting the adjusted audio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew J. Jaffe, Noah Kraft, Richard Fritz Lanman, III, Jeffrey Baker
  • Patent number: 9916638
    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: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Raymond Yeung, Patrick Griffis, Thaddeus Beier, Robin Atkins
  • Patent number: 9916809
    Abstract: Image data is transformed for display on a target display. A sigmoidal transfer function provides a free parameter controlling min-tone contrast. The transfer function may be dynamically adjusted to accommodate changing ambient lighting conditions. The transformation may be selected so as to automatically adapt image data for display on a target display in a way that substantially preserves creative intent embodied in the image data. The image data may be video data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Anders Ballestad, Andrey Kostin
  • Patent number: 9917952
    Abstract: Example embodiments disclosed herein relate to an evaluation of perceptual delay impact on a conversation. A method of evaluating perceptual delay impact on a conversation is disclosed. The method includes detecting a conversational event between a first participant and a second participant, the conversational event including a plurality of speech segments; in response to the conversational event being detected, obtaining at least one conversational parameter for the first and second participants, the at least one conversational parameter indicating a relationship between the plurality of speech segments in the conversational event; and determining a quality of the conversation according to a model based on the at least one conversational parameter, the model characterizing the quality with the at least one conversational parameter. A method of obtaining a model for evaluating perceptual delay impact on a conversation is also disclosed. Corresponding systems and computer program products are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Kai Li, Doh-Suk Kim
  • Patent number: 9916838
    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: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Grant, Scott Gregory Norcross, Jeffrey Riedmiller, Michael Ward
  • Patent number: 9917945
    Abstract: A voice quality estimation process may be triggered by receiving one or more alarms corresponding to one or more endpoint terminals being used during a teleconference. The alarm(s) may include uplink transmission alarms, downlink transmission alarms and/or acoustic quality alarms. The alarms may be based on evaluating transmission metrics and/or acoustic quality metrics. The voice quality estimation process may require a relatively greater computational burden than the processes of evaluating the transmission metrics and/or acoustic quality metrics for the purpose of potentially triggering an alarm. The accuracy and computational complexity of voice quality estimation may be adjusted by selecting times during which alarm detection will take place, alarm detector thresholds, alarm analyzer thresholds and/or levels of voice quality estimation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Doh-Suk Kim, Jean-Francois Catz
  • Publication number: 20180069517
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method for processing an audio signal in an audio processing apparatus is disclosed. The method includes receiving an audio signal and a parameter, the parameter indicating a location of an auditory event boundary. An audio portion between consecutive auditory event boundaries constitutes an auditory event. The method further includes applying a modification to the audio signal based in part on an occurrence of the auditory event. The parameter may be generated by monitoring a characteristic of the audio signal and identifying a change in the characteristic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Brett G. Crockett, Alan J. Seefeldt
  • Publication number: 20180070071
    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: November 9, 2017
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Walter J. Husak, David Ruhoff, Alexandros Tourapis, Athanasios Leontaris
  • Publication number: 20180070064
    Abstract: Dual and multi-modulator projector display systems and techniques are disclosed. In one embodiment, a projector display system comprises a light source; a controller, a first modulator, receiving light from the light source and rendering a halftone image of said the input image; a blurring optical system that blurs said halftone image with a Point Spread Function (PSF); and a second modulator receiving the blurred halftone image and rendering a pulse width modulated image which may be projected to form the desired screen image. Systems and techniques for forming a binary halftone image from input image, correcting for misalignment between the first and second modulators and calibrating the projector system—e.g. over time—for continuous image improvement are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Jerome SHIELDS
  • Publication number: 20180068637
    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: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Ajit NINAN, Chun Chi WAN
  • Publication number: 20180068666
    Abstract: Techniques for adaptive processing of media data based on separate data specifying a state of the media data are provided. A device in a media processing chain may determine whether a type of media processing has already been performed on an input version of media data. If so, the device may adapt its processing of the media data to disable performing the type of media processing. If not, the device performs the type of media processing. The device may create a state of the media data specifying the type of media processing. The device may communicate the state of the media data and an output version of the media data to a recipient device in the media processing chain, for the purpose of supporting the recipient device's adaptive processing of the media data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jeffrey RIEDMILLER, Regunathan RADHAKRISHNAN, Marvin PRIBADI, Farhad FARAHANI, Michael SMITHERS
  • Publication number: 20180068670
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for audio classifying and processing are disclosed. In one embodiment, an audio processing apparatus includes an audio classifier for classifying an audio signal into at least one audio type in real time; an audio improving device for improving experience of audience; and an adjusting unit for adjusting at least one parameter of the audio improving device in a continuous manner based on the confidence value of the at least one audio type.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lie LU, Alan J. SEEFELDT, Jun WANG
  • Patent number: 9912931
    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: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Walter J. Husak, David Ruhoff, Alexandros Tourapis, Athanasios Leontaris
  • Patent number: 9911431
    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: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventor: Kristofer Kjoerling
  • Patent number: 9911426
    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: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Grant, Scott Gregory Norcross, Jeffrey Riedmiller, Michael Ward
  • Patent number: 9913063
    Abstract: Higher Order Ambisonics represents three-dimensional sound independent of a specific loudspeaker set-up. However, transmission of an HOA representation results in a very high bit rate. Therefore compression with a fixed number of channels is used, in which directional and ambient signal components are processed differently. The ambient HOA component is represented by a minimum number of HOA coefficient sequences. The remaining channels contain either directional signals or additional coefficient sequences of the ambient HOA component, depending on what will result in optimum perceptual quality. This processing can change on a frame-by-frame basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Sven Kordon, Alexander Krueger
  • Patent number: 9912939
    Abstract: A projection display system includes a spatial modulator that is controlled to compensate for flare in a lens of the projector. The spatial modulator increases achievable intra-frame contrast and facilitates increased peak luminance without unacceptable black levels. Some embodiments provide 3D projection systems in which the spatial modulator is combined with a polarization control panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory John Ward, Robin Atkins
  • Patent number: 9911179
    Abstract: A set of optimized operational parameter values is generated for performing decontouring operations on a predicted image. The predicted image is predicted from a first image mapped from a second image that has a higher dynamic range than the first image. Based on the set of optimized operational parameter values, smoothen operations and selection/masking based on a residual mask are performed on the predicted image. The set of optimized operational parameter values is encoded into a part of a multi-layer video signal that includes the first image, and can be used by a recipient decoder to generate a decontoured image based on the predicted image and reconstruct a version of the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Guan-Ming Su, Konstantinos Konstaninides
  • Patent number: 9911434
    Abstract: An audio processing system (100) accepts an audio bitstream having one of a plurality of predefined audio frame rates. The system comprises a front-end component (110), which receives a variable number of quantized spectral components, corresponding to one audio frame in any of the predefined audio frame rates, and performs an inverse quantization according to predetermined, frequency-dependent quantization levels. The front-end component may be agnostic of the audio frame rate. The audio processing system further comprises a frequency-domain processing stage (120) and a sample rate converter (130), which provide a reconstructed audio signal sampled at a target sampling frequency independent of the audio frame rate. By its frame-rate adaptability, the system can be configured to operate frame-synchronously in parallel with a video processing system that accepts plural video frame rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Heiko Purnhagen, Kristopher Kjoerling, Alexander Groeschel, Jens Popp, Karl Jonas Roeden
  • Patent number: 9911404
    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: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Guilin Ma, Xiguang Zheng
  • Patent number: 9911389
    Abstract: Dual modulator displays are disclosed incorporating a phosphorescent plate interposed in the optical path between a light source modulation layer and a display modulation layer. Spatially modulated light output from the light source modulation layer impinges on the phosphorescent plate and excites corresponding regions of the phosphorescent plate which in turn emit light having different spectral characteristics than the light output from the light source modulation layer. Light emitted from the phosphorescent plate is received and further modulated by the display modulation layer to provide the ultimate display output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Lorne A. Whitehead, Gregory John Ward, Louis D. Silverstein, Helge Seetzen
  • Patent number: 9912617
    Abstract: Voice communication method and apparatus and method and apparatus for operating jitter buffer are described. Audio blocks are acquired in sequence. Each of the audio blocks includes one or more audio frames. Voice activity detection is performed on the audio blocks. In response to deciding voice onset for a present one of the audio blocks, a subsequence of the sequence of the acquired audio blocks is retrieved. The subsequence precedes the present audio block immediately. The subsequence has a predetermined length and non-voice is decided for each audio block in the subsequence. The present audio block and the audio blocks in the subsequence are transmitted to a receiving party. The audio blocks in the subsequence are identified as reprocessed audio blocks. In response to deciding non-voice for the present audio block, the present audio block is cached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Glenn N. Dickins, Xuejing Sun, Brendon Costa
  • Patent number: 9913056
    Abstract: Embodiments are described for calibrating a speaker in a device having a microphone by inputting an original audio signal to a processing component and an output stage of the device for playback through the speakers, receiving playback sound output from the speakers through the microphone to generate a microphone signal, and inputting the microphone signal into the processing component to calibrate the speakers for optimal playback of the original audio signal, wherein the processing component is configured to compare the original audio signal to the microphone signal and correct the microphone signal by one or more audio processing functions in accordance with a refresh schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron Steven Master, Alan J. Seefeldt, Yu Cecilia Hou
  • Patent number: 9913062
    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 localization 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: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Florian Keiler, Johannes Boehm
  • Publication number: 20180061427
    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: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Kristofer KJOERLING, Lars VILLEMOES
  • Publication number: 20180063482
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for automatically framing participants in a video conference using a single camera of a video conferencing system. A camera of a video conferencing system may capture video images of a conference room. A processor of the video conferencing system may identify a potential region of interest within a video image of the captured video images, the potential region of interest including an identified participant. Feature detection may be executed on the potential region of interest, and a region of interest may be computed based on the executed feature detection. The processor may then automatically frame the identified participant within the computed region of interest, the automatic framing including at least one of cropping the video image to match the computed region of interest and rescaling the video image to a desired resolution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Erwin Goesnar
  • Patent number: 9905237
    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: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Grant, Scott Gregory Norcross, Jeffrey Riedmiller, Michael Ward
  • Patent number: 9906765
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a source video signal comprising reference code values and mapping function parameters for one or more mapping functions to map the reference code values to device-specific pixel values. The reference code values and the mapping function parameters are combined into first video frames in a first video signal format. The mapping function parameters represent DM metadata carried in the first video frames. Second video frames in a second video signal format are generated based on the first video frames in the first video signal format and a mapping between the first video signal format and the second video signal format. The second video frames are sent to a video sink device through the video link in an encoded video signal of the second video signal format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Sheng Qu, Samir N. Hulyalkar
  • Patent number: 9905230
    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: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Heiko Purnhagen, Pontus Carlsson, Kristofer Kjoerling
  • Patent number: 9905236
    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 neighborhood 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: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignees: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Heiko Purnhagen, Leif Sehlstrom, Lars Villemoes, Glenn N. Dickins, Mark S. Vinton
  • Patent number: 9905235
    Abstract: An apparatus for generating a bandwidth extended audio signal from an input signal, includes a patch generator for generating one or more patch signals from the input signal, wherein the patch generator is configured for performing a time stretching of subband signals from an analysis filterbank, and wherein the patch generator further includes a phase adjuster for adjusting phases of the subband signals using a filterbank-channel dependent phase correction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignees: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V., Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Sascha Disch, Frederik Nagel, Stephan Wilde, Lars Villemoes, Per Ekstrand
  • Publication number: 20180054689
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to video content assisted audio object extraction. A method of audio object extraction from channel-based audio content is disclosed. The method comprises extracting at least one video object from video content associated with the channel-based audio content, and determining information about the at least one video object. The method further comprises extracting from the channel-based audio content an audio object to be rendered as an upmixed audio signal based on the determined information. Corresponding system and computer program product are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Lianwu CHEN, Xuejing SUN, Lie LU
  • Publication number: 20180053516
    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: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Kristofer KJOERLING, Lars VILLEMOES
  • Publication number: 20180053517
    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: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Kristofer KJOERLING, Lars VILLEMOES
  • Publication number: 20180054688
    Abstract: Some disclosed implementations include an interface system and a control system. The control system may be capable of receiving, via the interface system, microphone data. The control system may be capable of determining, based at least in part on the microphone data, instances of one or more acoustic events. The instances of one or more acoustic events may, in some examples, include conversational dynamics data. The control system may be capable of providing behavior modification feedback, via the interface system, corresponding with the instances of the one or more acoustic events.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Richard J. CARTWRIGHT, Peter MARTIN, Christopher Stanley MCGRATH, Glenn N. DICKINS
  • Publication number: 20180054676
    Abstract: A multi-channel input signal having at least three original channels is represented by a parameter representation of the multi-channel signal. A first balance parameter, a first coherence parameter, or a first inter-channel time difference between a first channel pair and a second balance parameter, or a second coherence parameter, or a second inter-channel time difference parameter between a second channel pair are calculated. This set of parameters is the parameter representation of the original signals. The first channel pair has two channels, which are different from two channels of a second channel pair. Furthermore, each channel of the two channel pairs is one of the original channels, or a weighted combination of the original channels, and the first channel pair and the second channel pair include information on the three original channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Heiko PURNHAGEN, Lars VILLEMOES, Jonas ENGDEGARD, Jonas ROEDEN, Kristofer KJOERLING
  • Patent number: D813205
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Nils Jacob Palmborg, Andrew Everett McIntyre