In accordance with a further object of the invention, an FIG. SB is a procedural diagram for an object motion authoring system comprises an editing subsystem for editing tracking tool for generating N Data for objects in motion media content in the form of digital data representing a over a sequence of display frames, and FIG. 5c illustrates series of successive display frames having respective frame use of the mapping and motion tracking tools for automatiaddresses ("Frame Data"); (b) an object mapping subsystem 5 cally generating N Data for an object in motion, for generating object mapping data ("N Data") specifying Fig. 6 is a schematic illustration of a disk storage format display location coordinates of objects intended to be inter- for recording media content data with object mapping data active as they appear in the display frames of the media for an interactive digital media program, content; (c) interactive digital media (IDM) program development tools including a hyperlinking tool for establishing 10 DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE linkages from objects whose display location coordinates are INVENTION
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r , ^ c • • -.u Multimedia systems have evolved to sophisticated sysupon user selection of the objects in conjunction wiui . _ , . ., .' <• ,.t % J j- i Ci j. » * j /jx -j L- » • tems today that can support photographic quality resolution display of the media content; and (d) said object mapping imi • . ^ * , _,• , subsystem having an object mapping tool for generating the is l*2*0*1?* P«f Is), millions of colors on a display screen display location coordinates for an object appearing in a hi£fl^ «udio large-scale storage and retrieval of still , , . , J .. Z and full-motion video, large-scale arrays of memory storage, display frame when an author marks the object as it appears , . , . „ _, * 1i. . . J . ,.6, . r .. , , . . . . , plug-and-play interfaces to multimedia devices, and highma chsplay frame. The object mappmg subsystem rurther ... ', ,. , ,. ... .. . .. .
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includes an obiect motion tracking tool for generating the -K c j ^ r
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display location coordinates for an object in motion based 20 ... . j * i • J . i * t
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upon an author marking an object as it appears in one display t. .. _ r * . „ , ■ j „ *
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frames of a series of display frames. bv Jessica ... Pubbshed bv toc
In a preferred network system, media content in the form _ fllJJL
of movies, videos, and the like, is used with an interactive 25 Tte.rapid technological advances of the last decade have
digital media (IDM) program by downloading the Frame ^run-motion video available on today s desktop
Datafor the movie and the N Data for designated "hot spots" sv*tems-111 next decade advanced network technologies
appearing therein from a network server to a subscriber f d ... ^
7". , „„..„» A „ mu „„ , f„, full-motion video with high-fidelity audio to be delivered on
terminal upon request An IDM program selected tor the , , _ , , * ...
movie is also downloaded from the server or. alternatively. 30 deraand to offices and homes virtually anywhere in me
is loaded by the subscriber in the terminal. The subscriber world- S"ch fdvanced systems and the possibilities for their
terminal runs the IDM program in conjunction with display use are desmbedm /nteracnve Television A Comprehensive
of the movie and performs the hyperlinked functions speci- Gu^f[orA M*d*TM?M T'c.>TM*Wf!^ YmsX°l TM Hod^
fled in the IDM program whenever the subscriber clicks on PubUshed bv McGraw-Hill, Inc., 1995 For such future, and
„ ... , „ t„ 1„jl„ ,„ tU« „■„ „.,„i, „„vk „ „ ,„ -i! even current, multimedia systems, a high demand will be
a riot spot appearing m the movie, such as with a remote 35 , . . . .. ^ . ... ... .
control pointer. Thus, the previously non-interactive movie P^ed on temg able to make mteradiye use of the huge base
is rendered as interactive entertainment to the subscriber. of conten> P**TM^ media content such as
... . _ movies, videos, and television programming.
A related aspect of the invention is a disk storage format - . . ^ . ^. ^ . r. , ,. ,
for storing the Frame Data and the N Data. The Frame Data .} 18 ^ecte^ ^tLP^TyJ^0,!^ t ^
for the media content is stored physically or logically « video-on-demand (VOD) in the future will be through an
separatefromtheNDataforthedesignatedobjects.Thedisk office workstation or an interactive television set at. home
preferably has a main sector where the Frame Data are connected via cable, fiber or other high-bandwidth link to
stored, and a smaller, outermost sector where the N Data is netw<^ •?«" of a me . colnpaIll forua local
stored. With this format, movie or video disks having the N ^ ««a«*ve television set is expected to have an
n.»„ ,j . . t. t . , „„„ „..„ , „ „i°„j • 45 advanced set-top box for handling subscribers requests and
Data recorded in the outermost sector can still be played in ,J .. ^ j .. . 6 _ . . , v ...
conventional player systems which can only playback the use! of Active med^ services Pnacipal services which
movie and cannot use the N Data. customers are expected to ask for mclude program and
_ . ^. ...... .,. , viewing tune selection, order placing, menu navigation,
The present invention is described in greater detiul below, home sh m interactive games, random scenes selection,
together with its further objectives features and advantages. ^ ^ and subscriber bM review For simpUcitv
in conjunction with the following drawings: and ^ of use me tderiaoa ^ set.top ^ should ^
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS controlled by a simple remote device which will include a
, . . light-beam pointer for pointing to menu choices, icons,
FIG. 1 is a schematic drawing showing the conversion of windows, photographs, and other objects of interest appear
onginal media content to digital frame data. 55 ing on ^ SCTeen A primzry of
FIG. 2 is a schematic drawing showing the generation of invention is to facilitate the conversion of non-interactive
object mapping data designating "hot spots" in a display media content to interactive digital media use by establish
fr*1116- ing remote-controllable objects or "hot spots" on the tele
FIG. 3 is a schematic drawing showing the transmission vision screen display for user selection,
of digital data for the original media content and object ^ A basic concept of the invention is the mapping of objects
mapping data for objects therein from a network server to a in digital media presentations as "hot spots" without embed
subsenber terminal. ding any special codes in the original digital media content.
FIG. 4 is a schematic diagram of the components of a This is accomplished by specifying the display location
subscriber terminal for use in conjunction with an interactive coordinates of selected objects within a frame or series of
digital media program. 65 frames of a display and their frame addresses. The display
FIG. 5A is a procedural diagram for an object mapping location coordinates and frame addresses of the "hot spots"
tool for generating N Data for objects in a display frame, are stored as data that are physically of at least logically