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Video Image Integration in Office Automation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111780D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 50K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kressin, MS: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article discusses a method for incorporating multimedia images into graphics editors for use in the office automation environment which provides a low-cost scanner tool for video images.

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Video Image Integration in Office Automation

      This article discusses a method for incorporating multimedia
images into graphics editors for use in the office automation
environment which provides a low-cost scanner tool for video images.

      In today's complex office automation environment, it becomes
important to add multimedia images to graphics editors, word
processors, spreadsheets and electronic mail.  These images may not
already exist in a format suitable for including in a document.  For
example, a single image must be captured from a video clip into a
digital format, or a photograph must be scanned into a digital
format.  This conversion process can be very costly in terms of
specialized hardware to scan photos or convert the analog video
signals to digital images.

      The process to incorporate these images into the office
automation environment was developed under X-Windows on an AIX*
operating system using the RISC System/6000* with a RasterOps display
adapter (model RS24).  Software supplied with the card enables a
video clip to be displayed in an X-Window and the subsequent capture
of a video frame into a 24-bit color image format.

      Using this hardware configuration, its associated software and
some custom software, multimedia images can be easily incorporated
into office documents using one of the following methods.

1.  The first method uses video images that already exist on tape
    (VHS or 8mm).

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