Patents by Inventor Dirk Gandolph

Dirk Gandolph 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: 8887093
    Abstract: A method for generating an on-screen menu comprising menu buttons and other menu items, e.g. help text, is characterized in that one or more groups of menu buttons or menu items are defined, wherein a group comprises one or more menu buttons or menu items and has associated a defined area on the screen. A state is assigned to a button, the state being “enabled” or “disabled”, wherein only an enabled button or item may be displayed, and wherein within a group not more than one button or item may be enabled. The state of a button can be changed by commands associated with other buttons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Jobst Hoerentrup, Dirk Gandolph, Carsten Herpel, Ralf Ostermann, Hartmut Peters
  • Patent number: 8887094
    Abstract: A method for generating an on-screen menu comprising menu buttons and other menu items, e.g. help text, is characterized in that one or more groups of menu buttons or menu items are defined, wherein a group comprises one or more menu buttons or menu items and has associated a defined area on the screen. A state is assigned to a button, the state being “enabled” or “disabled”, wherein only an enabled button or item may be displayed, and wherein within a group not more than one button or item may be enabled. The state of a button can be changed by commands associated with other buttons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Jobst Hoerentrop, Dirk Gandolph, Carsten Herpel, Ralf Ostermann, Hartmut Peters
  • Publication number: 20140327824
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include a subtitling format encompassing elements of enhanced syntax and semantic to provide improved animation capabilities. The disclosed elements improve subtitle performance without stressing the available subtitle bitrate. This will become essential for authoring content of high-end HDTV subtitles in pre-recorded format, which can be broadcast or stored on high capacity optical media, e.g. the Blue-ray Disc. Embodiments of the invention include abilities for improved authoring possibilities for the content production to animate subtitles. For subtitles that are separate from AV material, a method includes using one or more superimposed subtitle layers, and displaying only a selected part of the transferred subtitles at a time. Further, colors of a selected part of the displayed subtitles may be modified, e.g. highlighted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: THOMSON LICENSING
    Inventors: Dirk GANDOLPH, Jobst Hoerentrup, Ralf Ostermann, Hartmut Peters, Harald Schiller
  • Publication number: 20140328572
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include a subtitling format encompassing elements of enhanced syntax and semantic to provide improved animation capabilities. The disclosed elements improve subtitle performance without stressing the available subtitle bitrate. This will become essential for authoring content of high-end HDTV subtitles in pre-recorded format, which can be broadcast or stored on high capacity optical media, e.g. the Blue-ray Disc. Embodiments of the invention include abilities for improved authoring possibilities for the content production to animate subtitles. For subtitles that are separate from AV material, a method includes using one or more superimposed subtitle layers, and displaying only a selected part of the transferred subtitles at a time. Further, colors of a selected part of the displayed subtitles may be modified, e.g. highlighted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: THOMSON LICENSING
    Inventors: Dirk Gandolph, Jobst HOERENTRUP, Ralf OSTERMANN, Hartmut PETERS, Harald SCHILLER
  • Patent number: 8862994
    Abstract: Multimedia content of exchangeable storage media, such as optical discs, may be extended by bonus content that is downloaded via Internet connection and stored on a local storage device. An improved method for integration of different menu items relating to on-disc content and downloaded content provides flexibility and a simple, low cost solution. The method for integration of downloaded bonus content into a menu comprises defining one or more placeholders within a menu, determining a storage location or naming convention for bonus content, declaring for each placeholder an attribute providing a unique association to a specific type of bonus content, providing a button image, detecting presence of bonus content data, replacing the associated placeholder by the associated button image and enabling an associated action to be taken when said button is selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Carsten Herpel, Jobst Hoerentrup, Ralf Ostermann, Hartmut Peters, Dirk Gandolph
  • Patent number: 8856654
    Abstract: Multimedia content of exchangeable storage media, such as optical discs, may be extended by bonus content that is downloaded via Internet connection and stored on a local storage device. An improved method for integration of different menu items relating to on-disc content and downloaded content provides flexibility and a simple, low cost solution. The method for integration of downloaded bonus content into a menu comprises defining one or more placeholders within a menu, determining a storage location or naming convention for bonus content, declaring for each placeholder an attribute providing a unique association to a specific type of bonus content, providing a button image, detecting presence of bonus content data, replacing the associated placeholder by the associated button image and enabling an associated action to be taken when said button is selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Carsten Herpel, Jobst Hoerentrup, Ralf Ostermann, Hartmut Peters, Dirk Gandolph
  • Patent number: 8831359
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for refining a value of a similarity measure are described. A similarity measure is assigned to a pixel or a group of pixels of a disparity map, which is assigned to at least two stereo images each having a plurality of pixels. The similarity measure constitutes an estimate for a match quality of the pixel or the group of pixels. For refinement of the value of the similarity measure, the similarity measure between a pixel or a group of pixels in a first stereo image and a corresponding pixel or a group of corresponding pixels in a second stereo image is determined. A contrast value for the pixel or the group of pixels of the first or the second stereo image is determined and the value of the similarity measure is corrected by a correction value that is a function of the determined contrast value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Markus Schlosser, Jörn Jachalsky, Dirk Gandolph
  • Patent number: 8788939
    Abstract: Multimedia content of exchangeable storage media, such as optical discs, may be extended by bonus content that is downloaded via Internet connection and stored on a local storage device. An improved method for integration of different menu items relating to on-disc content and downloaded content provides flexibility and a simple, low cost solution. The method for integration of downloaded bonus content into a menu comprises defining one or more placeholders within a menu, determining a storage location or naming convention for bonus content, declaring for each placeholder an attribute providing a unique association to a specific type of bonus content, providing a button image, detecting presence of bonus content data, replacing the associated placeholder by the associated button image and enabling an associated action to be taken when said button is selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Carsten Herpel, Jobst Hörentrup, Ralf Ostermann, Hartmut Peters, Dirk Gandolph
  • Publication number: 20140195570
    Abstract: Local storage on player instruments provides the ability for adding further amendments and most recent supplements to the optical disc content. A problem arising with this technically applicable possibility is the protection of copyrights bound to disc and supplement data. The present invention describes a technique to ensure a security framework that is able to handle this, by creating a virtual file system (VFS) by merging optical disc data and local storage data based upon a common identifier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: THOMSON LICENSING
    Inventors: Dirk GANDOLPH, Jobst HOERENTRUP, Ralf OSTERMANN, Carsten HERPEL, Uwe JANSSEN, Hartmut PETERS, Andrej SCHEWZOW, Marco WINTER
  • Publication number: 20140195819
    Abstract: Local storage on player instruments provides the ability for adding further amendments and most recent supplements to the optical disc content. A problem arising with this technically applicable possibility is the protection of copyrights bound to disc and supplement data. The present invention describes a technique to ensure a security framework that is able to handle this, by creating a virtual file system (VFS) by merging optical disc data and local storage data based upon a common identifier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: THOMSON LICENSING
    Inventors: Dirk GANDOLPH, Jobst HOERENTRUP, Ralf OSTERMANN, Carsten HERPEL, Uwe JANSSEN, Hartmut PETERS, Andrej SCHEWZOW, Marco WINTER
  • Publication number: 20140181662
    Abstract: A method for generating multi-language menus comprises grouping language-dependent menu resource files on a storage medium, and selecting only those menu resource files from a group that are labeled with an indication that matches the preferred menu language of the respective player.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: THOMSON LICENSING
    Inventors: Jobst HOERENTRUP, Dirk GANDOLPH, Ralf OSTERMANN, Carsten HERPEL, Uwe JANSSEN, Hartmut PETERS, Andrej SCHEWZOW, Marco WINTER
  • Publication number: 20140181663
    Abstract: A method for generating multi-language menus comprises grouping language-dependent menu resource files on a storage medium, and selecting only those menu resource files from a group that are labeled with an indication that matches the preferred menu language of the respective player.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: RHOMSON LICENSING
    Inventors: Jobst HOERENTRUP, Dirk GANDOLPH, Ralf OSTERMANN, Carsten HERPEL, Uwe JANSSEN, Hartmut PETERS, Andrej SCHEWZOW, Marco WINTER
  • Publication number: 20140181665
    Abstract: Multimedia content of exchangeable storage media, such as optical discs, may be extended by bonus content that is downloaded via Internet connection and stored on a local storage device. An improved method for integration of different menu items relating to on-disc content and downloaded content provides flexibility and a simple, low cost solution. The method for integration of downloaded bonus content into a menu comprises defining one or more placeholders within a menu, determining a storage location or naming convention for bonus content, declaring for each placeholder an attribute providing a unique association to a specific type of bonus content, providing a button image, detecting presence of bonus content data, replacing the associated placeholder by the associated button image and enabling an associated action to be taken when said button is selected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Carsten HERPEL, Jobst HOERENTRUP, Ralf OSTERMANN, Hartmut PETERS, Dirk GANDOLPH
  • Publication number: 20140181664
    Abstract: Multimedia content of exchangeable storage media, such as optical discs, may be extended by bonus content that is downloaded via Internet connection and stored on a local storage device. An improved method for integration of different menu items relating to on-disc content and downloaded content provides flexibility and a simple, low cost solution. The method for integration of downloaded bonus content into a menu comprises defining one or more placeholders within a menu, determining a storage location or naming convention for bonus content, declaring for each placeholder an attribute providing a unique association to a specific type of bonus content, providing a button image, detecting presence of bonus content data, replacing the associated placeholder by the associated button image and enabling an associated action to be taken when said button is selected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: THOMSON LICENSING
    Inventors: Carsten HERPEL, Jobst HOERENTRUP, Ralf OSTERMANN, Hartmut PETERS, Dirk GANDOLPH
  • Publication number: 20140164925
    Abstract: Optical storage media often contain data structures for a menu suitable for selection of a title, a chapter, a parameter or others. Such menus usually comprise a number of buttons to be displayed, with each button having a state. Possible states of buttons are; e.g., “unselected”, “selected” or “activated”. According to the invention, the menu may contain buttons that can be selected through the keys on the remote control, but that don't have any images or text associated. This allows creating “invisible buttons” that automatically execute commands upon selection. Further, a sound or sound sequence; e.g., melody or click, may be associated to a buttons state, and may be played back when the button enters this state. Such menu data may be stored; e.g., on a Blu-ray disc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: THOMSON LICENSING
    Inventors: Jobst Hoerentrup, Ralf Ostermann, Harald Schiller, Dirk Gandolph
  • Patent number: 8751932
    Abstract: Multimedia content of exchangeable storage media, such as optical discs, may be extended by bonus content that is downloaded via Internet connection and stored on a local storage device. An improved method for integration of different menu items relating to on-disc content and downloaded content provides flexibility and a simple, low cost solution. The method for integration of downloaded bonus content into a menu comprises defining one or more placeholders within a menu, determining a storage location or naming convention for bonus content, declaring for each placeholder an attribute providing a unique association to a specific type of bonus content, providing a button image, detecting presence of bonus content data, replacing the associated placeholder by the associated button image and enabling an associated action to be taken when said button is selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Carsten Herpel, Jobst Horentrup, Ralf Ostermann, Hartmut Peters, Dirk Gandolph
  • Publication number: 20140153784
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for generating a confidence map for a disparity map associated to a set of two or more images are described. Motion between at least two subsequent sets of two or more images is determined. Based on the determined motion information static and dynamic regions in the images of the sets of two or more images are detected and separated. A disparity change between a disparity value determined for a static region of a current image and a motion compensated disparity value of a previous image is determined. The result of the determination is taken into account for generating or refining a confidence map.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: THOMSON LICENSING
    Inventors: Dirk GANDOLPH, Joern Jachalsky, Wolfram Putzke-Roeming, Markus Schlosser
  • Patent number: 8745530
    Abstract: A method for generating an on-screen menu comprising menu buttons and other menu items, e.g. help text, is characterized in that one or more groups of menu buttons or menu items are defined, wherein a group comprises one or more menu buttons or menu items and has associated a defined area on the screen. A state is assigned to a button, the state being “enabled” or “disabled”, wherein only an enabled button or item may be displayed, and wherein within a group not more than one button or item may be enabled. The state of a button can be changed by commands associated with other buttons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Jobst Hoerentrup, Dirk Gandolph, Carsten Herpel, Ralf Ostermann, Hartmut Peters
  • Patent number: 8737810
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide for the retrieval of subtitle layer data from a storage medium, the subtitle layer data containing graphic subtitle elements, the extraction of cropping information from the retrieved subtitle layer data, the cropping information including a parameter for horizontal position, a parameter for vertical position, a parameter for width and a parameter for height and the automatic cropping of rectangular parts of the subtitle elements to be displayed, where the cropped parts to be displayed are defined by the cropping information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Dirk Gandolph, Jobst Hörentrup, Ralf Ostermann, Hartmut Peters, Harald Schiller
  • Patent number: 8732612
    Abstract: Optical storage media often contain data structures for a menu suitable for selection of a title, a chapter, a parameter or others. Such menus usually comprise a number of buttons to be displayed, with each button having a state. Possible states of buttons are; e.g., “unselected”, “selected” or “activated”. According to the invention, the menu may contain buttons that can be selected through the keys on the remote control, but that don't have any images or text associated. This allows creating “invisible buttons” that automatically execute commands upon selection. Further, a sound or sound sequence; e.g., melody or click, may be associated to a buttons state, and may be played back when the button enters this state. Such menu data may be stored; e.g., on a Blu-ray disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Jobst Hoerentrup, Ralf Ostermann, Harald Schiller, Dirk Gandolph