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System and methods for collaborative online multimedia production




Title: System and methods for collaborative online multimedia production.
Abstract: A digital multimedia platform available to a plurality of collaborators of a video project through a networked computing system maps script information to a timeline, allowing contributions to be mapped to the timeline for inclusion in the project. One embodiment includes a tools module, an authentication module, a compilation module, and a script writing tool. The tools module enables editing of a multimedia project by collaborators. The authentication module assigns roles and privileges to collaborators. The compilation module receives files and information from collaborators to the multimedia project. The script writing tool implements edits to a script file associated with the multimedia project. ...


USPTO Applicaton #: #20120311448
Inventors: Maha Achour, Samy Achour, Douglas Anarino


The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20120311448, System and methods for collaborative online multimedia production.

RELATED APPLICATIONS

This application claims priority from the U.S. Provisional Patent Applications listed below:

1. U.S. Provisional Application Ser. No. 61/493,173, filed on 3 Jun. 2011, entitled System and Methods for Distributed Multimedia Production, Maha Achour and Samy Achour, inventors; and

2. U.S. Provisional Application Ser. No. 61/498,944, filed on 20 Jun. 2011, entitled Systems and Methods for Distributed Multimedia Production, Maha Achour and Samy Achour, inventors.

3. U.S. Provisional Application Ser. No. 61/514,446, filed on 02 Aug. 2011, entitled System and Methods for Collaborative Online Multimedia Production, Maha Achour and Doug Anarino, inventors.

4. U.S. Provisional Application Ser. No. 61/626,654, filed on 30 Sep. 2011, entitled System and Methods for Collaborative Online Multimedia Production, Maha Achour and Doug Anarino, inventors.

All of the above-listed patent documents are incorporated herein by reference in their entireties, including figures, tables, claims, and all other matter filed or incorporated by reference in them.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

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This disclosure is related to the field of collaborative online video production applications, and in particular, a multimedia system for video productions with embedded script and commands.

BACKGROUND

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Many of today's multimedia tasks are performed using audiovisual capturing tools to generate content that is then fed to expensive and sophisticated centralized editing and composing systems for titling, sequencing, super-positioning, effects generation and rendering before final release. Such a centralized approach discourages distributed multimedia production techniques and do not facilitate content feeds generated by professional and amateur entertainers, artists, media creators, and producers distributed across the globe. This is particularly the case with current video production systems where the script is a manuscript separate from the video creation process.

By using conventional video editors to implement an online video production application, the production team tasks are not balanced among users as the editor bears the most challenging and time-consuming tasks. Additionally, the production crew still needs to be present during video shoots. For instance, editors typically perform a variety of tasks in processing videos uploaded by crew members, including, but not limited to, (i) remove the green or blue screen and smooth the edges trim the video and adjust the video length in compliance with the script and/or producer/editor requests; and (iii) identify each video and associate it with its corresponding scene or shot within the video editor timeline.

With the emergence of online video content distributions, many amateur artists have attempted to produce their own videos using hardware and software tools available to them. Such approaches not only require having access to these systems and learning how to use them but also require that all video elements—from actors and background setup to sound and effects—be present in the same location and at the same time. Such stringent requirements are difficult to accommodate when scriptwriters, producers, actors, cameramen, stage artists, and musicians are working asynchronously wherever they happen to be at the time. Hence, there is a need for a systematic mechanism by which videos are seamlessly placed directly in the video editor timeline after removing the green and/or blue backgrounds. Similarly, multiple users may decide to collaborate in real-time on complex scenes, layered storyline, or live feeds. Furthermore, mobile applications of this novel web application (App) may be downloaded on mobile devices to notify users about a new or ongoing video production in their current geographical locations to upload specific videos, background screen, news shots, sounds, music, cover events, collaborative storytelling, and so forth. Or, users may initiate a production triggered by advantageous situations. For example, major news, social, or personal events in specific location will notify all or pre-selected users using such mobile app to collaborate on scripting, shooting, editing, and producing videos on the fly.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE FIGURES

FIG. 1 illustrates a Distributed Multimedia Production (DMP), according to some embodiments.

FIG. 2 illustrates a table of various camera locations with respect to an actor\'s positions and the corresponding angles, scenes, layers, according to some embodiments.

FIG. 3 illustrates an example of a hierarchy between application and user interfaces, according to some embodiments.

FIG. 4 illustrates an example of various elements within a shot, according to some embodiments.

FIG. 5 illustrates an example of a functional block within a main application page, according to some embodiments.

FIG. 6 illustrates an example of various functional elements within a user\'s idea page, according to some embodiments.

FIG. 7 illustrates an example of a functional block within a script page, according to some embodiments.

FIG. 8 illustrates an example of a functional block within an Editor (or Director) page, according to some embodiments.

FIG. 9 illustrates an example of a functional block within an actor page, according to some embodiments.

FIG. 10 illustrates an implementation example of a script within a video editor, according to some embodiments.

FIG. 11 illustrates an example of a file Uploader with Chroma keys to illuminate green or blue background color, according to some embodiments.

FIG. 12 illustrates an example of a Filer Uploader assigning uploaded videos to target shots within an embedded script in a video editor, according to some embodiments.

FIG. 13 illustrates a method for producing a multimedia project, according to our embodiments.

FIGS. 14A and 14B illustrate a script writer tool and intake tool, according to an example embodiment.

FIG. 15 illustrates a video editor tool, according to an example embodiment.

FIG. 16 illustrates a mobile device display, according to an example embodiment.




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US 20120311448 A1
Publish Date
12/06/2012
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12/31/1969
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