Disney Bets On Visual Search

Walt Disney Co. has invented a new interactive program guide that would replace traditional TV listings with images of actors, sports figures and objects ranging from furniture to trees.

BarsookJonathan Barsook, executive director of product management for digital media at Disney ABC Television Group, is named as lead inventor on the patent, titled, “System and method for visual search in a video media player.” The patent, which was published on Tuesday, was filed by Disney Enterprises in June 2012.

Abstract: There is provided a system and method for visual search in a video media player. There is provided a computing device for performing a visual search in video files comprising a display, a memory, a video media player application in the memory, and a processor configured to store into the memory search terms by allowing a user to visually select objects as search terms using a user interface on the display, initiate a search using the search terms, obtain search results comprising time offsets and play durations within the video files, each play duration containing at least one frame corresponding to the search terms, and display navigational controls in the user interface for presenting the search results, including selectable graphical thumbnail images or preview videos. A user can select objects via outlined, highlighted, or otherwise visually identified objects in a video frame, the selecting enabled by associated search metadata.

Patent

Claims: 

1. A method for use by a video media player interface of a video search system having a memory and a processor, the method comprising: displaying, using the processor, a video content containing a plurality of selectable video objects in the video media player interface, wherein search object data for identifying each of the plurality of selectable video objects from the video content is stored in the memory as search metadata; receiving, from a viewer, a selection of one or more selectable video objects from the plurality of selectable video objects; identifying, from the search metadata in the memory, the search object data corresponding to the selected one or more video objects; displaying a plurality of categories relating to the identified search object data in the video content for selection by the viewer; receiving a selected category of the plurality of categories from the viewer, in response to the displaying of the plurality of categories relating to the search object data; initiating a search using the identified search object data of the one or more selected video objects and the selected category; obtaining, in response to the search, search results comprising a plurality of video, in segments of the video content each including the one or more selected video objects; and providing a video highlight by sequentially playing the plurality of video segments of the video content each including the one or more selected video objects in the video media player interface.

2. The method of claim 1, wherein the providing of the video highlight is in response to receiving a request to play the video highlight.

3. The method of claim 1, wherein the plurality of selectable video objects are further visually identifiable by using the search object data to outline the plurality of selectable video objects within the video content.

4. A video search system comprising: a memory; and a processor configured to: display a video content containing a plurality of selectable video objects in a video media player interface, wherein search object data for identifying each of the plurality of selectable video objects from the video content is stored in the memory as search metadata; receive, from a viewer, a selection of one or more selectable video objects from the plurality of selectable video objects; identify, from the search metadata in the memory, the search object data corresponding to the selected one or more video objects; display a plurality of categories relating to the identified search object data in the video content for selection by the viewer; receive a selected category of the plurality of categories from the viewer, in response to displaying the plurality of categories relating to the search object data; initiate a search using the identified search object data of the one or more selected video objects and the selected category; obtain, in response to the search, search results comprising a plurality of video segments of the video content each including the one or more selected video objects; and provide a video highlight by sequentially playing the plurality of video segments of the video content each including the one or more selected video objects in the video media player interface.

5. The video search system of claim 4, wherein providing the video highlight is in response to receiving a request to play the video highlight.

6. The video search system of claim 4, wherein the plurality of selectable video objects are further visually identifiable by using the search object data to outline the plurality of selectable video objects within the video content.

7. The method of claim 1, wherein the selected one or more video objects includes a sports player.

8. The method of claim 2, wherein the plurality of categories relate to activities of the sports player in the video content.

9. The video search system of claim 4, wherein the selected one or more video objects includes a sports player.

10. The video search system of claim 9, wherein the plurality of categories relate to activities of the sports player in the video content for selection by a viewer.