Patents Examined by James A. Fletcher
  • Patent number: 7792416
    Abstract: DVD-video data and DVD-audio data are recorded in a DVD-Avd disc. The DVD-audio data is composed of an audio manager having an audio manager information, an audio manager menu, a first audio title set including first audio data and a second audio title set including second audio data. The first audio data of the first audio title set is connected with audio contents included in the DVD-video data, and a real time information (RTI) pack or a still picture (SPCT) pack is included in the second audio title set. Therefore, the audio contents of the DVD-video data and the audio data of the DVD-audio data are managed by the audio manager information, and text information indicated by real time information or a still picture is displayed while reproducing the audio data. Also, DVD-video data recorded in a DVD-video disc, which is normally reproduced by using a reproducing apparatus dedicated to the DVD-video disc, can be reproduced by using a reproducing apparatus for the DVD-Avd disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Victor Company of Japan, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Tanaka, Shoji Ueno, Norihiko Fuchigami
  • Patent number: 7664369
    Abstract: In the known color stripe process for preventing recording of video signals, the color burst present on each line of active video is modified so that any subsequent video tape recording of the video signal shows variations in the color fidelity that appear as undesirable bands or stripes of color error. This color stripe process is improved by a combination of modifying the phase of the color burst on only part of the color burst. Additional improvements were obtained by incorporating techniques of widening the normal color burst envelope towards the trailing edge of horizontal sync and towards the beginning of active video. These techniques are useful in improving the performance of the color stripe process in both the NTSC and PAL color systems. However, additional improvements are described in the PAL system whereby the phase modifications are controlled so as to avoid disturbing the so-called PAL ID pulse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Macrovision Corporation
    Inventors: William J. Wrobleski, Ronald Quan
  • Patent number: 7587131
    Abstract: A method of operating an electronic video device such as a DVD player, wherein video clock signals and audio clock signals are derived from a system clock signal using two phase-lock loops, and these video and audio clock signals are used to process encoded video data and encoded audio data, but digital-to-analog conversion of the audio data stream is controlled by the system clock signal rather than the audio clock signals. By using the system clock signal to control the audio digital-to-analog converter (DAC), the DAC avoids the poor performance issues that can arise from the jitter introduced into the audio clock signals by the PLL. The system clock signal may be divided by an integer to generate the sampling clock for the audio DAC. In the illustrative embodiment, the system clock signal has a rate which is not an integer multiple of the sample rate of the audio data stream. For example, the system clock rate might be 27 MHz while the sample rate of the audio data stream is 44.1 kHz.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: Magnum Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventors: John L. Melanson, Mark P. Rygh
  • Patent number: 7555204
    Abstract: A field editing system for editing materials in a material collecting place. Data for management of digital video and audio signals and data of an edit list are recorded on a disc-like recording medium together with the digital video and audio signals. Collected materials can be processed on the common disc-like recording medium from image pickup to editing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Ando, Seiichi Sakai, Norihiko Noguchi
  • Patent number: 7532805
    Abstract: An AV data recording/reproducing device is connected to a digital broadcasting tuner and the like via an IEEE1394 bus, in order to realize high-speed transfer when duplicating or transporting AV data between devices such as audio-visual data recording/reproducing devices. A synchronous transfer input/output portion inputs and outputs stream data that are AV data by isochronous transfer with an MPEG-2 transport stream. A recording control portion and a reproduction control portion generate timestamped data and reproduce the stream data, and an HDD stores the timestamped data. An asynchronous transfer input/output portion asynchronously inputs and outputs the timestamped data by SBP-2 transfer. Consequently, the timestamped data that can reproduce the stream data are transferred at high speeds, regardless of an actual time required for performing the display or the like of the stream data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiro Okada, Yuji Tanikawa, Kazuhiro Mihara
  • Patent number: 7483620
    Abstract: A relay appliance at a defined playing time for accessing information on recording media containing information blocks, if the recording medium has no concordance list producing a relationship between the replay time and the recording location, or the concordance list is damaged. In order to access or to replay information from a recording medium at a defined playing time, the recording medium being, for example, a Digital Versatile Disk (“DVD”) which does not include DVD Video Title Set Time Map Table, a replay appliance is provided which drives a scanning device using a binary search to a point on the recording medium which corresponds to the access point defined by the playing time. The field of application of the invention extends to replay appliances for recording media containing information blocks, such as a digital video/disc (also called a DVD).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventor: Marco Winter
  • Patent number: 7454126
    Abstract: A hard disk recorder has a time-shift playback function of storing, on an HDD, a program which is now being received, displaying the stored program, even if program-storing is still under way, in such a manner that the program is displayed from an arbitrary section of the program among program sections that have already been stored, and pausing the display of the program or changing the display speed according to an operation by a user while the program is being watched. A control unit sets, in response to a channel-switch instruction, the HDD in a pause state from which a storing operation can immediately be started, thereafter sets the HDD in a recording-wait state to switch the channel, and sets the HDD in a playback state according to a determination that the HDD is in a recording-wait state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kanji Imanishi
  • Patent number: 7450816
    Abstract: A digital signal recording apparatus for recording in blocks on a recording medium an input digital signal in the form of a plurality of input packets. Each of the input packets has a predetermined number of bytes. A first time stamp has been added to each of the input packets in advance for indicating a time of transmission of the input packet. A time stamp generator generates a second time stamp having a different format than the first time stamp added to each of the input packets in advance. A time stamp adding circuit removes the first time stamp added to each of the input packets in advance and adds the second time stamp to each of the input packets. A recording signal processor generates a recording signal in blocks from the input digital signal with the second time stamp added to each of the input packets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Naozumi Sugimura, Hiroo Okamoto
  • Patent number: 7433580
    Abstract: This invention relate to an information processing apparatus comprising first recording means for recording one moving picture in at least one recording increment; second recording means for recording a still picture corresponding to the moving picture in keeping with the recording increment of the moving picture; and third recording means for recording information about the moving picture being recorded by the first recording means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Terashita, Tatsuo Eguchi, Yasuo Nomura, Yasushi Miyajima, Yoshikazu Watanabe, Nobuaki Yamaguchi, Kumiko Sasaki, Makoto Niijima, Al Suzuki
  • Patent number: 7418192
    Abstract: A dynamic method and system for processing video source frames (e.g., a television movie) with a video processing system (VPS) that includes a processor, a memory structure, input devices, and an output display. The video source frames, which are received by the VPS from a video source, are executed by the processor. While the video source frames are being executed, a subset of the frames, called key frames, are extracted from the video source frames and stored in the memory structure. The extracting of the key frames is implemented in accordance with a frame extraction algorithm. The extracting is terminated prior to completion of execution of the video source frames. Following termination of extracting, the key frames are reviewed by a user with the output display to determine whether to watch the remainder of the video source frames. The key frames are erased after being reviewed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Srinivas Gutta, Kaushal Kurapati, Antonio Colmenarez
  • Patent number: 7412151
    Abstract: A method and arrangement for detecting a watermark embedded in an MPEG compressed signal includes a conventional MPEG decoder stripped to such an extent that a modified baseband video signal suitable for watermark detection is obtained. A plurality of pictures with the embedded watermark is accumulated (2,3,4) in the transform domain, and the inverse DCT (5) is applied to the accumulated result. Conventional watermark detection (6) is then applied to the accumulated plurality of pictures in the spatial domain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Antonius A. C. M. Kalker, Jaap A. Haitsma
  • Patent number: 7406252
    Abstract: DVD-video data and DVD-audio data are recorded in a DVD-Avd disc. The DVD-audio data is composed of an audio manager having an audio manager information, an audio manager menu, a first audio title set including first audio data and a second audio title set including second audio data. The first audio data of the first audio title set is connected with audio contents included in the DVD-video data, and a real time information (RTI). pack or a still picture (SPCT) pack is included in the second audio title set. Therefore, the audio contents of the DVD-video data and the audio data of the DVD-audio data are managed by the audio manager information, and text information indicated by real time information or a still picture is displayed while reproducing the audio data. Also, DVD-video data recorded in a DVD-video disc, which is normally reproduced by using a reproducing apparatus dedicated to the DVD-video disc, can be reproduced by using a reproducing apparatus for the DVD-Avd disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Assignee: Victor Company of Japan, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Tanaka, Shoji Ueno, Norihiko Fuchigami
  • Patent number: 7379659
    Abstract: Audio signals and video signals are recorded as follows. Three video PES packets, each being formed of one video frame, are combined to form a video editing unit. Then, the video editing unit and the associated audio editing unit are alternately disposed on a magnetic tape. The recorded PES packets are output as a TS as follows. A STC is initialized, and then, PSI packets of a PAT and a PMT are output. TS packets specially used for a PCR for storing the STC are then output at certain intervals. Subsequently, video PES packets are converted into TSs, and the output of the video TSs is started while synchronizing a time obtained by subtracting vbv_delay from the first I-picture DTS with the STC. Audio PES packets are converted into TSs, and the output of the audio TSs is started while synchronizing a time obtained by subtracting the start up delay from the first frame with the STC. Data streams are recorded in the following manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Takuji Himeno, Yoichiro Tauchi, Toshinori Kouzai, Tsukasa Hashino, Hidehiko Teshirogi, Fumiyoshi Abe
  • Patent number: 7356241
    Abstract: A data recording and/or reproducing apparatus for recording, reproducing or editing of video and audio data includes an input processing unit, having an input processing control portion for controlling data inputting to a recording medium, an output processing control portion for controlling data outputting processing for the recording medium and a main controller for comprehensively controlling the input processing unit and the output processing unit. By the input processing controlling portion and the output processing controlling portion, the input processing unit and the output processing unit can be operated independently of each other. On the other hand, the main controller is able to control the input processing controlling portion and the output processing controlling portion so that these two portions will execute a concerted operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshizo Mihara, Ichiro Fujisawa, Hiroshi Masuda
  • Patent number: 7327941
    Abstract: Music number #? and one or more still images (e.g., IMG_01.IOB and IMG_04.IOB) related to music number #? are recorded in an audio card. In addition, information (e.g., IPI#5) for setting the still image (e.g., IMG_01.IOB) representing the contents of music number #? is also recorded in the audio card. In this way, the representative image corresponding to the recorded audio information (music number) can be set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Hideo Ando, Masafumi Tamura
  • Patent number: 7327933
    Abstract: A reproduction apparatus reproduces information signals recorded in a plurality of recording modes having different information sizes of an information signal to be recorded per unit time, discriminates the recording mode of the reproduced information signal, and controls tracking between a recording medium and head in accordance with the discrimination result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Taizou Hori, Yasuyuki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 7319806
    Abstract: An audiovisual system receives audiovisual data and includes a system controller and a storage device to store at least a portion of the audiovisual data for later playback. The audiovisual system further includes a marking module to create metadata in response to a control input for marking the program segments. The metadata includes the information regarding the program segments of the stored portion of the audiovisual data. The audiovisual system further includes a display generator to generate a mosaic representation of the program segments. The audiovisual system further includes a program selector to select a program segment in response to a user input. The selected program segment is selected based on the information of the metadata, whereby the audiovisual system selectively plays back selected program segments of the stored portion of the audiovisual data starting from selected program locations, thereby enabling a user to jump to and play back selected program segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Assignee: Keen Personal Media, Inc.
    Inventors: Leopold B. Willner, William P. Price
  • Patent number: 7298958
    Abstract: To provide a magnetic recording/reproducing apparatus capable of automatically feeding a plurality of visual images by one picture feed operation. By pressing an operation button for picture-by-picture reproduction, a tape feed controller controls a capstan motor to feed a magnetic tape by n pictures specified by a picture feed amount setting means. As a consequence, n pictures are automatically fed by one button operation, always allowing picture-by-picture reproduction only for fixed camera visual images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tetsuo Miyano
  • Patent number: 7298965
    Abstract: Often, during an event, such as a movie, play, concert, opera, etc., viewers of the event attempt to illicitly record the event. Such illicit recording attempts may be interfered with by using emitters that emit radiation that interferes with recording and/or operation of the recording devices. For example, infrared emitters may be used to saturate an event viewing area. The infrared, while non-visible to human viewers, is received and recorded by recorders using charge-coupled devices (CCDs), such as conventional digital cameras, movie cameras, television cameras, telescopes, etc. Other radiation can be emitted based on the type of recorder with which one desires to interfere. Alternatively, or in addition thereto, emitters may also be used to send commands to recorders, such as stop, rewind, eject, etc., to interfere with operation of the recorders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen P. Balogh
  • Patent number: 7260314
    Abstract: An information recording medium on which are recorded substantial data and reproduce control information for reproducing the substantial data, wherein the reproduce control information includes first reproduce control information required for reproducing the substantial data in all available reproduce patterns, and second reproduce control information required for reproducing the substantial data in a portion of the available reproduce patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: Pioneer Electronic Corporation
    Inventors: Kaoru Yamamoto, Takao Sawabe