Dropbox has filed a patent for a system that dynamically captures, organizes, and utilizes digital media clips. The system can generate digital media clips with content metadata and contextual metadata, and analyze contextual metadata to search, retrieve, discover, and organize clips. It also allows for the creation of digital media clip libraries and collections. The patent includes a method for modifying the appearance of a media clip collection and propagating modifications to different sets of computing devices. GlobalData’s report on Dropbox gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Dynamic capture, organization, and utilization of digital media clips

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

A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20230315972A1) describes a computer-implemented method for managing and modifying a collection of digital media clips. The method involves generating a media clip collection that displays multiple digital media clips, each with content item, content metadata, and contextual metadata. The collection can be modified using control lenses that alter its appearance without modifying the digital media clips themselves.

The method allows for providing access to the media clip collection to different sets of computing devices with different control lenses applied. This means that users can view the collection with different visual modifications depending on their device or preferences. Modifications made to the digital media clips within the collection can be propagated to the different sets of devices, ensuring consistency across all viewers.

The patent also mentions various control lenses that can be applied to the media clip collection, including redeye reduction filters, watermarks, color filters, color inversions, color scheme modifiers, and stickers. These control lenses offer users the ability to customize the appearance of the collection according to their preferences.

Additionally, the method includes features such as modifying access to the digital media clips and the collection by applying a third control lens, providing different layouts for displaying the collection (grid, gallery, timeline, and freeform), automatically grouping related digital media clips based on content and contextual metadata, and generating bonded sets of digital media clips that are displayed together in a defined order.

The patent also covers the generation of a digital canvas that displays digital media clips, files, and bonded sets of clips. An interactive graphical user interface is provided within the digital canvas, allowing users to view and interact with the media clip collection and its metadata.

Furthermore, the patent describes the addition of shared digital media clips from external collections, displaying them alongside the original clips, and providing an attribution table to show other user accounts that contain the shared clips.

The patent also includes claims for a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium and a system that implement the described method.

Overall, this patent presents a computer-implemented method for managing and modifying a collection of digital media clips, offering users the ability to customize the appearance and access of the collection while ensuring consistency across different devices.

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