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).

  • Publication number: 20220248010
    Abstract: A video decoder for decoding an encoded video signal including encoded picture data and indication data of a picture of a video to reconstruct the picture of the video is provided. The video decoder includes an interface configured for receiving the encoded video signal, and a data decoder configured for reconstructing the picture of the video by decoding the encoded picture data using the indication data. The picture is partitioned into a plurality of coding areas. One or more coding areas of the plurality of coding areas include two or more coding tree units of the plurality of coding tree units, wherein each coding area of the one or more coding areas which includes two or more coding tree units exhibits a coding order for the two or more coding tree units of the coding area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2022
    Publication date: August 4, 2022
    Inventors: Valeri George, Tobias Hinz, Jackie Ma, Yago Sánchez De La Fuente, Robert Skupin, Thomas Schierl, Jens Brandenburg, Christian Lehmann, Adam Wieckowski, Heiko Schwarz, Detlev Marpe, Thomas Wiegand
  • Patent number: 11405050
    Abstract: Decomposing a value range of the respective syntax elements into a sequence of n partitions with coding the components of z laying within the respective partitions separately with at least one by VLC coding and with at least one by PIPE or entropy coding is used to greatly increase the compression efficiency at a moderate coding overhead since the coding scheme used may be better adapted to the syntax element statistics. Accordingly, syntax elements are decomposed into a respective number n of source symbols si with i=1 . . . n, the respective number n of source symbols depending on as to which of a sequence of n partitions into which a value range of the respective syntax elements is sub-divided, a value z of the respective syntax elements falls into, so that a sum of values of the respective number of source symbols si yields z, and, if n>1, for all i=1 . . . n?1, the value of si corresponds to a range of the ith partition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: GE Video Compression, LLC
    Inventors: Detlev Marpe, Tung Nguyen, Heiko Schwarz, Thomas Wiegand
  • Patent number: 11405137
    Abstract: Data to be transmitted over a channel from a transmitter to a receiver is encoded to obtain a codeword. The codeword is defined by a plurality of variable nodes associated with a plurality of the check nodes of a bipartite graph representing the code. The codeword is transmitted over the channel such that certain variable nodes are transmitted prior to other variable nodes. The certain variable nodes are associated with a subset of the check nodes of the bipartite graph and define a subcodeword known at the receiver. At the receiver, a decodability of the transmitted codeword is estimated using the subcodeword prior to receiving all variable nodes of the codeword.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
    Inventors: Baris Goektepe, Thomas Fehrenbach, Cornelius Hellge, Thomas Schierl, Yago Sanchez De La Fuente, Thomas Wiegand
  • Patent number: 11405635
    Abstract: A proposed intermediate way of handling the renderable portion of the first view results in more efficient coding. Instead of omitting the coding of the renderable portion completely, even more efficient coding of multi-view signals entails merely suppressing the coding of the residual signal within the renderable portion, whereas the prediction parameter coding still takes place from the non-renderable portion of the multi-view signal across the renderable portion so that prediction parameters for the renderable portion may be exploited for predicting parameters for the non-renderable portion. The additional coding rate for transmitting the prediction parameters for the renderable portion may be kept low as this merely aims at forming a continuation of the parameter history across the renderable portion to serve as a basis for prediction parameters of other portions of the multi-view signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: GE Video Compression, LLC
    Inventors: Sebastian Bosse, Heiko Schwarz, Thomas Wiegand, Tobias Hinz
  • Publication number: 20220239924
    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: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2022
    Publication date: July 28, 2022
    Inventors: Heiner KIRCHHOFFER, Detlev MARPE, Benjamin BROSS, Phan Hoang Tung NGUYEN, Christian RUDAT, Heiko SCHWARZ, Thomas WIEGAND
  • Patent number: 11395013
    Abstract: Coding schemes for coding a spatially sampled information signal using sub-division and coding schemes for coding a sub-division or a multitree structure are described, wherein representative embodiments relate to picture and/or video coding applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: GE Video Compression, LLC
    Inventors: Heiner Kirchhoffer, Martin Winken, Philipp Helle, Detlev Marpe, Heiko Schwarz, Thomas Wiegand
  • Publication number: 20220224904
    Abstract: A decoder for decoding a data stream into which media data is coded has a mode switch configured to activate a low-complexity mode or a high-efficiency mode depending on the data stream, an entropy decoding engine configured to retrieve each symbol of a sequence of symbols by entropy decoding using a selected one of a plurality of entropy decoding schemes, a desymbolizer configured to desymbolize the sequence of symbols to obtain a sequence of syntax elements, a reconstructor configured to reconstruct the media data based on the sequence of syntax elements, selection depending on the activated low-complexity mode or the high-efficiency mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2022
    Publication date: July 14, 2022
    Inventors: Valeri GEORGE, Benjamin BROSS, Heiner KIRCHHOFFER, Detlev MARPE, Tung NGUYEN, Matthias PREISS, Mischa SIEKMANN, Jan STEGEMANN, Thomas WIEGAND, Christian BARTNIK
  • Publication number: 20220222541
    Abstract: Data stream having a representation of a neural network encoded thereinto, the data stream including serialization parameter indicating a coding order at which neural network parameters, which define neuron interconnections of the neural network, are encoded into the data stream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2022
    Publication date: July 14, 2022
    Inventors: Stefan MATLAGE, Paul HAASE, Heiner KIRCHHOFFER, Karsten MUELLER, Wojciech SAMEK, Simon WIEDEMANN, Detlev MARPE, Thomas SCHIERL, Yago SÁNCHEZ DE LA FUENTE, Robert SKUPIN, Thomas WIEGAND
  • Patent number: 11386660
    Abstract: A concept for a video data stream extraction is presented which is more efficient namely which is, for example, able to more efficiently deal with video content of a type unknown to the recipient with videos of different type differing, for instance, in view-port-to-picture-plane projection, etc., or which lessens the extraction process complexity. Further, a concept is described using which a juxtaposition of different versions of a video scene, the versions differing in scene resolution, may be provided more efficiently to a recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Robert Skupin, Cornelius Hellge, Benjamin Bross, Thomas Schierl, Yago Sánchez De La Fuente, Karsten Suehring, Thomas Wiegand
  • Publication number: 20220217316
    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: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2022
    Publication date: July 7, 2022
    Inventors: Heiko SCHWARZ, Thomas WIEGAND
  • Publication number: 20220217419
    Abstract: A better compromise between encoding complexity and achievable rate distortion ratio, and/or to achieve a better rate distortion ratio is achieved by using multitree sub-divisioning not only in order to subdivide a continuous area, namely the sample array, into leaf regions, but using the intermediate regions also to share coding parameters among the corresponding collocated leaf blocks. By this measure, coding procedures performed in tiles—leaf regions—locally, may be associated with coding parameters individually without having to, however, explicitly transmit the whole coding parameters for each leaf region separately. Rather, similarities may effectively exploited by using the multitree subdivision.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2022
    Publication date: July 7, 2022
    Inventors: Philipp HELLE, Detlev MARPE, Simon OUDIN, Thomas WIEGAND
  • Publication number: 20220217418
    Abstract: A more effective coding/decoding of a sequence of information values and, for instance, one which enables implementations of increased processing speed, is achieved by rendering the binarization of the information values dependent on previously coded/decoded information values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2022
    Publication date: July 7, 2022
    Inventors: Heiko SCHWARZ, Anastasia HENKEL, Detlev MARPE, Thomas WIEGAND
  • Publication number: 20220210418
    Abstract: Decoder for decoding a residual signal from a data stream, configured to decode, from the data stream, a quantized prediction residual and at least one quantization error compensation signal; scale the quantized prediction residual to determine a scaled prediction residual; determine a reconstructed prediction residual based on the scaled prediction residual and the at least one quantization error compensation signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2022
    Publication date: June 30, 2022
    Inventors: Benjamin BROSS, Phan Hoang Tung NGUYEN, Heiko SCHWARZ, Detlev MARPE, Thomas WIEGAND
  • Patent number: 11363305
    Abstract: A better compromise between encoding complexity and achievable rate distortion ratio, and/or to achieve a better rate distortion ratio is achieved by using multitree sub-divisioning not only in order to subdivide a continuous area, namely the sample array, into leaf regions, but using the intermediate regions also to share coding parameters among the corresponding collocated leaf blocks. By this measure, coding procedures performed in tiles—leaf regions—locally, may be associated with coding parameters individually without having to, however, explicitly transmit the whole coding parameters for each leaf region separately. Rather, similarities may effectively exploited by using the multitree subdivision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: GE Video Compression, LLC
    Inventors: Philipp Helle, Detlev Marpe, Simon Oudin, Thomas Wiegand
  • Patent number: 11363268
    Abstract: Coding quantization parameter variation or adaptation is made more effective by basing the determination of a coding quantization parameter for a predetermined block of the picture on a dispersion of a statistical sample value distribution of a high-pass filtered version of the predetermined block. The usage of the high-pass filtered version of the predetermined block as a basis for the determination of the dispersion instead of using, for instance, the un-filtered or original version of the predetermined block assists in a better adaptation of the resulting coding quantization parameter variation across the picture to the human visual system. Alternatively or additionally, coding quantization parameter variation or adaptation across a picture is made more efficient by a control of coding quantization parameter variation/adaptation across a picture in a manner dependent on a prediction of the actual dispersion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Christian Helmrich, Thomas Wiegand, Adam Wieckowski, Heiko Schwarz, Detlev Marpe, Sebastian Bosse, Benjamin Bross
  • Patent number: 11363259
    Abstract: In accordance with a first aspect, an improved compression efficiency is achieved by letting a block-wise picture codec support a set of intra-prediction modes according to which the intra-prediction signal for a current block of a picture is determined by applying a set of neighboring samples of the current block onto a neural network. A second aspect of the present application is that, additionally or alternatively to the spending of neural network-based intra-prediction modes, the mode selection may be rendered more effective by the usage of a neural network dedicated to determine a rank or a probability value for each of the set of intra-prediction modes by applying a set of neighboring samples thereonto with the rank or probability value being used for the selection of one intra-prediction mode out of the plurality of intra-prediction modes including or coinciding with the set of intra-prediction modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V., München
    Inventors: Jonathan Pfaff, Philipp Helle, Dominique Maniry, Thomas Wiegand, Wojciech Samek, Stephan Kaltenstadler, Heiko Schwarz, Detlev Marpe, Mischa Siekmann, Martin Winken
  • Patent number: 11363308
    Abstract: Coding schemes for coding a spatially sampled information signal using sub-division and coding schemes for coding a sub-division or a multitree structure are described, wherein representative embodiments relate to picture and/or video coding applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: GE Video Compression, LLC
    Inventors: Heiner Kirchhoffer, Martin Winken, Philipp Helle, Detlev Marpe, Heiko Schwarz, Thomas Wiegand
  • Patent number: 11350075
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining a measure for a distortion change of a first view synthesized from a second view, caused by a modification of a depth map of the second view from a first state to a second state, is configured—starting from a current synthesis state of the first view corresponding to a synthesis from the second view having the depth map modified to the second state in an already processed portion of the depth map and having the depth map unmodified at the first state in a yet to be processed portion of the depth map—to compute a possible successor synthesis state corresponding to a synthesis of the first view from the second view having the depth map modified to the second state in an already processed portion plus a currently processed portion and having the depth map unmodified at the first state in the yet to be processed portion without the currently processed portion; and to determine a distortion change of a distortion of the current synthesis state of the first view relative to an undistort
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: GE Video Compression, LLC
    Inventors: Gerhard Tech, Karsten Mueller, Thomas Wiegand
  • Publication number: 20220166819
    Abstract: Various concepts for media content streaming are described. Some allow for streaming spatial scene content in a spatially unequal manner so that the visible quality for the user is increased, or the processing complexity or used bandwidth at the streaming retrieval site is decreased. Others allow for streaming spatial scene content in a manner enlarging the applicability to further application scenarios.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2022
    Publication date: May 26, 2022
    Inventors: Robert SKUPIN, Cornelius HELLGE, Thomas SCHIERL, Yago SÁNCHEZ DE LA FUENTE, Thomas WIEGAND, Dimitri PODBORSKI
  • Publication number: 20220166823
    Abstract: Various concepts for media content streaming are described. Some allow for streaming spatial scene content in a spatially unequal manner so that the visible quality for the user is increased, or the processing complexity or used bandwidth at the streaming retrieval site is decreased. Others allow for streaming spatial scene content in a manner enlarging the applicability to further application scenarios.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2022
    Publication date: May 26, 2022
    Inventors: Robert SKUPIN, Cornelius HELLGE, Thomas SCHIERL, Yago SÁNCHEZ DE LA FUENTE, Thomas WIEGAND, Dimitri PODBORSKI