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Gha et a].
(54)
(45) Date of Patent:
MULTIMEDIA APPARATUS AND
(75) Inventors: Hwang-hyeon Gha, Suwon-si (KR);
Byeong'woon Ha, SUWOH'Si (KR)
370/329, 508, 509, 513, 514, 350;
455/41.2, 411, 6.01, 3.06
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(73) Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.,
Notice:
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SYNCHRONIZATION METHOD THEREOF
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SUWOH'SI(KR)
7,088,832 B1
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Communication from the European Patent Of?ce dated Mar. 16,
2010,'m E mopean Applcalon
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(63) Continuation of application No. 12/138,613, ?led on
Jun. 13, 2008, now Pat. NO. 8,199,780.
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Primary Examiner * Hanh N Nguyen
(74) Attorney, Agent, or Firm * Sughrue Mion, PLLC
Foreign Application Priority Data
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ABSTRACT
A multimedia apparatus and a synchronization method
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thereof are provided' The multimedia apparatus includes a
video output unit Which outputs a video, and a control unit
Which transmits an audio signal to the external device through
Int. Cl.
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the communication module and operates the video output unit
to display a video corresponding to the audio signal by delay
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external device through the communication module.
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MULTIMEDIA APPARATUS AND
SYNCHRONIZATION METHOD THEREOF
audio signals and video signals using delay information
acquired from an external device, and a synchronization
method thereof.
According to an exemplary aspect of the present invention,
CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED
APPLICATIONS
there is provided a multimedia apparatus, including a com
munication module Which is connected to an external device
for Wireless communication, a video output unit Which out
puts a video, and a control unit Which transmits an audio
This application is a continuation of Ser. No. 12/138,613
?led Jun. 13, 2008, and claims priority from Korean Patent
Application No. 10-2007-0119817, ?led Nov. 22, 2007 in the
Korean Intellectual Property Of?ce, the disclosures of Which
are incorporated herein by reference in their entireties.
signal to the external device through the communication
module, and operates the video output unit to display a video
corresponding to the audio signal by delaying the video based
on delay information received from the external device
through the communication module.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
The delay information may be contained in a Reserved for
Future Addition (RFA) area of the service record received
1. Field of the Invention
from the external device, and the control unit delays the video
for a delay time contained in the delay information acquired
from the REA area, and then outputs the delayed video to the
video output unit.
Apparatuses and methods consistent With the present
invention relate to a multimedia device and a synchronization
method thereof, and more particularly, to synchronizing
audio signals and video signals When reproducing images.
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2. Description of the Related Art
As multimedia technology has developed, multimedia
apparatuses for supporting diverse functions using a single
device have been introduced. Such multimedia apparatuses
provide not only audio and video recording and playback
functions, but also data storage, message transmission, and
call functions, such as calling mobile phones. Examples of
multimedia apparatuses for recording and reproducing
images and broadcast signals received from broadcast sta
tions include a digital television (DTV), a portable multime
dia player (PMP), a camcorder, a digital camera, a digital
video disc (DVD) player, a set-top box (STB), and a mobile
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The delay information may refer to a data set in the 4th to
15"’ bits of the REA area, and the control unit may calculate
the delay time based on the data set in the 4th to 15th bits of the
REA area, and delay the video based on the calculated delay
time.
At least one bit of the 4th to 15th bits of the REA area may
be used to set data indicating a delay unit, and the remaining
bits except for the at least one bit may be used to set data
indicating the delay time.
The service record may be contained in an advanced audio
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distribution pro?le (A2DP) Which is used in Bluetooth com
munication.
The Bluetooth module may acquire the service record by
phone.
Bluetooth communication With the external device using a
service discovery protocol (SDP).
When a related art multimedia apparatus communicates
With a headset using the Bluetooth protocol, the time that
video is reproduced is different from the time that audio is
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According to another exemplary aspect of the present
invention, there is provided a synchronization method of a
reproduced by the headset. Speci?cally, since there is a delay
multimedia apparatus, the method including receiving delay
between the time an audio signal is transmitted from the
information by Wireless communication With an external
device, and transmitting an audio signal to the external
device, and displaying a video corresponding to the audio
multimedia apparatus and the time the signal is output
through a speaker of the headset, the audio signal and a
corresponding video signal are not synchronized. In particu
lar, if a buffer provided by the headset is large, the delay is
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signal by delaying the video based on the delay information
greater, so the synchronization difference between a video
signal reproduced by the multimedia apparatus and an audio
signal reproduced by the headset increases, causing inconve
45
nience to the user.
Therefore, there is a need for apparatuses and methods for
synchronizing audio signals and video signals When a multi
media apparatus reproduces images.
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SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
Exemplary embodiments of the present invention address
at least the above problems and/or disadvantages and other
disadvantages not described above. Also, the present inven
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At least one bit of the 4th to 15"’ bits of the REA area may
bits except for the at least one bit may be used to set data
indicating the delay time.
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The service record may be contained in an advanced audio
distribution pro?le (A2DP) using Bluetooth communication.
analyzing a service record acquired using the Bluetooth pro
tocol and synchronizing the audio signals and video signals
media apparatus Which is capable of outputting synchronized
calculated delay time.
be used to set data indicating a delay unit, and the remaining
signals and video signals by extracting delay information by
based on the extracted delay information, and a synchroniza
tion method thereof.
Another aspect of the present invention provides a multi
and then output.
The delay information may refer to data set in the 4th to 15th
bits of the REA area, and in the delay operation, the delay time
may be calculated based on the data set in the 4th to 15th bits
of the REA area, and the video may be delayed based on the
tion is not required to overcome the disadvantages described
above, and an exemplary embodiment of the present inven
tion may not overcome any of the problems described above.
An aspect of the present invention provides a multimedia
apparatus Which is capable of outputting synchronized audio
received from the external device.
The Wireless communication may be Bluetooth communi
cation, and the delay information may be contained in a
service record received from the external device.
The delay information may be contained in an RFA area of
a packet received from the external device, and in the delay
operation, the video may be delayed for a delay time con
tained in the delay information acquired from the REA area,
The Wireless communication may be Bluetooth communi
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cation, and in the receiving operation, the service record may
be acquired by Bluetooth communication With the external
device using a service discovery protocol (SDP).
According to another exemplary aspect of the present
invention, there is provided an audio output apparatus,
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including an interface unit which receives an audio signal
from an external device, and a control unit which sets delay
information based on the period of time taken to output the
With reference to FIG. 1, the multimedia apparatus 100
according to an exemplary embodiment of the present inven
tion includes a broadcast receiving unit 110, an audio/video
(A/V) processing unit 120, an audio output unit 130, a video
output unit 140, a storage unit 150, a Bluetooth module 160,
audio signal.
The period of time taken to output the audio signal may
indicate a period of time from when the audio signal is
received until the audio signal is output, and the control unit
may measure the period of time from when the audio signal is
received until when the audio signal is output, and set the
delay information based on the measured period of time.
The control unit may set the delay information, and trans
mit the set delay information to the external device through
the interface unit.
The delay information may include at least one of a delay
time and a delay unit.
and a control unit 170.
The broadcast receiving unit 11 0 receives and demodulates
a broadcast from a broadcast station or a satellite via a wire
connection or wirelessly. The broadcast receiving unit 110
also receives content from a broadcast station or a satellite.
The content includes moving images, still images, broadcast
programs, or audio data.
The A/V processing unit 120 performs video decoding,
video scaling or audio decoding of broadcast signals output
from the broadcast receiving unit 110. Subsequently, the A/V
processing unit 120 transmits video signals to the control unit
170, and audio signals to the audio output unit 130 and the
According to another exemplary aspect of the present
invention, there is provided a multimedia apparatus, includ
control unit 170.
ing a communication module which is connected to an exter
nal device for wireless communication, an audio output unit
which outputs an audio signal, and a control unit which trans
mits a video signal to the external device through the com
munication module, and operates the audio output unit to
display an audio signal corresponding to the video signal by
delaying the audio signal based on delay information received
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control unit 170 on a display, or outputs the video to an
external device to which the multimedia apparatus 100 is
connected through an external output terminal.
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The storage unit 150 stores broadcast data processed by the
A/V processing unit 120 or programs, software code, instruc
tions and the like required to control the elements constituting
the multimedia apparatus 100.
The Bluetooth module 160 converts audio signals received
30
from the control unit 170 to a format for Bluetooth commu
nication, and converts data received from the headset 200 to a
from the external device through the communication module.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
The above and/ or other aspects of the present invention will
The audio output unit 130 outputs the audio signals
received from the A/V processing unit 120 through a speaker.
The video output unit 140 outputs video received from the
be more apparent by describing certain exemplary embodi
ments of the present invention with reference to the accom
format capable of being processed by the multimedia appa
panying drawings, in which:
ratus 100.
FIG. 1 is a block diagram of a multimedia apparatus
according to an exemplary embodiment of the present inven
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extracts delay information from a service record received
from the headset 200 using the Bluetooth module 160. The
tion;
FIG. 2 is a block diagram of a headset according to an
control unit 170 delays video signals output from the A/V
processing unit 120 according to a delay time contained in the
exemplary embodiment of the present invention;
FIG. 3 is a drawing illustrating an example of the construc
tion of a service record according to an exemplary embodi
ment of the present invention;
FIG. 4 is a drawing illustrating an example of an RFA area
in which delay information is set according to an exemplary
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embodiment of the present invention; and
FIG. 5 is a ?ow chart illustrating a method for synchroniz
The control unit 170 transmits audio signals received from
theA/V processing unit 120 to the Bluetooth module 160, and
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ing audio and video signals between a multimedia apparatus
extracted delay information, and displays the delayed video
signals through the video output unit 140.
The delay information includes at least one of a delay time
and a delay unit, which is a unit of the delayed time. The
service record is contained in an advanced audio distribution
pro?le (A2DP) which is a pro?le used for transmission and
reception of audio data in Bluetooth communication. The
multimedia apparatus 100 performs Bluetooth communica
tion with the headset 200 using a service discovery protocol
and a headset according to an exemplary embodiment of the
present invention.
(SDP).
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF EXEMPLARY
EMBODIMENTS
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With reference to FIG. 2, the headset 200 includes an
interface unit 210, a control unit 230, a buffer 250, and an
Certain exemplary embodiments of the present invention
audio output unit 270. The headset 200 supports Bluetooth
will now be described in greater detail with reference to the
accompanying drawings.
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In the following description, like drawing reference numer
als are used for like elements, even in different drawings. The
matters de?ned in the description, such as detailed construc
tion and elements, are provided to assist in a comprehensive
understanding of the invention. However, the present inven
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tion can be practiced without those speci?cally de?ned mat
ters. Also, well-known functions or constructions are not
described in detail since they would obscure the invention
with unnecessary detail.
FIG. 1 is a block diagram of a multimedia apparatus
according to an exemplary embodiment of the present inven
tion.
FIG. 2 is a block diagram of a headset according to an
exemplary embodiment of the present invention.
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communication, and performs wireless communication with
the multimedia apparatus 100.
The interface unit 210 receives audio signals from the
multimedia apparatus 100 using Bluetooth communication.
The multimedia apparatus 100 performs Bluetooth commu
nication with the headset 200 using an SDP.
The control unit 230 buffers the received audio signals
using the buffer 250. The control unit 230 measures the time
from the time that the audio signals are received until the time
that the audio signals are output from the audio output unit
270, and generates delay information based on the measured
time. As explained in greater detail below with reference to
FIGS. 3 and 4, the control unit 230 contains the delay infor
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mation in a Reserved for Future Addition (RFA) area con
The control unit 170 of the multimedia apparatus 100
extracts the delay information contained in the received ser
tained in a service record. The delay information includes at
least one of a delay time and a delay unit which may include
at least one of seconds, milliseconds, microseconds, and
nanoseconds.
vice record (S560).
Subsequently, the control unit 170 delays and outputs the
video signal based on the extracted delay information (S570).
For example, if the delay time in the extracted delay infor
More speci?cally, the control unit 230 sets the delay infor
mation in bits 4 to 15 of the service record which is predeter
mation is 10 seconds, the control unit 170 delays a video
mined as an RFA as shown in FIG. 3.
signal corresponding to the audio signal transmitted in opera
tion S510 for 10 seconds, and then outputs the video signal.
Accordingly, the control unit 230 may synchronize the video
signal output from the multimedia apparatus 100 with the
audio signal output from the headset 200.
For example, if the time from when the audio signals are
received until the audio signals are output from the audio
output unit 270 is measured at 10 seconds, the control unit
230 sets delay information including a delay time of 10 sec
onds and a delay unit “seconds” in the RFA area. More spe
In a multimedia apparatus and a synchronization method
ci?cally, the control unit 230 sets the delay time as “1010”,
which is a delay time of 10 converted into binary code, and
thereof according to an exemplary embodiment, the delay
information includes a delay time and a delay unit, but the
delay information is not limited thereto. In another exemplary
embodiment, the delay unit may be predetermined, so that the
delay information may include only a delay time. That is, the
sets the delay unit as “00”.
As shown in FIG. 4, the control unit 230 uses bits 4 and 5
as the bits for the delay unit, and uses bits 6 to 15 as the bits for
the delay time. That is, the control unit 230 sets the delay time
by setting bits 15 to 10, bit 8, and bit 6 to “0” and bits 7 and 9
to “1”. In addition, the control unit 230 sets the delay unit by
setting bits 5 and 4 to “0”. The delay unit is set as shown in
Table 1.
TABLE 1
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12 bits of the RFA area may be used as the bits for setting the
delay time.
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In a headset according to an exemplary embodiment of the
present invention, a delay unit accounts for 2 bits of the RFA
area and a delay time accounts for 10 bits, but the present
invention is not limited to such a con?guration. A delay unit
may account for 1 bit or more than 2 bits. The remaining bits
Bit5
Bit4
Value
0
0
0
1
1
0
psec (microsecond)
1
1
ns (nanosecond)
except for the bits allocated to the delay unit may be used for
setting the delay time.
sec (second)
msec (millisecond)
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In a headset according to an exemplary embodiment of the
present invention, bits 4 and 5 of the RFA area are used to set
a delay unit and bits 6 to 15 are used to set a delay time, but the
present invention is not limited to such a con?guration. One
The audio output unit 270 outputs the audio signals from
the buffer 250 through a speaker mounted in the headset 200.
FIG. 5 is a ?ow chart illustrating a method for synchroniz
or more of bits 4 to 15 may be used to set a delay unit. The
remaining bits other than the bits for setting the delay unit
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ing audio signals and video signals between a multimedia
apparatus and a headset according to an exemplary embodi
ment of the present invention.
With reference to FIG. 5, the multimedia apparatus 100
transmits to the headset 200 an audio signal corresponding to
a video signal to be displayed (S510). The multimedia appa
ratus 100 transmits the audio signal to the headset 200 by
Bluetooth communication using an SDP protocol.
The control unit 230 of the headset 200 measures from the
time that the audio signal is received until the time that the
thereof according to an exemplary embodiment of the present
invention, the multimedia apparatus transmits data to and
receives data from a headset using Bluetooth communication,
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from the headset by wireless communication.
In a multimedia apparatus and a synchronization method
thereof according to an exemplary embodiment of the present
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multimedia apparatus may acquire the delay information
Subsequently, the control unit 230 of the headset 200 gen
erates delay information based on the measured time. The
delay information may include a delay time and a delay unit,
which may include at least one of seconds, milliseconds,
microseconds, and nanoseconds.
In greater detail, the control unit 230 sets the delay time by
converting the measured time to binary code, and sets the unit
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of the measured time as a delay unit.
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from a packet received from the headset other than the service
record. That is, the delay information may be contained in a
packet received from the headset other than the service
record.
In a headset according to an exemplary embodiment of the
present invention, a delay time is calculated by measuring
Subsequently, the control unit 230 sets the generated delay
from the time that an audio signal is received from a multi
media apparatus until the time that the audio signal is output,
but it is not limited thereto. The delay time may be calculated
as the period of time taken to output the audio signal by the
information in a service record (S540). The service record is
contained in anA2DP, which is a pro?le used for transmission
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delay information in the RFA area contained in the service
record, wherein the control unit 230 allocates two bits of the
RFA area to a delay unit, and the remaining bits of the RFA
headset.
That is, the delay time may refer to the time from when an
audio signal is input from one of the elements of the headset
until the audio signal is output from another element. In this
case, a control unit may calculate the time from when an audio
area to a delay time. The RFA area includes bits 4 to 15.
Bluetooth communication (S550).
invention, the multimedia apparatus acquires delay informa
tion from a service record received from a headset, but the
present invention is not limited to such a con?guration. The
200 (S520).
The interface unit 210 of the headset 200 transmits the
service record to the multimedia apparatus 100 using the
but the communication means is not limited thereto. The
multimedia apparatus may transmit data to and receive data
audio signal is output to the speaker mounted in the headset
and reception of audio data.
More speci?cally, the control unit 230 sets the generated
may be used to set a delay time.
In a multimedia apparatus and a synchronization method
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signal is input to a buffer until the audio signal is output from
the buffer. That is, the control unit may calculate the delay
time by measuring the time during which an audio signal is
input to and output from one of the elements of the headset.
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signal is received until the video signal is output, and sets the
delay information based on the measured period of time.
3. The audio output apparatus of claim 1, Wherein the
control unit sets the delay information and transmits the set
delay information to the external device through the interface
unit.
4. The audio output apparatus of claim 1, Wherein the delay
In a multimedia apparatus and a synchronization method
thereof according to an exemplary embodiment of the present
invention, the multimedia apparatus delays an image signal
based on delay information of an audio signal, but the present
invention is not limited thereto. The multimedia apparatus
may delay an audio signal corresponding to an image signal
based on the delay information.
The foregoing exemplary embodiments are merely exem
plary and are not to be construed as limiting the present
information comprises at least one of a delay time and a delay
unit.
invention. The present teaching may be readily applied to
other types of apparatuses. Also, the description of the exem
plary embodiments of the present invention is intended to be
illustrative, and not to limit the scope of the claims, and many
alternatives, modi?cations, and variations Will be apparent to
5. The audio output apparatus of claim 1, Wherein the delay
information is contained in a reserved area of a service record
transmitted to the external device.
6. A method comprising:
receiving an audio signal from an external device;
determining delay information as a period of time from
When a video signal is received by the external device
those skilled in the art.
As may be appreciated from the above description, image
signals output from a multimedia apparatus may be synchro
nized With audio signals output from a headset by delaying
image signals based on delay information extracted from a
received service record.
until the video signal is output by the external device;
and
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Audio signals and image signals may be synchronized
using delay information acquired from an external device.
audio signal based on the delay information.
7. The method of claim 6, Wherein the determining the
What is claimed is:
1. An audio output apparatus comprising:
a communication module Which is communicably linked
to an external device for Wireless communication;
an audio output unit Which outputs an audio signal; and
a control unit Which receives the audio signal from the
delay information comprises:
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8. The method of claim 6, further comprising transmitting
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until the video signal is output by the external device,
and operates the audio output unit to output the audio
signal corresponding to the video signal displayed on the
external device by delaying the audio signal based on the
delay information.
2. The audio output apparatus of claim 1 Wherein the con
trol unit measures the period of time from When the video
measuring the period of time from When the video signal is
received until the video signal is output; and
setting the delay information based on the measured period
of time.
external device through the communication module,
determines delay information as a period of time from
When a video signal is received by the external device
outputting the audio signal corresponding to the video
signal displayed on the external device by delaying the
the set delay information to the external device through an
interface unit.
9. The method of claim 6, Wherein the delay information
comprises at least one of a delay time and a delay unit.
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10. The method of claim 6, Wherein the delay information
is contained in a reserved area of a service record transmitted
to the external device.
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