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Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Moving Image Generation Device", for Approval

February 4, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- From Washington, D.C., VerticalNews journalists report that a patent application by the inventor Hamada, Masaaki (Kanagawa, JP), filed on June 13, 2013, was made available online on January 23, 2014.

No assignee for this patent application has been made.

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present invention relates to a moving image generation device for generating a moving image to be published to a third party, a moving image generation method, and an information storage medium.

"In recent years, data on a moving image has been published to unspecified viewers by, even privately, uploading the data onto a server on the Internet, distributing the data in real time, or other such method. For example, some consumer game machines generate a moving image showing how a game is being played while a user is playing the game, and upload the generated moving image onto a server.

"When the moving image is published to unspecified viewers, it is necessary to prevent information whose viewing is undesirable (such as personal information) from being included in the moving image. In order to prevent such information from being viewed, a producer may specify a display position of such information each time in the process for producing the moving image and perform pixelization on the specified display position or perform such other editing so as to restrict displaying of the information. However, it is not easy to perform such editing manually."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "The present invention has been made in view of the above-mentioned circumstances, and has an object to provide a moving image generation device capable of performing, when generating a moving image to be published, display restriction processing easily on information whose viewing is to be restricted, a moving image generation method, and an information storage medium.

"According to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention, there is provided a moving image generation device, including: a rendering section for rendering a frame image including a plurality of image elements; a rendering position information output section for outputting rendering position information specifying a rendering position within the frame image of a confidential element whose viewing is to be restricted among the plurality of image elements; and a moving image generation section for generating a moving image by using the frame image, and when generating the moving image, performing display restriction processing on a target region within the frame image which is specified by the rendering position information.

"Further, according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention, there is provided a moving image generation method, including: rendering a frame image including a plurality of image elements; outputting rendering position information specifying a rendering position within the frame image of a confidential element whose viewing is to be restricted among the plurality of image elements; and generating a moving image by using the frame image, and when generating the moving image, performing display restriction processing on a target region within the frame image which is specified by the rendering position information.

"Further, according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention, there is provided a non-transitory computer readable information storage medium having a program stored thereon, the program including instructions for causing a computer to execute the procedures of: rendering a frame image including a plurality of image elements; outputting rendering position information specifying a rendering position within the frame image of a confidential element whose viewing is to be restricted among the plurality of image elements; and generating a moving image by using the frame image, and when generating the moving image, performing display restriction processing on a target region within the frame image which is specified by the rendering position information.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"In the accompanying drawings:

"FIG. 1 is a block diagram illustrating a configuration of a moving image generation device according to an embodiment of the present invention;

"FIG. 2 is a functional block diagram illustrating functions of the moving image generation device according to the embodiment of the present invention;

"FIG. 3 is an example of a frame image including confidential information;

"FIG. 4 is an image showing a result of performing, on the frame image of FIG. 3, display restriction processing for confidential information; and

"FIG. 5 is a block diagram illustrating a configuration of a moving image generation device according to another embodiment of the present invention."

For additional information on this patent application, see: Hamada, Masaaki. Moving Image Generation Device. Filed June 13, 2013 and posted January 23, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=3234&p=65&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140116.PD.&OS=PD/20140116&RS=PD/20140116

Keywords for this news article include: Patents, Information Technology, Information and Data Storage.

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