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|20150067744||PROVIDING RESPONSIVE VIDEO PREVIEWS DURING REWIND AND FAST FORWARD - The subject disclosure is directed towards on-demand downloading of trickplay images during fast forwarding or rewinding of streaming video. A next trickplay image is selected and downloaded based upon the fast forward or rewind rate and the current location in the video. To ensure sufficient download time, the trickplay image may be chosen with a specified quality/resolution based upon historical timing data (e.g., a running average) to adaptively adjust to network bandwidth changes.||03-05-2015|
|20150046852||COORDINATING USER INTERFACE ELEMENTS ACROSS SCREEN SPACES - The subject disclosure is directed towards transitioning from an existing screen (e.g., a page or the like) to a new screen, in which element(s)/control(s) of the existing screen are shared to the new screen. An existing screen acts as a source screen to provide element-related data (e.g., names) of its existing elements; the existing elements are intersected with those desired by the new/destination screen. The destination screen takes over ownership of any common elements. A navigation service may coordinate the exchange of information and the transition. The transition may include animations and/or other effects to provide a visually smooth transition or the like between screens.||02-12-2015|
|20140153652||Package Essence Analysis Kit - Systems and methods are disclosed herein to a package essence analysis method comprising receiving, by a computer, first and second video files; indexing, by a computer, the first and second video files; decoding, by a computer, a selected frame of the first video file by referencing a first frame image using the index of the first video file; decoding, by a computer, a selected frame of the second video file by referencing a second frame image using the index of the second video file; and performing, by a computer, video quality analysis by comparing the decoded selected frame of the first video file to the decoded selected frame of the second video file.||06-05-2014|
|20140106833||SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GATHERING AND ANALYZING OBJECTIVE MOTION DATA - The systems and methods described herein attempt to provide data capture and analysis in a non-intrusive fashion. The captured data can be analyzed for qualitative conclusions regarding an object's actions. For example, a system for analyzing activity of an athlete to permit qualitative assessments of that activity comprises a first processor to receive activity-related data from sensors on the athlete. A first database stores the activity-related data. A second database contains pre-identified motion rules. A second processor compares the received activity-related data to the pre-identified motion rules, wherein the second processor identifies a pre-identified motion from the pre-identified motion rules that corresponds to the received activity-related data. A memory stores the identified pre-selected motion.||04-17-2014|
|20130308699||AUDIO-VISUAL CONTENT DELIVERY - In one embodiment, an edge server in a content-distribution network (CDN) stores a video asset in the form of partially encoded transport-stream chunks, where the partial encoding does not include quantization processing. When the edge server receives a request from a user device for a particular segment of the asset at a particular quality corresponding to a target bitrate, the edge server retrieves at least one partially encoded chunk corresponding to the request and completes the encoding (including quantization processing) of the at least one partially encoded chunk to generate an output file at the requested target bitrate. The edge server then adds corresponding audio data and any auxiliary data to the output file to generate a transport-stream file. The edge server then transmits the transport-stream to the user device as one or more transport-stream packets.||11-21-2013|
|20120195574||REAL-TIME VISIBLE-TALENT TRACKING SYSTEM - In one embodiment, a movie set includes a motion-picture camera and a visible-talent tracking system having several elements. Based on the camera's characteristics, items in a portion of the movie set called the view frustum will appear in focus in the film. The camera and a camera-tracking system provide camera-location, orientation, and settings information to a culling processor. The culling processor delineates the location and dimensions of the view frustum based on the received camera information. Wireless tags are attached to talent on set. A tag-locating system tracks the real-time respective locations of the wireless tags and provides real-time spatial information regarding the tags to the culling processor, which determines which tags, if any, are considered to be within the view frustum, and provides information associated with the intra-frustum tags to a track recorder for recording along with the corresponding film frames. That information is variously used after editing.||08-02-2012|
|20120113115||IDENTIFICATION OF 3D FORMAT AND GRAPHICS RENDERING ON 3D DISPLAYS - In one embodiment, a 3D display has an image processor including an overlay detector connected to a display controller. The image processor receives a 3D-compatible image stream from a 2D legacy device that may superimpose overlays, e.g., a 2D captions, over 3D-compatible images. The overlay detector automatically determines whether a received image comprises a caption overlay and, if so, provides the location and dimensions of the overlay to the display controller. The display controller processes the overlaid 3D-compatible image to isolate the caption characters of the caption overlay and generates, for a viewer of the 3D display, different left-eye and right-eye images, each including overlaid caption characters that substantially match the characters of the caption overlay. The result is the appearance, to the viewer, of a substantially flat and coherent caption overlay over a 3D image.||05-10-2012|
|20100144414||SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GATHERING AND ANALYZING OBJECTIVE MOTION DATA - The systems and methods described herein attempt to provide data capture and analysis in a non-intrusive fashion. The captured data can be analyzed for qualitative conclusions regarding an object's actions. For example, a system for analyzing activity of an athlete to permit qualitative assessments of that activity comprises a first processor to receive activity-related data from sensors on the athlete. A first database stores the activity-related data. A second database contains pre-identified motion rules. A second processor compares the received activity-related data to the pre-identified motion rules, wherein the second processor identifies a pre-identified motion from the pre-identified motion rules that corresponds to the received activity-related data. A memory stores the identified pre-selected motion.||06-10-2010|
|20100028627||MANUFACTURING DATA-STORAGE MEDIA USING LIGHT-CURABLE MATERIAL - Instances of data-storage media having pits and lands, such as individual DVDs or CDs, are manufactured by selectively illuminating a light-curable material to form cured regions corresponding to the lands. The selective illumination of the light-curable material can be implemented using mask-based illumination or selective laser illumination or both. The mask used in mask-based illumination can have one or more extra opaque portions and/or one or more extra transparent portions corresponding to false pits and/or false lands, respectively, where selective laser illumination is used to convert one or more false pits/lands produced during mask-based illumination into true pits/lands for the competed medium.||02-04-2010|
|20090028518||PERSONALIZATION OF MASS-DUPLICATED MEDIA - A process and facility supports recipient-specific customization of mass-duplicated tapes. Video from a master tape is passed through a VBI encoder whose output feeds two or more overlay units, each associated with a tape recorder. Recipient-specific watermarking instructions and address information for each tape are fed to the VBI encoder where they are encoded into the VBI of the video. Each overlay unit reads the VBI and decodes the address, and if relevant for that unit, applies the overlays to the video, which is recorded by its associated recording deck. Optionally, each tape and overlay unit includes a barcode that is scanned into a database where associations between tapes and the overlays are stored. Alternatively, high-density barcode labels that include the overlay instructions are printed and applied to tapes. The barcodes are scanned into the overlay units and applied following the receipt of a timecode or other trigger.||01-29-2009|
|20080282295||Pausing and Resuming Content Streaming On Wireless Devices - In one embodiment, a communication system transmits video content in a looped manner using wireless communications to a cell phone capable of playing the content in a streaming manner. The cell phone is capable, after the playing of the received video content has been interrupted during a current transmission of the content, of resuming play of the content during a subsequent transmission of the looped content, based on the timing of the interruption. The timing of the interruption is compared to a schedule of content transmissions to determine when to resume the playing of the content, e.g., to enable the playing to resume from the location of the interruption.||11-13-2008|
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