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Notification mechanism for image/video download

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000206344D
Publication Date: 2011-Apr-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 25K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system that provides visual indication to a user if digital content resident on a digital camera, digital video camera, or other device has been saved to an alternate storage device. This system enables the user to avoid creating duplicate copies when not desired, as well as helping the user determine which content is safe to delete off the content device when in situations where the existence of a copy would not traditionally be known with complete certainty.

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When dealing with digital cameras and camcorders, the issue of duplicate downloads often arises because the user has no concrete recollection of whether or not the image or video has already been downloaded. The user may be in a location where they do not have access to their computer to verify the existence of a copy of the image or simply may not want to have to endure the hassle of verifying the existence of downloaded content.

    In lieu of potentially deleting content of which there is no other copy, the user re-downloads the content, causing confusion and duplicate versions of the same content. Additionally, when reviewing images on a camera or videos on a digital camcorder, a user may not delete content to free space simply because they don't know at that moment whether or not they have the image stored in some other format. This particular scenario is addressed by this disclosure.

    A large set of software already exists to determine if images downloaded to a PC or picture hosting site are duplicates (accomplished simply by file size comparisons or more accurately by image comparisons). However, this software is directed toward images and not digital videos and only resolves the issue once the content has already been re-downloaded and duplicated to a specific location. These existing solutions are of no help when there are duplicate videos or pictures spread across various forms of media like a desktop computer, laptop, cell phone, etc. The disclosed invention fixes the problem that the image comparison software seeks to resolve, before that problem ever manifests itself.

    Disclosed is a method of visually marking images or video clips with respect to whether any given image or video clip has been downloaded off the digital media at any point. In this way, a user can, while viewing pictures or video thumbnails currently on the memory card, determine which content has already been captured to some other form of media. A visual indicator would be created so that, when viewing a picture or video clip individually or in a thumbnail format, the user would immediately know which content has been do...