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On screen video or audio system interface

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715 - Data processing: presentation processing of document, operator interface processing, and screen saver display processing

715700000 - OPERATOR INTERFACE (E.G., GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE)

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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
715719000 Video interface 290
715723000 For video segment editing or sequencing 131
715717000 Multiple diverse systems 21
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20110283190ELECTRONIC PERSONAL INTERACTIVE DEVICE - An interface device and method of use, comprising audio and image inputs; a processor for determining topics of interest, and receiving information of interest to the user from a remote resource; an audiovisual output for presenting an anthropomorphic object conveying the received information, having a selectively defined and adaptively alterable mood; an external communication device adapted to remotely communicate at least a voice conversation with a human user of the personal interface device. Also provided is a system and method adapted to receive logic for, synthesize, and engage in conversation dependent on received conversational logic and a personality.11-17-2011
20090106657Web Browser Audio Controls - One or more audio controls are presented in a browser application to allow a user to adjust one or more audio signals (e.g., mute, adjust volume) provided by one or more audio sources (e.g., websites). In some aspects, the browser application remembers the user's audio control settings for audio sources and automatically applies those settings to the audio controls when audio signals from the audio sources are detected.04-23-2009
20130031477MODE NOTIFICATIONS - In general, a method performed on one or more computing systems includes receiving an indication that a control that affects an application has been activated, identifying, by the one or more computing systems in response to the indication, one or more active modes of the application that are not influenced by the control, and providing, on a display in response to identifying the one or more active modes, a graphical representation of the one or more active modes.01-31-2013
20120204107Methods and Systems of Content Mobilization, Mobile Search, and Video Editing through a Web Interface - This invention relates to computer implemented methods and systems for content mobilization, and in particular, methods and systems for mobilization of video, music, photos and other media, including processes for application in mobile search, mobile messaging, mobile editing of media, and combinations thereof. Upon a user of a mobile device selecting a web content item corresponding to a media file, the media file is dynamically transcoded based on the mobile device to receive the media and sent to the mobile device.08-09-2012
20110209061METHOD FOR PLAYING BACK AUDIO FILES WITH AN AUDIO REPRODUCTION DEVICE - A method for playing back audio files with an audio reproduction device and an audio reproduction device are described.08-25-2011
20120173978Location-Aware Fitness Monitoring Methods, Systems, and Program Products, and Applications Thereof - Location-aware fitness monitoring program products, systems, and methods, and applications thereof, are disclosed. In an embodiment, a method for providing information about an athletic activity includes the steps of displaying to a user via a computer performance parameter information regarding an individual's performance during the athletic activity as a function of time, and displaying to the user via the computer the title of a music track that was played for the individual by a portable fitness monitoring device during the athletic activity, wherein the display of the title of the music track occurs in response to the user specifying via the computer a particular point in time during the athletic activity.07-05-2012
20120173975CONTROL RING INTERFACE FOR COMPUTING SYSTEMS - A method is provided that includes displaying a user interface on a display device. The user interface includes a first ring and a first menu. The first ring has an axis and is user-scrollable about the axis to selectively bring portions of the first menu into and out of sight. An item from the first menu is selected.07-05-2012
20100017713Content Management Apparatus and Content Management Method - According to one embodiment, a content management apparatus according to one embodiment of the invention includes a first acquisition module configured to acquire a predetermined content, a storage module configured to store the predetermined content in a storage unit, a detection module configured to detect the presence/absence of related content related to the predetermined content, and relevance between the predetermined content and content other than the predetermined content stored in the storage unit, a display information output module configured to output display information required to display information of unacquired related content which is related content related to the predetermined content and is not stored in the storage unit, and a second acquisition module configured to acquire an unacquired related content based on an acquisition instruction of the unacquired related content.01-21-2010
20110191682Communicator program manger - A method and apparatus for managing a plurality of communicator programs each having a corresponding interface, the method comprising receiving a sequence of selections of one of the plurality of communicator programs; sequentially presenting one of a plurality of communicator interfaces, each corresponding to one of the communicator programs; and sequentially presenting information corresponding to each of the plurality of communicator programs the apparatus being configured to perform the method.08-04-2011
20110191681Systems and Methods for Human Intelligence Personal Assistance - A human intelligence personal assistance system and method is disclosed. A user interacts with an audio and video image of a person. Inputs from the user request performance of one or more tasks including passive requests activated by mere motion detection. Thus the user may actively request tasks such as email review or passively trigger tasks such as sales assistance. Depending upon the complexity of the task, either a human operator or a computer may assist the user. The audio and video image communicates with the user in synchronization with downloaded results.08-04-2011
20110191679System and Method for Online Media Preview - An embodiment of a system and method for online media preview extracts a plurality of preview frames from a media file. The preview frames are saved in a layered data structure. In addition, the preview frames may be scaled to a lower resolution so that the preview file formed by the preview frames is reduced in size. After receiving a preview request, a delivery scheduling scheme delivers the preview frames at selected time points to minimize startup delay and playback jitter.08-04-2011
20110197129MEDIA FILE ACCESS CONTROL METHOD FOR DIGITAL MEDIA PLAYER, AND METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ADDING MY FAVORITES FOLDER - A media file access control method for a digital media player includes a) receiving a mode selection instruction; b) determining whether the mode selection instruction corresponds to a lite mode or a computer file mode; and c) if the mode selection instruction corresponds to the lite mode, performing steps of loading a plurality of multimedia files according to content of a pre-established favorites list recording respective names and storage locations of the multimedia files, and displaying thumbnails of the multimedia files in a first region of a screen of a display element. The thumbnails of the multimedia files are capable of being selected such that the multimedia files can be played directly and instantly.08-11-2011
20100083113Architecture For Optimizing Audio and Video Output States for Multimedia Devices - An architecture for automatically optimizing audio and video modes available from interconnected multimedia devices. When one multimedia device is connected with another multimedia device, the devices communicate with each other to determine the modes available from both devices. The devices then compare the different combinations of available audio and video modes and determine which mode combination yields the optimal operating efficiency for outputting a media service.04-01-2010
20130031479Web-based video navigation, editing and augmenting apparatus, system and method - A web-based system providing a service for on demand editing, navigation, and augmenting of audiovisual files comprising a pinner/navigator which automatically creates a .CXU file of an audiovisual project file uploaded to the service, the .CXU file capturing incidence time offsets for textual objects in the file, the pinner/navigator comprising an editor providing a graphical user interface enabling users to edit the audiovisual project file by modifying textual objects, pinning beginning and ending boundaries for textual objects of interest, and navigating the file by selecting textual objects, the pinner/navigator automatically outputting an edited project file per user edits; a service API wrapper providing an interface for accessing one or more recognition services which automatically generate semantic metadata comprising recognized objects for the uploaded audiovisual file, a semantics calculator operating on the recognized objects using a semantic calculus, a semantics editor, and an audiovisual file encoder/decoder.01-31-2013
20130031478VIRTUALIZED HOSTING AND DISPLAYING OF CONTENT USING A SWAPPABLE MEDIA PLAYER - A system for presenting content includes a display device storing a virtual client. A display host is operable to execute multiple instances of a browser each of which operates as a swappable media player that is operable to retrieve and load any of a plurality of different media players needed to play specified content. The display host is operable to perform operations including receiving from a switchboard server system a message indicating that a specified media player is to be used to play particular content using a first instance of a swappable media player, retrieving and loading the specified media player from a content provider using the first instance of the swappable media player, playing the particular content in a first session using the specified media player, and causing a presentation of the content to be mirrored onto the virtual client residing on the display device.01-31-2013
20130086474MEDIA CONTENT MANAGEMENT AND PRESENTATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Exemplary media content management and presentation systems and methods are described herein. An exemplary method includes a media content presentation system linking together multiple media content instances, playing back or managing a playlist that includes the linked media content instances, and processing the linked media content instances as a block of linked media content instances within the playing back or managing of the playlist. Another exemplary method includes a media content presentation system playing back a media content instance for experiencing by a user, presenting a playback user interface in conjunction with the playing back of the media content instance, and providing, within the playback user interface, one or more media management tools configured for use by the user to manage the media content instance during the playing back of the media content instance. Corresponding systems and methods are also disclosed.04-04-2013
20110202843METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR DELAYING PRESENTATION OF AN UPDATE TO A USER INTERFACE - Methods and systems are described for delaying presentation of an update to a user interface. In one aspect, first update information is received for sending to a display device to update a previously updated, existing visual component. A specified visibility condition is detected as not being met. In response to detecting the visibility condition is not met, the sending of the first update information is deferred. The visibility condition is detected as met. In response to detecting the visibility condition is met, the sending of the first update information to update the visual component is performed.08-18-2011
20110202842SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CREATING CUSTOM MEDIA PLAYER INTERFACE FOR SPEECH GENERATION DEVICE - Systems and methods of providing electronic features for creating a customized media player interface for an electronic device include providing a graphical user interface design area having a plurality of display elements. Electronic input signals then may define for association with selected display elements one or more electronic actions relative to the initiation and control of media files accessible by the electronic device (e.g., playing, pausing, stopping, adjusting play speed, adjusting volume, adjusting current file position, toggling modes such as repeat or shuffle, and/or establishing, viewing and/or clearing a playlist.) Additional electronic input signals may define for association with selected display elements labels such as action identification labels or media status labels. A graphical user interface is then initiated on an electronic display associated with an electronic device, wherein the graphical user interface comprises media player features corresponding to the plurality of display elements and associated electronic actions and/or labels.08-18-2011
20110202841COMPUTER-BASED PROJECT MANAGEMENT - Computer-based methods for managing a project are disclosed. The computer-based method may include displaying a plurality of images in a first portion of a computer screen, each image of the plurality of images being representative of at least one of a service and a good; detecting movement of at least one image of the plurality of images from the first portion to a second portion of the computer screen spaced from the first portion; soliciting one or more vendors for proposals to provide at least one of a service and a good represented by the at least one image moved to the second portion; displaying the proposals received from the solicited vendors on the computer screen; and detecting approval of one or more of the displayed proposals.08-18-2011
20110202840REUSABLE MEDIA SOURCES FOR ONLINE BROADCAST DATA - A broadcaster-specific service module is provided for applications hosted by a processing device. The broadcaster-specific service module and the applications communicate through a common service bus. The broadcaster-specific service module receives items from an online broadcaster via a network, with each item associated with a media file or stream available from the online broadcaster. The broadcaster-specific service module generates a catalog containing a tree of the items, and sends the catalog to a target application via the service bus to display the catalog for user selection. The broadcaster-specific service module formats data of the catalog can be understood by all of the applications attached to the service bus.08-18-2011
20100077306System and Methods for Synchronizing Audio and/or Visual Playback with a Fingering Display for Musical Instrument - Disclosed herein are various systems and methods for audio and/or visual playback. A system can include a first data encoded according to a first file format, a second data encoded according to a second file format, and a file using the first and second data to enable synchronized audio and/or visual playback of the data on one or more receiving elements. In certain instances, at least a portion of the second data includes information relating to finger positions on a musical instrument.03-25-2010
20130080894DISPLAY DEVICE AND SYSTEM AND METHOD INCORPORATING SUCH DEVICE - The invention provides for a method and related system of displaying to a user at a user display device content delivered wirelessly from a remote server, and of displaying to the user content from a mobile radio communications device, the method comprising the steps of routing the content from the remote server to the user display device via the mobile radio communications device, and delivering content from the mobile radio communications device to the user display device for display thereon, and in this manner a user device such as a mobile phone can have the subject of its display delivered to a remote display device for display in combination with, for example, a PC application running as a remote server, and further wherein the user interface devices associated with the display device can be employed to interact with the remote server and the mobile radio communications device.03-28-2013
20130036354MUSIC INTERFACE - The music selection system allows a game terminal to use the logic processing and information of a remote computer server to provide fast relevant search results based on user keyed information. The search is carried out in parallel using different databases to provide possible results which are then combined and reduced by the server. This arrangement provides fast accurate results and advantageously uses search techniques well known to users. This familiarity in combination with the specialized databases provides relevant music search results with relatively few keystroke entries.02-07-2013
20130036353Method and Apparatus for Displaying Multimedia Information Synchronized with User Activity - A method, apparatus, and computer readable medium for displaying multimedia information synchronized with user activity includes a multimedia processing unit. The multimedia processing unit receives requests for multimedia information from a user and synchronizes the display of a multimedia presentation to a user based on user activities which are observed using one or more sensors. The multimedia processing unit acquires multimedia information from various sources via a network and segments the multimedia information based on content and additional information determined to be related to particular multimedia information acquired. The multimedia processing unit generates multimedia presentations using multimedia segments obtained from different sources. Multimedia segments are selected for a particular multimedia presentation based on a rating associated with the multimedia information from which the segment was derived.02-07-2013
20120210220TIMELINE SEARCH AND INDEX - Some embodiments provide a timeline search tool for searching and navigating a timeline. The timeline search tool includes a search field that allows a user to search for clips. In some embodiments, each clip in the list of clips is selectable such that a selection of the clip causes the timeline to navigate to the position of the clip in the timeline. In some embodiments, the timeline search tool allows a user to search for clips based on keywords or markers.08-16-2012
20100100819ENCODING METHOD AND APPARATUS AND DECODING METHOD AND APPARATUS - The disclosed embodiments relate to a multimedia data encoding/decoding method and apparatus. In some aspects, a decoding method comprises receiving multimedia data which comprises a media area including a video data area and an audio data area, a media information area including a video track area and an audio track area respectively corresponding to the video data area and the audio data area, and a menu description area including description data for displaying a menu that provides an interface between a user and media data in the media area; extracting the description data from the multimedia data; endering a menu using the extracted description data; and decoding media data extracted from the media area based on the menu, wherein the media area, the media information area and the menu description area are incorporated into one file, the multimedia data further comprises usage metadata in another file, the usage metadata describes and stores a user's action on the media data in the media area, and the decoding comprises decoding the media data from the point of interruption using the usage metadata. The disclosed embodiments include a multimedia data encoding/decoding method and apparatus can construct a multi media data file including a plurality of video/audio contents and description data for a menu between a user and media data. Thus, a time taken to process and transmit the multimedia data can be reduced.04-22-2010
20100042925SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR TELEVISION WITH INTEGRATED SOUND PROJECTION SYSTEM - Systems and methods that facilitate the use and operation of a television (TV) with an integrated sound projection system. The sound projector preferably comprises an array of speakers configurable to project beams that reflect off the walls and ceiling to create surround sound. In one embodiment, the user can use a graphical user interface-base menu system to move the sound beams around the viewing room while being presented with a graphical representation of the same. In another embodiment, a TV remote control unit can be equipped with a embedded microphone and microprocessor control to measure the audio level and transmit the level back to the TV to be used to automatically setup audio levels and delays in surround systems. In another embodiment, individual audio settings could be saved per each activity for a preferred viewing experience for a given activity.02-18-2010
20100042924Encoding method and apparatus and decoding method and apparatus - The disclosed embodiments relate to a multimedia data encoding/decoding method and apparatus. In some aspects, a decoding method comprises receiving multimedia data which comprises a media area including a video data area having a plurality of video contents and an audio data area having a plurality of audio contents, a media information area including a plurality of video track areas respectively corresponding to the video contents and a plurality of audio track areas respectively corresponding to the audio contents, and a menu description area including description data for displaying a menu that provides an interface between a user and media data in the media area; displaying a menu using the description data; and decoding media data extracted from the media area based on the menu, wherein each of the video track areas and the audio track areas comprises at least one of temporal information and spatial information of a corresponding content, and the media area, the media information area and the menu description area are incorporated into a single file. The disclosed embodiments include a multimedia data encoding/decoding method and apparatus can construct a multi media data file including a plurality of video/audio contents and description data for a menu between a user and media data. Thus, a time taken to process and transmit the multimedia data can be reduced.02-18-2010
20090158155PLAYLIST GENERATION, DELIVERY AND NAVIGATION - Automatic and assisted playlist generation is accomplished by collecting data from users of a world-wide music information system. Attributes of the recordings listened to by users are extracted from data collected when the users access the music information system. The attributes are correlated with other attributes in the system to verify data accuracy. Users can specify a set of attributes of their music collection for automatic generation of a playlist. The playlist can then be further edited, even on devices with a limited display and a few buttons designed for playback of recordings, by re-mapping the functions of the buttons for playlist generation.06-18-2009
20090158154MOBILE TERMINAL AND METHOD OF PLAYING DATA THEREIN - A mobile terminal includes a user input unit for receiving user inputs, a display unit for displaying information, an audio output module for outputting an audio signal, and a controller for processing a user input to select at least a first specific position in multimedia data, controlling the display unit to display multimedia information related to the selected at least a first specific position and sorting the multimedia information with respect to at least a second specific position in the multimedia data.06-18-2009
20100332985GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE FOR A DEVICE HAVING MULTIPLE INPUT AND OUTPUT NODES - A graphical user interface (GUI) is described. The GUI includes first GUI elements that provide a visual representation of the nodes of an audio/video device. In response to user input, a signal is caused to be routed between nodes by manipulating circuitry within the audio/video device. Second GUI elements provide a visual representation of the signals being routed within the electronic device between pairs of first GUI elements (e.g., between nodes). As a result, the user can readily understand which nodes are connected to each other. Thus, for example, a user can easily visualize which source node is providing input to a target node and, by selecting the appropriate GUI elements, can just as easily switch from one source to another or from one target to another.12-30-2010
20100332982MODULAR ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM WITH MOVABLE COMPONENTS - A system for playing audio content, visual content, or audio-visual content includes a base panel that incorporates loudspeakers, amplifiers, a display/control surface, charging circuitry for any objects placed upon the display surface, and capacitive sensors to display and control the user interface. Also included are one or more portable units having housings in the shape of aesthetically-pleasing structures. These portable units include data storage components (such as hard disk drives, optical drives, flash memories, etc.) for storing the content to be played, and incorporate electronics within but have no visible controls. As the portable units are placed at any location on the display surface, a GUI automatically appears under and around the units, indicating content, controls, etc. Commands can be entered on the GUI for controlling the transfer of the content from or to the portable units and for controlling the playing of the content by the base panel.12-30-2010
20100107078DISPLAY GENERATION DEVICE, DISPLAY GENERATION METHOD, PROGRAM, AND CONTENT DOWNLOAD SYSTEM - A display generation device, a display generation method, a program, and a content download system are provided. The display generation device for generating a display screen including one or two or more user-selectable playback control items is provided with a download section for downloading content data from a content server storing the content data, a data amount acquisition section for acquiring a data amount already downloaded and a data amount not yet downloaded by the download section among the content data, a rate acquisition section for acquiring a transmission rate of data from the content server to the display generation device, and a display screen generation section for generating the display screen including the playback control item according to the data amount acquired by the data amount acquisition section and the transmission rate acquired by the rate acquisition section.04-29-2010
20100107077DISPLAY OF WORK CONTENT - The present invention provides a worker with information about work to be paid attention when the work is displayed in the moving image data. Work content for each of steps of the work to be carried out on a product is stored as moving image data in a storage unit. In response to a desired step being selected on a display device, the moving image data corresponding to the selected step is read from the storage unit. Playback of the moving image data is started on the display device. When starting the playback of the moving image data, a time bar where a progress of the playback of the moving image data is indicated by a slider. Attention work is predetermined within the step of the work. An occurrence timing of the attention work is displayed corresponding to the time bar.04-29-2010
20130042178DISPLAY CONTROLLING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A list of moving image data is displayed using preset representative images. When a predetermined person is selected in response to a user operation and a frame containing the predetermined person exists in moving image data, the list is displayed using a representative image generated from the frame containing the predetermined person, in place of the preset representative image.02-14-2013
20130042177SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INCORPORATING A CONTROL CONNECTED MEDIA FRAME - Various embodiments are described for managing media content using a communications device. One embodiment is a method that comprises providing, by the communications device, a user interface for a user to access the media content. The method further comprises receiving a user input from the user via the user interface, searching a media content database for media content corresponding to the user input, and updating the user interface according to the media content corresponding to the user input and displaying in a specified order.02-14-2013
20130042176METHODS SYSTEMS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR MANAGING SOUND FILES OF A VEHICLE - A system for managing sound files of a vehicle is provided. The system includes one or more computer readable media. The one or more computer readable media includes an information manager that stores purchase information to a datastore; and an audio file manager that receives selection information and that transmits an audio file to the vehicle based on the selection and the purchase information.02-14-2013
20100031147METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MIXING OF MULTIMEDIA CONTENT - Computer-implemented methods and systems for providing a copy of a widget for a user are described. The widget is copyable, for dynamically displaying multimedia content, has a widget owner, corresponds to embeddable code, and is viewable on a site by the user. The method and system include receiving from the user a request for mixing the widget to provide the copy. The copy is a customized copy of the widget. The method and system also include receiving at least one change to the widget as viewed by the user and storing the at least one change in a memory and separate from the embeddable code. The customized copy is renderable based on the embeddable code and the at least one change.02-04-2010
20090177966Content Sheet for Media Player - A partially transparent sheet is overlaid on content displayed by a media player. The sheet can include lyrics or other text associated with an audio file currently playing on the media player. The sheet can be manipulated (e.g., scrolled) in response to user input (e.g., touch input).07-09-2009
20090119592SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING USER-SELECTED TOPICAL VIDEO CONTENT - A downloadable program and/or widget for installation on a user's computer, for the display of topical medial content, such as videos, selected based upon the users desires.05-07-2009
20090125811USER INTERFACE PROVIDING AUDITORY FEEDBACK - A UI (user interface) for natural gestural control uses inertial physics coupled to gestures made on a gesture-pad (“GPad”) by the user in order to provide an enhanced list and grid navigation experience which is both faster and more enjoyable to use than current list and grid navigation methods using a conventional 5-way D-pad (directional pad) controllers. In addition to providing the user with tactile feedback, the UI provides auditory feedback that may be generated by operation of a switch that is activated by receipt of the user input or by playing of an appropriate sound sample (such as a pre-recorded or synthesized clicking sound) through an internal speaker. In some examples the auditory feedback includes changes in the volume and pitch of the sound based upon on the dynamics of the user interface.05-14-2009
20090125810Streamed File System for Optical Disc Applications - An optical disk player (05-14-2009
20090125812SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AN EXTENSIBLE MEDIA PLAYER - In a method and system for creating an extensible media player, a multimedia player application is instantiated on a client system. A timeline to be played by the instantiated multimedia player application is transmitted to the client system. One or more modules and one or more layouts are dynamically selected and retrieved for the timeline. The modules contain application logic to extend a functionality of the multimedia player application. The layouts contain logic to control an aspect of a presentation of the multimedia player application and the modules. The timeline, the modules, and the layouts are loaded into the multimedia player application. The loaded modules are verified to determine if any module is blocking the timeline from playing. If a module is blocking the timeline from playing, the blocking module is executed and playback of the timeline is stopped until execution is complete. If no module is blocking the timeline, the timeline begins playing back. Each subsequent module and each loaded layout is executed at a predetermined time during playback of the timeline. As each module is executed, the module is checked to determine whether the module is blocking the timeline from playing. If the module is blocking the timeline, playback of the timeline is stopped or paused until execution of the module is complete.05-14-2009
20130047083BACKUP MODULE AND METHOD - The present invention relates to a backup module operative for a content item delivery system. The backup module is configured to: identify a series of user invoked interruptions, each user invoked interruption comprising a transition between the display of a first content item and the display of a second content item prior to completion of said first content item; store interruption records each including a locator to a said first content item subject to a corresponding said user invoked interruption; and initiate display of a said first content item based on a said interruption record corresponding to the said first content item responsive to a backup signal.02-21-2013
20130047084Management of Local and Remote Media Items - A method at a client device includes displaying media library information corresponding to a set of media items. The media items include one or more local media items, the one or more local media items including media items stored at the client device, and one or more remote media items, the one or more remote media items including media items stored at a remote system and not at the client device. The method also includes displaying, concurrently with displaying the media library information, affordances identifying the remote media items; detecting user interaction with an affordance identifying a respective remote media item; and in response to detecting the user interaction, initiating a process for downloading a copy of the respective remote media item to the client device for storage at the client device.02-21-2013
20130047085METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PRESENTING MEDIA PROGRAMS - Systems and processes that incorporate teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, transmitting a client program having a graphical user interface to a media device accessible via an interactive television network. Temporal actions of users are collected, while presenting a media program of the client program. A symbolic overlay of the client program is generated including a linear presentation of the timeline corresponding to temporal progression of presentation of the media program, and an iconic symbol corresponding to the temporal action that superimposes the symbolic overlay onto the media content. The iconic symbol enables association of comments with the media content. The comments are presented by at least one symbol situated relative to the linear presentation of the timeline corresponding to the temporal progression of the media. Other embodiments are disclosed.02-21-2013
20090044118User interface that conveys the predicted quality of a multimedia device prior to its creation - Methods and apparatus are provided providing users with the ability to create and produce multimedia devices. In one aspect of the present invention, users are provided with the capability to easily and seamlessly create slideshows using multiple forms of graphic elements instead of just still pictures. In another aspect of the present invention, users are provided with the capability to create and modify the DVD menu that is required for DVDs to function properly on conventional DVD players. In still another aspect of the present invention, users are provided with an intuitive graphic interface that simply and clearly explains the trade offs the user must make in deciding which mode to record the DVD.02-12-2009
20090044117RECORDING AND EXPORTING SLIDE SHOW PRESENTATIONS USING A PRESENTATION APPLICATION - A presentation application for recording and exporting slide show presentations is provided. Using the presentation application, a user can give a slide show presentation and request that the presentation application record the presentation. The presentation application may enable a microphone to record audio for the presentation. The presentation application may keep track of the timing between transitions in the slides of the presentation. Using the audio and the transition timing, the presentation application can create an audio-visual media file, such as an MPEG file. Using the presentation application, the user can export the audio-visual media file to another source or program, such as the Internet or QuickTime.02-12-2009
20090044116GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE DEVICE - The disclosure refers to a graphical user interface device. In one example, the device is configured to provide images for display on a plurality of split screen forming areas of a split screen display. The device displays to a user an operation window having operation areas, the number of operation areas being the same as the number of split screen forming areas of the split screen display. Each of the operation areas is associated with one of the split screen forming areas.02-12-2009
20090044115PREVIEWING AUDIO DATA - A program product, a graphical user interface, a computer system including such a graphical user interface and method for previewing audio data, wherein an image is displayed which represents at least a part of an internal structure of the audio data. According to one particular implementation the image is a screenshot or part of a screenshot taken when last saving the audio data.02-12-2009
20090307593SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING MEDIA PLAY TASKS AND STORAGE MEDIUM CONTAINING INSTRUCTIONS THEREOF - A method for managing media play tasks includes generating a media stack, storing current media play tasks into the media stack, and setting a play priority for each of the media play tasks, and selecting a media play task from the media stack, and playing the selected media play task. The method further includes storing a new media play task into the media stack if the new media play task is generated, and setting a play priority for the new media play task, suspending the media play task being played if the play priority of the new media play task is not lower than the play priority of the media play task being played, and playing the new media play task. A system performing the method and storage medium supporting instructions for executing the method are also provided.12-10-2009
20090307592Tangible Social Network - A tangible social network system comprises at least two interactive physical objects adapted for communicatively linking with each other, a visualization application for providing a visual representation of a user's tangible social network, and an object communication frame. An interactive physical object comprises a controller for forming a communicatively linked relationship with another interactive physical object and for receiving and responding to commands and data received from a linked object, and an audio or visual response subsystem. An object communication frame comprises a housing adapted to receive interactive physical objects, a communications subsystem for managing communications with installed objects and with interactive physical objects communicatively linked with installed objects, a controller, and a power subsystem for powering installed objects. The frame or objects may interact with a visualization application, comprising subsystems for receiving information about the user's tangible social network and deriving a representation of it, and a graphical user interface for providing the visual representation to the user.12-10-2009
20090307591Virtual remote controller - An entertainment system often contains a number of entertainment devices, such as a television, VCR, DVD player, CD player, Cable-TV box, and other devices each of which has a remote controller associated with the device. This often results in a confusing welter of remote controllers to operate the system as a whole. A system and method for displaying control function icons on a television display is presented here. The control function icons are displayed in large font, hi-intensity icons as an overlay on a television screen. There are a number of the graphic icon sets that may be mapped, one to each device in the system that has a remote controller. The user may then select the set of icons for the device to be controlled, select the function desired, and the control function code is sent to the infrared receiver of the device to be controlled. This Virtual Remote Controller is maintained in non-volatile memory within the television and may be expanded to map each non-television device in the entire entertainment system such that all are controlled from visual icons on the television display. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.12-10-2009
20090307590Digital Playback Device And Method And Apparatus For Spectrally Modifying a Digital Audio Signal - A digital playback device and a method and apparatus for modifying a digital audio signal. The method includes allowing a user to select a digital audio track and modifying the digital audio track with a predetermined spectral modification signal to create a spectrally modified digital audio track. The spectrally modified digital audio track can then be retrieved by a user to a digital playback device.12-10-2009
20120192071SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SYNCHRONIZING OPERATIONS AMONG A PLURALITY OF INDEPENDENTLY CLOCKED DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING DEVICES - A system is described for maintaining synchrony of operations among a plurality of devices having independent clocking arrangements. A task distribution device is to distribute tasks to a synchrony group comprising a plurality of devices to perform tasks distributed by the task distribution device in synchrony. The task distribution device distributes each task to synchrony group members over a network. Each task is associated with a time stamp that indicates a time, relative to a clock maintained by the task distribution device, at which synchrony group members are to execute the task. Each synchrony group member periodically obtains from the task distribution device an indication of current time indicated by its clock, determines a time differential between the task distribution device's clock and its respective clock and determines there from a time at which, according to its respective clock, the time stamp indicates that it is to execute the task.07-26-2012
20120192070INTERACTIVE SOUND SYSTEM - An interactive sound system is provided. The interactive sound system includes a plurality of sound channels arranged in a hierarchy, a representation of real space, a visual arrangement of the plurality of sound channels over the representation of real space, a user interface for simultaneous management of more than one sound channel in parallel, and a processing module. The processing module is configured to apply a user-attributed behavior to a sound channel over a hierarchically transmitted behavior, automatically assign a behavior to a sound channel following the activation of an automatic trigger, accept a manual assignment of a behavior to a sound channel following the activation of a human-operated trigger, and override a sound channel with an alarm behavior.07-26-2012
20130073962MODIFYING ROLES ASSIGNED TO MEDIA CONTENT - In some embodiments, the media editing application provides tools to assigns one or more roles to each piece of content in order to categorize each piece of content. The media editing application of some embodiments allows its user to categorize media clips using predefined roles or custom roles. In some embodiments, the custom roles include sub-roles of existing roles. When a clip is assigned a sub-role, the media editing application allows the clip to be searched or identified based on the sub-role as well as the sub-role's parent role.03-21-2013
20130073961Media Editing Application for Assigning Roles to Media Content - Some embodiments of the invention provide a media editing application for assigning roles to media content. In some embodiments, the media editing application assigns one or more roles to each piece of content in order to categorize each piece of content that it imports. In categorizing audio content, the media editing application may use industry standard terms such as “Dialogue”, “Effects”, and “Music”. The media editing application of some embodiments extends the categorization to other types of content such as video content, textual content (e.g., annotations, sub-titles), image content, etc.03-21-2013
20130073960AUDIO METERS AND PARAMETER CONTROLS - Some embodiments provide a media editing application that displays the audio level of a set of one or more clips that has been mixed with other clips. To indicate the audio level of the set of clips that has been mixed with other clips, the media editing application of some embodiments routes a combined audio signal of the set of clips over a meter bus in order to determine the audio level of the combined audio signal. Alternatively, the media editing application of some embodiments extracts metering information from each clip in a set of clips prior to mixing the clips. The metering information is then used to estimate the audio level of one or more clips in the composite presentation.03-21-2013
20130073959EDITING OPERATIONS FACILITATED BY METADATA - Some embodiments provide a media editing application that uses metadata or metadata tags associated with media content to facilitate editing operations. In some embodiments, the editing operations are performed on the media content at various different stages of the editing process in order to create a composite presentation. In creating the composite presentation, one or more effects are associated with a metadata tag. Once the effects are associated, the media editing application applies the effects to different pieces of media content tagged with the metadata tag in order to create the composite presentation.03-21-2013
20130073963ROLE-FACILITATED EDITING OPERATIONS - Some embodiments of the invention provides a media editing application that includes tools to perform a variety of different editing operations based on roles assigned to media content. In some embodiments, the media editing application includes focus-editing tools to emphasize or de-emphasize different sets of clips based on the assigned roles. In some embodiments, the media editing application allows one or more sets of clips to be disabled or enabled during playback based on the assigned roles.03-21-2013
20130073964OUTPUTTING MEDIA PRESENTATIONS USING ROLES ASSIGNED TO CONTENT - Some embodiments of the invention provides a media editing application for exporting a composite presentation based on roles assigned to media content. In some embodiments, the media editing application provides an export tool for selecting one or more roles for different output files. With this tool, a multi-file output can be specified such that all “Dialogue” clips are combined and output to a first audio file, all “Music” clips are combined and output to a second audio file, etc. In some embodiments, the media editing application extends the stem export feature to include other types of content (e.g., video, sub-titles, closed caption, etc.).03-21-2013
20130073958METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CUSTOMIZING INFORMATION PROJECTED FROM A PORTABLE DEVICE TO AN INTERFACE DEVICE - A method and system modifies a user interface (UI) of a portable device in communication with an interface device, where the UI is projected by a human-machine interface of the interface device to a user. The UI is modified by the portable device prior to being output to the interface device based on customized style information provided by the interface device. The interface device may be a vehicle interface device such as a head unit or infotainment system, and the portable device may be a smart phone, media player, or other computing device capable of displaying graphical information.03-21-2013
20130061144Reference Waveforms - A method for displaying reference waveforms to facilitate visual identification of different points such as maximum points and minimum points of an audio clip is provided. The reference waveform includes points that correspond to points on the original audio waveform, except that some or all points on the reference waveform are accentuated to easily identify the positions of the corresponding points on the audio waveform. The reference waveforms are especially useful when an audio waveform (or at least a portion of the clip) has low volume which makes the visual identification of the maximums and minimums of the waveform difficult. Displaying the reference waveform which accentuates the peaks and valleys of the original waveform facilitates the identification of these maximums and minimums.03-07-2013
20120311446CONTENT RECORDING DEVICE, CONTENT RECORDING METHOD, CONTENT RECORDING PROGRAM, RECORDING MEDIUM, INTEGRATED CIRCUIT AND CONTENT RECORDING AND REPRODUCTION SYSTEM - A content recording device includes: an input/output unit 12-06-2012
20130061143Optimized Volume Adjustment - A method for adjusting the sound volume of media clips using volume adjuster lines is provided. The volume adjuster lines are individually set for each clip based on the intrinsic, or absolute, volume values of the clip. In some embodiments, the volume adjuster lines are set for each clip based on the peak value or a calculated loudness equivalent of the clip. A user can move the volume adjuster line to set the absolute sound level of a clip. The volume adjuster lines can be hidden in some embodiments. In these embodiments, dragging on any portion of a clip is treated as dragging on the volume adjuster line. Some embodiments provide a deformable volume adjuster line, or curve. In these embodiments, a single audio clip can have several different volume adjuster lines for different sections of the clip where the volume adjuster line for each section is individually adjustable.03-07-2013
20120226980RENDERING A WEB PAGE COMPRISING PLUG-IN CONTENT - A method and system are described of rendering a web page comprising plug-in content at one or more locations in the web page. Not all plug-in content of the web page is automatically played. Instead, the user is enabled to select the plug-in content at a location for playing (09-06-2012
20130067330INFORMATION AND ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM FOR VEHICLES - An infotainment system for delivering media content to passengers of a multi-passenger vehicle, preferably a train, includes a plurality of personal computing devices having sufficient memory to accommodate a desired media volume. Media content files are stored on multiple supply servers and downloaded and stored directly on the personal computing devices via an at least one server located on board the vehicle. By storing the content on the personal computing devices themselves, vehicle passengers may view individually-selected media files according to the passenger's own preferences and timetable, without need for streaming from a central server. External servers located in close proximity to the vehicle, and in communication with the at least one on board server aid in facilitating and turnover of media files on the passenger devices and enhancing the overall efficiency of the system.03-14-2013
20130067329IMPLICIT MEDIA SELECTION - In one embodiment, a media device 03-14-2013
20130067328GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE TO FACILITATE MANAGING MEDIA OPERATIONS - A system can comprise a memory for storing machine readable instructions and a processing unit for accessing the memory and executing the machine readable instructions. The machine readable instructions can comprise an automation client to facilitate managing media operations. The automation client can comprise a graphical user interface (GUI) generator to provide a GUI. The GUI can concurrently provide a plurality of modes of operation for a plurality of playlists in a graphical framework.03-14-2013
20120117471SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AGGREGATING DEVICES FOR INTUITIVE BROWSING - A media device includes a communication interface communicatively coupling the media device to one or more other media devices and a display, and a controller associated with the communication interface. The controller is adapted to access one or more templates comprising a layout of a graphical user interface (GUI). The controller further identifies one or more other media devices from which media content may be streamed and one or more media content streams available from each of the one or more media devices and determine, based upon the template and the one or more media content streams, at least one of the media content streams to display. The controller then acquires and outputs the at least one of the media content streams for display in accordance with the layout.05-10-2012
20110022958MOBILE TERMINAL AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THEREOF - The present invention relates to a mobile terminal, which displays at least one graphic user interface (hereinafter abbreviated GUI) on a standby picture. The present invention includes a display unit configured to display a plurality of graphic user interfaces and a controller, when a state of a specific one of a plurality of the graphic user interfaces is changed, the controller controlling at least one of a display type, a applied visual effect, a play content and an arranged position of at least one of the rest of the graphic user interfaces except the specific graphic user interface to be changed to correspond to the changed state, wherein the arranged position indicates a position of the corresponding graphic user interface displayed on the display unit.01-27-2011
20090265632NON-LINEAR PRESENTATION CANVAS - Technologies are described herein for providing a non-linear presentation canvas. A non-linear presentation canvas is provided. The non-linear presentation canvas is a virtual space onto which multimedia files and hyperlinks can be inserted. A content preview for one or more of the multimedia files and hyperlinks inserted onto the non-linear presentation canvas is displayed. The content preview is selectable to display the corresponding multimedia files and hyperlinks during a presentation.10-22-2009
20090024926Portable information terminal - Disclosed herein is a portable information terminal in which a second housing is slidingly arranged for a first housing, including: an operation key arranged on a plane of the second housing that is exposed when the second housing is put in an open status relative to the first housing by a sliding movement in one direction; and a special key arranged in a predetermined area on another direction side opposite to the one direction on the plane.01-22-2009
20090013252MULTIPURPOSE MEDIA PLAYERS - Disclosed are Multipurpose Media Players that enable users to create transcriptions, closed captions, and/or logs of digitized recordings, that enable the presentation of transcripts, closed captions, logs, and digitized recordings in a correlated manner to users, that enable users to compose one or more scenes of a production, and that enable users to compose storyboards for a production. The multipurpose media players can be embodied within Internet browser environments, thereby providing high availability of the multipurpose players across software platforms, networks, and physical locations.01-08-2009
20090006960Multimedia system and information transmitting method - A multimedia system for playing multimedia data is provided. The multimedia system comprises a media receiver and a remote control device. The media receiver comprises a multimedia processor and an interface server. The multimedia processor is for playing the multimedia data, accordingly generating first media information, and outputting the first media information. The interface server is for receiving and transforming the first media information into second media information, and outputting the second media information, wherein the second media information has a first markup language format. The remote control device receives and displays the second media information.01-01-2009
20130167031IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROVIDER SERVER, INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, ADAPTED TO CHANGE IN RESOLUTION - Moving image data is delivered from an image provider server. A hierarchical data generation device decodes the moving image data and generates data for the moving image representing each frame in a plurality of resolutions, by reducing frames included in the moving image in a single or multiple stages. A decoder reads only data for a layer in the hierarchical data for each frame, the layer being determined by a resolution requested for display, and decodes the read data. This produces a series of frames representing frames in a requested resolution. A display device displays the frames so that the moving image is displayed in the requested resolution.06-27-2013
20130167032MULTI-MEDIA CENTER FOR COMPUTING SYSTEMS - Various “media-components” are provided in a “multi-media center.” In modular architecture, a module-controller communicates with media-modules provided for various media-components. A media-module can include or obtain data pertaining to a particular media-component, identify media-player(s), and access information related to their media. However, the media-modules are isolated from each other, and the module-controller effectively controls output generated in response to user input. A user interface library is provided for the media-modules. Media-modules can obtain a template or other tools from the library and construct their user interface (e.g., menus). Media-modules can also identify a media-player that can be initiated in response to user input. Subsequently, the media-controller forwards user input to the media-player.06-27-2013
20130167026Audio fade control - Systems, methods, and computer program products for editing audio data are provided. In some implementations, a method is provided. The method includes receiving digital audio data and displaying a visual representation of the audio data. The method also includes receiving a single graphical user input gesture defining a fade curve, the fade curve specifying a fade length and a fade shape of a fade effect.06-27-2013
20130167027MANAGING MEDIA PLAYER SOUND OUTPUT - A method includes initiating media player instances for producing output by execution on an electronic device. Each of the media player instances is implemented using a modular framework on the electronic device configured to have each of multiple types of media player runtimes implemented therein and to host modules that configure any of the types of media player runtimes for respective device types. The method includes determining, using a sound module of the modular framework, which of the media player instances should be used for audio output by the electronic device. The method includes generating the audio output using the electronic device, the audio output produced by at least one of the media player instances as determined.06-27-2013
20110016393RESERVING MEMORY TO HANDLE MEMORY ALLOCATION ERRORS - A computer implemented method for reserving memory to handle memory allocation errors is disclosed. The method can include reserving, by a processor, a first and second reserve memory in a memory storage device in response to initiating a graphical user interface for managing a project. Thereafter, the method can provide for releasing, by the processor, the first reserve memory in response to receiving a first memory allocation error. A warning message regarding the memory allocation error can be displayed. Furthermore, upon receiving a second memory allocation error, a second reserve memory can be released. Subsequently, upon termination of the graphical user interface, the project is saved.01-20-2011
20120042245METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SORTING MEDIA ITEMS IN A PLAYLIST ON A MEDIA DEVICE - A computer-implemented method and system are provided for sorting media items in a playlist on a media device that are ranked by score. One embodiment includes changing a user preference associated with a sort criteria selected by the user, wherein each of the media items includes a profile score that is calculated based on user preferences, and a replay score that affects replay of the corresponding media item; recalculating the profile score and the replay score of each of the media items; sorting the media items by the replay scores; and sorting the media items by the sort criteria indicated by a user.02-16-2012
20110283191Sound Output Setting Apparatus, Method, and Computer-Executable Program - An apparatus, system, and method are disclosed for an information processing apparatus capable of allowing a user to select appropriate processing beforehand when an application program outputs sound in a state in which an audio device is silenced. The apparatus in one embodiment includes a silencing module for silencing audio information output from an audio device, a detection module for detecting a sound playback request from an application program while silencing is set, a display module for displaying a select screen for allowing a user to select processing when the sound playback request from the application program is detected by the detection module, and a processing module for executing the processing selected by the user on the select screen.11-17-2011
20090063973Degree of separation for media artifact discovery - Methods and apparatus, including computer program products, for degree of separation for media artifact discovery. A method includes visually highlighting a media artifact on a Web page in response to a user's media preferences and how distant from a core range of media preferences the user wants to engage more media, and generating for display to the user additional information and resources about the visually highlighted media artifact and how the visually highlighted media artifact relates to the core range of media preferences in response to a user action.03-05-2009
20100122166Preview of next media object to play - A system and method for presenting reproduction of media objects. A plurality of media objects is retrieved. The plurality of media objects is reproduced one after another on a media reproduction system. One or more graphical objects are presented on a display of the media reproduction system. Each graphical object of the plurality of graphical objects corresponds to each of the plurality of media objects being reproduced. As each of the plurality of media objects is reproduced, a corresponding graphical object presented on the display moves from a beginning side of the display to an end side of the display in relation to an amount of the corresponding media object being reproduced. As reproduction of the plurality of media objects transitions from one media object to a next media object, the graphical object corresponding to the next media object to be reproduced is presented from the beginning side of the display.05-13-2010
20110302493VISUAL SHUFFLING OF MEDIA ICONS - An apparatus and method for shuffling a media file in a playlist. A first playlist order of a plurality of media files is created for displaying a plurality of icons corresponding to one of the plurality of media files. The plurality icons are arranged according to the first playlist order on the display. Upon receiving a request for a second playlist order a second playlist order is created. While displaying the plurality of icons in the first playlist order, movement of at least two icons on the display is shown between a first position and a second position, wherein the first position corresponds to the first playlist order and the second position corresponds to the second playlist order.12-08-2011
20110289410ISOLATION AND MODIFICATION OF AUDIO STREAMS OF A MIXED SIGNAL IN A WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICE - A wireless communication device comprises a wireless communication interface, a processing system, and a user interface. The wireless communication interface is configured to wirelessly receive a mixed media signal comprising a plurality of audio streams originating from different source devices. The processing system is configured to isolate the audio streams and generate graphical representations of each one of the audio streams. The user interface is configured to display the graphical representations of each one of the audio streams and receive audio stream modification instructions from a user. The processing system is configured to process the audio stream modification instructions to generate at least one modified audio stream based on the audio stream modification instructions. The user interface is configured to display a graphical representation of the modified audio stream and audibly output a modified mixed media signal comprising the modified audio stream.11-24-2011
20080288866MOBILE DEVICE CARROUSEL SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Receiving a first plurality of media presentations; outputting the first plurality of media presentations to a user of a mobile telephone in a first sequential presentation of the first plurality of media presentations at least until the user selects one of the first plurality of media presentations; outputting a second sequential presentation of the first plurality of media presentations to the user if the user does not select a media presentation during the first sequential presentation of the first plurality of media presentations; receiving a first user input corresponding to a first selected media presentation among the first plurality of media presentations; and outputting at least a first media item corresponding to the first selected media presentation responsive to receiving the first user input.11-20-2008
20110296305METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR MEDIA MANAGEMENT - Methods and apparatus are provided for matching media files stored in a media player device to media files stored in a computing device. In one embodiment, a method includes scanning a media player device for one or more media files, detecting an identifier associated with each media file stored on the media player device, wherein identifiers are generated by a media management application, and checking if detected identifiers associated with media files stored in the media player device correspond to identifiers associated with media files stored in the computing device. The method may also include determining one or more graphical indicators for a user interface of the media management application based on said checking. According to another embodiment, a user interface may be provided for a media management application by a computing device.12-01-2011
20090193338Reducing network and battery consumption during content delivery and playback - Methods and systems for content delivery are provided. A user of a media device may select one or more media content files, which may be located locally or remotely. The content selected by the user is located. If selected content is located at a remote source, that file is downloaded to the media device using maximum available radio bandwidth and stored in local storage. That data is provided as a stream to a media player from the local storage.07-30-2009
20110265003PUSHING A USER INTERFACE TO A REMOTE DEVICE - A graphical user interface (“GUI”) for a third-party application can be presented on accessory device that has user input and display devices. The GUI can be defined and managed by a portable media device. The portable media device can define one or more GUI image types for the third-party application. The accessory can choose one of the pre-defined GUI image types and receive a remote GUI image that conforms to the selected GUI image type from the portable media device. Alternatively, the accessory can specify the layout and contents of the GUI image that it needs, and the portable media device can generate and send a GUI image according to the accessory's specification.10-27-2011
20100269042JUKEBOX MENU NAVIGATION SYSTEM - A plurality of jukeboxes each having a display, input component, audio output, and controller are connected over a network. The controller is configured to play music data sets selected by a user and to store local affinity data uploadable to the network. The controller is further configured to store network popularity and affinity data received from the network. The controller causes the display to present menus and screens based on the data received from the network. The controller is also configured to perform searches over multiple identification categories and store collections of music data sets based on multiple identification categories.10-21-2010
20110191680METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING USER INTERFACE USING ACOUSTIC SIGNAL, AND DEVICE INCLUDING USER INTERFACE - A user interface using an acoustic signal is provided. A device with the user interface includes a sensor to acquire a surface acoustic signal generated outside of the device, and at least one processor. The processor classifies patterns of the surface acoustic signal by analyzing features of the surface acoustic signal, and identifies a user's input signal corresponding to the surface acoustic signal based on the pattern of the surface acoustic signal.08-04-2011
20110191678INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, an information processing apparatus includes: a main body casing; a display casing connected to the main body casing so as to be rotatable between a closed position at which an upper face of the main body casing is covered, and an opened position at which the upper face of the main body casing is opened; an illuminance sensor configured to detect an ambient illuminance around the main body casing; at least one button provided at the upper face of the main body casing; a user interface configured to allow the user to enter a function setting in which the ambient illuminance and a function allocated to the button are associated; and a controller configured to output, when the button is operated, a code for executing a function, based on (1) the ambient illuminance and (2) the function setting.08-04-2011
20110191677METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR CONTROLLING PLAY OF MEDIA STREAMS - Methods and systems are described for controlling play of media streams. In one aspect, a media control user interface including selectable representations identifying a plurality of operating media players is presented. The operating media players are configured for accessing a presentation device. A user selection identifying a selected portion of the plurality of operating media players is received. And, an indication is provided allowing a media player in the selected portion access to the presentation device.08-04-2011
20110191676Cross-Browser Interactivity Recording, Playback, and Editing - Multi-browser interactivity testing records user interactions with a recorder browser for subsequent playback in one or more player browsers. User input to the recorder browser directed at a Document Object Model element is intercepted, and the input and element are noted in an interaction record. After reading the interaction record in a player browser, a corresponding element is located, using attribute values or other mechanisms. The user input is applied to the located player element(s) by simulated system level events, and the results are displayed. Player browser playback can be synchronized with screenshots or video clips of the recorder browser. The interaction recording can also be edited. Layout which depends on interactive behaviors such as login or accordion controls, and other aspects of interactivity, can be tested without manually repeating the input for each browser, and despite differences in the layout engines.08-04-2011
20090292991Building macro elements for production automation control - A macro element template is replicated to build a macro element library. A macro element is associated with executable instructions for controlling a plurality of production devices to produce a special effect or segment of a media production. One or more automation control objects are positioned onto a control interface to build a macro element template. Build information is associated with each automation control object to assign a variable name, device type, property page field(s), and variable naming table. A replicator control interface allows a range of sources to be assigned to the macro element template, and is associated with executable instructions for building the macro element library. The macro element library includes user-defined filenames that enables a director to quickly search and select a desired macro element. Changes in production values ripple throughout the macro element library to dynamically update the macro elements.11-26-2009
20100169778System and method for browsing, selecting and/or controlling rendering of media with a mobile device - A system and a method enable browsing, selecting and/or controlling rendering of media with a mobile device. Content from multiple content sources is aggregated, and a default content source and/or a default rendering device used for subsequent media selection are established. Individual media playback shortcuts are associated with specific default rendering devices. A user may navigate within a collection of content without a need to repeat full content browsing and selection. A user interface of a multimedia player and/or playback controller on the mobile device displays active metadata tags. By selecting an active metadata tag, the user may access a list of associated metadata tag values. By selecting a tag value, the user may select a set of content associated with the tag value for rendering.07-01-2010
20100169776GENERALIZED INTERACTIVE NARRATIVES - A multimedia system specifies a multimedia experience stream by a narrative definition that defines a narrative presentation having sub-narratives. Each sub-narrative may incorporate multiple streams of different types of media with each stream defining a “path” through content of that media type. The multimedia system directs the presentation of the sub-narratives by interfacing with presentation components for each media type through a custom interface component for that media type that implements a common application interface. When a user pauses a presentation, the user can manually navigate around the content of a stream from the current location at the time of the pause to another location. When the user resumes the presentation, the multimedia system automatically transitions from the navigated-to location to the current location at the time of the pause to resume the presentation from where it was paused.07-01-2010
20100169775AUDIO PROCESSING INTERFACE - A graphical element resembling an instrument amplifier having audio control parameters is displayed through a graphical user interface (GUI). An additional graphical element resembling one or more instrument effects pedals is displayed. Each instrument effects pedal has separate audio control parameters. An audio input is received from an instrument. The audio input is processed according to the audio control parameters associated with the one or more instrument effects pedals and the instrument amplifier. The audio resulting from the processing is provided as an output.07-01-2010
20090259939MULTIMEDIA MOBILE PERSONALIZATION SYSTEM - A multimedia mobile personalization system provides a remote control that detects a user's electronic tag, e.g. an RFID tag. The remote control notifies a multimedia device of the user's identity. The multimedia devices tailors it operations to the user's preferences stored locally. Multimedia content such as broadcast or recorded television programs, music play lists, and the like could be sorted, displayed, or restricted, depending on the user identifier.10-15-2009
20090100338INTERACTIVE MULTIMEDIA SYSTEM - The present invention concerns an interactive multimedia system comprising processing electronic means that controls multimedia playing means for playing at least one video and/or audio content, wherein it further comprises detecting means, capable to detect presence of at least one participant within an interaction area (A) having a floor treadable by said at least one participant, connected to the processing electronic means, said at least one video and/or audio content played on the multimedia playing means being conditional on at least one signal received by the processing electronic means from the detecting means.04-16-2009
20110271188Recording Medium and Playback Device - To provide user-friendly information recording and playback, embodiments of the invention provide a recording medium having recorded therein audiovisual information; content identification information for identifying the audiovisual information; and locator information. In one embodiment, a playback device comprises a recording medium control module configured to read content identification information from a recording medium for identifying content of audiovisual information and locator information relating to the audiovisual information in the recording medium. The locator information relates to the audiovisual information for locating a provider of service information. A network control module is configured to connect with the provider of service information based on the locator information.11-03-2011
20090063975ADVANCED PLAYLIST CREATION - Media players and associated methods are described that may allow a user to initiate playback of content or other media assets based on information associated with content. A media player may receive information associated with content from a user selection of a song, movie, photo, or the like. Based on the information, the media player may procure other additional content to be added to a playlist. The media player may automatically add to a playlist or modify a playlist with content that matches a user's preferences for artists, albums, genres, or the like. The user may interact with the media player to determine what content is added and how a playlist should be mixed. The user may specify how much of any content procured by the media player should be present in the playlist without the need to specify each individual item that constitutes a playlist.03-05-2009
20120110454METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING USER INTERFACE FOR MEDIA CONTENTS IN USER EQUIPMENT - Apparatus and method for providing a user interface for media contents in a user equipment. In order to provide the user interface, the background screen of the user interface may be formed from at least one image. Each image of the at least one image may represent a respective one of the retrieved media contents. The user interface having the background screen formed from the at least one image may be displayed. A desired image may be selected from the at least one image of the displayed user interface, and a desired media content corresponding to the selected desired image may be played.05-03-2012
20120110453Display of Image Search Results - Techniques involving display of image search results are described. In one or more implementations, an image search result is displayed having a plurality of images. Responsive to selection of a particular one of the images, a filmstrip is displayed having a contiguous series of representations of at least a portion of the plurality of images, at least one of which is of the particular image, the particular image is displayed as disposed proximal to metadata associated with the image, and at least a portion of a webpage from which the particular image was obtained is displayed.05-03-2012
20120110452SOFTWARE APPLICATION OUTPUT VOLUME CONTROL - Apparatus comprises means for independently controlling the output volume levels of a plurality of software applications associated with the apparatus; means responsive to a user command to change a master volume level for changing the volume levels of each of the software applications in the same sense; and when one of the plurality of software applications is at a maximum volume level, means responsive to a user command to increase the master volume level for increasing the volume levels of each of the other software applications which are not at the maximum level.05-03-2012
20080250319SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING MEDIA PLAYBACK BEHAVIOUR IN A MEDIA APPLICATION FOR A PORTABLE MEDIA DEVICE - A system and method is provided for determining playback behavior in a media application for a wireless communications device. The wireless communication device has a memory with media files stored therein. The method comprises the steps of: determining playback attributes associated with a media file; determining if a user triggered event occurs during the media file playback; determining if the media file playback ends due to the playback reaching the end of the media file; selecting a function to perform based on playback attributes of the file being played and based on whether the playback ends or the user triggered event occurs, wherein the selected function is based upon the determined attributes associated with the media file; and performing the selected function.10-09-2008
20100125791USER INTERFACE FOR A TELECOMMUNICATION AND MULTIMEDIA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD - A User Interface or UI that generates a progressive timeline visualization of a conversation, including representations of the media contribution of each participant and tools to navigate and review the representations of the media of the conversation.05-20-2010
20100125793DISPLAY APPARATUS, PROJECTOR, AND CONTROL METHOD - A display apparatus includes an image display device adapted to form an optical image, a microphone jack adapted to connect with an external microphone, and an OSD controller adapted to prepare OSD screen image data about the external microphone to supply to the image display device.05-20-2010
20130219273METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING SINGLE AND INTERNET RADIO ITEMS IN A PLAY QUEUE - Techniques for managing a playlist in a multimedia system are disclosed. According to one aspect of the techniques, the playlist is structured to be able to include as many items as desired. To facilitate the manageability of such playlist, the playlist is built with a plurality of items. Each of the items is associated with metadata that includes information related to, for example, artist, album, genre, composer, and track number. The metadata for each item may be parsed, updated or logically operated upon to facilitate the management of the playlist. In another embodiment, each of the items is either a single item or a group item. A single item contains metadata of a corresponding source. A group item contains metadata of accessing other constituent items, which again may be single items or group items. As a result, the playlist can accommodate as many items as desired in a limited memory space without compromising the manageability of the playlist. Each of the items can be removed from, added to, or moved around in the playlist without concerning that an item may further include many items therein.08-22-2013
20120066592VISUAL AUDIO LINKS FOR DIGITAL AUDIO CONTENT - Methods and systems for providing visual audio links for digital audio content include playing the digital audio content on an electronic device that has a display; displaying on the display visual audio links associated with terms of relevance from the digital audio content as the terms of relevance are played during playing of the digital audio content, wherein each of the visual audio links is a reference to additional content associated with the corresponding term of relevance; in response to receiving a user's selection of one of the visual audio links, presenting the additional content associated with the corresponding term of relevance, wherein the user is granted a license to the additional content; and when presentation of the additional content completes, playing the digital audio content at a point where the corresponding term of relevance was mentioned, such that the user is granted rewind rights based on the terms of relevance.03-15-2012
20090094519SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ENHANCED STREAMING AUDIO - A system and method for enhancement and management of streaming audio is disclosed. In one embodiment, the system provides a client-side decoder that is compatible with numerous audio formats, so that a user can enjoy relatively high-quality audio from various sources, even from sources that do not provide multi-channel or high-quality audio data. The system and method also include a management system for managing and controlling the use of licensed signal processing software to further enhance an audio stream. In one embodiment, the management system is used to manage a signal processing module that provides psychoacoustic audio processing to create a wider soundstage, an acoustic correction process to increase the perceived height and clarity of the audio image, and bass enhancement processing to create the perception of low bass from the small speakers or headphones typically used with multi-media systems and portable audio players.04-09-2009
20090094518METHOD FOR IMAGE ANIMATION USING IMAGE VALUE RULES - A method for image presentation are provided, in which at least one theme for image presentation is obtained; at least one set of images is acquired for presentation in association with each theme; and a presentation area image is generated for presentation on a display with a plurality of separate presentation objects in the presentation area image; an image value for each of the acquired images is determined; an emphasis score is determined for each of the acquired images. The presentation area image is presented with one of the acquired images in each of the presentation objects; and the presentation objects are animated by moving the presentation objects relative to each other in a manner that attracts more attention to presentation objects that are used to present images having a higher emphasis score than presentation objects that are used to simultaneously present images having a lower emphasis score.04-09-2009
20110173536SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FACILITATING ON-SITE STAIN REMOVAL - A interactive system for removing stains is provided. The system includes a software program loaded onto an all-in-one touch sensitive display. The program displays step-by-step stain removal instructions and educational information about the stains, fabrics, methods and tools used in the stain removal process. The program can be advanced by the touch of the finger to the screen or the by selecting the auto-play option. The stain removal process is aided by incorporating color labeled bottles of stain removal agents which match color coded text and images displayed in the instructional menus. The user experience is further enhanced by the use of photos and animations depicting fabrics and stains for identification and animations detailing the stain removal process.07-14-2011
20100122165MECHANISM FOR DISPLAYING EXTERNAL VIDEO IN PLAYBACK ENGINES - A playback engine is enabled to display unsupported video content. In one embodiment, a virtual video camera is registered with the playback engine. The virtual video camera supports an application interface for receiving video data and a camera interface for providing video data. Video content not supported by the playback engine is processed by a component separate from the playback engine and transmitted to the virtual video camera through the application interface. The virtual video camera provides the video content to the playback engine through the camera interface.05-13-2010
20100122167SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING MOBILE TERMINAL APPLICATION USING GESTURE - A system and a method for controlling a mobile terminal application using a gesture may identify a gesture corresponding to a contact signal input to a display screen. The gesture may then be verified in an event table as corresponding to a command event for one of many possible different applications, and command event may be performed by an application associated with the gesture. The application may be running in the background of the mobile terminal, and may not be displayed on the mobile terminal display screen when the command event is executed. The method may include executing a first application, executing a second application while executing the first application, identifying a gesture corresponding to a contact signal, verifying a command event corresponding to the gesture, and controlling the first application to perform the command event.05-13-2010
20100125794PRESENTATION OF ITEMS ARRANGED IN A HIERARCHY - An aspect of the present invention provides a computer-implemented method for presenting items in a hierarchy comprising parent items and sub-items. The method comprises the steps of: identifying one or more parent items in the hierarchy, wherein all sub-items of the identified parent items possess a particular property; and presenting the hierarchy in a manner to indicate that all sub-items of the identified parent items possess the particular property.05-20-2010
20110138280PLAYLIST MANAGEMENT - A management system for managing a media in a vehicle is disclosed. The management system includes a storage device for storing at least one playlist therein, a vehicle system in data communication with the storage device, wherein the vehicle system transmits a media output to a user, and a user interface in data communication with at least one of the vehicle system and the storage device, the user interface including an add button for associating the media output to the at least one playlist and a delete button for disassociating the media output from the at least one playlist.06-09-2011
20100088602Multi-Application Control - Multi-application control is described. In embodiment(s), multiple media applications can be processed to generate a media content output from each of the media applications. The media content outputs from the media applications can be displayed together on a display device. A control input can be received to initiate a change to one or more of the media content outputs that are displayed on the display device, and a determination is made as to which of the media content outputs to change when receiving the control input.04-08-2010
20090070676FACILITATING NAVIGATION OF VOICE DATA - A system, system, and program for facilitating navigation of voice data are provided. Tokens are added to voice data based on predefined content criteria. Then, bidirectional scanning of the voice data to a next token within the voice data is enabled, such that navigation to pertinent locations within the voice data during playback is facilitated. When adding tokens to voice data, the voice data may be scanned to detect pauses, changes in voice inflection, and other vocal characteristics. Based on the detected vocal characteristics, tokens identifying ends of sentences, separations between words, and other structures are marked. In addition, when adding tokens to voice data, the voice data may be first converted to text. The text is then scanned for keywords, phrases, and types of information. Tokens are added in the voice data at locations identified within the text as meeting the predefined content criteria.03-12-2009
20090063974NAVIGATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Media players and associated methods are described that may allow a user to navigate content or other media assets. A media player or portable media device, can include features for generating and utilizing navigation information for navigating content, such as audio books. An audio book may be analyzed to determine one or more locations within the audio book that represent chapters, paragraphs, sentences, or the like. Navigation information may be generated indicative of the one or more locations that may be used by a media player or portable media device to play content in the audio book. The navigation information may include audio clips extracted from the audio book to represent the chapters and the like. In addition, a user may navigate content in response to predetermined user motions. A media player may scroll through content based on the predetermined user motions.03-05-2009
20110173537INTEGRATED DATA PROCESSING AND TRANSCRIPTION SERVICE - A system and method are provided herein to support text and data entry for computer applications and the collection, processing, storage, and display of associated text, audio, image, video, and related data.07-14-2011
20090089675METHOD FOR PROVIDING GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE AND VIDEO APPARATUS USING THE SAME - A method for providing a GUI and a video apparatus using the method are provided. The method for providing a GUI includes providing a higher level menu screen in the form of a first keypad, and providing a lower level menu screen in the form of a second keypad.04-02-2009
20080288869Boolean Search User Interface - A computer implemented method includes displaying a plurality of keywords, each keyword being associated with one or more media items and a Boolean operation tool comprising an inclusion selector and an exclusion selector. The method also includes receiving a selection of either the inclusion selector or the exclusion selector for one or more of the associated keywords, filtering the media items based on the one or more selected selectors, and displaying the filtered media items. Media items can include, for example, video clips, segments of video clips, and digital still images.11-20-2008
20120297302DEVICE, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMAGE-BASED CONTENT DELIVERY - Media content is provided using thumbnail-based images and respective archives linked thereto. In accordance with one or more embodiments, access is provided to interactive single-page and multi-page thumbnail images, with each thumbnail image being linked to at least one of a plurality of media-content units in respective sets of the media-content units (e.g., to pages within respective articles each having one or more pages, with each page having predefined text and image data in a set layout). Archive data is identified and communicated for each media content unit, responsive to user input data indicating a selection of one of the thumbnail images, and based on availability of the archive data locally at a user device.11-22-2012
20090150781Video Editing Matched to Musical Beats - Methods and apparatus provide for a clip-beat aligner that identifies musical beats in an audio file. An editing mode is provided to associate the audio file with a media segment according to a timeline. The clip-beat aligner aligns a boundary of the media segment with a musical beat on the timeline. Upon performing an editing operation, the clip-beat aligner maintains that the boundary of the media segment is aligned with any one of the musical beats. To align a boundary of each media segment with a musical beat, the clip-beat aligner identifies a musical beat that is proximate to the position of the media segment's boundary. The clip-beat aligner then aligns the media segment's boundary with the proximate musical beat by, if necessary, automatically trimming the media segment's duration such that the media segment's boundary occurs at the same moment in time as the proximate musical beat.06-11-2009
20080209323METHOD FOR PROCESSING STILL IMAGE AND BROADCAST RECEIVING APPARATUS THEREOF - A method for processing a still image and a broadcast receiving apparatus thereof is provided. The method for processing a still image includes transmitting to an external apparatus a still image selected by a user using a GUI window to select a desired still image from among still images of a stored broadcast. Accordingly, the user can conveniently use the home network service.08-28-2008
20080209322Systems and methods for interactively displaying user images - In accordance with the present invention, an interactive user display application is provided. The application displays and refreshes images that are intended to represent users or members of a social network or other web-based service. Using these images, the interactive user display application allows a user of the application to interact with other users or their profiles while viewing their images or while interacting with or consuming media.08-28-2008
20090276710MASTER MULTIMEDIA SOFTWARE CONTROLS - A software control mechanism is disclosed for use with a plurality of media applications. The software control mechanism comprises a media control panel structured for use with a plurality of media applications. The media control panel is independent of each media application. Each media application is displayed within a computer screen. The software control mechanism is structured to control a function of a presently interfaced media application on the display screen. Further, as the presently interfaced media application changes on the display screen, the media control panel for that media application is displayed along a same boundary of the computer screen.11-05-2009
20090276708Systems And Methods For Classifying Recorded Information - An incident recorder records original and supplemental incident information using a simplified user interface.11-05-2009
20090276707DIRECTED COMMUNICATION IN A VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT - The present invention is directed to directed communication in a virtual environment. A method for method for providing directed communication between avatars in a virtual environment in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention includes: determining a relative location of a first avatar and a second avatar in a virtual environment; and adjusting an aspect of a communication between the first avatar and the second avatar based on the relative location.11-05-2009
20090282336Automated Digital Media Presentations - Among other things, techniques and systems are disclosed for implementing an automated presentation of media content having associated metadata. The system provides an automated transition that corresponds to a relationship between a first media content item's metadata and metadata associated with a second media content item. The automated system also provides an automated information overlay that corresponds to a relationship between a first media content item's associated metadata and metadata associated with a second media content item. The automated system also can obtain information corresponding to metadata of the media content and provides automated information overlays while displaying the media content in a presentation.11-12-2009
20090282335ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH 3D POSITIONAL AUDIO FUNCTION AND METHOD - An electronic device is provided that plays back a collection of media objects. The electronic device includes a controller that assigns a virtual spatial location within a virtual space to a sample of each media object and plays back at least one of the samples to a user through a multichannel audio device. Each played sample is within a virtual audible range of a virtual user position in the virtual space, and each played sample is played using spatial audio so that the user perceives each played sample as emanating from the corresponding virtual spatial location within the virtual space. The electronic device further includes a navigation device that inputs navigational signals to the controller to move the virtual user position relative to the virtual space in accordance with user manipulation of the navigation device. In response to the received navigational input, the controller adjusts the playback to maintain a correspondence between the virtual spatial location of each played sample and the virtual user position.11-12-2009
20090288007SPATIAL INTERFACES FOR REALTIME NETWORKED COMMUNICATIONS - A current realtime communication session is established between communicants operating on respective network nodes. A spatial visualization of the current realtime communication session is displayed. The spatial visualization includes a graphical representation of each of the communicants in spatial relation to a graphical representation of a virtual area. During the current communication session, visual cues are depicted in the spatial visualization that show current communication states of the communicants, where each of the communication states corresponds to a state of a respective communication channel over which a respective one of the communicants is configured to communicate.11-19-2009
20090288006MULTI-DIMENSIONAL DOCUMENTS LOCATING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A method of visualizing and manipulating data on a display of a computer is provided, the method comprising retrieving a plurality of documents from a file system operably connected to the computer, each said document having at least one attribute associated therewith; graphically organizing the plurality of documents retrieved from the file system along a first substantially linear axis on the display; selecting a selected attribute associated with a selected document, the selected document being selected from among the plurality of documents organized along the first substantially linear axis; and graphically organizing a subset of the plurality of documents retrieved from the file system along a second substantially linear axis on the display, the first and second axes being organized such that the first and second substantially linear axes are non-parallel to one another, wherein the subset of the plurality of documents only includes documents having attributes associated therewith that match the selected attribute. A program, an interface and a system thereof are also provided.11-19-2009
20120297301IMAGING PRODUCT SELECTION METHOD - A method for displaying a collage of digital images on a display, receiving a selection for one of the digital images to be presented on a separate area of the display together with any associated multimedia, wherein one of the digital images has a portion overlapped by another digital image.11-22-2012
20120297300IMAGING PRODUCT SELECTION SYSTEM - A display system for a collage of digital multimedia elements. A display is used to display the collage and a pointing device selects one of the collage elements for activating a multimedia presentation of the selected element.11-22-2012
20080215980User interface providing method for mobile terminal having touch screen - A user interface providing method and apparatus for a mobile terminal is disclosed. A managing area and a touch action area are set on a touch screen. A desired data file in the managing area is dragged and dropped into the touch action area, thereby playing the data file. The user can play a particular data file through simple drag and drop actions. As a result, the user can use a desired function of the mobile terminal in an intuitive manner.09-04-2008
20080215979AUTOMATICALLY GENERATING AUDIOVISUAL WORKS - A method comprises receiving one or more digital visual media items; receiving one or more digital audio media items; automatically selecting and arranging one or more design modules based upon analysis of information obtained from the digital visual media items and the digital audio media items; and automatically creating an audiovisual work by arranging the selected and arranged design modules. Audiovisual works can be automatically created based upon inferred and implicit metadata including music genre, image captions, song structure, image focal points, as well as user-supplied data such as text tags, emphasis flags, groupings, and preferred video style.09-04-2008
20100299601CONFIGURING CHANNELS FOR SHARING MEDIA - A user interface for sharing media items with others. From a sender's perspective, embodiments of the invention allow for an easy-to-use drag-and-drop technique that is more user-friendly than conventional techniques. From the recipient's perspective, embodiments of the invention allow media items from multiple sources to be aggregated into a single viewport, providing a cohesive and unified approach to media items received from others.11-25-2010
20100299600ELECTRONIC COOKBOOK - The present invention relates to an electronic cookbook that can be mounted in a kitchen environment. The electronic cookbook includes means for indexing one or more types of electronic recipes on a display using a data processor and displaying the indexed types of electronic recipes on the display. Indexed electronic recipes can be selected and a list, such as in alphabetical order, can be displayed. One or more of the indexed electronic recipes can be selected and interactively displayed. The electronic cookbook can be set up for a particular language and/or measurement unit. The electronic recipes can be stored at the data processor. The electronic cookbook can include a speech recognition device for translating speech spoken into a microphone into text. The electronic cookbook can also include a USB port for receiving a USB insertable memory stick including stored electronic recipes.11-25-2010
20090119591Method of Creating a Summary of a Document Based On User-Defined Criteria, and Related Audio-Visual Device - The invention describes a creation method of a summary of an audiovisual document respecting both the criteria defined by the user and criteria helping in the understanding of said summary. The document is first split into sequences, each sequence associated with attribute values and a dependence parameter. The user first selects the first sequences either manually, or according to attribute values. Then second sequences are added according to the value of the dependence parameters. These added sequences enable a better understanding of the summary thus created. According to an improvement, the user introduces a maximum duration for the summary, first and/or second sequences are withdrawn from the summary if the duration of the summary thus created exceeds the introduced duration. The invention also relates to an audiovisual device for the creation and viewing of the summary.05-07-2009
20100293463System for Creation and Playback of a Multi-media Enhanced Narrative - This invention is a system which may allow the creation, synchronization, and delivery of a digital video and digital audio recording in combination with books, articles, stories or other narrative in digital format such that they appear to be a synchronized and coordinated playback. It may allow users to create, and view said playback. A client-server system may be utilized for creation, storage, and delivery of said narrative, said recording, and software instructions for recording and playback. Said playback may be created when a narrative is selected from said server for integration with said recording. Said recording may be created in conjunction with said narrative while narrative actions with timestamp data may chosen. Said narrative actions may move said narrative forward, backward, and otherwise direct and control said playback. Said recording, said narrative action data, and said timestamp data may also be stored in a data repository via said server. Said client machine may have the ability to load said playback for the purpose of viewing said playback.11-18-2010
20100005393INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - The present invention relates to an information processing apparatus, an information processing method, and a program for making easier-to-understand evaluations of contents.01-07-2010
20100146391METHOD AND SYSTEM HAVING A MULTI-FUNCTION BASE FOR STORING AND ACCESSING AN AUDIO FILE FOR USE IN SELECTION OF A HORN - The present invention comprises recording an audio file that is representative of a particular horn. Each audio file is stored in a memory that can be integrated within a single device together with a keypad, a display, a power source, and/or a data port. The device is accessed by the system user through a keypad. A display indicates to the user a set of choices from among the different audio files that can be accessed, and the user makes a choice. Entering of a request command to play the selected audio file causes the file to be played through one or more speakers, head phones, or store audio system. The system can also be linked to a printer that can print a receipt or a ticket corresponding to the selected horn type. The device can comprise a volume control; and, power to the system can be supplied by battery, AC, or both. The system, whether embodied in a single device, in separate stand-alone devices, or as part of a system having a remote hub, can include a USB port for receiving of updated programs or digital data to supplement or complement software routines within the system.06-10-2010
20090006962AUDIO THUMBNAIL01-01-2009
20090006961INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND VIDEO AND AUDIO INFORMATION PROTECTING METHOD - According to one embodiment, an information processing apparatus which conducts display of video and output of audio from video and audio information including video data and audio data, includes a processor which can execute various softwares, a memory which stores data therein, and a decoder which is configured from a software configured from a plurality of modules and executed by the processor in order to perform a processing for conducting display of video and output of audio, where the decoder causes the processor to perform a processing for partially encrypting data transferred between the modules via the memory and a processing for decoding the data transferred between the modules via the memory.01-01-2009
20110126103METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR A "KARAOKE COLLAGE" - The present invention provides a computerized method and system for creating a karaoke collage performance. The invention allows a user to allocate segments of a selected song to various singers separated by distance, and to automatically combine all recordings performed of these segments to form a single karaoke performance termed a “karaoke collage”.05-26-2011
20110126102PAUSE-BASED ADVERTISING METHODS AND SYSTEMS - An exemplary method includes monitoring an interaction of a user with a media content access subsystem, receiving a command input by the user to pause a media content instance being presented by the media content access subsystem, and dynamically selecting at least one advertisement in accordance with the monitored interaction for presentation to the user by the media content access subsystem while the media content instance is paused. Corresponding methods and systems are also described.05-26-2011
20080244405GUI DISPLAY SYSTEM RECORDING APPARATUS, AND GUI DISPLAY METHOD - According to one embodiment, a recording apparatus transmits a GUI screen to an image display apparatus via a LAN. A CPU of the screen display apparatus creates a selection border. The CPU and a graphics processor blend the created selection border with the GUI screen. A video processor/output unit displays the GUI screen on a display panel. The CPU and the graphics processor newly create a selection border according to a user's operation. The CPU and the graphics processor blend the created selection border with the displayed GUI screen to generate the GUI screen after updating. The video processor/output unit displays the generated GUI screen after updating on the display panel.10-02-2008
20080250320User-defined media annotations on dynamic charts - In accordance with embodiments of the invention, a method for providing a customizable media indicator on a dynamically generated graphical representation of real-time data is provided. The method includes receiving a user-defined request from a user to annotate the real-time data with at least one media indicator. Together with the dynamically generated graphical representation of the real-time data, the at least one media indicator is provided for display at a client. The method further includes receiving a first external media data defined by the user for association with the media indicator. The first media data is provided in response to a user action associated with the at least one media indicator. The at least one media indicator is sharable with a plurality of users.10-09-2008
20090265631SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A USER INTERFACE TO NAVIGATE A COLLECTION OF TAGS LABELING CONTENT - An improved system and method for visualizing and navigating a collection of tags labeling content in a user interface is provided. A visualization displaying a categorized subset of related tags may be generated in a user interface from a collection of tags labeling content items. One or more tags may be submitted in a query, a ranked list of related tags may be determined and clustered into categories, and then the clusters of related tags may be sent to a client device for display. A client device may display the categories and the related tags in each category and representative content items labeled by the related tags. The search space of a collection of tags may be refined by adding additional tags to a search query or may be expanded by removing tags from a search query, and an updated visualization may be generated for the requested search scope.10-22-2009
20080276173Iteratively Locating A Position Corresponding To A Desired Seek Time - Techniques enable locating a position within a file that corresponds to a desired seek time without having access to an index specifying the desired seek time's position. An iterative process may be used to estimate the position that corresponds to the desired seek time. The process may iterate through multiple estimations until a difference between a time corresponding to an estimated position and the desired seek time is within an acceptable amount or until the process reaches an iteration threshold. The file may then be played beginning at or near the desired seek time. The techniques may therefore allow a user to seek within a file while the user progressively downloads or streams the file.11-06-2008
20080288868MULTIMEDIA PROJECT MANAGER, PLAYER, AND RELATED METHODS - A novel enhanced multimedia player is disclosed that allows users to view multimedia presentations in a non-linear manner. Moreover, the systems and methods of the present disclosure provide an easy mechanism whereby smaller companies can have tailored multimedia presentations where those responsible for implementing the presentations are not experts in the preparation of multimedia presentations. Finally, changes in the organizational structure of multimedia presentations are easily accomplished on a modular basis.11-20-2008
20080288867MOBILE COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - A mobile communication device, a computer program product, and a method of controlling the same are provided. The method includes displaying a list of multimedia files that can be played on a screen of a first display unit; selecting a multimedia file from the list; and playing the selected multimedia file and displaying information regarding the progress of play of the selected multimedia file on the screen of the second display unit. Accordingly, it is possible to enable a user to easily and effectively control the play of a multimedia file by displaying a list of multimedia files that can be played on the screen of a first display unit and displaying a menu or icon for controlling the play of the multimedia file on the screen of a second display unit.11-20-2008
20090119590INTERACTIVE GROUP CONTENT SYSTEMS AND METHODS - In an exemplary system, a content hub subsystem is selectively and communicatively coupled to a plurality of access devices. At least a subset of the access devices is associated with a predefined group of users. The content hub subsystem is configured to receive data representative of content from at least one of the access devices associated with the predefined group of users, map the content to the predefined group of users, and provide data representative of the content to the access devices associated with the predefined group of users. Each of the access devices associated with the predefined group of users is configured to generate at least one interactive graphical object representative of the content, and generate and present a graphical user interface including the interactive graphical object.05-07-2009
20090119589SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING MEDIA ITEMS - A method including presenting one or more tabs on a display of a device corresponding to media content screens, presenting one or more media content items in a media content screen upon selection of a corresponding one of the one or more tabs, the one or more media content items being presented in at least one of scrollable rows and columns, including minimized content information with some of the media content items and including intermediate content information with other media content items and changing at least the intermediate content information to detailed content information corresponding to a selected one of the content items.05-07-2009
20100005392TRANSLATING USER INPUT IN A USER INTERFACE - Systems and methods for translating user input in a high definition video playback system are disclosed. A disc viewer is configured to execute at least one user interactive program stored on a high definition optical disc defining a user interface. The user interactive program defines a user interface and a plurality of keyboard event handlers for interaction with the user interface. The user interface includes a plurality of selectable user interface elements. A user interface renderer is configured to encode for display the user interface. A non-keyboard input translator is configured to receive a non-keyboard user input translates it into at least one keyboard event.01-07-2010
20080270904System and method for audio equalization - The present disclosure relates to audio equalization devices and methods. A system is provided that permits frequency equalization or balancing of frequency response for stereo or multiple surround sound channels through the use of visual representation of audio signals. The system also permits the balancing or “tuning” of concert venues and audio listening environments by generating visualizations for original and reflected audio signals.10-30-2008
20090177968METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ORGANIZING AND PLAYING DATA - The present invention provides a general solution to presenting media interface and navigation tools for content provided from a plurality of sources. The invention maintains a user at a single site regardless of the source of the media content. This permits a consistent interface to be presented to the user. Because the user remains at the same site, differences in tiered membership may be tracked so that the user is only presented with content that the user is permitted to view. The invention uses a metadata language to characterize content so that viewer type, membership level, and other information can be maintained and used for an enjoyable viewing experience.07-09-2009
20100281367METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MODIFYING ATTRIBUTES OF MEDIA ITEMS IN A MEDIA EDITING APPLICATION - Some embodiments of the invention provide novel methods for editing the value of an attribute of a media item (e.g., a media content or a media operation) for a media editing application. Such attributes of a media item can include scale, rotation, opacity, pan, volume, etc. In some embodiments, a media editing application represents the changing value of such an attribute over a duration (e.g., a duration of time, a duration of frequencies, etc.) as a key-indexed geometry. A user of the media editing application can manipulate these geometries to change the attribute value over a duration. Such geometries may include graphs and shapes. For such applications, some embodiments provide novel compressed geometric representations (i.e., collapsed views) of one or more uncompressed key-indexed geometries (e.g., graphs or shapes). Additionally, other embodiments provide a novel method for editing the value of one or more attribute directly in a preview display area used to view the composite presentation created in the media editing application.11-04-2010
20090063971MEDIA DISCOVERY INTERFACE - Systems and methods for presenting media information to users that fosters discovery of new media and a media discovery interface are disclosed. Media objects such as songs are analyzed to determine a set of three or more objective characteristics that describe the media object. Icons representing the media objects are then presented to a user in display illustrating a three-dimensional space in which each dimension corresponds to a different characteristic and the icons are located within the three-dimensional space based on their characteristics. In this way, media objects having similar characteristics are located near each other within the three-dimensional space allowing the user to see and access similar media objects quickly and easily. Because the display does not rely on previously-generated metadata, the user may be shown media objects that have never been classified by users or which are relatively unknown to the general population of users.03-05-2009
20110271189System and Method for Providing Broadcast Listener Participation - A method of allowing listeners to participate in broadcast programming is provided, the method generally comprising one or more of providing a library of media elements accessible by a plurality of listeners; receiving from each of at least two of the listeners a playlist of media elements, wherein at least one of the media elements in each playlist is from the library of media elements; editing the playlists using broadcast scheduling software; providing the edited playlists to the plurality of listeners for playback, and for feedback regarding the playlists; and receiving feedback from at least one of the listeners regarding the playlists. A system and apparatus are similarly provided.11-03-2011
20130191747APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MULTIMEDIA CONTENT INTERFACE IN IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE - An apparatus performs a method for searching a playback timing of multimedia content in an image display device. The method for searching the playback timing includes playing multimedia content, and displaying at least two image navigation bars during the multimedia content playing. The at least two image navigation bars include different searching magnifications.07-25-2013
20110209062USER PREFERENCE BASED COLLECTING OF MUSIC CONTENT - A method of operating an entertainment system includes computer-implemented steps including determining an audio/video preference profile of the user. An item of audio/video content that fits the profile but that is not available to the system is identified. The identified item is wirelessly received from a source of audio/video content. The source is external to the entertainment system. The received item is stored in memory within the system. The stored item is retrieved from memory. The retrieved item is played back to a human user of the system.08-25-2011
20110209063APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PORTABLE MEDIA PLAYER NOTIFICATION - An electronic device includes an input for connecting to a portable media player, a user interface for providing notification of connection of the portable media player, and a processor for setting the media source to the input in response to selection of a portable media player indication displayed on the user interface. A method of providing notification may include detecting connection of a portable media player and displaying a notification menu. A method for setting the media source to the input may include detecting connection of a portable media player and setting the media source to the input if an auto-source option is enabled.08-25-2011
20090164902MULTIMEDIA PLAYER WIDGET AND ONE-CLICK MEDIA RECORDING AND SHARING - Systems and methods of a multimedia player widget and one-click media recording and sharing are disclosed. In one aspect of the present disclosure, a method of facilitating audio-based user content sharing, collaboration, and competition among multiple platforms using a graphical user interface widget is disclosed. One embodiment includes, providing the graphical user interface widget on a user interface in a source platform where a first set of users share audio content and collaborate in musical creations using an audio player widget. The graphical user interface widget is further linked to the audio player widget in the user interface. One embodiment further includes, detecting that a user has selected an action related to migration of an instance of the audio player widget in the graphical user interface widget in the source platform and/or performing the selected action related to migration of an instance of the audio player widget to a target platform. The instance of the audio player widget, when migrated to the target platform, is available for access by the user via the target platform or a second set of users of the target platform.06-25-2009
20090164901ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR QUICKLY PLAYING THROUGH MEDIA FILES - An electronic device capable of quickly playing through media files is provided, the electronic device includes an inputting unit configured for inputting operational signals in response to users' operations to the electronic device; a storage unit configured for storing a plurality of media files; a quickly playing through controlling module configured for controlling quickly playing through of media files according to operational signals inputted by the inputting unit, and obtaining a playing time interval confined by a playing start time and a playing termination time; a media file accessing module configured for accessing the storage unit and obtaining sections of the media files according to the playing time interval; a media file processing module configured for processing sections of the media files transmitted from the media file accessing module; a sound outputting unit configured for converting the sections of the media files processed by the media file processing module into audible sounds.06-25-2009
20090144623PLAYBACK CONTROL METHOD FOR MULTIMEDIA DEVICE USING MULTI-TOUCH-ENABLED TOUCHSCREEN - A playback control method of a multimedia device is provided for setting playback position and repetitive playback section of a multimedia file playing on the multimedia device intuitively with multi-touch behaviors on a touchscreen. The method includes sensing a multi-touch event on the touchscreen, extracting two contact points of the multi-touch event, determining coordinates of the contact points, calculating a distance between the coordinates, monitoring a variation of the distance, moving a playback position of a current playing multimedia file according to the variation of the distance, and restarting playback of the current playing multimedia file from the playback position when the contact points are released from the touchscreen.06-04-2009
20120198334METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR IMAGE SHARING IN A COLLABORATIVE WORK SPACE - The present invention contemplates a variety of improved methods and systems for image sharing within a collaborative work space. One embodiment provides sophisticated GUI as a backdrop supporting a collaborative work space where a plurality of participants can interact with and view a presentation of a set of images, optionally with an audio background. The plurality of participants each engages with a local device having a local instantiation of the collaborative work space. In one embodiment, the local instantiation of the collaborative work space is a display block, and the GUI provides display stacks which include image content. A participant selecting and dragging the image content into the display block initiates the presentation of the set of images, which may be a slide show displayed on all active display instantiations of the collaborative works space.08-02-2012
20090177967SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING INTERNET RADIO SERVICE - A stand-alone desktop application (i.e., client) that resides on an end user's local computer and receives customized music playlists and content via the Internet from a network of distributed servers. The end user may install the application in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, downloading it from the Internet or installing it from a CD that has been pre-loaded with the client. Songs downloaded through the application may be cached locally. The application forms a playlist based on user-entered preferences, an analysis of music already existing on the computer, and previous user interactions with the application. Similar or related songs, albums, bands, or artists can be displayed graphically in a “song cloud” around a graphical representation of the song being played.07-09-2009
20090037818Method And Systems For Arranging A Media Object In A Media Timeline - Methods and systems are described for arranging a media object in a media timeline. In one embodiment, a method includes presenting a graphical user interface including a media timeline for arranging a plurality of media objects in an order for presentation. The method includes receiving a selection of a portion of the media timeline representing a time period of presentation is received. The method also includes receiving a search term for association with the selected portion of the media timeline. The method further includes retrieving a media object according to a determination that the media object is related to the search term associated with the selected portion of the media timeline. The method still further includes arranging the retrieved media object in the selected portion of the media timeline for presentation during the represented time period.02-05-2009
20090024925SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CREATING AND DISTRIBUTING DERIVATIVE MEDIA WORK - A method of reproducing a derivative media work includes selecting a derivative media work derived from a first media work, locating an accessible source of the first media work, accessing a set of playback control instructions corresponding to the derivative media work, and reproducing the derivative media work by playing the accessible source of the first media work according to the playback control instructions. A method of creating and distributing a derivative media work includes creating playback control instructions to produce a derivative media work from a first accessible source of a media work on a first media player device, transmitting the created playback control instructions to a server, storing the received playback control instructions on the server, transmitting the created playback control instructions to a second media player device, and reproducing the derivative media work on the second media player device by playing a second accessible source of a media work according to the playback control instructions.01-22-2009
20090024924DISPLAY APPARATUS, HOST DEVICE AND CONTROL METHODS THEREOF - There are provided a display apparatus and a host device which communicates with each other. The display apparatus includes: a display interface which communicates with a host device; a signal processor which processes at least one of a video signal and an audio signal input from the host device; and a controller which controls the signal processor to process at least one of the video signal and the audio signal according to an output setting value corresponding to host information of the host device. The host device includes: a host interface which communicates with the display apparatus; and a host controller which controls the host interface to transmit host information including at least one of operating system (OS) information of the host device and feature information of a peripheral device, to the display apparatus.01-22-2009
20090024921Methods for processing of multimedia information, systems therefore and methods of the assigned area definition. - A method of multimedia (video, graphic, audio etc) data processing, comprises assignment of an area in the demonstration medium for receiving viewer's commands during the multimedia information demonstration process, for linking external applications, currently executed application, for an external application data placement and/or the results of work thereof. If the demonstration medium does not have a graphical representation, the assigned area is defined as a set of parameters, an interval of parameters, a group of parameters. A multimedia application of any type as well as the results of work thereof can be placed into the assigned area. A method for the formation in the demonstration medium contours of the assigned area which tracing an object of a complex shape in the displayed image, comprises the assigned area formation by one or more piecewise smooth arcs, adjusted to achieve the best coincidence with the contours of the traced object.01-22-2009
20110225497DISPLAY CONTROL PROCESSING APPARTUS, DISPLAY CONTROL PROCESSING METHOD AND DISPLAY CONTROL PROCESSING PROGRAM - Disclosed herein is a display control processing apparatus including: display control means configured to display pieces of metadata for a predetermined group of music each serving as a favorite with a user on a metadata display portion for displaying the pieces of metadata in a format allowing the user to specify a desired piece of the metadata; specification means configured to specify a piece of the metadata displayed on the metadata display portion by the display control means; determination means configured to select a music with its metadata corresponding to metadata specified by the specification means from the pieces of metadata displayed by the display control means on the metadata display portion as metadata for the predetermined group of music and to determine the selected music as music to be recommended to the user; and reproduction means configured to reproduce music determined by the determination means.09-15-2011
20110225496SUGGESTED PLAYLIST - Disclosed herein are method and systems for creating suggested playlists for users. In some embodiments, such playlists may be automatically created for users where the suggested playlists are created for a user based on one or more selection criteria or preferences of the user, including local and/or remote pieces of media.09-15-2011
20090049384Computer desktop multimedia widget applications and methods - Methods of web connected computer desktop multimedia widget applications provide users to author and host interactive multimedia content with processes and features to enhance intuitive, seamless user experience, and interactive functions without web browser.02-19-2009
20110145708AUTOMATED AUDIO OR VIDEO SUBSET NETWORK LOAD REDUCTION - A multimedia data stream including an audio data stream and a video data stream is received from a server at a computing device. An audio output signal for the audio data stream and a video output signal for the video data stream are generated. A user interface action that blocks output of one of the audio data stream and the video data stream is detected via the computing device. A multimedia traffic reduction request is sent to the server instructing the server to stop transmission of a portion of the multimedia data stream associated with the blocked output of one of the audio data stream and the video data stream.06-16-2011
20090063976Generating a playlist using metadata tags - Systems and methods are provided for on-the-fly playlist shuffling. There can be multiple ways to perform the shuffling. In one instance, the electronic device can organize a new playlist by sorting the media files based on a parameter. In another instance, the electronic device can organize a new playlist by shuffling the media files. In yet another instance, the electronic device can first sort the media files into groups of media files based on a parameter. The electronic device can then shuffle the media files within each group. In this manner, the media files can be randomized but only within each group. In all instances, the current media file can continue to play without any interruption. Finally, the electronic device can sort the media files based on the context of the media file that is currently playing.03-05-2009
20090063972Multi-Pane Graphical User Interface for Mobile Electronic Device - Improved approaches to display information on a portable computing device having a display with limited display area are disclosed. The information displayed can, for example, assist a user in navigating a hierarchical menu system operable on the portable computing device to browse, search or play media items. In one embodiment, the information displayed can be presented in a multi-pane display screen (or graphical user interface). One pane can present a list of selectable items, such as a list of selectable media items. The list can represent one menu in the hierarchical menu system. Another pane can present other information that can be related to the list being displayed. For example, the other information can be data contextually related to the list. In one embodiment, the size of the panes of a multi-pane display screen can adapt dependent on user interaction and/or characteristics of the data being display.03-05-2009
20090055742MEDIA DATA PRESENTED WITH TIME-BASED METADATA - Methods and systems for generating and presenting metadata during presentation of a media file are provided. The method includes identifying the media file having content to be played by a media player and identifying metadata. The method associates the identified metadata to specific content of the media file and at a time code of play of the media file. Then, a tag is generated containing the time code and reference to the identified metadata. The tag is linked to the media file, so that the media player identifies the tag during the play of the media file and presents the identified metadata upon reaching the time code of play, along with the presentation of content of the media file. Systems and computer readable media are also provided.02-26-2009
20110225495Service Cloud Console - Various embodiments described or referenced herein are directed to different devices, methods, systems, and computer program products for processing a call via a user interface in a web browser. An incoming call directed to a client machine may be identified. The call may comprise a communication from an individual associated with an account. Object record information associated with the account may be stored in a communicably accessible database. A user interface component may be opened, responsive to the incoming call, at the client machine for display in the user interface in the web browser. The opened user interface component may display object record information associated with the account. Edited object record information comprising a modification to the object record information associated with the opened user interface component may be received at the client machine. The edited object record information may be displayed in the opened user interface component.09-15-2011
20120079382AUDITIONING TOOLS FOR A MEDIA EDITING APPLICATION - Some embodiments provide a media editing application. The application places several committed media clips in a composite display area to specify a description of a composite presentation. In response to receiving a request to create a new version for a first media clip placed at a particular location in the composite display area, the application creates an audition set at the particular location in the composite display area. The application creates a second media clip from the first media clip. The application adds the first and second media clips to the audition set. At least one of the first and second media clips is a candidate media clip that is insertable at the location in the composite display area but is not a media clip that has been committed for inclusion in the description of the composite presentation.03-29-2012
20120079381MEDIA EDITING APPLICATION FOR AUDITIONING DIFFERENT TYPES OF MEDIA CLIPS - Some embodiments provide a program that creates a composite media presentation from several media clips. The program creates an audition set for a particular location in a composite display area for placing media clips to specify a description of the composite media presentation. The program adds to the audition set several different types of media clips that are candidates for placement in the composite display area at the particular location. The program iteratively selects a different media clip in the audition set as the only committed media clip in the audition set to include in the composite media presentation.03-29-2012
20080263447SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUDIOVISUAL CONTROL OF DOCUMENT PROCESSING DEVICES - The subject application is directed to a system and method for audiovisual control of a document processing device. First level graphical images are generated on a display, with each image representing an available first level document processing operation capable of being performed by a document processing device. First audible speech information is received from a user of a selected first level operation. The selected first level operation is isolated according to the received first audible speech information. Second level graphical images are then generated on the display, with each second level image representing a second level document processing operation of the first level operation. Second audible speech information is received from the user of a second level operation. The second level operation is isolated according to the received second audible speech information. A document processing operation is commenced according to the first level operation and the second level operation.10-23-2008
20120096353USER-SPECIFIC FEATURES FOR AN UPGRADEABLE MEDIA KERNEL AND ENGINE - An audio/video (A/V) system includes an audio/video (A/V) component configured to generate audio or video data. The A/V system includes one or more processing devices, and one or more storage devices storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processing devices, cause the one or more processing devices to implement one or more audio or video processing applications for the A/V system. Each of the applications can include a processing module and data for a graphical user interface (GUI) for presentation on the A/V system. The applications can be configured to adjust a performance or a setting of the A/V equipment. The A/V system includes an audio or video processing engine configured to interact with the processing modules for the applications, where the audio or video processing engine is configured to share processing resources among two or more of the processing modules.04-19-2012
20090199098APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SERVING MULTIMEDIA CONTENTS, AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING MULTIMEDIA CONTENT SERVICE USING THE SAME - An apparatus and method for serving multimedia contents and a system for providing a multimedia content service using the same, the apparatus including: a display unit to display multimedia contents and supplementary information; and a controller to control the display unit to display the supplementary information appended to a section of the multimedia contents when the section is reproduced, to retrieve a section including selected supplementary information from the multimedia contents stored in the memory when the supplementary information is selected using the input unit, to display section information of the retrieved section, and to reproduce the section corresponding to selected section information when the section information is selected using the input unit. Thus, it is possible to easily perform movement to a scene in which the user is interested and provide manipulation convenience and usability to the user.08-06-2009
20090106658Techniques and Graphical User Interfaces for Categorical Shuffle - Improved techniques and graphical user interfaces that enable users to shuffle a group of media items in accordance with categories associated with the media items are disclosed. According to one aspect, techniques can operate to categorically shuffle media items having categories associated therewith. According to another aspect, a user interface control can be graphically presented to a user to assist the user in selecting a shuffle setting. The shuffle setting provided by the user affects the nature of the shuffle. For example, the shuffle setting can impact the likelihood that two adjacent media items in the group of media items will be from the same one or more categories following the shuffle.04-23-2009
20090249206METHOD, APPARATUS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR PRESENTING A MEDIA HISTORY - A method for presenting a media history may include determining whether actuation of a function initiation mechanism corresponds to a first actuation characteristic or a second actuation characteristic in which the first actuation characteristic is associated with invocation of a first function on a single object of a particular class and the second actuation characteristic is associated with invocation of a second function operable on a plurality of objects of the particular class. The method may further include initiating the first function or the second function based on the determined actuation characteristic. A corresponding apparatus and computer program product are also provided.10-01-2009
20090254827BROWSER INTERPRETABLE DOCUMENT FOR CONTROLLING A PLURALITY OF MEDIA PLAYERS AND SYSTEMS AND METHODS RELATED THERETO - A browser interpretable document comprising a first media file or a pointer to the first media file; a graphical user interface definition, or a pointer to the graphical user interface definition, the graphical user interface definition comprising a first user interface element and a function associated with the first user interface element; and, a set of commands, or a pointer to the set of commands, for controlling the operation of a plurality of media players; wherein, when the browser interpretable document is rendered by a conventional web browser, the web browser can render a graphical user interface based on the graphical user interface definition, and wherein the rendered graphical user interface controls one of the plurality of media players to facilitate playing of the first media file.10-08-2009
20130219275APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING USER INTERFACE SERVICE IN A MULTIMEDIA SYSTEM - An apparatus and method for providing a User Interface (UI) service in a multimedia system are provided. The method includes receiving, from a UI server, a widget composed of a main part for handling display and a sub part for handling input; displaying information output from the main part of the widget; transmitting the sub part of the widget to a UI client device; receiving, from the UI client device, data input in the sub part of the widget; and controlling the main part of the widget according to the input data.08-22-2013
20090254826Portable Communications Device - Improvements enhance the use of portable communications devices such as cellular telephones. According to one embodiment, data storage capacity is added to the device, such that if a “speed-dial” type operation is initiated, the device is operative to announce a pre-recorded message previously associated by the user with that key sequence, such as the number and/or person being dialed. Another feature enables the user to program a series of telephone numbers before in advance. In this way, the user is able to initiate the dialing of the numbers sequentially, without having to select or key in information for each call while driving. Yet another aspect of the invention offers the ability to interact with GPS (“Global Positioning Satellite”) information. In some scenarios, it may be advantageous to be able to switch the communications link (say, between different carrier services, such as “Air-Touch Cellular” or “Sprint PCS”) as the communications device is moved to different locations. Alternatively, the ability to identify its own location enables the device to respond to inquiries from an external stimulus source, by which the location of the device is transmitted back to the external source.10-08-2009
20090254824Distribution Of Context Aware Content And Interactable Advertisements - Disclosed herein is a method and system for providing context aware multimedia content and interactable advertisements of business services on visually distinct and mutually independent display sections on a mobile device screen of a user. A client application is provided on the mobile device. The client application sends a first request for multimedia content to a content server and a second request for the interactable advertisements to an advertisement server. The content server establishes context of the first request, selects the multimedia content based on established context, and renders the multimedia content on a first display section on the mobile device screen. The advertisement server establishes context of the second request, selects the interactable advertisements based on established context, and renders the interactable advertisements on a second display section on the mobile device screen. The user accesses the business services through the interactable advertisements using the client application.10-08-2009
20090254823Bookmark Interpretation Service - A bookmark interpretation service is described. In embodiment(s), a bookmark save event can be received from a media device when a bookmark is initiated while a video stream of media content is rendered by the media device, such as when the bookmark is initiated by a viewer at the media device. The bookmark can then be interpreted to determine one or more bookmark representations based on a context interpretation of the bookmark with respect to the media content. The bookmark can be maintained for selection, and when a request for the bookmark is received, one or more of the bookmark representations that correspond to the bookmark can be provided to the media device from which the request for the bookmark is received.10-08-2009
20130219274System And Method For Identifying Music Content In A P2P Real Time Recommendation Network - A method for media recommendations is provided, including storing, on a peer device, a pre-existing list of media presentations including a plurality of pre-existing media presentations. A plurality of media recommendations are received from a plurality of recommending peer devices in response to a media presentation being played. Each of the plurality of media recommendations comprises an identifier that identifies a recommended media presentation. Each recommended media presentation is automatically added to the list of media presentations in a position determined based user preferences to form an updated list of media presentations. Based on the position of each of the media presentations, a media presentation is selected to play on the peer device from the updated list of media presentations. The selected media presentation is then played on the peer device.08-22-2013
20090249207Method of operating a media player - A media player and a method of operating the media player in which the events stored therein or available thereto are divided/filtered into groups, each group comprising less than all of the events, and where, when a group of events is provided on the display of the media player, the user may select to have the events of that group provided in a shuffled manner.10-01-2009
20120144302MEDIA PLATFORM INTEGRATION SYSTEM - A media system comprising an encoder, a storage device, a user interface, and a publishing portal. The encoder is adapted to generate one or more digital files from media comprising at least one of a video source and an audio source. The storage device is adapted to store the one or more digital files. The user interface is adapted to enable a user to select at least a portion of the one or more digital files and create metadata. The publishing portal is adapted to associate the metadata with the at least a portion of the one or more digital files, enable the delivery of the at least a portion of the one or more digital files across one or more network types to one or more device types, implement a publishing schedule for the at least a portion of the one or more digital files, and provide advertising.06-07-2012
20100162116AUDIO-VISUAL SEARCH AND BROWSE INTERFACE (AVSBI) - An audio-visual search and browse interface (AVSBI) is described. In an embodiment, a user interface module displays one or more media collections, where each of the one or more media collections includes multiple clips of media. The user interface module determines a center media collection from the one or more media collections that corresponds with a slider on a user interface display. The user interface module determines a left media collection and a right media collection based on the center media collection. The multiple clips of media in the center media collection is played via a center speaker, the multiple clips of media in the left media collection is played via a left speaker, and the multiple clips of media in the right media collection is played via a right speaker, all in a simultaneous, overlapping and cyclical manner. Other embodiments are described and claimed.06-24-2010
20100162117SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PLAYING MEDIA - Disclosed herein are systems, computer-implemented methods, and tangible computer-readable media for media playback. The method includes receiving a request from a user to play a media asset, detecting capabilities of the playback device, detecting playback environment acoustic characteristics, optimizing media playback settings for the playback device and the playback environment characteristics, preparing the media asset for playback on the playback device, and transferring the prepared media asset to the playback device for playback. In one aspect, the method further transfers optimized playback settings to the playback device. Media asset preparation can be based at least in part on the optimized playback settings. A playback profile can store environment characteristics and playback device capabilities. In another aspect, the method continuously detects changes in the playback environment characteristics, and optimizes media playback settings when detected changes exceed a threshold.06-24-2010
20100169777Light Table for Editing Digital Media - A system in accordance with the present invention may include one or more processors, memory that receives instructions from the one or more processors according to a clock operating at a frequency, one or more programs stored in the memory, with instructions to: access media content, wherein the media content is associated with meta data, media characteristics, or other media-related data; couple certain of the media content to a style; and, organize the coupled certain of the media content according to the style and the meta data, media characteristics, or other media-related data.07-01-2010
20100162118METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING GUI - A GUI providing method and a GUI providing apparatus are provided. According to the GUI providing method, a GUI from among GUIs for an external apparatus connected to a video apparatus is determined and displayed. Accordingly, if there are many GUIs for an apparatus, a GUI most suitable for the current circumstance is automatically determined and provided to a user.06-24-2010
20100162115DYNAMIC GENERATION OF PLAYLISTS - A system can receive and/or otherwise access information about items of content (e.g., audio tracks, video tracks, images and/or other items), information about a playlist to be generated, information about the past behavior of the target entity for the playlist and/or information about the past behavior of other entities. Examples of information about the items of content include genre, artist, album, time period, etc. Examples of information about a playlist include tempo curve, event type, playlist duration, etc. Based on all or a subset of the above-described information, the system automatically generates a playlist that identifies items of content. The playlist is presented to the target entity so that the target entity can acquire the playlist and/or the items of content identified in the playlist. In some embodiments, the target entity is also provided with an opportunity to edit the playlist.06-24-2010
20100153846PLAYLIST MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - A system is disclosed that includes a media player that plays media files, memory storing a plurality of media files, and a media manager. The media manager generates a new playlist of media files based on one or more characteristics associated with a currently playing media file and provides the new playlist to the media player for playback.06-17-2010
20100211875INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - In an apparatus configured to reproduce audio guidance corresponding to a screen, when there is an instruction to switch to a screen in a backward direction, since audio guidance has already been reproduced once during a screen transition in a forward direction, the same audio guidance is not reproduced again.08-19-2010
20100218097SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SYNCHRONIZED MULTI-TRACK EDITING - There is provided herein a system and method for producing a single audio recording from multiple recordings of the same event. In the preferred embodiment, the instant invention will automatically analyze and visually time-align each of the individual source takes, so that the takes containing the same content are positioned beneath each other. This will make it possible for the user to quickly survey, evaluate, and edit different takes of the same event. The instant invention will automatically keep track of the source material presented in by the visual display and will transfer content selected by the sound engineer from a source to a destination location to create the single audio recording.08-26-2010
20100218096AUDIO/VISUAL PROGRAM SELECTION DISAMBIGUATION - Apparatus and method to disambiguate an ambiguous keypress sequence representing a character string made up of concatenated fragments of words entered by a user on a reduced keyboard, in which each fragment is made up of at least the first character of a word of text associated with an audio/visual program selected by the user for being played, and in which the fragments are combined in the character string without delimiters between them.08-26-2010
20100235740Interactive Access to Media or Other Content Related to a Currently Viewed Program - A method for providing content related to a multimedia program on a display device, including: monitoring a currently viewed multimedia program by a user on a display device; retrieving content related to the currently viewed multimedia program from a content source based on information obtained from said currently viewed multimedia program; and displaying at least a portion of the content on a flexible user interface on the display device upon request by the user; in which the user is able to adjust a size and position of the flexible user interface on the display device.09-16-2010
20120173977APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR GRID NAVIGATION - An apparatus and method for efficient display of, and navigation through, a large database by displaying and selecting objects, e.g., graphic elements, in a grid associated with the content of the database are provided. The method includes providing a first subset of graphic elements from a database of graphic elements, the first subset of graphic elements arranged in a grid pattern, adjusting a position of one of the graphic elements in the first subset on the display in response to a user input indicating movement of the one graphic element in a horizontal and vertical direction, and providing a second subset of graphic elements from the database of graphic elements, the second subset of graphic elements including the one graphic element in the first subset at the point central on the display.07-05-2012
20100241959Enhanced 3D Sound - A system and method are disclosed for providing improved 3D sound experience to a user. The sound generation layer is customizable to allow the user and/or application provider to modify the internal rules the sound generation layer uses to render sounds, to amplify sounds that fall below a pre-set or user-set volume level, and to specifically amplify/soften certain sounds (such as game specific sounds like gunfire or footsteps), or specific frequencies of sounds. A graphical user interface can communicates with the sound generation layer to handle any or all the above, so that a lay user can easily adjust these settings without having to understand the underlying algorithms.09-23-2010
20100241960INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - An information processing apparatus having an input configured to receive a first operation and a second operation input by a user, a playback unit configured to obtain predetermined data and play back the data based on the operation input by the user from the input; and a display control unit configured to control, in correspondence with a virtual hierarchical structure for classifying the predetermined data, a display of a display screen indicating each hierarchy level, and for controlling a display of a predetermined mark in the display screen. The display control unit also controls the display of the predetermined mark corresponding to the predetermined data which is played back by the playback unit in a manner different from other non-selected marks while the predetermined mark is being selected.09-23-2010
20100251119SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING INCOMING REQUESTS FOR A COMMUNICATION SESSION USING A GRAPHICAL CONNECTION METAPHOR - Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for presenting a selected media message to a first user. The method includes displaying via a graphical user interface (GUI) a notification associated with a request from a first user for a communication with a second user in the context of a graphical representation of a communication session including at least the second user, receiving a second user input identifying a selected action associated with the first user via the GUI, and performing the selected action relative to the first user. The second user can be notified of the incoming request via a communication session displayed as a set of graphical elements representing a structure of the communication session via the GUI. The first and/or second user can be a communication session of multiple users.09-30-2010
20100235741Media Player Framework - Systems and methods for managing media playback are described. In one embodiment, a third party media request is received from a third party application. A native media request is sent to a native media player in response to the third party media request. The native media request causes the native media player to access content or metadata. Metadata is returned to the third party application if the third party media request requested data. The native media player performs a content operation on the content if the third party media request requested a content operation.09-16-2010
20100235743Incorporating Interactive Media Into a Playlist - An exemplary system includes a media control operable to begin playing a media segment automatically after buffering the media segment, and a host application operable to receive a reference to the media segment, initialize the media control with the media segment, and cause the media control to postpone playing of the media segment after the media segment is buffered. An exemplary method includes receiving a playlist referencing a first media segment and a second media segment, the second media segment operable to play automatically without a prompt after being loaded, presenting the first media segment, and prerolling the second media segment.09-16-2010
20100235739REMOTE ACCESS TO ADVANCED PLAYLIST FEATURES OF A MEDIA PLAYER - A media player can have advanced-playlist creation capabilities such as the ability to automatically generate a playlist around a “seed” song selected by a user. In some embodiments, the accessory can determine whether the media player can use a particular song as a seed song for an advanced playlist and can so inform the user. The user can then operate the accessory's user interface to create an advanced playlist based on a particular song, rather than having to interact directly with the media player.09-16-2010
20110113330METHOD FOR SETTING UP A LIST OF AUDIO FILES - A method for setting up a list of audio files to be played back by a mobile device when traveling along a route, and a mobile device utilizing the method for setting up the list of audio files are described.05-12-2011
20100211874Emulating a USB drive to provide media files to a media player - A method of streaming a media file stored on a networked computer, to a media player having a USB port to input data thereto, comprising the following steps: i) providing a media retrieval device having: a) a USB jack to receive power and transmit data received to the media player, b) connection to a computer network through a router for reception of data from the networked computer, and wherein, c) said media retrieval device is capable of being programmed, of emulating a USB drive, and then subsequently redirecting a selection to a remote source file; ii) connecting the USB jack of the media retrieval device to the USB port of the player; iii) selecting a media file from the network computer; and, iv) playing the selected media file on the media player. Media files, from which the selection is made from, are conveniently always current with the media files on the networked computer. In a preferred aspect of this invention the network computer is connected to a wireless router and wherein the media retrieval device has USB powered wireless radio hardware for wireless connection to the router.08-19-2010
20100138744METHODS FOR PLAYING MULTIMEDIA CONTENT AT REMOTE GRAPHICS DISPLAY CLIENT - Method and apparatus for playing multimedia content at a remote graphics display client are described herein. According to one embodiment, a stream of data objects is sequentially transmitted to a client over a network. The stream is generated by a desktop application representing a snapshot of a display output of the desktop application. The data objects are to be rendered at the client for graphics remoting purposes. It is detected that a multimedia object is to be rendered by the desktop application. The multimedia object is caused to be rendered remotely at the client without having to render the multimedia object locally and without having to transmit a display result of the rendering to the client over the network. Other methods and apparatuses are also described.06-03-2010
20100070861SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VERIFYING VIEWING OF MULTIMEDIA RENDERING OF INVESTIGATOR MEETING PREFATORY TO CLINICAL TRIAL PARTICIPATION - A system and method providing passive verification of participant—typically a physician—exposure to Material equivalent to attendance at an Investigator Meeting prefatory to Clinical Trial is taught. The invention provides for rendering media capture of Investigator Meeting education into computer deliverable sessions, and further into segments, where segments are the product of randomly generated visual requests to which participant need provide response in some prescribed time interval to confirm visual attention to Material. To ensure participant visual exposure to Material, during computer mediated display of Material, visual prompts appear at random points in the display. For any successful participant response, session advances, and in absence of successful response, display of Material resets to last successful response point in Material. In an alternate embodiment, groups of viewers may be tracked corresponding to a group viewing of Material. The system provides real-time tracking of completion of visual exposure to Investigator Meeting Material and enables Clinical Trial sponsor to dynamically update enrolled participant data, and actively encourage physician completion of Investigator Meeting equivalent attendance, so as to expedite Clinical Trial launch.03-18-2010
20090282334System and method for providing information using outside sound recognition of mobile phone, and mobile terminal for the same - An information providing system using external sound source recognition of a mobile communication terminal includes a sound source recognizing means for receiving a specific sound source in the external environment by playing a sound source file and recognizing sound source information; an intrinsic information detecting means for detecting the intrinsic information inserted when manufacturing the sound source file from the sound source information; an intrinsic information interpreting means for decoding the intrinsic information to interpret the meaning of the intrinsic information; and an intrinsic information managing means for outputting the contents of the intrinsic information on a screen to display the intrinsic information to the user.11-12-2009
20090276709METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING DYNAMIC PLAYLISTS AND TAG-TUNING OF MULTIMEDIA OBJECTS - A user may post items that are associated with multimedia objects, such as audio files and video files. The posted items are automatically added to the dynamic playlists of other users who are “following” the user. A user's dynamic playlist is provided to that user for viewing and for accessing the multimedia objects associated with the items in the dynamic playlist. One user may give another user a particular amount of social currency, and a particular's user's total amount of social currency received through gifts is maintained and displayed in a profile of the particular user. A user may create and modify certain tag settings that are used to filter a plurality of multimedia objects such that only the multimedia objects that satisfy the user's tag settings are provided to the user.11-05-2009
20120198336Grid-Like Guided User Interface for Video Selection and Display - A UI including a “Guide,” presenting a list of videos, having data fields relating to each entry, possibly including multiple data values for a single data field. When focusing on a single entry, the focused-upon entry is expanded and emphasized. The focused-upon entry is highlighted and centered, while other entries have lesser highlighting and centering. When a data field is selected, the focused-upon data field is emphasized (by highlighting, repositioning, or resizing), while other entries have lesser emphasis. Display changes might appear after a brief delay, or in response to further user command. When entries are sorted on selected data fields, entries with multiple data values for those fields are replicated, and the sorting letter is highlighted. The user can move individually down the list of entries, or skip to the next section with a different data value for a selected field.08-02-2012
20120198335APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATIC REALTIME CLOUD COMPUTING PROCESSING FOR LIVE MULTIMEDIA CONTENT - An apparatus and a method for automatic real-time cloud computing processing of live multimedia content are disclosed. In one embodiment of the invention, a portable electronic device can transmit live event multimedia data to a web/cloud computing storage service in real time, wherein the web/cloud computing storage service segmentizes incoming streams of the live event multimedia data into multiple media files during an ongoing transmission of the live event multimedia data. In one embodiment of the invention, the size of each segmented media file depends on a current network traffic condition and/or a bandwidth availability. By automatically segmentizing the streams of encoded multimedia data into individually-viewable segments for the web or cloud-computing storage service, a user can start viewing the currently-uploading multimedia data faster than a conventional single stream upload which requires a longer waiting time.08-02-2012
20110066943Jukebox with customizable avatar - A digital downloading jukebox system including a mechanism for delivering custom services to a recognized user is provided. For example, information specific to a recognized user may be stored and optionally may include a recognized user avatar representative of the recognized user. The user avatar may be an image, video, and/or animation, which may be displayed on and/or played through the jukebox. The user avatar may be associated with transactions associated with the user. For example, an avatar may be displayed when a playlist of the recognized user is played, when a message is sent, etc. In other examples, the avatar may introduce instances of media by playing an audio and/or video message, and the avatar may sing, dance, etc. while an instance of media is playing.03-17-2011
20110066942Multifunction Multimedia Device - A method for interpreting messages, user-defined alert conditions, voice commands and performing an action in response is described. A method for annotating media content is described. A method for presenting additional content associated with media content identified based on a fingerprint is described. A method for identifying that an advertisement portion of media content is being played based on a fingerprint derived from the media content is described. A method of one media device recording particular media content automatically in response to another media device recording the particular media content is described. A method of concurrently playing media content on multiple devices is described. A method of publishing information associated with recording of media content is described. A method of deriving fingerprints by media devices that meet an idleness criteria is described. A method of loading, modifying, and displaying a high definition frame from a frame buffer is described. A method of recording or playing media content identified based on fingerprints is described.03-17-2011
20110066941AUDIO SERVICE GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE - Techniques for providing a graphical user interface for an audio channel include receiving data that indicates multiple audio contents for audio presentation at a first node. A graphical user interface is formed, which displays a time sequence of the plurality of audio contents for presentation, and which associates with each audio content one or more selectable operations on the audio content. Presentation of the graphical user interface is caused at a second node. In response to causing presentation of the graphical user interface, data is received that indicates an associated operation on audio content based on input from the second node.03-17-2011
20110066940Music/video messaging system and method - A system and method for creating custom music/video messages to facilitate and/or improve social interaction. The music/video messages may include at least portions of music, video, pictures, slideshows, and/or text. Custom music/video messages may be created by a user in communication with a music/video provider and a music/video messaging system. The music/video messaging system and/or a distribution network send the music/video messages to one or more intended recipient(s). The custom music/video messages are representative of feelings or emotions to be communicated by the user to the one or more recipient(s).03-17-2011
20090083629METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IMPLEMENTING DIRECT PLAY OF MULTI-MEDIA INFORMATION - A method and apparatus for controlling the presentation of multi-media content stored on a medium containing a plurality of multi-media content (03-26-2009
20090319899USER INTERFACE, METHOD OF NAVIGATING CONTENT, APPARATUS FOR REPRODUCING CONTENT, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING THE METHOD - A user interface for navigating content to be reproduced by selecting a filtering condition according to a user's preference on the basis of a playlist, a method of navigating content using the user interface, an apparatus for reproducing content, and a computer-readable storage medium having embodied thereon a program for executing the method are provided. The user interface navigates content using a method including displaying a first playlist on the basis of all reproducible pieces of content; receiving at least one content filtering condition; displaying a second playlist according to the received content filtering condition; and receiving a desired content select signal on the basis of the first playlist or the second playlist. Accordingly, the depth of a menu can be reduced, a playlist reflecting a user's preference can be created, and whether the content to be navigated exists can be more accurately perceived during content navigation.12-24-2009
20090019367APPARATUS, SYSTEM, METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR COLLABORATION VIA ONE OR MORE NETWORKS - A collaboration architecture supports virtual meetings, including web conferencing and collaboration. Presence information is aggregated from different types of communication services to provide a generic representation of presence. In one implementation, collaboration lifecycle management is provided to manage meetings over the lifecycle of a project. Audio options include voice over internet protocol (VoIP) and conventional PTSN phone networks, which are supported in one implementation by an audio conferencing server.01-15-2009
20090319898Audio device control method and apparatus - A method of controlling an audio output device at a user terminal connected to a communication network and executing a communication client is provided. The method comprises: establishing a connection between a user of the user terminal and a further user over the communication network; responsive to establishing the connection, analysing the status of the audio output device with the communication client; in the case that the communication client determines that the audio output device is in a muted state, controlling the audio output device to deactivate the muted state such that audio information transmitted from the further user via the connection can be heard by the user of the user terminal.12-24-2009
20110131493METHOD, SYSTEM AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR DISTRIBUTING ALTERNATE VERSIONS OF CONTENT - A method, system and computer program for distributing alternate versions of content is provided. The method enables one or more users to create an alternate version of content. The content provider creates a plurality of different versions of content. Each of the different versions is divided into segments. The segments correspond to segments of the alternate version. The one or more users can create the alternate version of the content by selecting, for each of the segments of the alternate version, one of the segments from one of the different versions.06-02-2011
20090113300SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LISTENING TO AUDIO CONTENT - A method including selecting a presentation content group, displaying content identifiers corresponding to the presentation content group, selecting a content identifier, and instantly presenting a substantially live presentation content from a media provider corresponding to the selected content identifier to a user.04-30-2009
20090113302METHOD OF MANIPULATING MEDIA OBJECT IN MEDIA PLAYER AND APPARATUS THEREFOR - Provided is a method for manipulating a media object in a media player and an apparatus using the same. The method includes generating a rendering map for managing a region of a media object in a rendering interface according to time, receiving a user input via the rendering interface; updating the rendering map based on a user input; re-composing a scene based on the updated rendering map, and rendering the media object according to the re-composed scene.04-30-2009
20090113301Multimedia Enhanced Browser Interface - A toolbar application for network browser applications is described. The tool augments web pages with related multimedia content. The browser application allows the user to locate and render a web page of personal interest. The tool invokes a mechanism to identify one or more media objects related to the web page in a playlist, and invokes a media object player application to render the one or more media objects in the playlist. When all of the media objects in the playlist are complete, the enhancement application may automatically generate one or more additional playlists.04-30-2009
20080282163System and Method for a MultiMedia Timeline - An interactive user interface on a computer system for presenting information about a deceased person comprises a viewable screen image. A plurality of types of life related recordations are associated with a time during the person's life. The user interface further includes a plurality of selection options. Each of the selection options corresponds to at least one type of recordation. The viewable screen image also presents an interactive timeline that is operable to effect a selection of time. The timeline is associated with at least a portion of the plurality of recordations such that when a specific time is selected the user interface presents one or more recordations that correspond to the selected time. The interface may also include a historical information feature that is operable to provide historical information relating to times during the deceased person's life, with the historical information being independent of the deceased person.11-13-2008
20100223553Multi-Media Center for Computing Systems - Various “media-components” are provided in a “multi-media center.” In modular architecture, a module-controller communicates with media-modules provided for various media-components. A media-module can include or obtain data pertaining to a particular media-component, identify media-player(s), and access information related to their media. However, the media-modules are isolated from each other, and the module-controller effectively controls output generated in response to user input. A user interface library is provided for the media-modules. Media-modules can obtain a template or other tools from the library and construct their user interface (e.g., menus). Media-modules can also identify a media-player that can be initiated in response to user input. Subsequently, the media-controller forwards user input to the media-player.09-02-2010
20100223552Playback Device For Generating Sound Events - A system configured to capture and/or produce a sound event generated by a plurality of sound sources. In particular, the system may be configured such that the capture, processing, and/or output for sound production of sound objects associated with separate ones of the sound sources may be controlled on an individual based. This discretized control over the sound objects may enhance various aspects of productions of the sound event by systems that do not capture, process and/or output sounds from different sound sources in a manner that maintains the discrete nature of the sound sources.09-02-2010
20110119583Module-Based Process for Importing Media Files - Among other things, methods, systems and computer program products are disclosed for manipulating media using software executing on a computer system, e.g., by presenting a user interface for the media manipulation software application, the user interface including an import tool configured to facilitate importation of one or more items of media content into the media manipulation software application, the import tool having a plurality of modules, each module representing a different aspect of an importation process; receiving input specifying a subset of the plurality of modules, each module in the specified subset to be displayed to the user and to be used in a subsequent importation process; displaying to the user the modules from the specified subset while hiding the remaining modules from the user; and importing one or more items of media content using the displayed modules.05-19-2011
20110113332APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MONITORING AND CONTROL ON A NETWORK - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a system having a controller to present an overlay that is combined with a presentation of media content, collect one or more user-generated remarks from each of a plurality of computing devices where the one or more user-generated remarks are temporally associated with media content presented at the plurality of computing devices according to the overlay, monitor one or more user-generated comments from each of the plurality of computing devices, and selectively filter the one or more user-generated comments from each of the plurality of computing devices. Other embodiments are disclosed.05-12-2011
20100306653NETWORK-BASED MULTIMEDIA PLAY METHOD AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT THEREOF - A network-based multimedia play method is provided for playing a number of programs. The method includes the following steps. First, a source code of a multimedia webpage is obtained. Next, the source code of the webpage is parsed to obtain a number of program titles and a number of corresponding program website addresses. Then, at least one corresponding file link is obtained according to each program website address, wherein each file link is an access link of a multimedia file. Afterwards, a play list is generated according to each program title and the at least one corresponding file link of each program title. Then, the programs are played according to the play list, wherein each program corresponds to at least one multimedia files over a network.12-02-2010
20090037817SOURCE AND PREVIEW PANES FOR MEDIA CONTENT - A system comprises a display and logic coupled to the display. The logic causes a source pane and a preview pane to be shown on the display. The source pane identifies sources of media content to be viewed in the preview pane. The preview pane plays for a user a selected media content while the source pane is still viewable.02-05-2009
20090070675Apparatuses, Methods, and Systems for a Portable, Image-Processing Transmitter - This disclosure details the implementation of apparatuses, methods, and systems for a portable, image-processing transmitter. The transmitter provides a platform capable of managing, manipulating, storing, and transmitting digital media files across a wide array of transmission means and protocols. In one embodiment, the transmitter may be employed by photographers, photojournalists, and/or the like to rapidly process, edit, and send photographs or video to multiple news agencies, newspapers, magazines, television studios, websites, and/or the like while maintaining control over their photographs by allowing them to send reduced quality and watermarked proofs. The transmitter may be configured to allow users to first generate and transmit low-resolution preview images, thereby saving on transmission time and resources, and only send full resolution versions once approvals of the preview versions are received. The transmitter's broad communication capabilities ensure that it is maximally effective in locating and exploiting available communication networks, even from remote locations.03-12-2009
20090070674Brush Tool for Audio Editing - This specification describes technologies relating to editing digital audio data. In some implementations, a computer-implemented method is provided. The method includes displaying a visual representation of audio data, receiving an input selecting a selected portion of audio data within the visual representation, the selecting including applying a brush tool to the visual representation of the audio data, and editing the selected portion of audio data including determining a degree of opacity for the selected audio data and applying an editing effect according to the degree of opacity.03-12-2009
20090070673System and method for presenting multimedia content and application interface - A system and method for presenting multimedia content and at least one application interface. Multiple application graphical user interfaces (GUI) or other graphical objects may be overlayed on multimedia content such as selected video clips. A graphical user interface is provided for managing displayed objects, selecting content to be displayed, manipulating displayed content, and interacting with application interfaces overlayed on the multimedia content. A server may be in communication with a plurality of client computers to authenticate users, gather content consumption data, enable communication or other interaction among users viewing multimedia content.03-12-2009
20090070671COMMUNICATION METHOD, MOVING PICTURE REPRODUCTION DEVICE, AND INTERNET CONNECTION DEVICE - There is provided a communication method capable of performing connection to the Internet by using another device having the Internet connection function even if a moving picture reproduction device does not have the Internet connection function. In this method, the moving picture reproduction device (03-12-2009
20090063977BODY REGION INDICATION - The invention is directed toward two-dimensional dynamic body image templates, and associated techniques, that allow a user to indicate regions of the human body. The body region indications may correspond to locations of injury, pain, treatment, discoloration, paresthesia, or the like. A user is presented with the body image templates and asked to indicate regions on the body templates that correspond to affected regions of a patient's body. The body image templates represent views of an external surface of a human body rotated about at least one axis. In exemplary embodiments, a user controls display of overlapping templates, which may allow the user to perceive rotation of a three-dimensional body surface. The user indicated regions from each of the displayed body image templates are stored in a body surface coordinate system, such that regions indicated via one template may be appropriately displayed on other templates.03-05-2009
20100306654Navigation and Playback of Multimedia Programs Arranged in Collections - Methods and systems for the navigation and playback of multimedia programs arranged in collections. In typical embodiments, a first set of user controls allow the user to select a collection and a second set of user controls allow the user to select a multimedia program by navigating a sequence of multimedia programs within the selected collection.12-02-2010
20100281365Encoding method and apparatus and decoding method and apparatus - The disclosed embodiments relate to a multimedia data encoding/decoding method and apparatus. In some aspects, a decoding method comprises receiving multimedia data which comprises a media area including a video data area and an audio data area, a media information area including a video track area and an audio track area respectively corresponding to the video data area and the audio data area, and a menu description area including description data for displaying a menu that provides an interface between a user and media data in the media area; extracting the description data from the multimedia data, the description data being described using a scene representation format; decoding the extracted description data by extracting scalable vector graphics format data form the description data; rendering a menu using the decoded description data; and decoding media data extracted from the media area based on the menu, wherein the media area, the media information area and the menu description area are incorporated into a single file. The disclosed embodiments include a multimedia data encoding/decoding method and apparatus can construct a multi media data file including a plurality of video/audio contents and description data for a menu between a user and media data. Thus, a time taken to process and transmit the multimedia data can be reduced.11-04-2010
20100281366EDITING KEY-INDEXED GRAPHS IN MEDIA EDITING APPLICATIONS - Some embodiments of the invention provide media editing applications with novel key-indexed graph editing operations. In some embodiment, the media editing application allows a user to modify such a graph without actually selecting any key index on the graph. In some embodiments, the media editing application allow a user to modify the graph by interacting with one or more shapes that are defined in terms of the graph, without selecting any of the key indices that are used to specify the graph.11-04-2010
20130139057METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AUDIO REMIXING - A software application for use on a portable communications device, such as a cellphone, personal digital assistant, personal computer, or other device capable of receiving user inputs and providing audio playback, allows users to select a track and add samples and effects to create a personal audio remix. The user may then share their creation with other users and friends via, for example, e-mail, social networking or specialized community sites for users of the application. Effects may be further generated using an internal accelerometer of the device. Samples and effects are stored with respect to the timing of the selected master track.05-30-2013
20130139059INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PROGRAM AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - There is provided an information processing apparatus including a recording section recording data continuously acquired via a sensor; and a controlling section controlling a playback of record data recorded by the recording section, wherein, in response to a user input, the controlling section performs control such that the record data is played from a timing predated with reference to a timing of the user input.05-30-2013
20100318909CONTAINER DISPLAY CONTROL DEVICE AND PROGRAM FOR THE SAME - A container display control device comprising: a container title acquiring unit that acquires one or more container titles from a server, the one or more container titles relating to respective one or more containers in a tier immediately under a top tier container; a registration unit to which identification information is registered in advance, the identification information being for indicating that a category of a container is a first category; a category determination unit that determines, for each container in the tier immediately under the top tier container, whether or not the container title includes the identification information registered to the registration unit and indicating that the container is of the first category; and a setting unit that sets a container whose title includes the identification information as the top tier container, the identification information indicating that the container is of the first category.12-16-2010
20100325545Replacing first sourced media with second sourced media based on first sourced media quality - Replacing first sourced media with second sourced media based on first sourced media quality. A media processing device is operative to monitor the quality of first media and selectively to substitute second media in its place (in full or in part) based on a change in the quality of the first media. For example, in the context of first media received via broadcast (e.g., radio, satellite, streaming over the Internet, etc.), when a quality of the first media degrades, second media is substituted there for. The second media may be retrieved from a media storage device, or alternatively, it may be provided via another broadcast that has an acceptable quality level. The measure of quality of media may be characterized in accordance with any one or more parameters (e.g., change in signal to noise ratio (SNR), a discontinuity/gap, jitter, latency, etc.).12-23-2010
20100325542RICH ENTITY FOR CONTEXTUALLY RELEVANT ADVERTISEMENTS - Described herein is an in-text advertising display that presents web advertisements contextually related to retrieved web content about text on a web page. The text of a web page is analyzed to determine whether terms or phrases are associated with particular contextual definitions called entities. Portions of text associated with an entity are emphasized to the user. Detection of a user trigger event initiates retrieval of additional web content about the emphasized text and the retrieved additional content is displayed in a display window, within a pop-up advertisement, or within a quickbar window. An adjacent seamless window displaying web advertisements related to the additional web content is also presented to the user.12-23-2010
20110131495GRAPHICAL REPRESENTATION OF ASSETS STORED ON A PORTABLE MEDIA DEVICE - A user interfaces can deliver enhanced information regarding media assets stored on a portable media device. A graphical user interface for database browsing and navigation can include a list of values of a metadata item and a graphical representation of the distribution of media assets across the values on the list, such as a pie chart where the size of different wedges reflects the fraction of media assets having a particular value. As a user browses a list, the graphical representation can be modified to emphasize the correspondence between different graphical elements and different entries on the list.06-02-2011
20100332983REMOTE HOST-BASED MEDIA PRESENTATION - An electronic device includes a first communication interface operable to receive a decoded digital data set from an apparatus remote from the electronic device, and a first circuit coupled to the first communication interface and operable to enable an output device to provide an output representing the data set.12-30-2010
20100332981Providing Media Settings Discovery in a Media Processing Application - Some embodiments provide a method for automatically identifying settings of a media file. The method initially receives the identification of a piece of media content. Media content includes sound and image data that can be stored as a media file. It then performs an automated process for discovering the media settings of the media file. Examples of settings that are automatically identified in some embodiments include video codec type, audio codec type, frame height and frame width, video bit rate, video frame rate, audio channels, etc. The method then stores the media settings that are discovered from the media file. The stored media settings are used subsequently in some embodiments to generate a media file.12-30-2010
20100235742 DEVICE FOR DISPLAYING A PLURALITY OF MULTIMEDIA DOCUMENTS - The invention relates to a device for displaying multimedia documents. According to the invention, such a device includes: organization means adapted to organize said multimedia documents into at least first and second sets of multimedia documents disposed in a first direction; and browsing means adapted to respond to at least one first predetermined movement of a user to browse between said first and second sets of multimedia documents in said first direction.09-16-2010
20110016395Media System with Integrated Clip Views - Systems and methods for presenting audio data involve obtaining audio data that includes audio clips, and presenting the audio data for a first audio clip in a user interface having an audio play element configured to play audio from the audio data, a clip selection element configured to receive selections of the audio clips, and a timeline element configured to present both chronological and durational information for the first audio clip or the audio segment on a defined time scale. Techniques involve adjusting the defined time scale in the timeline element based on durational information of a selected second audio clip, and presenting the adjusted defined time scale corresponding to the durational information of the second audio clip in the timeline element. Animation is used in the timeline element for presenting the adjusted defined time scale corresponding to the durational information of the second audio clip in the timeline element.01-20-2011
20110004826MOBILE TERMINAL AND MULTIMEDIA CONTENTS CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF - A mobile terminal and multimedia contents controlling method thereof are disclosed, by which a contents list configured according to a selection made by a user is generated and by which the generated contents list is operable as a broadcast organization list of a user customized channel. The present invention includes being provided with relevant information on the multimedia contents, enabling at least one multimedia content to be selected using the provided relevant information, generating a contents list including the selected at least one multimedia content, receiving a random one of the at least one multimedia content included in the generated contents list at a specific timing point, and performing at least one of a playback operation and a storage operation of the received multimedia content.01-06-2011
20110113334EXPERIENCE STREAMS FOR RICH INTERACTIVE NARRATIVES - “Experience Streams” (ESs) are used by a “rich interactive narrative” (RIN) data model as basic building blocks that are combined in a variety of ways to enable or construct a large number of RIN scenarios for presenting interactive narratives to the user. In general various ES types contain all the information required to define and populate a particular RIN, as well as the information (in the form of a series of navigable states) that charts an animated and interactive course through each RIN. In other words, combinations of various ES provide a scripted path through a RIN environment, as well as various UI controls and/or toolbars that enable user interaction with the interactive narrative provided by each RIN. Example ESs include, but are not limited, content browser experience streams, zoomable media experience streams, relationship graph experience streams, player-controls/toolbar experience streams, etc.05-12-2011
20110113333CREATION AND DELIVERY OF RINGTONES OVER A COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK - A method on a server for providing a ringtone based on a video can be provided. The method can include providing a graphical user interface to a user over a communications network and receiving, via the graphical user interface, identifying information for a video file on a third party server. The method can further include sending to the third party server a request for the video file, wherein the request is based on the identifying information and receiving the video file from the third party server. The method can further include streaming the video file to the user via the graphical user interface and receiving, via the graphical user interface, segment data identifying a segment of the video file. The method can further include generating a ringtone from the video file based on the segment data and transmitting the ringtone to the user.05-12-2011
20110113331SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DYNAMIC VISUAL PRESENTATION OF DIGITAL AUDIO CONTENT - There is provided a system and method that allows a user to visually manage and work with large numbers of digital audio tiles. Each audio file will preferably be analyzed by the instant invention, with the analysis results being used to position an icon representative of that file within an on-screen 2D- or 3D-display. Methods will be provided that allow user to preview and use individual audio items that are displayed on-screen. Selection of an on-screen icon will be used to initiate playback of the associated audio file, insert that file into a playlist, incorporate that file into a multimedia work, etc.05-12-2011
20110010625Method for Manually Optimizing Jitter, Delay and Synch Levels in Audio-Video Transmission - A communication device and method provide selective control of a level of buffering of at least one data stream. The communication device includes a jitter buffer (01-13-2011
20110246884APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A MULTI-MEDIA PRESENTATION - A method for controlling a multi-media presentation is provided. The method includes displaying an event structure related to an event on a graphical user interface, getting a plurality of event items associated with the event, and displaying the plurality of event items associated with the event structure on the graphical user interface. Responsive to an event trigger, the event is started. The method further includes receiving a selection of a first event item from the plurality of event items, performing a first action related to the first event item, and sending an output of the first action to a display device.10-06-2011
20110029871Interactive Computerized Communication Apparatus and Method - An interactive computerized apparatus includes first and second interfaces and a server in communication on a computer network. The server has at least a first database storing data relating to a first user at the first interface and a second database storing data relating to a second user at the second interface, the first user having access to the second database and the second user having access to the first database. A video and audio interaction system is housed on the server and has programmable code for interaction between the first user at first interface and the second user at the second interface. The interaction includes the first user accessing the second database, the second user accessing the first database, facilitating communication between the first and second users by contemporaneously exchanging video signals and audio signals. The first and second users communicate contemporaneously via the video and audio interaction system.02-03-2011
20110029872METHOD FOR PROVIDING DATA APPLICATION OF DISK MEDIA PLAYBACK APPARATUS - A method for providing a data application of a disk media playback apparatus is disclosed. In accordance with the present invention, a time necessary for loading and executing a data application and a limit in a size of the application are minimized and a personalized data application is provided based on a disk media playback apparatus identification or a user identification information.02-03-2011
20110035667Instant Import of Media Files - A request to import a media file is received, and a first piece of meta information associated with the media file is read. A user may then edit a representation of the media file while at least one background task is performed to complete the import of the media file. After performing the at least one background task, enhanced editing functionality is provided.02-10-2011
20110035670AUDIO PLAYBACK METHOD FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A method for audio playback in an embedded electronic device includes an audio file list with a plurality of audio files displayed on, a playlist created in a storage module by selection of at least one audio file from the audio file list. An audio file is played in the playlist by a playback module. An operating state of the active audio file is fed back to the storage module. The operating state is acquired and displayed by a user interface.02-10-2011
20110035668SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR VIRTUAL REMOTE CONTROL OF STREAMED MEDIA - Systems and methods are described for providing remote control of separate media sources over a network using, for example, pop-up windows graphically depicting remote control devices within corresponding tabbed windows of a web browser. A browser plug-in or add-on application provides a graphical depiction of a remote control device associated with each media source and receives a command from the viewer via interaction with the graphical depiction of the remote control device. The command is transmitted across the network to the placeshifting device to modify a media stream provided by the desired media source.02-10-2011
20110035669METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR SEEKING WITHIN A MEDIA STREAM USING SCENE DETECTION - A system uses generated scene transition frames to allow fast seeking within a media stream. A set of scene transition frames associated with the media stream are generated, then transmitted along with the media stream from a remotely located media source over a network. A subset of the scene transition frames are displayed, allowing a desired scene transition frame to be selected from a subset of the scene transition frames based on user input. The media source can then be displayed (e.g., played) starting from a frame corresponding to the desired scene transition frame.02-10-2011
20110119584SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INTERACTIVELY DISPLAYING USER IMAGES - In accordance with the present invention, an interactive user display application is provided. The application displays and refreshes images that are intended to represent users or members of a social network or other web-based service. Using these images, the interactive user display application allows a user of the application to interact with other users or their profiles while viewing their images or while interacting with or consuming media.05-19-2011
20110041060Video/Music User Interface - A system in accordance with the present invention may include one or more processors, memory from which the processor may fetch instructions according to a clock operating at a frequency, a display device, and one or more programs stored in the memory, with instructions to open a media file, play content of the media file, render graphically on the display device the played content of the media file, pause the played content of the media file, and render graphically on the display device options available during the pause.02-17-2011
20110041059Interactive Multimedia Content Playback System - A computer implemented method and system is provided for controlling playback of multimedia content in real time. An interactive media application is provided to a first user and a second user. The first user defines multiple controls for the multimedia content and parameters associated with the defined controls using the interactive media application. The interactive media application renders a graphical representation of the defined controls with the multimedia content on an interface on the second user's computing device. The interactive media application acquires one or more control inputs from the second user. The control inputs provide a selection of values for the defined parameters associated with the defined controls. The interactive media application executes the defined controls based on the selected values for modifying one or more variables of the multimedia content. The interactive media application renders the multimedia content in accordance with the modified variables to the second user.02-17-2011
20110087964METHOD FOR INDICATING A VOLUME OF AN AUDIO SINK OF A PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A method includes rendering data for display on a display screen of a portable electronic device and rendering an overlay for display on the display screen, the overlay being superimposed over the data and including a volume indicator and an audio sink indicator.04-14-2011
20090327890GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE (GUI), DISPLAY MODULE AND METHODS FOR DISPLAYING AND COMPARING SKIN FEATURES - Embodiments of a graphical user interface (GUI), display module, and method for displaying and comparing skin features are generally described herein. A pose panel may display a body outline or thumbnail image of one of several body poses and may identify one or more alerts. Each alert may identify skin features that have been identified as changed. An alert image panel may display a higher-resolution image of the alert selected in the pose panel showing identified skin features. An alert information panel may display alert data associated the alerts and may indicate a review status associated with the alerts. An alert notes panel may display notes associated with a selected alert. The GUI may be configured to systematically display the alerts associated with the poses in sequence to automate and help expedite the process of reviewing identified skin-features.12-31-2009
20090313544System and methods for adjusting graphical representations of media files based on previous usage - Systems and methods for adjusting playback and graphical representations of media files are provided. The systems and methods can monitor playback and access of media files to create usage metadata. The usage metadata can then be used to adjust the playback of the media file. For example, the usage metadata may indicate that a user skips, on average, the first 22 seconds of a particular song so the next time that song is played, the first 22 seconds will automatically be skipped. The usage metadata can additionally or alternatively be used to adjust a graphical representation of the media file. For example, the usage metadata may indicate that a user rarely accesses a particular song so the graphical representation of that song will be small and faded. This change in graphical representation can help a user find more commonly used media files.12-17-2009
20100131846METHODS, RENDERING APPLICATION, PORTABLE APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR CREATING A PLAYLIST - A mobile communication apparatus includes a display and means for navigating among items displayed on the display, arranged to enable selection of a first item, in the display view, from a multitude of lists of items. Upon selection of the first item, the selected first item is associated with a playlist including at least the selected item, wherein the item or items in the playlist are arranged in sequential order. A corresponding application, apparatus, user interface, and computer program is also disclosed.05-27-2010
20100011293Method and Apparatus for Generating Prompt Information of a Mobile Terminal - A method and apparatus for generating prompt information of a mobile terminal are disclosed. The method includes: selecting a start point and an end point in a multimedia file; clipping a part of the multimedia file between the start point and the end point in the multimedia file; and encoding the clipped part of the multimedia file, and generating prompt information of the mobile terminal. An apparatuses for generating prompt information of a mobile terminal is also disclosed. Therefore, the present invention enables a user to control the generation of prompt information of a mobile terminal.01-14-2010
20090222729Methods and Systems for Audio-Device Activation - Aspects of the present invention are related to systems and methods for audio-reproduction device activation in a display mosaic.09-03-2009
20100037139Apparatus for Processing Audio and/or Video Data and Method to be run on said Apparatus - An apparatus is provided for processing audio and/or video data comprising a module for displaying an element that has a shape of at least a portion of an analogue clock, wherein a sector associated with the element indicates a duration or a length of the audio and/or video data.02-11-2010
20090313543USER INTERFACE FOR PREVIEWING NOTIFICATIONS - An electronic device and a method implemented within the electronic device for configuring parameters of a notification setting comprising at least two of auditory, visual and tactile notifications for association with specific events on the electronic device; generating a window display having a first area thereof with multiple selectable fields depicting the aforenoted parameters, and a second area having an icon; and previewing the notification setting via at least two of said audio output, visual output and tactile output responsive to selection of the icon.12-17-2009
20100037138Client-Configurable Video Delivery Platform - A video delivery platform includes codec code for decoding video data, video play information access code for obtaining video play information associated with a webpage file, and graphics driver code for presenting one or more video images on the end-user computer according to both the video data and the play information. The video play information may be contained in one or more variables within the webpage file, and permits presentation effects of the video to be changed by simple corresponding changes to the webpage. The video delivery platform may also include a built-in interactive user interface to immediately obtain information from the user.02-11-2010
20100070862IN-PAGE EMBEDDABLE PLATFORM FOR MEDIA SELECTION AND PLAYLIST CREATION - An in-page embeddable platform provides media selection (for inclusion in a playlist or interactive feature) and playlist editing capabilities that may be accessed by a user from a 303-18-2010
20100070860ANIMATED CLOUD TAGS DERIVED FROM DEEP TAGGING - A tagging engine can analyze deep tag data associated with a portion of media and process the tagging data into a deep tag cloud. Tag clouds can contain snapshot information about a particular media stream segment. Tag clouds for the entire duration or portions of the media stream can be aggregated. Aggregated tag clouds can be processed and compiled into a slideshow form. The tag clouds in the slideshow can be animated and presented to summarize media that includes the deep tags from which the tag clouds were derived.03-18-2010
20100064218AUDIO USER INTERFACE - An audio user interface that provides audio prompts that help a user interact with a user interface of an electronic device is disclosed. The audio prompts can provide audio indicators that allow a user to focus his or her visual attention upon other tasks such as driving an automobile, exercising, or crossing a street, yet still enable the user to interact with the user interface. An intelligent path can provide access to different types of audio prompts from a variety of different sources. The different types of audio prompts may be presented based on availability of a particular type of audio prompt. As examples, the audio prompts may include pre-recorded voice audio, such as celebrity voices or cartoon characters, obtained from a dedicate voice server. Absent availability of pre-recorded or synthesized audio data, non-voice audio prompts may be provided.03-11-2010
20110107215SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PRESENTING MEDIA ASSET CLIPS ON A MEDIA EQUIPMENT DEVICE - Systems and methods for simulating dialog between a user and a media equipment device are provided. Videos of a user selected actor may be retrieved. An opener video of the selected actor may be displayed and based on a verbal response received from the user, a clip of a media asset associated with the selected actor may be retrieved. User reactions to the displayed clip may be monitored and subsequent videos of the actor and clips may be provided based on the user reactions. Clips of a media asset that matches preferences of the user may be retrieved. A clip associated with a mid level rank may be displayed. When the user reacts positively to the clip a clip associated with a low class level rank may be retrieved next otherwise a high class level rank clip may be retrieved next.05-05-2011
20100058187ELECTRONIC ALBUM AND METHOD FOR REPLAYING ELECTRONIC ALBUM - An electronic album and a method for replaying the electronic album are provided. The method for replaying the electronic album includes determining whether a predetermined command is received, and replaying an image file and audio file simultaneously, if it is determined that the predetermined command is received. Hence, it is possible for a user to utilize image and audio files which are automatically replayed simultaneously.03-04-2010
20100058186REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND REPRODUCING METHOD - A reproducing apparatus includes a storage section, a judgment section, an analysis section, a classification section, an input section, and a reproduction section. The storage section stores a plurality of pieces of audio data. The judgment section judges, based on a length of each piece of audio data stored in the storage section, an analysis time interval for each piece of audio data. The analysis section analyzes the audio data in the analysis time interval judged by the judgment section. The classification section classifies the respective pieces of audio data into a plurality of predetermined classification items based on results of the analysis. The input section causes a user to select the classification item of the audio data to be reproduced. The reproduction section reproduces the audio data belonging to the classification item selected by the input section from a reproduction start point within the analysis time interval.03-04-2010
20110252322DOWNLOADABLE APPLICATION FOR PROVIDING INTERACTIVE MUSIC MIXING SOFTWARE ON A CELL PHONE OR THE LIKE - A method and system for selecting portions of different songs and mixing the same to create a re-mix which can be played back or used as a ring tone, or sent to another person. A cell phone may be used for mixing the preselected song portions and playing back the re-mixed song portions.10-13-2011
20110107214TECHNIQUE FOR SYNCHRONIZING AUDIO AND SLIDES IN A PRESENTATION - Audio files can be synchronized with a plurality of individual slides, so that a single audio file may be played across multiple individual slides. A user interface is provided which provides a slide timeline and an audio timeline of the entire audio sequence with markers located adjacent the slide timeline indicating particular slides. The user may slide the markers along the slide timeline. The location of the marker is an indication to transition to the indicated slide. As the audio timeline is positioned adjacently and the audio can be played while the slide markers are adjusted, individual slides can be readily synchronized along an audio sequence with little effort.05-05-2011
20090024923Embedded Video Player - A system, method and various user interfaces provide an embedded web-based video player for navigating video playlists and playing video content. A website publisher can create and store a video player with customized parameters (e.g., player type, appearance, advertising options, etc.) and can associate the player with a playlist of selected videos. The stored video player is associated with a player ID in a player database and can be embedded in a website using an embed code referencing the player ID. A user interface for the embedded player provides controls for controlling video playback and for controlling the selection of a video from the playlist.01-22-2009
20110083074Graphical User Interface for Content Management - A Graphical User Interface (GUI) allows a user to control multiple media streams at the same time. A user can display and configure multiple regions of the GUI to display information about, and control broadcast properties of, multiple media streams being broadcast at the same time. Multiple display regions of the same type can be displayed at the same time. The GUI is also highly customizable, allowing a user to configure multiple different display regions, each displaying information and controls useful for performing functions related to the type of display region. The information displayed in each region can be selected from a single media stream, or from different media streams.04-07-2011
20120304064Software Method to Create a Music Playlist and a Video Playlist from Upcoming Concerts - The present invention is a software application that is capable of producing a music playlist or a video playlist according to upcoming concerts and a plurality of narrowing criteria. The software application can be accessed through a web browser. A concert database is searched to find all related concerts according to inputted concert narrowing criteria. A music playlist is generated by retrieving all artist tracks within a music database matching a plurality of music narrowing criteria. A video playlist is generated by retrieving all artist videos within a video database matching a plurality of video narrowing criteria. Music playing software and video playing software are provided to play the music playlist and the video playlist. The music playlist and the video playlist can continuously update according to updating criteria. Comedy and other non-music related acts at a concert can also be implemented into the music playlist and the video playlist.11-29-2012
20120304063Systems and Methods for Improving Object Detection - Various systems and methods for adaptively modifying a user interface are described. One embodiment is a method performed in a multimedia playback system for adaptively modifying a user interface. The method comprises receiving, by the multimedia playback system, multimedia content and displaying the multimedia content. The method further comprises generating, by a user interface generator, one or more controls displayed in conjunction with the multimedia content, identifying, by an object detector, a target object in a field of view of a video capture device coupled to the multimedia playback system, and predicting, by a selection predictor, a next selection of one of the one or more controls based on a path defined by the target object. The method further comprises displaying, by the user interface generator, a virtual pointer representing the target object in a vicinity of the predicted next selection of the one or more controls.11-29-2012
20110078571PROVIDING VISUAL RESPONSES TO MUSICALLY SYNCHRONIZED TOUCH INPUT - Methods, computer readable media, and apparatuses for providing visual responses to musically synchronized touch input are presented. A moving object may be displayed on a touch-sensitive display. Subsequently, a first display characteristic of the moving object may be changed synchronously with a beat of an audio track being played. Thereafter, in response to receiving user input corresponding to a tap on the moving object that is synchronized with the beat, the moving object may be altered in a first manner. In response to receiving user input corresponding to a tap on the moving object that is not synchronized with the beat, the moving object may be altered in a second manner different from the first manner. Optionally, a second display characteristic of the moving object may be changed to signal a user of the approaching beat prior to changing the first display characteristic of the moving object.03-31-2011
20110072347ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM WITH REMOTE CONTROL - A method of using a media device operable in first and second modes, the first mode including operation as a system for accessing a media source co-house with or directly connected to the media device. The source is configured to stream media files or media streams for output by the media device. The second mode comprises operating the media device as a remote controller system for controlling over a network a media source remote from the media device.03-24-2011
20110060990Method and System for Storytelling - A method and system for a story telling connecting a static media and an electronic media in order to tell a story and to improve the storytelling process for the reader/user. The method and system allow for portions of the original story to be skipped, and allow for the electronic media having portions of the story, clues, games, puzzles, and/or codes, such that a reader/user needs to access the electronic media to understand the original story, thus connecting the static media with the electronic media.03-10-2011
20110016394SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF SELECTION, CHARACTERIZATION AND AUTOMATED SEQUENCING OF MEDIA CONTENT - In a computer system having at least one output device, a set of media programs is accessed. A playlist first portion including a first plurality of the media programs of the set is created. The programs of the first portion are arranged with respect to one another according to a respective first characteristic value of each of the programs of the first portion.01-20-2011
20110055701ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PLAYING INTERNET RADIO - An electronic device is capable of communicating with internet radio stations via a network, and includes a configuration module, an API module, a downloading module, and a GUI module. The configuration module is capable of setting search conditions for searching the internet radio stations in the network. The API module is capable of sending a download command according to the search condition to the download module of the electronic device if the search conditions are selected. The download module is capable of downloading a list of the internet radio stations, and downloading contents of one internet radio station if the one internet radio station is selected in the list. The GUI module is capable of displaying the list and playing the contents.03-03-2011
20130167028RESTRICTING MEDIA CONTENT RENDERING - Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for restricting media content rendering. In one aspect, a method includes loading different media content elements, rendering the different media content elements in a graphical user interface, and restricting rendering of at least one of the different media content elements based on presence of media content of a predefined type.06-27-2013
20130167029Playlist Configuration and Preview - In some implementations, a user can play a music track from a dynamically generated playlist. The user can provide input indicating that the user likes or dislikes the music track and the playlist can be adjusted based on the user input. In some implementations, information can be presented to the user so that the user can preview changes to the playlist before the changes are made to the playlist. In some implementations, a user can adjust playlist criteria (configuration) by adjusting specific music characteristics. In some implementations, a user can adjust playlist criteria by manipulating a list of representative music tracks. In some implementations, a user can compare the user's playlist to playlists of other users.06-27-2013
20130167030Visual Representation of Audio Data - Systems, methods, and computer program products for displaying audio data are provided. In some implementations, a computer-implemented method is provided. The method includes receiving audio data and displaying a composite image representing the audio data. The composite image combines a first representation and a distinct second representation of the audio data. Each representation is visible in the composite image and the representations appear in the composite image as if laid one over the other.06-27-2013
20110016396CONTENT MEDIA REPRODUCTION DEVICE AND CONTENT MEDIA - Disclosed that a content media playback apparatus enables creation of viewing histories serving many uses even for complex content like a BD-Java-ready Blu-ray disc and so forth in which playback of moving images and so forth is controlled by a program. Viewing history generating section (01-20-2011
20100325543Media Player Architecture and Methods - A media player for playing files of different formats on demand using a plurality of renderer components appropriate for the different formats for a network-connected computer system or electronic device having a visual display includes a media player shell having a viewable stage area displayed on the visual display for playing media and for displaying any controls for controlling playing of media. The shell determines file formats of files to be played by the media player and downloads renderer components capable of playing the file formats. Each renderer component is downloaded by the shell on demand and displayed on the stage area, where it is used to play the file. When more than one file is to be played by the player, the shell determines this fact first downloads a document chooser to be displayed in the stage area for selecting files for playing.12-23-2010
20130159856TECHNIQUES FOR AUGMENTING A DIGITAL ON-SCREEN GRAPHIC - In an embodiment, a digital on-screen graphic may be identified within a multimedia stream for an electronic display. An augmentation overlay may be determined based on the digital on-screen graphic. The augmentation overlay may be presented on the electronic display to at least partially surround the digital on-screen graphic. Other embodiments are described and claimed.06-20-2013
20100262909Method of Displaying Music Information in Multimedia Playback and Related Electronic Device - Music information is displayed during playback of multimedia content performed by a multimedia playback device. The multimedia content comprises audio and video. To obtain the music information, audio of the multimedia content is retrieved, environmental noise is filtered out of the audio to generate filtered audio, a rhythm of the filtered audio is obtained, and the music information is generated based on the rhythm of the filtered audio. The music information is displayed simultaneously during playback of the multimedia content.10-14-2010
20110161814DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING CONTENTS THEREOF - A display apparatus and a method of controlling contents thereof, the display apparatus including: a communication unit which is connected to a first external device; a content input unit which receives second source-type multimedia content from a second external device; and a controller which controls the communication unit to search first source-type multimedia content stored in the first external device and to transmit to the first external device a control signal for requesting the searched first source-type multimedia content to be received by the communication unit, and which generates unified index information for unified navigation of the first and the second source-type multimedia contents received from the first and second external device.06-30-2011
20100269043TASKBAR MEDIA PLAYER - A system and method for controlling media through a user interface integrated within a taskbar is described. This system and method enable a user to control media while a user interface of another application remains in perspective. Further, this system includes a taskbar media player, which can play media and enable a user to control the play of that media from within a taskbar.10-21-2010
20100262910METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING VIRTUAL IMAGE FILES - Provided is a method of processing virtual image files, the method including displaying a file list, receiving an input for selecting a virtual image file or a title from the file list, and extracting and playing back the selected virtual image file or the selected title.10-14-2010
20090327891METHOD, APPARATUS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR PROVIDING A MEDIA CONTENT SELECTION MECHANISM - A method for providing a media content selection mechanism may include providing for display of a selectable object that is representative of a corresponding physical object associated with media content. The selectable object may be arranged in the display based at least in part on a physical location of the physical object represented by the selectable object. The method may further include determining whether the selectable object correlates to a digital content item and enabling the provision of information corresponding to the digital content item in response to selection of the selectable object.12-31-2009
20090254825SYSTEM FOR DISPLAYING SEARCH RESULTS ALONG A TIMELINE - In one embodiment, an apparatus may receive search results from a database. The search results may be from a search request that requests database entries associated with a project. The apparatus may display a timeline, where the timeline includes display regions that correspond to time periods. The apparatus may display a visual indicator in one of the display regions that corresponds to a given time period. The visual indicator may correspond to a result item included in the search results. The result item may be associated with a date, and the date is in the given time period. The apparatus may retrieve information from the database, where the information is limited to data stored in the database as of the date. The apparatus may display the information in addition to the timeline on a display. The information may include data other than the result item.10-08-2009
20110154200Enhancing Media Content with Content-Aware Resources - Methods, systems, and computer program products for making enhanced media content available to a viewer of a media device may include receiving data packets via a packet-switched network, the received data packets including (i) media content for presentation to a user, (ii) location data specifying a resource that is complementary to the media content, and (iii) state data relating to a state of the complementary resource; determining, based at least in part on the received state data, whether the state of the complementary resource is to be changed; and based on a result of the determination, selectively performing operations including using the received location data to communicate with, and retrieve complementary content from, the complementary resource; and presenting the complementary content to the user in synchronization with the media content.06-23-2011
20110154202SYSTEM AND METHOD OF PROVIDING FOR THE CONTROL OF A MUSIC PLAYER TO A DEVICE DRIVER - A system and method of providing for the control of a music player to a device driver. One embodiment of the system comprises an electronic music player that is connected to a plurality of music renderers via device drivers via a music renderer controller. The music renderer controller comprises a device integration application program interface for providing a standard interface for communicating with each of the device drivers. Each of the device drivers manage a selected music renderer. The device drivers can display a graphical interface for displaying notifications, customized controls, links to websites, or any other type of information desired by the manufacturer of the device driver. The device drivers can also customize the interfaces of the music render to rename textual elements that are displayed by the device driver. Furthermore, the device drivers can command the music player to suspend and resume playback of music items during selected periods.06-23-2011
20110154201Video Reproducing Apparatus and Video Reproducing Method - In one embodiment, a video reproducing apparatus includes: a module that acquires a distance image including distance information between a user and a distance sensor; a module that calculates a distance-based center of the user based on the distance image; a module that calculates a user instruction coordinate based on a relationship between the distance information and the distance-based center; a module that sets a reference plane based on the distance-based center, and calculates a distance between the distance sensor and the reference plane; a module that acquires, from the distance image, an image of the user that is located between the distance sensor and the reference plane, and generates a user instruction image based on the acquired image; a module that generates an operation subject image; and a module that combines the user instruction image with the operation subject image.06-23-2011
20110154199Method of Playing An Enriched Audio File - A computer implemented method to playback an enriched audio file that includes advancing a file that includes a timeline of events synchronized to an audio file. The timeline of events includes a first event scheduled to be performed before a second event. The audio file is played. An override mode is entered such that the performance of the timeline of events is not synchronized to the audio file. The second event is performed before the first event while the audio file is played and the override mode is exited such that the timeline of events is synchronized to the audio file.06-23-2011
20090177965AUTOMATIC MANIPULATION OF CONFLICTING MEDIA PRESENTATIONS - Automatically manipulating presentation of two or more conflicting media contents can prevent intrusive or interruptive presentation of media content. A user can be freed of manually manipulating presentation of media content. The media content is prioritized based on one or more factors, such as predefined user input, location information, metadata about the media content, etc. Subsequently, presentation of the media content is manipulated in accordance with the prioritizing.07-09-2009
20080229201FILE EXECUTION METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR A PORTABLE DEVICE - A file execution method and system for a portable device for expediting an execution of files is provided. A method for executing an audio file including at least one track associated with a cover image includes displaying a first cover image associated with a track that is playing and displaying a first track list on the first cover image in response to a first key input signal, the first track list listing tracks associated with the first cover image. The portable device implemented with the file execution method and system of the present invention enables a track list to be displayed together with a cover image shared by a set of tracks listed on the track list, thereby expediting execution of files.09-18-2008
20080270903SYSTEM, METHOD AND SOFTWARE FOR AN ON-LINE MEDIA PLAYER - A system and method including loading a media player on a third party website. This media player allows a user to play media at the user's request, store and catalog media files, and connect to an external electronic commerce host to facilitate the purchase of media content.10-30-2008
20110161816MANAGEMENT OF RECORDED DATA FOR ONLINE SIMULATIONS - Embodiments of the present invention address deficiencies of the art in respect to online simulations. In one embodiment of the invention, a method for managing recorded data for an online simulation can be provided. The method can include determining that a first experience of a user of the online simulation shall be recorded. The method can further include generating a recording of the first experience and associating metadata with the recording. The method can further include reading metadata of a second experience of the user of the online simulation and determining that the metadata of the second experience matches the metadata of the first experience. The method can further include notifying the user that the recording is associated with the second experience.06-30-2011
20110161815COMMUNICATION APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, a communication apparatus includes a rendering module configured to receive a content item from a digital media server connected to a network and to display an image of the received content item on a display screen, a transmission module configured to transmit a service description to a digital media control point connected to the network in response to a request from the digital media control point, the service description describing an action indicating that a playlist can be displayed on the display screen, and a display module configured to display, when a playlist document which describes one or more titles of one or more content items and a playback order of the one or more content items is received from the digital media control point, the one or more titles of the one or more content items based on the playback order on the display screen.06-30-2011
20120311445ENHANCED MEDIA RECORDINGS AND PLAYBACK - Enhanced features are provided by enhanced feature data stored with an enhanced media file in a conventional media container format. The enhanced feature data is not recognized by a conventional playback application, which produces the conventional playback experience of the media file for a user who lacks a suitably configured enhanced media file application. The enhanced feature data is recognized by a suitably configured enhanced media file application, which processes the enhanced feature data and responds to user inputs to support the enhanced user features and interaction in conjunction with playback of the enhanced media file.12-06-2012
20120311444PORTABLE MULTIFUNCTION DEVICE, METHOD, AND GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE FOR CONTROLLING MEDIA PLAYBACK USING GESTURES - A collection of media tiles associated with a currently playing playlist can be displayed for a user on the screen of an electronic device. Browsing through the media tiles can require a user to perform one or more quick view gestures, including swiping, dragging, or walking. As long as a user continues to perform quick view gestures, the currently playing media file may continue to play. While the user continues to perform quick view gestures, the device can be considered to be in a quick view gesture mode in which the currently playing media file is not disrupted. A user may discontinue using quick view gestures (and thereby, quick view gesture mode) upon reaching a particular media tile. After a predetermined length of time, the media file associated with that media tile can automatically begin to play.12-06-2012
20120311443DISPLAYING MENU OPTIONS FOR MEDIA ITEMS - A graphical user interface is presented on a display of a system showing a list of media item descriptions. The system can receive a first input from a user selecting a media item description from the displayed list. Responsive to receiving the first input, the system can display a menu on the user interface. The menu can include one or more icons selectable by the user. Each icon indicates an action that can be performed on a media item associated with the selected media item description. The system can receive a second input from the user selecting an icon from the one or more icons included in the menu. Responsive to receiving the second input, the system can perform the action associated with the selected icon on the selected media item. The system performs the action on the selected media item without disrupting the currently playing media item.12-06-2012
20120311442USER INTERFACES AND SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR USER INTERFACES - Various user interface systems and methods are disclosed. A primary software application has one or more primary user interfaces that include a data output region. Some primary user interfaces may also have primary input regions. A control application has one or more control interfaces in which control regions are provided. A user may use the input controls using a preferred input modality such as touch input. A primary user interface and a corresponding control interface are displayed in registration on a display screen of a computing system such that the data output region of the primary user interface and the control region of the control interface a simultaneously visible to a user. A software or hardware component within or coupled to the computing system may be controlled using the control interface. Data relating to the component is displayed in the output region.12-06-2012
20120311441SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR POWER BROWSING OF CONTENT - In a system and method for navigating content, a user interface panel is generated in a user interface for an application for browsing and viewing media content. The user interface panel includes a first sub-panel and a second sub-panel. The first sub-panel includes a plurality of filter categories, while the second sub-panel includes filter options for a selected filter category. In response to a selection of at least one filter category and at least one filter option for each of the selected filter categories, a set of media content items satisfying the at least one filter option for each of the selected filter categories is caused to be displayed in the user interface.12-06-2012
20120311440SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CAROUSEL CONTEXT SWITCHING - In a method and system for navigating content, a plurality of content filter panels are provided in a user interface of an application for browsing and viewing media content. The content filter panels each contain at least one selectable filter for filtering media content items. A direction of movement of a navigation indicator within an active content filter panel is determined, with the navigation indicator being controlled by a user. Based on a determination of a movement direction of the navigation indicator in a first axis, the active content filter panel is switched from a first content filter panel to a second content filter panel. Based on a determination of a movement direction of the navigation indicator in a second axis, the media content items are filtered according to a selectable filter of the active content filter panel selected by the navigation indicator. At least one of the filtered media content items is caused to be displayed in the user interface.12-06-2012
20110258545Service for Sharing User Created Comments that Overlay and are Synchronized with Video - In one embodiment, a method for allowing an end user to create a comment stream synchronized to a content stream is provided. The method receives a selection of the content stream that contains video and/or audio that the end user is authorized to view. A computing device adds the comment stream composed of one or more comments that are synchronized with a timeline of the content stream without modifying the content stream. The comment stream and the content stream are stored separately. Playback of comment stream to the content stream is then synchronized.10-20-2011
20120204109SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DELIVERING CONTENT TO USERS ON A NETWORK - A system and method for targeting content to users of a device or network of user-operated devices. In an embodiment, profile information is determined about a user's media consumption activities. One or more inputs are received from an external source to specify what content to target to the user. One or more content items are selected to target to the user based on the profile information and the one or more inputs. The selection of content items is performed without communicating the profile information outside of the user's device or network of user-operated devices.08-09-2012
20100332984SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A REMOTE USER INTERFACE FOR AN APPLICATION EXECUTING ON A COMPUTING DEVICE - A system and method for providing a remote user interface for an application, such as a video game, executing on a computing device. The system includes a computing device configured to execute a software application and at least one remote user interface (UI) communicatively coupled to the computing device via a data communication network. The remote UI includes at least one hardware device such as a video, audio or user input/output (I/O) device. The computing device is further configured to emulate the hardware device locally and to redirect function calls generated by the software application for the emulated local hardware device to the remote UI for processing by the hardware device.12-30-2010
20120204108METHOD, SYSTEM, DEVICE AND USER INTERFACE FOR MANAGING MUSIC FILES - A computer system, including a display and a user-interface, for manipulating a plurality of music albums and songs with a method for organizing a plurality of music albums and songs, the method comprising displaying at a first position on the display a music album element axis adapted to illustrate a plurality of music album elements, selecting a music album element from the displayed music album element axis, retrieving song elements associated with the selected music album element; and displaying at a second position the retrieved song elements along a song element axis, the song element axis being adapted to be displayed in a direction adapted to intersect the first position when the album element axis is displayed, wherein the selected music album element remains visible along with its associated song elements. A user graphical interface providing same and a system thereof are also provided.08-09-2012
20120151343DEEP TAGS CLASSIFICATION FOR DIGITAL MEDIA PLAYBACK - In an embodiment of the invention, a method for deep tag media playback is provided. The method includes activating a user interface control for a media player executing in memory of a computer and correlating the user interface control to a classification of content type for digital media. A starting frame of digital media loaded for playback in the media player is determined for the correlated classification and the digital media is indexed to the starting frame in the media player. Finally, playback of the digital media is directed in the media player beginning with the starting frame. Optionally, a proximity event can be detected for the user interface control. In response, a thumbnail image is generated based on the starting frame and the thumbnail image is displayed in proximity to the user interface control.06-14-2012
20120204106SUBSTITUTING TOUCH GESTURES FOR GUI OR HARDWARE KEYS TO CONTROL AUDIO VIDEO PLAY - A user can toggle between GUI input and touch screen input with the GUI hidden using touch gestures correlated to respective hidden GUI elements and, thus, to respective commands for a TV and/or disk player sending AV data thereto.08-09-2012
20100293462PUSHING A USER INTERFACE TO A REMOTE DEVICE - A graphical user interface (“GUI”) can be presented on a remote control accessory device that has user input and display devices. The GUI can be defined and managed by a portable media device that is controlled using the GUI. The portable media device can provide the accessory with a GUI image to be displayed. The accessory can send information to the portable media device indicative of a user operation of an input device in response to the displayed image. The portable media device can process this input to identify the action requested by the user and take the appropriate action, which can include updating the GUI image provided to the accessory.11-18-2010
20100293464PORTABLE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTENT REPLAYING METHOD - A portable information processing apparatus includes a replay processing unit that replays content data, a synchronous display unit that selects a piece of associated information corresponding to a replayed portion of the content data, and instructs to display the associated information thus selected, and an output controlling unit that displays the associated information that is selected by the synchronous display unit in an associated information display area arranged in a display unit. The synchronous display unit selects the associated information other than the one corresponding to the replayed portion and instructs the output controlling unit to display the information, upon accepting an operation requesting to display associated information other than the one corresponding to the replayed portion.11-18-2010
20100180201Optimizing Playback of Media Content - A computer-readable storage medium stores media content in one or more formats and a media engine. The media engine includes a media player and a plurality of execution modules. Each execution module is specific to a different platform of multimedia device, such that the computer-readable storage medium is usable in a plurality of different multimedia device platforms.07-15-2010
20100115409System and method for providing media content - There is presented a system for providing a content stored on a medium, the system comprising a media presentation module including a processor. The processor is configured to retrieve a content payload including a digital content from a data structure residing on the medium, and to retrieve a content-describing metadata stored separately from the digital content, from the data structure. The content-describing metadata provide content information including media encoding information for the digital content and a media profile information for the digital content. The content-describing metadata are configured to provide the content information to the media presentation module prior to rendering the digital content. In one embodiment, the processor is further configured to configure the media presentation module based on the media encoding information and the media profile information, and to present the content on a display.05-06-2010
20100115408METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR REMOTE MEDIA MANAGEMENT ON A TOUCH SCREEN DEVICE - The method of managing media files remotely on a portable electronic device having the touch screen display includes storing a composite media file index that lists all media files, and their attributes, whether stored on the portable electronic device or accessible at a remote computing device. The method continues by rendering a graphical user interface for a media manager application, operable to access the stored media file index, on the touch screen display. At least one activation touch event is then detected on the touch screen display, and in response to the at least one activation touch event, a group of media files having shared attributes are displayed within the graphical user interface, and at least one media file is identified for download from the remote computing device. The at least one media file is then downloaded during synchronization of the portable electronic device to the remote computing device.05-06-2010
20110138281CONTENT SERVICE SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM - A content service system including a content metadata analyzer module, a widget information acquisition module, a widget administration module, and a widget engine module is provided. The content metadata analyzer module receives a first metadata corresponding to a multimedia content, and generates a widget request or a service metadata according to the first metadata. The widget information acquisition module acquires a widget information of a first widget according to the widget request or the service metadata. The widget administration module installs and executes the first widget according to the widget information, wherein the first widget plays an extended content corresponding to the multimedia content. A content service method and a computer-readable recording medium corresponding to the content service method are also provided.06-09-2011
20110138282SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SYNCHRONIZING STATIC IMAGES WITH DYNAMIC MULTIMEDIA CONTENTS - A system and method for synchronizing static images with dynamic multimedia contents to produce synchronized presentations uses a synchronization user interface with a dynamic multimedia presentation area and a static image thumbnail area that allows a user to synchronize a static image with a dynamic multimedia content with a single user input on a thumbnail of a static image displayed in the static image thumbnail area as the dynamic multimedia content is played in the dynamic multimedia presentation area.06-09-2011
20120151346PARALLEL ECHO VERSION OF MEDIA CONTENT FOR COMMENT CREATION AND DELIVERY - Methods, systems, and devices are described for associating comments with playback of media content. At an input device, a parallel echo version of media content being played on a second device is provided, and a selection is received of a portion of the parallel echo version of the media content. A comment associated with the selected portion of the parallel echo version of the media content is received, and the received comment is associated with a portion of the media content associated with the selected portion of the parallel echo version. At an output device, a parallel echo version of media content being played on a second device is provided, a current point in the parallel echo version of the media content is determined, and an indicator of a comment associated with a point in the media content corresponding to the current point in the parallel echo version is displayed.06-14-2012
20120210218KEYWORD LIST VIEW - Some embodiments provide a list view that displays a list of media clips and, for each media clip, displays each tag associated with the media clip. The list view includes a list area for displaying the list of media clips and tags. In some embodiments, the list view includes a preview section for displaying a representation of a clip selected from the list view's list area. The list view, in some embodiments, displays information related to each tag such as a starting point of the tag's range, an ending point of the tag's range, and a duration of the range.08-16-2012
20120210217Media-Editing Application with Multiple Resolution Modes - For a media-editing application, some embodiments provide a method for creating a media presentation that combines several media clips. During an editing process to define a particular media project, the method receives a first set of edits to the particular media project while the media-editing application is in a first resolution mode that uses content stored at a first resolution to generate the particular media project. The method receives a selection of a user interface tool to modify the resolution mode. The method switches to a second resolution mode that uses content stored at a second resolution to generate the particular media project without interrupting the editing process. After switching to the second resolution mode, the method receives a second set of edits to the same particular media project during the same editing process to define the particular media project.08-16-2012
20120210216SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO PROVIDE TRICK PLAY DURING STREAMING PLAYBACK - Systems and methods are described for providing trick play functions such as fast forward, rewind or slow motion during playback of streaming media content. Multiple sets of streamlets or other media files that represent the same media stream are encoded differently from each other (e.g., at different frame rates and/or frame directions), and each set of files is simultaneously maintained at a server. Files encoded at a first format are made available to the client device during regular playback, and files encoded at a different frame rate and/or a different direction of encoding are made available to support trick play.08-16-2012
20120210224SYSTEM AND METHOD TO ADD AN ASSET AS A FAVORITE FOR CONVENIENT ACCESS OR SHARING ON A SECOND DISPLAY - Systems and methods for creating and employing software to handle the playback of media, especially video, in browsers that, in addition to or instead of playing the media in the browser, may use second display protocols to instruct a separate display device to play the media. In one implementation, the software may be in the form of a web or other application. The application or server infrastructure maintains a list of favorite content items and is configured to filter the list to include only those content items, or services with such content items, available for play back on a selected content playback device. In this way, favorite content items and services are made accessible using any second display registered with the user account. Such lists of favorites may be shared with other second displays.08-16-2012
20120210223Audio Panning with Multi-Channel Surround Sound Decoding - A panner is provided that incorporates a surround sound decoder. The panner takes as input the desired panning effect that a user requests, separates sounds using surround sound decoding, and places the separated sounds in the desired places in an output sound field.08-16-2012
20090300497SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FOCUSED NAVIGATION WITHIN A USER INTERFACE - A sequence of cards is stored that graphically represents available options within an information system. In response to a single user action, the sequence of cards is successively displayed within a focus area of the user interface. In response to a subsequent user action, the successive display is discontinued to display a particular card representing a selected option.12-03-2009
20100031146Parallel Visual Radio Station Selection - A computer implemented method in a data processing system and a computer program product enable visual selection of a media signal. A set of media signals is received from a set of media providers. A subject matter and a performer of the subject matter are then identified for at least one of the set of media signals. A set of icons is then identified. Each of the set of icons corresponds to at least one of media signals. The set of icons and the set of media providers are then forwarded to a client media player.02-04-2010
20100031145System and Method for Wireless Transfer of Content and/or Data Between Multimedia Devices - A method and apparatus for streaming and/or transferring data and/or content between a source multimedia player (SMP) having mass storage and at least one destination multimedia player (DPM), including SMP connection means for bringing the inventive apparatus into either wired or wireless communication with the SMP using a selected transfer medium; a user interface and identification and selection software for identifying content on the SMP mass storage for extraction; file extraction software for extracting the content from mass storage on the SMP; input hardware for receiving content data from the SMP; formatting or storage software for formatting the extracted content into a format suitable for transmission to a DMP or for storing the content to internal or external flash memory for later transmission to one or more DMPs; transmission hardware for transmitting the formatted content, or transferring the stored content, to DMPs; and DMP connection means for bringing the inventive apparatus into wired or wireless communication with one or more DMPs.02-04-2010
20100023861INFORMATION STORAGE MEDIUM CONTAINING INTERACTIVE GRAPHICS STREAM FOR CHANGE OF AV DATA REPRODUCING STATE, AND REPRODUCING METHOD AND APPARATUS THEREOF - A method of reproducing interactive graphics data including menu data, the method including receiving a reproduction command of the interactive graphics data during reproduction of AV data, and changing a reproducing state of the AV data.01-28-2010
20100023860 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LISTENING TO INTERNET RADIO STATION BROADCAST AND PROVIDING A LOCAL CITY RADIO RECEIVER APPEARANCE TO CAPTURE USERS' PREFERENCES - A web service and associated method is provided that allows a user to select and listen to various radio stations via the Internet. The user interface is uniquely adapted to provide the appearance and controls as if the user were selecting the radio station from a frequency selection with a frequency-based tuner. However, the frequency selected at the user interface is mapped to a website that streams the audio content associated with the selected channel over the Internet and the received audio content corresponds to Internet retrieved content rather than content received via an RF signal.01-28-2010
20100017715UNIVERSAL MEDIA BAR FOR CONTROLLING DIFFERENT TYPES OF MEDIA - Techniques for using a universal media bar for controlling different types of media are described.01-21-2010
20110307782SMOOTH PLAYING OF VIDEO - A computer-implemented method, including detecting an event associated with an image displayed on a display device within a software application, loading a media player into the software application behind the image, where the media player is configured to play a media file associated with the image, and causing a representation of a frame of the media file to be displayed within the media player instead of the image.12-15-2011
20110307784AV APPARATUS - A scrollable list of AV contents to be displayed in an AV apparatus which outputs AV contents is provided. If the scrolling on an artwork list stops, the album attribute text of albums included in an artwork list is read from a portable music player. After that, the artworks of the albums are read from the portable music player from the album having its artwork at the center of the artwork list in the increasing order of the distances of display positions of the artworks to the artwork at the center. If the scrolling on the artwork list starts, the album attribute text of albums is read from the portable music player from the album having its artwork at the center of the artwork list in ascending order of the album numbers.12-15-2011
20110307783System and method enabling visual filtering of content - There is presented a system and method enabling visual filtering of content. The system comprises a server, a content database storing content units and accessible through the server, and a filtering and display application. The filtering and display application is configured to enable visual filtering of the content units by filtering a plurality of graphical representations corresponding to a plurality of content units stored by the system, to extract a first plurality of graphical representations for displaying to a user, displaying the first plurality of graphical representations as active graphical representations selectable by the user in a first featured display, and dynamically filtering the first plurality of graphical representations and replacing the first featured display with another featured display of a first subset of active graphical representations selectable by the user according to an input received from the user.12-15-2011
20110307781SEAMLESS PLAYBACK OF COMPOSITE MEDIA - A streaming composition system is described herein that provides easy workflow and playback capabilities for content producers to create composite media assets from existing and on-going media content and for streaming clients to seamlessly playback composite multimedia streams provided from different sources. These assets provide broadcasters an option to quickly turn around highlights for an on-going event. The streaming composition system allows a producer to identify clips within existing media assets and compose the clips into a new unified streaming presentation. For producers that already have smooth streaming media assets, the system leverages these assets to provide seamless playback across clip boundaries including advanced playback support for advertisement insertion, fast forward, rewind, and so on.12-15-2011
20090172542TECHNIQUES FOR IMPROVED PLAYLIST PROCESSING ON MEDIA DEVICES - An improved portable media device and methods for operating a media device are disclosed. According to one aspect, the portable media device has the capability to store media device status information in persistent memory before powering down. Thereafter, when the portable media device is again powered up, the stored media player status information can be retrieved and utilized. According to another aspect, the portable media device can form and/or traverse a media asset playlist in an efficient manner.07-02-2009
20130185637Information Processing Apparatus, Information Processing Method and Program - An information processing apparatus capable of simultaneously executing a reproduction function of content data and a communication function with an external apparatus includes a reproduction section configured to execute the reproduction function, a communication control section configured to execute the communication function using a communication section, an operation input allocation section configured to allocate an operation input from a first operation section to the reproduction function or the communication function, an operation input acquisition section configured to acquire an operation input from a second operation section, and a display control section configured to cause a display section to display information relating to the reproduction function or information relating to the communication function.07-18-2013
20120042249AUDIO SIGNAL OUTPUT APPARATUS AND METHOD - An audio signal output apparatus is provided. The audio signal output apparatus includes an audio receiver, an audio processor, an audio output unit, and a controller. The audio receiver receives an audio data which is transmitted from outside and has a plurality of combined sounds. The audio processor signal-processes the audio data with the combined sounds to enable output. The audio output unit outputs the signal-processed audio data. The controller performs control to discretely set output levels of the respective sounds in the audio data and output the audio data with combined sounds by applying the discretely set output levels.02-16-2012
20120042246CONTENT GESTURES - Content gestures are described. In implementations, one or more controls are output to control output of content and for display in a user interface by a computing device. An input is recognized, by the computing device, which was detected using a camera as a gesture to interact with a particular one of the controls to control the output of the content.02-16-2012
20100125792INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, DISPLAY PROCESSING METHOD THEREFOR, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing system stores a plurality of content data having different display qualities for each content in a storage unit, and detects a user operation to instruct switching of a content displayed on a display screen, and determines a switching speed of content display on the display screen based on the detected user operation, and decides a distribution for content data of each display quality to be read out to a temporary memory unit based on the determined switching speed, and reads out the content data from the storage unit to the temporary memory unit in accordance with the decided distribution.05-20-2010
20120042248GRADUAL VISUAL FADING OF SUBSEQUENT SONGS TO REPRESENT A STREAMING PLAYLIST - In one embodiment, a system includes a database module to store a seed data and a collection of songs. A music server is configured to generate a playlist based on a preference of a user to hear one of a plurality of songs that are known to the user and a plurality of songs that are unknown to the user. The system also includes a music device, comprising a user interface and a client module. The user device is configured to input a seed data and allow a user to control the playlist. The client module is configured to manage a dynamic change in the playlist and apply a visual effect change to the playlist. Communication between the music server and the music device is enabled through a network.02-16-2012
20120210221Media-Editing Application with Live Dragging and Live Editing Capabilities - Some embodiments of the invention provide a media-editing application for creating and editing a media presentation that displays the results of edits as the edits are made to the media presentation. The media-editing application displays the movement of media clips of the media presentation as the media clips are being moved within the media-editing application to change the media presentation. Also, the media editing application in some embodiments can dynamically display the results of edits in a preview display area. That is, the media editing application has a preview generator that can generate previews of the media presentation on the fly as media clips are being dragged into and within the timeline. This allows the user of the media-editing application to see and hear the results of the operation while performing them.08-16-2012
20120210222Media-Editing Application with Novel Editing Tools - Some embodiments provide a media-editing application with novel editing tools. The media editing application provides an in-line precision editor that can be opened in the composite display area. In some embodiments, a selection of an edge between two clips expands a composite lane into two lanes, a first lane and a second lane. The first lane is then used to perform edits to the left side of the selected edge, while the second lane is used to perform edits to the right side of the selected edge. In some embodiments, the first lane shows the additional media content available for the clip on the left side of the edge to include. The second lane shows the additional media content available for the clip on the right side of the edge to include. The additional media content is in the source media file, of which a clip represents a portion.08-16-2012
20120210219KEYWORDS AND DYNAMIC FOLDER STRUCTURES - Some embodiments of the invention provide a keyword association tool for organizing media content. Each keyword can be associated with an entire clip or a portion of the clip. For each specified keyword, the keyword association tool creates a collection (e.g., bin, folder, etc.) in a dynamic collection structure. In some embodiments, a keyword collection is dynamically added to the collection structure each time a new keyword is associated with a media clip. To associate a clip with a keyword, a user can drag and drop a clip onto a keyword collection that corresponds to the keyword. The same technique can be used to associate multiple clips with the keyword by simultaneously dragging and dropping the clips onto the keyword collection.08-16-2012
20120047436METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR META-TAGGING MEDIA CONTENT AND DISTRIBUTION - A unique application within Video that allows for user generated Meta-tagging to be delivered in real time to individual clips is provided. This meta-tag creates its own tail based upon the user generated words population, which is searchable via a “spider network” that runs invisible behind the web pages of the site. These same “tagged” words are broadcast over various delivery networks including but not limited to live feeds from SMS, MMS, News Feeds within Community Web Sites, Video Sharing Web Sites, Widget applications any other forms of electronic communication that will be dropped in real time to identified users and friends of users.02-23-2012
20120047435SYSTEM FOR CONFIGURATION AND MANAGEMENT OF LIVE SOUND SYSTEM - A computing system automates the configuration and management of a live sound system that includes a processor and memory for building in a GUI of a display a representation of the live sound system for a venue. The system loads a venue template that includes loudspeaker arrays and related properties including a setup configuration of the loudspeaker arrays and tuning data for constituent loudspeakers that are operable to provide an audio coverage pattern for the venue. The system overlays on top of the representation of the loudspeaker arrays a wiring circuit representation indicating interconnections of the loudspeakers that define bandpass inputs for each array. The system generates a plurality of amplifiers in the representation to drive the arrays, and associates amplifier channels of the amplifiers with the bandpass inputs. The amplifier channels include representations of output channels of DSPs coupled with respective amplifier channels. The system loads tuning data into respective representation of the DSP and/or amplifiers based on configurations of the associated loudspeakers to complete virtual configuration. The representations of the devices and connections may be matched with physical devices of the live sound system and the tuning data sent down to the physical DSPs and/or amplifiers for their configuration.02-23-2012
20110167344Media delivery system based on media assets stored in different devices connectable through a communication means - A media delivery system is disclosed. The system comprises a plurality of devices connectable through a communication network and/or a connector. Media assets may be stored in different devices. Metadata of all the media assets may be stored in each device and is updated whenever it is necessary. A user interface representing media assets available to the user from all connected device at the moment of usages is displayed to the user through an input device.07-07-2011
20110167349ANNOTATION FEATURE FOR PRODUCTION PARTS IN A MEDIA PRODUCTION SYSTEM - A system providing a user interface to annotate different items in a media production system such as in a digital non-linear post production system. Parts of the production, such as clips, frames and layers, that have an associated annotation are provided with a visual annotation marker. The annotation marker can use shape, color or animation to convey source, urgency, status or other information. Annotations can be text, freehand drawing, audio, or other. Annotations can be automatically generated. Annotations can be compiled into records, searched and transferred. A state of an application program can be stored and transferred to a remote system. The remote system attempts to recreate the original state of the application program. If the remote system is unable to do so, an image of the state of the application program is obtained, instead. Assignment of control to various functions of an application program is achieved by associating a function (i.e., modifying a parameter) with a user control at a remote location.07-07-2011
20110167348PROGRAMMING ENVIRONMENT FOR CONFIGURING A SYSTEM OF AUDIO/VIDEO COMPONENTS - In one embodiment, a component library stores representations of audio/video components, the representations of audio/video components corresponding to physical audio/video components that are available for inclusion in a system. A configuration workspace is provided into which a selected plurality of representations of audio/video components from the component library are placed to indicate their inclusion in the system. A drawing tool may be used to draw connections between particular ones of the selected plurality of audio/video components in the configuration workspace. Further, a configuration compiler may determine one or more realized services that the system is capable of providing based on the selected plurality of audio/video components and the drawn connections between particular ones of the selected plurality of audio/video components, and may display to the user indications of the one or more realized services that the system is capable of providing.07-07-2011
20110167347METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SETTING SECTION OF A MULTIMEDIA FILE IN MOBILE DEVICE - A method and an apparatus for setting a section of a multimedia file in a mobile device are provided. The apparatus may allow a user to select a section of multimedia file in an intuitive and simple manner. After selecting a multimedia file, the mobile device activates a section selection function of the multimedia file and displays a section selection mark for setting a section. The mobile device then selects the section of the multimedia file by moving the section selection mark along a progress bar indicating a total play time of the selected multimedia file.07-07-2011
20110167346METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CREATING A MULTI-MEDIA OUTPUT FOR PRESENTATION TO AND INTERACTION WITH A LIVE AUDIENCE - A method and system for creating a multi-media output for presentation to and interaction with a live audience. The method comprises the steps of playing a substantially continuous multi-media clip using a multi-media unit for substantially real-time display on a display unit; receiving, during the substantially real-time display of the multi-media clip, multi-media content from one or more persons in the live audience via one or more multi-media devices, wherein said multi-media devices are remotely coupled to the multi-media unit; providing a user interface of the multi-media unit for accessing and manipulating said received multi-media content; and incorporating at least a portion of said received multi-media content into the substantially continuous multi-media clip using the multi-media unit.07-07-2011
20110167345METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SELECTIVE MEDIA DOWNLOAD AND PLAYBACK - A computing device is capable of playing embedded media inline in a network application. A playable validation procedure is performed for the embedded media objects, which have a media source remote from the computing device, to determine whether those embedded media objects are playable on the computing device. The playable validation procedure continues for each embedded media object regardless if one of those objects is selected and is playing inline in the network application. A preview frame loading procedure is also performed on the embedded media objects when it would not substantially affect the playback of a currently playing embedded media object. The preview frame loading procedure loads one or more frames to act as preview frames for the embedded media object.07-07-2011
20120011441VISUALLY ENCODING NODES REPRESENTING STAGES IN A MULTI-STAGE VIDEO COMPOSITING OPERATION - Some embodiments of the invention provide a user interface of editing video through a multi-stage editing process. The user interface selects a particular stage in the editing process. A particular editing operation is performed on a set of video images during the particular stage. After the selection of the particular stage, the user interface uses a background rendering process to render the result of the particular editing operation on the particular set of video images. The background rendering process is a process that the user interface performs separately from the multi-stage video editing process, so that a user may continue editing the video sequence while the rendering occurs. Some embodiments provide a preview of the rendering process in a preview window. Some of these embodiments update the preview in real time. In some embodiments, the rendering occurs to a temporary location and then stores to a persistent storage. In some of these embodiments, an entry for the stored render's location is logged in a list of entries that allows the stored render to be catalogued and retrieved from the persistent storage. The temporary location and the persistent storage can be part of a non-volatile memory such as a hard drive.01-12-2012
20120060092Dynamic Iconic Setting Indicator - A media type currently associated with a multiple media player device is determined by the multiple media player device. A current setting status associated with each of a set of adjustable options associated with the determined media type is determined A set of option icons that each represents one of the set of adjustable options is identified. Each identified option icon is paired with the associated current setting status of each adjustable option. A menuing input is detected. An overlay user interface menu, including only one option icon and the associated current setting status pair, is displayed over full-screen content on a display. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.03-08-2012
20120017150CREATING AND DISSEMINATING OF USER GENERATED MEDIA OVER A NETWORK - Disclosed herein are methods and systems for creating and disseminating of audio and video content generated by a user over a network. In one aspect of the present disclosure, a request to create audio content over a network is received. In another aspect of the present disclosure a request to create multimedia content comprising audio and video content over a network is received. One embodiment includes presenting the user with a plurality of compositions, receiving a request from the user to add a specific composition, presenting a lyric using text submitted by the user, recording an audio recording generated by the user, wherein the specific composition is playing during the recording of the audio recording, and providing editing capability to the specific composition, the song lyric and audio recording.01-19-2012
20120017149VIDEO WHISPER SESSIONS DURING ONLINE COLLABORATIVE COMPUTING SESSIONS - In one embodiment, a plurality of attendee devices may participate in an online collaborative computing session to receive video and audio content for the online collaborative computing session. A particular attendee device may then either initiate or receive a communicated signal between a “whisperer” and “whisperee” that indicates a desire of the whisperer to establish a video whisper session with the whisperee. In response, the video whisper session may be established between the whisperer and whisperee devices, such as through a mutual subscription by the whisperer and whisperee to a video channel and audio channel of each other corresponding device. In this manner, users of the whisperer and whisperee devices may see and hear each other via the video whisper session, and attendee devices other than the whisperer and whisperee are prevented from playing audio from the video whisper session between the whisperer and whisperee.01-19-2012
20120023405DYNAMIC CONTROL OF SONG FREQUENCY IN A PLAYLIST PROVIDED THROUGH A MUSIC SERVICE - A method includes inputting a seed data through a media interface associated with a music service on a music device. The seed data is a driver of creation of a playlist associated with the music service. The method also includes dynamically controlling a frequency of songs associated with the seed data in the playlist through a user interface of the media interface. The frequency of songs is a number of primary songs and a number of secondary songs in the playlist.01-26-2012
20120023403SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DYNAMIC GENERATION OF INDIVIDUALIZED PLAYLISTS ACCORDING TO USER SELECTION OF MUSICAL FEATURES - There is provided herein a system and method for efficient generation and management of similarity playlists. The instant invention allows users to initiate and shape the playlist generation process to automatically provide playlists that are based on the musical features of the files stored in the database and that contain musically similar items. Furthermore, the instant invention allows the user to select and weight the musical criteria that are used to form the playlist, thereby adapting it accordingly. In the preferred embodiment, the user will initiate the playlist generation process by selecting a music item. Based on the musical features of that music item a similarity playlist will be automatically constructed. As part of a parametrization step the user will review the playlist and shape it by potentially indicating a preference or dislike for each musical feature and using that indication the playlist generation process will then be re-initiated.01-26-2012
20120060093MULTIMEDIA FILE PLAYING METHOD AND MULTIMEDIA PLAYER - The present invention relates to a multimedia file playing back method for playing audio and video contents for more effective language learning, and to a multimedia player. More particularly, the present invention relates to a multimedia file playing back method and a multimedia player, wherein file(s) to be played back are multimedia file(s) such as MP3, WMV or AVI file(s), said method comprising: a file loading (03-08-2012
20120159327REAL-TIME INTERACTION WITH ENTERTAINMENT CONTENT - A system allows users to interact with traditionally one-way entertainment content. The system is aware of the interaction and will behave appropriately using event data associated with the entertainment content. The event data includes information for a plurality of events. Information for an event includes references to software instructions and audio/visual content items used by the software instructions. When an event occurs, the software instructions are invoked. This system may be enabled over both recorded content and live content, as well as interpreted and compiled applications.06-21-2012
20120159328HANDLEBAR AUDIO CONTROLS - A vehicle audio system having handlebar mounted controls that permit an operator to control the audio system utilizing finger controls mounted on the handlebars.06-21-2012
20120159326RICH INTERACTIVE SAGA CREATION - One or more techniques and/or systems are disclosed for creating a saga from signal-rich digital memories. User-related content, such as media elements and/or other signals, are captured and used to generate a digital memory graph, comprising the captured user-related content and associated metadata. An interactive saga of digital media elements is created using the digital memory graph by combining at least a portion of a plurality of digital media elements, from the captured user-related content, based on one or more user interactions.06-21-2012
20120159329SYSTEM FOR CREATING ANCHORS FOR MEDIA CONTENT - Disclosed is a method and system for providing intuitive and efficient representations of positions of interest to a user within encoded media. Various embodiments of the present disclosure provide a heatmap representation that indicates the interestingness of content at different locations within the media. These locations of interest are presented to a user to allow quick jumps to the interesting parts of the content.06-21-2012
20120159330METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING RESPONSE OF USER INTERFACE - A method and an apparatus for providing a user interface in response to a user's motion. The response providing apparatus captures the user in an image frame and stores data corresponding to a predefined user gesture. The response providing apparatus provides the user interface in response to the user's motion using the data with respect to the identified user.06-21-2012
20120072841Browser-Based Song Creation - A client presents a set of user interfaces within a web browser application operating on the client. The user interfaces enable a user of the client to create and distribute songs. When the user is creating a song, the client generates instrumental data and/or vocals data in response to input received from the user via the user interfaces. The instrumental data represents an instrumental part of a song. The vocals data represents a vocals part of the song. The vocals data is generated using a microphone controlled by the user via the user interfaces. The client generates an audio file using the instrumental data and the vocals data. The audio file comprises a digital audio recording of the song.03-22-2012
20120254754DIGITAL MULTIMEDIA ALBUM - A virtual or digital multimedia album. The digital album may include a collection of related media to provide virtually, what a traditional band album provides, and more. The digital album may include a set of digital audio files that replicate or substantially resemble the set of tracks found on a traditional album. Additional media, such as videos, lyric text, other text, images, and user-imported content may all be included in the digital album. The content initially provided with the digital album may be exclusively oriented to a single artist or music group. In this way, the digital album can create a much greater immersion into the themed music than a mere collection of digital audio files can provide.10-04-2012
20120254755Systems and Methods to Select Media Content - Systems and methods to select media content are provided. A particular method includes selecting one of a plurality of media mixes based on a location of a user. The method also includes dynamically selecting a plurality of media content items based on media settings of the selected media mix. The media settings specify proportions of a first set and a second set of media content items. The first set is selected based on a first property including at least one of a tempo, a beat, a rhythm, a type of instrument, a duration, an artist, a title, a genre, an album, a release date, and a type of media. The second set is selected based on a second property including a storage location. The method further includes generating an output including a media content item of the plurality of media content items.10-04-2012
20120254752LOCAL TIMELINE EDITING FOR ONLINE CONTENT EDITING - Local timeline editing for online content editing is disclosed. Various systems and methods described herein provide for online content editing, wherein user-created content is created or modified at an online content editor server in accordance with a timeline (associated with the user-created content) that is modified at a remote content editor client and subsequently received by the online content editor server. In a specific implementation, the creation and modification operations performed on the user-created content are performed at the online content editor server in accordance with the timeline received from the remote content editor client. The timeline can comprise information defining content within the user-created content, and define a temporal property of the content within the user-created content. The remote content editor client can be a thin client instance utilizing limited resources during operation and requiring very limited network bandwidth when transferred to the client.10-04-2012
20120254758Media Asset Pivot Navigation - Media asset pivot navigation is described. In embodiments, collections of media assets can be determined, where each of the collections correspond to a navigation axis that is traversable in a user interface to locate media assets for selection. Visual representations are determined that each represent a collection of media assets, and the visual representations are displayable in the user interface. The visual representations that represent the collections of media assets can be non-textual visual representations that are most likely discernible to a user as representing the collections of the media assets. A navigation input relative to a collection of media assets can be received, and responsive to receiving the navigation input, a visual representation that represents the collection of media assets is changed based on user interactions with the media assets in the collection of media assets.10-04-2012
20120254751APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING SOUND SOURCE - A sound source is processed in a touch screen electronic device. A representation of the sound source in a touch screen area is displayed. The sound source is reproduced via a first player among a predetermined number of players in the electronic device. A multi-touch operation in the touch screen area is detected, and in response, reproduction of the sound source is repeated via a second, allocated player, while the sound source is still being reproduced via the first player. The repeated reproduction via the second player can result in the generation of a natural, enhanced sound effect.10-04-2012
20120254750APPARATUS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR AUTOMATICALLY CHANGING THEMES OF A MEDIA DEVICE - Systems and methods for automatically altering a user interface. An exemplary method receives at a media device a request to display a user interface associated with the received user interface information, receives current date information, accesses display style information based on the current date information and generates the requested user interface based on the accessed display style information. The accessed display style information is retrieved from memory associated with the media device or is received from a source system over a communication network.10-04-2012
20120079383SERVER INDEPENDENT DEPLOYMENT OF PLUG-INS - Disclosed are methods and systems for deploying one or more plug-ins. The method and systems involve receiving a request for generating a graphical user interface at a client computing device, the request includes a configuration for flash content of the graphical user interface, identifying a one or more plug-ins associated with the request and at least one extension of the identified one or more plug-ins, the one or more plug-ins having been deployed at a plurality of content servers across plurality of platform types and stored in a plug-in repository, retrieving the identified one or more plug-ins based on the extension of the identified one or more plug-ins and generating the requested graphical user interface based on the retrieved one or more plug-ins.03-29-2012
20110107219SERVICE PROVIDING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR RECOMMENDING SERVICE THEREOF - A service providing apparatus and method are provided. The service providing apparatus includes a receiving unit that receives content metadata and a controller that determines a related service based on the received content metadata and a user metadata, and provides a determined related service.05-05-2011
20110107218PROVIDING ACCESS TO PARTS OF CONTENTS FOR NETWORK DISPLAY DEVICE - Provided is to a method of providing a part of content over network in which a user accesses a content provider server over a network, and selects and downloads only a part of content or receives information for accessing the part of content, or generates access information for the part of content and stores the access information in the content provider server, thereby enabling to easily access the part of content when accessing later. In the method, a user may access a plurality of parts configuring content instead of a content unit.05-05-2011
20110107217Interactive Storybook System and Method - An interactive storybook system and method are provided that allow a user with or without the assistance of an operator to make a storybook their own by replacing markers with their own selection from a listing of provisional words and provisional images. The computer-based interactive storybook application may be used by teachers, parents, therapists, and other adults for teaching or therapy applications which assist children in learning and growing.05-05-2011
20110107216GESTURE-BASED USER INTERFACE - A gesture-based user interface system that includes a media-capturing device, a processor, and a display device. The media-capturing device captures media associated with a user and his/her surrounding environment. Using the captured media, the processor recognizes gestures the user uses to interact with display virtual objects displayed on the display device, without the user touching the display. A mirror image of the user and the surrounding environment is displayed in 3D on the display device with the display virtual objects in a virtual environment. The interaction between the image of the user and the display virtual objects is also displayed, in addition to an indication of the interaction such as a visual and/or an audio feedback.05-05-2011
20100095210Method and Apparatus for Website Navigation by the Visually Impaired - The present invention is a server-side method and apparatus that enables visually-impaired users to navigate websites and hear high-quality streaming audio of narration and descriptions of each website. The system involves creating an audible website corresponding to an original website by utilizing voice talent to read and describe web content and create audio files for each section within an original website, then assigning a hierarchy and navigation system based on the original website design. To implement the system, a small program is installed on the home page of an original website which plays a tone upon a user's visit indicating that the website is accessible with the present invention. Upon hearing the tone, a user presses a key on the keyboard to exit the original website and enter the audible website. Audible narration is played through the user's computer, reading text and describing non-text information. The narration includes menus for navigating the site which have a hierarchy substantially similar to that of the original website. Users navigate the website menus and move from website to website by making keystroke commands.04-15-2010
20100095209PORTABLE MEDIA DEVICE WITH WORKOUT SUPPORT - Improved techniques and systems for utilizing a portable electronic device to monitor, process, present and manage data captured by a remote sensor are disclosed. The portable electronic device offers a convenient user interface that can be visual and/or audio based customized to a particular application, user-friendly and/or dynamic. The portable electronic device can pertain to a portable media player and thus also provide media playback.04-15-2010
20120260170AUTOMATED AUDIO OR VIDEO SUBSET NETWORK LOAD REDUCTION - A multimedia data stream including an audio data stream and a video data stream is received from a server at a computing device. An audio output signal for the audio data stream and a video output signal for the video data stream are generated. A user interface action that blocks output of one of the audio data stream and the video data stream is detected via the computing device. A multimedia traffic reduction request is sent to the server instructing the server to stop transmission of a portion of the multimedia data stream associated with the blocked output of one of the audio data stream and the video data stream.10-11-2012
20090070672On-Board Service Tool and Method - A self-contained, on-board diagnostic system integrated with a control system and method of using the same. Various control system coefficients and parameter settings may be set and edited with the on-board system, without the use of external hardware. In certain embodiments, an operator panel display may be used as a display for the on-board system. A menu navigation scheme can be employed to access a plurality of screens in an organized, efficient manner. The on-board system can be adapted for use with a tracked trencher and/or other mobile equipment.03-12-2009
20120124473SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PLAYING MUSIC USING MUSIC VISUALIZATION TECHNIQUE - A music playing system using a music visualization technique includes: a music information extraction unit for extracting one or more pieces of music information regarding basic characteristics, meta-characteristics and emotional characteristics of music, the music including music being played at present, music selected for playing, and music selected for visualization; and a display control unit that provides a user interface window for visualizing the extracted music information and controls the user interface window, wherein the user interface window includes a visualization configuration panel having a setup function for selecting the music information to be extracted.05-17-2012
20090132922INFORMATION MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND INFORMATION MANAGEMENT METHOD - An album list file stores album information relating to album containing image data files, and an album list storing sequence information indicating a replay sequence of image data files at the time of replaying the image data files belonging to the album. Here, when an album containing a new image data file which has not been included in the album is designated, the sequence information is renewed so as to replay the new image data file first at the time of replaying image data files contained by the designated album.05-21-2009
20090132921USER INTERFACE FOR DISPLAYING AND PLAYING MULTIMEDIA CONTENTS, APPARATUS COMPRISING THE SAME, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A user interface for displaying and playing multimedia contents is capable of allowing the user to easily recognize information about multimedia contents at a glance, and allowing the user to more easily retrieve desired information, through an image pre-play function. An apparatus includes the user interface, and a control method for the apparatus are includes displaying a sorting item of a multimedia content, and arranging file information included in the sorting item and having the form of a playable image.05-21-2009
20120317482MEDIA CONTENT DEVICE, SYSTEM AND METHOD - Access is provided for different types of media content provided by disparate publishers, and in formats corresponding to operating characteristics of respective user devices. As consistent with one or more example embodiments herein, media content access is filtered for users requesting access via different user devices, based upon characteristics of the device to which the access is provided, user subscription data and publisher-specific criteria. A user-specific storefront interface is generated for each of a multitude of users, based upon the filtering. Each storefront interface indicates media content that can be displayed at the device to which access is requested, and identifies media content to which the user does and does not have subscription access. The user-specific storefront interfaces are presented at respective user devices, and media content is delivered to each device in response to selections made via the user-specific storefront interfaces.12-13-2012
20120166947ONLINE REAL-TIME SESSION CONTROL METHOD FOR ELECTRONIC MUSIC DEVICE - An online real-time session is conducted between at least two electronic music devices each equipped with an interface and a touch panel display for displaying a plurality of performance operators. The same displayed content is shared in real time between electronic music devices by mutually transmitting operation information representing a user's operation on a performance operator, so that the operational state of the performance operator of one electronic music device is reflected in the counterpart electronic music device. A setting operator is used to select a desired music section corresponding to one layer or a combination of layers subjected to simultaneous music performance. The electronic music device generates sound in response to a short press given to a performance operator, whilst the electronic music device sets a tone-generation point to a performance operator pertaining to a long press.06-28-2012
20120131459METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INTERACTING WITH A PLURALITY OF MEDIA FILES - Methods, apparatus and computer program products are provided for facilitating interaction with a plurality of media files. In this regard, a method may be provided that includes causing the display of an image of a respective function and a plurality of images of respective media files. The display of the images may be such that at least one image is displayed in the foreground and at least one image is displayed in the background. The method may also receive a selection of the image of the respective function. In response to the selection of the image of the respective function, the respective function is performed with respect to at least one of the media files. For example, the respective function may include a shuffle function such that the plurality of media files are caused to be played in a random order.05-24-2012
20120166948SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY CREATING A MEDIA ARCHIVE FROM CONTENT ON A RECORDING MEDIUM - A media player for creating a media archive may include a media reader to read media content from a recording medium inserted into the media reader. The media player may also include an archival component to store the media content in a storage medium. In one embodiment, the media player includes a playback component to play back the media content from the storage medium concurrently with the storage of the media content by the archival component.06-28-2012
20120166949CREATION OF A MARKED MEDIA MODULE - Disclosed herein are systems and methods for the presentation and marking of media modules. In different aspects, the systems and methods may allow a user to present and consume a media module, particularly a media module containing data that is typically presented in a serial manner such as audio, visual, or video media, and to create a marked media module for quickly and easily returning to a marked point of interest in the media module at a later time or on a different device.06-28-2012
20120131460Playlist Creation - A method, apparatus, and computer program product for: defining a graph of interconnected nodes, each node representing a content item; presenting the graph to a user; receiving a first user input defining a first route through one or more nodes via the interconnections, the route beginning at a first initial node and ending at a first terminal node; and determining a playlist comprising the content item associated with each node in the first route, ordered according to its node's position in the first route.05-24-2012
20100205531PORTABLE MEDIA PLAYBACK DEVICE INCLUDING USER INTERFACE EVENT PASSTHROUGH TO NON-MEDIA-PLAYBACK PROCESSING - A method of operating a portable electronics device can include integrated operation of media playback processing and non-media-playback processing (such as, for example, a game). The method can include receiving an event corresponding to operation of a user interface item by a user of the portable electronics device. The received event can be provided to the non-media-playback processing. The non-media-playback processing can determine whether to cause an action corresponding to the provided received event with respect to the non-media-playback processing. For an event determined by the non-media-playback processing to not cause an action corresponding to the provided received event with respect to the non-media-playback processing, the provided received event can be provided to the media playback processing. Typically, the operating performed by the media playback processing based on the event can be the processing that would otherwise be performed by the media playback processing if the non-media-playback processing was not even occurring.08-12-2010
20100064219Network Hosted Media Production Systems and Methods - Embodiments provide systems and methods to create new media. Collaborating users can create new media using a network hosted media production functionality of an embodiment. In one embodiment, a network hosted media production system can be used to create new media, wherein the system includes a sound library component, a video component, a live input component, a sequencer component, and a synchronization component.03-11-2010
20120216120METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR RENDERING A MULTIMEDIA ITEM WITH A PLURALITY OF MODALITIES - A method and apparatus for rendering a multimedia item with a plurality of modalities is provided. Parameter settings are determined for a plurality of modalities according to a user input request (step 08-23-2012
20120173976CONTROL PANEL AND RING INTERFACE WITH A SETTINGS JOURNAL FOR COMPUTING SYSTEMS - In a system including a display and a selection device, a method of providing and selecting a history of user settings on the display is disclosed. The method includes providing a user interface on the display. The user interface includes a panel that has a list of system settings made by a user during a session. The items in the list are selectively enabled or disabled by user input.07-05-2012
20120216119INTELLIGENT DIGITAL AUDIOVISUAL REPRODUCTION SYSTEM - Payment-based audiovisual playback system characterized by comprising a microprocessor unit, primarily including storage means for storing inter alia in digital form the visual and sound information to be used, and associated, through a number of interfaces, with display means for sound playback which provide a multimedia environment. The unit is controlled by a multitask operating system including a library of integrated tools and services in the storage means. The system is also associated, through an interface, with a telecommunications modem and is connectable to an audiovisual information distribution network by a telecommunications modem and telecommunications links, the telecommunications functions also being managed by the multitask operating system.08-23-2012
20120216118Methods and Apparatus for Media Navigation - In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, a method of playing a media includes receiving a first media stream of the media and displaying the first media stream in a first window of a media player. The first media stream includes navigable parts configured to be selected for higher resolution streaming. A request to stream a selected navigable part of the first media stream is sent. A second media stream with the selected navigable part is received and displayed. The resolution of the selected navigable part in the second media stream is higher than the resolution of the selected navigable part in the first media stream.08-23-2012
20120216117METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR NAVIGATING A HIERARCHICAL MENU BASED USER INTERFACE - Methods and apparatus are provided for a user interface to allow for navigating a hierarchical menu. In one embodiment a method includes displaying a user interface including one or more menu elements, wherein each menu element is associated with a row of content titles that may be displayed by the user interface and detecting an input command associated with a menu element. The method may further include updating the display of the user interface based on the input command, wherein presentation of a row of content titles associated with the menu element is updated to allow for navigation within the row, and wherein content titles presented by the user interface for the menu element are a subset of content titles that may be accessed based on the menu element. The method may allow for bypassing one or more levels of the hierarchical menu.08-23-2012
20100050080SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SPECIFYING FRAME-ACCURATE IMAGES FOR MEDIA ASSET MANAGEMENT - A system for managing media assets includes a media content analysis system to extract metadata from a media asset and generate low-resolution media content objects representative of a media asset including frame-accurate thumbnail images of one or more frames of a video file, a media asset storage system to store metadata and low resolution media content objects in association with corresponding media assets; and a media asset managing system to access and manage media assets stored in the media asset storage system. The media asset managing system includes a metadata view renderer to render a metadata user interface that displays metadata associated with a media asset and allows user manipulation and editing of the metadata, wherein the metadata user interface displays a thumbnail image that is representative of the media asset, a storyboard view renderer to render a storyboard user interface that displays a sequence of thumbnail images of selected frames of the media asset and allows user manipulation and editing of the storyboard; a clip player view renderer to render a clip player user interface that allows a user to play and manipulate a frame-accurate low-resolution proxy of the media asset; and a view controller to control communication between the metadata, storyboard and clip player view renders such that user actions in manipulating and editing a media assets in one graphical user interface is synchronized over all views.02-25-2010
20120179966SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PRODUCING HYBRID ELECTRONIC DATA FORMS INCLUDING LINKED MULTIMEDIA FILES - An exemplary system includes a GUI accessed system that can be accessed to generate and produce hybrid electronic data forms that link line items generated on an estimate, bill, or work report to any number of multi-media files.07-12-2012
20100275120PROCESSING OF FIELDS IN MOTION PICTURE VIDEOS OR STILL PHOTOS - A computer processor receives a selection of a link field displayed on a computer monitor in a motion picture video or in a still digital image on the computer monitor. The computer processor may be programmed to determine if the link field relates to setting up an interactive conference, activating a first motion picture video, activating a first digital still photograph, or activating a first audio clip. The computer processor may be programmed, such that if the link field relates to an interactive conference, activating a first motion picture video, activating the first digital still photograph, or activating the first audio clip, the computer processor takes appropriate action in response to the selection of the link field.10-28-2010
20100031148COMMUNITY-ORIENTED SOCIAL NETWORK - A method for location-based social networking, comprising steps of accessing an interface of a social-networking system, determining a location, displaying information about the location on a monitor, and interacting with the information, wherein interacting comprises at least rating the information. In one embodiment, accessing is performed by logging in to an account to determine the location. The displayed information can include information about clothing, marketplaces, self-serve advertisements, digital gifting, billing, ask-around information, and public events. Broadcasting music based on the location can be performed. Interacting with other system users by video chatting, audio chatting, and instant messaging can be performed. The information can be searched. The information can be displayed in multiple languages in accordance with the location.02-04-2010
20100017714WEB BASED COLLABORATIVE MULTIMEDIA EVENT PLANNING, HOSTING AND DEPLOYMENT SYSTEM AND WEB BASED PERSONAL MULTIMEDIA PORTABLE SYSTEM - A web based secure interactive system that hosts one or more events that can be accessed over the internet. An organizer or host organizes an event, creates an invitee list of individuals, and composes an invitation message, the organizer or host shares, communicates and tracks the current status of each individual on the list and allows the same visibility to each invitee. The organizer or host also interacts with the invitees to create a collaborative multimedia playlist and posts multimedia clips of shared moments at or during an event. The host creates a secure intra-group instant chatting regarding the current event or events for instant activity updates and intra group communication.01-21-2010
20100011292Collaborative media production - Methods, systems, and apparatus for collaborative media editing. In one aspect, a method includes presenting, to an originator, an originator interface including multiple media panes; establishing a connection with a collaborator; receiving from the originator a selection indicating an item of media content associated with at least one of the multiple media panes; transmitting to the collaborator the selected item of media content; and enabling inter-user communication relating to the selected item of media content in the originator interface with the collaborator. Further, a connection can be established with a second collaborator, the item of media content can be transmitted to the second collaborator, and communication can occur in the originator interface with the second collaborator.01-14-2010
20120317484Multimode Input Field for a Head-Mounted Display - Exemplary methods and systems relate to a multimode input field for a head-mountable display (HMD). An exemplary multimode input field is operable to display content based on a number of modalities of input data, which may be received from a number of different input sources. Further, the input sources and/or content for the multimode input field may be selected based on implicit information in input data from the input sources, explicit instructions, and/or context information.12-13-2012
20120317483SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPROVED INTERACTIVE CONTENT SHARING IN VIDEO COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS - Systems and methods for interactively sharing and annotating visual information over a communication network between at least a first and a second endpoint are disclosed. The system includes a display coupled to the first endpoint and a user interaction device coupled to the first endpoint and associated with the display, wherein the first endpoint is configured to: receive visual information from, and transmit visual information to, at least the second endpoint over the communication network; show visual information received from at least the second endpoint on the display; obtain a copy of the visual information shown on the display when instructed by the user interaction device; add an annotation, if any, as indicated by the user interaction device; and transmit the annotated copy to the second endpoint.12-13-2012
20120185771MEDIA PLAYBACK QUEUING FOR PLAYBACK MANAGEMENT - Management or coordination of playback of digital media assets by an electronic device (e.g., a computing device), that supports media playback is disclosed. According to one embodiment, the electronic device can be controlled such that a user is able to schedule playback of distinct digital media assets.07-19-2012
20120185769APPARATUS, SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLABLE SOUND REGIONS IN A MEDIA ROOM - Systems and methods are operable to present audio content of a received media content stream in a plurality of user controllable spot focused sound regions. An exemplary embodiment receives an audio content stream comprising at least a first audio channel and a second audio channel; multiplies the first audio channel into a plurality of first audio channels, multiplies the second audio channel into a plurality of second audio channels; communicates a first one of the multiplied plurality of first audio channels and a first one of the multiplied plurality of second audio channels to a first audio sound region controller; and communicates a second one of the multiplied plurality of first audio channels and a second one of the multiplied plurality of second audio channels to a second audio sound region controller.07-19-2012
20120185770METHOD FOR PROVIDING PLAYLIST, REMOTE CONTROLLER APPLYING THE SAME, AND MULTIMEDIA SYSTEM - A method for providing a playlist, a remote controller applying the same, and a multimedia system are provided. The method for providing a playlist includes displaying a plurality of content lists of a plurality of kinds of contents in which contents of a same kind are arranged together, the plurality of content lists being displayed on a first area of a screen, if at least two different kinds of contents are selected from the plurality of content lists in a selecting, collecting the selected contents of the at least two different kinds of contents, and generating and displaying a playlist including play information regarding the collected contents of the at least two different kinds of contents.07-19-2012
20120084651Automatic Derivation Of Analogous Touch Gestures From A User-Defined Gesture - Embodiments enable a mobile device to execute an action analogous to a user-defined action in response to receipt of a gesture analogous to a user-defined gesture. In an embodiment, a user input is received that defines a first touch gesture to initiate a first action on an application of the mobile device. A second touch gesture is received on a touch screen of the mobile device. The second touch gesture is similar, but not identical, to the first touch gesture, and has a different orientation, size or position from the first touch gesture. In response to receipt of the second touch gesture, a second action is determined on the application of the mobile device according to a difference between the first and second touch gestures in orientation, size or position on the screen of the mobile device. Finally, the second action is initiated.04-05-2012
20120084650INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - An information processing device includes an information processing unit that determines whether or not a button indicated by an operation is a button which is not expected to be directly indicated, based on button related information which is formed by correlating information related to each button displayed on a screen with each button and is recorded on a necessary recording medium, and operation input information from an operation unit where an operation for directly indicating a display region of each button can be performed, in relation to the button displayed in a predetermined display region on the screen based on the button related information recorded on the recording medium, and does not execute a command correlated with the button related information of the indicated button if the indicated button is the button which is not expected to be directly indicated as a result of the determination.04-05-2012
20120221951DISCOVERY PLATFORM APPARATUSES, METHODS AND SYSTEMS - The DISCOVERY PLATFORM APPARATUSES, METHODS AND SYSTEMS (“DP”) transform content seed selections and recommendations via DP components such as discovery and social influence into events and discovery of other contents for users and revenue for right-holders. In one embodiment, the DP may include various discovery user interfaces including stage light and molecular interfaces to enhance content discovery. In one embodiment, the DP comprises an entry point representation surrounded by a plurality of discovery supportive heuristic representations, wherein the entry point representation is configured to receive a first universally resolvable content item selected from one of the plurality of discovery supportive heuristic representations. Further, the interface is configured to identify, for each of the plurality of discovery supportive heuristic representations, a universally resolvable content item related to the content item in the entry point representation, wherein each of the plurality of discovery supportive heuristic representations is configured to display the corresponding identified universally resolvable content item.08-30-2012
20120221950GESTURE MANIPULATION METHOD AND MULTIMEDIA PLAYER APPARATUS - A gesture manipulation method and a multimedia player apparatus is disclosed in this disclosure. The gesture manipulation method is suitable for a multimedia player apparatus with touch input function. The gesture manipulation method includes steps of: detecting a gesture input while the multimedia player apparatus is playing a video file or a video stream; and, when the gesture input includes a specific amount of finger contacts and the finger contacts relatively move in a specific pattern, executing a corresponding function on the multimedia player apparatus. Accordingly, the user interface of the multimedia player apparatus adopting some intuitive gestures can be easy to understand.08-30-2012
20120260169SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING, CONTROLLING AND/OR RENDERING MEDIA IN A NETWORK - A system and a method manage, control and/or render media in a network. The system utilizes a media management application that manages, controls and/or renders digital media files in the network. A user browses, searches, manages and/or consumes content from multiple storage devices and servers in the network. The user may view a visual representation of active media connections between the available servers and/or the available rendering devices connected to the network.10-11-2012
20120260167USER INTERFACE FOR AUDIO VIDEO DISPLAY DEVICE SUCH AS TV - A graphical user interface (GUI), for an audio video display device (AVDD) such as a TV includes an expanded information panel containing information pertaining to a viewer-selected subject and juxtaposed with the expanded panel, plural subject panels associated with subject matter related to the subject in the expanded panel. A viewer scroll command causes the subject panels to translate across the AVDD but the expanded panel is pinned in place and thus does not scroll. Selection of a subject panel causes new information related to the subject panel to appear in the expanded panel and new subject panels are presented showing information of a different subject genre than the original subject panels.10-11-2012
20120260166METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CREATING AND MODIFYING GRAPHICAL SCHEDULES - A graphical user interface enables a user to create and modify graphical schedules for a wide variety of devices that may be controlled by a programmable multimedia controller. A graphical schedule graphically depicts a relationship between time and at least one user-selected condition to be satisfied or at least one user-selected action to be taken. The user may create or modify graphical schedules using familiar techniques such as taps and swipes, drag and drop and the like.10-11-2012
20090024922METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SYNCHRONIZING MEDIA FILES - A method of and a system are provided for enhancing a source media file with additional content by combining one or more layer media files with the source media file. The user can view the media files synchronized together on a user's computing device which is distinct from the computing device on which either or all of the media files are stored. The integrity of the source media file is not changed. A reference value for a reference parameter associated with presentation of the media files together is used to synchronize the media files “on the fly” as the media files are received at the user's computing device.01-22-2009
20100325544Multimedia Content Viewing Confirmation - Disclosed herein is a computer implemented method and system for confirming that a viewer viewed multimedia content on a client device. The client device receives the multimedia content from a server and plays the multimedia content on a display screen of the client device. A random challenge is presented to the viewer by overlaying the random challenge on the multimedia content. The random challenge is one or more of random in content, presented at random times during and/or after play of the multimedia content, and presented at random physical locations on the multimedia content. A response for the presented random challenge is invoked from the viewer. The viewer's response confirms that the multimedia content has been viewed by the viewer. A response report is generated based on the viewer's response. The viewer is credited with an item of value, if the response report confirms the multimedia content was viewed by the viewer.12-23-2010
20120266067TRANSLATING USER INTERFACE SOUNDS INTO 3D AUDIO SPACE - Translating user interface sounds into 3D audio comprises: receiving an audio request call from a process relating to a user interface event; converting the audio request call into a position in 3D audio space representative of the process from which the call has been received; and playing a corresponding sound in a surround sound system in the position in 3D audio space. Each open application in a graphical user interface may be provided with a sound space, in the 3D audio space, from which any event sounds are played.10-18-2012
20120266066IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE PROVIDING SUBJECT-DEPENDENT FEEDBACK - A digital image display device for displaying a collection of digital media assets, comprising: a display screen; a network connection; a user interface for receiving input from a user of the digital image display device; and a program memory. The program memory stores executable instructions for receiving a set of digital media assets and associated metadata using the network connection; displaying a digital media asset on the display screen; identifying a subject depicted in the displayed digital media asset; determining a particular set of feedback message choices responsive to the determined subject; displaying the particular set of feedback message choices on the display screen; receiving input via the user interface to select a particular feedback message choice; and using the network connection to provide the selected feedback message.10-18-2012
20110131494INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AUDIO APPARATUS, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - An information processing apparatus is provided. An item selection device selects, through a selection manipulation unit, an item from a plurality of items which are displayed in the form of a list and arranged in an arrangement direction. A manipulation detection unit detects a state of a selection manipulation of the selection manipulation unit. A display area enlargement unit enlarges a display area of the selected item in the arrangement direction when the manipulation detection unit detects that the selection manipulation of the selection manipulation unit is stopped.06-02-2011
20110131492Audio-visual multimedia transmitting/editing device - An audio-visual multimedia transmitting/editing device is internally provided with a control circuit, which includes a CPU, a system control unit, a multimedia processing unit, a standard system I/O unit, a human interface, a memory controller, a network transmission unit and a register bus controller; and supports an audio/video editing and online transmitting application program. When the audio-visual multimedia transmitting/editing device is connected to an Internet-connectable computer or mobile phone having the above application program installed thereon, the register bus controller and the application program mutually identify one another's identification code. When the identification codes match each other, the application program is automatically initialized to grab desired audio/video files stored in the memory controller for playing or editing; or uploading the edited audio/video files for sharing with other users over the Internet or emails; or downloading flash video from the Internet for storing on the memory controller.06-02-2011
20120240045SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUDIO CONTENT MANAGEMENT - Audio files representing files intended primarily for viewing (e.g., by sighted users) are created and organized into hierarchies that mimic those of the original files as instantiated at original websites incorporating such files. Thus, visually impaired users are provided access to and navigation of the audio files in a way that mimics the original website.09-20-2012
20120240047REPRODUCTION DEVICE AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD - A reproduction device including a reproduction unit configured to reproduce content data including at least one of audio, video, and text for which attribute data is assigned for each of a different plurality of attributes; a display unit; and a control unit configured to make the display unit display a playback screen containing at least one attribute data among the plurality of attribute data assigned to the content data when reproducing the content data and, when one attribute data among the attribute data composing the playback screen is selected, switch the display content of the content from the playback screen to the list relating to the selected attribute data.09-20-2012
20120240046SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LISTENING TO AUDIO CONTENT - A method including selecting a presentation content group, displaying content identifiers corresponding to the presentation content group, selecting a content identifier, and instantly presenting a substantially live presentation content from a media provider corresponding to the selected content identifier to a user.09-20-2012
20120240044SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SUMMONING USER INTERFACE OBJECTS - Provided is a system and method for summoning user interface object(s) of a display to a gesture position of a user of that display. In a pressure sensitive display embodiment, a user maintains a convenient touch position to the display, performs a summon gesture, and user interface object(s) are automatically moved to the user's touch position as requested. A summon gesture can be static or dynamic. Static gestures are predefined and each is recognized for performing a particular type of summon command. A dynamic gesture is determined at the time of gesture specification, for example a handwriting gesture specifying any of a variety of user interface object search criteria. When a summon gesture is recognized, a user interface object, or point or interest thereof, automatically transitions to a desired position where the gesture was recognized. Configurations, or the gesture itself, govern how the object(s) transition to the user's position. An object's display location and orientation prior to recognizing the summon gesture is referred to as an original position, and an object's display location and orientation after being summoned is referred to as a summoned position. Objects can transition by disappearing from an original position and reappearing at the summoned position, visually moving across the user interface in a line at a configured speed from the original position to the summoned position, animating a trail from the original position to the summoned position, scaling the object size as it arrives to the summoned position, reorienting (e.g. panning) the object as it arrives to the summoned position, navigating the object to a point of interest (or preferred view) for arrival to the summoned position, or a variety of other methods. Optionally, summoning a plurality of objects can produce an informative list at the summoned position for being used in turn to summon objects individually. Also, a magnetic mode can be activated for virtually magnetizing objects of interest to a user's position, for example as the user touches various places on a touch sensitive display. A user's data processing system configurations can be stored into a cloud system for convenient access and use at a plurality of different data processing system user interfaces (e.g. in different geographic locations).09-20-2012
20120272150SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INTEGRATING VIDEO PLAYBACK AND NOTATION RECORDING - A system and method for associating notations with multimedia elements is disclosed. In one example, the method comprises acts of displaying a multimedia element on a display of a computer device, receiving a notation element from a user of the computer device, determining, by a processor, at the time of receiving the notation element, a related portion of the multimedia element, and storing, on a storage medium, the notation element in association with a reference to the related portion of the multimedia event.10-25-2012
20120272149METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING STREAMING OF MEDIA DATA - According to an embodiment of the present invention, a method of controlling streaming media data using a streaming control device includes accessing, via the streaming control device, a plurality of media data stored in a media server, displaying, via a touchscreen of the streaming control device, a first object including the plurality of media data, receiving a first command selecting a particular media data among the plurality of media data from the first object, searching for media playback devices to reproduce the particular media data based on a position of the streaming control device, displaying, via the touchscreen, a third object for representing the searched media playback devices, receiving a second command selecting a particular media playback device among the searched media playback devices from the third object, and controlling the particular media playback device to reproduce the particular media data.10-25-2012
20120272148PLAY CONTROL OF CONTENT ON A DISPLAY DEVICE - A system for presenting and controlling content on a display device includes a network, a server system coupled to the network and comprising one or more servers, a display device coupled to the network and having a display, and a personal computing device operable to transmit a first message according to a specified format over the network to the server system. The server system stores an association between the personal computing device and the display device. The first message identifies user-selected content and a media player to play the content. The server system is operable, in response to receiving the first message from the personal computing device, to provide to the display device a second message identifying the user-selected content and the media player to play the content. In response to receiving the second message, the display device is operable to obtain a first media player needed to play the content, to load the media player and to present the content on the display.10-25-2012
20120272147PLAY CONTROL OF CONTENT ON A DISPLAY DEVICE - A system for presenting and controlling content on a display device includes a network, a server system coupled to the network and comprising one or more servers, a display device coupled to the network and having a display, and a personal computing device operable to transmit a first message according to a specified format over the network to the server system. The server system stores an association between the personal computing device and the display device. The first message identifies user-selected content and a media player to play the content. The server system is operable, in response to receiving the first message from the personal computing device, to provide to the display device a second message identifying the user-selected content and the media player to play the content. In response to receiving the second message, the display device is operable to obtain a first media player needed to play the content, to load the media player and to present the content on the display.10-25-2012
20120324353System and Method for Building and Managing User Experience for Computer Software Interfaces - Several computerized tools, methodologies and data structures, according to embodiments of the present invention, are disclosed for collecting data for UX research and development directed to a product, process, and system and for developing personas and scenarios from the data for designing and for measuring the effectiveness of the product, process, and/or systems for use by the personas or real people. The tools, methodologies and data structures may be used individually or in sets.12-20-2012
20120131458Flick to Send or Display Content - In an embodiment, a flick motion is detected on a touch screen interface of a first device. In response to detecting the flick motion: data associated with the flick motion is identified and transmitted to a second device. The data may be automatically displayed in response to detecting the flick motion.05-24-2012
20120278715USER PREFERENCE BASED COLLECTING OF MUSIC CONTENT - A method of operating an entertainment system includes computer-implemented steps including determining an audio/video preference profile of the user. An item of audio/video content that fits the profile but that is not available to the system is identified. The identified item is wirelessly received from a source of audio/video content. The source is external to the entertainment system. The received item is stored in memory within the system. The stored item is retrieved from memory. The retrieved item is played back to a human user of the system.11-01-2012
20120278714SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CREATING AUDIO FILES - A system and method for creating one or more audio files. One or more original files are converted into the one or more audio files. A hierarchy associated with the one or more original files is assigned to the one or more audio files. An indication is given that the one or more audio files are associated with the one or more original files. The one or more audio files are communicated through an audio interface in response to a request to access the one or more audio files.11-01-2012
20120089912PRESTREAMS - There are disclosed apparatus and processes for playing a prestream. A client computer running a browser has loaded a webpage including instructions for playing a designated stream in a media player. To enable the prestream, prestream control code is included in the webpage such that when a stream initiation action takes place the prestream control code is processed and causes the prestream to be played before the media player plays the stream.04-12-2012
20120089911Bookmarking System - A bookmarking system is described for allowing users to bookmark audio and video content for sharing with other users. The system allows the bookmark to be generated with minimal user involvement, making the process as easy to use as the bookmarking of websites on a computer device. A disambiguation server is provided to disambiguate the content to be book-marked. The disambiguation server uses information from various sources to provide a number of candidates for selection by the user. Historical data and the bookmarks of other users can also be used to aid the disambiguation process.04-12-2012
20120089910ADVANCED PLAYBACK QUEUE MANAGEMENT - Methods, systems, apparatus and non-transitory computer readable-media are described for creating and/or maintaining a playback queue of media content. In one aspect, a computer-implemented method of providing playback of media content includes receiving a request from a mobile communications device associated with a user to browse a media archive. A user selection of a category and a request to initiate management of a playback queue are received. A media listing is generated responsive to the received request. A user selection of one or more items of media content from the generated media listing is received. One or more playback queue options for the user selected items of media content are presented. A user selection of one of the presented one or more playback queue options is received. The user selected items of media content are manipulated to update the playback queue responsive to the received user selected playback queue option.04-12-2012
20100229093Apparatus and method for sorting video inputs in input select menu of display device - A display device has a plurality of video inputs and a video selection switch for switching between video inputs based on user inputted commands. An input select menu containing a list of the available video inputs can be displayed on the device. A remote control or input key is used to retrieve the input select menu and enter commands. The list of video inputs can be sorted in the input select menu using an automatic sorting function or a manual sorting function. A storage device keeps track of the number of times each video input is selected. The automatic sorting function uses the information in the storage device and a sorting algorithm to sort the list of video inputs in order of most frequently used to least frequently used. The manual sort function can be used to manually move the video inputs up or down in the input select menu.09-09-2010
20120331386SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING ACOUSTIC ANALYSIS DATA - A music recommendation system receives a user selection of desired music, retrieves analysis data associated with the selected music, and generates a playlist of songs based on the analysis data. The analysis data is generated based on a processing of one or more audio signals associated with the selected music. The analysis data may downloaded from a central server. If the analysis data is not available from the central server, it is generated locally at a user end, and uploaded to the central server. A plurality of user-selectable shuffling mechanisms are provided to allow the order of the songs to be shuffled according to the selected shuffling mechanism. The end user device may also receive recommendation of new music from different providers based on the analysis data of music for which the recommendation is to be based.12-27-2012
20120331385ASYNCHRONISTIC PLATFORM FOR REAL TIME COLLABORATION AND CONNECTION - A method of authoring a multimedia presentation includes: receiving a command, over a network connection, to add a first media object having a first start time to the presentation, the first media object being stored in a data store; storing a first start time and an identifier of the first media object in a presentation description of the multimedia presentation, the presentation description being stored in a database; receiving a command, over the network connection, to add a second media object having a second start time to the presentation, the second media object being stored in the data store; and storing a second start time and an identifier of the second media object in the presentation description.12-27-2012
20120331384DETERMINING AN OPTION BASED ON A REACTION TO VISUAL MEDIA CONTENT - Implementations disclosed herein relate to determining an option based on a reaction to visual media content. In one implementation, a processor determines a user's degree of preference for visual media content and selects an option based on the determined degree of preference. The processor may provide the determined degree of preference.12-27-2012
20110320947METHOD OF GENERATING A GUIDANCE ROUTE TO A TARGET MENU AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS USING THE SAME - A method of guiding a menu, including storing route information generated based on hierarchical relationships of menus according to a tree structure, and displaying menu items using an on screen display and displaying a location and a function of a menu a user would like to find through a simulated menu using route information.12-29-2011
20110320946PAY-PER-PLAY AUDIOVISUAL SYSTEM WITH TOUCH SCREEN INTERFACE - An audiovisual reproduction system triggered by payment from a user is developed around a microprocessor device. The system includes memory containing, in compressed digital form, audio and visual information , and a display and digital audio reproduction unit, for creating a multimedia environment. The display includes a video monitor and an interactive user interface which reacts to external events and translates the external events for a multitasking operating system as events activating, via a graphical module of a library of integrated tools and services, a display of windows or frames providing control of physical operating parameters of the audiovisual reproduction system. The external events includes at least a down-event where the user contacts a representation displayed on the touch screen, selecting a parameter to modify, and an up-event where the use breaks contact with the screen, which triggers modification of the selected parameter, saving the parameter in the memory.12-29-2011
20110320945METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INTUITIVE NAVIGATION OF A MEDIA PROGRAM - A jog control for navigating a media program having a plurality of frames and a method for using the navigation control is disclosed. In an exemplary embodiment, the control comprises a radial control at one of a plurality of user-selectable radial distances from a center of the jog control, the radial distance indicative of a jog control scale factor, wherein selection of the radial control selects and fixes the jog control scale factor until the control area is unselected, and wherein rotation of the selected radial control about a center of the jog control commands navigation through the plurality of media program frames at a rate determined by the selected jog control scale factor and an angular rate of the selected radial control about the center of the jog control.12-29-2011
20110320944SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND APPARATUSES FOR GENERATING AN INTEGRATED USER INTERFACE - Methods and apparatuses are provided for generating an integrated user interface. A method may include obtaining, in a client apparatus, first user interface information generated by a client application residing on the client apparatus. The method may further include obtaining, in the client apparatus, second user interface information generated by a server application residing on a remote server apparatus. The method may additionally include combining the first and second user interface information to generate an integrated application user interface. Corresponding apparatuses are also provided.12-29-2011
20120290932SONG FLOW METHODOLOGY IN RANDOM PLAYBACK - An electronic device can play back media items using a random playback mode. To ensure that related media items are played back in a proper order (e.g., live music is played back in concert order), the electronic device can define metadata or other data coupling related media items in a predefined or preset sequence. For example, related media items can include metadata tags identifying the previous and next media items to play back in the sequence. As another example, the electronic device can store a listing of media items of a sequence and the order in which to play them back. When the electronic device reaches a media item that is part of a preset sequence during random playback, the electronic device can identify at least the subsequent media items in the sequence, and insert the subsequent media items in the playback queue.11-15-2012
20120290931APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ARRANGING SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION FOR MEDIA ELEMENTS - In accordance with an example embodiment of the present invention, a method is provided, comprising: detecting an image associated with a set of media elements, selecting a sub-portion of the image, and associating the sub-portion of the image with a media element of the set of media elements.11-15-2012
20130014013INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - There is provided an information processing apparatus including a page switching unit for switching a display screen from a first Web page screen displayed on a display unit to a second Web page screen, and a switching information notification unit for notifying a page switching information on a notification screen before the second Web page screen is displayed while switching between the pages by the page switching unit, the page switching information is based on information included in at least the second Web page of the first and second Web pages, and the notification screen is a different screen from the first Web page.01-10-2013
20130014014USER INTERFACE WITH AVAILABLE MULTIMEDIA CONTENT FROM MULTIPLE MULTIMEDIA WEBSITES - Automatically and repeatedly crawling multiple multimedia websites to identify and collect information about the multimedia content that is available for delivery over the Internet to a client device for playback on a media player operating on the client device. In one embodiment, the method normalizes the collected information by converting the different formats of the collected information into a common format and converting the different nomenclatures of the collected information into a common nomenclature. The method updates an index with the normalized information, and sends a data feed to the client device to populate the user interface on the client device with the normalized information of the index. The user interface allows the user to navigate and select the multimedia content that is available for delivery over the Internet for playback on the media player.01-10-2013
20130014015User Interfaces for Controlling and Manipulating Groupings in a Multi-Zone Media System - In general, user interfaces for controlling a plurality of multimedia players in groups are disclosed. According to one aspect of the present invention, a user interface is provided to allow a user to group some of the players according to a theme or scene, where each of the players is located in a zone. When the scene is activated, the players in the scene react in a synchronized manner. For example, the players in the scene are all caused to play a multimedia source or music in a playlist, wherein the multimedia source may be located anywhere on a network. The user interface is further configured to illustrate graphically a size of a group, the larger the group appears relatively, the more plays there are in the group.01-10-2013
20100131845HUMAN INTERFACE OF A MEDIA PLAYING DEVICE - A method and device for selectively playing media files stored in a media playing device. The media playing device includes a first database for housing a plurality of media files, and a first and second menu. The first menu displays a plurality of media file identifiers, upon selection of one of the media file identifiers, the second menu is presented. The second menu contains a category list configured so as to present each category having a media file tagged with the selected media file identifier. The interface is operable to choose one of the categories from the category list and either play one media file, all the media files tagged with the media file identifier, or all the media files within the selected category.05-27-2010
20100131844SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO SELECT MEDIA CONTENT - Systems and methods to select media content are provided. A particular method includes generating a media playlist based on user preference data and generating a user interface display. The user preference data indicates proportions of each of a plurality of categories of media content to be present in the media playlist. The user interface display presents the user preference data using adjustable bars. Each bar is associated with one of the categories of media content, and a dimension of each bar is associated with the proportion of the respective category of media content included in the media playlist. The method includes receiving user input adjusting the dimension of a first bar associated with a first category of the plurality of categories of media content. The method includes adjusting the proportion of the first category of media content included in the media playlist based on the user input.05-27-2010
20120151347ASSOCIATION OF COMMENTS WITH SCREEN LOCATIONS DURING MEDIA CONTENT PLAYBACK - Methods, systems, and devices are described for associating comments with playback of media content. In these methods, systems, and devices, a selection of a screen location during the playback of the media content may be received from a user at an input device. A comment associated with the media content may also be received. The comment may be associated with the selected screen location at the input device. A data store may store the association of the selected screen location with the comment. A playback device may receive the comment and the associated screen location from a data store, monitor the playback of the media content to identify a point during the playback of the media content that is associated with the comment, and display an indication that the comment is associated with the screen location at the point during the playback that is associated with the comment.06-14-2012
20120151345RECOGNITION LOOKUPS FOR SYNCHRONIZATION OF MEDIA PLAYBACK WITH COMMENT CREATION AND DELIVERY - Methods, systems, and devices are described for associating comments with playback of media content. At an input device, an insertion point for a comment during the playback of the media content is received from a user, and a sample is obtained of a portion of the playback of the media content. A time code associated with the selected insertion point is identified based on the sample. The comment is received from the user and associated with the time code of the selected insertion point. At an output device, a synchronization request is received from a user, and a sample of a portion of the playback of the media content is obtained. A time code for a current point in the playback is identified based on the sample, and a comment associated with the current point in the playback is identified and displayed to the user based on the time code.06-14-2012
20120151344DYNAMIC POINT REFERENCING OF AN AUDIOVISUAL PERFORMANCE FOR AN ACCURATE AND PRECISE SELECTION AND CONTROLLED CYCLING OF PORTIONS OF THE PERFORMANCE - The systems and methods taught herein are generally directed to a dynamic point referencing of an audiovisual performance for an accurate and precise selection and controlled cycling of portions of the performance. The dynamic point referencing can be used by a learning artist, for example, in analyzing or performing a portion of the work through an accurate and precise digital audio/video instructional method having the controlled cycling feature. Such systems and methods will be appreciated, for example, by musicians, dancers, and other enthusiasts of the performing arts.06-14-2012
20120151342USER INTERFACE FOR PRIORITIZING MEDIA CONTENT - Methods and apparatus are provided for presenting a user interface by a device. In one embodiment a method includes detecting a user selection associated with a media title of a user interface displayed by the device, determining rankings of one or more association categories for the media title, wherein rankings are determined based on scoring of a plurality of association categories relative to characteristics of the media title, and displaying a graphical element associated with the media title based on the user selection. The method may further include displaying one or more graphical elements for a plurality of association categories based on the scoring, wherein the one or more graphical elements are displayed based on rank of the association categories relative to the media title.06-14-2012
20120151341Interactive Screen Saver Method and Apparatus - An apparatus and computer-implemented method are described for an interactive screen saver. For example, a method according to one embodiment of the invention comprises: initiating a screen saver on a data processing device; detecting keyboard input and/or mouse input on the data processing device while the screen saver is running; determining whether the screen saver is a keyboard interactive and/or a mouse interactive screen saver; if the interactive screen saver is keyboard interactive and/or mouse interactive, then performing interactive operations within the interactive screen saver in response to user input entered from the keyboard and/or mouse, respectively without quitting the screen saver; and if the interactive screen saver is not keyboard and/or mouse interactive, then quitting the interactive screen saver in response to detecting the keyboard input and/or mouse input.06-14-2012
20110161813DATA MEASUREMENT AND FEEDBACK MECHANISM USING AN APPLICATION FRAMEWORK - Techniques and apparatuses are provided for conditioning media content based on user input. In one implementation, a barker screen is displayed on an output interface of the user device when a request to switch media channels is received. The barker screen may include a request for user input and at least partially block the output interface. As such, the content of the new channel may be at least partially unavailable until user input is received. Furthermore, techniques and apparatuses are provided for transmitting a request for user input to the user device switched to a unidirectional broadcast channel. Information contained in responses generated based on user inputs is then used to adjust media content.06-30-2011
20130024771Systems and Methods for Providing and Managing Virtual Music Cards with Music Streaming Capability - Access to a virtual music card associated with a song and having a plurality of virtual sides, wherein at least one virtual side comprises an option for streaming the song, is provided to a user device. A selection of the option to stream the song is received from the user device, and an audio file of the song is streamed to the user device, in response to the selection of the option. The virtual music card may comprise a first virtual side showing an image of an artist associated with the song, and a second virtual side comprising an option to stream the song. The virtual music card may also comprise a third side showing an attribute associated with the artist, and a fourth side showing a graphic design.01-24-2013
20130174036ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THEREOF - An electronic apparatus and a method for controlling thereof are provided. The method for controlling the electronic apparatus includes displaying an icon and a pointer to perform a motion task mode when a motion start command is input, moving the pointer in accordance with a first user motion, and executing a function corresponding to the icon when a second user motion is input while the pointer is placed on the icon. Accordingly, the user controls the electronic apparatus using the user motion more conveniently and intuitively.07-04-2013
20130174035SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REPRESENTING A CONTENT DEPENDENCY LIST - Systems and methods for providing an enhanced viewing experience for a user of an interactive media guidance application are provided. In some aspects, an interactive media guidance application implemented on control circuitry receives a selection of a media asset from a user. The control circuitry analyzes the media asset to determine a context for a portion of the media asset. The control circuitry identifies content related to the portion of the media asset based on the context. The identified content is different from the media asset and is displayed in response to the user selection of the media asset.07-04-2013
20080256448Multi-Frame Video Display Method and Apparatus - Methods, graphical user interfaces, computer apparatus and computer readable medium for producing media content are disclosed. A user of a computing device can utilize the methods, graphical user interfaces, computer apparatus or computer readable medium to align audio content with video content. In one embodiment, a plurality of video frames can be concurrently displayed to facilitate alignment of audio content with respect to particular video frames of the video. The plurality of video frames can be displayed automatically or on-demand. Also, when the plurality of video frames are displayed, the position of the frames can be determined automatically or by user action.10-16-2008
20080235584Information processing apparatus, information processing method, and program - Disclosed herein is an information processing apparatus including: selection means for managing a plurality of themes each associating a song with effects for a moving picture content, said selection means further selecting one of a plurality of folders each holding a plurality of still-frame pictures while concurrently selecting one of said themes at least at one of a plurality of timings established per day; creation means for creating a moving picture content to be displayed consecutively as the still-frame pictures from the folder selected by said selection means and accompanied by the effects and the song associated with the theme also selected by said selection means; recording means for recording said moving picture content created by said creation means along with other moving picture contents; and display control means for displaying information including an icon indicating that said moving picture content is created automatically.09-25-2008
20080235583Method and System for File Fast-Forwarding and Rewind - A method of scrolling or fast-forwarding/rewind includes enabling a fast forwarding/rewind mode of a device to review a file, activating an input device to change a fast forwarding/rewind speed at a first rate, and activating the input device at least one subsequent time to change the fast forwarding/rewind speed at a second rate that is different from the first.09-25-2008
20080235582AVATAR EMAIL AND METHODS FOR COMMUNICATING BETWEEN REAL AND VIRTUAL WORLDS - A method for and system for communicating using a virtual world are disclosed. In the method an avatar may be associated with a source of an email. An email may be generated within the virtual world and one or more images of an avatar may be associated with the email. The email may be sent to a real device and the one or more images may be presented at a destination of the email. The system may comprise one or more processors configured to generate a virtual world; associate an avatar with a source of an email; generate an email within the virtual world; associate one or more images of an avatar with the email; send the email to a real device; and present the one or more images at a destination of the email.09-25-2008
20080229202System of individually and separately displaying and sharing video/audio and method of the same - The present invention relates to a system of individually and separately displaying and sharing of video/audio that is used in an vehicle, comprises: a primary video/audio device having a micro processor, a storing device for storing various of digital video/audio information owned by a user for displaying in secondary video/audio devices and a network interface, the primary video/audio device provides at least one service of displaying digital video/audio information; and a plurality of secondary video/audio devices, each of the secondary video/audio devices is provided with a digital video/audio encoding device, a network interface, a display panel or a video/audio output interface and an operation interface, and the operation interface is provided with a display key and a share key; each of the secondary video/audio devices can individually and at-any-time applies a service request to the primary video/audio device and obtains a related service, such as video/audio displaying, or one of the secondary video/audio devices can invite the other secondary video/audio devices to share what is displayed on the display panel by pressing the share key. A method of sharing vehicle navigating maps is also disclosed by the present invention.09-18-2008
20080229200Graphical Digital Audio Data Processing System - In this editing and mixing environment, the graphical form is a direct and exact model of the audio recording. Thus, there is a one-to-one relationship between the manipulation of an audio recording, via manipulation of the graphical form, and the resulting edited audio recording. The audio editing system relates audio to a visual graphical form by providing a tactile dimensionality and functionality to translate the form into an edit and/or mixing audio process and result. In this manner, a user may not only hear the representation of the music that has been edited or mixed, but may also see the representation of the audio in representative graphical form. The form may be manipulated by a user in logical scale to the sound so that the user may learn the traits and tools of the editing system.09-18-2008
20110246888Interactive Electronic Book Device - An electronic book device is disclosed having: a housing supporting a touch-sensitive display screen; a memory disposed within the housing, the memory including an electronic book application; and a processor disposed within the housing, the processor in electronic communication with the memory and with the touch-sensitive display screen; wherein the electronic book application functions to produce and virtually display the book page in the touch-sensitive display screen, the book page including an interactive region therein, the electronic book application responding to a touch in the interactive region by causing the storing of an audio file in or the retrieving of an audio file from the memory.10-06-2011
20110246885REAL-TIME OR NEAR REAL-TIME STREAMING - A user interface (UI) for controlling buffered content of a streaming presentation is disclosed. In one embodiment, the UI includes a time line which represents a length in time of a streaming content that has been buffered at a receiver, such as a client device which retrieves the streaming content by sending one or more URLs, in a playlist file, to a transmitter; an indicator on the time line shows a current playback position within the buffered content at the receiver.10-06-2011
20110246883OPPORTUNISTIC FRAME CACHING - Enhanced, efficient source frame decoding for user previewing is implemented by decoding and caching source frames of an input file that a user is interested in. Source frames for a user preview session are identified and decoded first to enhance user satisfaction with more timely preview segments for review. Additional source frames continue to be decoded on the fly to opportunistically enhance the current preview segment and to be prepared for additional preview segments and/or output file generation.10-06-2011
20110246882VISUAL ENTERTAINMENT TIMELINE - Embodiments are disclosed herein that relate to the presentation of an entertainment consumption history via a timeline. For example, one embodiment comprises receiving entertainment consumption history comprising one or more entertainment content identifiers each identifying one or more entertainment content items sent to a selected user. The entertainment consumption history also comprises, for each entertainment content identifier, information related to a time at which the one or more entertainment content items identified by the entertainment content identifier were sent to the selected user. The embodiment further comprises sending to a display device a graphical depiction of the entertainment consumption history data as a timeline with each entertainment content identifier being illustrated along a direction of a time axis at a location representative of the time at which the one or more entertainment content items represented by the entertainment content identifier were sent to the selected user.10-06-2011
20110246887Infotainment System - An infotainment system includes a display device, a freely accessible data transfer interface for a user of the infotainment system, a computing unit, a first memory and a user interface with an input unit and a graphical operating interface. The infotainment system is adapted to store predefined user configuration data in the first memory. The user configuration data is representative for a graphical display of the graphical operating interface by the control unit. The infotainment system is also adapted to interpret the predefined user configuration data such that the graphical operating interface represented by the user configuration data can be displayed using the display device and/or such that the manual operation of the user interface represented by the user configuration data can be predefined using the input unit.10-06-2011
20110246886APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A SOUND REPRODUCTION APPARATUS - There is provided a control apparatus and method for controlling a sound reproduction apparatus. The control apparatus and method enables control of at least one parameter of audio reproduction depending on contact with a touch sensitive panel. The parameters which may be controlled include, for example, volume, bass, treble, equalizer settings and the like. The functions of the sound reproduction apparatus which may be controlled include, for example, radio channel selection, track selection, album selection and the like.10-06-2011
20080222525Method and Apparatus for Efficiently Accounting for the Temporal Nature of Audio Processing - Some embodiments of the invention provide a computer system for processing an audio track. This system includes at least on DSP for processing the audio track. It also includes an application for editing the audio track. To process audio data in a first interval of the audio track, the application first asks and obtains from the DSP an impulse response parameter related to the DSP's processing of audio data. From the received impulse response parameter, the application identifies a second audio track interval that is before the first interval. To process audio data in the first interval, the application then directs the DSP to process audio data within the first and second intervals.09-11-2008
20080222524Acoustic Signal Processing System - When controllers #09-11-2008
20130179782Apparatus And Method For Embedding Links - In one embodiment, the apparatus for embedding links includes a reproducing unit configured to receive a data stream and display at least one object of the data stream on a display screen of a device. The apparatus further includes a processing unit configured to activate a link associated with a displayed object based on linking information. The linking information includes activation information and destination information. The activation information indicates a period of time when the link is activated. The destination information includes at least one of address information that points to additional information on a remote server and launch information that specifies an application to be launched on the device. The processing unit is configured to display the additional information on the display screen or launch the application upon user selection of the activated link.07-11-2013
20130179784MOBILE TERMINAL AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A mobile terminal and a control method thereof are disclosed. The mobile terminal includes: a memory configured to store a plurality of sound sources; an output unit comprising an audio output module; and a controller configured to control the output of sound sources comprising at least another one of the plurality of sound sources, based on a specific event acquired when at least one of the plurality of sound sources is output to the audio output module or on standby for output. Accordingly, the output of a plurality of sound sources can be easily controlled.07-11-2013
20120254757INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - An information processing apparatus having an input configured to receive a first operation and a second operation input by a user, a playback unit configured to obtain predetermined data and play back the data based on the operation input by the user from the input; and a display control unit configured to control, in correspondence with a virtual hierarchical structure for classifying the predetermined data, a display of a display screen indicating each hierarchy level, and for controlling a display of a predetermined mark in the display screen. The display control unit also controls the display of the predetermined mark corresponding to the predetermined data which is played back by the playback unit in a manner different from other non-selected marks while the predetermined mark is being selected.10-04-2012
20120254756TASKBAR MEDIA PLAYER - A system and method for controlling media through a user interface integrated within a taskbar is described. This system and method enable a user to control media while a user interface of another application remains in perspective. Further, this system includes a taskbar media player, which can play media and enable a user to control the play of that media from within a taskbar.10-04-2012
20120254753AUTOMATED SYSTEM FOR COMBINING AND PUBLISHING NETWORK-BASED AUDIO PROGRAMMING - An audio combining system including a storage database, one or more audio sources and a computing device coupled together via a network. The computing device comprises a processor and an application executed by the processor configured to import audio data comprising a plurality of audio files and metadata describing the audio files from the one or more audio sources, associate the audio files into a plurality of groups based on one or more characteristics of the audio files, transmit the audio data to a storage database and storing the audio data on the storage database and present the plurality of groups to a user for selection, wherein upon selection the audio files comprising the selected group are played in a set order to the user.10-04-2012
20110271187Musical Composition System - The invention herein concerns a system for permitting those with little or no musical training the ability to compose unique musical compositions from a variety of prerecorded loops. The loops can include sounds, musical phrases and the like and exist in various groupings designed to be compatible with one another in terms of key, beats per minute and musical style, such as, rock, blues or country. Where a loop is of a different grouping it can be easily and automatically modified in terms of pitch and tempo to be compatible with loops of another grouping.11-03-2011
20110271186Visual audio mixing system and method thereof - A visual audio mixing system which includes an audio input engine configured to input one or more audio files each associated with a channel. A shape engine is responsive to the audio input engine and is configured to create a unique visual image of a definable shape and/or color for each of the one or more of audio files. A visual display engine is responsive to the shape engine and is configured to display each visual image. A shape select engine is responsive to the visual display engine and is configured to provide selection of one or more visual images. The system includes a two-dimensional workspace. A coordinate engine is responsive to the shape select engine and is configured to instantiate selected visual images in the two-dimensional workspace. A mix engine is responsive to coordinate engine and is configured to mix the visual images instantiated in the two-dimensional workspace such that user provided movement of one or more of the visual images in one direction represents volume and user provided movement in another direction represents pan to provide a visual and audio representation of each audio file and its associated channel.11-03-2011
20130139058INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An information processing apparatus includes an acquiring unit configured to acquire display information relevant to displaying a list of content items recorded to a recording medium, and a recording unit configured to collectively record the display information in a single file.05-30-2013
20130179783SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GESTURE BASED NAVIGATION THROUGH RELATED CONTENT ON A MOBILE USER DEVICE - Systems and methods for efficiently navigating through related content based on a profile associated with a user are provided. A media asset being displayed on a second user equipment device is identified, with the first user equipment device. A visual indication of the media asset is generated for display on the first user equipment device. A search for a plurality of content that is related to the displayed media asset is performed. A first gesture is received with the first user equipment device while the media asset is being displayed. Navigation is performed between the plurality of content based on the received gesture.07-11-2013
20130097502Editing and Saving Key-Indexed Geometries in Media Editing Applications - Some embodiment provide media editing applications that include libraries that (i) provide presets (i.e., predefined operations and/or predefined attribute values) for modifying key indices and interpolation between the key indices, and/or (ii) provide storage for storing presets defined by a user of the media editing application. Some embodiments display the presets as thumbnails, thumbnails with text descriptions, and/or text-defined operations. In addition, some embodiments provide user-interface tools that allow the user of the media editing application to augment the preset libraries by storing a selected part of one key-indexed geometry or parts of multiple different geometries as a user-defined preset.04-18-2013
20130097503Method and Device for Composing a Menu - Multimedia content of exchangeable storage media, such as optical discs, may be extended by bonus content that is downloaded via Internet connection and stored on a local storage device. An improved method for integration of different menu items relating to on-disc content and downloaded content provides flexibility and a simple, low cost solution. The method for integration of downloaded bonus content into a menu comprises defining one or more placeholders within a menu, determining a storage location or naming convention for bonus content, declaring for each placeholder an attribute providing a unique association to a specific type of bonus content, providing a button image, detecting presence of bonus content data, replacing the associated placeholder by the associated button image and enabling an associated action to be taken when said button is selected.04-18-2013
20130097501Information Search and Method and System - The present invention relates to methods and systems for interacting with and querying information using user interfaces of mobile or hand-held devices with, preferably, touch-sensitive displays. The method comprises receiving electronic media content from a plurality of media sources and displaying the electronic media content in accordance with pre-determined criteria, providing a process for selecting one or more portions of the displayed electronic media content, wherein the process includes defining boundaries and position of a selection area, such that the displayed electronic media content overlapping the selection area is included in selected content; and wherein information associated with the selected content is operable for creating a request for information.04-18-2013
20130097506SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SYNCHRONIZING OPERATIONS AMONG A PLURALITY OF INDEPENDENTLY CLOCKED DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING DEVICES - An audio processing device comprising: a network interface to receive audio information from a packet network; a user interface module having a display of a list of audio tracks to be played; a control module to receive input from the user interface module indicating that a currently playing track is to be skipped and to advance playback to a next track in the list; an audio information channelization device connected to the network interface configured to (i) receive the list, (ii) request the audio information from an audio information source according to the list, (iii) transmit the audio information in packet form via the network interface to two or more audio playback devices, and (iv) cease transmission of packets associated with a currently playing track and begin transmission of packets associated with the next track in the list to the two or more audio playback devices.04-18-2013
20130097505SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SYNCHRONIZING OPERATIONS AMONG A PLURALITY OF INDEPENDENTLY CLOCKED DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING DEVICES - An audio processing device comprising: a network interface configured to receive audio information from a network; a user interface module that includes a display configured to display a plurality of audio information sources available via the network; a control module configured to receive control input from the user interface module indicating a selection of one of the plurality of audio information sources; an audio information channelization device connected to the network interface configured (i) to receive a list of audio tracks to be played, (ii) to request the audio information from the selected one of the plurality of audio information sources according to the list, and (iii) to transmit the audio information in packet form via the network interface to two or more audio playback devices.04-18-2013
20130097504Method and Device for Composing a Menu - Multimedia content of exchangeable storage media, such as optical discs, may be extended by bonus content that is downloaded via Internet connection and stored on a local storage device. An improved method for integration of different menu items relating to on-disc content and downloaded content provides flexibility and a simple, low cost solution. The method for integration of downloaded bonus content into a menu comprises defining one or more placeholders within a menu, determining a storage location or naming convention for bonus content, declaring for each placeholder an to attribute providing a unique association to a specific type of bonus content, providing a button image, detecting presence of bonus content data, replacing the associated placeholder by the associated button image and enabling an associated action to be taken when said button is selected.04-18-2013
20130104043HANDHELD DEVICES AS VISUAL INDICATORS - A computing device is configured with a multifunctional backlit display. The backlighting can be operated in at least a first mode and a second mode. In a first mode, the backlighting provides luminance to the display so that images on the display can be easily seen. In a second mode, the backlighting provides visual stimulus for relaying information to a user or a user's surroundings.04-25-2013
20130104042Anchor Override for a Media-Editing Application with an Anchored Timeline - Some embodiments provide a non-transitory machine readable medium that stores a media-editing application which when executed by at least one processing unit provides a graphical user interface (GUI) for creating a composite media presentation from several media clips. The GUI includes a composite display area for placing media clips to specify the composite media presentation. The composite display area includes (1) a primary lane for placing a primary sequence of media clips and (2) several secondary lanes for placing media clips that are anchored to media clips in the primary lane. The GUI includes an editing tool that includes a first mode for performing an edit operation to a particular media clip and a set of media clips anchored to the particular media clip and a second mode for performing the edit operation to the particular media clip without performing the edit operation to the set of media clips anchored to the particular media clip.04-25-2013
20130124993VIRTUAL PHONOGRAPH - A processor-implemented method to control a playback of recorded sound is provided. The method includes displaying on a pressure-sensitive display screen a processor-generated image of a vinyl record and playing, by use of a processor in communication with a processor storage, a sound encoded in the processor storage, to produce a playback of the encoded sound. The method also includes animating the processor-generated image of the vinyl record, to produce an animation of the vinyl record rotating in synchronicity with the playback. The method further includes detecting touch on the animation, the touch including at least one first touch and at least two second touches and controlling the playback and the animation in response to the detected touch.05-16-2013
20130124994METHOD FOR CONTENT PRESENTATION DURING TRICK MODE OPERATIONS - It is provided a method for content presentation during trick mode operations, wherein a first content file is associated with a plurality of content items and each content item corresponds to a content segment of the first content file, the method comprises the steps of receiving an instruction for a chosen trick mode operation when a content segment of the first content file is played; and performing the chosen trick mode operation on the content segment of the first content file and meanwhile playing at least one content item among the plurality of content items, wherein, the at least one content item corresponds to the content segment of the first content file and the chosen trick mode operation.05-16-2013
20130124992Tool for Navigating a Composite Presentation - A computer readable medium storing a media editing application for creating media presentations is described. The application includes a graphical user interface (GUI). The GUI has (1) a composite display area for displaying graphical representations of a set of media clips that are part of the composite presentation and (2) a navigation tool including several selectable navigation markers associated with several navigable locations in the composite presentation. The selection of a navigation marker causes the composite display area to present the navigable location in the composite presentation that is associated with the selected navigation marker.05-16-2013
20130124991AUDIO PLAYBACK DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING AN AUDIO PLAYBACK DEVICE - An exemplary audio playback method is applied on an audio playback device. The audio playback device includes a touch screen and a storage unit. The storage unit stores audio files. The method includes controlling the touch screen to display a playlist and a scroll bar comprising a scroll block for operating. The method then associates the position of the scroll block in the scroll bar with the audio files. Next, the method detects whether the scroll block is operated. Lastly, the method determines the position of the scroll block in the scroll bar when the scroll block is dragged, and selects one audio file at least according to the determined position of the scroll block in the scroll bar.05-16-2013
20130124990Timeline management - Timeline management is described, including selecting a segment of a timeline, activating a control, and replacing the segment of the timeline with a visual indicator used to identify the segment of the timeline.05-16-2013
20130132837ENTERTAINMENT DEVICE AND METHOD - A method of administering a virtual dance floor for an entertainment device is provided. The virtual dance floor is part of an online virtual environment hosting multiple users each using a respective entertainment device. Each user is represented by an avatar. For each entertainment device, the method includes receiving, from an administrator of the online virtual environment, an indicator of music currently played on the virtual dance floor; initiating playback of the music from a locally stored copy in response to placement of the avatar of the respective user; detecting breakpoints in the currently played music; receiving from the administrator a music event signal; and in response to receiving the music event signal, selecting the next detected breakpoint in the currently played music and substituting that music at the selected breakpoint with a piece of music of a predetermined length that is substantially shorter than the currently played music.05-23-2013
20130132836Methods and Systems for Presenting Media Content Generated by Attendees of a Live Event - An exemplary method includes a media content presentation system receiving a plurality of timestamped and geotagged media content instances generated during a live event by a plurality of attendees of the live event, detecting input provided by a user specifying a time period associated with the live event and input provided by the user specifying a viewing area within a venue associated with the live event, identifying one or more media content instances that have a timestamp included within the specified time period and a geotagged location within the specified viewing area, and presenting the identified one or more media content instances to the user within a graphical user interface in a manner that is temporally synchronized with an event timeline associated with the live event. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.05-23-2013
20130132838VIRTUAL PHONOGRAPH - A processor-implemented method to control a playback of recorded sound is provided. The method includes displaying on a pressure-sensitive display screen a processor-generated image of a vinyl record and playing, by use of a processor in communication with a processor storage, a sound encoded in the processor storage, to produce a playback of the encoded sound. The method also includes animating the processor-generated image of the vinyl record, to produce an animation of the vinyl record rotating in synchronicity with the playback. The method further includes detecting touch on the animation, the touch including at least one first touch and at least two second touches and controlling the playback and the animation in response to the detected touch. The controlling of the playback and the animation includes generating one or more cue points by designating a portion of the sound encoded in the processor storage.05-23-2013
20130132835Interaction Between 3D Animation and Corresponding Script - Interaction between a 3D animation and a corresponding script includes: displaying a user interface that includes at least a 3D animation area and a script area, the 3D animation area including (i) a 3D view area for creating and playing a 3D animation and (ii) a timeline area for visualizing actions by one or more 3D animation characters, the script area comprising one or more objects representing lines from a script having one or more script characters; receiving a first user input corresponding to a user selecting at least one of the objects from the script area for assignment to a location in the timeline area; generating a timeline object at the location in response to the first user input, the timeline object corresponding to the selected object; and associating audio data with the generated timeline object, the audio data corresponding to a line represented by the selected object.05-23-2013
20130145265Bookmark with Audio Playback - A bookmark device with audio playback which includes a housing, speaker, processor, memory and a user interface. The user interface allows play back of audio content stored in memory. Playback options include playing the audio content from the beginning of the audio recording in memory, pausing the audio content, playing the audio content from where the audio was last paused and repeating audio corresponding to content of a last page played.06-06-2013
20130145266GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE HAVING INTERACTIVE STACKS OF IMAGES CORRESPONDING TO DIGITAL ASSETS - Improved techniques, user interfaces and systems for presenting, accessing and using digital assets are disclosed. The digital assets can be stored in a media library and the techniques, user interfaces and systems can facilitate efficient and visual access to the digital assets. One aspect of certain embodiments pertains to presentation on a display device of a plurality of stacks of images. Another aspect of certain embodiments pertains to presentation on a display device of a plurality of lists of images. The images in the stacks of images or lists of images can represent a set of digital assets, such as a set of digital media assets. The set of digital assets associated with a stack or list can be identified by operation of the electronic device in accordance with certain criteria.06-06-2013
20110219306TERMINAL PROVIDED WITH NETWORKING MODULE AND METHOD FOR RECEIVING AND TRANSMITTING DATA USING THE SAME - According to an embodiment of the present invention, a method for receiving data includes receiving, via a communication unit of a terminal, at least one of displayable data and soundable data from an external device, wherein the external device includes at least one of a touch-sensitive unit, a first displaying unit and a first speaker, wherein the communication unit connects to the Internet and includes at least one of a cabled communication unit and a wireless communication unit, and wherein the displayable data is displayed on the first displaying unit of the external device, and the soundable data is outputted through the first speaker of the external device, and outputting signals associated with the received at least one of displayable data and soundable data to a connectable output unit, wherein the connectable output unit includes at least one of a second speaker and a second displaying unit.09-08-2011
20110219305COORDINATED MEDIA CONTROL SYSTEM - A coordinated media control system includes a node manager, a device control system, and a device. The node manager is operatively connected to a first node. The device control system is operatively connected to the node manager. The device is operatively connected to the device control system. The node manager is configured to establish and coordinate media streams for transmitting media from the device to a second node or for receiving media to the device from the second node.09-08-2011
20100281369Graphical User Interface with Improved Media Presentation - Improved graphical user interfaces and techniques for providing remote media content to users are disclosed. According to one aspect, an application window display on a display device can expose a user not only to local media content but also to remote media content that is associated with the local media content. The local media content is stored locally, while the remote media content is stored remotely and available from a remote media server. According to another aspect, the remote media content to be displayed can be determined in a manner that is dependent on a user interaction with the local media content. According to still a further aspect, the manner by which the remote media content is displayed can be dependent on the availability of remote media content at the remote media server.11-04-2010
20100281368INFORMATION STORAGE MEDIUM INCLUDING EVENT OCCURRENCE INFORMATION, APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR REPRODUCING THE SAME - An information storage medium storing event information for generating an event with reference to an audio/video data structure and an apparatus and method thereof. The information storage medium includes: core data, that includes audio/video data and navigation data for reproducing the audio/video data; and program data that is used for interaction with a user, wherein the program data includes event occurrence information for generating an event with reference to a structure of the audio/video data.11-04-2010
20080201640System and Method for Creating and Navigating a Linear Hypermedia Resource Program - A method and system for creating and navigating linear hypermedia resource programs are disclosed. The system includes a distributed hypermedia resource network having a plurality of hypermedia resources residing on one or more remote information nodes. A common remote information node is in communication with a subscriber station and the remote information nodes in the distributed network. The common remote information node contains at least one linear hypermedia resource program consisting of pre-selected media elements from one or more hypermedia resources linked with exclusive linear links, each media element in the linear program having only one forward link to the next media element. The method includes the steps of downloading and displaying a media element in the linear program and responding to user commands to download and display the next media element in the linear program.08-21-2008
20080201639Apparatus and method for prompting a sequence of timed activities - The Invention is an apparatus and method for prompting a sequence of timed activities such as a program of exercise. A computer is programmed to allow a user to select an activity or a plurality of activities and the duration of each selected activity. The computer is programmed to select a first prompt and a second prompt. A sequence of activities may be selected by the user and incorporated into a composite audio file, each with its own first and second prompts. The composite audio file may include music selected by the user. The first and second prompts may instruct the user to begin and end the activity while the music provides pacing cues to allow the user to pace him or herself during the period of the activity between the first and second prompts.08-21-2008
20100287474METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PRESENTING A SEARCH UTILITY IN AN EMBEDDED VIDEO - A method, apparatus and article of manufacture for providing advertisements into a streamed media program is disclosed. In one embodiment, the method comprises the steps of transmitting a webpage to a user computer, wherein the webpage includes instructions comprising instructions for embedding a media program player in the webpage, wherein the embedded media program player comprises an embedded search utility for accepting a textual user query, receiving a search query from the user computer in a media server, the search query entered into the embedded search utility, generating search results responsive to the user search query, transmitting the search results to the media program player embedded in the webpage, rendering the search results using the media program player; and displaying the rendered search results to the user.11-11-2010
20100287473VIDEO ANALYSIS TOOL SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Video analysis tool systems and methods that receive evidence of an event over a network and a user-selected segment of the evidence, and present a standards-based assessment option that a user can associate to the segment.11-11-2010
20110231762PLAY LIST GENERATING APPARATUS, PLAYLIST GENERATING METHOD, PLAYLIST GENERATING PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A playlist generation apparatus extracts given content items from a content group, generates a playlist, and includes an application information acquiring unit that acquires information related to an application running on an information processing terminal possessed by a user viewing/listening to the content items; a setting unit that receives setup-input for setting a priority level, for each application running on the information processing terminal; and a generating unit that based on the set priority levels and the information related to an application running, extracts from the content group, the content items to constitute the playlist and generates the playlist.09-22-2011
20110231761SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CREATING AND NAVIGATING A LINEAR HYPERMEDIA RESOURCE PROGRAM - A method and system for creating and navigating linear hypermedia resource programs are disclosed. The system includes a distributed hypermedia resource network having a plurality of hypermedia resources residing on one or more remote information nodes. A common remote information node is in communication with a subscriber station and the remote information nodes in the distributed network. The common remote information node contains at least one linear hypermedia resource program consisting of pre-selected media elements from one or more hypermedia resources linked with exclusive linear links, each media element in the linear program having only one forward link to the next media element. The method includes the steps of downloading and displaying a media element in the linear program and responding to user commands to download and display the next media element in the linear program.09-22-2011
20110231760MENU TRAILS FOR A PORTABLE MEDIA PLAYER - A software and/or hardware facility for generating menu trails for a portable media player. A menu trail is a visual cue to a user, repeated on each menu item in the media player navigation interface, that highlights a path for the user to follow to a content item stored on or accessible by the media player, or to a capability of the media player. Menu trails may highlight new content and capabilities, or may highlight existing content or capabilities. A user using the media player may easily follow the visual cues through the player's menus in order to navigate to the content item or capability.09-22-2011
20110252323INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An information processing apparatus includes: a communication unit which performs communication with a management server; and a data processing unit which performs copy processing for recording recorded data of a first medium in a second medium, wherein the data processing unit performs processing for displaying a content list having a data entry compatible with a copy unit included in recorded data of the first medium on a display unit on the basis of the received information from the management server, and the data processing unit displays a data entry in which the data form of each copy unit is identifiable in accordance with selection information included in the received information from the management server.10-13-2011
20130151968MEDIA SYSTEM HAVING PREEMPTIVE DIGITAL AUDIO AND/OR VIDEO EXTRACTION FUNCTION - A media system includes a primary storage device capable of storing a first plurality of audio files, and a secondary storage device capable of reading a second plurality of audio files from a removable storage medium. A media player plays the first plurality of audio files. A recorder records a third plurality of audio files from the removable storage medium to the primary storage device. The recorder preemptively records a predetermined portion of at least two audio files of the third plurality of audio files from the removable storage medium to the primary storage device before recording all portions of the at least two audio files. In response to a selection event and when all portions of the first audio file have not been recorded, the media player directs the recorder to record the first audio file and suspend a recording of other audio files.06-13-2013
20130151967SCROLL BAR WITH VIDEO REGION IN A MEDIA SYSTEM - An electronic device associated with a remote wand controlling the operations of the electronic device is provided. The wand may include a motion detection component operative to provide an output reflecting the motion of the wand to the electronic device, such that the movements of a cursor displayed by the electronic device may be related to the output of the motion detection component. The wand may also include an input mechanism operative to receive user inputs. Using the input mechanism, the wand may detect a user's inputs and direct the electronic device to zoom or scroll displayed objects. The electronic device may display a screen saver by which the user may select particular media items for playback while remaining in the screen saver mode. In some embodiments, the electronic device may display video with a scroll bar that includes a preview window of the video.06-13-2013
20130151966USER INTERFACE FOR MEDIA PLAYBACK - A graphical user interface made up of icons representing individual files and collectively forming the shape of a spiral is described along with methods of using and creating the graphical user interface. The spiral interface is useful to display detailed information about many of the items in a list and facilitates manipulation of list order and selection of the active file in the list. The interface further permits the use of a representative icon associated with the list as a whole.06-13-2013
20130151965MEDIA EDITING SYSTEM AND METHOD WITH LINKED STORYBOARD AND TIMELINE - A time-based media composition application simultaneously displays both a storyboard and a timeline representation of a media composition in a graphical user interface. The correspondence between a given storyboard element and its one or more corresponding timeline elements is shown by means of a graphical indication within the GUI, such as by displaying a spotlight from the given storyboard element to the corresponding timeline element. The user is able to scroll the displayed portions of each of the storyboard and the timeline forward or backward in time independently, while maintaining the graphical indication of correspondence between a selected storyboard element and timeline element pair.06-13-2013
20120260168USER INTERFACE FOR AUDIO VIDEO DISPLAY DEVICE SUCH AS TV - A graphical user interface (GUI) for an audio video display device (AVDD) such as a TV includes content panels which can be selected for searching for additional information related to the content underlying the content panels. A history of previous searches is maintained in memory “stacked” notionally to the left or right of the current display so that a viewer can easily review previous search results using a simple scroll command.10-11-2012
20100318912RECORD CARRIER, APPARATUS AND METHOD - A record carrier (12-16-2010
20100318911SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATED GENERATION OF AUDIO/VIDEO CONTROL INTERFACES - A system for automating generation of an audio/video (AV) control interface includes a computing device having a processor to enable a user, with a user interface of the computing device, to configure the AV system. The processor may enable the user to draw output zones to create a representation of a geographical layout of a venue in which the AV system is located. The processor may enable the user to place transmitting and receiving AV devices within the output zones that substantially represent physical locations thereof within the venue. The processor may enable the user to logically associate receiving AV device channels of receiving AV devices within an output zone. The processor assigns parameters of the associated AV devices to a control interface for user control thereof. To do so, the processor identifies controllable parameters associated with the AV devices associated with the output zone. The processor assigns a data storage structure associated with each respective controllable parameter to the control interface. The processor launches the control interface in an application window having integrated therewith the controllable parameters and a menu selection of a source AV signal.12-16-2010
20100318910WEB PAGE SEARCHING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A web page searching method for searching web page with audio information includes assigning an identifiable label for each of created web pages; obtaining the label of the web page with audio information in response to a search operation; and indicating the web page to a user corresponding to the obtained label.12-16-2010
20100318908USER INTERFACE FOR MEDIA PLAYBACK - A graphical user interface made up of icons representing individual files and collectively forming the shape of a “v” is described along with methods of using and creating the graphical user interface. The v-shaped interface is useful to display detailed information about many of the items in a list and facilitates manipulation of list order and selection of the active file in the list. The interface further permits the use of a representative icon associated with the list as a whole. Manipulation of the representative icon can cause modification or replacement of the entire playlist represented by the icon.12-16-2010
20120284621SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CREATING AND NAVIGATING A LINEAR HYPERMEDIA RESOURCE PROGRAM - A method and system for creating and navigating linear hypermedia resource programs are disclosed. The system includes a distributed hypermedia resource network having a plurality of hypermedia resources residing on one or more remote information nodes. A common remote information node is in communication with a subscriber station and the remote information nodes in the distributed network. The common remote information node contains at least one linear hypermedia resource program consisting of pre-selected media elements from one or more hypermedia resources linked with exclusive linear links, each media element in the linear program having only one forward link to the next media element. The method includes the steps of downloading and displaying a media element in the linear program and responding to user commands to download and display the next media element in the linear program.11-08-2012
20120284620METHOD AND HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING A GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE WHICH ARRANGES ICONS DYNAMICALLY - A graphical user interface for a media player application is described. A method is provided comprising: determining a screen orientation of the GUI in accordance with a device orientation; rendering a first user interface screen in a portrait screen orientation comprising an album list when the screen orientation is a portrait screen orientation; rendering a second user interface screen in a landscape screen orientation comprising an array of album art images arranged in rows and columns when the screen orientation is a landscape screen orientation; and displaying the rendered first or second user interface screen on the display.11-08-2012
20120284619Apparatus - An apparatus comprising at least one processor and at least one memory including computer program code the at least one memory and the computer program code configured to, with the at least one processor, cause the apparatus at least to perform providing a visual representation of at least one audio parameter associated with at least one audio signal, detecting via an interface an interaction with the visual representation of the audio parameter, and processing the at least one audio signal associated with the audio parameter dependent on the interaction.11-08-2012
20130159855ELECTRONIC DEVICE - An electronic device includes: a main unit operable by remote control using a remote controller, wherein the main unit includes a display section having a display screen, a main unit operation section performing input operation, and a main unit control section which performs both control operation corresponding to the operation of the main unit operation section and control operation corresponding to the operation of the remote controller, and the main unit control section displays a first guide screen for guiding the operation of the main unit operation section on the display screen as a first guide operation when detecting that the main unit operation section has been operated, and displays a second guide screen for guiding the operation of the remote controller on the display screen as a second guide operation when detecting that the remote controller has been operated.06-20-2013
20130159853MANAGING PLAYBACK OF SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION - A computing device may provide an interface that enables a user to playback audio content including supplemental information. The supplemental information may correspond, for example, to endnotes, footnotes, glossaries, appendices, commentary from an author, editor, or other party, or to additional supplemental information. During playback of the audio content, a user may indicate that an item of supplemental information associated with a current playback position of the audio content should be played. In some embodiments, this indication may be in response to an indication to the user that supplemental information is available. The device may then playback the supplemental information associated with the current playback position.06-20-2013
20130159854User Interface For A Device For Playback Of Multimedia Files - The present invention relates to a user interface for a multimedia device having means for navigating within a plurality of multimedia files and/or means for changing a playback order. According to the invention, the user interface includes means for changing the sorting order and/or playback order of the plurality of multimedia files, whereby upon changing the sorting order and/or playback order of the multimedia files the currently selected multimedia file is kept and the new sorting order and/or playback order is determined by at least one property of the currently selected multimedia file, wherein the means for changing the sorting order and/or the playback order include a button for changing the order by running through a predefined sequence of properties of the currently selected multimedia file.06-20-2013
20130159852Systems and Methods for Adjusting Audio Attributes of Clip-Based Audio Content - Systems and methods are disclosed to adjust the loudness or another audio attribute for one or more audio clips. Intra-track audio levels can automatically be equalized, for example, to achieve a homogeneous audio level for all clips within an audio track. Information about such audio adjustments may be identified and stored as information without destructively altering the underlying clip content. For example, keyframes may define changes to a fader that will be applied at different points along a track's timeline to achieve the audio adjustments when the track is played. An audio editing application can provide a feature for automatically determining appropriate keyframes, allow manual editing of keyframes, and use keyframes to display control curves that represent graphically the time-based adjustments made to track-specific faders, play test audio output, and output combined audio, among other things.06-20-2013
20130159857ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SELECTING A MEDIA RENDERING UNIT - An electronic device is connected to media aggregating node, which publishes media items from external network media providers, and arranged to select a media rendering unit, comprised in local network environment, by a pointing action and further to select a media item. The electronic device sends information regarding user selected media rendering units and media items to the media aggregating node, which in turns forwards the information to the local network, via a gateway, such that user selected media is rendered on the user selected media rendering unit.06-20-2013
20130185636ADVANCED TOUCH CONTROL OF A MEDIA PLAYER APPLICATION VIA FINGER ANGLE USING A HIGH DIMENSIONAL TOUCHPAD (HDTP) TOUCH USER INTERFACE - A method for controlling a media player executing on a computing device is disclosed. A user interface touch sensor is configured to be responsive to at least one angle of contact with at least one finger. A change in an angle of the finger with respect to the surface of the touch sensor is measured by the touch sensor to produce measured data. Real-time calculations on the measured data are performed to produce a measured-angle value. The measured-angle value is used to control the value of at least one user interface parameter of the media player. At least one aspect of the media player changes in response to the angle of the position of the finger with respect to the surface of the touch sensor.07-18-2013
20110314378Content Purchases and Rights Storage and Entitlements - Storing asset ID and entitlement data of purchased and rented media from various sources in a media contents account and allowing access to the stored asset ID and entitlement data from various devices is provided. A user may access a media contents account via a network-connected device to view his/her purchased and rented media. The network-connected device may be a device that has been registered with the account. A user may select a title of purchased or rented media to stream or download. Upon verification of entitlement rights, the media may be streamed or downloaded to the user.12-22-2011
20110314377AUTOMATIC HIERARCHICAL CATEGORIZATION OF MUSIC BY METADATA - A method, performed by software executing on the processor of a portable music playback device, that automatically files tracks according to hierarchical structure of categories to organize tracks in a logical order. A user interface is utilized to change the hierarchy, view track names, and select tracks for playback or other operations. The user interface uses an overlapping hierarchy of categories. A song title can be accessed in multiple different ways by starting with different categories. A preferred embodiment of the invention uses the top-level categories “Albums”, “Artists”, “Genres” (or styles), and “Play Lists”. Within the Albums category are names of different albums of songs stored in the device. Within each album are the album tracks, or songs, associated with that album. Navigation is performed by presenting a sequence of display screens for each level of the hierarchy.12-22-2011
20130191748GUIDE BASED CONTENT SERVICES - Systems are described for a guide of audio, video, multimedia transmission, receiving and playback with advertising and bi-directional fulfillment of goods and services over the Internet. A method of streaming content distribution includes creating data on streaming content; creating data on network locations of streaming content; creating data on access characteristics; locating a source of streaming content with a with a streaming content guide; and starting playback of streaming content from the source of streaming content. A streaming content distribution system includes a streaming content guide through which a user locates a source of streaming content and starts playback of streaming content; data on streaming content; data on network locations of streaming content; and data on access characteristics.07-25-2013
20130191749METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MANAGING A PLAYLIST BY METADATA - Techniques for managing a playlist in a multimedia system are disclosed. According to one aspect of the techniques, the playlist is structured to be able to include as many items as desired. To facilitate the manageability of such playlist, the playlist is built with a plurality of items. Each of the items is associated with metadata that includes information related to, for example, artist, album, genre, composer, and track number. The metadata for each item may be parsed, updated or logically operated upon to facilitate the management of the playlist. In another embodiment, each of the items is either a single item or a group item. A single item contains metadata of a corresponding source. A group item contains metadata of accessing other constituent items, which again may be single items or group items. As a result, the playlist can accommodate as many items as desired in a limited memory space without compromising the manageability of the playlist. Each of the items can be removed from, added to, or moved around in the playlist without concerning that an item may further include many items therein.07-25-2013
20130191746TIMELINE CONTROL METHOD FOR FAST RETURNING TO START TIME OF AN EVENT LOG - A timeline control method for fast returning to start time of an event log which is executed in a monitoring system with at least a timeline in a monitoring window; the monitoring window is able to display a return point at a timeline when a start marker for an event log is not observed at the timeline which is dragged by a user. Moreover, the present disclosure also realizes effects such as the start marker quickly recovered at the timeline in the monitoring window, images for an event log played in the monitoring window, and the start time for the event log observed quickly when the return point is clicked.07-25-2013
20130191745INTERFACE FOR DISPLAYING SUPPLEMENTAL DYNAMIC TIMELINE CONTENT - An interface for displaying supplemental dynamic timeline content, such as in connection with the playback of a movie title or content work is described.07-25-2013
20130191744SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GENERATING AND PRESENTING MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATIONS - A multimedia presentation generation system for generating and presenting multimedia presentations using multimedia assets utilizes an administrative module, a building module, and a presentation module. A visual builder portion of the builder module facilitates the creation of configuration data structures usable by a presentation player mechanism. An administration application interoperates with the visual builder to allow for control of assets, libraries and relationships utilized by the visual builder is defined within the configuration data structures. In one embodiment, the administration application enables an administrator user to add/remove/edit individual users configuration data structures.07-25-2013
20130191743METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING VOLUME - Some embodiments of the invention provide a method for controlling the volume of an audio track. This method represents the volume of an audio track with a graph. This graph is defined along two axes, with one axis representing time and the other representing the volume level. A user can adjust the graph at different instances in time in order to change the volume level in the audio track at these instances. Different embodiments use different types of graphs to represent volume. For instance, some embodiments use a deformable line bar.07-25-2013
20120023404INDIVIDUALIZED TAB AUDIO CONTROLS - According to one general aspect, a method may include detecting an audio signal configured to be played from a local loudspeaker. The method may also include determining which of one or more applications is included with the audio signal, wherein the determined application includes one or more tabs. The method may include determining which tab of the one or more tabs of the determined application is included with the audio signal. The method may comprise providing a graphical user interface (GUI) included with a handle of the determined tab, wherein the graphical user interface is configured to facilitate the manipulation of the audio signal by a user. The method may include manipulating the audio signal, based upon a command generated by the graphical user interface in response to a user interaction.01-26-2012
20130198630ASSISTED HEARING DEVICE - An audio processing device including multiple input receivers to receive input signals from multiple sources and a user interface that facilitates selection of audio source and associated parameters, amplification and processing of the chosen source or sources and an audio output, operably coupled to wired or wireless earphone, headset, or headphone to the end user. The enhanced user interface provided by a smartphone, or tablet device or other interface the user can choose one or more audio sources to be heard and enhanced with additional content or audio sources from a network or other secondary signal source.08-01-2013
20130198629TECHNIQUES FOR MAKING A MEDIA STREAM THE PRIMARY FOCUS OF AN ONLINE MEETING - Techniques for managing video streams in an online conference event are described. An apparatus may comprise a media content manager component and a media selection component. The media content manager component is operative on a logic device to generate a composite media stream from a plurality of media streams received from a multimedia conference server for a multimedia conference event. The media selection component is operative on the logic device to select a primary media stream from the plurality of media streams based on selection by the participant. The apparatus may also comprise a visual media generator component which is operative to receive the selected primary media stream and map the selected primary media stream to a primary display frame on the display device.08-01-2013
20130198633LOCATION-BASED MUSIC TAGGING AND SHARING THROUGH A MUSIC SERVICE - A method includes providing, through a music server communicatively coupled to a music device, a capability to a user of the music device to tag a song. The method also includes associating, through the music server, a location of the music device with the song based on the tagging. Further, the method includes solely providing, through the music server, access to the tagged song to the user and/or another user when the corresponding music device of the user and/or another music device associated with the another user is within the location.08-01-2013
20130198632SYSTEM AND METHOD OF GENERATING A PLAYLIST BASED ON USER POPULARITY OF SONGS THEREIN THROUGH A MUSIC SERVICE - A method includes inputting a seed data via a music interface associated with a music service on a music device through a user thereof. The seed data is a driver of creation of a playlist associated with the music service. The method also includes determining popularity of songs related to the seed data on a music server based on a usage history of the user with respect to the seed data. The music server is configured to generate the playlist. Further, the method includes providing a capability to the user to control a ratio of popular songs in the playlist related to the seed data on the music interface through another interface therefor.08-01-2013
20130198631Spring Motions During Object Animation - Particular embodiments display an object at a first position on a screen of an electronic device; and in response to a user selecting the object with one or more fingers and moving the fingers around the screen, display an animated sequence depicting the object moving around the screen tracking movements of the user's fingers, movements of the object in the first animated sequence simulating a visual effect of the object being tethered to the user's fingers by one or more springs.08-01-2013
20120297303PRESENTATION OF INFORMATION OR REPRESENTATIONS PERTAINING TO DIGITAL PRODUCTS AVAILABLE FOR DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION - Improved methods, systems, graphical user interfaces and computer program code for presenting representations or information concerning digital products are disclosed. The representations of digital products can serve to promote certain digital products at an online digital product distribution site. Information concerning a particular digital product can be rapidly accessible from a displayed page at an online digital product distribution site referencing a plurality of different digital products. According to one aspect, digital product information can be presented in an overlay window that can be initiated by a user and present relevant information concerning a digital product. Advantageously, digital product information can be quickly presented to a user without having to navigate to a new page of an online distribution site.11-22-2012
20120042247USER-SELECTED MEDIA CONTENT BLOCKING - Presented herein is a method of blocking user-selected media content, such as, for example, audio and/or video content. In the method, at least one media content stream is presented to a user, wherein the at least one media content stream includes multiple showings of an identifiable contiguous segment of media content. One example of such a segment may be a commercial or advertisement. While presenting a current showing of the segment of media content to the user, a command is received from a user to block the segment of media content from presentation to the user. In response to receiving the command, information identifying the segment of media content is generated. The at least one media content stream is analyzed using the information to detect subsequent showings of the segment of media content. Presentation of at least one of the subsequent showings of the segment of media content is prevented when detected in the at least one media content stream.02-16-2012
20120066595MULTIMEDIA APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING CONTENT - A multimedia apparatus and a method for providing content by generating at least one flag on a screen; designating categories with respect to the at least one flag; and if one of the at least one flags is moved to a particular content displayed on the screen, setting the particular content to the category corresponding to the one flag. Therefore, content is classified and managed according to categories by using a flag, and thus a user further intuitively manages and accesses content.03-15-2012
20120066594Secondary Audio Content by Users - A method comprising displaying the list of content on a display and receiving a selection for a first content including a first video content and a first audio content. The method may include displaying a menu of a plurality of additional audio content on the display, wherein displaying the menu of the plurality of additional audio content includes displaying a rating of each of the plurality of additional audio content based on ratings provided by users of each of the plurality of additional audio content. The method may also include receiving a selection of one of the plurality of additional audio content and playing the first content while simultaneously playing the selected one of the plurality of additional audio content.03-15-2012
20120066593PIVOT COMMAND FOR PLAYLIST - Managing playlists, comprising: displaying a current playlist and one or more playlists that intersect the current playlist at a current media item; selecting one of the following: (1) when a pivot command to pivot from the current playlist to a pivoted playlist is received, first moving to a next media item of the pivoted playlist, and displaying the pivoted playlist and one or more playlists that intersect the pivoted playlist at the next media item of the pivoted playlist; (2) otherwise when no pivot command is received, second moving to a next media item of the current playlist, and displaying the current playlist and one or more playlists that intersect the current playlist at the next media item of the current playlist.03-15-2012
20130205208User Interface Control for Media Editing Application - Some embodiments provide a method that provides a graphical user interface (GUI) on a first device for controlling application of color corrections to a media item by a media editing application on a second device. The method provides a display area that includes several different locations. Each location in the display area corresponds to a set of values. The method provides several user interface (UI) items that are each for (1) moving in the display area and (2) specifying a set of values for a color correction operation that the media editing application applies to the media item. The set of values for the color correction operation specified by each UI item is the set of values is associated with the location at which the UI item is positioned in the display area.08-08-2013
20130205210MOBILE TERMINAL AND CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF - Disclosed are a mobile terminal and controlling method thereof. The mobile terminal is controllable in response to a pinch-in/out touch gesture. The present invention includes activating a 108-08-2013
20130205209Content Identification, Personal Domain, Copyright Notification, Metadata and E-Commerce - Piracy of digital content is currently a large problem. Copyright notification and sales of metadata can help counteract the problem. The novel solution shows different methods to identify content, provide metadata, and manage content and metadata within a personal domain.08-08-2013
20120079384LYRIC SYNCHING METHOD AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE UTILIZING THE SAME - An electronic device includes a storage unit, an audio playback unit, a display unit, and a timer. The storage unit stores audio files and lyrics associated with the audio files. The audio playback unit plays the audio files. The display unit shows the lyrics and is a touch-enabled display. The method includes directing the audio playback unit to play an audio file back, implementing the timer, directing the display unit to show the lyric content, determining the lyric content displayed corresponding to the contact position and determining a time tag before the determined lyric content according to the recorded time; and updating the time tag with the determined time tag before the determined lyric content with the determined time tag when the lyric content is not displayed synchronously with the current audio file.03-29-2012
20120079380SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MANAGING INTERACTIVE FEATURES ASSOCIATED WITH MULTIMEDIA CONTENT - Methods and systems for managing interactive features associated with multimedia content are disclosed. One method includes applying a container to multimedia content using one or more computing systems, the container defining an interface through which metadata external to the multimedia content is linked with one or more portions of the multimedia content. The method further includes receiving a request for the multimedia content from a content consumer. The method also includes associating a set of metadata describing one or more interactive features with the multimedia content, the set of metadata linked to at least a portion of the multimedia content via the container and selected from a database including metadata defining interactive features capable of being associated with the multimedia content. The method also includes, upon receiving a request for playback of the multimedia content, providing the multimedia content and the one or more interactive features to the content consumer.03-29-2012
20120304062REFERENCING CONTENT VIA TEXT CAPTIONS - Improved techniques involve copying text occupying, within a browser application, a selected portion of a transcript associated with the content and, in response to the copying, augmenting the copied text with a direct link to the particular video frame from which particular spoken text begins within the video content. The particular spoken text begins within a particular text caption which corresponds to a timestamp, and the beginning of the copied text occupies the particular text caption. The augmenting of the copied text occurs before the copied text is placed within a buffer in memory reserved for copied data. The contents of the buffer then include the copied text and the direct link to the particular video frame.11-29-2012
20130091430GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE FOR TONE MAPPING HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE VIDEO - A tone mapping graphical user interface is provided that allows a video engineer to process a video using a set of tools for changing high dynamic range data into lower dynamic range data.04-11-2013
20130091429APPARATUS, AND ASSOCIATED METHOD, FOR COGNITIVELY TRANSLATING MEDIA TO FACILITATE UNDERSTANDING - An apparatus, and an associated method, facilitates user understanding of the audio component of media that is played back at a device having media player functionality. Responsive to detection of user selection, a portion of the audio component of the media is converted into textual, or other, form to provide a converted-form representation of the audio component portion. The representation is displayed to the user. The representation is further translatable into a second language, and the translated, representation is displayed to the user.04-11-2013
20130091428USER INTERFACE APPARATUS, AND ASSOCIATED METHOD, FOR MEDIA PLAYBACK DEVICE - A user interface apparatus, and an associated method, for a device having media playback functionality. A screen display generator generates a screen display for display at a display screen. The screen display includes a disc-shaped, or other elliptical-patterned, display icon at which album-track titles are listed. Input commands are entered at the display screen.04-11-2013
20130212476ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND DATA CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An electronic device and data control method are provided. The electronic device includes a connector which is connected to an external storage medium storing media data therein; an identification unit which identifies a storage identifier (ID) of the external storage medium connected to the connector; and a controller which performs a media function corresponding to the media data stored in the external storage medium whose storage ID is identified by the identification unit.08-15-2013