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[AV100] Method for Subsequent Retrieval of Different Qualities of Digital Content

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000201509D
Original Publication Date: 2010-Nov-13
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2010-Nov-13
Document File: 3 page(s) / 252K

Publishing Venue

Linux Defenders

Related People

Daniel Miller, University of North Carolina at Asheville: AUTHOR

Abstract

Obtaining digital content from the internet is simple. Users can browse several different sites or poll for content on search engines, determine what content they want, and then save that content to their local computer. Sometimes, however, after the content has been downloaded, the user decides the quality of the content is not appropriate. When this occurs, the user is forced to locate an alternative copy of the content that is of the desired quality. This invention allows the user to easily and quickly download the desired quality of the content while knowing nothing more than the original location of the file that they previously saved to their local machine.

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Method for Subsequent Retrieval of Different Qualities of Digital Content

Description:

Problem or Opportunity

Obtaining digital content from the internet is simple. Users can browse several different sites or poll for content on search engines, determine what content they want, and then save that content to their local computer. The content is then available for later use.

Sometimes, however, after the content has been downloaded, the user decides the quality of the content is not appropriate. This can be for one of several reasons. The user may decide that:

 The quality of the content is too high to store in the limited disk space available on their hard drive

 The quality of the content is too high to be displayed on a web page, as it will drastically increase the loading time of that page

 The quality of the content is too low to be useful in publication
 They prefer a higher quality of the content for their own personal use

When this occurs, the user is forced to locate an alternative copy of the content that is of the desired quality. This can involve returning to the original site to see if the site offers different qualities of the content, assuming the user has saved the location of the site containing the content, or remembers enough to find the site again. If the user is unable to locate the original site, they are forced to then manually search for another site containing the desired quality of the content. If a lower quality is needed, the file could be manipulated locally if available programs are installed that permit resampling of the media to lower the quality of a saved file. Either process is tedious, and is not guaranteed to result in the successful location of the desired quality of the content.

In another invention, methods were described to permit the specification of the quality or size of downloaded content at the time of download. This invention allows the user to easily and quickly download the desired quality of the content while knowing nothing more than the original loc...