Dolby Labs Patents

Dolby Laboratories, Inc. licenses its audio technologies, including its noise-reduction systems, to the media industry. Its product portfolio includes Dolby Digital Plus (DD+), Dolby Digital (DD), AAC and HE-AAC, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, Dolby AC-4, Dolby Voice and Dolby Vision. Products that incorporate Dolby technologies include televisions, set-top boxes, computers, DVD and Blu-ray devices, soundbars, smartphones, tablets, video game consoles, and automobile entertainment systems.

Dolby Labs Patents by Type

  • Patent number: 9848272
    Abstract: An encoding system encodes multiple audio signals (X) as a downmix signal (Y) together with wet and dry upmix coefficients (P, C). In a decoding system, a pre-multiplier (101) computes an intermediate signal (W) by mapping the downmix signal linearly in accordance with a first set of coefficients (Q); a decorrelating section (102) outputs a decorrelated signal (Z) based on the intermediate signal; a wet upmix section (103) computes a wet upmix signal by mapping the decorrelated signal linearly in accordance with the wet upmix coefficients; a dry upmix section (104) computes a dry upmix signal by mapping the downmix signal linearly in accordance with the dry upmix coefficients; a combining section (105) provides a multidimensional reconstructed signal (X) by combining the wet and dry upmix signals; and a converter (106) computes the first set of coefficients based on the wet and dry upmix coefficients and supplies this to the pre-multiplier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Lars Villemoes, Toni Hirvonen, Heiko Purnhagen
  • Patent number: 9848191
    Abstract: An image decoding apparatus that includes a motion compensation prediction circuit configured to conduct motion compensation prediction for each of blocks to be decoded by using the reconstructed image, an inverse transformation circuit configured to conduct inverse orthogonal transformation for the data of the blocks to be decoded, and a determination circuit configured to determine a filtering strength and whether or not to conduct filtering, with respect to each of the boundaries. In addition, the determining circuit is configured to determine filtering is conducted when at least one of the two adjacent blocks is intra-coded, and filtering is not conducted when both of the two adjacent blocks are not intra-coded, a non-zero transformation coefficient is not coded in both of the two adjacent blocks, the two adjacent blocks are predicted by the same reference frame, and an absolute value of a difference between motion vectors of the two adjacent blocks is smaller than a specified threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Shijun Sun, Shawmin Lei, Hiroyuki Katata
  • Patent number: 9848196
    Abstract: A method for coding includes; segmenting an image into blocks; grouping blocks into a number of subsets; coding, using an entropy coding module, each subset, by associating digital information with symbols of each block of a subset, including, for the first block of the image, initializing state variables of the coding module; and generating a data sub-stream representative of at least one of the coded subsets of blocks. Where a current block is the first block to be coded of a subset, symbol occurrence probabilities for the first current block are determined based on those for a coded and decoded predetermined block of at least one other subset. Where the current block is the last coded block of the subset: writing, in the sub-stream representative of the subset, the entire the digital information associated with the symbols during coding of the blocks of the subset, and implementing the initializing sub-step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Felix Henry, Stephane Pateux, Gordon Clare
  • Patent number: 9847089
    Abstract: The present invention proposes a new method for improving the performance of a real-valued filterbank based spectral envelope adjuster. By adaptively locking the gain values for adjacent channels dependent on the sign of the channels, as defined in the application, reduced aliasing is achieved. Furthermore, the grouping of the channels during gain-calculation, gives an improved energy estimate of the real valued subband signals in the filterbank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Kristofer Kjoerling, Lars Villemoes
  • Publication number: 20170359045
    Abstract: The invention relates to the measurement and control of the perceived sound loudness and/or the perceived spectral balance of an audio signal. An audio signal is modified in response to calculations performed at least in part in the perceptual (psychoacoustic) loudness domain. The invention is useful, for example, in one or more of: loudness-compensating volume control, automatic gain control, dynamic range control (including, for example, limiters, compressors, expanders, etc.), dynamic equalization, and compensating for background noise interference in an audio playback environment. The invention includes not only methods but also corresponding computer programs and apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Alan Jeffrey Seefeldt
  • Patent number: 9843785
    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: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Walter J. Husak, David Ruhoff, Alexandros Tourapis, Athanasios Leontaris
  • Patent number: 9842594
    Abstract: The present document relates to audio encoding and decoding. In particular, the present document relates to audio coding schemes which make use of high frequency reconstruction (HFR) methods. A system configured to determine a master scale factor band table of a highband signal (105) of an audio signal is described. The highband signal (105) is to be generated from a lowband signal (101) of the audio signal using a high frequency reconstruction (HFR) scheme. The master scale factor band table is indicative of a frequency resolution of a spectral envelope of the highband signal (105).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Per Ekstrand, Kristofer Kjoerling
  • Patent number: 9843642
    Abstract: Geo origination data is generated for a geo-tagged media device of a user from measurements performed by sensors. The geo origination data is sent to a server system. At the server system, geo-tagged media content elements are selected based on the geo origination data. Further, based on the selected geo-tagged media content elements and the geo origination data, geo-referenced rendering data to be used for rendering media content from the selected geo-tagged media content elements perceivable to the user of the geo-tagged media device is generated. The geo-referenced rendering data can be streamed to the geo-tagged media device along with media content derived from the geo-tagged media content elements for rendering at the geo-tagged media device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventor: Antonio Mateos Sole
  • Patent number: 9841941
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a method and system for receiving, in a bitstream, metadata associated with the audio data, and analyzing the metadata to determine whether a loudness parameter for a first group of audio playback devices are available in the bitstream. Responsive to determining that the parameters are present for the first group, the system uses the parameters and audio data to render audio. Responsive to determining that the loudness parameters are not present for the first group, the system analyzes one or more characteristics of the first group, and determines the parameter based on the one or more characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignees: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Jeffrey Riedmiller, Scott Gregory Norcross, Karl Jonas Roeden
  • Patent number: 9842385
    Abstract: An image processor receives an input image with enhanced dynamic range to be displayed on a target display which has a different dynamic range than a reference display. After optional color transformation (110) and perceptual quantization (115) of the input image, a multiscale mapping process (120) combines linear (125) and non-linear (130) mapping functions to its input to generate first (127) and second (132) output images, wherein the first and second output images may have a different dynamic range than the first image. A frequency transform (135, 140), such as the FFT, is applied to the first and second output images to generate first (137) and second (142) transformed images. An interpolation function (145) is applied to the first and second transformed images to generate an interpolated transformed image (147). An inverse transform function (150) is applied to the interpolated transformed image to generate an output tone-mapped image (152).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Robin Atkins
  • Patent number: 9842600
    Abstract: The present invention proposes a new method for improving the performance of a real-valued filterbank based spectral envelope adjuster. By adaptively locking the gain values for adjacent channels dependent on the sign of the channels, as defined in the application, reduced aliasing is achieved. Furthermore, the grouping of the channels during gain-calculation, gives an improved energy estimate of the real valued subband signals in the filterbank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Kristofer Kjoerling, Lars Villemoes
  • Patent number: 9843807
    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: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Alexandros Tourapis, Athanasios Leontaris
  • Patent number: 9842605
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Lie Lu, Alan J. Seefeldt, Jun Wang
  • Patent number: 9842596
    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: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey Riedmiller, Regunathan Radhakrishnan, Marvin Pribadi, Farhad Farahani, Michael Smithers
  • Publication number: 20170353810
    Abstract: An audio object including audio content and object metadata is received. The object metadata indicates an object spatial position of the audio object to be rendered by audio speakers in a playback environment. Based on the object spatial position and source spatial positions of the audio speakers, initial gain values for the audio speakers are determined. The initial gain values can be used to select a set of audio speakers from among the audio speakers. Based on the object spatial position and a set of source spatial positions at which the set of audio speakers are respectively located in the playback environment, a set of non-negative optimized gain values for the set of audio speakers is determined. The audio object at the object spatial position is rendered with the set of optimized gain values for the set of audio speakers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Applicants: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Jun Wang, Giulio Cengarle, Juan Felix Torres, Daniel Arteaga
  • Publication number: 20170352355
    Abstract: A method for encoding multi-channel HOA audio signals for noise reduction comprises steps of decorrelating the channels using an inverse adaptive DSHT, the inverse adaptive DSHT comprising a rotation operation and an inverse DSHT, with the rotation operation rotating the spatial sampling grid of the iDSHT, perceptually encoding each of the decorrelated channels, encoding rotation information, the rotation information comprising parameters defining said rotation operation, and transmitting or storing the perceptually encoded audio channels and the encoded rotation information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Johannes BOEHM, Sven KORDON, Alexander KRÜGER, Peter JAX
  • Publication number: 20170353696
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to handling nuisance in teleconference system. An endpoint device (400) for use in a teleconference includes an acquiring unit (401), a judging unit (402), a controller (403) and a processing unit (404). The acquiring unit acquires a media stream for presentation in the teleconference, and receives information from another device. The information includes a first estimation on whether the media stream is a nuisance to the teleconference. As the nuisance to a teleconference, audio or video signals are perceived by users as actually not relevant to the conference session or causing unpleasant feeling or confusion. The judging unit decides whether the media stream is the nuisance at least based on the information. The controller controls the processing of the media stream to degrade or suppress the presentation of the media stream in case that the media stream is decided as the nuisance. The processing unit processes the media stream under the control of the controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Taoran LU, Hariharan GANAPATHY-KATHIRVELU, Peng YIN, Glenn N. DICKINS, Xuejing SUN
  • Publication number: 20170352330
    Abstract: Techniques for optimizing light output profiles in display systems are described. A light output profile is defined in relation to a plurality of sample locations on an illuminated surface. Point spread functions that satisfy illumination performance values specified in the light output profile in aggregate are computed or derived. A design process that adds or removes optical components to a display light assembly derives an optimal design of a light illumination layer for display systems. Relationships and parameter values determined in the design process may be configured into display systems along with the optical components for the purpose of generating optimized light output profiles in the display systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Henry Hang-Kei Ip, Chun Chi Wan, Ka Wing Terence Lau
  • Patent number: 9837087
    Abstract: A method for encoding multi-channel HOA audio signals for noise reduction comprises steps of decorrelating the channels using an inverse adaptive DSHT, the inverse adaptive DSHT comprising a rotation operation and an inverse DSHT, with the rotation operation rotating the spatial sampling grid of the iDSHT, perceptually encoding each of the decorrelated channels, encoding rotation information, the rotation information comprising parameters defining said rotation operation, and transmitting or storing the perceptually encoded audio channels and the encoded rotation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Johannes Boehm, Sven Kordon, Alexander Krueger, Peter Jax
  • Patent number: 9838694
    Abstract: There are provided a method and apparatus for illumination and color compensation for multi-view video coding. A video encoder includes an encoder for encoding a picture by enabling color compensation of at least one color component in a prediction of the picture based upon a correlation factor relating to color data between the picture and another picture. The picture and the other picture have different view points and both corresponding to multi-view content for a same or similar scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Jae Hoon Kim, Yeping Su, Cristina Gomila
  • Patent number: 9838705
    Abstract: Implementations are provided that relate, for example, to view tiling in video encoding and decoding. A particular method includes accessing a video picture that includes multiple pictures combined into a single picture (826), accessing information indicating how the multiple pictures in the accessed video picture are combined (806, 808, 822), decoding the video picture to provide a decoded representation of at least one of the multiple pictures (824, 826), and providing the accessed information and the decoded video picture as output (824, 826). Some other implementations format or process the information that indicates how multiple pictures included in a single video picture are combined into the single video picture, and format or process an encoded representation of the combined multiple pictures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Purvin Bibhas Pandit, Peng Yin, Dong Tian
  • Patent number: 9838826
    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: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Nicolas R. Tsingos, Charles Q. Robinson, Jurgen W. Scharpf
  • Patent number: 9838822
    Abstract: Recordings from microphones that provide 1st order Ambisonics signals, so-called B-format signals, offer a limited cognition of sound directivity. Sound sources are perceived broader than they actually are, especially for off-center listening positions, and the sound sources are often located to be coming from the closest speaker positions. In a method and apparatus for enhancing the directivity of 1st order Ambisonics signals, additional directivity information is extracted (SFA) from the lower order Ambisonics input signal. The additional directivity information is used to estimate higher order Ambisonics coefficients, which are then combined with the coefficients of the input signal. Thus, the directivity of the Ambisonics signal is enhanced, which leads to an increased accuracy of spatial source localization when the Ambisonics signal is decoded to loud speaker signals. The resulting output signal has more energy than the input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Johannes Boehm
  • Publication number: 20170346460
    Abstract: The invention relates to the measurement and control of the perceived sound loudness and/or the perceived spectral balance of an audio signal. An audio signal is modified in response to calculations performed at least in part in the perceptual (psychoacoustic) loudness domain. The invention is useful, for example, in one or more of: loudness-compensating volume control, automatic gain control, dynamic range control (including, for example, limiters, compressors, expanders, etc.), dynamic equalization, and compensating for background noise interference in an audio playback environment. The invention includes not only methods but also corresponding computer programs and apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Alan Jeffrey Seefeldt
  • Publication number: 20170344852
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for audio object extraction from an audio content which includes identifying a first set of projection spaces including a first subset for a first channel and a second subset for a second channel of the plurality of channels. The method may further include determining a first set of correlations between the first and second channels, each of the first set of correlations corresponding to one of the first subset of projection spaces and one of the second subset of projection spaces. Still further, the method may include extracting an audio object from an audio signal of the first channel at least in part based on a first correlation among the first set of correlations and the projection space from the first subset corresponding to the first correlation, the first correlation being greater than a first predefined threshold. Corresponding system and computer program products are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mingqing HU, Lie LU, Lianwu CHEN
  • Publication number: 20170347125
    Abstract: An encoding device evaluates a plurality of processing and/or post-processing algorithms and/or methods to be applied to a video stream, and signals a selected method, algorithm, class or category of methods/algorithms either in an encoded bitstream or as side information related to the encoded bitstream. A decoding device or post-processor utilizes the signaled algorithm or selects an algorithm/method based on the signaled method or algorithm. The selection is based, for example, on availability of the algorithm/method at the decoder/post-processor and/or cost of implementation. The video stream may comprise, for example, downsampled multiplexed stereoscopic images and the selected algorithm may include any of upconversion and/or error correction techniques that contribute to a restoration of the downsampled images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Alexandros TOURAPIS, Athanasios LEONTARIS, Peshala V. PAHALAWATTA, Kevin J. STEC
  • Publication number: 20170347215
    Abstract: Some methods may involve receiving a block of audio data, the block including N pulse code modulated (PCM) audio channels, including audio samples for each of the N channels, receiving metadata associated with the block of audio data and receiving a first set of values corresponding to reference audio samples. A second set of values, corresponding to audio samples from the block of audio data, may be determined. The first and second set of values may be compared. Based on the comparison, it may be determined whether the block of audio data is synchronized with the metadata.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kent Bennett TERRY, Scott Gregory NORCROSS, Jeffrey RIEDMILLER
  • Publication number: 20170345432
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a new method and apparatus for improvement of High Frequency Reconstruction (HFR) techniques using frequency translation or folding or a combination thereof. The proposed invention is applicable to audio source coding systems, and offers significantly reduced computational complexity. This is accomplished by means of frequency translation or folding in the subband domain, preferably integrated with spectral envelope adjustment in the same domain. The concept of dissonance guard-band filtering is further presented. The proposed invention offers a low-complexity, intermediate quality HFR method useful in speech and natural audio coding applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Applicant: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Lars G. Liljeryd, Per Ekstrand, Fredrik Henn, Kristofer Kjoerling
  • Patent number: 9830928
    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: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Lars Villemoes, Per Ekstrand
  • Patent number: 9830896
    Abstract: Audio processing method and audio processing apparatus, and training method are described. According to embodiments of the application, an accent identifier is used to identify accent frames from a plurality of audio frames, resulting in an accent sequence comprised of probability scores of accent and/or non-accent decisions with respect to the plurality of audio frames. Then a tempo estimator is used to estimate a tempo sequence of the plurality of audio frames based on the accent sequence. The embodiments can be well adaptive to the change of tempo, and can be further used to tracking beats properly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Jun Wang, Lie Lu
  • Patent number: 9832438
    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: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Jerome Shields
  • Patent number: 9830918
    Abstract: The present document relates to multichannel audio coding and more precisely to techniques for discrete multichannel audio encoding and decoding. In particular, the present document relates to systems and method for coding soundfields. An audio encoder (200) configured to encode a frame of a soundfield signal (110) comprising a plurality of audio signals is described. The audio encoder (200) comprises a transform determination unit (203, 204) configured to determine an energy-compacting orthogonal transform (V) based on the frame of the soundfield signal (110). Furthermore, the encoder (200) comprises a transform unit (202) configured to apply the energy-compacting orthogonal transform (V) to the frame of the soundfield signal (110), and configured to provide a frame of a rotated soundfield signal (112) comprising a plurality of rotated audio signals (E1, E2, E3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Heiko Purnhagen, Toni Hirvonen, Leif Jonas Samuelsson, Lars Villemoes, Janusz Klejsa, Harald Mundt
  • Patent number: 9832584
    Abstract: The invention relates to Higher-Order Ambisonics (HOA) Content Loudness Level Adjustment. A method for adjusting a loudness level of a HOA audio signal on a transmitting side comprises steps of measuring loudness of only the W-channel of the HOA audio signal, and leveling HOA master gain for all channels of the HOA signal according to the measured loudness of the W-channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Johannes Boehm, Florian Keiler
  • Patent number: 9830916
    Abstract: Audio processing methods may involve receiving audio data corresponding to a plurality of audio channels. The audio data may include a frequency domain representation corresponding to filterbank coefficients of an audio encoding or processing system. A decorrelation process may be performed with the same filterbank coefficients used by the audio encoding or processing system. The decorrelation process may be performed without converting coefficients of the frequency domain representation to another frequency domain or time domain representation. The decorrelation process may involve selective or signal-adaptive decorrelation of specific channels and/or specific frequency bands. The decorrelation process may involve applying a decorrelation filter to a portion of the received audio data to produce filtered audio data. The decorrelation process may involve using a non-hierarchal mixer to combine a direct portion of the received audio data with the filtered audio data according to spatial parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Vinay Melkote, Kuan-Chieh Yen, Grant A. Davidson, Matthew Fellers, Mark S. Vinton, Vivek Kumar
  • Patent number: 9830922
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to audio object clustering by utilizing temporal variation of audio objects. There is provided a method of estimating temporal variation of an audio object for use in audio object clustering. The method comprises obtaining at least one segment of an audio track associated with the audio object, the at least one segment containing the audio object; estimating variation of the audio object over a time duration of the at least one segment based on at least one property of the audio object and adjusting, at least partially based on the estimated variation of the audio object, a contribution of the audio object to the determination of a centroid in the audio object clustering. Corresponding system and computer program product are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Lianwu Chen, Lie Lu, Dirk Jeroen Breebaart
  • Patent number: 9830917
    Abstract: Some audio processing methods may involve receiving audio data corresponding to a plurality of audio channels and determining audio characteristics of the audio data, which may include transient information. An amount of decorrelation for the audio data may be based, at least in part, on the audio characteristics. If a definite transient event is determined, a decorrelation process may be temporarily halted or slowed. Determining transient information may involve evaluating the likelihood and/or the severity of a transient event. In some implementations, determining transient information may involve evaluating a temporal power variation in the audio data. Explicit transient information may or may not be received with the audio data, depending on the implementation. Explicit transient information may include a transient control value corresponding to a definite transient event, a definite non-transient event or an intermediate transient control value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Kuan-Chieh Yen, Vinay Melkote, Grant A. Davidson
  • Patent number: 9832590
    Abstract: Embodiments are described for a method of rendering an audio program by receiving, in a renderer of a playback system, the audio program and a target response representing desired characteristics of the playback environment, deriving a playback environment response based on characteristics of the playback environment, comparing the target response to the playback environment response to generate a set of correction settings, and applying the correction settings to the audio program so that the audio program is rendered according to the characteristics of the target response. The target response may be based on audio characteristics in a creation environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Charles Q. Robinson
  • Patent number: 9830923
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a pitch filter for filtering a preliminary audio signal generated from an audio bitstream is disclosed. The pitch filter has an operating mode selected from one of either: (i) an active mode where the preliminary audio signal is filtered using filtering information to obtain a filtered audio signal, and (ii) an inactive mode where the pitch filter is disabled. The preliminary audio signal is generated in an audio encoder or audio decoder having a coding mode selected from at least two distinct coding modes, and the pitch filter is capable of being selectively operated in either the active mode or the inactive mode while operating in the coding mode based on control information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Barbara Resch, Kristofer Kjörling, Lars Villemoes
  • Publication number: 20170339506
    Abstract: Example embodiments disclosed herein relate to audio object clustering. A method for metadata-preserved audio object clustering is disclosed. The method comprises classifying a plurality of audio objects into a number of categories based on information to be preserved in metadata associated with the plurality of audio objects. The method further comprises assigning a predetermined number of clusters to the categories and allocating an audio object in each of the categories to at least one of the clusters according to the assigning. Corresponding system and computer program product are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Lianwu CHEN, Lie LU, Nicolas R. TSINGOS
  • Publication number: 20170338784
    Abstract: The invention relates to the measurement and control of the perceived sound loudness and/or the perceived spectral balance of an audio signal. An audio signal is modified in response to calculations performed at least in part in the perceptual (psychoacoustic) loudness domain. The invention is useful, for example, in one or more of: loudness-compensating volume control, automatic gain control, dynamic range control (including, for example, limiters, compressors, expanders, etc.), dynamic equalization, and compensating for background noise interference in an audio playback environment. The invention includes not only methods but also corresponding computer programs and apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Alan Jeffrey Seefeldt
  • Publication number: 20170338786
    Abstract: The invention relates to the measurement and control of the perceived sound loudness and/or the perceived spectral balance of an audio signal. An audio signal is modified in response to calculations performed at least in part in the perceptual (psychoacoustic) loudness domain. The invention is useful, for example, in one or more of: loudness-compensating volume control, automatic gain control, dynamic range control (including, for example, limiters, compressors, expanders, etc.), dynamic equalization, and compensating for background noise interference in an audio playback environment. The invention includes not only methods but also corresponding computer programs and apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Alan Jeffrey Seefeldt
  • Publication number: 20170339429
    Abstract: Encoding and decoding architectures for 3D video delivery are described, such as 2D compatible 3D video delivery and frame compatible 3D video delivery. The architectures include pre-processing stages to pre-process the output of a base layer video encoder and/or decoder and input the pre-processed output into an enhancement layer video encoder and/or decoder of one or more enhancement layers. Multiplexing methods of how to combine the base and enhancement layer videos are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alexandros TOURAPIS, Peshala V. PAHALAWATTA, Athanasios LEONTARIS, Kevin J. STEC, Walter J. HUSAK
  • Publication number: 20170339504
    Abstract: Embodiments are described for designing a filter in a magnitude domain performing an impedance filtering function over a frequency domain to compensate for directional cues for the left and right ears of the listener as a function of virtual source angles during headphone virtual sound reproduction. The filter is derived by obtaining blocked ear canal and open ear canal transfer functions for loudspeakers placed in a room, obtaining an open ear canal transfer function for a headphone placed on a listening subject, and dividing the loudspeaker transfer functions by the headphone transfer function to invert a headphone response at the entrance of the ear canal and map the ear canal function from the headphone to free field.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sunil BHARITKAR, Louis D. FIELDER
  • Publication number: 20170336645
    Abstract: Laser or narrow band light sources (e.g., red, green, and blue) are utilized to form left (e.g., R1, G1, B1) and right (e.g., R2, G2, B2) images of a 3D projection. Off-axis viewing of the projections which has the potential to cause crosstalk and/or loss of energy/brightness in any channel or color, is eliminated (or reduced to only highly oblique viewing angles) via the combined use of any of guard bands between light bands of adjacent channels, curvature of viewing filters, and selection of passband wavelengths that maximize usability of the passband as it “shifts” due to varying or increasing angles of off-axis viewing. Implemented with any number of light sources, the light sources selected may also be converted to showing 2D images where the additional light sources are utilized to affect a desirable increase in color gamut.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventor: Martin J. RICHARDS
  • Publication number: 20170338785
    Abstract: The invention relates to the measurement and control of the perceived sound loudness and/or the perceived spectral balance of an audio signal. An audio signal is modified in response to calculations performed at least in part in the perceptual (psychoacoustic) loudness domain. The invention is useful, for example, in one or more of: loudness-compensating volume control, automatic gain control, dynamic range control (including, for example, limiters, compressors, expanders, etc.), dynamic equalization, and compensating for background noise interference in an audio playback environment. The invention includes not only methods but also corresponding computer programs and apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Alan Jeffrey Seefeldt
  • Publication number: 20170339505
    Abstract: A control section (1009) receives signaling (S) indicating one of at least two coding formats (F1, F2, F3) of an M-channel audio signal (L, LS, LB, TFL, TBL), the coding formats corresponding to different partitions of the channels of the audio signal into respective first and second groups (601, 602), wherein, in the indicated coding format, first and second channels (L1, L2) of a downmix signal correspond to linear combinations of the first and second groups, respectively; and a decoding section (900) reconstructs the audio signal based on the downmix signal and associated upmix parameters (?L). In the decoding section: a decorrelation input signal (D1, D2, D3) is determined based on the downmix signal and the indicated coding format; and wet and dry upmix coefficients, controlling linear mappings of the downmix signal and a decorrelated signal, generated based on the decorrelation input signal, are determined based on the upmix parameters and the indicated coding format.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Applicant: DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Heiko PURNHAGEN, Heidi-Maria LEHTONEN, Janusz KLEJSA
  • Patent number: 9824330
    Abstract: 3D glasses having an RFID tag (embedded in one or more temples) are rented to theater or other venue operators. The glasses are shipped to a venue for distribution to patrons and collected from patrons in the trays. Inventory and other measures are implemented by RFID scanning while the glasses are in the trays (e.g., upon delivery to a theater, on collection from the theater, upon inspection at the 3D rental company, etc). Data gathered from RFID scanning and inspections allows the rental company to properly allocate rental costs to various venues based on shrinkage which includes, for example, extraordinary wear of the glasses, breakage or theft, which is attributable and traceable to the specific venues. The theater or venue may also independently scan the trays upon delivery and pick-up to maintain their own records. The invention includes 3D glasses with RFID, a washing rack, and rental systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew Healy, Thao D. Hovanky, Gregory J. Long
  • Patent number: 9826226
    Abstract: An image sensor of a camera configured with a diffraction grating is used to capture a diffraction image of an image rendering surface of a display device, for example, while a target image is being rendered on the image rendering surface of the display device. The diffraction image of the image rendering surface of the display device is analyzed to obtain measurements of native display capabilities of the display device. Display capability data is transmitted to a display management module for the display device. At least a portion of the display capability data is generated from the measurements of native display capabilities of the display device that are obtained from analyzing the diffraction image of the image rendering surface of the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Timo Kunkel, Chun Chi Wan
  • Patent number: 9826328
    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: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: 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
  • Patent number: 9826327
    Abstract: Methods which uses interpolated primitive matrices to decode encoded audio to recover (losslessly) content of a multichannel audio program and/or to recover at least one downmix of such content, and encoding methods for generating such encoded audio. In some embodiments, a decoder performs interpolation on a set of seed primitive matrices to determine interpolated matrices for use in rendering channels of the program. Other aspects are a system or device configured to implement any embodiment of the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Malcolm James Law, Vinay Melkote, Rhonda Wilson, Simon Plain, Andy Jaspar