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Film Reel Control - New Way to View Video

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111392D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 4 page(s) / 97K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bernath, DA: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A method for viewing multiple frames of video at the same time and being able to manipulate those frames of video so they can be used in other applications in an aesthetically pleasing interface is shown. Using this mechanism, multiple program functions are grouped into a single control.

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Film Reel Control - New Way to View Video

Figure 1.  The Film Reel control

Figure 2.  Alternative style of Film Reel control

      A method for viewing multiple frames of video at the same time
and being able to manipulate those frames of video so they can be
used in other applications in an aesthetically pleasing interface is
shown.  Using this mechanism, multiple program functions are grouped
into a single control.

      Multimedia controls today present video as a rolling frame
within a single window.  A user can freeze the picture to see a
particular frame, but cannot view multiple frames at one time.  A
user would have to keep rewinding and freezing the picture over and
over again to view different frames.  If a user wishes to capture
individual frames for use in other applications (using the clipboard,
direct manipulation or other mechanism) he must find and choose them
one at a time.  Additionally, when searching for a specific frame,
such as the last frame of a video clip, or the first frame of the
next clip, the user again would have to step frame by frame looking
for that specific transition.  Finally, users do not have a method to
compare frames side by side to determine differences in each frame
from any other frame(s).

      The described control would allow an end user to view
continuously flowing video as single or multiple frames, providing a
simple and intuitive method of interaction with the video.  The film
reel control would be two reels connected by a piece of film.  The
film could have a single image or multiple images displayed within it
as live video or as one frame at a time viewing (Figs. 1 and 2).

      The film reels on either side of the frames provide the focal
point for user interaction.  The number of frames to be displayed
both horizontally and vertically is controlled by how far the film
reels have been dragged apart (Fig....