The patent's assignee is
News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The disclosed embodiments generally relate to techniques for sharing media files, such as video or audio files. More specifically, the disclosed embodiments relate to a system that facilitates sharing of media files by providing a media stream that is transcoded based on channel performance.
"Users of an online content management system, such as the Dropbox.TM. service, provided by
"However, pre-transcoding the media file can be time-consuming and expensive. In particular, the content management system may not know in advance which stored media file(s) are potentially of interest to the user at any given time. As a consequence, many files may need to be pre-transcoded, which can consume valuable resources and may significantly increase storage costs. These challenges are often compounded by uncertainty about the communication channel performance which affects the desired data rate and quality level, and as a consequence may necessitate pre-transcoding multiple versions of a stored media file.
"Alternatively, a stored media file may be transcoded in real-time. However, it is often difficult for the client device to monitor the channel performance and communicate the desired data rate and quality level to the content management system. As a consequence, the content management system may transcode the stored media file based on a pre-defined data rate and quality level. This may result in a media stream which is transcoded at a quality level that does not match the channel capacity, which can degrade the user's experience."
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 disclosed embodiments relate to a feature of a file-communication system which improves the user experience by allowing the performance of a channel that is used to stream media to a client from the system to be used as a factor in modifying the data rate and/or the resolution of the media. In particular, an indicator of the channel performance is determined on the server side and then, based on this indicator, one or more additional transcoding operations may be spawned. This approach allows the user to stream media from an online content management system in a way that matches channel performance.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE FIGURES
"FIG. 1 illustrates a content management environment which includes an online content management system in accordance with the disclosed embodiments.
"FIG. 2 presents a flow chart illustrating a process for streaming media in accordance with the disclosed embodiments.
"FIG. 3 presents a flow chart illustrating more details about the process illustrated in FIG. 2 in accordance with the disclosed embodiments."
For additional information on this patent application, see: Baccichet, Pierpaolo. Server-Side Transcoding of Media Files. Filed
Keywords for this news article include: Dropbox,
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