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Method to Improve Automatically Generated Virtual Photo Albums and Video Montages

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000243893D
Publication Date: 2015-Oct-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 42K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method to collect data related to how users interact with associated photos and videos, which the user posted to a social networking website, and then use the data to rank and select materials to include in an automatically generated virtual photo album or video montage.

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Method to Improve Automatically Generated Virtual Photo Albums and Video Montages

Social networking applications can automatically create virtual photo albums and video montages using the photographs and videos that users have uploaded. However, the quality of such automatically generated albums and montages is lacking; collections often include blurry images, photos out of context, etc. A method is needed to improve the quality of the albums and montages for social network users.

The novel contribution is a method to collect data related to how users interact with associated photos and videos and then use it to prioritize and select materials to include in a collection. The core novelty is to obtain meta-data about each photo or video file based on the user's access patterns, and then use this meta-data to rank photos and videos. The process is to then select the highest ranking of these photos and videos for inclusion in a virtual photo album or video montage .

The method includes collecting the following items as meta-data to feed into the ranking algorithm:

Data from a user application (app), including (but not limited to):
- the number of times the photo was viewed in the app
- whether the screen was rotated while the picture was viewed in the app (perhaps an indication that the phone was

  passed to someone else for viewing)
- whether the user zoomed-in on the photo while viewing it (this could also allow for auto-cropping in the photo album)
- whether the p...