New patents are issued on Tuesdays by the USPTO. Today's Spotlight Patents concern aspects of digital fingerprinting. Assigned To Crystal Computing, the first patent addresses techniques for synchronizing metadata with audiovisual content. Assigned to The Nielsen Company, the second patent addresses techniques for video fingerprinting based on Fourier transform of histogram.
10,390,109, "System and method for synchronizing metadata with audiovisual content," assigned to Crystal Computer Corporation.
An example method comprises receiving, at a first digital device, video data, scanning video content of the video data for visual transitions within the video content between consecutive frames of the video data, each transition indicating significant visual transitions relative to other frames of the video data, timestamping each visual transition and create a first set of temporal video fingerprints, identifying items of metadata to be associated with the video data, identifying a location within the video data using the temporal video fingerprints for the identified items of metadata, generating a metadata index identifying each item of metadata and a location for each item of metadata relative to the video data using at least one of the temporal video fingerprints, and transmitting, at the first digital device, the video data, the first set of temporal video fingerprints, and the metadata index to a different digital device.
10,390,083, "Video fingerprinting based on Fourier transform of histogram," assigned to The Nielsen Company, LLC
A content device and method is disclosed to include a processing device to process streaming video content. A fingerprinter receives captured frames of the streaming video content and, for each frame of a plurality of the captured frames, generates a one-dimensional histogram function of pixel values and transforms the histogram function with a Fast Fourier Transform (FFT), to generate a plurality of complex values for the frame. The fingerprinter further, for each of the plurality of complex values, assigns a binary one ("1") when a real part of the complex value is greater than zero ("0") and assigns a binary zero ("0") when the real part is less than or equal to zero, to generate a plurality of bits. The fingerprinter further concatenates a specific number of the bits to generate a fingerprint for the frame.