Exhibiting Patents (Class 352/40)
  • Patent number: 10037131
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide systems, methods, and computer storage media directed to facilitating object set replication. In embodiments described herein, a repeatable object set can be generated. Such a repeatable object set can include one or more objects and a field format indicating a position of the object(s) within a field. The generated repeatable object set can be replicated as replicated object sets into a set of fields within a layout structure, wherein each of the replicated object sets includes a representation of the object(s) placed within a corresponding field in accordance with the field format indicating the position of the one or more objects. The replicated object sets within the set of fields the layout structure can then be presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: ADOBE SYSTEMS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Narciso Batacan Jaramillo, III, Tomas Krcha, Anirudh Sasikumar, Talin Chris Wadsworth
  • Patent number: 9817553
    Abstract: A system can comprise a memory for storing machine readable instructions and a processing unit for accessing the memory and executing the machine readable instructions. The machine readable instructions can comprise an automation client to facilitate managing media operations. The automation client can comprise a graphical user interface (GUI) generator to provide a GUI. The GUI can concurrently provide a plurality of modes of operation for a plurality of playlists in a graphical framework.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: HBC SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael J. Salyards, Charles P. Lotz, Csaba Felvegi
  • Patent number: 9785044
    Abstract: Provided herein are systems and methods to configure an immersive theater environment by moving one or more screens. A movie screen can be provided with one or more actuators coupled to the movie screen, wherein the one or more actuators are configured to move the movie screen in a plurality of directions including, for example, up, down, left, right, back, forward, pitch, roll, and yaw. This system can include a processor coupled to the actuator, wherein the processor is configured to control the movement of the one or more actuators, synchronize cinema content for movement of the movie screen, process cinema content for metadata cues indicating movement of the movie screen, and track positions of the movie screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Barco, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexander William Gocke
  • Patent number: 9645482
    Abstract: The technology described herein relates generally to a projection system having a fail-safe feature for use in a presentation or display. In one example a projection system having at least one main projector projects a first image onto a main projection area of a projection surface. The projection system may further include a relief projector that when activated projects a second image onto a backup projection area of the projection surface. The projection system may be provided with a sensor capable of sensing at least one characteristic of the at least one main projector, the main projection area, or the projection surface. The projection system may include a control system in communication with the sensor, wherein the control system activates the relief projector in response to the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Daniel Joseph
  • Patent number: 9474823
    Abstract: A low dispersion scent sampler for point of sale display has a housing with a front panel to which a label advertising products sold at the point of sale may be affixed. Inside of the housing is a blower connected to a timer control circuit and battery through a pushbutton actuated switch. A scented material is provided in the air flow path from the blower to one or more exhaust ports. When the pushbutton is pressed by a consumer, the blower turns on for a brief period of time to force air over the scented material and then through the exhaust ports for sampling of the scent emitted by the scented material. The on time for the blower is brief to limit exposure to the scent to the space occupied by the consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignees: Scentisphere LLC, Rock-Tenn Shared Services, LLC
    Inventors: James Berard, Tom Lockwood
  • Patent number: 9392215
    Abstract: Previously-produced motion pictures are enhanced for theatrical exhibition, at double the frame rate at which they were originally produced. New, rendered images are interpolated between each of the images of the original motion picture. For image pixels containing excessively complex motion, those pixels are corrected to eliminate such complexity. This correction is accomplished by selecting the specific pixels that are too complex to be made a part of a synthesized image, rejecting them, and repeating only those appropriate pixels as they appeared in the previous frame; and by treating all other pixels in other images in a normal manner, known in the art. The pictures are projected through digital means at 48 frames-per-second. The invention allows for upgrade of previously-produced motion pictures for high-frame-rate presentation without repeating any frames, improving the quality of presentation by eliminating any appearance consistent with low-frame-rate photography and presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Inventor: Robert C. Weisgerber
  • Patent number: 9294493
    Abstract: A security system, including a receiver for receiving a downloadable, a scanner, coupled with the receiver, for scanning the downloadable to identify suspicious computer operations therein, a code modifier, coupled with the scanner, for overwriting the suspicious computer operations with substitute computer operations, if at least one suspicious computer operation is identified by the scanner, and for appending monitoring program code to the downloadable thereby generating a modified downloadable, if at least one suspicious computer operation is identified by the scanner, and a processor, coupled with the code modifier, for executing programmed instructions, wherein the monitoring program code includes program instructions for the processor to validate input parameters for the suspicious computer operations during run-time of the downloadable. A method is also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Finjan, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuval Ben-Itzhak, Golan Yosef, Israel Taub
  • Patent number: 9049427
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a playback device, a playback method, and a program, which enable a 3D content to be played by determining which stream of a basic stream and an extended stream is a left image stream in the event of displaying a 3D image for example. In the event that the value of view_type is 0, of the data stored in a DPB 151, data obtained by decoding a Base view video packet which is identified by PID=0 is output to an L video plane generating unit 161. The value 0 of the vie and w_type represents that a Base view video stream is an L view stream. In this case, data obtained by decoding a Dependent view video packet which is identified by a PID other than 0 is output to an R video plane generating unit 162. The present invention can be applied to a playback device compatible with the BD-ROM standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinobu Hattori
  • Patent number: 9013671
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for displaying different captions for selective viewing. A display is used for showing the captions in different color and/or polarization combinations, and color-selective filters and/or polarizers are used for separately viewing the individual captions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Mark J. Huber, William Gibbens Redmann
  • Patent number: 8988514
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for projecting digital video content and for discouraging recording of the projected video content using a video camera or other sampling recording device are described, including accepting a frame of digital video content, time-shifting a bit-plane of the frame of the digital video content at a phase difference, projecting the time-shifted frame, repeating the accepting, time-shifting and projecting acts for a number of frames, adjusting the phase difference and repeating all of the above acts. Also described are a method and apparatus for generating an indication of a mid-scale level bit-plane of a frame of digital video content, including accepting a frame of digital video content, accepting a selection of mid-scale level bit-plane of the frame and generating an indication of the selection of the mid-scale level bit-plane of the frame. Time-shifting bit-planes of a frame generates in the recorded video a flicker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventor: Emil Tchoukaleysky
  • Publication number: 20140354954
    Abstract: The present invention provides an additional effect system and method, the additional effect system including: a plurality of projection surfaces installed in a single theater; and an additional effect device for implementing an additional effect other than images projected on the plurality of projection surfaces, wherein the additional effect device provides the additional effect depending the images projected on the plurality of projection surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Hwan Chul Kim, Su Ryeon Kang
  • Publication number: 20140340647
    Abstract: The present invention provides a multi-projection system and method including direction-changeable audience seats, and the multi-projection system includes a plurality of projection surfaces installed in a single theater; and an audience seat whose direction is changed depending on images projected on the plurality of projection surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Hwan Chul Kim, Su Ryeon Kang
  • Publication number: 20140268061
    Abstract: A method is disclosed whereby motion pictures photographed and exhibited at high frame rates, typically 48 frames-per-second, are modified to impart a cinematic appearance which tempers the level of motion detail inherent at such high frame rates. Motion pictures can be photographed either on film or by digital means. A controlled amount of motion blur is imparted selectively to certain scenes, sequences, frames or components of images. This can be accomplished by using different shuttle angles for digital photography, or by imparting motion blur in post-production. The result is a motion picture that retains a cinematic appearance, at least in part, while other parts of the same motion picture appear hyper-realistic, due to the high frame rate of photography and exhibition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Robert C. Weisgerber
  • Patent number: 8836910
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a light and sound sensor system and method for repetitively measuring the luminance, chromaticity, sound, and infrared illumination in a theater to detect any changes thereto so that the images being viewed on the screen and the sound in the theater can be kept at their optimal values. In addition, in a preferred embodiment of the present invention, the system has an audio and video synchronization capability. By monitoring the audio and visual signals in real time, the exact time relationship between the signals is detected to determine whether they are properly synchronized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventors: James A. Cashin, Harold Mark Hallikainen
  • Patent number: 8814367
    Abstract: A 3D image cinema system having at least one projection room for viewing 3D images or 2D images is divided into forward and rearward viewing directions for the projection of an image on a front screen and a rear screen which are provided in a front end and a rear end of the projection room, respectively. Further, a front direction chair and a rear direction chair having a different viewing direction are provided on a front step and a rear step between the projection room and the front and rear screens where the theater can be easily installed in a general building and the 3D and 2D image has as much as 1.5-2 times wider viewing as a prior image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Hae-Yong Choi
  • Patent number: 8804093
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing movement to seating including theater seating generate complex motion responses in the seating by automatically analyzing an audio component of media being consumed for one or more aspects of the audio information contained in the audio component at certain frequencies or frequency ranges. The aspects analyzed include aspects relating to frequencies and frequency ranges substantially higher than the low-frequency signals used to drive motion of theater seating. From the analysis of the audio aspects contained in the audio component, a plurality of independent low-frequency output signals is generated. The plurality of independent low-frequency output signals is directed to a plurality of individual actuators incorporated into different locations in a seat to provide sensations of motion at different locations of the seat, such as at a seat location, at a lower back location, and at an upper back location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventors: Levoy Haight, J. Ken Barton, David J. Havell, Aaron Michael Best, Trent Lawrence Rolf, Mark Myers
  • Patent number: 8749752
    Abstract: Motion picture images are photographed at forty-eight frames per second, onto motion picture film in the thirty-five millimeter, two-perforation format. These film images are then converted to digital images and re-sized to accommodate an aspect ratio used for wide-screen motion picture exhibition. During exhibition, the images are projected digitally in the 1080 by 2048 or other commercially-used digital exhibition format. The server used for such exhibition is 3D compatible, although the interleaving feature used for three-dimensional exhibition is not used in the present invention. Instead, forty-eight discrete images are projected during each second, matching the forty-eight discrete images per second originally photographed on motion picture film in the practice of this invention. Thus, the present invention combines advantages of film photography in an economical film format with advantages of digital exhibition to theatrical motion picture audiences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Robert C. Weisgerber
  • Patent number: 8493544
    Abstract: Digital cinema exhibition facilities make use of a show play list (SPL) specifying a time sequence of the events to occur during the presentation of digital cinema content. One or more cues in the show play list trigger certain activities, such as displacing the screen curtain and dimming the house lights. To achieve an aesthetic, showman-like presentation, the cues in the show play undergo re-cuing. For each cue, a determination is made automatically of the prefire interval, that is, the interval by which the cue should be advanced. The execution the cue to trigger a corresponding activity is advanced by the automatically determined pre-fire interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: William Gibbens Redmann, James Paul Sabo, Mark Leroy Walker
  • Publication number: 20130135587
    Abstract: A motion picture film includes a plurality of frames, with each frame formed of a first and second sub-frames. Each of the first and second sub-frames encompasses an image of a separate one of first and second sequences of successive images independent of each other. The first and second sequences of images typically undergo display one prior to the other, by projecting the film twice in succession, the first time to display the images in the first sequence, the second time to display the images in the second sequence. The film also carries two separate sets of sound tracks, each corresponding to separate one of the first and second sequences of successive images for separate playback.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Applicant: THOMSON LICENSING
    Inventors: Antonio D'Arienzo, Pietro Pacitto, Alessandro Adamo, Dario Marzeglia
  • Publication number: 20130093999
    Abstract: Digital cinema exhibition facilities make use of a show play list (SPL) specifying a time sequence of the events to occur during the presentation of digital cinema content. One or more cues in the show play list trigger certain activities, such as displacing the screen curtain and dimming the house lights. To achieve an aesthetic, showman-like presentation, the cues in the show play undergo re-cuing. For each cue, a determination is made automatically of the prefire interval, that is, the interval by which the cue should be advanced. The execution the cue to trigger a corresponding activity is advanced by the automatically determined pre-fire interval.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: THOMSON LICENSING
    Inventor: THOMSON LICENSING
  • Patent number: 8421991
    Abstract: Methods of and equipment for converting existing standard motion picture theatres to one having highly immersive, large fields of view are addressed. Aspects of the methods including moving motion picture screens closer to the audience and employing different projection equipment to avoid or minimize appearance of unrealistic or non-natural image artifacts. Alternative sound systems too are detailed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: IMAX Corporation
    Inventors: Steven Charles Read, Brian John Bonnick, George Eric Jacques
  • Patent number: 8395751
    Abstract: Digital cinema exhibition facilities make use of a show play list (SPL) specifying a time sequence of the events to occur during the presentation of digital cinema content. One or more cues in the show play list trigger certain activities, such as displacing the screen curtain and dimming the house lights. To achieve an aesthetic, showman-like presentation, the cues in the show play undergo re-cueing. For each cue, a determination is made automatically of the prefire interval, that is, the interval by which the cue should be advanced. The execution the cue to trigger a corresponding activity is advanced by the automatically determined prefire interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: William Gibbens Redmann, James Paul Sabo, Mark Leroy Walker
  • Publication number: 20120224145
    Abstract: A method and apparatus to inhibit the piracy of motion pictures in theaters by taking advantage of the frame rate discrepancies between film (or digital) display and video camcorders. By alternating specific image display intervals and, shuttering cadences, or with digital video projectors commanding a similar modified display via the digital projector's blanking and display capabilities, so that the projected images occur in a random and/or phase shifted manner, objectionable distortions are produced in an illicitly captured video image, while being invisible to theatrical viewers. In addition, various serrated, slit, multi-quadrant or spotted patterns may be used on mechanical shutters, or simulated on digital displays, to further degrade the quality of illicitly captured video by pirates in theaters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Applicant: MaxiVision Cinema Technology
    Inventors: Dean K. Goodhill, Ty Safreno
  • Patent number: 8243252
    Abstract: A method for frustrating piracy of a movie, the movie including a plurality of filmed frames, each of the filmed frames including an image, the method including editing the movie prior to projection such that different regions of the image of one of the filmed frames are in different frames so that the different regions will be projected at different times, and repeating the editing for other ones of the filmed frames. Related apparatus and methods are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: NDS Limited
    Inventors: Kfir Moshe, Gavriel Benaily, Or Taieb, Perry Smith, Shlomo Kipnis
  • Patent number: 8201952
    Abstract: A projection apparatus and a projection system comprising the same are provided. The projection apparatus is adapted to connect to a server for transmitting a time signal via a network. The projection apparatus comprises a schedule module, a timing module, and a network process module. The schedule module is configured to store schedule information. The timing module is configured to generate time information. The network process module is coupled to the schedule module and the timing module, and configured to connect to the server to get time signal via the network according to the schedule information and timing information in a specific time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Delta Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Jimmy Su, Yu-Shan Lai
  • Publication number: 20120099080
    Abstract: An apparatus for transilluminating a film includes a light source emitting a light beam for transilluminating the film, a film guide for guiding the film such that the light beam can transilluminate a section of the film, a film feed for feeding the film to the film guide, and a film removal for removing the film from the film guide. The film guide has a support designed for rotation about a rotation axis running through the center of the support and a rotationally symmetric circumferential surface. The film can be supported on the circumferential surface at least with part of the width thereof over a section of the circumferential surface. The light beam generated by the light source passes through the film when the film is supported on the circumferential surface at least with part of the width thereof over a section of the circumferential surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Applicant: DFT Digital Film Technology Holding GmbH
    Inventors: Rainer Kaus, Klaus Anderle, Markus Hasenzahl
  • Patent number: 8094286
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for combating the copying of source pictures by means of a camera while they are being displayed, for example using a camcorder in a movie theatre. To this end, it is known, in classical projection systems, to modulate by a carrier wave the brightness of some pixels of the pictures. The frequency of the carrier wave is usually constant and generally half the refresh frequency. The main problem with such systems is that once a pirate has figured out what the modulation frequency is, he can configure his camcorder shutter to filter out this frequency and bypass the anti-camcorder method. According to the invention, the frequency of the carrier is changed at least once throughout the displaying of the sequence pictures or the movie, to defeat all camcorders standards (PAL/NTSC) and shutter configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Pascal Bourdon, Sylvain Thiebaud, Didier Doyen
  • Patent number: 8018569
    Abstract: A method and apparatus to inhibit the piracy of motion pictures in theaters by taking advantage of the frame rate discrepancies between film (or digital) display and video camcorders. By alternating specific image display intervals and, shuttering cadences, or with digital video projectors commanding a similar modified display via the digital projector's blanking and display capabilities, so that the projected images occur in a random and/or phase shifted manner, objectionable distortions are produced in an illicitly captured video image, while being invisible to theatrical viewers. In addition, various serrated, slit, multi-quadrant or spotted patterns may be used on mechanical shutters, or simulated on digital displays, to further degrade the quality of illicitly captured video by pirates in theaters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: MaxiVision Cinema Technology
    Inventors: Dean K. Goodhill, Ty Safreno
  • Publication number: 20110122369
    Abstract: A method for frustrating piracy of a movie, the movie including a plurality of filmed frames, each of the filmed frames including an image, the method including editing the movie prior to projection such that different regions of the image of one of the filmed frames are in different frames so that the different regions will be projected at different times, and repeating the editing for other ones of the filmed frames. Related apparatus and methods are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: NDS Limited
    Inventors: Kfir Moshe, Gavriel Benaily, Or Taieb, Perry Smith, Shlomo Kipnis
  • Publication number: 20110116048
    Abstract: Methods of and equipment for converting existing standard motion picture theatres to one having highly immersive, large fields of view are addressed. Aspects of the methods including moving motion picture screens closer to the audience and employing different projection equipment to avoid or minimize appearance of unrealistic or non-natural image artefacts. Alternative sound systems too are detailed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Applicant: IMAX CORPORATION
    Inventors: STEVEN CHARLES READ, BRIAN JOHN BONNICK, GEORGE ERIC JACQUES
  • Publication number: 20110085141
    Abstract: A system for projecting stereoscopic images is provided. The system includes a light source configured to provide light energy to a length of film having frames each comprising two sideframes oriented off axis, or side-by-side, from a preferred viewing orientation, an image receiving lens configured to receive light energy transmitted through the length of film, and an optical arrangement configured to receive images as light energy from the image receiving lens. The optical arrangement may include an afocal extender and means for reorienting images to the preferred viewing orientation and registering images reoriented to the preferred viewing orientation to a screen. The means for reorienting and registering include a plurality of optical refractive elements. Polarization, such as linear polarization, may be employed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Inventors: Lenny Lipton, Albert L. Mayer, JR., John A. Rupkalvis
  • Patent number: 7924395
    Abstract: A method for delivering digital cinema concurrently to a retail exhibitor and a remote theater that includes forming a digital cinema right-to-distribute contract between a content owner and a retail exhibitor. In addition, a digital cinema movie rental contract is formed between the retail exhibitor and a remote theater user. Newly released digital cinema content is delivered both to the remote theater and to the retail exhibitor. Display of the newly released digital cinema content occurs at the remote theater as early as the display of the newly released digital cinema content at the retail exhibitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Leslie G. Moore, Verlyn Belisle, Robert Mayson, Richard C. Sehlin, Mark P. Henry
  • Patent number: 7907248
    Abstract: A method for frustrating piracy of a movie, the movie including a plurality of filmed frames, each of the filmed frames including an image, the method including editing the movie prior to projection such that different regions of the image of one of the filmed frames are in different frames so that the different regions will be projected at different times, and repeating the editing for other ones of the filmed frames. Related apparatus and methods are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: NDS Limited
    Inventors: Kfir Moshe, Gavriel Benaily, Or Taieb, Perry Smith, Shlomo Kipnis
  • Publication number: 20110025981
    Abstract: Digital cinema exhibition facilities make use of a show play list (SPL) specifying a time sequence of the events to occur during the presentation of digital cinema content. One or more cues in the show play list trigger certain activities, such as displacing the screen curtain and dimming the house lights. To achieve an aesthetic, showman-like presentation, the cues in the show play undergo re-cueing. For each cue, a determination is made automatically of the prefire interval, that is, the interval by which the cue should be advanced. The execution the cue to trigger a corresponding activity is advanced by the automatically determined prefire interval.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Inventors: William Gibbens Redmann, James Paul Sabo, Mark Leroy Walker
  • Patent number: 7728950
    Abstract: A method for presenting video content including displaying the video content at an enhanced frame rate selectively modified to interfere with a recording of the video content by a camcorder. For example, the video content can be displayed at a frame rate of 54 pictures per second or a frame rate of 66 pictures per second. For implementation of the enhanced frame rate, a first picture can be displayed within the video content a first number of times and at least a second picture can be displayed a different number of times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventor: Donald Henry Willis
  • Publication number: 20090262305
    Abstract: Methods of and equipment for converting existing standard motion picture theatres to one having highly immersive, large fields of view are addressed. Aspects of the methods including moving motion picture screens closer to the audience and employing different projection equipment to avoid or minimize appearance of unrealistic or non-natural image artefacts. Alternative sound systems too are detailed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Inventors: STEVEN CHARLES READ, Brian John Bonnick, George Eric Jacques
  • Patent number: 7595860
    Abstract: Methods of and equipment for converting existing standard motion picture theatres to one having highly immersive, large fields of view are addressed. Aspects of the methods include moving motion picture screens closer to the audience and employing different projection equipment to avoid or minimize appearance of unrealistic or non-natural image artifacts. Alternative sound systems too are detailed, as is placement of various loudspeakers relative to, for example, projection screens or theatre walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignee: IMAX Corporation
    Inventors: Steven Charles Read, Brian John Bonnick, George Eric Jacques
  • Publication number: 20090128779
    Abstract: A method for frustrating piracy of a movie, the movie including a plurality of filmed frames, each of the filmed frames including an image, the method including editing the movie prior to projection such that different regions of the image of one of the filmed frames are in different frames so that the different regions will be projected at different times, and repeating the editing for other ones of the filmed frames. Related apparatus and methods are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2006
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Applicant: NDS LIMITED
    Inventors: Kfir Moshe, Gavriel Benaily, Or Taieb, Perry Smith, Shlomo Kipnis
  • Patent number: 7528928
    Abstract: A transport stream with embedded projector configuration data 208 being carried along with the video for use in digital cinema projector setup. The embedded configuration data consists of sub-packets 304 of setup data information for such parameters as gamma tables, color management system information, relative luminance level, format and range of the sampled data, 3D/2D presentation information, frame rate, image size, aspect ratio, font tables, and language provision. This approach assures that the projector 404 is setup properly and also permits on-the-fly changes to the projector's parameters, which may be used for artistic effects in the movie.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventor: William B. Werner
  • Publication number: 20090033872
    Abstract: A method to create continuous motion using a plurality of images depicting numerous lines or pixels arranged in such a way as to create the perception of motion such as in a continuous flow, when projected in sequence, the sequence being repeated in an endless loop. The plurality of images can create a plurality of effects and can be embodied in many commercially viable ways: this can be a design projected on a full motion display, multi-layer edge lit, among many others.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2008
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Inventor: Herbert Jan Karl Boks
  • Publication number: 20080309883
    Abstract: A method and apparatus to inhibit the piracy of motion pictures in theaters by taking advantage of the frame rate discrepancies between film (or digital) display and video camcorders. By alternating specific image display intervals and, shuttering cadences, or with digital video projectors commanding a similar modified display via the digital projector's blanking and display capabilities, so that the projected images occur in a random and/or phase shifted manner, objectionable distortions are produced in an illicitly captured video image, while being invisible to theatrical viewers. In addition, various serrated, slit, multi-quadrant or spotted patterns may be used on mechanical shutters, or simulated on digital displays, to further degrade the quality of illicitly captured video by pirates in theaters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2006
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Inventors: Dean K. Goodhill, Ty Safreno
  • Publication number: 20080266522
    Abstract: Motion picture images are photographed at forty-eight frames per second, onto motion picture film in the thirty-five millimeter, two-perforation format. These film images are then converted to digital images and resized to accommodate an aspect ratio used for wide-screen motion picture exhibition. During exhibition, the images are projected digitally in the 1080×2048 or other commercially-used digital exhibition format. The server used for such exhibition is 3-D compatible, although the interleafing feature used for three-dimensional exhibition is not used in the present invention. Instead, forty-eight discrete images are projected during each second, matching the forty-eight discrete images per second originally photographed on motion picture film in the practice of this invention. Thus, the present invention combines advantages of film photography in an economical film format with advantages of digital exhibition to theatrical motion picture audiences.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2007
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Inventor: Robert C. Weisgerber
  • Patent number: 7420649
    Abstract: A method and a system for identifying a copy of an image sequence which is presented on a screen. At least one identifier distinct from the image sequence can be projected through the screen such that the identifier is displayed using visible light along with the image sequence. The identifier can be presented at periodic intervals and can define a theater location, a date and/or a time. A color and/or an illumination of at least a portion of the image sequence presentation can be measured. Based on the measured illumination and/or color, a projection brightness and/or color can be determined for the identifier. Also, a location on the screen through which the identifier should be projected can be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: David Jay Duffield, Mark Alan Schultz, Michael Allan Sterling
  • Patent number: 7382969
    Abstract: A method for preventing the copying of useable video content is disclosed. The method includes identifying the video signal content of a video signal that is suitable to be extracted, extracting video content from the video signal to transmit to a receiver, and replacing the extracted video content with marred video content in the video signal. The method further includes placing the extracted video content in a user data channel of a program stream for transmission to a receiver. In addition, the method includes transmitting portions of the video signal that contains the marred video content in a first channel of the program stream, and transmitting the extracted video content in a second channel of the program stream to the receiver. The signals transmitted in the program stream are synchronized for presentation in the display of the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas P. Dawson
  • Patent number: 7313571
    Abstract: A system and method for generating a list is provided. The system includes a seed item input subsystem, an item identifying subsystem, a descriptive metadata similarity determining subsystem and a list generating subsystem that builds a list based, at least in part, on similarity processing performed on seed item descriptive metadata and user item descriptive metadata and user selected thresholds applied to such similarity processing. The method includes inexact matching between identifying metadata associated with new user items and identifying metadata stored in a reference metadata database. The method further includes subjecting candidate user items to similarity processing, where the degree to which the candidate user items are similar to the seed item is determined, and placing user items in a list of items based on user selected preferences for (dis)similarity between items in the list and the seed item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: John C. Platt, Christopher Burges, Alice Zheng, Christopher B. Weare, Steven E. Swenson
  • Patent number: 7304714
    Abstract: A system that determines a projector's true state in an automatic projection sequence. The system includes a projector in a primary display system, having a lamp for displaying visual information; and a sensor to determine the state of the lamp in the primary display system. Additionally, an interface to a secondary display system is included for sending an operational signal to the secondary display system, wherein the secondary display system operates subject to a predetermined state of the primary display system as determined by the state of the lamp in the primary display system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Gary L. Peterson, Leslie G. Moore, William A. Orfitelli
  • Patent number: 7277154
    Abstract: This system comprises vertical platter devices (4) including a support tower (43), vertical platters (41, 42) with as many removable rings (5) for winding the film projected in the corresponding theatre, a sprocket (46) for eventual pulling of the film (3), free-turning rollers (47) for guiding the film (3), a tension roller (6) and push buttons (9) to control the operation of the vertical platters (41,42) and the sprocket (46). The system further includes auxiliary devices (7) for cutting and/or splicing the film (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: Tecnoprojet, S.L.
    Inventor: Josep Maria Queralto Bonell
  • Patent number: 7236227
    Abstract: A method for enabling seamless transitions for a cinema presentation package, wherein the cinema presentation package includes pre-shows, trailers, live events, and main features, the steps include determining the requirements of specific protocols corresponding to the cinema presentation that will affect transitioning between the pre-shows, trailers, live events, and main features. Transition behaviors have to be identified between the pre-shows, trailers, live events, and main features that form the cinema presentation package. Flexibility exists in displaying the cinema presentation package, and yet the pre-shows, trailers, live events, and main features are displayed according to the specific protocols and transition rules associated with the specific protocols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Anthony Whyte, David S. Jones, Jeffrey S. Loewenguth, Leslie G. Moore, Paul Tomblin
  • Patent number: 7199857
    Abstract: A projector automation system for controlling one or more controlled systems having functionality that is responsive at least in part to automation control signals. The automation system interacts with a digital projector having a control port and a film projector having a cue sensor that generates cue signals. A film-based cinema automation component receives the cue signals and generate at least some of the automation control signals to the one or more controlled systems. A second cinema automation component has a first interface coupled to the control port of the digital projector and the first cinema automation system. The second cinema automation component includes means for generating at least some of the automation control signals to the one or more controlled systems either autonomously, semi-autonomously, or in response to commands from an external scheduling system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: Regal CineMedia Corporation
    Inventors: Robert F. Paige, Thomas J. Schmidt, Christopher H. Thieste
  • Patent number: 7184120
    Abstract: A system and method of screening films. The method includes the first step of displaying a movie print with multiple soundtracks on a display screen. A plurality of screening rooms, each with a view of the display screen, is provided. Separate audio signals from each soundtrack is generated and one or more of the audio signals is transmitted to one or more of the screening rooms. A system for screening films includes a display; a plurality of screening rooms, wherein each screening room includes a view of the display; a movie playback system; and, a sound distribution system coupled to receive audio signals from the movie playback system and to distribute the audio signals to the plurality of screening rooms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: NT Audio Visual Supply, Inc.
    Inventors: Tom McCormick, Leo O'Donnell, Shawn Jones