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Selective Data Layer Stream of Additional Content to be Displayed for Video Disclosure Number: IPCOM000243526D
Publication Date: 2015-Sep-29
Document File: 3 page(s) / 116K

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Disclosed is a method and system for adding layers or tracks of additional content for storage with a video to allow the user to dynamically obtain the information via streaming at runtime. The user taps the touch interface on a device, whereby the system presents a list of additional content that is available to play along with the video, from which the user makes a selection.

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Selective Data Layer Stream of Additional Content to be Displayed for Video

A video file can contain information in different layers such as video, audio, and caption layers. For example, a recorded sporting event might have additional stored information for the score, names of commentators, and information about the stadium.

Software exists to edit video tracks to synchronize video and audio into playable video. It does not allow the user to add information layers or tracks with static or dynamic realtime streaming of information and content.

A method is needed to allow users to dynamically select the additional content stored in the layers, depending on associated user preferences and requirements, to display along with the video.

The novel contribution is a method and system for adding layers or tracks of additional content that is stored with the video or through associated links, and is dynamically obtainable via streaming at runtime. The user interacts with the video playing device by tapping the touch interface, which prompts the system to present a list of additional content or information that the user can select (i.e. toggle on/off) to play with the video. The system includes a self-learning module to identify the user's pattern(s) for feed selections as well as preferences associated with the type of device (e.g., smart phone, tablet, smart TV, etc.).

The core components for the method and system are:

 Video display device (e.g., smart TV, tablet, touch enabled laptop, etc.)

 Video encoding system for additional information and presentation, including the use of meta data to store the additional information in context of the video

 Presentation software that allows the user to interact with video via touch, and then presents the user with a list of available additional information

 Self-learning component to identify the user's selection patterns

While watching a video, a user can touch the video screen to bring up a list of additional layers contained within the video file. The system identifies each with a name. The user can select one or more layer from the list, and then the system displays the additional content along with video content. The additional content or information can be statically defined and retrieved from the video layer, or dynamically streamed in realtime.

Using a finger gesture, the user can alter the dimension/font size of the additional content displayed on the video screen. The user can direct the placement of the content or allow the video player to dynamically place it based on available space in the video screen. The software provides a self-learning module to establish a pattern of additional information feeds commonly selected by the user for future video options. The user can choose to have the self-learning module determine future selections of additional information as well as device preferences for given selections, which takes into consideration the dimensions of the scree...