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Microsoft Patents GPU Accelerated Video Encoding; No More Free GPU Video Transcoding?

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    Microsoft Patents GPU Accelerated Video Encoding; No More Free GPU Video Transcoding?

    In October 2004, Microsoft Corp. applied for a patent to cover a process it called 'Accelerated video encoding using a graphics processing unit', which it was granted today. This could potentially impact all current GPU-accelerated video encoding is performed, from AMD's free Video Transcoder (formerly known as ATI AVIVO encoder), to Cyberlink and ArcSoft's ATI STREAM and NVIDIA CUDA enhanced applications.

    Microsoft has been granted a key patent that defines one of the primary uses of graphics processors in the future: Video encoding.

    Microsoft applied for the patent titled “Accelerated video encoding using a graphics processing unit” in October 2004 and was granted a patent to its invention today. It outlines a concept where the GPU is used, among others, to perform motion estimation in videos, the use of the depth buffer of the GPU, to determine comprising, collocating video frames, mapping pixels to texels, frame processing using the GPU and output of data to the CPU.

    The patent appears to cover all bases of GPU-accelerated video encoding, which hands Microsoft the rights to a major technology that already impacts prosumer applications and is making its way into the mainstream as we are moving into HD and beyond. Especially with the arrival of 3D, video encoders will depend on GPU acceleration to achieve reasonable video rendering times.


    Full story and details of the patent here.

    #2
    why they didn't patent the ****ing air in process?

    Down with monopolists.

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      #3
      What B.S.! This is like patenting playgrounds vice a given design. Patent office really SUCKS! Maybe report is misleading and MS has something else in mind. Wait why not patent Operating Systems?
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        #4
        I guess they patented a specific technique or algorythm, not the whole concept of using a GPU for video encoding. This just can't be done, I think.

        Would be like patenting:
        - The monitor in front of you so you can check what is going on inside your PC;
        - The concept of using your computer to have your work done;
        - The idea of having your TV, fridge, computer and pressing iron plugged into the wall outlets.

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          #5
          I'm going to retrospectively patent software which is a system for operating a computer ... Perhaps I will call it an operating system or something crazy like that. Lets see how they like that
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            #6
            Yes, great. If at least anybody considered software patents only work in USA. But apparently the rest of the world doesnt matter.

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              #7
              lol, MS isn't a hardware company and made this a trolling patient?

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                #8
                Originally posted by Treeckcold57 View Post
                lol, MS isn't a hardware company and made this a trolling patient?
                MS is hardware company dear sir ...
                even the first MS two button mouse sold millions and that was ages ago
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                  #9
                  I don't know if this patent is applicable. Patents are written in a way that makes them nearly impossible to understand by a layperson. That's one of the bad things about them.

                  In this case, it's possible that the language is limiting enough that it won't apply in many cases. For example, it may be that if the GPU is described a parallel computing device programmed in a language specific to that (Fermi and CUDA) then the patent won't apply.

                  I hope that's the case, but really, if there's a reason to get rid of patents it's their utter unreadability.
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                    #10
                    The Core Value: Non-Aggression :(

                    Originally posted by HyperNovae
                    Origin says if you are benchmarking or something to just call and they will help you out. God the horror, those poor souls. This is the type of orwellian nightmare Alex Jones told me about.

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                      #11
                      Wow...

                      Applied for in 2004...

                      Granted in 2010...

                      I guess the patent office usually rushes Apple patents through the door...

                      It does make sense on the timeline though, since Vista aka Longhorn was in development and the GPU was being tasked with actually drawing the desktop, and playing movies via DirectX...


                      Edit:

                      Wtf AMD even killed off AVIVO??? Then they renamed it to that lame assedness...
                      Last edited by gamefoo21; Oct 14, 2010, 07:15 AM.
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                        #12
                        Originally posted by gamefoo21 View Post
                        I guess the patent office usually rushes Apple patents through the door...
                        This week Apple got a patent for “Portable Electronic Device with Multi-Touch Input”.

                        I assume they filed an application a long time ago...

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                          #13
                          The Apple patent trolls did there trolling on: December 29, 2006

                          So... Considerably faster... I wonder how many palms, Apple has to grease for the speedy treatment.
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