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1. Cover, Apple Granted Patents for Final Cut, iMovie software features

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 35 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover three granted patents covering technologies found in iMovie and/or Final Cut Pro.


Apple Granted Patent for Script-Integrated Storyboards

 

Back in February 2012 we reported on a patent application that related to Apple considering the addition of "Storyboard Tools to iMovie & Final Cut Pro X." Today, Apple was granted a patent for their invention relating to "Script-integrated storyboards."

 

Apple's patent abstract states that "A storyboard presentation is generated by launching a scene design tool that includes actor and camera placement tools. Using the actor and camera placement tools, a first actor icon and a first camera icon are added on a scene layout, the first actor icon representing a first actor that will appear in a scene and the first camera icon representing a first camera that will film the scene.

 

The user is enabled to control a location and orientation of the first actor icon using the actor placement tool and a location and orientation of the first camera icon relative to the first actor icon using the camera placement tool. Based on the location and orientation of the first actor icon and the first camera icon, a first projection of the scene featuring the first actor as seen from the first camera is generated."

 

2. Apple Granted Patent for Storyboarding Application

Apple credits Grey Lindley, Gary Johnson, Mike Marinkovich, Alan Cannistraro and Evan Doll as the inventors of this granted patent which was originally filed in Q3 2007 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. To review today's 26 granted patent claims and details, see US Number 8,443,284.

 

Apple Granted Patent for iMovie Features Related to Making Home Movies and Trailers

 

Apple was also granted a patent today for iMovie Creation under 8,443,285. Apple's patent technically relates to systems and techniques that facilitate the composition of visual presentations, for example, movie trailers or complete movies. Much of what is described is found in Apple's iMovie Application noted here.

 

3. iMovie Creation Patent

Apple's patent FIG. 5 is an example of a graphical user interface for customizing a movie template.

 

A plurality of studio logo styles can be presented to the user and a movie poster can be automatically generated using at least one screen shot selected from the movie. The movie poster can be associated with the playable media file. Automatically generating the movie poster can include identifying a title screen for the movie, identifying a credits screen for the movie, and combining the identified title screen with the identified credits screen such that the identified title screen is positioned above the identified credits screen.

 

Apple credits William Bachman, Rachel Roth, Randy Ubillos and Garrett Groszko as the inventors of this granted patent which was originally filed in Q3 2010 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. To review today's 45 granted patent claims and details, see US Number 8,443,285.

 

Apple Granted Patent for Final Cut Pro's Timecode

And lastly, Apple has been granted a patent today for their invention relating to Final

Cut Pro's "Timecode," feature. Timecode is a signal recorded with a video that uniquely identifies each frame on tape. When users capture video or audio in Final Cut Pro, they also capture the timecode signal, which is displayed in Final Cut Pro when they play back their clips. Timecode allows the user to recapture their footage from tape and always get the same frames. Final Cut Pro uses SMPTE timecode (developed by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers), which is represented in hours, minutes, seconds, and frames, using the format noted in the patent figure below.

 

4. Apple granted a patent for Timecode May 2013

Apple credits X as the inventors of this granted patent which was originally filed in Q3 2011 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. To review today's 28 granted patent claims and details, see US Number 8,441,439.

 

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