Motion Picture Film Scanner Patents (Class 348/97)
  • Patent number: 10277905
    Abstract: Blocks of a frame of a non-baseband video signal are encoded by selecting between a staircase- or sinusoidal-based transform. For each prediction mode, a prediction block for encoding a current block is generated, a residual block is generated, the residual block is transformed using a sinusoidal-based transform and using a staircase-based transform, and first and second rate-distortion value for encoding the residual block using the sinusoidal-based transform and staircase-based transform are respectively generated. One of the staircase-based transform or the sinusoidal-based transform for encoding the residual block is selected based on a lowest value of the first rate-distortion value and the second rate-distortion value among results for each prediction mode, and the current block is encoded using the selected one of the staircase-based transform or the sinusoidal-based transform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Jingning Han, Yaowu Xu, Cheng Chen
  • Patent number: 10270981
    Abstract: A method for processing high dynamic range data from a nonlinear camera includes; generating an input image comprising a plurality of pixels, each pixel having an initial pixel value, wherein the initial pixel values are generated using a camera transition curve; generating a first lookup table representing a combination of an inverse function and a re-compression function, the first lookup table having input values and output values, wherein each input value is linked to one output value, the inverse function is the inverse of the camera transition curve, the re-compression function is a smooth and continuous function having a slope at each input value which is greater than or equal to a corresponding slope of the camera transition curve, the first lookup table is generated such that the inverse function precedes the re-compression function; and generating a first image by converting the initial pixel values using the first lookup table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Mirko Meuter, Mateusz Komorkiewicz, Rajat Sanyal, Christof Petig
  • Patent number: 10234354
    Abstract: Apparatus and corresponding method are invented for detecting a leak in equipment forming a target, such as a stuffing box. The apparatus includes an image analyzer configured to receive an image from camera and analyze the image to determine if a leak on the equipment is present by comparing a color channel of the image with a reference and the image analyzer having an output port for delivering a notification upon the image analyzer determining that a leak is present on the equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Intelliview Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Wael Badawy, Ashiq Rahman, Shane Rogers, Shan Du
  • Patent number: 10192517
    Abstract: Source image content is adapted to a target display. Target image content associated with the target display is provided. A histogram is computed for the target image content. A prominent feature present in the target histogram is determined. A histogram is computed for the source image content. The source content histogram is manipulated to reflect the determined target histogram prominent feature(s). Adapted source image content is generated based on the manipulated source histograms(s). Another prominent feature present in the target histogram is determined. The source histogram is further manipulated to reflect the other prominent determined target histogram features. Further adapted source image content is generated based on the further manipulated source histogram if the adapted source image content has insufficient image quality and perceptual color characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Anders Ballestad, Gerwin Damberg
  • Patent number: 9973661
    Abstract: An interlaced video signal can include content of different types, such as interlaced content and progressive content. The progressive content may have different cadences according to the ratio between the frame rate of the progressive content and the field rate of the interlaced video signal. Cadence analysis is performed to identify the cadence of the video signal and/or to determine field pairings when progressive content is included. As described herein, motion information (e.g. motion vectors) for blocks of fields of a video signal can be used for the cadence analysis. The use of motion information provides a robust method of performing cadence analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Imagination Technologies Limited
    Inventor: Paul Brasnett
  • Patent number: 9936140
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus comprises an image capturing unit, a memory configured to store the image signal, a writing unit configured to write the image signal to the memory, a readout unit configured to read out at least a partial region of the image signal, a display unit configured to perform live-view display of an image, and a control unit configured to perform control for each frame of the image signal, wherein the control unit sets, when electronic zoom is in operation, the delay time such that the operation of the writing unit writing the image signal to the memory and the operation of the readout unit reading out the image signal from the memory end within a period of one frame of the image signal, regardless of the reading region changing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yasushi Ohwa
  • Patent number: 9729817
    Abstract: A device for multiple-quality level video processing includes a primary tap configured to receive prime-quality video content from a source and to provide the prime-quality video content to a primary path and to a secondary tap. The primary tap may be operable in a prime-quality mode. The secondary tap may be disposed after the primary tap and may be coupled to a number of secondary paths. One or more dithering modules may be disposed after the primary tap. The dithering module(s) may be configured to convert the prime-quality video content provided by the primary tap to lower-bit precision and/or lower pixel-rate video content for use in one or more of the secondary paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventors: Todd Christopher Mendenhall, Jason William Herrick, Yao-Hua Tseng
  • Patent number: 9648233
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system, a device, and vehicle for recording panoramic images. According to the present invention, panoramic images can be obtained using a plurality of optical cameras and light directing elements which are arranged based on a parabola. This allows a compact device to be obtained while ensuring that each camera records a partial image as if it were at substantially the same focus point as the other cameras. By arranging the plurality of cameras and light directing elements such that the respective focus points are slightly offset relative to each other, a slight overlap between adjacent field of views can be obtained to improve stitching of the partial images to from the panoramic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: CycloMedia Technology B.V.
    Inventors: Bart Johannes Beers, Jose Herculano Lopes Barreto
  • Patent number: 9596395
    Abstract: A framing light uses horizontal and vertical framing-light assemblies in which two opposite framing lines of a projected frame are projected from a single light source by use of a beamsplitter, a line emitting laser diode and an angular adjustment which adjusts a spread angle by swinging the light emitting laser diode around a beamsplitter while the beamsplitter is stationary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Inventor: Stephen P Hines
  • Patent number: 9536290
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a novel method for tempering an adjustment of an image to account for prior adjustments to the image. The adjustment in some embodiments is an automatic exposure adjustment. The method performs an operation for a first adjustment on a first set of parameters (e.g., saturation, sharpness, luminance). The method compares the first set of parameters to a second set of parameters to produce a third set of parameters that expresses the difference between the first adjustment and a second adjustment. The method performs a third operation to produce an adjusted image. The first set of parameters quantify a set of prior adjustments to the image by an image capturing device when the image was captured in some embodiments. The second set of parameters is a set of target parameters. The third set of parameters specify the tempered adjustment of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Garrett M. Johnson, Russell Y. Webb
  • Patent number: 9489690
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for providing product location information within a store. The system comprises a first user interface fixed within the store and an inventory information unit coupled to the first user interface. The first user interface is configured to receive an input signal from a user related to the identity of a product within the store, to process the input signal and to provide a product inquiry signal in response to the input signal. The first user interface is further configured to receive a location information signal, and to provide an output signal in response to the location information signal. The inventory information unit comprises a database containing product location information and is configured to provide the location information signal to the first user interface after receiving the product inquiry signal from the first user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Innovaport LLC
    Inventor: John T. Pienkos
  • Patent number: 9467632
    Abstract: A dual-exposure control circuit of an imaging system includes an RGB pixel array and a white pixel array. The dual-exposure control circuit is arranged to determine EGPs for the RGB pixel array and the white pixel array, and compensate RGB data sensed by the RGB pixel array based on the determined EGP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Himax Imaging Limited
    Inventors: Po-Chang Chen, Yuan-Chih Peng, Po-Fang Chen
  • Patent number: 9270969
    Abstract: A method, an apparatus, and a non-transitory computer readable medium for performing 2D to 3D conversion are presented. A 2D input source is extracted into left and right 3D images. Motion vectors are calculated for the left and right 3D images. Frame rate conversion is performed on the left 3D image and the right 3D image, using the respective calculated motion vectors, to produce motion compensated left and right 3D images. The left and right 3D images and the motion compensated left and right 3D images are reordered for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Inventors: Sunkwang Hong, Samir N. Hulyalkar
  • Patent number: 9246423
    Abstract: An exemplary system has circuitry that receives a first signal, the first signal being generated responsive to a user control for a play speed of a film. The system also includes circuitry that receives a second signal, the second signal being synchronized with a video camera that generates television signals. Circuitry processes the first signal with the second signal, to generate a third signal. Responsive to the third signal, the exemplary system moves a relative position of the film with respect to the video camera, to generate a video signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Inventor: Yoshisuke Kuramoto
  • Patent number: 9223022
    Abstract: A method for providing a combined linear and circular downscan sonar display may include receiving linear downscan sonar data from a linear downscan transducer, receiving conical downscan sonar data from a circular downscan transducer, and combining the linear downscan sonar data and the conical downscan sonar data to produce combined downscan sonar data. A corresponding computer program product and apparatus are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Navico Holding AS
    Inventors: Aaron Coleman, Jeffrey W. Hanoch, Brian Maguire
  • Patent number: 9185240
    Abstract: An image test apparatus includes an image generating unit acquiring an output target image with which an image is formed and output by an image forming apparatus, and generating a test image for testing the read image, an image test unit determining a defect of the read image based on a difference between the test image and the read image, a defect number determining unit determining number of defects contained in the read image based on a determination result of the defect of the read image, a frequency distribution generating unit accumulating defect numbers of multiple read images, each of the defect numbers being the number of defects detected in one read image, and generating a frequency distribution of the defect numbers, and an abnormality determination unit determining an abnormality of the image forming apparatus based on a change in the frequency distribution generated for each predetermined period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Inventors: Keiji Kojima, Hiroyoshi Ishizaki
  • Patent number: 9041814
    Abstract: An automatic tracking camera system includes: a rotating unit for panning and tilting an image pickup unit including a lens apparatus and an image pickup apparatus; a tracking object detector; a motion vector detector for detecting a motion vector of the object to be tracked; a capture position setting unit for setting a capture position of the object to be tracked in the picked up image; and a controller for controlling drive of the rotating unit. The controller controls the rotating unit in a capture mode to capture the object to be tracked at the capture position based on the motion vector detected by the motion vector detector after the tracking object detector has detected the object to be tracked in the picked up image, and a maintenance mode to continuously capture the object to be tracked at the capture position after the capture mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Yuji Takashima
  • Publication number: 20150124080
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for scanning a film, in which the film is illuminated by a light source and the light signal coming from the film is fed in channels to a plurality of imaging devices each defining a channel, wherein an exposure for the channels is adjusted to achieve different exposures of the film in at least two of the channels. The signal recorded by the imaging devices is stored as an image having a high dynamic range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Markus HASENZAHL, Peter John VIRTUE
  • Patent number: 8994813
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus is disclosed which includes: an allocation device configured to allocate each of a plurality of picture display areas to each of a plurality of picture groups each made up of a plurality of pictures, the picture display areas being arrayed in a first direction on a screen for displaying pictures; and a display control device configured to display each of the pictures constituting each of the picture groups in screen locations which correspond to the picture display areas allocated to the picture groups and which are arrayed in a second direction different from the first direction and are determined by times associated with the pictures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yuka Eura, Ryo Mukaiyama, Takanori Nishimura, Tamaki Kojima, Noriaki Nakagawa, Yoshiyuki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 8957961
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed. The method includes receiving a video clip including a plurality of frames. The method further includes detecting a telecine cadence of the video clip by comparing a top field and a bottom field of each of the plurality of frames. Further, based on the detected telecine cadence, the method reconstructs the video clip to an original frames-per-second (fps) value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Ning Lu
  • Patent number: 8953013
    Abstract: This invention discloses an image pickup device and an image synthesis method thereof The image pickup device comprises an image-pickup module, an image-synthesis module, a database and a processing module. The image-pickup module captures a plurality of temporary images of a scene. The image-synthesis module extracts a part of each temporary image and combines the parts to form a panorama temporary image, and splits the panorama temporary image into a plurality of zone-areas according to at least one threshold value and a panorama luminosity histogram. The database stores a lookup table for recording a plurality of exposure values. The plurality of the exposure values correspond to luminance values of the zone-areas respectively. The processing module obtains the plurality of exposure values corresponding to the luminance values and obtains a weighting-exposure value by an equation, and controls the image-pickup module to capture the panorama image according to the weighting-exposure value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Altek Corporation
    Inventors: Hong-Long Chou, Chia-Chun Tseng, Chia-Yu Wu
  • Patent number: 8913123
    Abstract: A system for mounting a needle shield to a syringe. The system includes a syringe nest and a gripper having a gripping position and a release position. The gripper is movable between an aligned position and a spaced position. A shaker has a shaker axis that is generally coaxial with the syringe axis. The shaker is movable along the shaker axis. An inspection camera is positioned proximate the syringe axis and defines a line of sight. The syringe nest, gripper, shaker and cap plunger are generally aligned along the syringe axis in a placing configuration wherein the gripper is in the gripping position holding the needle shield. The gripper is in the spaced position and the distal end of the cap plunger is in engagement with the needle shield in a final cap mounting configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Justin Miller
  • Patent number: 8897358
    Abstract: Methods for processing of video sequences that may contain telecined (3:2 pull down) frame sequences are provided. A method for detecting 3:2 pull down is provided that measures vertical detail in frames of a video sequence and uses the variation in vertical detail over time to decide whether the video sequence contains normal interlace content or 3:2 pull down content. A method for improving the compression of detected 3:2 pull down content is also provided that controls the selection of field or frame coding mode for frames of 3:2 pull down content and the selection of reference fields for encoding duplicated fields in the 3:2 pull down content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Mudit Mehrotra, Soyeb N. Nagori
  • Patent number: 8754937
    Abstract: Disclosed is a video signal processing apparatus including a telecine conversion signal detecting unit configured to detect whether or not an input video signal in an interlaced system is a telecine converted video signal; an IP converting unit configure to convert the input video signal into a signal in a progressive system according to a detected result obtained by the telecine conversion signal detecting unit; and a noise level detecting unit configured to detect a noise level of the input video signal. The video signal processing apparatus further includes a control unit configured to control a detection sensitivity of the telecine conversion signal detecting unit such that the input video signal is detected as the telecine converted video signal less easily if a noise level is increased based on the detected result obtained from the noise level detecting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Shinichiro Miyazaki, Yoshihide Nagatsu
  • Patent number: 8730409
    Abstract: The invention involves a sort of curved film projection system, including a rendering surface, a projection screen, a real scene rendering model of image system, a rendering model of projection system that renders the projection the image rendered by the rendering model of image system on the rendering surface, and projecting devices that projects the image finally rendered by the rendering model of projection system onto the projection screen through optical lens. The viewing direction and angle from observer's eyes to the rendering surface is consistent with that to the projection screen: The image system rendering model can be reversible on optical path with the projection system rendering model. The curved film projection system not only reduces the rendering cost, but also produces lifelike experience for audience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Fantawild Digital Film Inc.
    Inventors: Ming Li, Zhigang Rong, Liang Ding, Tao Cui, Caixia Huo
  • Publication number: 20140132752
    Abstract: A system for digitizing an image from an optical substrate having at least a first defect comprises a digital image capture device, a first light source positioned at a first position relative to the digital image capture device, and a second light source positioned at a second position relative to the digital image capture device. The second position is offset with respect to the first position. Light emitted from the first and second light sources are combined at a light receiving portion of the digital image capture device for causing the first defect to be nullified from a composite digital representation of the image that is generated using information outputted from the digital image capture device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: IMAGE TRENDS, INC.
    Inventors: Albert Durr Edgar, Michael Charles Wilder, Martin Potucek, Darryl Ray Polk
  • Patent number: 8681213
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method for digitally scanning motion picture film with automatic recovery after a failed splice or break is repaired. The system includes a motion picture film digital scanner. Software executed on a processor either integrated within the motion picture film digital scanner or in an external computer communicating with the motion picture film digital scanner detects film breakage. When an operator signals that the splice repair operation is complete, the software directs the scanner to rewind the film by a pre-determined amount and resume scanning. The software automatically, and seamlessly, merges the scan sequences from before and after the splice repair operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Stefan Demetrescu
  • Patent number: 8681212
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for shooting an entire scene on a single large format film camera and recomposing the filmed scene into a video stream suitable for transfer to conventional formats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventors: Benjamin P. Brunkhardt, Erik W. Courtney
  • Patent number: 8625026
    Abstract: An apparatus for detecting video film with mix mode is provided. The apparatus includes: a field motion detection unit receiving the field motion value of a current field image or a fed back last field image to detect out at least a motion block; an expanding block unit expanding the motion block into an expanded motion block; a delay unit delaying the received current field image by a predetermined time; an AND processing unit performing an AND processing on the current field image and the last expanded motion block to obtain a confirmed motion block; an inverse telecine (IVTC) unit excluding the confirmed motion block to decide an IVTC mode; a deinterlace unit recovering the continuously input current field image into a video image according to the IVTC mode, wherein the motion block is further recovered with weighted inverse IVTC mode according to a motion intensity value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Novatek Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventor: Tung-Hsin Lee
  • Patent number: 8619187
    Abstract: Devices, methods, and other embodiments associated with cadence detection are discussed. In one embodiment, an apparatus analyzes a progressive video stream and determines a cadence pattern from the progressive video stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Marvell World Trade Ltd
    Inventors: Sanjay Garg, Nikhil Balram, Mainak Biswas, Vipin Namboodiri
  • Patent number: 8576335
    Abstract: An image display apparatus includes a filter which obtains low-frequency image data from input image data, a multiplier which multiplies the low-frequency image data obtained by the filter by a predetermined ratio, and a subtracter which subtracts, from the input image data, the low-frequency image data multiplied by the predetermined ratio to obtain high-frequency image data. In addition, a display control unit displays, in alternate order, the low-frequency image data and the high-frequency image data, and an adjustment unit adjusts the predetermined ratio so as to set a flicker of an image displayed by the display control unit to a predetermined level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kiwamu Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 8525878
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for processing film images which are deviated from the film-recording optical path of a moving picture camera and which are converted into digital assist signals (AS) with the aid of an image sensor which is arranged in the assist optical path (S4) of the moving picture camera which is periodically interrupted according to the image-recording frequency of the moving picture camera. Said assist signals are fed to a data processing device at an image frequency corresponding to the image-recording frequency of the moving picture camera. Said data processing device processes the assist images derived from the digital assist signal (AS) at the image-recording frequency of the moving picture camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Arnold & Richter Cine Technik GmbH & Co. Betriebs KG
    Inventor: Klaus Jacumet
  • Patent number: 8525933
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a system generates multiple video streams. The system includes a color grading device and an appearance mapping device. The appearance mapping device operates on the data generated by the color grading device, and both the output of the color grading device and the output of the appearance mapping device may be displayed (and edited) simultaneously. In this manner, the efficiency of the editing process is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Robin Atkins, Anne Webster
  • Patent number: 8497900
    Abstract: A film scanner for the optical scanning of a motion picture film having a sequence of a plurality of image regions and at least one row of a plurality of perforation holes in the longitudinal direction, in particular a motion picture film of the type 16 mm or 35 mm, comprises an image sensor for the detection at least of a respective image region of the motion picture film to generate a corresponding scanned image. The film scanner further comprises an evaluation unit for the evaluation of the scanned image to generate an image steadiness correction signal. The image sensor is made for the additional detection of only a respective part region of perforation holes in the environment of the detected image region of the motion picture film, with the evaluation unit being made to determine a position of the detected part region of at least one perforation hole. The evaluation unit generates the image steadiness correction signal on the basis of the at least one determined part region position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Arnold & Richter Cine Technik & Co. Betriebs KG
    Inventor: Michael Cieslinski
  • Publication number: 20130076890
    Abstract: A continuous film scanning system for high resolution digital archival and duplication of motion picture film on a frame by frame basis. Film is driven through the film scanning system through the use of rollers and maintained at a consistent tension throughout the scanning process. Optical interrogation of the perforations associated with each film frame is used to trigger digital image capture. The continuous film scanning system is particularly well adapted to safely handle imperfect or damaged film stock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventor: Reed Bovee
  • Patent number: 8384775
    Abstract: A scanning-type image display device includes: a light source section; a horizontal scanner; a vertical scanner; and a vertical scanner control section that controls the vertical scanner in such a manner that, when a second video signal is input, the vertical scanner control section controls the vertical scanner so as to perform vertical scanning with a scanning speed of vertical scanning which is higher than that of vertical scanning in the case of a first video signal being input, and after temporarily retuning a drawing position to an initial position within a time range from a point of time at which horizontal scanning of a current frame is completed to a start time of a next frame, the vertical scanner control section restarts the vertical scanning from the initial position in synchronization with a start timing of the next frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Tetsuro Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 8339448
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes an imaging unit operable to capture a subject to generate image data, an extracting unit operable to extract feature quantity information indicative of a feature of the subject from the image data generated by the imaging unit, a storing unit operable to store the feature quantity information extracted by the extracting unit as a registration candidate, a determining unit operable to determine whether a subject indicated by the feature quantity information extracted by the extracting unit is a same face indicated by the feature quantity information stored in the storing unit as the registration candidate, and a display unit operable to display a screen for prompting a user to perform an operation concerning registration in accordance with number of times the determining unit determines that the subject indicated by the feature quantity information extracted by the extracting unit is the same subject indicated by the feature quantity information stored in the storing unit as the r
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Tsutomu Mukai, Akio Nishiyama, Jun Watanabe, Yasutoshi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8331458
    Abstract: A method for composite noise filtering is disclosed. The method generally includes the steps of (A) generating a selection value in response to a stationary check identifying one of a plurality of blendings for a current item of a current field, (B) generating a filtered item in response to one of (i) a first of the blendings between the current item and a first previous item co-located in a first previous field having an opposite phase of composite artifacts from the current field and (ii) a second of the blendings between the current item and a first motion compensated item from the first previous field and (C) switching between the first blending and the second blending in response to the selection value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: LSI Corporation
    Inventors: Yunwei Jia, Lowell L. Winger
  • Patent number: 8264533
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a video conversion device including a color characteristic memory, a color characteristic correction processor, a selector, and a controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Norihiko Kawada
  • Patent number: 8259172
    Abstract: The picture input section 12 fetches image data from the storage device 11, and then, inputs image data on sequential n images into the section 13 for measuring correlation between sequential images and the section 14 for measuring correlation between sampled images. The section 13 for measuring correlation between sequential images measures the correlation between sequential images based on video data. The section 14 for measuring correlation between sampled images measures the correlation between sub-sampled images. The short shot determining section 15 determines short cut points by using the correlation between the sequential images and the correlation between the sub-sampled images. Otherwise, short cut points may be determined in consideration of motion amount between the sequential images or the sub-sampled images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: KDDI Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Nakajima, Masaru Sugano, Hiromasa Yanagihara
  • Patent number: 8253820
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a low-frequency-component storage unit that stores therein a low-frequency component generated from a frame in an input moving image composed of a plurality of frames, a low-frequency-component generating unit that generates a low-frequency component from an N-th frame of the input moving image, and stores the low-frequency component in the low-frequency-component storage unit, and a dynamic-range correcting unit that corrects a dynamic range by using an (N+1)-th or later frame of the input moving image and the low-frequency component of the N-th frame stored in the low-frequency-component storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Masayoshi Shimizu, Toru Tsuruta, Yuushi Toyoda
  • Publication number: 20120069175
    Abstract: A system and method for calibrating a production film scanner is provided. The system and method provides for providing at least one first calibration frame on an intermediate film stock, providing at least one second calibration frame on a negative film stock, scanning the at least first and second calibration frames with a reference film scanner, scanning the at least first and second calibration frames with a production film scanner, and determining a compensation calibration factor from a first result of the scanning with the reference film scanner and a second result of the production film scanner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventors: Markus Eugen Loeffler, Joshua Pines, Chris Kutcka
  • Patent number: 8102419
    Abstract: An improved method and apparatus for scanning of anamorphic film utilizes increased number of scans and combination of scan lines for video output generation. A progressive raster scan is made of the film and stored in a frame memory. The spacing between the scan lines is made smaller than for the conventional scanning of an anamorphic image. In the preferred embodiment, the spacing between the scan lines for a 2:1 anamorphic image equals the spacing for scanning of a non-anamorphic image. The scan lines are retrieved from the memory and combined, preferably with the two nearest neighbors of the scan line. Optionally, the combined lines are weighted, preferably with the center scan line having larger weight. Subsequent video output lines are formed by repeating the process. Progressive video output or interlace output is provided as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Deluxe Media Services LLC
    Inventors: David E. Holland, Gavin W. Schutz
  • Patent number: 8004607
    Abstract: In a method for detecting the cadence of a sequence of images, each pixel in each current field in the sequence of images is compared to at least one pixel in at least one previous field. A pixel motion phase value is assigned to each pixel in the field as a function of the result of that comparison. For each block of pixels in the current field, a block motion phase value is determined from the motion phase values of the pixels in the block. The current field is segmented into at least one region, with each region comprising a whole number of blocks, as a function of at least the determined block motion phase values. A region motion phase value is assigned to each region, based on the block motion phase values for the blocks in the region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.A.
    Inventors: Frankie Eymard, Christophe Barnichon
  • Patent number: 7986340
    Abstract: A lightweight, compact image projection module, especially for mounting in a housing having a light-transmissive window, is operative for causing selected pixels in a raster pattern of scan lines to be illuminated to produce an image of high resolution in color. The direction of scanning of the scan lines is switched between alternate frames, and the resulting image is the superposition of successive frames integrated for viewing by the human eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Microvision, Inc.
    Inventors: Duanfeng He, Dmitriy Yavid, Askold Strat
  • Patent number: 7948522
    Abstract: A method for processing film images which are extracted from a recording beam path of a moving image camera and which are converted into digital assist signals by an optoelectronic transducer arranged in an assist beam path of the moving image camera is provided. Said assist beam path being interrupted periodically depending on the image recording frequency of the moving image camera, which digital assist signals are output to a processing unit with an image frequency matching the image recording frequency of the moving image camera or with an assist image frequency, to which processing unit recording, control and/or status signals of the moving image camera or of devices connected to the moving image camera are fed as metadata. The processing unit contains image conditioning functions and/or image analysis functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Arnold & Ritcher Cine Technik GmbH & Co. Betriebs KG
    Inventor: Klaus Jacumet
  • Publication number: 20110115901
    Abstract: A device for transferring photo and film into digital file includes an upper shell, a lower shell, a film clip, and a photo clip framework. A PCB bracket is in the upper shell, and a PCB with a camera lens and a sensor is fixed on the PCB bracket; a film clip rail is fixed in the upper shell, a pulley track is under the film clip rail, and a light box is hung under the pulley; the photo framework is in the lower shell; in the lower shell, a light board is on the photo framework. Said camera lens is a bifocal lens, of which one focus is used for picking up the film, and the other one is used for picking up the photo. According to the different imaging modes, the lens is adjusted between the two fixed focus to adapt to the working mode needed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2009
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventor: Mingtong Jian
  • Patent number: 7929015
    Abstract: To be able to scan the sprocket holes of a film with improved precision by means of a film scanner, in which a correction signal is generated for compensating picture steadiness errors, it is proposed that the light source generates light in the infrared range, and that the scanning sensor(s) is (are) sensitive in the infrared range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: DFT Digital Film Technology Holding GmbH
    Inventor: Berthold Eiberger
  • Patent number: 7898599
    Abstract: The present invention is generally directed to automated methods and systems for converting image streams having a first frame rate to a second frame rate without the need for user intervention. Embodiments of the present invention obviate the effects of processing of a telecine process. In one embodiment, where frames are encoded by a single video field, a statistical analysis of the differences between adjacent frames reveals a telecine pattern, thereby identifying which frames to remove. In another embodiment, where frames are encoded by even and odd video fields, which are interleaved to produce the frame, a statistical analysis of the differences between adjacent fields reveals the telecine pattern, identifies which frames to remove, and identifies frames that are candidates for re-interleaving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: RealNetworks, Inc.
    Inventor: Alan Francis Lippman
  • Patent number: RE45306
    Abstract: An image processing method and device thereof are provided. The device includes a capture device and a processor. The capture device is adopted for receiving a plurality of frames and comparing at least two adjacent frames to obtain an area selection signal according to a differential value there-between. The processor is connected to the capture device for receiving the area selection signal and to separate each of the adjacent frames into at least two areas. Each of the areas of the adjacent frames is performed by an image processing step respectively, and then the images of the areas are combined to obtain a resulted frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Novatek Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventors: Tsui-Chin Chen, Dze-Chang Wang, Hsiao-Ming Huang, Chang-Lun Chen, Ho-lin Wang, Chui-Hsun Chiu