Patent Number: 6,310,857

Title: Method and apparatus for smoothing and multiplexing video data flows

Abstract: A method and apparatus provide a smoothing and rate adaptation algorithm to facilitate the flow of video data, maintaining video quality while avoiding potentially harmful buffering delays. The invention uses a smoothing interval to determine a rate to request for allocation. The invention also adapts the encoding rate in relation to a target delay for a source buffer.

Inventors: Duffield; Nicholas G. (Hoboken, NJ), Ramakrishnan; Kadangode K. (Berkeley Heights, NJ), Reibman; Amy Ruth (Matawan, NJ)

Assignee: AT&T Corp.

International Classification: H04Q 11/04 (20060101); H04L 12/56 (20060101); H04L 012/26 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018