Special Effects Patents (Class 348/578)
  • Patent number: 8223270
    Abstract: A transmitter which transmits video content via a predetermined network, wherein the video content is encoded while an image group containing a plurality of frame images is handled as a processing unit, the transmitter includes a formation unit and a transmission unit. The formation unit is configured to form invalid-image information for an image group containing at least an edit point of edited video content in order to indicate invalid frame images within the image group in accordance with edit point information about the edited video content. The transmission unit is configured to transmit video content via the predetermined network and, if there is invalid-image information formed by the formation unit, transmit the invalid-image information before transmitting the associated image group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Morihiko Hayashi, Jun Yonemitsu
  • Patent number: 8208067
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a digital video segment simulating motion at one speed, the frames in the segment spaced at a uniform time interval. The method further includes receiving a desired speed of motion, determining the appropriate uniform time interval corresponding to the desired speed, and generating a frame sequence simulating the motion at the desired speed, the frames in the generated sequence spaced at the determined appropriate uniform time interval. If the generated frame sequence includes a frame from the original segment, then only frames from the original segment are included in the generated frame sequence, and if the generated frame sequence includes an interpolated frame then only interpolated frames are included in the generated frame sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Harshdeep Singh, Samreen Dhillon
  • Patent number: 8203626
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus is arranged so that when a special effect to be applied to an input image is selected, an image showing the behavior of the special effect is displayed during the selection, comprising an image input unit for inputting an image; a selecting unit for selecting a special effect to be applied to the input unit; an effect applying unit for applying the selected special effect to the input unit; a special effect image display unit for displaying an image showing behavior of the selected special effect during the selection by the selecting unit; and a display unit for displaying the image to which the effect applying unit has applied the special effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tomohiro Ota
  • Patent number: 8189877
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems and methods to automatically analyze Landsat satellite data of forests. The present invention can easily be used to monitor any type of forest disturbance such as from selective logging, agriculture, cattle ranching, natural hazards (fire, wind events, storms), etc. The present invention provides a large-scale, high-resolution, automated remote sensing analysis of such disturbances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Carnegie Institution of Washington
    Inventor: Gregory P. Asner
  • Patent number: 8184179
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes the following elements. An obtaining unit obtains a first still image, a first difficulty level indicating a complexity of the first still image, a second still image, and a second difficulty level indicating a complexity of the second still image. A combining unit combines the first and second still images at a combination ratio which is changed along a time axis to generate a moving image. An encoding unit encodes the moving image. A moving-image difficulty-level calculating unit calculates a moving-image difficulty level indicating a complexity of the moving image according to the first and second difficulty levels and the combination ratio changed along the time axis. A control unit controls a characteristic of a process of encoding the moving image according to the combination ratio changed along the time axis and the moving-image difficulty level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoichi Hirota, Hiroshi Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20120120319
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an electronic apparatus comprises (i) an image extraction module configured to extract representative images from a plurality of frames which constitute video content data, and to output time stamp information indicative of time points at which the extracted representative images appear, and (ii) an image list display process module configured to display a list of the extracted representative images on a two-dimensional display area. The area includes image display areas which are divided by columns, a plurality of time zones, and the image list display process module is configured to display, based on the time stamp information corresponding to each of the extracted representative images, the representative images, which belong to the time zone allocated to each column.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventor: Ken Hayase
  • Publication number: 20120086861
    Abstract: A basic pattern generating unit 81 generates a film grain basic pattern 86 in which the histogram of random noise is substantially the same as the film grain basic pattern information 53. The film grain basic pattern 86 is of (64×64) pixels and an area of (16×16) pixels is cut out and supplied to a multiplier 84. Strength information 88 is generated based on film grain strength information 54 produced on the encoding side and an average value 87 of a pixel value in the area of (16×16) pixels of decoded image information 42. The strength of basic pattern 86 is adjusted by this strength information 88. Film grain image 89 whose strength is adjusted is added to the area of (16×16) pixels of the decoded image information 42 by an adder 85 by the unit of pixel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Jun Murayama
  • Patent number: 8136133
    Abstract: Methods and systems are presented for broadcasting a modified live media feed of an event. In an embodiment, the method includes receiving a live media feed at a broadcast computer from one or more recording devices, wherein the live media feed includes real time occurrences of a live event. The live media feed is broadcast after a predetermined delay, and the method includes identifying, during monitoring of the live event, a portion of the live event that is suitable for application of a modification effect. The process also includes the broadcast computer applying the modification effect to a portion of the live media feed corresponding to the identified portion of the live event, and then broadcasting the modified live media feed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Walker Digital, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Evan Walker, Russell P. Sammon, Zachary T. Smith, Jeffrey Y. Hayashida, Renny S. Tallanchich, Robert C. Tedesco
  • Patent number: 8130824
    Abstract: The moving images under reproduction are displayed in a main screen and a plurality of thumbnail images that serve as indexes by which to search for a desired scene are displayed. Moreover, the thus displayed thumbnail images are updated at a predetermined timing according as the moving images progress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinichiro Okada, Shigeyuki Okada
  • Patent number: 8131109
    Abstract: Provided are an image processing method and apparatus for enhancing contrast. The image processing apparatus includes a determination unit that determines whether contrast enhancement processing should be performed on an input image; an intensity mapping unit that generates a plurality of images having different exposure times from the input image, using intensity mapping, if the contrast enhancement processing should be performed on the input image; and an image composition unit that composes the plurality of images into a composed image. Therefore, it is possible to reduce a color change or a false contour phenomenon that are generated in a related art contrast enhancement process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignees: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Industry-University Cooperation Foundation Sogang University
    Inventors: Sung-hee Kim, Seung-joon Yang, Rae-hong Park, Bo-ra Lim
  • Patent number: 8115873
    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: June 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: The Trustees of Columbia University In The City Of New York
    Inventors: Alexandros Eleftheriadis, Hari Kalya
  • Publication number: 20120013806
    Abstract: An electronic billboard includes a display unit, a storage unit, a distance detection unit, and a processing unit. The storage unit stores a relationship table recording a relation between viewer distances and zoom proportions of displayed content by the display unit. The distance detection unit detects viewer distances of viewers. The processing unit controls a display mode of the display unit according to a comparison result of a viewer distance with a predetermined distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: KUAN-HONG HSIEH
  • Patent number: 8059203
    Abstract: Provided is a moving picture processing method which prevents degradation of subjective image quality caused by a motion of a moving picture. The moving picture processing method includes the following steps: a motion compensation step (S116) of shifting a noise indicated by a stored noise signal (FMN) according to a motion of a moving picture indicated by an input image signal (VIN), by performing motion compensation on the stored noise signal (FMN) that is used for superimposition on a picture indicated by an input image signal (VIN) and is stored in a noise frame memory (102); and a superimposition step (S120) of superimposing the shifted noise, as a superimposition noise signal SN, onto a current picture to be processed which is indicated by an input image signal (VIN) and is a moving picture that appears after the motion has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hisao Sasai, Satoshi Kondo
  • Patent number: 8050507
    Abstract: A system of generating three-dimensional (3D) depth information is disclosed. A color and object independent local blurriness estimation unit analyzes blurriness of each pixel of a two-dimensional (2D) image. Subsequently, a depth assignment unit assigns depth information to the 2D image according to the analyzed blurriness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignees: Himax Technologies Limited, National Taiwan University
    Inventors: Liang-Gee Chen, Chao-Chung Cheng, Chung-Te Li, Ling-Hsiu Huang
  • Publication number: 20110242345
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for providing picture privacy in video. The method includes separating, by the processor, pixels of a first type from pixels of a second type in a current gray-scale frame based on a decision threshold, where each of the pixels of the first and second types includes an image pixel value, and applying, by the processor, a privacy filter to the pixels of the first type. The privacy filter is configured to randomly swap the image pixel values within a pixel area to occur at different locations in the pixel area. The method further includes combining, by the processor, the filter pixels of the first type with the pixels of the second type.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Applicants: Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise S.A., Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence O'Gorman, Christophe Wolff, Patrick Mourot
  • Patent number: 8019183
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a production apparatus for index information with link information. The apparatus includes a database in which a corresponding relationship between region identification information applied to a key region which provides a partial region in a main image specified arbitrarily by an operator and link information for accessing to related information of the partial region is listed. The apparatus further includes an information embedding section configured to refer to said database to embed, into index information in which a corresponding relationship between the region identification information applied to the key region and time information is listed, the corresponding link information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroaki Kikuchi, Hideyuki Imaida
  • Publication number: 20110211121
    Abstract: A display apparatus including a speaker and a control method thereof which controls the speaker to output a sound wave adjusted according to an installation condition of the display apparatus. The display apparatus includes a signal processor which processes an image signal and an audio signal; a display unit which displays an image corresponding to the image signal processed by the signal processor; a speaker which outputs a sound wave corresponding to the audio signal processed by the signal processor; and a controller which controls the signal processor to adjust the sound wave corresponding to the audio signal to an adjustment value according to an installation condition of the display apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Soo-chan LIM, Sung-woo BAE
  • Patent number: 7970229
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for visual background subtraction using one or more preprocessing modules. One or more effects are detected in a received image signal and one or more blocks are selectively enabled to preprocess the image signal to compensate for the detected one or more effects. Visual analysis is then performed on the preprocessed signal using background subtraction. A spatially-variant temporal smoothing of the image signal is also disclosed. The spatially-variant temporal smoothing can be achieved by the mixing of a new intensity value with a previous intensity time-average as determined by a weighting matrix. The mixing can be influenced by a dynamic bias term that is a real-time estimate of a variance at the pixel, such as a degree of change, and the weighting can be determined by a relative stability of an observed value compared to a stability of the time-average.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Jonathan H. Connell
  • Publication number: 20110102674
    Abstract: To allow viewer to adapt audiovisual content to their attention level, the audiovisual signal processing arrangement (104, 106), comprising an audiovisual signal processing unit (104) arranged to receive from a control unit (106) at least one complexity setting value (S_Inf-c) specifying a complexity of information in an audiovisual signal, the audiovisual signal processing unit (104) being arranged to process an inputted audiovisual signal S(A, V) to decrease or increase its information complexity as determined by the complexity setting value (S_Inf-c), wherein the audiovisual signal processing unit (104) is arranged to process at least an audio component (A) of the audiovisual signal S(A, V).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V.
    Inventor: Mark Jozef Willem Mertens
  • Publication number: 20110096225
    Abstract: A method and system for altering a presentation of broadcast content is disclosed. Embodiments provide an accurate and efficient mechanism for suppressing advertisements by using downloaded templates to identify advertisements before suppression for a duration indicated by information downloaded about the advertisement, where the suppression is effectuated by controlling a display or set-top box using remote-control functionality. In one embodiment, a digital signal comprising broadcast content is accessed. A plurality of templates are received and stored, wherein each template represents a known portion of the broadcast content. The digital signal is then compared against a portion of the plurality of stored templates. Upon a match, a control signal operable to alter a component of a presentation of the known portion of the broadcast content is generated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Applicants: SONY CORPORATION, SONY ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Brant L. Candelore
  • Publication number: 20110090310
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus for reproducing an adaptive motion effect, including: a media processing module to separate, from multimedia content comprising information associated with a motion effect applied to each scene of content, information associated with the motion effect; a motion effect adaptation module to convert information associated with the motion effect to adaptive control information acceptable by a motion apparatus reproducing the motion effect, based on a metadata schema indicating information associated with a capability of the motion apparatus; and an apparatus control module to generate a signal for controlling the motion apparatus based on the adaptive control information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventors: Eun Seo LEE, Bum Suk CHOI, Jong Hyun JANG
  • Patent number: 7903903
    Abstract: Techniques are described for processing one or more input sources. One or more frames are received which are to be combined into a composite result frame. Each of the one or more frames corresponds to one of the input sources. For each of the one or more frames, processing is performed to mathematically combine desired video effects to be applied to each frame for a current frame time. For each frame, a set of control settings including scaling and positioning settings is determined. Another set of control settings used to combine one or more transformed frames is determined. Each of the one or more frames is processed to generate a corresponding one of the transformed frames in accordance with the set of control settings associated with each frame. The one or more transformed frames are combined into the composite result frame in accordance with the other set of control settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Broadcast Pix, Inc.
    Inventors: David Acker, John Herdrich, Benjamin Taylor, Jeffrey Hatalsky
  • Publication number: 20110043701
    Abstract: A video processing apparatus determines whether a video signal of a predetermined resolution is a pseudo-resolution video signal generated from a video signal of resolution lower than the predetermined resolution. The video processing apparatus generates a first frequency histogram relating to a video signal of a first resolution among a plurality of video signals which are identical in contents and different from one another in resolution and a second frequency histogram relating to a video signal of a second resolution which is lower than the first resolution, compares the first frequency histogram with the second frequency histogram, compares a similarity between the first frequency histogram and the second frequency histogram with a predetermined threshold value, and determines, if the similarity is equal to or less than the predetermined threshold value, that the video signal of the first resolution is a pseudo-resolution video signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2010
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masanao Kurita, Atsushi Mizutome
  • Publication number: 20110043689
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for detecting a field-of-view change for a video feed. These techniques differentiate between a new or changed scene and a temporary variation in the scene to accurately detect field-of-view changes for the video feed. A field-of-view change is detected when the position of a camera providing the video feed changes, the video feed is switched to a different camera, the video feed is disconnected, or the camera providing the video feed is obscured. A false-positive field-of-view change is not detected when the scene changes due to a sudden variation in illumination, obstruction of a portion of the camera providing the video feed, blurred images due to an out-of-focus camera, or a transition between bright and dark light when the video feed transitions between color and near infrared capture modes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2009
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Inventors: Wesley Kenneth Cobb, Dennis Gene Urech, Bobby Ernest Blythe, Rajkiran Kumar Gottumukkal, Kishor Adinath Saitwal, Tao Yang, Lon William Risinger
  • Patent number: 7893999
    Abstract: A video processing system captures a sequence of original video frames with a video camera, presents at least one frame of the sequence of original video frames on a video display, receives user input regarding the sequence of original video frames, and presents a sub-frame on the video display that corresponds to a region in at least one frame of the sequence of original video frames that is identified in the user input. The video processing system also generates metadata corresponding to the sub-frame, the metadata to be used by a target video player in modifying the sequence of original video frames to produce a full screen presentation on a target video display of the target video player corresponding to the sub-frame. Targeted sub-frame metadata can be specifically generated for use with a particular screen or screen size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventor: James D. Bennett
  • Publication number: 20110038535
    Abstract: A foreground image separation method is disclosed to separate dynamic foreground and static background in a sequence of input images which have been processed either with automatic white balance or brightness control by the camera. First, an input image is received from the camera, and then a white balance or brightness compensation is performed to the input image according to a reference image to generate a compensated image with background color and background brightness which are approximately similar to that of the reference image. Finally, a background subtraction algorithm is performed to the compensated image to generate a background separation result. The background subtraction algorithm could be a Gaussian Mixture Model based algorithm. The method could process successive images received from the camera to continuously generate background separation results and update the reference image accordingly, such that video surveillance system could adapt to the change of illumination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2009
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Applicant: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Wen-Hao Wang, Tai-Hui Huang
  • Patent number: 7881562
    Abstract: A method of displaying a map on a wireless communications device includes steps of obtaining map data for rendering the map to be displayed on the wireless communications device, generating corrected map data by applying a spherical correction factor to the obtained map data, and rendering the corrected map data to display the map on a display of the wireless communications device. The spherical correction factor corrects for map distortions that occur at northerly (or southerly) latitudes. Since the spherical correction factor is a simple correction to a 3×3 transformation matrix, this spherical correction can be easily applied without taxing the CPU limitations of small handheld devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Gordon Gregory Bowman, Gerhard Dietrich Klassen
  • Patent number: 7876368
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for applying a slimming effect to a subject in a digital image on a camera. An exemplary method may comprise compressing the digital image in one dimension so that a subject appears thinner. The method may also comprise selecting a portion of the compressed image on both sides of the subject. The method may also comprise stretching only the selected portion of the compressed image to retain an aspect ratio of the original digital image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Murray Dean Craig, Robert P. Cazier
  • Patent number: 7872688
    Abstract: A video layer effects processing system which receives normal video and special effects information on separate layers has been presented. The system selectively mixes various video layers to transmit a composite video signal for a video display such as a television, or a virtual reality system. Special effects include spotlights, zooming, etc. Additional special effects such as shaping of objects and ghost effects are created by masking and superimposing selected video layers. The selective mixing, for example, to enable or disable, strengthen or weaken, or otherwise arrange special effects, can be directed from a remote source or locally by a user through real-time control or prior setup. The video layer effects processing system can also be incorporated into a set-top-box or a local consumer box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Sandeep Kumar Relan, Brajabandhu Mishra, Rajendra Kumar Khare
  • Publication number: 20110007219
    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: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Inventors: Alexandros Eleftheriadis, Hari Kalya
  • Publication number: 20100328535
    Abstract: Brightness expression without solid white pattern is enabled, and video expression with an improved black level is achieved. A distortion module (5) reduces the luminance of a backlight source according to the histogram of the video signal so that the contrast may be a predetermined target one. A configuration design unit (13) sets the gain according to the luminance level (BLreduced) of the backlight source selected by the distortion module (5). When setting the gain, the luminance level (BLref) for reference of the backlight source preset according to the video feature value is referenced. If the video feature value meets a predetermined condition, the input video signal is always amplified with the gain. If not, depending on the relation between the BLreduced and the BLref, the input video signal is amplified or not.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Applicant: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masahiro Okui, Toshiyuki Fujine, Yasushi Tetsuka, Ryuichi Niiyama
  • Patent number: 7852409
    Abstract: There are provided methods and apparatus for bit-accurate seed initialization for pseudo-random number generators used in a video system. A method includes the steps of creating (205) a look-up table of PRNG seeds, and initializing (210) one of the PRNG seeds from the look-up table for a picture by accessing the look-up table using a value corresponding to an order of the picture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Cristina Gomila, Joan Llach, Jeffrey Allen Cooper, Jill MacDonald Boyce
  • Patent number: 7834886
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for dynamic correction of data for non-uniformity are disclosed. Feature data are extracted from input video data that include a subject shot against a backing area in a solid color. The feature data may describe characteristics of non-uniformity in input video data. A curve is generated based on the extracted feature data, and correction factors are formed based on the generated curve. At least one of the input video data and alpha data associated with the input video data is corrected based on the correction factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Ross Video Limited
    Inventor: Yu Liu
  • Patent number: 7808555
    Abstract: An image display method of adding a special effect to a plurality of images, changing the plurality of images in time series, and sequentially displaying the plurality of images, the method including an input step of inputting an image, a detection step of detecting a feature area from the input image, a determination step of determining the content of the special effect of a target image on the basis of the detected feature area and the special effect of a previous image which is displayed prior to the detected target image, and a display control step of displaying the image with the determined special effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shuntaro Aratani, Tomoyuki Ohno, Katsuhiro Miyamoto
  • Publication number: 20100238324
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus for displaying a live view image obtained by implementing special effect processing on an image data on a monitor comprises an image processing unit that implements a plurality of types of special effect processing on the image data to generate a plurality of sets of special effect image data corresponding respectively to the plurality of types of special effect processing, and a control unit that displays the plurality of sets of special effect image data on the monitor while switching the plurality of sets of special effect image data automatically in time series.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Inventor: Tetsuya TOYODA
  • Patent number: 7800695
    Abstract: A video mixer is employed to form a transition between two video compositions, for example a fade or a wipe. A video storage device is associated with the video mixer and plays out a video signal, the timing of which is controlled in dependence upon the progress of the transition made by the said video mixer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Snell Limited
    Inventor: Richard William Norman Merritt
  • Publication number: 20100214483
    Abstract: A method for automatically displaying an image with an available effect applied on a digital display device includes analyzing the image stored on a storage device and choosing the available effect to apply to the image, where analyzing the image includes executing an image analysis on the image to identify at least one characteristic of the image, where the available effect to apply to the image to be displayed is automatically chosen from a list of available effects which may be applied to the image in consideration of the at least one characteristic of the image, and rendering the image with the available effect applied on the digital display device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2009
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Inventors: Robert Gregory Gann, Murray Dean Craig, Steven Douglas Sipecker
  • Publication number: 20100194988
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for highlight detection. The method includes retrieving audio and video data, detecting a high audio energy scene of the retrieved audio data, detecting a key-line scene relevant to the high audio scene of the retrieved video data, detecting an in-play scene according to the key-line, and optimizing start and end point of the highlight scene.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Applicant: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Hiroshi Takaoka, Masato Shima
  • Publication number: 20100182508
    Abstract: A mix-effects bank architecture of a video switcher having a plurality of video processing units; and an internal switcher routing matrix. The internal switcher routing matrix routing, a video source currently providing a video feed to an auxiliary output and a desired new source for the auxiliary output to a video processing unit that is not contributing towards video processing and routing an output of said video processing unit to said auxiliary output. The video processing unit that is not contributing towards video processing performs a transitional effect for the auxiliary output.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2007
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Inventors: David Alan Casper, Michael Joseph Krim, John David Willis
  • Publication number: 20100182501
    Abstract: The information processing apparatus according to the present invention is provided with a moving picture analysis unit for analyzing moving picture data including a plurality of images and audios associated with time information and for generating moving picture metadata relating to a plurality of feature quantities characterizing the moving picture, a comic display conversion unit for extracting a plurality of images from the moving picture data based on the moving picture metadata and for dividing a predetermined display region into frames and for converting an arrangement of the plurality of extracted images into a comic-like arrangement and for generating frame information including information about the images arranged in each of the frames, and a comic display data generation unit for generating comic display data including at least the frame information, data of the extracted images, and the audio data of the moving picture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Inventors: Koji SATO, Yasutaka Fukumoto, Takashi Ogata
  • Publication number: 20100165112
    Abstract: The automatic generation (702) of one or more secondary video streams based on an input primary video stream (701) may use analytics performed on the video to provide information on targets, events, and/or areas of interest to permit the one or more secondary video streams (703) to concentrate on one or more targets, events, and/or areas of interest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2007
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Applicant: ObjectVideo, Inc.
    Inventors: W. Andrew Scanlon, Andrew J. Chosak, John I.W. Clark, Robert A. Cutting, Alan J. Lipton, Gary W. Myers
  • Patent number: 7738721
    Abstract: Film grain patterns can be modeled in the frequency domain by estimating the cut frequencies that define a 2D band-pass filter. The film grain parameters can be conveyed in accordance with the ITU-T H.264|MPEG-4 AVC standard in an SEI message allowing film grain reinsertion at a decoder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Cristina Gomila, Joan Llach
  • Publication number: 20100141843
    Abstract: For the purpose of promotional labelling, a television apparatus modifies the video signal supplied to the display device to superimpose promotional graphics that indicate technical information about the television apparatus onto the video image that is displayed. This avoids the need for adhesive labels, thereby reducing cost and avoiding damage caused removal of adhesive labels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Applicant: SONY ESPANA SA
    Inventor: Arnau Llovet VIDAL
  • Publication number: 20100134687
    Abstract: In a process and apparatus for managing signals to be broadcast at a bowling alley or the like a video signal comprising an image captured at the bowling alley is displayed at the bowling lane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Applicant: QUBICAAMF EUROPE S.P.A.
    Inventor: Roberto Vaioli
  • Publication number: 20100123823
    Abstract: Disclosed are a display apparatus and a control method thereof preventing boring and a trouble misunderstanding due to a mute screen supplied in changing an image signal, the display apparatus, including: a display unit which displays an image; an image processing unit which processes an input image signal to be displayed in the display unit, and displays a mute image in the display unit during a mute time when changing the input image signal; and a control unit which controls the image processing unit to gradually convert the total screen of the display unit displaying the input image signal to the mute image before displaying the mute image if a change signal for changing the input image signal is input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Publication date: May 20, 2010
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hee-sung KIM
  • Publication number: 20100118199
    Abstract: A video/audio processor includes: a position calculation unit configured to calculate from a video signal a position of a speaking person in a screen; and an adjustment section configured to adjust a signal level of a specific frequency of an audio signal inputted to a plurality of speakers in correspondence with the position of the speaking person calculated in the position calculation unit, for each of the plurality of speakers independently.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventor: Daisuke Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20100118200
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, a digital signage system plays content. According to some embodiments, content may vary based on various circumstances.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Inventors: Geoffrey Michael Gelman, Alexander Epshtegn
  • Patent number: 7715651
    Abstract: A system and method processes original digital numbers (DNs) provided by a satellite imaging system to produce a set of spectral balanced and contrast enhanced multispectral images. Spectral balancing is achieved based on physical characteristics of sensors of the imaging system as well as compensation for atmospheric effects. The DNs in the multispectral bands may be processed using a relatively small amount of processing resources otherwise required to produce such images. Such images may be processed completely automatically and provide relatively easy visual interpretation. Each image pixel may be, for example, in an 8-bit or 16-bit format, and the image may be displayed and/or printed without applying any additional color correction and/or contrast stretches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: DigitalGlobe, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Padwick, Jack F. Paris
  • Publication number: 20100097526
    Abstract: A method and system for stitching two or more images to generate a resultant image of good quality is disclosed. The disclosed method and system represents a way to stitch two or more images captured through fisheye lenses. The method and system converts two fisheye hemispherical images to two triangles, which are thereafter stitched together to form a rectangular image. Herein each single pixel in the hemispherical images at the beginning represents one single pixel in the resultant rectangular figure at the end of the process. Thus, the resultant stitched image comprises of the same concentration of pixels at the end as was in the initial images to be stitched and occupies lesser storage space than equirectangular images or videos.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2008
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Applicant: Photint Venture Group Inc.
    Inventor: Stephane Jean-Louis Jacob
  • Patent number: RE42994
    Abstract: A method for replacing parts of a digitally coded picture (11) is proposed. The digitally coded picture (11) may correspond to a sub-picture which is displayed on the screen of a television set (10). In the method, each line of the picture (11) is run length-coded. The replaceable parts of a line of the picture are run length-coded separately. The part which replaces the replaceable, original part of a line of the picture (11) is run length-coded in such a way that it has the same number of data units (data bytes) as the original part of this line of the picture (11). The replacement of the data for the run length coding words is carried out in a memory device (51). The replacement is possible in a simple manner by virtue of the fact that the original part of a line of the picture and the new part of the line of the picture have the same number of data units. Moreover, a device for carrying out the method is also proposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventor: Marco Winter