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Title: US5091849: Computer image production system utilizing first and second networks for separately transferring control information and digital image data
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Inventor: Davis, Lemuel L.; La Canada, CA
Kimball, Mark R.; La Canada, CA
Sarkissian, Vahe; Pasadena, CA
Kohler, Dylan; Glendale, CA

Assignee: The Walt Disney Company, Burbank, CA
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Published / Filed: 1992-02-25 / 1991-01-02

Application Number: US1991000636544

IPC Code: Advanced: G06F 17/30; G06T 13/00; G06T 15/70; G11B 27/031;
IPC-7: G26F 13/42; G26F 15/62;

ECLA Code: G06T13/00; G06F17/30E; G11B27/031;

U.S. Class: Current: 345/502; 345/537; 707/E17.009;
Original: 395/100; 364/222.2; 364/227.1; 364/228.3; 364/242; 364/237.2; 364/916.5; 364/919.2; 364/920.7; 364/427.2; 364/DIG.1; 364/DIG.2;

Field of Search: 364/200 MS File,900 MS File,518,521

Priority Number:
1991-01-02  US1991000636544
1988-10-24  US1988000263429

Abstract:     A computer image production system (2) for processing digital image data is disclosed. The computer animation production system (2) contains at least one information processing device (44-76) for enabling at least one user to develop, utilize and enhance digital image data. The information processing device (44-76) is associated with a first (4) and a second (6, 8, 10, 12 and 14) global area network (4). The first global area network (4) is for communicating digital control information to at least one information processing device. The digital control information includes image database information. The second global area network (6, 8, 10, 12 and 14) is for communicating the digital image data to the at least one information processing device (44-76). The digital image data includes pixel characteristic information for image reproduction on the information processing device. The second global area network (6, 8, 12 and 14) also includes a means for arbitrating (36, 38, 40, 42 or 43) access of the digital image data to the information processing device (44-76). Associated with the means for arbitrating is a temporary memory means (28, 30, 32, 34 or 35) for storing the digital image data likely to be accessed by the information processing device (44-76). A relational database management system (23) maintains the digital control information for production scheduling and tracking purposes.

Attorney, Agent or Firm: Irell & Manella ;

Primary / Asst. Examiners: Lee, Thomas C.; Mohemed, Ayni

Maintenance Status: CC Certificate of Correction issued

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US1988000263429 1988-10-24       


       
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    The present application is a continuation application of a patent application having Ser. No. 07/263,429, filed Oct. 24, 1988 and which has been expressly abandoned. The present application incorporates herein by reference patent application having Ser. No. 07/263,429, priority of which is claimed.

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What is claimed is:     1. A method for use with a computer image production system for efficiently processing digital image data including pixel characteristic information, said computer image production system comprising a logistics system for storing said digital image data and control information relating to said digital image data, one or more information processing devices for enabling at least one user to develop, utilize, and enhance said digital image data, a first network for coupling each of said one or more information processing devices to said logistics system for communicating said control information to and from said logistics system to and from said one or more information processing devices, one or more first arbitration means for arbitrating access of said digital image data among said one or more information processing devices, one or more of said one or more information processing devices coupled to one of said first arbitration means, one or more temporary memory means, each of said temporary memory means coupled to one of said one or more first arbitration means, each of said temporary memory means for storing said digital image data likely to be accessed by said coupled one or more information processing devices, and a second network having one or more high-speed data buses, each of said high-speed data buses for coupling said logistics system to said first arbitration means and for communicating said digital image data to and from said first arbitration means to and from said logistics system, said digital image data for image display on at least one of said information processing devices, said method comprising the steps of:
  • sending a first request from one of said information processing devices to said first arbitration means coupled to said requesting information processing device for a segment of said digital image data for further processing;
  • if said requested segment of digital image data is located at said temporary memory means coupled to said first arbitration means coupled to said requesting information processing device, transferring said requested segment of digital image data from said temporary memory means through said first arbitration means to said requesting information processing device;
  • if not, sending a second request from said requesting information processing device over said first network to said logistics system, determining by said logistics system wherein said computer image production system said segment of digital image data is located, transferring over said second network said requested segment of digital image data through said first arbitration means coupled to said requesting information processing device to said temporary means coupled to said first arbitration means from said logistic system or from one of said temporary means which is coupled to one of said first arbitration means that is not coupled to said requesting information processing device; and
  • transferring said requested segment of digital image data from said temporary memory means through said first arbitration means coupled to said temporary means to said requesting information processing device and processing said requested element of digital image data by said requesting information processing device.


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Foreign References: None

Other Abstract Info: DERABS G90-133493

Other References:
  • Mark Levoy, Thesis, "Computer-Assisted Cartoon Animation", Cornell University (Aug., 1978).
  • "Yabba-Dabba-Dec!", Digital Review (Sep. 15, 1986) pp. 57-60.
  • Dan Cody, "An Antimated Topic", Sky (Jan. 1987), pp. 10-15.
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  • Ronald Clarke, "Film-Makers Drawing on a ?10M Computer", Scotsman (Sep. 18, 1985) p. 15.
  • Judson Rosebush, "Computer Animation in the U.K.", Computer Graphics World (Jul. 1984) pp. 14-18. Cited by 2 patents
  • Jonathan B. Tucker, "Computer Graphics Achieves New Realism", High Technology (Jun. 1984), pp. 40-53.
  • David Collins, "Opus-One Electronic Intermediate Production Suite an Available Reality", Image Technology (Apr. 1987), pp. 136-137.
  • Kellog S. Booth et al., "Computers Animate Films and Video", IEEE Spectrum (Feb. 1983), pp. 44-51. (8 pages) Cited by 6 patents


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