Patents by Inventor Dietrich Westerkamp

Dietrich Westerkamp has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 6081295
    Abstract: The coding or decoding of video data with the associated audio and/or other data can be performed, for example, on the basis of the standards ISO/IEC 11172 (MPEG1) or ISO/IEC 13818 (MPEG2). Such coding and decoding can include the conversion of a primary bit stream coded on the basis of such standards into a secondary bit stream with a different data rate. Since the information content of the motion vectors from the primary bit stream retain their validity in the secondary bit stream, it is not necessary to recalculate motion vectors for transcoding. Instead, encoding of the secondary bit stream is performed with the aid of the motion vectors from the primary bit stream which are reused. In such a case, the encoding of the secondary bit stream is carried out in a restricted prediction mode, i.e. only those prediction modes which are described by respective block type or the motion information of the primary bit stream are allowed in the secondary bit stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Assignee: Deutsche Thomson-Brandt GmbH
    Inventors: Dirk Adolph, Dietrich Westerkamp, Carsten Herpel, Ingo Hutter
  • Patent number: 5268751
    Abstract: In the process of generating a compatible 4:3 letterbox format television signal, a wide aspect ration 16:9 progressive scan television signal is vertically transcoded from 575 to 431 image lines, converted to line interlaced form and horizontally compressed. A vertically transcoded interlaced luminance component is converted back to progressive scan form via interpolation, and subtracted from a vertically transcoded original progressive scan luminance component to produce a difference (helper) signal. The difference signal is time compressed and multiplexed into upper and lower edge bar regions of the letterbox format. The compatible letterbox signal also is encoded with additional information including vertical high frequency information and horizontal high frequency information separated during the transcoding and compression processes, respectively. The encoding includes modulating the color subcarrier frequency with luminance information, and intraframe averaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1993
    Assignee: Deutsche Thomson-Brandt GmbH
    Inventors: Erich Geiger, Hans-Joachim Platte, Martin Plantholt, Dietrich Westerkamp, Uwe Riemann, Dietmar Hepper
  • Patent number: 4807033
    Abstract: Method of correcting television signals transmitted in blocks, including detecting defective blocks with an error detection circuit and calculating substitute information for a block determined to be defective from an environment of the defective block or from a television signal preceding in time the signal containing the defective block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1989
    Assignee: Deutsche Thomson-Brandt GmbH
    Inventors: Werner Keesen, Wolfgang Hartnack, Dietrich Westerkamp