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"Method of Video Interaction Using Poster View" in Patent Application Approval Process

September 4, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Politics & Government Week -- A patent application by the inventor JAIN, AMIT KUMAR (NEW DELHI, IN), filed on February 8, 2014, was made available online on August 21, 2014, according to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews correspondents.

This patent application has not been assigned to a company or institution.

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The disclosed method is generally related to video interaction, and more particularly to video interaction using electronic devices that play video, and to change the content mode of the video by using means of control & navigation available on said electronic device.

"Over the past decade video interaction has improved by leaps and bounds and in the present day, it is omnipresent in almost all platforms of human communication. Video interaction is used in entertainment as in movies and video games, broadcasting, blogging, communications using video calling, video chatting, video conferencing, video messaging, and broadcasting, advertisements, information exchange, security and surveillance and so on. With the ever increasing number of uses and applications of video interaction, the number of hardware platforms on which video playback are supported have also increased and each of these various hardware platforms have different ways in which a user can interact with the operating system that runs these platforms.

"A lot of these hardware platforms are portable electronic devices that have touchscreens. Today we have a lot of applications that deal with plurality of videos where multiple videos that can be chosen by a user to view are displayed on a web page using thumbnails which are just a small graphical representation of those videos and are not actually the real videos themselves. To select a video, a user has to click or tap (depending on the hardware platform being used) on the thumbnail representing the video. Today's state of video technology opens a video when it is selected via its respective thumbnail from the web or device's storage where the source video is stored and plays the video in dimensions defined by the application being used. Hence, the function of a thumbnail is that, it is just a pictorial representation of the video and it is not the video itself.

"If a user wants to see a plurality of such videos in finer details, he or she is forced to go to full-screen that causes inconvenience to the user as the current and associated information is compromised, as each video is viewed in full screen individually. Therefore, what is needed is a method of viewing a plurality of videos in their finer content details, playing as the representation they are presented as to the user initially, which would enable a user to view the finer content details of the plurality of videos without going to full screen for each individually."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "The present invention relates to a method of video interaction using electronic devices and in particular to electronic devices with touch screen wherein the means of control and navigation of an electronic device are used for viewing an embodiment of a video wherein said embodiment is a cached or stored 'poster-view' that is a representation and a version of a source video wherein said poster-view has integration with the content of said source video. It enables a user to view the finer content details of the video without leaving the current view of the screen or changing the spatial bounds of the region within which the video is being played. Hence, a user can view the finer details of the content of a plurality of videos simultaneously in the same view since the spatial bounds of each poster-view is not changed. The average size of a poster view may be such that multiple poster-views can be viewed in a single view on the screen of the device. Hence, this makes it ideal for applications like (but not limited to) video news feeds in social media, blogs and advertisements. The main advantage of the poster-view over the playing of the source video is that here, the real source video need not be accessed and opened every time the user wishes to view it. A poster-view plays the contents of the source video within itself as the contents of the source video are automatically integrated, pre-indexed and stored within the poster view itself that enables it to play itself as the source video.

"This method implements using means of control and navigation of said electronic device to extend the contents of said embodiment by changing the content mode of said embodiment wherein the content mode is changed from an aspect-to-fit mode to an aspect-to-fill mode in accordance to the content properties of the source video, resulting in an extended form of said embodiment from an initial form of said embodiment. The method also implements using means of control and navigation to contract the contents of said embodiment by changing the content mode of said embodiment is changed from said aspect-to-fill mode to said aspect-to-fit mode in accordance to the content properties of the source video, resulting in said initial form of said embodiment from said extended form.

"Extension of the content and up-scaling of said embodiment is performed simultaneously so that it enhances the video-quality and retains its original compositional screen size while it plays in said extended form for better video quality and viewing pleasure.

"Upon selection of a poster-view 1 using the means of control and navigation 100 of an electronic device 108 for example, by tapping on the poster-view 1 displayed on a touch screen 107, the contents of the source video are played within the spatial bounds 102 of the poster-view's 1 dimension on the display screen 101 in the same manner as the real source video would have been played.

"In one aspect of the present invention, the invention can be implemented in video applications which are capable of displaying overlay view of options 103, apart from providing the basic operations 104 of playing, stopping, pausing, forwarding and rewinding a video. The overlay view of options 103 may provide features such as change of orientation, share, add to favorites etc. Upon loading of such an application that is installed on the device, a view 200 opens up on the display 101 wherein a region 106 where at least one poster-view 1 is displayed for the user to select and play using the means of control and navigation 100 of the device. If the electronic device 108 has a touchscreen or touchpad as the means of control and navigation, a single tap gesture or a double tap gesture may be performed by at least one finger of the user to operate on the means of control and navigation 100 present in the electronic device.

"A single tap gesture may be performed by the user on a region 102 within the spatial bounds of at least one poster-view(s) 1 other than the region where the play icon(s) 105 of the at least one poster-view (s) 1 is displayed on the screen 101, and this shows an overlay view of options 103. A single tap gesture may be performed by the user on a region where the play icon(s) 105 of the at least one poster-view(s) 1 is displayed to play the poster-view(s) 1 the user wishes to see. A double tap gesture may be performed by the user, on a region 102 where a poster-view 1 he/she wants to select is displayed within the region 106 where the at least one poster-view 1 is displayed, to select a poster-view 1 and extend the contents of the poster-view 1 without changing the play mode (that is, the video will keep playing if it was playing or stay in stop mode if it was in stop mode). In the extended form 3 of a poster-view 1, a single tap gesture may be performed by the user on region 102 to pause the playing of the poster-view 1 if it is being played to open an overlay view of options 103. A double tap gesture may be performed by the user on the region 102 where the poster-view 1 is displayed to retract the contents of said extended form 3 to said initial form 4 without changing the play mode.

"The present invention can also be implemented in video applications which are capable of playing at least one poster-view 1 without any support for overlay view of options 103. A single tap gesture may be performed by the user on the region where a play icon(s) 105 is displayed to play the at least one poster-view (resulting in poster-view in play mode 2). A double tap gesture may be performed by the user, on a region 102 where a poster-view 1 he/she wants to select is displayed within the region 106 where the at least one poster-view 1 is displayed, to select a poster-view 1 and extend the contents of the poster-view 1 without changing the play mode. A single tap gesture may be performed by the user on a region 102 where said poster-view 1 is displayed to pause it if it is being played. In the extended form 3, a double tap gesture may be performed by the user on the region 102 where the poster-view 1 is displayed retracts the contents of the poster-view 1 to its initial form 4 without changing the play mode.

"The present invention can also be implemented in video applications that plays at least one poster-view 1 upon loading. A double tap gesture may be performed by the user, on a region 102 where a poster-view 1 he/she wants to select is displayed within the region 106 where the at least one poster-view 1 is displayed, to select a poster-view 1 and extend the contents of the poster-viewer 1. In this extended form 3, a double tap gesture performed by the user on the region 102 where the poster-view 1 is displayed to retract the contents of the poster-view 1 from the extended form 3 to its initial form 4.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"FIG. 1 illustrates a plurality of poster-views displayed on the screen of an electronic device.

"FIG. 2 illustrates a poster-view playing in initial form displayed on the screen of an electronic device.

"FIG. 3 illustrates a poster-view in extended form with an overlay view of options displayed on the screen of an electronic device.

"FIG. 4 illustrates a poster-view playing in extended form displayed on the screen of an electronic device.

"FIG. 5 illustrates a poster-view in extended form stop mode displayed on the screen of an electronic device.

"FIG. 6 illustrates a poster-view in initial form in stop mode displayed on the screen of an electronic device.

"FIG. 7 illustrates a poster-view in initial form with an overlay view of options displayed on the screen of an electronic device.

"FIG. 8 illustrates a flow diagram that explains the working of the invention implemented with a video application that plays videos and provides an overlay view of options.

"FIG. 9 illustrates a flow diagram that explains the working of the invention implemented with a video application that plays videos and does not provide an overlay view of options.

"FIG. 10 illustrates a flow diagram that explains the working of the invention implemented with a video application that plays videos upon loading.

"FIG. 11 illustrates a poster-view playing in initial form wherein the source video is of low resolution.

"FIG. 12 illustrates the video of FIG. 11 playing in extended form wherein the video quality is compromised in extended form as the source video is of low resolution.

"FIG. 13 illustrates the video of FIG. 11 playing in extended form wherein quality of the video is not compromised as up-scaling is performed.

"FIG. 14 illustrates a flow diagram that explains when up-scaling is done."

URL and more information on this patent application, see: JAIN, AMIT KUMAR. Method of Video Interaction Using Poster View. Filed February 8, 2014 and posted August 21, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=280&p=6&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140814.PD.&OS=PD/20140814&RS=PD/20140814

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