New pending patents applications are published by the USTPO on Thursdays. Both of today's Spotlight Applications concern aspects of digital fingerprinting. Assigned to NBCUniversal, the first application discloses techniques for mapping affiliated graphs using video fingerprints. Assigned to Cooler Technologies, the second application discloses techniques for instant clip creation based on media content recognition.
20180167673, "System and method for mapping affiliated graphs using video fingerprints," assigned to NBCUniversal Media.
Systems and methods for mapping affiliated graphs using video fingerprints are disclosed. Some embodiments include receiving first media corresponding to a first package encoding of a video content; identifying a first set of frames of the first media and generating video fingerprints for the first media; receiving second media corresponding to a second package encoding of the same video content; identifying a second set of frames of the second media and generating video fingerprints for the second media; generating a mapping comprising alignment information of one or more frames of the first set of frames and one or more frames of the second set of frames; and outputting the generated mapping for determining a switch point for switching from the first package encoding to the second package encoding during display of the video content.
20180167698, "Instant clip creation based on media content recognition," assigned to Cooler Technologies, Inc.
Provided is a computer implemented method for preparing a clip of one or more of a video or an audio content, comprising the steps of a) receiving an input from a user indicating a desire by the user to create a clip of the content; b) identifying of the media content and a specific time within the content the user is watching or listening to based on the digital content of the content or a digital signal associated with the content having identification information; c) creating the clip based on the specific time with a start and an end point; and d) delivering the clip (final clip) to the user. The identification can be carried out by an Automatic Content Recognition (ACR) program using one or more of pre-processed video and audio in the library as a reference for identification. Provided is a computer implemented method for preparing a clip of a media content, comprising: a) receiving an input from a user indicating a desire by the user to create a clip of a media content the user is watching or listening to; b) forwarding a portion of, the content or a digital representation thereof for purposes of identification of the content; e) identifying the content and specific time of the content by Automatic Content Recognition (ACR) based on a digital fingerprint of the content or a digital signal associated with the content having identification information, the identifying performed by comparing the fingerprint or the signal information with fingerprints of pre-processed contents on a library; d) delivering a representative clip to the user on a screen of an electronic device, the clip displayed as part of a graphical interface to the user; e) receiving editing information from the user on the representative clip, the user having an option to modify start and end time of the representative clip; f) creating the clip based on the editing information provided by F the user; and g) delivering the clip to the user.