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: 20210126650
    Abstract: An arithmetic encoder for encoding a plurality of symbols having symbol values is configured to derive an interval size information for an arithmetic encoding of one or more symbol values to be encoded based on a plurality of state variable values representing statistics of a plurality of previously encoded symbol values with different adaptation time constants. The arithmetic encoder is configured to map a first state variable value, or a scaled and/or rounded version thereof, using a lookup-table and to map a second state variable value, or a scaled and/or rounded version thereof using the lookup-table, in order to obtain the interval size information describing an interval size for the arithmetic encoding of one or more symbols to be encoded. Further arithmetic encoders, arithmetic decoders, video encoders, video decoder, methods for encoding, methods for decoding and computer programs are also disclosed which are based on the same concept and on other concepts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2021
    Publication date: April 29, 2021
    Inventors: Heiner Kirchhoffer, Jan Stegemann, Detlev Marpe, Paul Haase, Stefan Matlage, Christian Bartnik, Heiko Schwarz, Thomas Wiegand
  • Publication number: 20210127111
    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: January 4, 2021
    Publication date: April 29, 2021
    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
  • Publication number: 20210120240
    Abstract: A video encoder is configured to encode, by block based predictive encoding, pictures of a video into coding data, wherein the block based predictive encoding includes an intra-picture prediction. The video encoder is configured to use, for the intra-picture prediction, for encoding a prediction block of a picture, a plurality of nearest reference samples of the picture directly neighboring the prediction block and a plurality of extended reference samples, each extended reference sample of the plurality of extended reference samples separated from the prediction block at least by one nearest reference sample of the plurality of reference samples. The video encoder is further configured to sequentially determine an availability or unavailability of each of the plurality of nearest reference samples and to substitute a nearest reference sample being determined as unavailable by a substitution sample. The video encoder is configured to use the substitution sample for the intra-picture prediction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2020
    Publication date: April 22, 2021
    Inventors: Benjamin BROSS, Philipp MERKLE, Simone WALTER, Heiko SCHWARZ, Detlev MARPE, Thomas WIEGAND, Paul KEYDEL
  • Patent number: 10986352
    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: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: GE Video Compression, LLC
    Inventors: Philipp Merkle, Christian Bartnik, Haricharan Lakshman, Detlev Marpe, Karsten Mueller, Thomas Wiegand, Gerhard Tech
  • Patent number: 10986383
    Abstract: Adaptive streaming is rendered more efficiently combinable with the usage of an open GOP structure by configuring a device for retrieving a video such that the same schedules a transition phase before switching from a first video stream to the second video stream, and/or by configuring a device for outputting a video in accordance with the adaptive streaming protocol such that the same supports switching outputting the video in form of a layered video stream or an increased spatial resolution stream. A media scene composed of several channels is made more efficiently streamable spending, for each channel, a set of representations of the respective channel which differ in a temporal distribution of random access points. By this measure, a client device may schedule the switching between the representations for optimizing fast tune-in and low bitrate variations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Robert Skupin, Yago Sánchez De La Fuente, Thomas Schierl, Cornelius Hellge, Karsten Grueneberg, Thomas Wiegand
  • Publication number: 20210112244
    Abstract: Wedgelet separation lines of neighboring blocks are predicted from each other by aligning the wedgelet separation lines of such neighboring blocks to each other, thereby reducing the side information coding rate that may be used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2020
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Inventors: Philipp MERKLE, Christian BARTNIK, Haricharan LAKSHMAN, Detlev MARPE, Karsten MUELLER, Thomas WIEGAND, Gerhard TECH
  • Publication number: 20210112231
    Abstract: This disclosure is directed to coding a multi-view signal, which includes processing a list of plurality of motion vector candidates associated with a coding block of a current picture in a dependent view of the multi-view signal. Such processing includes estimating a first motion vector based on a second motion vector associated with a reference block in a current picture of a reference view of the multi-view signal, the reference block corresponding to the coding block of the current picture in the dependent view. The first motion vector is added into the list, and an index is used that specifies at least one candidate from the list to be used for motion-compensated prediction. The coding block in the current picture is coded by performing the motion-compensated prediction based on the at least one candidate indicated by the index.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2020
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Inventors: Heiko SCHWARZ, Thomas WIEGAND
  • Publication number: 20210112269
    Abstract: Rendered portions of a renderable portion of a first view of a multi-view signal are introduced into a prediction loop of a multi-view encoder to form a reference signal for the block-based prediction of the encoder's view predictor may improve the prediction and thereby increasing the coding efficiency. The introduction may be performed by completely inserting the renderable portion into the prediction loop to form new reference pictures with their own reference picture indices in addition to reference pictures obtained by the reconstructed version of the multi-view signal of the block-based prediction. Alternatively, the rendered portion may be introduced into the prediction loop completely, but with replacing the normal prediction reference signal, i.e., the normally reconstructed signal as obtained by block-based prediction. Alternatively, it may be signaled within the data stream which portions of the renderable portion are used to replace respective portions in the normally reconstructed signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2020
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Inventors: Sebastian BOSSE, Heiko SCHWARZ, Thomas WIEGAND, Heribert BRUST
  • Publication number: 20210112272
    Abstract: A video decoder and method for supporting a prediction mode for predicting blocks of a video is configured to predict each of the blocks by extrapolating a neighborhood of the respective block into the block along a direction which varies across the respective block.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2020
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Inventors: Philipp MERKLE, Heiko SCHWARZ, Detlev MARPE, Thomas WIEGAND
  • Publication number: 20210105495
    Abstract: A video data stream is rendered reducible in a manner so that the reduction leads to a restriction of pictures of the reduced video data stream to merely a predetermined subarea of the pictures of the original video data stream and in a manner so that transcoding, such as re-quantization, may be avoided and a conformance of the reduced video data stream relative to the codec underlying the original video data stream be maintained. This is achieved by providing the video data stream with information including an indication of the predetermined subarea and replacement indices for redirecting the indices included by the payload portion so as to refer to, and/or replacement parameters for adjusting the first set of coding parameter settings so as to result in, a second set of coding parameter settings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2020
    Publication date: April 8, 2021
    Inventors: Robert SKUPIN, Yago SÁNCHEZ, Thomas SCHIERL, Cornelius HELLGE, Karsten GRÜNEBERG, Thomas WIEGAND
  • Patent number: 10965401
    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: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    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
  • Publication number: 20210092437
    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: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2020
    Publication date: March 25, 2021
    Inventors: Sebastian BOSSE, Heiko SCHWARZ, Thomas WIEGAND, Tobias HINZ
  • Patent number: 10958921
    Abstract: A video data stream is rendered reducible in a manner so that the reduction leads to a restriction of pictures of the reduced video data stream to merely a predetermined subarea of the pictures of the original video data stream and in a manner so that transcoding, such as re-quantization, may be avoided and a conformance of the reduced video data stream relative to the codec underlying the original video data stream be maintained. This is achieved by providing the video data stream with information including an indication of the predetermined subarea and replacement indices for redirecting the indices included by the payload portion so as to refer to, and/or replacement parameters for adjusting the first set of coding parameter settings so as to result in, a second set of coding parameter settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Robert Skupin, Yago Sánchez, Thomas Schierl, Cornelius Hellge, Karsten Grueneberg, Thomas Wiegand
  • Patent number: 10958936
    Abstract: To increase efficiency of a bit-depth scalable data-stream an inter-layer prediction is obtained by mapping samples of the representation of the picture or video source data with a first picture sample bit-depth from a first dynamic range corresponding to the first picture sample bit-depth to a second dynamic range greater than the first dynamic range and corresponding to a second picture sample bit-depth being higher than the first picture sample bit-depth by use of one or more global mapping functions being constant within the picture or video source data or varying at a first granularity, and a local mapping function locally modifying the one or more global mapping functions and varying at a second granularity smaller than the first granularity, with forming the quality-scalable data-stream based on the local mapping function such that the local mapping function is derivable from the quality-scalable data-stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: GE Video Compression, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Wiegand, Martin Winken
  • Publication number: 20210084329
    Abstract: Video decoder and/or video encoder, configured to determine a set of search area location candidates in a reference picture of a video; match the set of search area location candidates with a current template area adjacent to a current block of a current picture to obtain a best matching search area location candidate; select, out of a search area positioned in the reference picture at the best matching search area location candidate, a set of one or more predictor blocks by matching the current template area against the search area; and predictively decode/encode the current block from/into a data stream based on the set of one or more predictor blocks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2020
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Inventors: Gayathri VENUGOPAL, Detlev MARPE, Thomas WIEGAND
  • Publication number: 20210084313
    Abstract: The refinement of block-based predictive coding and decoding of pictures as applicable in, e.g., hybrid video codecs, using additional reconstructed samples or residuals is described. An apparatus for block-based predictive decoding of a picture is described. The apparatus includes a combiner configured to combine a residual signal a predetermined block of the picture and a reference signal for the predetermined block so as to obtain a first spectrum, the residual signal correcting a prediction error of a prediction of the predetermined block of the picture; a reducer configured to perform thresholding on the first spectrum to obtain a second spectrum so that coefficients below a threshold value are set to a predefined value; an extractor configured to obtain from the second spectrum a modified version of the residual signal; and a reconstructor block configured to decode the predetermined block of the picture from the data stream on the basis of the modified version of the residual signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2020
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Inventors: Phan Hoang Tung NGUYEN, Gerhard TECH, Jonathan PFAFF, Michael SCHÄFER, Jennifer RASCH, Tobias HINZ, Heiko SCHWARZ, Detlev MARPE, Thomas WIEGAND
  • Publication number: 20210084304
    Abstract: The coding of a media signal is rendered more efficient by describing the media signal using a sequence of samples and sequentially encoding this sequence by selecting, for a current sample, a set of quantization levels out of a plurality of quantization level sets depending on indices encoded into the data stream for previous samples of the sequence of samples, quantizing the current sample onto one level of the set of quantization levels, and encoding a quantization index to the one level for the current sample into the data stream. In other words, scalar quantization of the individual samples of the sequence of samples is used, but it is rendered dependent on quantization indices encoded into the data stream for previous samples of the sequence of samples.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Inventors: Heiko SCHWARZ, Thomas WIEGAND, Phan Hoang Tung NGUYEN, Detlev MARPE
  • Publication number: 20210084301
    Abstract: In transform coefficient coding, predetermined sets of transforms may be used. Embodiments of the present invention provide an encoder and a decoder for encoding a picture into/from a data stream using block-based prediction and block-based residual coding, the encoder and decoder supporting a set of transforms for the block-based residual coding. The encoder and decoder are configured to determine a transform candidate list of transforms for a current residual block out of the set of transforms based on a height and a width of the current residual block, and to encode/decode a prediction residual within the residual block using one selected transform out of the selectable list of transforms and selectively signal/derive the selected transform in/from the data stream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Inventors: Mischa SIEKMANN, Bjoern STALLENBERGER, Christian BARTNIK, Sebastian BOSSE, Jonathan PFAFF, Philipp HELLE, Jackie MA, Martin WINKEN, Detlev MARPE, Heiko SCHWARZ, Thomas WIEGAND
  • Publication number: 20210065002
    Abstract: The present application is concerned with several aspects of improving the efficiency of distributed learning.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2020
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Inventors: Wojciech SAMEK, Simon WIEDEMANN, Felix SATTLER, Klaus-Robert MÜLLER, Thomas WIEGAND
  • Publication number: 20210058599
    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: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2020
    Publication date: February 25, 2021
    Inventors: Gerhard TECH, Karsten MUELLER, Thomas WIEGAND