Abstract: An animation stand which provides a camera support assembly that enables a camera to be positioned along any axis which allows users to create traditional, hand-made animation, specifically two-dimensional animation using a variety of art techniques and stop-motion animation of poseable figures and everyday objects.
December 13, 2007
Date of Patent:
June 25, 2013
John Lemmon Films, Incorporated
John Powell Lemmon, Michael Scott Rosinski
Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for determining anomalous trajectories of objects tracked over a sequence of video frames. In one embodiment, a symbol trajectory may be derived from observing an object moving through a scene. The symbol trajectory represents semantic concepts extracted from the trajectory of the object. Whether the symbol trajectory is anomalous may be determined, based on previously observed symbol trajectories. A user may be alerted upon determining that the symbol trajectory is anomalous.
August 31, 2009
Date of Patent:
October 9, 2012
Behavioral Recognition Systems, Inc.
Wesley Kenneth Cobb, Ming-Jung Seow, Gang Xu
Abstract: Techniques are described for analyzing a stream of video frames to identify temporal anomalies. A video surveillance system configured to identify when agents depicted in the video stream engage in anomalous behavior, relative to the time-of-day (TOD) or day-of-week (DOW) at which the behavior occurs. A machine-learning engine may establish the normalcy of a scene by observing the scene over a specified period of time. Once the observations of the scene have matured, the actions of agents in the scene may be evaluated and classified as normal or abnormal temporal behavior, relative to the past observations.
Abstract: A system and method for coding an intermediate film element, e.g., an interpositive or an internegative, in an effective manner while maintaining the integrity of the film element. A first coat of a stabilizer is applied to frames of a selected scene. A second coat of stabilizer is applied, and a third coat of stabilizer is thereafter applied. A security code according to the present invention may be applied to specifically selected locations on a reel or footage so as to create a unique code which is traceable to, e.g., a specific laboratory.
Abstract: The invention provides a liquid crystal light valve that makes it possible to increase the life of a polarizer at a light-exiting-surface side of the liquid crystal light valve by reducing the burden thereon, and a projection display device that incorporates the liquid crystal light valve. In liquid crystal light valves that modulate incident light in accordance with image information, at least two corresponding polarizers are provided respectively at the light-exiting-surface sides of liquid crystal panels.
Abstract: A motion artifact reduction system (10) includes a series of cinematic feature image frames (IFm, IFm+1)captured at an incoming frame rate. The motion artifact reduction system (10) also has a processor (12) operable to determine whether an object (O) having a first location (Om) in a first image frame (IFm) is sufficiently displaced from a location (Om+1) in a second image frame (IFm+1) corresponding to the first location (Om). The processor (12) is also operable to interpolate data from the first image frame (IFm) and the second image frame (IFm+1) to create a third image frame (OFn+1) including the interpolated data. The processor (12) is also operable to insert the third image frame (OFn+1) between the first image frame (IFm) and the second image frame (IFm+1) to form a new series (OFn, OFn+1, and OFn+2) in response to the determination that object (O) has been sufficiently displaced between image frames (IFm, IFm+1).
Abstract: A promotional display structure has a plurality of elongate strips of stiff but bendable material assembled in a pack with their obverse and reverse faces alternating in the pack, the first face having textual display including promotional matter and in some cases also cartoon matter, the second face having illustrative cartoon matter and in some cases also promotional matter, the pages of the pack being releasably connected at one end of their elongation, for example by gumming or other form of binding, and being readily detachable by hand from the remainder of the pack. One or more lines of weakness may be formed in the strips, for example by perforation or crimping, to facilitate folding of a part of the strip against the remainder of the strip, and a releasable fastening may be provided to retain that part in the folded condition. There are also provided a method of forming the promotional display structure, and a method of disassembly thereof.
Abstract: A mounting assembly for a film drive unit used with photographic film printers. A mount base having a central aperture is adapted to be secured proximate the optical stage of a photographic printer. A pair of substantially parallel rails are attached to the mount base and oriented so as to lie substantially in the plane of the mount base. A pair of carrier blocks having upwardly projecting cradle portions are mounted for sliding movement on respective rails. An outwardly projecting keeper shaft is secured to the mount base and has a pair of keeper pins adapted to extend away from the shaft. A brace member supports a film drive assembly proximate the central aperture and has a pair of pins positioned on opposite sides so as to engage the cradle portions of corresponding carrier blocks. At least one spring-biased retaining element is disposed in the cradle portion of each carrier block.
Abstract: In particular, the inventive advertising device comprises a stack of sheets stacked one over the other into a deck. These sheets are bound together by a pair of staples. The top side of successive sheets are imprinted with successive frames in a motion sequence. This motion sequence is selected for its ability to stimulate viewers. For example, it may be the winning hit in a world series or the winning goal in a hockey game, as illustrated. Also imprinted on the sheets is advertisement in various forms, for example, coupons, an advertisement motion scene, etc. To view the scene, one arches the inventive device by applying a bending force with the left hand and right hand. Each individual sheet is allowed to pass in succession stopping momentarily against the friction caused by the thumb. Thus motion appears from the successive imprinted images.
Abstract: A dimensional transformation apparatus and related method for creating visual effects for use in live and prerecorded entertainment. The system engages an elastic projection screen with a three-dimensional object that corresponds to visual effects to be projected. By application of vacuum between the screen and the object, the screen is conformed in skintight relation to the features of the three dimensional object. An actuator, which includes a pneumatic piston, motivates the three-dimensional object to selectively engage and disengage the projection screen, and may be sequenced with projected animation corresponding to the three-dimensional object so as to create multi-dimensional special effects. A control mechanism, including a computer and timing system, digitally controls and sequences projection, dimensional transformation of the screen and background lighting and sound effects.
Abstract: An stop motion animation sequence of a tangible object is made by the steps of making a series of drawings representing three-dimensional object to be animated in various sequential positions; sequentially embodying the drawings on a projection medium such as motion picture film or video; displaying the projection medium at real time to see if the motion depicted by the drawings is the desired motion; and repeating the foregoing steps until the desired motion is realized. Once the drawings depicting the desired motion are completed, transferring each drawing onto a transparent material such as celluloid (commonly used in animated cartoons) so that an identical series of drawings representing the object in the various sequential positions thereby exists on the transparencies.
Abstract: A method and system which enables an animator to make drawings and in-between drawings. Preceding and following tweens 74 and 75 are shown to the animator in such a way that they are distinguishable from each other and from the in-between drawing 73 on which the animator is working. Advantage is made of electronic graphics and display technology to assist the animator with drawing, editing, and coloring. The drawings are kept in an ordered list in which they can be arbitrarily inserted or deleted, drawn, and edited. The drawings can be viewed in animation immediately upon demand, yielding an instant pencil test for the animator. The drawings can also be output to a recording device according to the list.
September 27, 1988
Date of Patent:
August 28, 1990
Douglas C. Lovell, Rose M. Lorincz-Lovell
Abstract: The disclosed invention takes advantage of the fact that the speech information and processing needed for successful animation lip-synching is actually much less than the information and processing which is needed for identifying individual words, as in the traditional speech recognition task, The disclosed embodiment utilizes linear prediction to obtain speech parameters which can be used to identify phonemes from a limited set corresponding to visually distinctive mouth positions. In the disclosed embodiment there is set forth an apparatus for producing lip-synching for a spoken sound track. Means are provided for storing, for each of a number of mouth positions, an unvoiced phonetic information representation associated with a mouth position. Means, responsive to samples of sound from the sound track, are provided for generating unvoiced phonetic information signals for the samples.
Abstract: An animation method supersedes the motion picture branching method by, first, enabling rapid and repeated switching of multiple tracks of different camera-originated animation of the same character during continuous action in a scene, and second, by enabling branching at the termination of an action to multiple actions or scenes.This method is the basis of a double-circuit video system that enables a player to repeatedly touch or hit an animated character during a continuous action as displayed on a projection screen or television monitor and thus change the action repeatedly. Another system embodiment enables the player to swing a racket before the screen or television monitor, hit the mid-air projected image of a perspective ball animated action, return the ball back to the animated character opponent, and play a simulated game during which the player exercises the same skills used to play the game simulated.
Abstract: The method comprises the production of a live-action film of subjects acting against a white background, making black-and-white subjects enlargements with grey gradation of useful film frames, drawing separate contour images from these enlargements, painting transparent cells from the contour images, and using each subject enlargement in superposition with the corresponding painted cells for exposure with a background image, in an animation camera.
Abstract: Table apparatus for holding and moving cels for producing animated motion pictures includes a plurality of aligned elements movable relative to each other, with each individual element capable of holding a plurality of cels and with the elements of the table selectively movable relative to the table and to the other elements.
Abstract: In a card which has a picture and is bent intermediate its ends to enable the card to be moved between an extended position in which a part of the picture at the region of the bend is visible and a contracted position in which the part of the picture at the region of the bend is concealed from view, effecting animation of the picture by imparting movement to that part of the picture which alternately becomes visible and concealed from view at the region of the bend when the card is successively stretched and shortened between its extended and contracted positions.
Abstract: A system and method for producing an animated motion picture in which the scene contents for the next succeeding frame in a plurality of sequential picture frames may be aligned with respect to the previous frame scene content prior to the photographic recording of the next succeeding frame utilizing a scene registration layout transparency projection having indicia thereon indicating each of the positions of at least the character objects and the scenic objects for each of the frame contents comprising the animated motion picture scene to provide a projection of the complete scene layout and sequential character object movement for a predetermined animated motion picture scene format. The scene registration layout projection is projected onto the stage upon which the scene is to occur between the photographic recording of each of the frames.