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[AV100] Method for Selection of Quality of Various Content

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000201653D
Original Publication Date: 2010-Nov-17
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2010-Nov-17
Document File: 3 page(s) / 298K

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Linux Defenders

Related People

Daniel Miller, University of North Carolina at Asheville: AUTHOR

Abstract

Obtaining digital content through utilization of the internet is becoming increasingly popular. In many cases the content is available at a single source, while in other cases there can be multiple sources of the desired content. In either case, end users are very limited in the level of quality of content that is available for download from download sites. This can lead to issues when the user is intending to use the content for a specified purpose. Described is a method of content selection that allows the user to easily and quickly specify a specific level of quality of content before downloading digital media.

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Method for Selection of Quality of Various Content

Obtaining digital content through utilization of the internet is becoming increasingly popular. In many cases the content is available at a single source, while in other cases there can be multiple sources of the desired content. In cases where there are multiple sources available, these sources may have completely identical files with the same quality of content, or may have similar content that differs in quality, length, format, type of compression and encoding, etc. For single-sourced content, the actual digital content is typically offered in one downloadable format, although there are a few download sites that will in some cases offer content files in additional explicit levels of quality. An example of this, photo sharing websites, are increasingly popular, allowing users to upload photos that are available for viewing and download by family and friends.

In either case, end users are very limited in the level of quality of content that is available for download from download sites. This can lead to issues when the user is intending to use the content for a specified purpose. In some circumstances, for example the use of images in websites, the quality of the image may be so high that it drastically increases the loading time of a web page to the point where viewers with slower internet connections may have to wait more than a minute for the page to load. In another case, the quality of a music file could make the music unsuitable for use in a video. While there are existing programs that are capable of adjusting the quality of various digital content, these programs can add to the time, cost, or complexity, and can involve multiple steps to adjust the quality or characteristics of a file. Additionally, time and bandwidth are often wasted downloading the content at a higher quality than is needed. Described is a method of content selection that allows the user to easily and quickly specify a specific level of quality of content before downloading digital media.

Detailed Description of the Invention

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