Patents Examined by Nigar Chowdhury
  • Patent number: 9948918
    Abstract: A stereoscopic control method includes: establishing a specific mapping relation between a specific disparity value and a specific set of a first focal setting value of a first sensor of a stereo camera and a second focal setting value of a second sensor of the stereo camera; and controlling stereoscopic focus of the stereo camera according to the specific mapping relation. Besides, a stereoscopic control apparatus includes a mapping unit and a focus control unit. The mapping unit is arranged for establishing at least a specific mapping relation between a specific disparity value and a specific set of a first focal setting value of a first sensor of a stereo camera and a second focal setting value of a second sensor of the stereo camera. The focus control unit is arranged for controlling stereoscopic focus of the stereo camera according to the specific mapping relation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: MEDIATEK INC.
    Inventor: Chia-Ming Cheng
  • Patent number: 9940975
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for automatically displaying variable image content in an image product includes automatically obtaining markers in photos or videos in a user account which includes detecting features in image content of the photos or the video frames and obtaining a marker for one of the photos or the video frames, automatically identifying a sequence of similar photos or videos if the markers detected in the photos or the associated video frames include more than a predetermined number or percentage of common features, detecting a marker in a photo product by a user device when the photo product is viewed by the user device, identifying a marked photo incorporated in the photo product based on the marker detected in the photo product, and enabling photos or videos in a sequence photos or videos associated with the marked photo to be displayed on the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Shutterfly, Inc.
    Inventors: Nimrod Aroyo, Shy Lev-Ari, Yaron Stein, Jonatan Mor
  • Patent number: 9940970
    Abstract: A method comprising obtaining, by an automatic video media remixing service, at least one source of media content to be used as a reference media content; analysing the at least one reference media content according to at least one stylistic parameter; and determining, on the basis of the at least one stylistic parameter, at least one editing rule or parameter for controlling creation of an automatic media remix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Provenance Asset Group LLC
    Inventors: Antti Johannes Eronen, Juha Henrik Arrasvuori, Arto Juhani Lehtiniemi, Igor Curcio, Jukka Antero Holm, Mikko Roininen
  • Patent number: 9930344
    Abstract: Digital content, such as movies, television productions, and the like are processed and delivered based upon digital masters. The masters may be produced as the initial content, or any other content may be digitized to create the masters. An HD full aperture version is used to create a reduced set of masters that can be used to fill orders having a wide range of features and options. The HD full aperture version is combined with pan and scanned instructions parsed from original pan and scan files to permit automatic creation of the basic masters used to fill the orders, such as a letter box version, a 16:9 FF version, and a 4:3 FF version. The derived masters may be HD versions or SD versions. Upon receipt of orders, the proper version is selected and assembled with any other components that may be ordered by the customer. Ingestion of the masters may be delayed until order reception, and transcoding of the original master may also be delayed until order reception.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: NBCUNIVERSAL MEDIA, LLC
    Inventors: John Christopher Gianutsos, Tyler John Knight, Harvey Landy, David C. Pugh
  • Patent number: 9930313
    Abstract: There are provided an image display device providing a function of changing a screen display direction and an image display method. The image display for providing a 3D image according to a glass-free scheme on the basis of binocular disparity includes: a display unit configured to display a 3D image on a screen; a sensing unit configured to sense whether an event in relation to a change in a disposition direction of a layer generating binocular disparity corresponding to the 3D image and a change in a rendering scheme corresponding to the 3D image; and a control unit configured to change the disposition direction of the layer and the rendering scheme corresponding to the 3D image on the basis of the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hyungseok Jang, Sangjo Park, Dongyoung Lee, Soonbo Han, Donghyun Kang, Hyojin Song
  • Patent number: 9912929
    Abstract: A video frame processing method, which comprises: (a) capturing at least one first video frame via a first camera; (b) capturing at least one second video frame via a second camera; and (c) adjusting one candidate second video frame of the second video frames based on one of the first video frame to generate a target single view video frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: MEDIATEK INC.
    Inventors: Chi-Cheng Ju, Ding-Yun Chen, Cheng-Tsai Ho, Chia-Ming Cheng, Po-Hao Huang, Yuan-Chung Lee, Chung-Hung Tsai
  • Patent number: 9905267
    Abstract: In one aspect, an example method includes (i) receiving a first group of video content items; (ii) identifying from among the first group of video content items, a second group of video content items having a threshold extent of similarity with each other; (iii) determining a quality score for each video content item of the second group; (iv) identifying from among the second group of video content items, a third group of video content items each having a quality score that exceeds a quality score threshold; and (v) based on the identifying of the third group, transmitting at least a portion of at least one video content item of the identified third group to a digital video-effect (DVE) system, wherein the system is configured for using the at least the portion of the at least one video content item of the identified third group to generate a video content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Gracenote, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale T. Roberts, Michael Gubman
  • Patent number: 9899058
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for the reproduction, through an audio/visual means, of a film and an apparatus for the reproduction of the same. More particularly, the method according to the present invention allows more viewings of the same film such that the film itself is automatically composed as to be different at each viewing. The method for the reproduction of a film is finalized to the creation of a “multifilm”, i.e. a film that changes its plot in every reproduction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: MAIOR SRL
    Inventor: Gabriele Ceracchini
  • Patent number: 9896170
    Abstract: The present invention surveils a ship and automatically detects movement around a ship such as, for example, a man overboard condition. Detection is achieved using a continually scanning set of lasers that cooperate with long-wave infrared thermal imaging cameras that are used to classify the movement. If a MOB event is determined, an alarm is then initiated on the bridge of the ship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Surveillance International, Inc.
    Inventor: Sherif Assal
  • Patent number: 9892760
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for combining metadata with video into a video stream using a 32-bit aligned payload, that is computer storage efficient and human discernable. The metadata is stored in a track in a self-describing structure. Metadata track may be decoded using an identifier reference table that is substantially smaller than typical fourCC identifier tables. The combined metadata/video stream is compatible with a standard video stream convention and may be played using conventional media player applications that reads media files compliant with MP4/MOV container format. The proposed format may enable decoding of metadata during streaming, partitioning of combined video stream without loss of metadata. The proposed format and/or metadata protocol provides for temporal synchronization of metadata with video frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventor: David Newman
  • Patent number: 9886633
    Abstract: A method for security and/or automation systems is described. In one embodiment, the method may include receiving a plurality of video footage at a home automation system from at least one video monitor. The method may further include reviewing the plurality of video footage recorded over a predetermined period of time. The method may further include automatically identifying at least one distinguishing feature in the video footage over the predetermined period of time, and automatically indexing the video footage based, at least in part, on identifying the at least one distinguishing feature in the video footage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Rongbin Lanny Lin, Brandon Bunker, Aaron Davis, Shiwei Liu, Matthew Mahar, Matthew J. Eyring, Clint Gordon-Carroll, Jeremy B. Warren, James Ellis Nye, Jefferson Lyman
  • Patent number: 9881646
    Abstract: Providing a method for creating and displaying portions of videos called video previews. The video previews may be associated with audio, such that when the video previews are activated, the audio may play with the video preview. When multiple video previews are organized to play as a playable group or composite of video previews, a corresponding composite audio file can play in response to an activation of the composite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: ALC HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: David McIntosh, Chris Pennello
  • Patent number: 9883136
    Abstract: A method of storing and outputting associated audio. The associated audio and the main audio are stored in, and output from, a single multimedia container. In this manner, when the main language is changed, the associated audio automatically changes with minimal audio artifacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Hugues A. De Saint Salvy, Gregory John McGarry
  • Patent number: 9871999
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods to provide monitoring systems including one or more modular cameras and at least one application-specific base. The application-specific base may include features and/or components corresponding to a particular type of monitoring. A monitoring system includes at least one modular camera that first establishes a communication link with an application-specific base and then downloads a monitoring system application corresponding to the application-specific base. After a modular camera receives the monitoring system application, the modular camera performs the application in order to capture monitoring information corresponding to the particular type of monitoring supported by the application-specific base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: FLIR Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Vlad Kardashov
  • Patent number: 9866903
    Abstract: Systems and methods for capturing media content in accordance with viewer expression are disclosed. In some implementations, a method is performed at a computer system having one or more processors and memory storing one or more programs for execution by the one or more processors. The method includes: (1) while a media content item is being presented to a user, capturing a momentary reaction of the user; (2) comparing the captured user reaction with one or more previously captured reactions of the user; (3) identifying the user reaction as one of a plurality of reaction types based on the comparison; (4) identifying the portion of the media content item corresponding to the momentary reaction; and (5) storing an association between the identified user reaction and the portion of the media content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventor: Ying Zheng
  • Patent number: 9858965
    Abstract: Various technologies described herein pertain to generating an output video loop from an input video that includes values at pixels over a time range. Respective input time intervals within the time range of the input video are determined for the pixels by performing an optimization. The optimization can be performed to assign the input time intervals at a first level of resolution, while terms of an objective function use a finer, second level of resolution. An input time interval for a particular pixel includes a per-pixel loop period of a single, contiguous loop at the particular pixel within the time range from the input video. The input time intervals can be temporally scaled based on per-pixel loop periods and an output video loop period. The output video loop is created based on the values at the pixels over the input time intervals for the pixels in the input video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Hugues Herve Hoppe, Jing Liao, Mark Thomas Finch, III
  • Patent number: 9852762
    Abstract: Providing a method for creating and displaying portions of videos called video previews. The video previews may be associated with a predefined duration of a video, such that the video preview is generated from a portion of the video. The video previews are configured to play a series of images associated with images from the portion of the video when the video preview is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: ALC HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: David McIntosh, Chris Pennello
  • Patent number: 9845052
    Abstract: An electronic camera system is operable in a first operating state, in which a video signal delivered by the image sensor is based on the detection of visible light only, and a second operating state, in which a video signal delivered by the image sensor is at least in part based on the detection of infrared light. The camera system includes an electronic image sensor that is sensitive to visible light and infrared light, a lens system that is transparent to visible light and infrared light and serves for projecting an image onto the image sensor and a filter assembly arranged in front of the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Oliver Wagner, Stefan Bauer
  • Patent number: 9832417
    Abstract: The disclosed methods and systems provide for the registry and authorization of media on a media player. The method involves maintaining a registry of registered media. Media to be played by the media player is compared to the maintained registry of registered media. If media is registered, authorization it then required to play the registered media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventor: James Edwin Hailey
  • Patent number: 9826166
    Abstract: A vehicular surrounding-monitoring control apparatus is mounted in a vehicle having an imaging unit capturing an image of surrounding and a display. The vehicular surrounding-monitoring control apparatus includes: an extraction section extracting, as an object region, an image region corresponding to each object from a captured image obtained by the imaging unit; a determining section determining whether a plurality of objects are coordinated into a group on the basis of positional relations of the object regions and types of the objects; and a display control unit displaying, when the objects are determined to be coordinated into a group, displaying a symbol image, which is specific to the group and expresses the presence of the group, so as to be superimposed on the captured image in the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shusaku Shigemura