Special Effects Patents (Class 348/578)
  • Patent number: 10334697
    Abstract: A method of displaying an illumination includes: based on illumination information, determining, using a least one processor, an illumination area to which an illumination assigned in a virtual space is projected; and visualizing, using the at least one processor, an illumination effect produced by the illumination with respect to a determined boundary area in the illumination area, the determined boundary area including a boundary and a portion of the determined illumination area that is less than all of the determined illumination area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Minjung Son, Donghoon Sagong, KeeChang Lee, Hyong Euk Lee, Heesae Lee
  • Patent number: 10313729
    Abstract: A system comprises a first device having video data provided thereon. A first application is operable on the first device and associates control data with the video data, wherein the control data contains information for creating auxiliary data which is to be presented with the video data subsequent to the video data being broadcast to one or more second devices across the network. A control center is in communication with the first application for receiving the video data and the associated control data from the first device and is operable to broadcast the video data and the associated control data to one or more second devices. A media player is provided on the respective second devices which is operable in response to reading the control data to create the auxiliary data on the respective second device to launch the auxiliary data while the media player is playing the video data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignees: HELEN BRADLEY LENNON, DAMIEN PURCELL
    Inventors: Helen Bradley Lennon, Damien Purcell
  • Patent number: 10283032
    Abstract: A method of image processing, the method including performing linear processing of an input data signal encoded with a nonlinear function to generate a linear representation of the input data signal including linearized image data, and using an integrated circuit to generate a processed linear image by nonlinearly quantizing the linearized image data to generate nonlinear quantized data, generating a memory address based on the nonlinear quantized data, and accessing a lookup table based on the generated memory address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: David M. Hoffman
  • Patent number: 10218931
    Abstract: A method and system for airing broadcast signals is disclosed. Preferably, the system includes a production truck interface panel receiving a broadcast signal. A transmission relay circuit relays the signal from the interface panel to a broadcast network, and preferably including a broadcast signal detection circuit, and a signal processing circuit. The detection circuit determines a signal type of the broadcast signal, and the signal processing circuit processes the determined signal type. The system preferably further includes an operations control station displaying the determined type of broadcast signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Level 3 Communications, LLC
    Inventors: David J. Keener, John S. Jones, Peter L. Ward
  • Patent number: 10163212
    Abstract: Various aspects of a video processing system and method are provided for object tracking in a sequence of image frames are disclosed herein. The video processing system includes one or more circuits in an electronic device that acquires the sequence of image frames, which comprises at least a current image frame and a next image frame including an object. A distribution of first pixel values in a first image space associated with a first region, which corresponds to the object in the current image frame, is determined. Based on the distribution, the current image frame is transformed to a modified current image frame that includes at least a second region that corresponds to the first region and is associated with second pixel values in a second image space. Based on one or more features extracted as a template associated with the second region, the object is tracked in the next image frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Houman Rastgar
  • Patent number: 10142672
    Abstract: There is provided a receiver device including a first input terminal, a second input terminal, a first distribution circuit, a second distribution circuit, a first high-frequency processing unit, and a second high-frequency processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Masaru Fujii, Toshikazu Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10116901
    Abstract: Methods and systems for real-time video processing can be used in video conferencing to modify image quality of background. One example method includes the steps of receiving a video including a sequence of images, identifying at least one object of interest (e.g., a face) in one or more of the images, detecting feature reference points of the at least one object of interest, and tracking the at least one object of interest in the video. The tracking may comprise aligning a virtual face mesh to the at least one object of interest in one or more of the images. Further, a background is identified in the images by separating the at least one object of interest from each image based on the virtual face mesh. The background is then modified in each of the images by blurring, changing a resolution, colors, or other parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Avatar Merger Sub II, LLC
    Inventors: Victor Shaburov, Yurii Monastyrshyn
  • Patent number: 10002137
    Abstract: For efficient data storage utilization and recycling, gradually degrading data according to data classes and using degrading data policies, predefined degrading rules, and data access patterns for conserving storage space prior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Itzhack Goldberg, Dany Moshkovich, Thorsten Muehge, Erik Rueger, Neil Sondhi
  • Patent number: 10003398
    Abstract: Systems and methods for encoding aviation data for improved transmittability are provided. One example system includes one or more processors and a computer-readable medium that stores instructions that when executed by one or more processors cause the one or more processors to obtain a plurality of aviation datasets that respectively describe a plurality of conditions associated with an aircraft; and format the plurality of aviation datasets into a plurality of video frames. Each of the plurality of video frames includes a plurality of encoding units at respective positions within such video frame. To format the plurality of aviation datasets into the plurality of video frames, the one or more processors format at least a portion of each of the plurality of aviation datasets as at least one of the plurality of encoding units within each video frame. For each of the plurality of aviation datasets, the at least one encoding unit within each video frame is at a same respective position from frame to frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: GE AVIATION SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventor: Randy E. Bolling
  • Patent number: 9881215
    Abstract: Apparatus for identifying one or more still images in one or more moving image contents. An identifying unit is configured to identify one or more still images included in the moving image contents having one or more features that closely resemble particular features. A display controller is configured to cause the display on a timeline associated with the moving image contents of the location of an identified still image in at least one of the moving image contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazumasa Tanaka, Kenji Tanaka, Yoshihiro Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9866781
    Abstract: A method and system for airing broadcast signals is disclosed. Preferably, the system includes a production truck interface panel receiving a broadcast signal. A transmission relay circuit relays the signal from the interface panel to a broadcast network, and preferably including a broadcast signal detection circuit, and a signal processing circuit. The detection circuit determines a signal type of the broadcast signal, and the signal processing circuit processes the determined signal type. The system preferably further includes an operations control station displaying the determined type of broadcast signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Level 3 Communications, LLC
    Inventors: David J. Keener, John S. Jones, Peter L. Ward
  • Patent number: 9866863
    Abstract: A block of a video frame may be predicted and decoded using a local affine motion prediction scheme. At least three points within the video frame are selected, each point being adjacent to a respective corner of the current block to be encoded. For each point, a motion search is performed for a template block centered about the point within a reference frame to find a template reference block. The template reference block has a center point that forms an anchor point pair with the corresponding point adjacent to the current block. Using coordinates of the anchor point pairs, affine coefficients for an affine transformation are generated. Using the affine transformation, a prediction block for the current block is generated and used to encode the current block within a bitstream. Providing the local affine motion prediction scheme can improve the prediction of certain blocks with complex motion, increasing compression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Jingning Han, Hui Su, Yaowu Xu
  • Patent number: 9865302
    Abstract: Virtual video editing is disclosed. In some embodiments, a definition of a virtual clip of a source file is received from a user and saved for future playback of the virtual clip. The virtual clip is not encoded as a separate file. Rather, a portion of the source file specified in the definition of the virtual clip is played back when the virtual clip is played.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: TATA COMMUNICATIONS (AMERICA) INC.
    Inventor: Barrett Gibson Lyon
  • Patent number: 9819933
    Abstract: A device testing capability is presented herein. The device testing capability supports automated testing of media devices (e.g., cameras, microphones, speakers, or the like) for verifying that the media devices are functioning properly. The device testing capability may support automated verification by an endpoint that one or more media devices or one or more sets of media devices associated with endpoint are functioning properly. For example, the device testing capability may support automated verification by a computer that a camera associated with the computer is functioning properly. For example, the device testing capability may support automated verification by a computer that a speaker and a microphone that are associated with the computer are functioning properly. The device testing capability may support automated verification, by a management system, of the proper functioning of media devices associated with endpoints in a set of endpoints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Sudhir R. Ahuja, Mauricio Cortes
  • Patent number: 9812089
    Abstract: A method of raising contrast of an OLED display panel converts an original RGB signal into a HSI color space constructed by a hue component, a saturation component and an intensity component, and implements histogram statistics to the intensity component to obtain a histogram of the intensity component, and obtains a conversion parameter according to the histogram of the intensity component, and obtains the new low driving voltage with calculation of the conversion parameter in combination with the original low driving voltage, and meanwhile, keeps the hue component and the saturation component unchanged, and implements enhancement treatment to the intensity component to obtain a new intensity component, and then, converts the hue component, the saturation component and the new intensity component into a RGB color space to obtain a new R?G?B? signal supplied to a pixel driving circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: SHENZHEN CHINA STAR OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yichien Wen, Shensian Syu, Mingjong Jou
  • Patent number: 9747523
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a tracking unit configured to identify a tracking region including a tracking object in an image, an identification unit configured to identify a motion region inside the tracking region in the image, a derivation unit configured to derive a ratio of the motion region relative to the tracking region, and a determination unit configured to determine whether to continue tracking the tracking object based on the derived ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shinji Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9729897
    Abstract: The invention provides a motion prediction method. First, a plurality of candidate units corresponding to a current unit of a current frame is determined. A plurality of motion vectors of the candidate units is then obtained. A plurality of scaling factors of the candidate units is then calculated according to a plurality of respective temporal distances depending on a plurality of reference frames of the motion vectors. The motion vectors of the candidate units are then scaled according to the scaling factors to obtain a plurality of scaled motion vectors. The scaled motion vectors are ranked, and a subset of highest ranking motion vectors are identified to be included in a candidate set. Finally, a motion vector predictor for motion prediction of the current unit is then selected from the candidate units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: HFI INNOVATION INC.
    Inventors: Yu-Pao Tsai, Chih-Ming Fu, Jian-Liang Lin, Yu-Wen Huang, Shaw-Min Lei
  • Patent number: 9619931
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to systems and methods for controlling a light box system. The light box system can be used to create lighting for a virtual environment. The light box system, also referred to as a light box, can be formed from a plurality of walls that form a room-like structure. Each wall of the light box can include a plurality of light projection elements. The light projection elements can be light emitting diodes (LED) that can project light within the interior of the light box. The light projection elements can output light towards the interior of the light box in order to generate calculated light output for a virtual environment. The lighting characteristics of the virtual environment can be modified to change the calculated lighting output for a virtual environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Electronic Arts Inc.
    Inventor: Noah Klabunde
  • Patent number: 9594957
    Abstract: Apparatus for identifying one or more still images in one or more moving image contents. An identifying unit is configured to identify one or more still images included in the moving image contents having one or more features that closely resemble particular features. A display controller is configured to cause the display on a timeline associated with the moving image contents of the location of an identified still image in at least one of the moving image contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazumasa Tanaka, Kenji Tanaka, Yoshihiro Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9576394
    Abstract: A virtual camera within a volumetric model of a real world environment during an event occurring within the real world environment can be identified. The virtual camera can be associated with at least one of a location and an orientation within the real world environment. A virtual stream for the virtual camera can be constructed. The field of view of the stream can include video obtained from two cameras present within the real world environment and video not captured by a camera within the real world environment. The video field point of view can correspond to at least one of the location and orientation of the virtual camera. The virtual stream of the virtual camera can be presented within an interface of computing device responsive to the constructing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: 360 LAB LLC.
    Inventor: Dmitry Kozko
  • Patent number: 9544272
    Abstract: Methods and systems for operation upon one or more data processors for detecting image spam by detecting an image and analyzing the content of the image to determine whether the incoming communication comprises an unwanted communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Dmitri Alperovitch, Nick Black, Jeremy Gould, Paul Judge, Sven Krasser, Phyllis Adele Schneck, Yuchun Tang, Aarjav Jyotindra Neeta Trivedi, Lamar Lorenzo Willis, Weilai Yang, Jonathan Alexander Zdziarski
  • Patent number: 9516371
    Abstract: Media content typically includes closed captioning information such as subtitles in domestic and foreign languages. Techniques and mechanisms provide that closed captioning information may be toggled on/off using menu options and preferences as well as automatically managed by intelligently monitoring the environment surrounding a device. Device sensors such as microphones and vibration monitors determine the noise level of an environment as well as the spectral characteristics of the noise to determine whether the noise profile would interfere with the video playback experience. A particular environmental noise profile could automatically trigger the display of closed captioning information or present an easy access, otherwise unavailable toggle to display closed captioning information associated with a video stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: MobiTV, Inc.
    Inventor: Torbjorn Einarsson
  • Patent number: 9503710
    Abstract: A mobile terminal includes a memory configured to store at least one 2-dimensional (2D) image and at least one 3-dimensional (3D) image. A display unit is configured to display the images. A controller is configured to control the display unit to display a list including the at least one 2D image and the at least one 3D image when a command for displaying the list is input, and to control at least one image being one of the 2D image or the 3D image distinguishably displayed from another of the 2D image or the 3D image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Jinsool Lee
  • Patent number: 9438910
    Abstract: A block of a video frame may be predicted and encoded using a local affine motion prediction scheme. At least three points within the video frame are selected, each point being adjacent to a respective corner of the current block to be encoded. For each point, a motion search is performed for a template block centered about the point within a reference frame to find a template reference block. The template reference block has a center point that forms an anchor point pair with the corresponding point adjacent to the current block. Using coordinates of the anchor point pairs, affine coefficients for an affine transformation are generated. Using the affine transformation, a prediction block for the current block is generated and used to encode the current block within a bitstream. Providing the local affine motion prediction scheme can improve the prediction of certain blocks with complex motion, increasing compression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Jingning Han, Hui Su, Yaowu Xu
  • Patent number: 9432703
    Abstract: The present invention provides a salience-based media manipulation method and system for inserting contents into video presentations. The method includes establishing an advertisement-element pool containing a plurality of advertisement elements provided for insertion; obtaining an input video presenting at least one scenes and containing a plurality of original frames; and performing shot grouping and primary scene analysis on the input video to acquire scenes with static background and limited camera motion. The method also includes detecting white-space candidates in the acquired scenes for inserting at least one advertisement element and adjusting alignment between the white-space candidates and the at least one advertisement element. The adjusted alignment increases a salience gain of the advertisement elements and limit salience change of the scenes without insertion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: TCL RESEARCH AMERICA INC.
    Inventors: Jia He, Chen Huang, Haohong Wang
  • Patent number: 9398372
    Abstract: The DJ controller 10 has a load operation member 82 that loads audio signals to each channel, a synchronization button 84 that realizes a beat synchronization function, and a channel fader 85 that reproduces the loaded audio signals by the fader start function corresponding to each channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: PIONEER DJ CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi Mashita, Atsushi Watanabe, Takanori Harada
  • Patent number: 9338421
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes a shooting rate setting unit configured to set a shooting rate, a shooting unit configured to shoot a moving image at the shooting rate set by the shooting rate setting unit, an acquisition unit configured to acquire a shooting duration time from a start of shooting, a calculation unit configured to calculate a playback time based on a playback rate in a case of playing back the moving image shot by the shooting unit, and a display control unit configured to display the shooting duration time acquired by the acquisition unit and the playback time calculated by the calculation unit together on a display unit while the shooting is conducted by the shooting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takashi Mizuno
  • Patent number: 9299152
    Abstract: Systems and methods which provide generation of image depth maps which more accurately represent the local depth discontinuity within images through use of image global depth maps adapted based upon image global motion and/or localized depth analysis utilizing relative relationships of attributes across depth discontinuities in the image are disclosed. Embodiments utilize a full global depth map which is larger than or equal to the image being converted in order to accommodate image global motion, in generating an image global depth map. In operation according to embodiments, an image global depth map is identified within the full global depth map, such as based upon global motion within the image. Localized depth analysis, using pixel attribute relative relationships, is applied with respect to the image global depth map according to embodiments to generate an image depth map which more accurately reflects the local depth discontinuities within the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wang Lu, Huo Yan, Ren Junyan
  • Patent number: 9232189
    Abstract: Methods and systems for real-time video processing can be used in video conferencing to modify image quality of background. One example method includes the steps of receiving a video including a sequence of images, identifying at least one object of interest (e.g., a face) in one or more of the images, detecting feature reference points of the at least one object of interest, and tracking the at least one object of interest in the video. The tracking may comprise aligning a virtual face mesh to the at least one object of interest in one or more of the images. Further, a background is identified in the images by separating the at least one object of interest from each image based on the virtual face mesh. The background is then modified in each of the images by blurring, changing a resolution, colors, or other parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: AVATAR MERGER SUB II, LLC.
    Inventors: Victor Shaburov, Yurii Monastyrshin
  • Patent number: 9213714
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide a method for indicating hierarchy of objects in a graphical user interface (GUI) of a computer system. The method uses a first color to display a first set of objects at a first level of the hierarchy. The method then uses a second color, different from the first color, to display a second set of objects at a second level of the hierarchy. The first and second colors are two different colors in the visible light spectrum in some embodiments, while they are two different shades of the same color in other embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Bas Ording
  • Patent number: 9189715
    Abstract: The image forming apparatus includes an input luminance range recognition unit, an output luminance range recognition unit, and a luminance range expansion unit. The input luminance range recognition acquires input luminance information from multi-gradation monochrome image data, generates a luminance histogram, and determines, based on a minimum luminance value and a maximum luminance value of the luminance histogram, an input luminance range. The output luminance range recognition unit determines an output luminance range. The luminance range expansion unit performs a mapping process for mapping input luminance information of pixels within the image range into the output luminance range, and expands the input luminance range to a maximum luminance range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Matsuo Masaru
  • Patent number: 9172979
    Abstract: Certain embodiments teach a variety of experience or “sentio” codecs, and methods and systems for enabling an experience platform, as well as a Quality of Experience (QoS) engine which allows the sentio codec to select a suitable encoding engine or device. The sentio codec is capable of encoding and transmitting data streams that correspond to participant experiences with a variety of different dimensions and features. As will be appreciated, the following description provides one paradigm for understanding the multi-dimensional experience available to the participants, and as implemented utilizing a sentio codec. There are many suitable ways of describing, characterizing and implementing the sentio codec and experience platform contemplated herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: NET POWER AND LIGHT, INC.
    Inventors: Stanislav Vonog, Nikolay Surin, Tara Lemmey
  • Patent number: 9135954
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and method for processing a video input signal providing for tracking a selected portion in a predefined audiovisual presentation and integrating selected user images into the selected portion of the predefined audiovisual presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Bassilic Technologies LLC
    Inventor: David Sitrick
  • Patent number: 9129260
    Abstract: Auditions need no longer be held locally within the casting director's office. Talent registration forms, size cards, talent worksheets and the duplication of numerous DV tapes or DVDs are no longer necessary, thus resulting in the saving of time, money and energy. Auditions may be conducted collectively by talent agents or individually by talent who use their computer or mobile devices to film their individual audition and submit it via the internet using proprietary software from anywhere in the world. Auditions are saved digitally on a storage server and transmitted over the internet, saving on both duplicating and courier transfer costs. Audition corrections, if required, can be communicated to talent that have already submitted their auditions, and they can resubmit their corrections using the internet from wherever they are.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Inventors: Donald Kent Neary, Akash Kava
  • Patent number: 9078014
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus are used to target interactive virtual objects to subscribers in a television delivery system. Programs are selected and virtual object locations are defined in the selected programs. The virtual objects available for targeting are categorized and the categories are correlated to subscriber information to determine the optimum targeting of the virtual objects. Upstream data reception hardware, databases and processing hardware and software, and corresponding features in a user's terminal are used to accomplish these functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Comcast IP Holdings I, LLC
    Inventors: John S. Hendricks, Alfred E. Bonner, John S. McCoskey, Michael L. Asmussen
  • Patent number: 9064299
    Abstract: The technology described in this document relates to filters and functions that are based on exponential decay functions. In one aspect, the technology is embodied in a method that includes using a computing device to compute a first function as a combination of (i) an exponential decay function, a decay factor for which is chosen based on a Gaussian function, and (ii) at least a second function that is obtained by one or more convolution operations on the decay function. The first function provides an approximation of at least a portion of the Gaussian function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Inventor: Karl P. Sims
  • Patent number: 9058841
    Abstract: A method and system for editing video sequences. The method includes playing a first video sequence on a device and introducing one or more objects randomly in the first video sequence. The method further includes determining one or more randomized properties associated with the randomly inserts objects. Moreover, the method includes recording the one or more randomized properties. The system includes a device. The device includes a memory that stores one or more objects and one or more randomized properties associated with the one or more objects; a random generator that introduces the objects randomly from the memory in a first video sequence; and a processor operable to play the first video sequence including randomly introduced objects, determine the one or more randomized properties associated with the one or more objects and to record the one or more randomized properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Girish Kulkarni, Bela Anand, Gunadhar Sareddy, Umamaheswaran Bahusrutham Sridharan, Praveen Saxena, Gaurav Kumar Jain
  • Patent number: 8988609
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer readable storage medium stores one or more computer programs adapted to cause a processor based system to execute steps that include analyzing an image, identifying one or more faces in the image using a face recognition technique, designating at least one of the identified faces collectively as a first area of interest, and determining whether an insertion area exists in the image where additional content can be inserted without obstructing the first area of interest. Another computer program is adapted to cause a processor based system to execute steps that include determining whether the insertion area can be divided into two or more regions based on color. Methods and processor based apparatuses that perform one or more of these steps are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC
    Inventor: Gary M. Zalewski
  • Patent number: 8982191
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and system for detecting and mapping three-dimensional information pertaining to one or more target objects. More particularly, the invention consists of selecting one or more target objects, illuminating the one or more target objects using a first light source and capturing an image of the one or more target objects, then, illuminating the same one or more target objects using a second light source and capturing an image of the one or more target objects and lastly calculating the distance at the midpoint between the two light sources and the one or more target objects based on the decay of intensities of light over distance by analyzing the ratio of the image intensities on a pixel by pixel basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Keigo Iizuka
  • Patent number: 8942548
    Abstract: Playback and distribution systems and methods for multimedia files are provided. The multimedia files are encoded with flags associated with the content data of the multimedia files. Through the use of the flags, playback of the content is enhanced without significantly increasing the file size of the multimedia file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Sonic IP, Inc.
    Inventors: Kourosh Soroushian, Shaiwal Priyadarshi, Jason Braness, Roland Osborne, William Frantz, Jerome Vashisht-Rota, Daniel Salmonsen, John Funnell, Michael Floyd
  • Patent number: 8922717
    Abstract: As information to be processed at an object-based video or audio-visual (AV) terminal, an object-oriented bitstream includes objects, composition information, and scene demarcation information. Such bitstream structure allows on-line editing, e.g. cut and paste, insertion/deletion, grouping, and special effects. In the interest of ease of editing, AV objects and their composition information are transmitted or accessed on separate logical channels (LCs). Objects which have a lifetime in the decoder beyond their initial presentation time are cached for reuse until a selected expiration time. The system includes a de-multiplexer, a controller which controls the operation of the AV terminal, input buffers, AV objects decoders, buffers for decoded data, a composer, a display, and an object cache.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York
    Inventors: Alexandros Eleftheriadis, Hari Kalva
  • Patent number: 8917357
    Abstract: As information to be processed at an object-based video or audio-visual (AV) terminal, an object-oriented bitstream includes objects, composition information, and scene demarcation information. Such bitstream structure allows on-line editing, e.g. cut and paste, insertion/deletion, grouping, and special effects. In the interest of ease of editing, AV objects and their composition information are transmitted or accessed on separate logical channels (LCs). Objects which have a lifetime in the decoder beyond their initial presentation time are cached for reuse until a selected expiration time. The system includes a de-multiplexer, a controller which controls the operation of the AV terminal, input buffers, AV objects decoders, buffers for decoded data, a composer, a display, and an object cache.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York
    Inventors: Alexandros Eleftheriadis, Hari Kalva
  • Patent number: 8914725
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for enhancing digital video effects (DVE) operates to embed DVE functionality within a graphics modeling system and provides the user with an interface configured to present model elements to a user as controllable parameters. In order to embed DVE functionality, a dynamic data structure is introduced as a scene to allow the addition of user defined model elements. The user interface enables the identification of, and access to the newly introduced model elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: GVBB Holdings S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Ralph Andrew Silberstein, Donald Johnson Childers, David Sahuc
  • Patent number: 8908108
    Abstract: In at least one example embodiment, a remote controller includes a pairing unit configured to communicatively pair the remote controller with a television device; a receiver configured to receive, from a content provider, at least one thumbnail image corresponding to video content that is played on the television device; and a display unit configured to display, on a first area, a progress dial and the at least one thumbnail image associated with at least one point in time represented on the progress dial, wherein the at least one thumbnail image is also provided to the television device by the content provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: KT Corporation
    Inventor: Young Suk Cho
  • Publication number: 20140320745
    Abstract: A method and a display apparatus for generating and outputting an image generated to apply a special effect to a video are provided. The method includes outputting a video to a first area of a screen of the display apparatus, generating an image based on information comprised in the video, and outputting the generated image to a second area, surrounding the first area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Min-kyu JUNG, Seong-hoon KANG, Hark-joon KIM, Sung-wook BAEK, Sung-bin KUK
  • Patent number: 8866660
    Abstract: A system and method for mitigating Analog to Digital (A/D) clipping is disclosed. The mean and variance of analog input data are tracked and the bits of A/D are dynamically reassigned to keep the input signal within their range. The quantization levels of A/D are dynamically re-mapped to avoid changes in sensitivity of sensor system. The method is based on random walk statistic and keeps the sensitivity of the sensor system constant. Also the system and method provides a way to mitigate A/D clipping that avoids changing the sensitivity by dynamically re-mapping the quantization levels of the A/D, keeping the sensitivity of the system constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventors: Edward C. Real, Joanne K. Como
  • Patent number: 8854552
    Abstract: As information to be processed at an object-based video or audio-visual (AV) terminal, an object-oriented bitstream includes objects, composition information, and scene demarcation information. Such bitstream structure allows on-line editing, e.g. cut and paste, insertion/deletion, grouping, and special effects. In the interest of ease of editing, AV objects and their composition information are transmitted or accessed on separate logical channels (LCs). Objects which have a lifetime in the decoder beyond their initial presentation time are cached for reuse until a selected expiration time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York
    Inventors: Alexandros Eleftheriadis, Hari Kalya
  • Patent number: 8854553
    Abstract: Embodiments describe methods, apparatus and systems to provide video display correction to provide an on-axis view at an off-axis angle so that the display surface displays a rectangular video image. For instance, a device may receive a stream of video data to be displayed on a display surface of a display, the video data having a first rectangular aspect ratio to be viewed from an on-axis location with respect to the display surface. The device may also receive a user selection of an off-axis viewing angle with respect to the display surface. The device may then correct the first rectangular aspect ratio to a second, non-rectangular aspect ratio based on the off-axis viewing angle, so that from the off-axis angle, the display surface appears to display a rectangular video image. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Flex Creations, LLC
    Inventors: Abraham Chavez, Byun Kil Kang
  • Patent number: 8842200
    Abstract: An imaging device, capable of generating a movie or a live view that has a part that has been subjected to image processing within at least a frame, includes an imaging section for converting a subject image into electrical signals and outputting image data in live view, a bright spot region setting section for setting a bright spot detection region for the image data, a bright spot detection section for detecting bright spots within the bright spot detection region set by the bright spot setting section, a bright spot processing section for performing bright spot processing at the bright spot positions detected by the bright spot detection section, and an image output section for outputting an image that has been subjected to bright spot processing by the bright spot processing detection for display or for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Imaging Corp.
    Inventor: Keiji Kunishige
  • Patent number: 8823877
    Abstract: A video signal processing apparatus includes: a plurality of input sections to each of which a video signal from an imaging apparatus whose operation is controllable or is not controllable; an input selector selecting a video signal inputted through the input sections; a screen producer producing a plurality of areas by dividing a screen into portions in which the video signals selected by the input selector are displayed, the screen producer producing a first color frame for the area for the video signal representing a primary output, a second color frame for the area for the video signal representing a standby output, and a third color identifier for the area for the video signal from the controllable imaging apparatus; and an output section outputting the video signals and the frames or the identifier to a display device that displays the screen formed of the plurality of areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Makoto Saijo