Guo-Zua Wu 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).
Abstract: This invention provides a recording medium, and a method for storing and reproducing digital image medium data on the recording medium. It is applicable to a medium information reproducing system, and allows users to edit and store the digital image medium data. When reproducing a video image, the video image is accompanied by auxiliary audio data. Therefore, the reproduced medium data is more alive and attractive for the viewers. In addition, the recording medium supports various formats of video and audio data. Therefore, the recording medium can record various types of medium data for the users.
Abstract: A method for encoding images according to object shapes is provided. The method enables reduced usage of storage space when an image encoding system encodes a received image frame. The method uses a bottom-up and sequential approach for encoding coefficients. The coefficients in each subband are numbered using a tree structure, wherein level N subband is designated as a root of the whole tree, level (N?1) subbands are designated as roots of subtrees, and level (N=1) subbands are designated as terminal nodes of subtrees. The terminal nodes for one of the subtrees are numbered first, and then this subtree is numbered in the bottom-up sequence. After that, the terminal nodes for another substree are numbered, and this numbering sequence continues to number all the other subtrees until the root of the tree has been numbered, so as to allow a bottom-up encoding process for the coefficient to be performed.
Abstract: A method for processing video image is provided to perform a motion vector filtering process on the image after being processed by a motion estimation process. The motion vector filtering process adjusts the motion vectors derived for each block in a video sequence, so that the motion vector of each block and the actual moving direction of the corresponding object in the image tend to conformity. Then, the blocks with similar motion vectors are merged and blocks with radical motion vectors are corrected, thereby reducing distortion of the output image and the number of bits used to represent the motion information, which in turns increases the efficiency of compression process.
Abstract: This specification disclosed a method of determining the disc type for a disc burner to determine the type of an unfinalized disc. By checking the special bit data in the first and second tracks, the discs can be classified into different types. This avoids the trouble of manually keeping track of the type of each disc.
Abstract: A disc burner and its control method applicable to high speed disc burner, to solve disc burning failure problem due to burning speed exceeding encoding speed. A buffer is inserted to store the encoded data in groups, and these data groups are used in sequence for disc burning purpose. Therefore, the waiting time of the writing laser is spread out and does not exceed the threshold waiting time, and there is no disc burning failure problem.
Abstract: A method for repairing video/audio files of multimedia video/audio disks is provided. The disclosed method may repair the fields with errors in the video/audio files after recording by utilizing the rewritable characteristic of rewritable optical disks. The errors caused by the video/audio instantaneous editing and recording platform may be reduced according to the disclosed method such that the repaired films may play fast forward/backward smoothly, perform Time Search function accurately, and display presentation time correctly, and are compatible to players of different specifications.
Abstract: A watermark coding method and its recording medium utilize image interleaving and wavelet-based transformation to enhance the robustness of the image. The watermark series to be inserted is converted, encrypted, and modulated to increase the difficulty in decoding and restoring. Finally, the watermark is distributed and hidden in various frequency bands of the image in a frequency hopping way, generating a robust watermarked image. When used in a recording medium, side information produced during coding is recorded in the lead-in area of the recording medium to reduce the chances of illegal copying.
Abstract: The specification disclosed a method that controls the access times of an optical disc and discs of the same. The method includes the following steps. First, an optical disc drive obtains the addresses of a life flag and a medium key block (MKB) by reading a private flag of an optical disc. The life flag and the MKB are used to control the access times of the optical disc. After confirming the addresses of the life flag and the MKB, the optical disc drive obtains an optical power signal to determine the power that should be used to read the MKB. When the optical disc drive uses the appropriate reading power to access the MKB, the recognizable number of access times in the MKB data is reduced, and the medium key signal is extracted to be confirmed if it is recognizable to restore the main data.
Abstract: A watermark embedding method based on DCT subband image characters is disclosed. An original image is converted into a frequency image using a discrete cosine transformation. The watermark information is then embedded into a specific embedding block in each macro-block of the frequency image. The method has the following advantages: (1) the image embedded by watermark is resistant from distortion and damages from compressions; (2) the watermark image can be extracted without employing the original image; and (3) the quality of the image embedded with the watermark image can remain intact.
Abstract: An amplitude shifted information embedding and detection method based upon the phase equalization is disclosed. It utilizes an equalization function to perform equalization computations on the DCT coefficients of an image. Through pixel shift, the original DCT coefficients have energy changes. Such changes are used to generate a visually compatible image with keys embedded at the same time. The information embedded image is very robust in the sense that the key information can still be accurately restored without comparing with the original image even if it is destroyed.
Abstract: A disk anti-copy system. An encrypted anti-copy mechanism with a device key table (Kd Table) prepared in a device and a fixed encryption processed media key block (MKB) pre-recorded in a disk is established. Only through the appropriate fixed encryption process between the key and the MKB can the device correctly read the disk. This controls the device and prevents disks from being copied. Moreover, the invention provides a method and device for preventing disks from being copied.
Abstract: The invention provides a video object segmentation process for parting video objects from a video or image based on Motion Picture Experts Group (MPEG) compression standard. The process uses MPEG-7 descriptors and watershed segmentation. A database stores MPEG-7 descriptors of video objects for comparison of image regions obtained from watershed segmentation and region combination. The region that is most similar to the descriptors of data in the database is the video object to be found.
September 25, 2002
September 25, 2003
Ming-Cheng Kan, Chung J. Kuo, Guo-Zua Wu, Meng-Han Tsai
Abstract: A rewritable DVD-RAM disc. By changing the location or dimension of the lead-out area of the DVD-RAM disc, the data area of the disc can be enlarged. The enlarged area of the disc can be flexibly applied to the user area, the main spare area, or the backup spare area.
January 21, 2000
Date of Patent:
November 19, 2002
Industrial Technology Research Institute
Abstract: A method is proposed for managing defect areas on an erasable optical disc in a dynamic manner. By this method, a main spare area including a plurality of logical blocks is used to provide substitution logic blocks for any bad logical blocks in the user read/write area; and when all the logical blocks in the main spare area are used up, a supplementary spare area is defined from a continuous unused storage area in the user read/write area; and further, when all the logical blocks in this supplementary spare area are used up, an additional supplementary spare area is defined from another continuous unused storage area in the user read/write area; and so forth. The method allows the use of a comprehensive set of commands and data message for the communication between the file system and the optical drive when performing this management method.