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20130044180STEREOSCOPIC TELECONFERENCING TECHNIQUES - Stereoscopic teleconferencing techniques described herein are directed toward systems including a plurality of telecommunication stations. A first telecommunication station includes a stereoscopic camera, a pair of shutter glasses, and a first processing unit. A second telecommunication station includes a display, a pair of shutter glasses, and a processing unit. The stereoscopic camera of the first telecommunication station generates a set of stereoscopic images including one or more users. The processing unit of the first telecommunication station determines a location of the shutter glasses in the sets of stereoscopic images and replaces the image of the shutter glasses with the corresponding portion of the given user's face to generate modified sets of stereoscopic images. The display of the second telecommunication station outputs the modified sets of stereoscopic images. The processing unit of the second telecommunication station controls the shutter glasses of the second telecommunication station to present a left eye and a right eye view of the modified sets of stereoscopic images output on the display to a user of the second telecommunication station. Accordingly, the users appear as if they are not wearing shutter glasses in the modified sets of stereoscopic images output on the display.02-21-2013
20130083151ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ELECTRONIC DEVICE - An electronic device is provided that includes a memory, a communication unit configured to receive a video image streamed from a first electronic device, a display unit configured to display the video image, and a control unit configured to identify a specific area included in the video image, to store a first image displayed on the specific area at a first time point in the memory, and to store in the memory a second image displayed on the specific area at a second time point when a variation of an image is equal to or more than a predetermined threshold.04-04-2013
20130083152ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE SAME - An electronic device and a method of operating the electronic device are provided. The method includes obtaining a first image including an interesting object and at least one peripheral object, obtaining relevance of the at least one peripheral object with respect to the interesting object based on at least one of attributes including a state, a motion, and a location of the interesting object, and replacing an area of the whole area of the first image, which is occupied by the interesting object and the other remaining peripheral objects than a specific peripheral object determined based on the relevance, with a second image. According to the embodiments of the present invention, the electronic device and method may provide a vivid video conference.04-04-2013
20120162354Remote Workspace Sharing - Existing remote workspace sharing systems are difficult to use. For example, changes made on a common work product by one user often appear abruptly on displays viewed by remote users. As a result the interaction is perceived as unnatural by the users and is often inefficient. Images of a display of a common work product are received from a camera at a first location. These images may also comprise information about objects between the display and the camera such as a user's hand editing a document on a tablet PC. These images are combined with images of the shared work product and displayed at remote locations. Advance information about remote user actions is then visible and facilitates collaborative mediation between users. Depth information may be used to influence the process of combining the images.06-28-2012
20110193932CONFERENCE TERMINAL, CONFERENCE SERVER, CONFERENCE SYSTEM AND DATA PROCESSING METHOD - A conference terminal, a conference server, a conference system, and a data processing method are provided. The conference terminal includes: a mark obtaining module, configured to obtain a mark data signal; an image obtaining module, configured to obtain an image data signal; a superimposing module, configured to superimpose the mark data signal onto the image data signal to generate a hybrid image data signal; and an outputting module, configured to output the hybrid image data signal. The present invention improves the interactivity between videoconference users and the discussion efficiency.08-11-2011
20120176466Method of collecting and employing information about parties to a televideo conference - A method for creating an intelligent routing and criteria-based matching system, so that people may be matched for conferencing to each other by pre-determined matching of their characteristics and their requirements. The invention makes it possible to connect individuals who may or may not have been known to each other previously, and who may be routed to each other based on being good fits to collaborate in the stated business or social setting or other reason for dealing with another person in a video conference meeting. The invention makes it possible for suppliers of services over the video conference medium to be connected to individuals who want these services. The system takes into account the business rules and preferences of all individuals involved, so that intelligent business service collaboration may take place between parties based on pre-set criteria.07-12-2012
20130038673Automated Calendared Conference Rescheduling and Forwarding - Systems and methods are disclosed to automatically rescheduling and optionally transferring audio/video conferences when a conference runs longer than its previously allocated time. The disclosed relocation process incorporates one or more of a plurality of input sources such as electronic calendars, face/voice recognition systems, proximity systems, enterprise maps, and/or resource databases to assist in schedule adjustments. For example, if it is determined a meeting is running long then an organizer of a second impacted meeting can be notified of the over-run and prompted for information. If the second meeting organizer is amenable to delay or reschedule, options are presented to the second meeting organizer Once a plan change is determined, changes in schedule or location are automatically propagated to resources and attendees scheduled for the second meeting. Also, when a conference must relocate, actions associated with relocating resources are automated and confidentiality concerns can be taken into account.02-14-2013
20130033564PICTURE-IN-PICTURE PROCESSING FOR VIDEO TELEPHONY - The disclosure is directed to techniques for picture-in-picture (PIP) processing for video telephony (VT). According to the disclosed techniques, a local video communication device transmits PIP information to a remote video communication device. Using the PIP information, the remote video communication device applies preferential encoding to non-PIP regions of video transmitted to the local video communication device.02-07-2013
20120182382DOOR MOUNTED 3D VIDEO MESSAGING SYSTEM - A video communication system includes a 3D video recording system, a 3D video display system, a first control for activating the 3D recording system to record a video message, a second control for playing back the video message on the 3D display, a power supply, and a microprocessor configured to: receive input commands from the first control and the second control, receive video data from the 3D video recording system, and control the 3D video recording system and the 3D video display system.07-19-2012
20130070045PUBLIC COLLABORATION SYSTEM - A meeting management system for managing the conduct of a meeting online provides the functionality to arrange order of the presenters during a meeting (03-21-2013
20130088563VIDEO CONFERENCE CONTROL METHOD AND CONFERENCE TERMINAL - The present invention discloses a video conference control method and a conference terminal. The method includes: receiving multi-video information, where the multi-video information includes videos of at least two remote conference sites; displaying the multi-video information on a display screen, where the display screen includes a main video display area and an auxiliary video selection area; and performing, according to a received conference control operation request, a corresponding conference control operation on a conference site corresponding to a video displayed in the auxiliary video selection area. According to the present invention, the display screen is divided into the main video display area and the auxiliary video selection area, so that a user may perform a conference control operation on a video of a remote conference site through the auxiliary video selection area, a conference site that needs to be viewed is displayed in the main video display area.04-11-2013
20130088562COMMUNICATION TERMINAL FOR PROVIDING SILHOUETTE FUNCTION ON VIDEO SCREEN FOR VIDEO CALL AND METHOD THEREOF - A communication terminal provides a silhouette function on a video screen for a video call and a method thereof. The communication terminal may include a video input unit to receive an input of a video signal for a video call from a camera, a body recognition unit to recognize a body image of a user captured through the camera in the video signal, a silhouette processing unit to silhouette an area corresponding to the body image in the video signal, and a video output unit to output the video signal including the silhouetted body image to at least one opposite party communication terminal.04-11-2013
20110007126Method and System for Preparing Video Communication Images for Wide Screen Display - A system and method is disclosed for composing a video layout having an aspect ratio of 16:9 from a plurality of video segments having an aspect ratio other than 16:9. For example, the plurality of video segments might have an aspect ratio of 4:3. To create a composite frame having an aspect ratio of about 16:9, the disclosed system scales each one of the segments and places each scaled segment in the layout in such a way that the composite layout has an aspect ratio of about 16:9.01-13-2011
20130057641TELEVISION COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, TERMINAL, AND METHOD - When a material sharing mode using a projector at a first point and the projector at a second point is active, the projector at the first point causes a projection unit to project a video image from a first personal computer onto a projection screen, causes an image taking unit to take an image of the projected video image on the projection screen, causes a control unit of the projector or the first personal computer to compare the taken video image with a supply video image supplied from the first personal computer to the projector, and supplies a difference video image generated based on the comparison to the projector at the second point so as to be superimposed on the supply video image.03-07-2013
20110012988Telepresence System - Telepresence system having a media wall with one or more cameras and a participant table located a fixed distance from one or more of the cameras are useful in creating images for video conferencing. A back edge of the table is convex and a center of the back edge is aligned with a central camera. The center of the back edge is located horizontally closer to the central camera than either end of the back edge.01-20-2011
20130063544SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AFFINITY BASED SWITCHING - An example method may include displaying first image data associated with a first participant on a first screen; comparing a first affinity associated with the first participant to a second affinity associated with a second participant; and displaying second image data associated with the second participant on a second screen if the second affinity matches the first affinity. In certain implementations, the first data is displayed as a result of the first participant being an active speaker in a videoconference. The method may also include determining the first affinity and the second affinity based on corresponding uniform resource indicators (URIs) associated with the first affinity and the second affinity.03-14-2013
20120113211APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONFIGURING SCREEN FOR VIDEO CALL USING FACIAL EXPRESSION - Apparatus and method for configuring a screen for a video call using a facial expression by recognizing a face from an image, calculating facial expression information for an expression of the recognized face, and determining whether there is a change in expression of the recognized face by comparing the calculated facial expression information with reference expression information preset to determine a change in expression of the face. If there is a change in expression of the recognized face, the apparatus and method selects a video image corresponding to the changed expression in the video call screen, and reconfigures the video call screen using the selected video image, making it possible for a user to conveniently select an image of the interested person without taking extensive action, and preventing a wrong image from being selected due to the unintended user facial movement.05-10-2012
20120236106METHOD, APPARATUS, AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING CONFERENCE INCLUDING TELEPRESENCE CONFERENCING SITE - Embodiments of the present invention disclose a method, an apparatus, and a system for controlling a conference including a telepresence conference site, and relate to the field of network communications technologies. An embodiment of the present invention provides a method for controlling a conference site in a telepresence conference, including: receiving attribute information of a telepresence conference site sent by the telepresence conference site, where the telepresence conference site includes at least two video areas; and performing conference control according to the received attribute information of the telepresence conference site. Through application of the present invention, the conference control process of the telepresence conference site may be simplified.09-20-2012
20120236105METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MORPHING A USER DURING A VIDEO CALL - A method and apparatus for changing an appearance of a user during a video call is provided herein. Prior to making a call, a user identifies several images that can be used as morphing templates and also identifies a context where each template will be used. During a video call, a morphing template is then chosen based on a context of the call (e.g., time, place, caller identification, etc.). During the video call, the user's image will be morphed based on the chosen template. Because templates used for morphing will be easily changed based on a context of the call, the user will be provided with a simple technique to for morphing their image.09-20-2012
20120287222VIDEO COMMUNICATION METHOD, DEVICE AND SYSTEM - In the field of communication, embodiments of the present invention provide a video communication method, device and system. The technical solutions provided by the present invention include: at least two local video cameras, configured to shoot at least two channels of local video images; an apparatus for local shooting, stitching, and fusing, configured to fuse the at least two channels of local video images, generate a panoramic video image, encode the panoramic video image into a video code stream, and transmit the video code stream to a video communication site at a remote end; a local display fusing apparatus, configured to obtain at least two channels of video data by decoding a video code stream received from the remote end, fuse the at least two channels of video data, and output the fused video data to local display apparatuses for display.11-15-2012
20110216155INFORMATION-PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION-PROCESSING METHODS, RECORDING MEDIUMS, AND PROGRAMS - An information-processing apparatus including a reproducer for synchronously reproducing content data common to another information-processing apparatus, a user information input for inputting first user condition information including a voice and image of a user, a user information receiver for receiving second user condition information including a voice and image of an other user from the other information-processing apparatus, a synthesizer for synthesizing a voice and image of the content data synchronously reproduced by the reproducer with the voice and image of the second user condition information received by the user-information receiver; an information analysis unit for analyzing at least either the first user condition information input or the second user condition information; and a parameter-setting unit for setting a control parameter used for controlling a process on the basis of an analysis result produced by the information analysis unit.09-08-2011
20110216154APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OMNIDIRECTIONAL CALLER DETECTION IN VIDEO CALL SYSTEM - An apparatus and method for omnidirectional caller detection in a video call system are provided. The method includes capturing an image through an omnidirectional lens, reconstructing the image captured through the omnidirectional lens into an omnidirectional image having a square form, attempting detection of a caller's face in the omnidirectional image, and generating an image for delivery from the omnidirectional image according to the detection result.09-08-2011
20120268552APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR COMPOSITING IMAGE IN A PORTABLE TERMINAL - A method and apparatus for compositing images in a portable terminal are provided. The method includes acquiring a plurality of images; determining a composition region of each of the plurality of images; and compositing the plurality of images by using the composition regions of the plurality of images.10-25-2012
20090315973Processing video communication data - The present invention provides a method of processing video data in a video communication system, and a corresponding program and apparatus. The method comprises: receiving first video data at a first terminal from a second terminal; generating second video data at the first terminal for transmission to the second terminal; selecting the size of a first video area for displaying the first data within a display area; and scaling the first video data to the selected size of the first area and displaying it therein. The method further comprises: determining a second video area for displaying the second data within the display area, the determination of the second area comprising at least determining a location of the second area relative to the first area in dependence on the size of the first area; and scaling the second video data to the second video area and displaying it therein.12-24-2009
20100315481Portable video conferencing system with universal focal point - Embodiments of the present invention are directed to compact portable video conferencing systems, which eliminate the need for other meeting room appliances for a video conference. The systems provide the freedom to hold video conferences with a few participants in any setting, e.g., a manager's office, a conference room, multiple locations, etc. Embodiments provide portable video conferencing systems, which allow all the meeting participants, including local and remote users, to maintain constant eye contact throughout the meeting. An embodiment of the invention provides a portable video conferencing system including a base, a dual-sided display and a camera unit.12-16-2010
20110169909Transmission method in communication of video phone - The present invention discloses a transmission method in communication of a video phone, which utilize a user input indication messages to include a text message during communication of telephone call, and displays the text message on the calling interface of the terminal, thereby providing transmission of text messages during communication of the video phone. The present invention has improved message interaction between the mobile phones and is suitable for sending and receiving a text message during a telephone call of video mobile phones in the 3G network. The user can directly input words on the calling interface and send them to the other party, and the inputted text message can be directly displayed on the user's calling interface after choosing to send the text message.07-14-2011
20110205328VIDEO CONFERENCING SYSTEM, VIDEO CONFERENCING APPARATUS, VIDEO CONFERENCING CONTROL METHOD, AND VIDEO CONFERENCING CONTROL PROGRAM - To provide a video conferencing system that a user can continue to use even when the user leaves for a different location. The video conferencing system includes: a takeover information generation unit (08-25-2011
20090141118VIDEO COMMUNICATION TERMINAL AND METHOD OF ROAD GUIDANCE USING THE SAME - The present invention relates to a video communication terminal and a method of providing road guidance using the same. More specifically, the present invention provides a road guidance service to a user during video communication by transmitting the user's location information to a user of a correspondent video communication terminal and receiving road guidance information from the correspondent video communication terminal. The method of road guidance includes requesting, by a first video communication terminal road guidance, to a second video communication terminal through video communication, transmitting, if the first video communication terminal receives a signal accepting to provide the road guidance from the second video communication terminal, a location value of the first video communication terminal to the second video communication terminal and displaying a map including the location of the first video communication terminal in the second video communication terminal. A user of the video communication terminal may thereby receive precise road guidance, without an invasion of the user's privacy.06-04-2009
20120287221PICTURE-IN-PICTURE PROCESSING FOR VIDEO TELEPHONY - The disclosure is directed to techniques for picture-in-picture (PIP) processing for video telephony (VT). According to the disclosed techniques, a local video communication device transmits PIP information to a remote video communication device. Using the PIP information, the remote video communication device applies preferential encoding to non-PIP regions of video transmitted to the local video communication device.11-15-2012
20090096860METHOD AND SYSTEM OF MULTILOCATION VIDEO CONFERENCING - A conferencing unit allows first persons at remote locations to communicate with second persons at a central location. The unit receives respective videos of the first persons and a video of the second persons and outputs: the videos of the first persons to a central display at the central location such that the first persons are displayed on respective portions of the central display; the video of the second persons to remote displays respectively at the remote locations such that the second persons are displayed on one portion of each remote display; the video of one of the first persons to the display of another one of the first persons such that the one person is displayed on another portion of this display; and the video of the other person to the display of the one person such that the other person is displayed on another portion of this display.04-16-2009
20110228040Auto Stereoscopic 3D Telepresence Using Integral Holography - A holographic direct-view display system uses holographic integral imaging techniques that is an auto stereoscopic way to reproduce parallax and occlusion. The display is not resolution limited and is scalable to display life size images if desired. The system can be used to transmit 3D depictions of a scene at video and sub-video rates as well as other information, such as images of documents or computer generated images. The images may be captured, transmitted and displayed in real-time (or near real-time) for telepresence or stored for time-shifted display. The system combines integral holography, a pulsed laser to record the hologram at high speed and a dynamic refreshable holographic material such as a photorefractive polymer as a recording media. The system uses techniques to write, read and erase the updateable hologram that allow the holographic material, hence direct-view display to remain stationary throughout each of the processes for continuous presentation of the hologram to the audience. The system may write, read and erase at the same time and continuously to increase throughput. This system may also use additional novel techniques to improve brightness, efficiently implement a full-parallax display and to implement a full-color display in a transmission geometry.09-22-2011
20090256901Pop-Up PIP for People Not in Picture - A system and method for alerting participants in a videoconference that one or more participants are improperly framed by the videoconference camera is provided. An embodiment comprises a temporary self-view picture-in-picture image appearing when the number of faces detected by the videoconference camera changes. A face detection algorithm is used to determine when the number of faces being detected by the videoconference camera has changed. The self-view picture-in-picture image displays, for a duration of time, a representation of the image being captured by the videoconference camera, allowing participants who are not properly framed by the videoconference camera to adjust their position to that their faces are captured by the videoconference camera.10-15-2009
20110128346System of deploying videophone and early warning - A device and method for surveillance and early warning detection of undesired activity comprising local videophone and a remote videophone for the purposes of surveying a predetermined area with the local videophone and sending images of the captured information to the remote videophone for real time observation. The method also comprises at will surveillance of the predetermined area by calling the local videophone from the remote videophone to turn the local videophone on, conducting surveillance, and transmitting the captured information, in real time, to the remote videophone. The captured information may be recorded on the remote videophone, by a service provider, or by an emergency response team.06-02-2011
20110007127Displaying Panoramic Video Image Streams - Telepresence system having a media wall with one or more cameras and a participant table located a fixed distance from one or more of the cameras are useful in creating images for video conferencing. A back edge of the table is convex and a center of the back edge is aligned with a central camera. The center of the back edge is located horizontally closer to the central camera than either end of the back edge.01-13-2011
20120194633Digital Broadcast Receiver - One embodiment provides a digital broadcast receiver, including: a video telephone module connected to a communication network; a program table generator configured to generate a program table of broadcast programs; and a display control module configured to display the program table on a screen so as to be superimposed on a video transmitted to the video telephone module at a first predetermined time that comes after the video telephone module has been off-hooked and the video transmitted to the video telephone module has been displayed on the screen.08-02-2012
20120242777ESTABLISHING 3D VIDEO CONFERENCE PRESENTATION ON 2D DISPLAY - A 3D video conferencing system includes two cameras at each of two video conferencing locations. Images from the two cameras are exchanged between the locations and are combined at the receiving location in accordance with the angle at which the viewer at the receiving location is viewing an otherwise 2D display to give the illusion of depth perception.09-27-2012
20110025818System and Method for Controlling Presentations and Videoconferences Using Hand Motions - A system and method are disclosed for controlling presentations and videoconference using hand motions and/or laser dots from a laser pointer. A camera captures video of an area relative to content displayed on a display device from a content source. A control unit is communicatively coupled to the content source, the display device, and the camera. The control unit receives captured video from the camera. The control unit detects a hand motion by a presenter or a laser dot from a laser pointer that occurs within the captured video and determines the location within the captured video of at least one control for controlling the presentation or videoconference. The control unit determines if the detected hand motion or laser dot occurs within the determined location of the at least one control, and the control unit controls the content source based on the determined control.02-03-2011
20120200658Automatic Video Layouts for Multi-Stream Multi-Site Telepresence Conferencing System - A videoconference multipoint control unit (MCU) automatically generates display layouts for videoconference endpoints. Display layouts are generated based on attributes associated with video streams received from the endpoints and display configuration information of the endpoints. An endpoint can include one or more attributes in each outgoing stream. Attributes can be assigned based on video streams' role, content, camera source, etc. Display layouts can be regenerated if one or more attributes change. A mixer can generate video streams to be displayed at the endpoints based on the display layout.08-09-2012
20090033737Method and System for Video Conferencing in a Virtual Environment - According to some embodiments, a method and a system are provided to receive a first video signal at a first client and to receive a second video signal at a second client. The first video signal comprises an image of a first person and the second video signal comprises an image of a second person. The received first video signal and an image of a conference room are combined at the first client to create a first modified video signal comprising the image of the first person in the conference room. The received second video signal and the image of the conference room are combined at the second client to create a second modified video signal comprising the image of the second person in the conference room.02-05-2009
20120120182System and Method for Displaying a Videoconference - According to one embodiment of the present invention, a method for displaying a videoconference includes receiving a first video feed. The first video feed includes a first plurality of video signals, each video signal from at least one source and originating from one or more sites. The method also includes assigning for a videoconference each video signal of the first plurality of video signals to a zone of a plurality of zones of a display window. Each zone of the plurality of zones is able to display one video signal at a time. The method further includes, for each zone of the plurality of zones of the display window to which more than one video signal has been assigned, switching the current video signal to be displayed in the zone to another video signal assigned to the zone based on a switching protocol.05-17-2012
20110069139Method, Apparatus, and System for 3D Video Communication - A three-dimensional (3D) video communication method includes receiving video information of at least two session parties, wherein the video information of at least one session party is 3D video information. The video information received from the at least two session parties is processed according to state information of the at least two session parties and display capabilities of a terminal.03-24-2011
20110025819Compositing Video Streams - Methods and apparatus for compositing multiple video streams onto a background image having at least one object while keeping at least one of a proper perspective, order, and substantial alignment to the object of the multiple video streams based on the rules of a common layout. The background is defined as a meeting space that fills in gaps between the multiple video streams with appropriate structure of the object. The background creates the context of the meeting space.02-03-2011
20110096136TELEPRESENCE SYSTEM, TELEPRESENCE METHOD, AND VIDEO COLLECTION DEVICE - A telepresence system, a telepresence method, and a video collection device are disclosed. The telepresence system includes a video collection device, a video display device, an audio collection device, an audio player, and an audio and video communication device. The audio and video communication device transmits videos collected by the video collection device on a local end and audios collected by the audio collection device on the local end to a remote end through a network; the video display device and the audio player on the remote end play the images and audios respectively; and the video collection device is a panoramic camera. The technical solution under the present invention overcomes the poor effect of panoramic presence in the existing telepresence system, and improves the telepresence system in terms of depth presence, seamless display and eye contact.04-28-2011
20120306992TECHNIQUES TO PROVIDE FIXED VIDEO CONFERENCE FEEDS OF REMOTE ATTENDEES WITH ATTENDEE INFORMATION - Techniques are described to provide a fixed video feed display from a remote participant to a conference room, where the display further includes remote participant information. In one embodiment, for example, a method may include receiving a connection from a remote participant, retrieving metadata related to the remote participant, and displaying a video feed from the remote participant along with the metadata in a dedicated position in a conference room. The metadata may provide information about the remote participant, as well as points of interest that may aid in conversation with the remote participant. The remote feed remains in the dedicated position throughout the conference, creating the effect of the remote participant being in the room. Other embodiments are described and claimed.12-06-2012
20120147126SYSTEM, METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MULTIUSER COMMUNICATION - A moderator terminal device (06-14-2012
20120147125SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING VIDEO DATA TO BE RENDERED IN A VIDEO CONFERENCE ENVIRONMENT - A method is provided in one example embodiment and includes establishing a video session in which a plurality of displays are used for rendering video data, and evaluating a presentation element in order to identify a control element that includes control data. The control element is included in the presentation element. The method further includes communicating at least a portion of the control data such that it can be used to determine which video data is to be rendered on the plurality of displays.06-14-2012
20130010052INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - HMDs and compact cameras generate image data of display media of users, and transmit the data to a conference management server. HMDs and compact cameras further generate presentation information of the users for a conference, and transmit the information to the conference management server. The conference management server verifies the display medium by comparing an association between, each user and the image data of the display medium used by the user with an association between the received image data of the display medium for the user and the user. If the verification is successful, the server transmits presentation information of the users for the conference received from the HMDs and the compact cameras to the HMDs.01-10-2013
20120044319Videochat Game - This patent turns a basic videoconference system into web-based games through:02-23-2012
20110157297LIVE TELEPORTING SYSTEM AND APPARATUS - A telepresence system comprising a projector for generating an image, a projection screen for reviewing the image generated by the projector and generating a reflected image and a foil for reviewing the reflected image generated by the projection screen. The foil generates and directs partially reflected image toward an audience, the partially reflected image being perceived by the audience as a virtual image or hologram located on a viewing stage. The system may comprise a camera for filming an individual through the foil, the camera being located on a camera side of the foil and positioned adjacent to the viewing stage, the individual being located on an individual side of the foil and positioned on a filming stage. The system may comprise a frame for providing support to the projector and foil, the projector being connected to the frame and the foil being connected to the frame using a tensioning device, the tensioning device being capable of variably adjusting tension along at least one edge of the foil so that the foil remains substantially flat and smooth. The system may comprise a video wall, the foil reflecting the image generated by the video wall. The system may comprise a parabolic mirror for reflecting the image generated by the display device toward an audience, thereby producing a reflected image that is perceived by the audience as a hologram positioned between the parabolic mirror and the audience.06-30-2011
20110096135AUTOMATIC LABELING OF A VIDEO SESSION - Described is labeling a video session with metadata representing a recognized person or object, such as to identify a person corresponding to a recognized face when that face is being shown during the video session. The identification may be made by overlaying text on the video session, e.g., the person's name and/or other related information. Facial recognition and/or other (e.g., voice) recognition may be used to identify a person. The facial recognition process may be made more efficient by using known narrowing information, such as calendar information that indicates who the invitees are to a meeting that is being shown in the video session.04-28-2011
20120007940Scene Background Blurring Including Range Measurement - Different distances of two or more objects in a scene being captured in a video conference are determined by determining a sharpest of two or more color channels and calculating distances based on the determining of the sharpest of the two or more color channels. At least one of the objects is identified as a foreground object or a background object, or one or more of each, based on the determining of the different distances. The technique involves blurring or otherwise rendering unclear at least one background object or one or more portions of the scene other than the at least one foreground object, or combinations thereof, also based on the determining of distances.01-12-2012
20120007939Scene Background Blurring Including Face Modeling - Different distances of two or more objects in a scene being captured in a video conference are determined based on applying a face model to a detected face within a digitally-acquired image. At least one portion of the scene other than the face is identified as comprising a background object that is a different distance from the video camera component than the face. The technique involves blurring or otherwise rendering unclear the background object.01-12-2012
20090231412Telepresence Display Configuration - Telepresence display configuration useful for video conferencing. The telepresence display configurations include a video display and a mat. The mat is spaced apart from the video display and has an opening having an inner perimeter configured to frame a viewing surface of a video display.09-17-2009
20120154513VIRTUAL CIRCULAR CONFERENCING EXPERIENCE USING UNIFIED COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY - A virtual circular conferencing experience using unified communication technology is described. An apparatus may comprise a communications module operative to receive a plurality of incoming video streams from corresponding client devices for a conference call, a multimedia controller operative to retrieve video information of participants from each of the incoming video streams and generate a seamless virtual circular video stream from the video information comprising a virtual circular image having a composite of participants in a virtual room, and a communications module operative to broadcast the seamless virtual circular video stream to the client devices. Other embodiments are described and claimed.06-21-2012
20120026277VIDEO CONFERENCE - A method to present participants in a video conference including determining a participant distance and aligning a region of interest on the participant using one or more depth cameras, creating a cropped video stream of the participant by cropping the region of interest from a video stream of the participant, and arranging the cropped video stream of the participant with additional cropped video streams of additional participants for display in the video conference.02-02-2012
20120162352VIDEO TELEPHONE SYSTEM - According to one exemplary embodiment, a video telephone system includes: a digital broadcast receiver which receives a digital broadcast signal and reproduces a 2D or 3D video signal and an audio signal; a display unit and speakers which output the signals; a camera unit and a microphone unit for a TV phone call; a communication unit which transmits a 2D or 3D image data taken by the camera unit and an audio data picked up by the microphone unit to the outside, and which receives a 2D or 3D image data and an audio data from the outside; and a controller which receives meta-information indicating whether a counterpart TV receiver is in a 3D video displayable state, and transmits at least one of the 2D or 3D image data, the audio data, and a message to the counterpart TV receiver depending on a condition of the counterpart TV receiver.06-28-2012
20120127259SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING ENHANCED VIDEO PROCESSING IN A NETWORK ENVIRONMENT - A method is provided in one example and includes receiving a video input from a camera element; using change detection statistics to identify background image data; using the background image data as a temporal reference to determine foreground image data of a particular video frame within the video input; using a selected foreground image for a background registration of a subsequent video frame; and providing at least a portion of the subsequent video frame to a next destination.05-24-2012
20120162353Device Information Communication Method, Video Display Device, and Video Display System - According to one embodiment, a device information communication method applied to a video display device, includes: obtaining device information on a device being connected to the video display device; controlling an outgoing call to a communication partner and an incoming call from the communication partner; and sending the device information to the communication partner.06-28-2012
20110181684METHOD OF REMOTE VIDEO COMMUNICATION AND SYSTEM OF SYNTHESIS ANALYSIS AND PROTECTION OF USER VIDEO IMAGES - A method for remote video communication, the method including gathering a library of video images of a user, selecting a scenario of communication with an interlocutor, selecting a video image of the user, presenting the video image to the interlocutor, protecting the video image from the interlocutor by defining a degree of a correction, tracing and recognizing characteristic features of a behavior of the interlocutor, defining an emotional state of the user, correcting the emotional state of the user, defining the degree of the correction of the video image of the interlocutor, and providing the video image with a realistic appearance.07-28-2011
20110181683VIDEO COMMUNICATION METHOD AND DIGITAL TELEVISION USING THE SAME - A digital TV capable of video communication is discussed. According to an embodiment, the DTV for a video call operation using a camera associated with the DTV, includes a display unit and at least one processor. The processor is configured to display simultaneously, on the display unit, (a) an image received from the camera for a video call operation, and (b) different image setting items for controlling characteristics of the image received from the camera. The processor is further configured to adjust at least one of the characteristics of the image based on a user's control of at least one of the different image setting items, to display on the display unit the image having the adjusted characteristic based on the user's control, and to perform the video call operation with another party using the image having the adjusted characteristic.07-28-2011
20120133727SCREEN SHARING AND VIDEO CONFERENCING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A screen sharing and video conferencing method and system comprising a presenter device, one or more attendee devices and a streaming server for receiving and rebroadcasting video and audio streams from the presenter and the attendee devices. The presenter device and the attendee devices each comprise a browser-based video and audio streaming components configured to transmit camera video and microphone audio to the streaming server and playback video and audio streams from the streaming server. The presenter device further comprises an installed screen capture and system audio capture component configured to compress and transmit video data from a desktop and/or video source of the presenter device and to transmit system audio to the streaming server. The attendee devices further receive video and audio streams from the streaming server of camera, microphone, system audio and screen capture sources.05-31-2012
20120169829METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING VIDEO IMAGE DATA AND VIDEOCONFERENCING SYSTEM AND VIDEOCONFERENCING TERMINAL - A method and an apparatus for processing video image data are disclosed in the embodiments of the present invention. The method includes: obtaining multiple channels of correlative video image data and correlative information; combining the multiple channels of correlative video image data into a single channel of panoramic video image data by using the correlative information; and after recombining the panoramic video image data into multiple channels of video image data satisfying a display requirement of multiple display devices, respectively sending each channel of recombined video image data to each display device for display. Therefore, an overlapping phenomenon existing in images shot by a camera may be allowed, so that requirements on a location where a camera is placed and a distance between a user and a camera set are lowered.07-05-2012
20120176465System and Method for Providing Videoconferencing Among a Plurality of Locations - A method of displaying images among a plurality of spaced apart locations is provided, which method, in one exemplary embodiment, includes displaying an image associated with a first location on a first surface at a central location, displaying an image associated with a second location on a second surface at the central location, and displaying an image associated with the central location and the image associated with the first location at a common surface at the second location.07-12-2012
20120314017Transparent Autostereoscopic Image Display Apparatus and Method - An image display apparatus includes a display layer and an image separation layer. The image separation layer is adapted to separate a displayed image on the display layer into a first image for a left eye of an observer and into a second image for a right eye of an observer. This renders the image display apparatus autostereoscopic. In order to improve the appearance of the displayed image, the apparatus is adapted to activate the display layer and the image separation layer substantially only within a given two-dimensional silhouette and to remain substantially transparent outside of the silhouette. In other aspects, the apparatus may be adapted to dynamically adjust an observation angle between the first image and the second image by controlling the distance between the display layer and the image separation layer by an actuator. The apparatus may be mounted on a robotic unit.12-13-2012
20120262535METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING CHAT DATA AND VIDEO CONTENT BETWEEN MULTIPLE VIEWERS - Various embodiments of apparatus and/or methods are described for providing communication between multiple content viewers. First video data is captured of a first user located locally with respect to a presentation device and transmitted to a base station located remotely with respect to the presentation device. The base station transmits a composite signal that includes video content provided by a content source communicatively coupled the base station and further includes second video chat data captured of a second user located remotely with respect to the presentation device. The composite signal is responsively presented by the presentation device to the first user.10-18-2012
20120262534VIDEO IMAGE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND VIDEO IMAGE INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - A person hesitates to communicate with other person since the person do not know schedule of the other person, and accordingly, opportunities of daily communication are missed, which is a problem. First and second situations of first and second real spaces are recognized based on first and second video images obtained by capturing the first and second real spaces where first and second users 10-18-2012
20120262533SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING AUGMENTED DATA IN A NETWORK ENVIRONMENT - A method is provided in one example and includes identifying a particular word recited by an active speaker in a conference involving a plurality of endpoints in a network environment; evaluating a profile associated with the active speaker in order to identify contextual information associated with the particular word; and providing augmented data associated with the particular word to at least some of the plurality of endpoints. In more specific examples, the active speaker is identified using a facial detection protocol, or a speech recognition protocol. Data from the active speaker can be converted from speech to text.10-18-2012
20110234747Video Conferencing System - A video conferencing system includes a camera and a display within a room. The camera is directed towards participants in a foreground against a background. The room has lighting defining at least foreground luminance. The display defines maximum display luminance, and the display and flare of the room define minimum display luminance. The camera, the display, and/or the room are adapted to provide one or more of the following. First, that the maximum display luminance is greater than the foreground luminance but less than the foreground luminance times a first constant. Second, that the maximum display luminance is greater than the minimum display luminance by more than a second constant. Third, that illumination color of foreground images displayed on the display substantially match illumination color of the foreground. Fourth, that a color of background images displayed on the display substantially matches a color of the background.09-29-2011
20110292161Systems And Methods For Scalable Video Communication Using Multiple Cameras And Multiple Monitors - Systems and methods for performing videoconferencing using endpoints with multiple monitors and multiple cameras are disclosed herein. These endpoints are comprised of, where each node is comprised of a control unit and one or more node units, each connected to at least one monitor, camera, speaker, or microphone. Video is encoded using scalable coding, and endpoints are connected to each other over a network using an SVCS. Algorithms are described for layout management, tagging of individual streams, and use of tags for dynamic and prioritized layout management.12-01-2011
20120327174APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PRESENTING MEDIA CONTENT WITH TELEPRESENCE - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may capture images using a camera system at a location associated with a user, transmit video content representative of the images over a network for presentation by another media processor at another location, receive at a media processor media content and second video content representative of second images that are associated with the second user, and present at a display device of the location the media content and the second video content in a telepresence configuration that simulates a presence of the other user at the location, where at least one of the media content and the video content is presented as three dimensional content. Other embodiments are disclosed.12-27-2012
20120092440METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR VIDEO COMMUNICATION - A video communication apparatus in which eye contact can be made with an opposite party of a conversation is provided. The video communication apparatus includes: a monitor unit for video communication; and a camera unit for capturing an image of a user, wherein the monitor unit repeats mode switching between a video mode and a transparent mode according to a specific period, and wherein the camera unit is located behind the monitor unit and captures the image of the user by using a screen of the monitor unit. Accordingly, eye contact can be made with the opposite party when users who participate in video communication talk to each other while seeing communication images.04-19-2012
20120140021APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF COMMUNICATION, AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING COMMUNICATION CONTROL PROGRAM - In a communication system, a communication terminal displays an image based on display data being displayed and sent by an external apparatus. The communication terminal sends first resolution data specifying a resolution of a display of the communication terminal to the external apparatus. The external apparatus determines a resolution of the display data to be transmitted, based on the first resolution data, and second resolution data specifying a resolution of a display of the external input apparatus. The external apparatus sends the display data, which is converted to have the determined resolution, to the communication terminal.06-07-2012
20120140020Removing a Self Image From a Continuous Presence Video Image - Upon receiving a continuous presence video image, an endpoint of a videoconference may identify its self image and replace the self image with other video data, including an alternate video image from another endpoint or a background color. Embedded markers may be placed in a continuous presence video image corresponding to the endpoint. The embedded markers identify the location of the self image of the endpoint in the continuous presence video image. The embedded markers may be inserted by the endpoint or a multipoint control unit serving the endpoint.06-07-2012
20130016174CONFERENCE CONTROL METHOD, AND RELEVANT APPARATUS AND SYSTEM - Embodiments of the present invention disclose a conference control method, and a relevant apparatus and system. A conference control method includes: receiving a first area floor request, where the first area floor request carries a first site identifier and a first area identifier, a site corresponding to the first site identifier includes multiple areas and belongs to a first conference, and the first area identifier is an area identifier of a floor requesting area at the site corresponding to the first site identifier; and if determining to give floor to the floor requesting area corresponding to the first area identifier, broadcasting a speaking video corresponding to the floor requesting area to a site terminal of at least one of sites except the site corresponding to the first site identifier in the first conference.01-17-2013
20130021429Method, Apparatus, and System for 3D Video Communication - A three-dimensional (3D) video communication method includes receiving video information of at least two session parties, wherein the video information of at least one session party is 3D video information. The video information received from the at least two session parties is processed according to state information of the at least two session parties and display capabilities of a terminal.01-24-2013
20130021428Adaptation of video for use with different number of cameras and displays at endpoints - In one embodiment, a method includes identifying priority objects in a composite image created from one or more input video streams, processing the composite image, and generating a plurality of output video streams. The output video streams correspond to display screens available for viewing the output video streams and the number of output video streams is different than the number of input video streams. Processing the composite image includes positioning the priority objects to prevent placement of the priority objects at a location extending over two of the display screens. An apparatus is also disclosed.01-24-2013
20080246832COMMUNICATION METHOD AND NETWORK DISPLAY APPARATUS USING THE SAME - A network display apparatus, which is connected to a network and has a thin client function, is used as a monitor of a host device. If audio and video data is received through the network while the network display apparatus is used as a monitor of the host device, the network display apparatus may transmit the audio and video data to the host device. The host device performs signal processing for the audio and video data received through the network from the network display apparatus, and outputs the processed data. Accordingly, the audio and video data received from an external apparatus through the network by the network display apparatus is output by the host device, and thus it is possible to perform operations using the host device and simultaneously to provide a user of the audio and video data received from the external apparatus without source change.10-09-2008
20130176379Removing a Self Image From a Continuous Presence Video Image - Upon receiving a continuous presence video image, an endpoint of a videoconference may identify its self image and replace the self image with other video data, including an alternate video image from another endpoint or a background color. Embedded markers may be placed in a continuous presence video image corresponding to the endpoint. The embedded markers identify the location of the self image of the endpoint in the continuous presence video image. The embedded markers may be inserted by the endpoint or a multipoint control unit serving the endpoint.07-11-2013
20130100236METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PLAYING AUDIO OF ATTENDANT AT REMOTE END AND REMOTE VIDEO CONFERENCE SYSTEM - A method and an apparatus for playing audio of an attendant at a remote end and a remote video conference system are provided. The method includes: receiving audio of an attendant at a remote site; and by means of two or more loudspeakers mounted at a top and a bottom of a remote image presentation device at a local site, simulating an audio transmission path of the audio of the attendant at the remote site between the two or more loudspeakers and an attendant at the local site through a predetermined algorithm, where the simulating means that the audio transmission path is simulated between an image of the head of the attendant at the remote site displayed in the remote image presentation device, and the head of the attendant at the local site.04-25-2013
20130113872VIDEO CONFERENCE SYSTEM - An embodiment provides a video conference system including an audio processing unit, a video processing unit and a network processing unit. The audio processing unit encodes an audio signal to an audio stream. The video processing unit encodes a pause image to a first video stream when the video conference system is in a pause mode, and encodes a video signal to a second video stream when the video conference system is in a conference mode. The network processing unit encodes the first video stream to a first network package in the pause mode, and encodes the second video stream and the audio stream to a second network package in the conference mode.05-09-2013
20130120521Systems for Facilitating Virtual presence - A virtual presence system includes a display having a structural matrix configured to arrange a plurality of spaced pixel elements. A plurality of spaced pixel elements collectively form an active visual area wherein an image is displayable. At least one image capture device is disposed within the active visual area for capturing an image.05-16-2013
20130169741Interactive Video Collaboration Framework - A system for providing interactive collaboration between a plurality of users. The system includes a profile respository for storing a priority level for each of said plurality of users and providing addresses for accessing each of said plurality of users. A media content server indexes audio and video data within the system. A data server stores the audio and video data at locations identified by indexing data located at the media content server. An acquisition processor provides audio and video data streams to requesting ones of the plurality of users. Audio and video data streams are located based on indexing data within the media content server and accessed according to a priority level for each requesting user. A communication processor controls bidirectional communication between requesting users according to the priority level for each requesting user.07-04-2013
20110249083METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PROCESSING TEXT DATA - A method is provided for processing text data in a telecommunication context between at least one first terminal and one second terminal, comprising, after a processing device receives text data from the first terminal, generating image data integrating the received text data in order to transmit the image data to at least the second terminal. The invention also relates to a corresponding device and to a call system including such a device.10-13-2011
20120274729Method for Creating a Videoconferencing Displayed Image - A user can design their own custom composed view for a videoconference depending on the users' individualized needs. The view can include segments (windows) in which participating conferees' video images are presented and accessory elements such as window borders, text, icons, and the like. The content of the accessory elements can be linked to events within the conference or the content of other objects within the view. A custom composed view for a video conference can be designed off-line by a user, loaded into a videoconferencing device, and executed to generate the custom composed view. The videoconferencing device can synchronize the content of accessory elements with the content of other objects presented in the view.11-01-2012
20120274728Video Conference Apparatus, Method, and Storage Medium - An aspect of the present disclosure provides for connection to a video conference apparatus at a remote site. A method includes initiating transmission of an image of shared content to the video conference apparatus at the remote site, the image of the shared content representing data shared with the video conference apparatus; determining, when the transmission of the image is initiated, a first region and a second region in an output image; monitoring the shared content which is being transmitted; determining whether an instruction for full-screen display is issued regarding the monitored shared content; and causing the full-screen display of the image of the shared content to fit in the first region when the instruction for full-screen display is issued.11-01-2012
20120274727METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR SHARING CONTENT VIA A COLLABORATION SCREEN - Video conferencing methods and systems that enable shared content to be displayed in a separate window within a screen or in a separate display are described. In one aspect, a method for establishing a video conference with shared content using a computing device includes capturing images of a first participant through a screen using a camera. The screen is located between the first participant and the camera. The method also includes projecting images of a second participant on the screen to be viewed by the first participant using a projector, and displaying shared content separate from the images of the second participant. The shared content is to be presented in different format than the images of the second participant presented on the screen.11-01-2012
20130155176Reflective and Refractive Solutions to Providing Direct Eye Contact Videoconferencing - A videoconferencing unit for enhancing direct eye-contact between participants can include a curved fully reflective mirror to reflect the image of the near end to a camera. The curved mirror can be placed in front of the display screen near a location where images of faces/eyes of far end participants are to appear. In another example, the videoconferencing unit can include a disintegrated camera configuration that provides an air gap between a front lens element and a rear lens element. The front lens element can be located behind an aperture within the display screen. The air gap can provide an unobstructed path to light from projectors and therefore avoid any undesirable shadows from appearing on the display screen. In another example, the videoconferencing unit can include a combination of the disintegrated camera configuration and mirrors for providing direct eye contact videoconferencing.06-20-2013
20120281059Immersive Remote Conferencing - The subject disclosure is directed towards an immersive conference, in which participants in separate locations are brought together into a common virtual environment (scene), such that they appear to each other to be in a common space, with geometry, appearance, and real-time natural interaction (e.g., gestures) preserved. In one aspect, depth data and video data are processed to place remote participants in the common scene from the first person point of view of a local participant. Sound data may be spatially controlled, and parallax computed to provide a realistic experience. The scene may be augmented with various data, videos and other effects/animations.11-08-2012
20130182062APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TAKING IMAGE AND CONDUCTING VIDEO COMMUNICATION - A method and an apparatus for taking an image and conducting video communication are provided. The image-taking and video communication apparatus includes a transparent display, a front camera, and a controller. The front camera is positioned behind the transparent display and captures an image of an object in front of the transparent display through the transparent display. The controller synchronizes an image capture period of the front camera with a screen output period of the transparent display so that image capturing of the front camera alternates with screen output of the transparent display.07-18-2013
20110310215Customizable internet based system for real-time multi-media tele-presence of large dynamically varible number of users - A System for video and audio real-time communication among a large Community of members connected to Internet via local computers, cell phone or iPads with a webcam and a Central Computer System. The User's Devices and the Central Computer System are made of commercially available hardware and they run standard software plus proprietary software described in this patent. The Proprietary Software, VRTCOS, runs in the Central Computer System. All the users have a Community ID and a Profile. Upon request, every user is presented with the video and audio signals from a subset of the Community's members, the User's Neighborhood, in only one video stream. Neighborhood of 30 users can be achieved with a Central Computer System of average power.12-22-2011
20110310214Videoconferencing System with Enhanced Telepresence Using a Single Wide Aspect Ratio Camera - A videoconferencing system for enhanced telepresence employs a single wide aspect ratio high resolution camera for capturing video images of near end conference participants. Captured video image can be divided into adjacent portions, where video images corresponding to each portion is separately encoded and sent to a far end videoconferencing system to be displayed on adjacently placed display devices. Misalignment in displayed images at the far end can be mitigated by selecting portions that are non-overlapping and horizontally aligned. Number and size of the portions can be determined based on configuration information of the far end videoconferencing system.12-22-2011
20130194375Scene Background Blurring Including Range Measurement - Different distances of two or more objects in a scene being captured in a video conference are determined by determining a sharpest of two or more color channels and calculating distances based on the determining of the sharpest of the two or more color channels. At least one of the objects is identified as a foreground object or a background object, or one or more of each, based on the determining of the different distances. The technique involves blurring or otherwise rendering unclear at least one background object or one or more portions of the scene other than the at least one foreground object, or combinations thereof, also based on the determining of distances.08-01-2013
20130194374INTERACTIVE APPLICATION SHARING - Embodiments permit interactive sharing of applications. Multiple electronic devices may share applications, or application data, in such a fashion that users of the electronic devices may each see one another's application data or interact with one another through a shared application. In some embodiments, users may control what data is shared by designating certain data as public or private. In other embodiments, interactive sharing of applications may be combined with, or incorporated into, a communication between users, such as a video conference.08-01-2013
20120081503IMMERSIVE VIDEO CONFERENCE SYSTEM - A preferred embodiment of a video conferencing system that may employ a video camera capable of capturing a view approximating 360 degrees, a viewing screen positioned to allow natural eye contact between conference participants, and a processing module capable of receiving and processing multiple data streams from video and audio capturing devices as well as data streams from other sources. In some embodiments, the video camera may be mounted above or below the viewing screen to capture an approximately 360 degree view of all locally appearing participants as well as the surrounding conference environment. The video conferencing system allows multiple participants participating from a single location to communicate easily and maintain natural eye contact with one another while maintaining eye contact with persons appearing from remote locations.04-05-2012
20130093835DEFINING ACTIVE ZONES IN A TRADITIONAL MULTI-PARTY VIDEO CONFERENCE AND ASSOCIATING METADATA WITH EACH ZONE - A conference system provides metadata about the display of a multimedia stream to allow communication endpoints to control the format of a video conference. A multipoint control unit (MCU) can provide metadata that describes the display layout and other information about the multimedia stream. After setting up the conference, the MCU can generate a layout description in eXstensible Markup Language (XML) that can be sent to and understood by the communication endpoints. The communication endpoints can read and interpret the XML metadata to determine how the display layout is configured. If desired by the user, the communication endpoint can change the display layout or other multimedia stream function based on the received metadata.04-18-2013
20130208078INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, METHOD OF PROCESSING INFORMATION, AND PROGRAM - An information processing apparatus, an information processing system, and a method of processing information are provided. In one embodiment, the information processing apparatus includes a processor, and a memory device storing instructions. When executed by the processor, the instructions cause the processor to receive, from a first information processing apparatus, area specifying information and location information, the area specifying information specifying a display area in an image, the display area including a plurality of partial images, the location information indicating at least one location of the plurality of partial images. The instructions further cause the processor to transmit, to a second information processing apparatus, the area specifying information and the location information.08-15-2013

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