ADOBE‘s patent involves a method for generating thumbnail segments on a video timeline based on detected features in the video. By penalizing certain candidate locations and separations, the system ensures optimal placement of thumbnails. This innovation allows for a more efficient and visually appealing video browsing experience. GlobalData’s report on ADOBE gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s company profile on ADOBE, User behaviour analysis was a key innovation area identified from patents. ADOBE's grant share as of January 2024 was 75%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Thumbnail segmentation for video timelines based on detected features

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: ADOBE Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11887371B2) discloses a computer-implemented method and system for generating thumbnail representations of videos on a video timeline. The technology involves causing the presentation of a video timeline, triggering the generation of thumbnail representations based on detected features in the video, and updating the video timeline to visually represent these thumbnails at specific locations determined by the thumbnail segmentation. The method includes penalizing candidate thumbnail locations based on similarity between consecutive thumbnails and ensuring a minimum separation between thumbnails on the timeline.

Furthermore, the patent details a computer system equipped with a video interaction engine that performs operations to create thumbnail representations on a video timeline. The system accesses a representation of thumbnail segmentation based on detected features in the video, penalizes candidate thumbnail separations that are too close, and updates the presentation to include thumbnails at designated locations. The technology allows for the selection of thumbnail locations based on specific categories of detected features, such as faces, sounds, visual scenes, or artifacts, enhancing the user experience when interacting with video content. Additionally, the system adjusts the minimum pixel separation between thumbnails based on the zoom level of the video timeline, ensuring optimal thumbnail placement and visibility for users.

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