Patents by Inventor Thomas Wiegand

Thomas Wiegand 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: 11991355
    Abstract: Concepts are described, including encoding of a video into data stream and decoding of a data stream having a video encoded thereinto, using motion compensation prediction between pictures of equal resolution and pictures of different resolution, based on motion vectors at a half-sample resolution and on motion vectors at a different resolution using interpolation filters to obtain sub-sample values within a reference sample array. The interpolation filter is selected from two interpolation filter versions different in a higher edge preserving property, and the selection is depending on whether a current picture is equal in picture resolution to the reference sample array in horizontal and/or vertical dimension, and/or a constraint information in the data stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FÖRDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
    Inventors: Benjamin Bross, Yago Sánchez De La Fuente, Robert Skupin, Martin Winken, Heiko Schwarz, Detlev Marpe, Thomas Schierl, Thomas Wiegand
  • Patent number: 11983737
    Abstract: A favorable merging or grouping of simply connected regions into which the array of information samples is sub-divided, is coded with a reduced amount of data. To this end, a predetermined relative locational relationship is defined enabling an identifying, for a predetermined simply connected region, of simply connected regions within the plurality of simply connected regions which have the predetermined relative locational relationship to the predetermined simply connected region. Namely, if the number is zero, a merge indicator for the predetermined simply connected region may be absent within the data stream. In other embodiments, spatial sub-division is performed depending on a first subset of syntax elements, followed by combining spatially neighboring simply connected regions depending on a second subset of syntax elements, to obtain an intermediate sub-division.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: GE Video Compression, LLC
    Inventors: Philipp Helle, Simon Oudin, Martin Winken, Detlev Marpe, Thomas Wiegand
  • Publication number: 20240155126
    Abstract: Block-based coding of a picture is rendered more effective by providing an intra-prediction coding concept according to which a certain block of the picture is intra-prediction coded using a certain intra-coding mode by partitioning the predetermined block into partitions along a certain dimension with the number of partitions being greater than two and/or the partitions being one sample wide along the certain dimension with the partitions being, for reconstruction purposes, sequentially subject to spatial prediction using the intra-prediction coding mode signaled for the certain block followed by correcting the thus obtained predictor using a prediction residual so that for preceding partitions a reconstruction of the samples is available to the decoder at the time of processing the next, then current, partition. Signaling overhead with respect to the partitioning may be left off or may be kept low.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2023
    Publication date: May 9, 2024
    Inventors: Santiago DE LUXÁN HERNÁNDEZ, Heiko SCHWARZ, Detlev MARPE, Thomas WIEGAND
  • Publication number: 20240155114
    Abstract: A video decoder for decoding a video from a data stream is configured to decode an indication from the data stream which is valid for a sequence of pictures of the video, and indicates that RASL pictures within the sequence of pictures are coded in a manner excluding a predetermined set of one or more coding tools.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2022
    Publication date: May 9, 2024
    Inventors: Robert SKUPIN, Christian BARTNIK, Adam WIECKOWSKI, Yago SÁNCHEZ DE LA FUENTE, Cornelius HELLGE, Benjamin BROSS, Thomas SCHIERL, Thomas WIEGAND, Detlev MARPE
  • Publication number: 20240155108
    Abstract: A video decoder (151) for decoding an encoded video signal comprising encoded picture data to reconstruct a plurality of pictures of a video sequence of a video. The video decoder (151) comprises an input interface (160) configured for receiving the encoded video signal comprising the encoded picture data. Moreover, the video decoder (151) comprises a data decoder (170) configured for reconstructing the plurality of pictures of the video sequence depending on the encoded picture data. Moreover, further video decoders, video encoders, systems, methods for encoding and decoding, computer programs and encoded video signals according to embodiments are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2024
    Publication date: May 9, 2024
    Inventors: Yago SÁNCHEZ DE LA FUENTE, Karsten SÜHRING, Cornelius HELLGE, Thomas SCHIERL, Robert SKUPIN, Thomas WIEGAND
  • Patent number: 11979584
    Abstract: Arithmetic encoder for encoding a plurality of symbols is configured to derive an interval size information for an arithmetic encoding of one or more symbol values to be encoded on the basis of one or more state variable value, in a first mode of operation, and to update the one or more state variable values and/or the interval size information for an encoding of one or more subsequent symbol values to be encoded in the first mode; in a second mode, the arithmetic encoder is configured to disable an update of the one or more state variable values and/or of the interval size information. Additionally, further embodiments of arithmetic encoders and decoders and video encoders and decoders are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Heiner Kirchhoffer, Detlev Marpe, Benjamin Bross, Phan Hoang Tung Nguyen, Christian Rudat, Heiko Schwarz, Thomas Wiegand
  • Patent number: 11979519
    Abstract: The invention provides an interrogator for obtaining information associated with a caller identification, such as a telephone number, transmitted within an incoming telephone call including: a receiving device configured to receive the incoming telephone call and to extract the caller identification from the incoming telephone call; an interrogating device configured to receive the extracted caller identification from the receiving device and to interrogate information associated with the caller identification from an external data base, which is configured to operate independently from the user voice communication device for which the incoming telephone call is intended for; and a forwarding device configured to receive and to forward the interrogated information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Thomas Wiegand, Thomas Haustein
  • Publication number: 20240146954
    Abstract: A coding efficiency increase is achieved by using a common signalization within the bitstream with regard to activation of merging and activation of the skip mode. One possible state of one or more syntax elements within the bitstream may signalize for a current sample set of a picture that the sample set is to be merged and has no prediction residual encoded and inserted into the bitstream. A common flag may signalize whether the coding parameters associated with a current sample set are to be set according to a merge candidate or to be retrieved from the bitstream, and whether the current sample set of the picture is to be reconstructed based on a prediction signal depending on the coding parameters associated with the current sample set, without any residual data, or to be reconstructed by refining the prediction signal depending on the coding parameters associated with the current sample set by means of residual data within the bitstream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2023
    Publication date: May 2, 2024
    Inventors: Heiko SCHWARZ, Heiner KIRCHHOFFER, Philipp HELLE, Simon OUDIN, Jan STEGEMANN, Benjamin BROSS, Detlev MARPE, Thomas WIEGAND
  • Patent number: 11973955
    Abstract: Concepts are described, including encoding, processing and decoding of a data stream having a video encoded thereinto, wherein the video comprises a plurality of pictures, wherein the data stream comprises a plurality of pictures in at least two layers, wherein the pictures of at least one layer are split into a predetermined layer-specific number of subpictures, one or more of the pictures or subpictures of one layer corresponds to one picture or subpictures in one or more other layer, and at least one of the subpictures comprises boundaries for boundary extension for motion compensation, and an indication that at least one of the boundaries of corresponding subpictures or corresponding pictures in different layers are aligned with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FÖRDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
    Inventors: Yago Sánchez De La Fuente, Karsten Sühring, Cornelius Hellge, Thomas Schierl, Robert Skupin, Thomas Wiegand
  • Patent number: 11973978
    Abstract: Decoder for block-based decoding of a picture from a data stream, configured to decode an intra-coding mode for a predetermined block of the picture from the data stream, configured to decode a partition dimension flag for the predetermined block of the picture from the data stream and set a partition dimension depending on the partition dimension flag to be horizontal or vertical and the decoder is configured to partition, along the predetermined dimension, the predetermined block into transform partitions which are as wide as the predetermined block perpendicular to predetermined dimension, furthermore configured to decode, for each transform partition, a transform of a prediction residual from the data stream; intra-predicting the predetermined block depending on one or more already reconstructed samples neighboring the predetermined block in a manner depending on the intra-coding mode to obtain a predictor for the predetermined block; and reconstructing the predetermined block by correcting the predictor
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Santiago De Luxán Hernández, Benjamin Bross, Phan Hoang Tung Nguyen, Valeri George, Heiko Schwarz, Detlev Marpe, Thomas Wiegand
  • Patent number: 11973961
    Abstract: A decoder for block-based decoding of picture data of a picture is configured to decode a current block of the picture by determining first and second sets of luma in a neighborhood of the current block, the first set of luma samples having smaller luma values than the second set of luma samples, fitting a straight-line having a linear function through first and second pairs of luma-chroma samples, wherein the first and second pairs of luma-chroma samples are determined based on the first and second sets of luma samples, respectively, and on first and second corresponding chroma samples, respectively, in said neighborhood of the current block, and predicting chroma samples of the current block using luma samples of the current block and said linear function. The present proposal further concerns a respective encoder and corresponding methods for encoding and decoding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e. V.
    Inventors: Christian Helmrich, Heiko Schwarz, Detlev Marpe, Thomas Wiegand
  • Patent number: 11973988
    Abstract: Decoder for decoding a picture from a data stream, configured to check whether a plurality of coding parameters, which are contained in the data stream, relate to a predetermined portion of the picture and control a prediction residual transform mode and a quantization accuracy with respect to the predetermined portion, are indicative of a coding parameter setting corresponding to a lossless prediction residual coding. Responsive to the plurality of coding parameters being indicative of the coding parameter setting corresponding to the lossless prediction residual coding, the decoder is configured to set one or more predetermined coding options relating to one or more tools of the decoder for processing a prediction residual corrected predictive reconstruction with respect to the predetermined portion so that the one or more tools are disabled with respect to the predetermined portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Christian Helmrich, Benjamin Bross, Tung Hoang Nguyen, Heiko Schwarz, Detlev Marpe, Thomas Wiegand
  • Publication number: 20240137531
    Abstract: Although wedgelet-based partitioning seems to represent a better tradeoff between side information rate on the one hand and achievable variety in partitioning possibilities on the other hand, compared to contour partitioning, the ability to alleviate the constraints of the partitioning to the extent that the partitions have to be wedgelet partitions, enables applying relatively uncomplex statistical analysis onto overlaid spatially sampled texture information in order to derive a good predictor for the bi-segmentation in a depth/disparity map. Thus, in accordance with a first aspect it is exactly the increase of the freedom which alleviates the signaling overhead provided that co-located texture information in form of a picture is present. Another aspect pertains the possibility to save side information rate involved with signaling a respective coding mode supporting irregular partitioning.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2023
    Publication date: April 25, 2024
    Inventors: Philipp MERKLE, Christian BARTNIK, Haricharan LAKSHMAN, Detlev MARPE, Karsten MUELLER, Thomas WIEGAND, Gerhard TECH
  • Patent number: 11968348
    Abstract: The usual coding order according to which the reference view is coded prior to the dependent view, and within each view, a depth map is coded subsequent to the respective picture, may be maintained and does lead to a sacrifice of efficiency in performing inter-view redundancy removal by, for example, predicting motion data of the current picture of the dependent view from motion data of the current picture of the reference view. Rather, a depth map estimate of the current picture of the dependent view is obtained by warping the depth map of the current picture of the reference view into the dependent view, thereby enabling various methods of inter-view redundancy reduction more efficiently by bridging the gap between the views.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: GE Video Compression, LLC
    Inventors: Heiko Schwarz, Thomas Wiegand
  • Patent number: 11968399
    Abstract: Video codec concepts which allows more effective video composition/merging and/or a more effective implementation of gradual decoding refresh are described along with concepts of allowing video composition/merging being more effective, for instance, in terms of complexity of the composition/merging task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Robert Skupin, Yago Sánchez De La Fuente, Cornelius Hellge, Thomas Schierl, Karsten Suehring, Thomas Wiegand
  • Publication number: 20240129552
    Abstract: Interpolation between explicitly signaled CPB (or HRD) parameters at selected bit rates is used to achieve a good compromise between CPB parameter transmission capacity and CPB parametrization effectiveness and may be, particularly, made in an effective manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2023
    Publication date: April 18, 2024
    Inventors: Yago SÁNCHEZ DE LA FUENTE, Benjamin BROSS, Robert SKUPIN, Cornelius HELLGE, Thomas SCHIERL, Thomas WIEGAND
  • Publication number: 20240129551
    Abstract: Interpolation between explicitly signaled CPB (or HRD) parameters at selected bit rates is used to achieve a good compromise between CPB parameter transmission capacity and CPB parametrization effectiveness and may be, particularly, made in an effective manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2023
    Publication date: April 18, 2024
    Inventors: Yago SÁNCHEZ DE LA FUENTE, Benjamin BROSS, Robert SKUPIN, Cornelius HELLGE, Thomas SCHIERL, Thomas WIEGAND
  • Publication number: 20240129548
    Abstract: Interpolation between explicitly signaled CPB (or HRD) parameters at selected bit rates is used to achieve a good compromise between CPB parameter transmission capacity and CPB parametrization effectiveness and may be, particularly, made in an effective manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2023
    Publication date: April 18, 2024
    Inventors: Yago SÁNCHEZ DE LA FUENTE, Benjamin BROSS, Robert SKUPIN, Cornelius HELLGE, Thomas SCHIERL, Thomas WIEGAND
  • Publication number: 20240129549
    Abstract: Interpolation between explicitly signaled CPB (or HRD) parameters at selected bit rates is used to achieve a good compromise between CPB parameter transmission capacity and CPB parametrization effectiveness and may be, particularly, made in an effective manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2023
    Publication date: April 18, 2024
    Inventors: Yago SÁNCHEZ DE LA FUENTE, Benjamin BROSS, Robert SKUPIN, Cornelius HELLGE, Thomas SCHIERL, Thomas WIEGAND
  • Publication number: 20240129550
    Abstract: Interpolation between explicitly signaled CPB (or HRD) parameters at selected bit rates is used to achieve a good compromise between CPB parameter transmission capacity and CPB parametrization effectiveness and may be, particularly, made in an effective manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2023
    Publication date: April 18, 2024
    Inventors: Yago SÁNCHEZ DE LA FUENTE, Benjamin BROSS, Robert SKUPIN, Cornelius HELLGE, Thomas SCHIERL, Thomas WIEGAND