Patents by Inventor Etsuro Saito

Etsuro Saito 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).

  • Publication number: 20040026637
    Abstract: In the present invention, an image print mask 12H is photographed from a side across a light source 13 when the image print mask 12H for adjusting light so that a film is irradiated with the light is irradiated with the light, a luminance signal of the image print mask 12H is detected based on the photographed image on the image print mask 12H to create a luminance level waveform pattern 113A or 113B according to the luminance signal, and the luminance level waveform pattern 113A or 113B is displayed as the quantity-of-light unevenness of the light with which the image print mask 12H is irradiated, so that the luminance level waveform pattern 113A or 113Ba can make the user visually recognize the state of quantity-of-light unevenness of the light with which the image print mask 12H is irradiated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2002
    Publication date: February 12, 2004
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Etsuro Saito, Yuuichi Motomura
  • Publication number: 20040004705
    Abstract: The present invention is to easily examine the contact state of two piled films in a short time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2002
    Publication date: January 8, 2004
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Etsuro Saito
  • Publication number: 20030020824
    Abstract: A camera apparatus comprising a motor (9) and a driving circuit (10) for driving a focusing lens (2), a motor (11) and a driving circuit (12) for driving a zoom lens (3), a motor (13) and a driving circuit (14) for driving an iris (4), a CPU (16) having a memory (15), and gyroscopic sensors (20) and (21).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 1998
    Publication date: January 30, 2003
    Inventors: YUJIRO ITO, ETSURO SAITO
  • Publication number: 20020121616
    Abstract: In the present invention, an image print mask 12H is photographed from a side across a light source 13 when the image print mask 12H for adjusting light so that a film is irradiated with the light is irradiated with the light, a luminance signal of the image print mask 12H is detected based on the photographed image on the image print mask 12H to create a luminance level waveform pattern 113A or 113B according to the luminance signal, and the luminance level waveform pattern 113A or 113B is displayed as the quantity-of-light unevenness of the light with which the image print mask 12H is irradiated, so that the luminance level waveform pattern 113A or 113Ba can make the user visually recognize the state of quantity-of-light unevenness of the light with which the image print mask 12H is irradiated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2002
    Publication date: September 5, 2002
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Etsuro Saito, Yuuichi Motomura
  • Publication number: 20020122166
    Abstract: The present invention is to easily examine the contact state of two piled films in a short time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2002
    Publication date: September 5, 2002
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Etsuro Saito
  • Patent number: 6219092
    Abstract: With one single apparatus, process of converting images recorded on a movie film into video signals in real time and process of converting images recorded on a movie film into video signals with high resolution can be implemented. A user selects a first operation mode and a second operation mode by a mode changeover switch. In the first operation mode, images of respective frames of the movie film are sequentially picked up in real time and correction of image shift is made by an optical axis correction part. In the second operation mode, to the same frame of a movie film, a plurality of optical axis positions differing by an amount corresponding to a half of the pixel pitch in the image pickup device are selected with the optical axis correction part, and, for respective optical axis positions, the image of the same frame is picked up, and for respective optical axis positions the image of the frame is picked up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Etsuro Saito
  • Patent number: 6188806
    Abstract: A motion picture film having digital audio data recorded in at least one sound track thereof. Such digital audio data includes a plurality of bytes of data each having 8 bits of data. Each respective bit of each byte of audio data is recorded in a sound track of the film in the film running direction and each byte is arranged side-by-side in a direction normal to the film running direction to form a compression processing block. C1 parity data is added to each such compression processing block and C2 parity data is added after a predetermined interval of plural compression processing blocks. Error correction may be performed by utilizing the C1 and C2 parity data for each compression processing block and at the predetermined interval of plural compression blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Cinema Products Corporation
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Inatome, Etsuro Saito, Katsuichi Tachi
  • Patent number: 6104438
    Abstract: An image synthesizer for detecting an area photographs a processing object area having a predetermined hue from video data obtained through a video camera, inserts another image in the area, and then produces a synthesized image. The image synthesizer forms on the processing object area a light source image having the same hue as the processing object area, detects position information of the video camera with respect to the processing object area with the light source image as a reference, and changes the other image in correspondence with position change of the video camera with the position information as a reference. In this way, the position of the video camera is detected with the light source image as a reference, and image which is inserted is changed according to a position change of the video camera. Therefore, when the video camera is moved, an image which is inserted is also changed according to the movement, and consequently, an image with no feeling of physical disorder is obtainable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Etsuro Saito
  • Patent number: 6038010
    Abstract: A digital sound signal reproducing device 10 includes a reduced number of guide rolls and so forth by changing the mounting position of a sound drum 13. The digital sound signal reproducing device 10 is made up of a guide sprocket 11, a guide roll 14 and a sound drum 13, about which runs an image film 1. The sound drum 13 carries a optical readout device 20 for reading out and reproducing digital sound signals recorded on a digital sound signal recording portion 5 of the image film 1. The guide sprocket 11 is arranged in the vicinity of an image film supply port 10A supplied with the image film 1. The guide roll 14 is arranged in the vicinity of an image film output port 10B from which the image film 1 is led out. The guide sprocket 11 includes an image film running adjustment device 30 adapted for applying a running load on the image film 1 supplied to the optical readout device 20.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Assignee: Sony Cinema Products Corporation
    Inventor: Etsuro Saito
  • Patent number: 6028972
    Abstract: A motion picture film having digital audio data recorded in at least one sound track thereof. Such digital audio data includes a plurality of bytes of data each having 8 bits of data. Each respective bit of each byte of audio data is recorded in a sound track of the film in the film running direction and each byte is arranged side-by-side in a direction normal to the film running direction to form a compression processing block. C1 parity data is added to each such compression processing block and C2 parity data is added after a predetermined interval of plural compression processing blocks. Error correction may be performed by utilizing the C1 and C2 parity data for each compression processing block and at the predetermined interval of plural compression blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Cinema Products Corporation
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Inatome, Etsuro Saito, Katsuichi Tachi
  • Patent number: 5886772
    Abstract: An apparatus for intermittently feeding a movie film on a frame by frame basis to a film processing unit for processing thereat by inserting projections into openings formed on both sides of the movie film at predetermined pitches and driving the same by use of a driving device. The film processing apparatus may include a guiding device for guiding the film along a path which passes nearby the film processing unit so as to enable the film processing unit to capture an image from the film and to perform processing of the same. The film processing apparatus may further include a device for exerting pressure on the film by moving the guiding device so that a portion of the film which passes nearby the film processing unit is held in tension, and a restraining device for restraining the guiding means from moving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1999
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Inatome, Etsuro Saito, Takeshi Shimodaira
  • Patent number: 5842054
    Abstract: A shake discriminator comprising a first shake detection means disposed in a camera system to shoot a subject and serving to detect a shake of the camera system; a second shake detection means disposed in the camera system and serving to detect a shake of a cameraman's face with regard to the camera system; and a shake discrimination means for making a discrimination, on the basis of the detection outputs of the first and second shake detection means, as to whether the shake of the camera system is the one intended by the cameraman. Due to such discrimination, it becomes possible to prevent an erroneous correction which may otherwise be executed when the shake of the camera system is the one intended by the cameraman.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Koji Suzuki, Etsuro Saito
  • Patent number: 5761349
    Abstract: A motion picture film having digital audio data recorded in at least one sound track thereof. Such digital audio data includes a plurality of bytes of data each having 8 bits of data. Each respective bit of each byte of audio data is recorded in a sound track of the film in the film running direction and each byte is arranged side-by-side in a direction normal to the film running direction to form a compression processing block. C1 parity data is added to each such compression processing block and C2 parity data is added after a predetermined interval of plural compression processing blocks. Error correction may be performed by utilizing the C1 and C2 parity data for each compression processing block and at the predetermined interval of plural compression blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1998
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Cinema Products Corporation
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Inatome, Etsuro Saito, Katsuichi Tachi
  • Patent number: 5710616
    Abstract: In a first guide unit the plural number of electrodes are provided facing the edge of a movie film containing a plurality of perforations formed along the longitudinal direction of the movie film, in a second guide unit a band shaped conducting material is provided facing the electrodes having the movie film between, and each stop position with respect to window holes is detected based on the amount of change of each electrostatic capacity changing depending on the displacement rate from each stop position of a plurality of condensers which are formed making each electrode and conducting material as a pole plate respectively and making the thickness of the movie film as the distance of pole plates. Therefore, a film position detection device, a film image display device and a movie film recording device capable of further improving the movie film position detection accuracy can be realized with the simple construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1998
    Assignee: Sony Corportion
    Inventors: Etsuro Saito, Kiyoshi Inatome
  • Patent number: 5608474
    Abstract: An image displaying device which is able to prevent the occurrence of fluctuations in the picture which is projected on the screen, even if some positional fluctuations have occurred in the movie film. The optical axis correcting means is provided on the optical path of the transmitted light which has been obtained from the light source via the movie film, and also the detecting means is provided for detecting the quantity of the displacement from the base position at the time the movie film has stopped on the basis of the travel-synchronizing holes which have been formed in the longitudinal direction of the movie film, whereby the optical axis correcting means is able to change the angle of the optical axis of the transmitted light, according to the result of detection obtained from the detecting means, on the basis of drive controlling by the driving means. As a result the optical axis can be corrected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1997
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshio Fujiwara, Etsuro Saito
  • Patent number: 5600617
    Abstract: A data recording device for a motion picture film is provided in which one ends of plural optical fibers are connected to light emitting devices and the other ends of the optical fibers are arrayed in accordance with a dot pattern of audio data to be recorded. The light emitting diodes are turned on responsive to the audio data to be recorded on the motion picture film. The audio data carrying light, produced by the turning on of the LEDs, is conducted via the optical fibers to a head unit so as to be radiated on the motion picture film via a radiating port of the head unit. By the above arrangement, the optical fibers may be arrayed optionally at the head unit without regard to the array of the LEDs. Consequently, the LEDs are affected to a lesser extent by heat evolved on turning on the LEDs. By linearly arraying the optical fibers at the head unit 1, a larger quantity of audio data may be recorded on the motion picture film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1997
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Cinema Products Corporation
    Inventor: Etsuro Saito
  • Patent number: 5596380
    Abstract: A digital sound signal reading means 20 is provided in association with a sound drum 13 on which an image film 1 delivered from a cinema film supply unit 50 circumferentially travels to carry out reading and reproduction of digital sound signals recorded in a digital sound signal recording portion 5 of the image film 1. An image film traveling adjustment unit 30 is disposed at least at the position of the preceding stage of the image film traveling path. The image film traveling adjustment unit 30 applies traveling load in dependency upon traveling state of the image film 1 to allow the image film 1 to travel up to the digital sound signal reading means 2 in a stable state thus to allow it to carry out reading and reproduction of digital sound signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1997
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Cinema Products Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshio Ozaki, Toshiyuki Shirasu, Etsuro Saito
  • Patent number: 5508761
    Abstract: A motion picture film is provided on which a digital sound track for audio data is formed along the film running direction. Data tracks are disposed in the digital sound track along a direction normal to the film running direction and extend in the film running direction. A data pattern having a block of audio data is recorded in the data tracks, along with tracking patterns representing each data track. Each of the tracking patterns is recorded at one side of the data track along the film running direction with an offset in the film running direction of one half the width of a data track from the center of that data track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1996
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Cinema Products Corporation
    Inventors: Etsuro Saito, Katsuichi Tachi, Kiyoshi Inatome, Hideki Ando, Tetsuro Makise, Yoshiyuki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 5485232
    Abstract: A digital audio signal recording device which, in conjunction with a film magazine loaded with a motion picture film and an analog audio recording device recording analog audio signals on the motion picture film, constitutes an audio signal recording system for the motion picture film capable of recording both analog audio signals and digital audio signals on the motion picture film delivered from the film magazine. The digital audio signal recording device transports the motion picture film, delivered from the inside of the film magazine via the film reel-out section, into the digital audio signal recording device via a first film feed-in section, and then transports the film to the analog audio signal recording device via a first feed-out section and a film lead-in section. The motion picture film introduced into the analog audio signal recording device is returned into the digital audio signal recording device via a film lead-out section and a second film feed-in section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 16, 1996
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Etsuro Saito, Yoshio Ozaki, Toshiyuki Shirasu, Koichi Yoshikawa
  • Patent number: 5425487
    Abstract: A tape guide device includes a guide member of a cylindrical configuration for guiding a tape, a ultrasonic vibrator secured to the guide member for vibrating the guide member in standing-waves configuration and a supporting member for supporting the guide member. A rotation preventing member for preventing a rotation of the guide member is formed on one of a pair of tape position restricting members in the width direction of the tape, whereby the number of the assembly parts of the tape guide device is reduced and a mechanism thereof is simplified. Therefore, the tape guide device can be miniaturized. Also, the structure and the shape of the ultrasonic vibrator are selected so that, even when the tape guide device is miniaturized, a coefficient of friction between the tape and the guide member becomes an optimum value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 20, 1995
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Etsuro Saito, Takashi Shimodaira, Shigeru Masuda, Takashi Sasao