Portable combination apparatus capable of copying image file

Portable combination apparatus capable of copying image file
US 20050146630A1
(19) United States
(12) Patent Application Publication (10) Pub. No.: US 2005/0146630 A1
Min et al.
(43) Pub. Date:
(54) PORTABLE COMBINATION APPARATUS
(30)
Jul. 7, 2005
Foreign Application Priority Data
CAPABLE OF COPYING IMAGE FILE
BETWEEN RECORDING MEDIA AND
Jan. 6, 2004
......................................... .. 2004-697
METHOD THEREOF
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Inventors Be‘mng'Uk M‘“>Y°ng1n'S1(KR)>
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US. Cl. ............................... .. 348/333.02; 348/333.05
Hong-Joon Park, Seoul (KR)
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ROYLANCE, ABRAMS, BERDO &
GOODMAN, L.L.P.
1300 19TH STREET, NW.
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ABSTRACT
Disclosed are a portable combination apparatus capable of
copying image ?les betWeen recording media and a method
thereof. The portable combination apparatus includes a ?rst
and a second recording medium; a display for displaying a
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menu screen including a ?rst menu for copying an image ?le
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stored in the ?rst recording medium into the second record
Assignee; Samsung Electronics C0,, Ltd,
ing medium; an operation unit for enabling a user to select
the ?rst menu, on the basis of the displayed menu screen;
and a control unit for displaying the menu screen on the
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10/997,982
display, and if the user selects the ?rst menu through the
operation unit, copying the image ?le stored in the ?rst
recording medium into the second recording medium under
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PORTABLE COMBINATION APPARATUS
CAPABLE OF COPYING IMAGE FILE BETWEEN
RECORDING MEDIA AND METHOD THEREOF
CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED
APPLICATIONS
[0001] This application claims the bene?t under 35 U.S.C.
§119(a) of Korean Patent Application No. 2004-00697 ?led
Jan. 6, 2004, in the Korean Intellectual Property Office, the
entire disclosure of Which is incorporated herein by refer
ence.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
[0012] Accordingly, it is a primary object of the present
invention to provide a portable combination apparatus With
a plurality of recording media for copying an image ?le
betWeen recording media and a method thereof, through
Which an image ?le stored in one recording medium can be
copied into another recording medium.
[0013] In order to achieve the above-described objects of
the present invention, there is provided a portable combi
nation apparatus, comprising a ?rst and a second recording
medium; a display for displaying a menu screen comprising
a plurality of menus including a ?rst menu, such as a ‘Copy
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
[0002]
1. Field of the Invention
betWeen recording media’ menu, to copy an image ?le stored
in the ?rst recording medium into the second recording
medium; an operation unit for enabling a user to select the
?rst (‘Copy betWeen recording media’) menu, on the basis
[0003] The present invention relates to a portable combi
nation apparatus for copying an image ?le betWeen record
ing media and a method thereof.
of the displayed menu screen; and a control unit for dis
playing the menu screen on the display, and if the user
[0004] 2. Description of the Related Art
selects the ?rst menu through the operation unit, copying the
image ?le stored in the ?rst recording medium into the
[0005]
second recording medium under the same ?le name and ?le
extension.
In general, a portable combination apparatus com
bines a number of integrated functions, such as a camcorder,
a digital camera, an MP3 player, a voice recorder, a data
storage device, a Web-cam, and is small enough for a user to
conveniently carry. The portable image combination appa
[0014]
If the second recording medium has an image ?le
under the same ?le name and ?le extension With the image
?le to be copied, the control unit preferably changes the ?le
ratus is a combination of advanced digital technologies and
an image processing device like a camcorder.
name of the image ?le and copies the same into the second
[0006] The portable combination apparatus preferably has
[0015] Preferably, the name of the second recording
medium under Which the image ?le is copied is displayed on
a hard disk and a memory card as recording media for
storing photographed images. Thus the user chooses either
recording medium.
the ?rst menu. Also, the name of the ?rst recording medium
one to store photographed images.
Where the image ?le for copying is stored is displayed on the
[0007]
menu screen.
Sometimes a request is made to copy images stored
in the hard disk to the memory card, or vice versa. Hard disk
[0016] Preferably, the ?rst and second recording media
are advantageous because of their large storage capacity.
store the image ?les in a different folder according to the
HoWever, transmitting data from the built-in hard disk to a
different external device can be challenging. On the other
kind of the image ?le, and the control unit controls the image
?le copying process betWeen the ?rst and second recording
media so that the image ?le is copied into a corresponding
folder according to the kind of the image ?le.
hand, memory cards have relatively small storage capacity,
but are easily removable from the device, and data can easily
be moved from the memory card to another external device.
[0017] Preferably, the control unit further copies into the
[0008] Therefore, a need exists for copying data from the
memory card into the hard disk to resolve the shortage of
storage in the memory card. Furthermore, there is a need for
copying data from the hard disk into the memory card in
second recording medium the same kind of image ?le as the
image ?le to be copied from the ?rst recording medium.
And, the control unit copies into the second recording
order to more easily move data to another external device.
medium an image ?le selected by the user through the
operation unit from among the image ?les stored in the ?rst
[0009] Electronic products have become part of people’s
recording medium. Moreover, the control unit copies into
daily lives. As their functions are getting more complex,
more attention is noW paid to hoW to design the products so
the second recording medium an additional information ?le
that includes additional information about the image ?le to
that people can easily operate them. Copying data betWeen
recording media, for example, Will be much easier and more
be copied from the ?rst recording medium.
convenient if an interface is provided.
user interface (GUI) generation unit for generating the menu
[0010] Recently, large capacity hard disks and large capac
screen.
ity memory cards have been developed and commercialiZed.
tant that a user receives help With ?le management and ?le
[0019] Preferably, the ?rst recording medium is a built-in
recording medium, and the second recording medium is a
detachable recording medium, Whereby if the second record
ing medium is detached the ‘Copy betWeen recording media’
search assistance When data is being copied betWeen record
menu on the menu screen is inactive.
As a greater number of ?les can be recorded in those, a more
sophisticated ?le management is required. Also, it is impor
ing media.
[0018] Preferably, the control unit comprises a graphical
[0020] In addition, there is provided a method for copying
Accordingly, there is a need for a method and
an image ?le betWeen a ?rst recording medium and a second
apparatus for copying ?les betWeen the large capacity hard
disks and the relatively smaller capacity memory cards.
recording medium of a portable combination apparatus, the
[0011]
method comprising the steps of displaying a menu screen
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comprising a plurality of menus including a ?rst menu, such
as a ‘Copy between recording media’ menu, for copying an
image ?le stored in the ?rst recording media into the second
recording media; alloWing a user to select the ‘Copy
betWeen recording media’ menu on the displayed menu
screen; and if the ‘Copy betWeen recording media’ is
selected, copying the image ?le recorded in the ?rst record
ing medium into the second recording medium under the
same ?le name and ?le extension as the image ?le from the
?rst recording medium.
[0021] If the second recording medium comprises the
image ?le having the same ?le name and ?le extension as the
[0032] FIGS. 4A to 4D respectively illustrate ?oW charts
describing a method for copying an image ?le betWeen
recording media, in accordance With an embodiment of the
present invention;
[0033] FIGS. 5A to 51 respectively illustrate menu screens
displayed on an LCD during a procedure of copying an
image ?le betWeen recording media according to an embodi
ment of the present invention; and
[0034] FIG. 6 illustrates a folder structure of a hard-disc
drive (HDD) and a memory card according to an embodi
ment of the present invention.
image ?le from the ?rst recording medium, alloWing the user
[0035]
to change the ?le name of the image ?le from the ?rst
als are used to depict the same elements, features and
recording medium and copying the image ?le into the
second recording medium.
structures throughout the draWings.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE
EXEMPLARY EMBODIMENTS
[0022] Preferably, the ‘Copy betWeen recording media’
menu displays the name of the second recording medium
into Which the image ?le is copied. The menu screen also
displays the name of the ?rst recording medium Where the
image ?le to be copied is stored.
[0023] Preferably, the ?rst and second recording media
respectively include different ?les for storing image ?les
according to the kind of ?le, and the image ?le is copied
betWeen corresponding folders of the recording media.
[0024] Preferably, the same kind of image ?le as the image
?le copied from the ?rst recording medium is further copied
into the second recording medium. Also, the selected image
?le among the image ?les stored in the ?rst recording
medium is copied into the second recording medium.
Besides the image ?le, an additional information ?le Where
additional information about the image ?le from the ?rst
recording medium is recorded can further be copied into the
second recording medium.
[0025] Preferably, the ?rst recording medium is a built-in
recording medium, and the second recording medium is a
detachable recording medium, and if the second recording
medium is detached, the ‘Copy betWeen recording media’
menu on the menu screen is inactivate.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
[0026] The above aspects and features of the present
invention Will be more apparent by describing certain
embodiments of the present invention With reference to the
accompanying draWings, in Which:
[0027] FIG. 1A is an exemplary perspective vieW of a
front and right side of a portable combination apparatus
according to an embodiment of the present invention;
[0028] FIG. 1B is an exemplary bottom vieW of a portable
combination apparatus according to an embodiment of the
present invention;
[0029]
FIG. 1C is an exemplary perspective vieW of the
rear and left side of a portable combination apparatus
according to an embodiment of the present invention;
In the folloWing description, like reference numer
[0036]
Certain embodiments of the present invention Will
noW be described in greater detail With reference to the
accompanying draWings. The matters de?ned in the descrip
tion such as a detailed construction and elements are pro
vided to assist in a comprehensive understanding of the
invention. Thus, those of skill in the art Will appreciate that
modi?cations can be made to the descriptions herein Without
departing from the spirit of the invention. Also, descriptions
of Well-knoWn functions or constructions are ommitted for
the sake of clarity.
[0037] FIG. 1A is a perspective vieW of a front and right
side of an exemplary portable combination apparatus
according to an embodiment of the present invention. As
shoWn in FIG. 1A, on the front side of the portable com
bination apparatus is a lens 211 for photographing a subject,
a remote control signal receiving unit 111 for receiving a
remote control signal, an earphone terminal 113 to Which an
earphone can be connected, a USB terminal 115 for serial
communication With a PC or a printer, and a poWer supply
cable connection terminal 117 for receiving external poWer
through a poWer supply (not shoWn).
[0038] As described above, mainly terminals for use in
connection With external devices are located at the front side
of the portable combination apparatus. On the right side of
the portable combination apparatus is a photo button 231a
for use in photographing a still image, and a battery cover
121 With batteries inside. Also, on the top side of the
portable combination apparatus is a microphone 271 through
Which sounds from outside are input.
[0039] FIG. 1B is a bottom vieW of the exemplary por
table combination apparatus. As shoWn in FIG. 1B, a tripod
?xing unit 131 for mounting the apparatus on a tripod, and
a cradle connection terminal 133 to Which poWer and digital
or analog image signals are input through a cradle (not
shoWn) are disposed at the bottom of the portable combi
nation apparatus.
of the present invention;
[0031] FIG. 3 is a block diagram illustrating elements
involved in image ?le copying betWeen recording media
[0040] With reference to FIG. 1C, the folloWing Will noW
explain the operation buttons located on the outside of the
portable combination apparatus. FIG. 1C is an exemplary
perspective vieW of the rear and left side of the exemplary
portable combination apparatus according to an embodiment
of the present invention. For a user’s convenience, most of
according to an embodiment of the present invention;
the operation buttons of the portable combination apparatus
[0030] FIG. 2 is a schematic block diagram illustrating a
portable combination apparatus according to an embodiment
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lens 211, and the CCD 215 converts the optical image
are laid out on the rear side of the portable combination
apparatus or on an LCD panel 150.
formed on the photo sensitive surface to an electric signal,
[0041]
performs horiZontal and vertical scanning on the electric
signal and outputs it in the form of an one-dimensional
As shown in FIG. 1C, the rear side of the portable
combination apparatus comprises a Zoom sWitch 231b for
Zooming the lens 211 in or out , a photographing button 231c
electric signal.
for photographing moving images, an operational mode
[0048]
selection sWitch 231d for use in selecting an operational
signal output from the CCD 215 by using the Correlated
The CDS/AGC/ADC 217 removes noise from the
mode (such as, store/reproduce/poWer off mode) of the
Double Sampling circuit, and adjusts the gain by using the
portable combination apparatus, a menu button 2316 for
displaying on an LCD 243a sub menu screen in a mode
Auto Gain Controlling circuit to keep the signal’s level to be
constant, and converts the outputted signal to a digital signal
selected by a mode button 231g, Which Will be described
by using the A/D Converter.
later in more detail, and a menu dial 231f for moving a
cursor on the menu screen displayed on the LCD 243 to a
speci?c menu, and for selecting a menu Where the cursor is
stopped.
[0042] Also, a memory card combining unit 143 Where a
memory card is mounted, and indicator lamps 141 are
located at the rear side of the portable combination appara
tus. The indicator lamps 141 include a poWer indicator lamp
and a charge indicator lamp. The poWer indicator lamp lights
When the portable combination apparatus is in a poWer-on
state, and the charge indicator lamp emits an orange light
When the portable combination apparatus is being charged
and a blue light When charging is completed.
[0049]
The NTSC/PAL decoder 220 coverts an NTSC
signal or a PAL signal inputted through a video line input
terminal (not shoWn) to a digital signal and transfers it to a
main control block 300. NTSC or PAL methods are TV
broadcasting standards. For eXample, PAL is used most of
Europe and NTSC is used Korea.
[0050]
The main control block 300 compresses digital
signals applied from the photographing block 210, the
NTSC/PAL decoder 220, and the USB interface 261 to data
in a designated format, and stores them in the storage 250.
Moreover, the main control block 300 eXpands the data in
the storage 250 and applies it to the display 240. And, the
main control block 300 stores data applied from the audio
[0043] An LCD panel 150 that is movably connected to
signal processing block 270 in the storage 250, and applies
the portable combination apparatus includes an LCD 243 for
the stored data to the audio signal processing block 270.
Besides these functions, the main control block 300 controls
displaying images that are already photographed or currently
being reproduced and a menu screen, a mode button 231g
the general operations Within the apparatus, and is usually
for displaying on the LCD 243a sub menu screen of the
manufactured as one chip to reduce the siZe of the end
selected operation mode, a reWind button (4 4) 231k, a fast
product.
forWard button (> >) 231i, a play/pause button (> ll) 231j,
[0051] The main control block 300 With the above-de
scribed functions includes a Digital Signal Processor (DSP)
310, an Optical Detection Module (ODM) 320, a Multi
and a stop button (I) 231k.
[0044] FIG. 2 is a schematic block diagram illustrating the
exemplary portable combination apparatus according to an
embodiment of the present invention. The portable combi
nation includes a photographing block 210, a National
Television System Committee/Phase Alternation Line
(NTSC/PAL) decoder 220, an operation unit 231, a second
control unit 233, a ?ash memory 235, a display 240, a
storage 250, a Universal Serial Bus (USB) interface 261, a
pleXer (MUX) 330, CODEC 340, Graphical User Interface
(GUI ) generation unit 350, a ?rst controller 360, memory
card interface 371, Compact Flash (CF ) interface 373,
Direct Memory Access (DMA) 375, and a system bus 380.
[0052] The DSP 310 processes a digital signal applied
from the photographing block 210, and applies the pro
cessed signal to the MUX 330 or the system bus 380. Also,
Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory (SDRAM)
the DSP 310 separates the digital signal applied from the
263, an audio signal processing block 270, and a main
control block 300.
photographing block 210 into a luminance (Y) signal and a
chrominance (C) signal and applies them to the ODM 320.
[0045] The photographing block 210 photoelectrically
[0053] Based on the Y signal and the C signal applied from
the DSP 310, the ODM 320 generates ODM data, Which is
control information, and outputs it to the ?rst controller 360.
More speci?cally, the ODM data preferably includes Auto
Exposure
data for optimiZing the amount of incident
converts an optical signal passing through the lens into an
electric signal, and eXecutes a designated signal processing
procedure on the converted signal. The photographing unit
210 having the above functions includes a lens 211, a lens
driving unit 213, a Charge Coupled Device (CCD) 215, and
light on the CCD 215, Auto Focus
a Correlated Double Sampler/Auto Gain Controller/Analog
cally focusing a focus lens, and Auto White Balance (AWB)
data for automatically balancing colors according to the
to-Digital Converter (CDS/AGC/ADC) 217.
[0046] The lens driving unit 213 drives the lens 211 under
the control of the second control unit 233. More speci?cally,
the lens driving unit 213 Zooms in/Zooms out on a subject,
automatically adjusts the focus, and adjusts an aperture siZe
of a diaphragm (not shoWn) of the lens 211.
[0047] The CCD 215 converts an optical image passing
through the lens 211 to an electric signal and outputs the
electric signal. That is, the optical image of a subject is
formed on a photosensitive surface of the CCD 215 by the
data for automati
color temperature of a light source.
[0054] The MUX 330 applies the output signal from the
DSP 310 or the output signal from the NTSC/PAL decoder
220 to the CODEC 340 or the GUI generation unit 350.
[0055]
The CODEC 340 compresses input data in a des
ignated format, and if necessary, eXpands the compressed
data again. In particular, if the input data is moving image
data, the CODEC 340 preferably compresses it in MPEG4
format, While if the input data is still image data, the
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CODEC 340 preferably compresses it in JPEG format. Of
course, other compression formats may be used.
[0066] The memory card 251 is a recording medium
Where image data applied from the main control block 300
[0056] The GUI generation unit 350 stores graphic data
are stored, and is one kind of detachable IC memory cards
that can be attached to or detached from the portable
like a menu screen Which is required for constructing the
GUI environment, and under the control of the ?rst control
ler 360, it combines a menu screen With the output image
from the MUX 330. The menu screen is a graphic screen
provided to a user for convenience, alloWing the user to
select a desired function of the portable combination appa
ratus.
[0057]
combination apparatus.
[0067] The Transition IC (TIC) 253 is used for providing
a compact ?ash interface betWeen the CF interface 373 and
the HDD 255. That is, data from the HDD 255 interface is
converted by the TIC 253 to be compatible With the CF
interface 373,. Which is connected to the main control block
300.
The ?rst controller 360 is preferably a 32-bit
Reduced Instruction Set Computing (RISC) processor for
controlling general operations of the main control block 300.
[0068]
More speci?cally, the ?rst controller 360 controls the opera
tions of the CODEC 340 and the GUI generation unit 350,
[0069] The USB interface 261 interfaces With an external
device, such as PC or printer.
The HDD 255 is a recording medium Where image
data applied from the main control block 300 are stored.
and transfers to a second controller 233 AB data and AF data
among the ODM data applied from the ODM 320.
[0058] Moreover, the ?rst controller 360 can interface
With other kinds of external devices through the system bus
380. The system bus 380 is connected to the memory card
interface 371 for interfacing With a memory card 251, to the
CF interface 373 for interfacing With the HDD 255 through
Transition Integrated Circuit (TIC) 253, to USB interface
261 for interfacing With an external device like a PC or
printer, to DMA 375, and to the audio signal processing
block 270.
[0059] The operation unit 231 is a user interface for
receiving from the user operation commands associated With
the selection of the functions and operational controls of the
portable combination apparatus. As illustrated in FIG. 1C,
the operation unit 231 includes a photo button 231a, a Zoom
sWitch 231b, a photographing button 231c, an operational
mode selection sWitch 231d, a menu button 2316, a menu
dial 231f, and a mode button 231g.
[0060] The second controller 233 receives from the opera
tion unit 231 the operation commands input by the user
associated With the selection of the functions and operational
controls of the portable combination apparatus, and transfers
them to the ?rst controller 360. Also, the second controller
233 controls the lens driving unit 213 on the basis of the AE
data and the AF data transferred from the ?rst controller 360.
[0061]
The ?ash memory 235 is used to backup important
[0070]
The SDRAM 263 functions as a buffer for storing
data required for the operation of the portable combination
apparatus.
[0071] The audio signal processing block 270 performs
the designated signal processing procedure on the audio
signals input through the microphone 271 from outside, and
applies the processed audio signal to the main control block
300. Also, the audio signal processing block 270 performs a
designated signal processing procedure on the audio signal
applied from the main control block 300, and outputs the
processed audio signal to an external audio device. The
audio signal processing block 270 With the above functions
includes a microphone 271 and audio CODEC 273. Alter
natively, the compressed data can be stored in storage 250.
[0072] The microphone 271 converts the audio signal
input from the outside into an electrical signal.
[0073] The audio CODEC 273 converts an analog signal
input from the microphone 271 or the external audio device
to a digital signal, compresses it to data in a designated
format, and applies the compressed data to the main control
block 300. In addition, the audio CODEC 273 expands the
compressed data from the main control block 300, converts
it to an analog signal, and transfers the analog signal to the
external audio device.
[0074] The folloWing Will noW explain With reference to
FIGS. 3 to 6 the image ?le copy function betWeen recording
media provided by the portable combination apparatus illus
data even after poWer and a system program for use in the
trated in FIG. 2. To give a better understanding of another
operation of the apparatus, such as the booting program
embodiment of the present invention, FIG. 3 only illustrates
exemplary modules that are actually involved in the image
?le copy function betWeen recording media, Which includes
needed at the ?rst controller 360 are turned off.
[0062] The display 240 displays an image outputted from
the main control block 300. The display 240 includes an
NTSC/PAL encoder 241 and a Liquid Crystal Display
(LCD) 243.
[0063]
The NTSC/PAL encoder 241 converts the image
signal outputted from the main control block 300 to an
NTSC image signal or a PAL image signal, and applies it to
the LCD 243 and an external device, such as TV.
[0064] The LCD 243 is a display device displaying images
applied from the NTSC/PAL encoder 241.
[0065] The storage 250 stores image data applied from the
a memory card recognition unit 252 that is not shoWn in
FIG. 2.
[0075] FIG. 3 is a block diagram illustrating elements
involved in image ?le copying betWeen recording media
according to an embodiment of the present invention. FIGS.
4A to 4D respectively illustrate ?oW charts describing a
method for copying an image ?le betWeen recording media
according to an embodiment of the present invention. FIGS.
5A to 51 respectively illustrate menu screens displayed on an
LCD during the procedure of copying an image ?le betWeen
recording media according to an embodiment of the present
main control block 300. The storage includes a memory card
invention. FIG. 6 illustrates HDD and a folder structure of
a memory card according to an embodiment of the present
251, TIC 253, and HDD 255.
invention.
Jul. 7, 2005
US 2005/0146630 A1
[0076] The portable combination apparatus provides to the
user a menu screen as a Graphic User Interface (GUI ),
enabling the user to select a function and to set the GUI
environment through the menu screen. In other Words, by
pressing the mode button 231g the user calls a menu screen
in the operational mode selected by means of the operational
mode selection sWitch 231d, or by pressing the menu button
2316 the user calls a sub menu screen in the menu selected
by means of the mode button 231g. And, by vertically
rotating the menu dial 231f, pressing the reWind button
231h, or the fast forWard button 231i, the user is able to
move the cursor on the menu screen in the vertical direction
until it is located at a desired menu. Also, by pressing the
menu dial 231f or pressing the play/pause button 231j, the
user is able to select the menu Where the cursor is located or
execute the function of the menu Where the cursor is located.
[0077] The operation command of the user at this time is
transmitted to the ?rst controller 360 through the second
controller 233. Then the ?rst controller 360, in response to
the operation command being transmitted, controls the GUI
generation unit 350 through the system bus 380. The GUI
generation unit 350, under the control of the ?rst controller
360, combines a corresponding menu screen With an image
that is applied from the MUX 330, and applies it to the
NTSC/PAL encoder 241. The NTSC/PAL encoder 241 dis
plays the menu screen With a combined image on the LCD
243.
[0078] For convenience, the above-described procedure,
the ‘select recording medium’ menu screen consisting of
‘HDD’ menu and ‘Memory card’ menu displayed on the
LCD 243. Thus the user is given an option to choose the
‘HDD’ menu or the ‘Memory card’ menu (S660). The ‘select
recording medium’ menu screen displayed on the LCD 243
is illustrated in FIG. SC.
[0083] Then the LCD 243 displays the still image ?le
stored in the recording medium selected by the user (S670).
More speci?cally, if the user selects the ‘HDD’ menu in step
660, the ?rst controller 360 applies the compressed JPEG
still image ?le stored in the HDD 255 to the CODEC 340
through the TIC 253, the CF interface 373 and the system
bus 380 to expand it. Thus, the expanded still image ?le is
applied to the NTSC/PAL encoder 241 through the MUX
330 and the GUI generation unit 350, and the NTSC/PAL
encoder 241 displays the still image ?le on the LCD 243.
[0084]
LikeWise, if the user selects the ‘Memory card’
menu in step 660, the ?rst controller 360 applies the com
pressed JPEG still image ?le stored in the memory card to
the CODEC 340 through the memory card interface 371 and
the system bus 380 to expand it, The expanded still image
?le is applied to the NTSC/PAL encoder 241 through the
MUX 330 and the GUI generation unit 350, and the NTSC/
PAL encoder 241 displays the still image ?le on the LCD
243.
[0085] In the meantime, if it turns out that the memory
card 251 is not mounted (S650), the ?rst controller 360
controls the GUI generation unit 350 to display the ‘select
that is, hoW the operation command of the user is transmitted
to the ?rst controller 360 and hoW the GUI generation unit
350 combines the menu screen With the image under the
control of the ?rst controller 360 and hoW the NTSC/PAL
recording medium’ menu screen consisting of a ‘HDD’
menu and an inactive ‘Memory card’ menu displayed on the
encoder 241 displays the menu screen With a combined
user can select the ‘HDD’ menu only (S680). The ‘select
image on the LCD 243, Will not be described again later. It
Will be sufficient to state that according to the operation
command the user inputs through the operation unit 231, a
recording medium’ menu screen on the LCD 243 in this case
corresponding menu screen is displayed on the LCD 243.
LCD 243. Since the ‘Memory card’ menu is inactive, the
is illustrated in FIG. 5D. If desired, the ‘Memory card’ menu
can be eliminated, and only the ‘HDD’ menu can be included
in the ‘select recording medium’ menu screen.
[0079] As shoWn in FIG. 4A, the portable combination
apparatus is capable of regenerating a still image ?le stored
[0086] AfterWard the compressed JPEG still image ?le
in the memory card 251 or the HDD 255 at the user’s choice
LCD 243 (S690).
(S600). More details on this regeneration procedure (S600)
are described in FIG. 4B.
[0080] Referring to FIG. 4B, When the user moves the
operational mode selection sWitch 231d to the ‘play’ mode
and presses the mode button 231g, a menu screen in ‘play’
mode is displayed on the LCD 243 (S610). The menu screen
in ‘play’ mode is illustrated in FIG. 5A.
[0081]
Then if the user selects a ‘photo’ menu for regen
erating the still image ?le stored in the storage 250, the
‘photo’ menu screen is displayed (S620). The ‘photo’ menu
screen is illustrated in FIG. 5B. Although entering the
‘photo’ menu from the menu called by pressing the mode
button 231g is illustrated here, the user can call the sub menu
(shoWn in FIG. 5B) of the photo menu by pressing the menu
button 2316. If the user selects the ‘select recording medium’
item on the sub menu of the photo menu (S630), the memory
card recognition unit 252 under the control of the ?rst
controller 260 detects Whether the memory card 251 is
mounted, and forWards the detection result to the ?rst
stored in the HDD 255 is expanded and is displayed on the
[0087] Referring again to FIG. 4A, the folloWing Will
describe in detail the rest of the procedure after the step 600.
[0088] With the still image ?le stored in the storage 250
being regenerated, if the user inputs a menu screen display
command by pressing the menu button 231d (S700), the ?rst
controller 360 decides or identi?es the kind of recording
media previously selected in either steps S660 or S680 by
the user (S710). In other Words, the ?rst controller 360
decides in Which recording medium, the memory card 251
or the HDD 255, the still image ?le currently being regen
erated has been stored.
[0089] In step S720, it is determined Whether the selected
recording medium is the HDD255. If the HDD 255 is the
recording medium selected by the user in step S710 , the
memory card recognition unit 252 under the control of the
?rst controller 360 detects Whether the memory card 251 is
mounted, and forWards the detection result to the ?rst
controller 260 (S730).
controller 260 (S640).
[0090]
[0082] If the memory card 251 is mounted (S650), the ?rst
controller 360 controls the GUI generation unit 350 to have
card is mounted. If it is determined that the memory card 251
is mounted, the ?rst controller 360 controls the GUI gen
In step S740, it is determined Whether the memory
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