Patent Number: 6,674,459

Title: Network conference recording system and method including post-conference processing

Abstract: In a recorded network conference, a post-conference process is implemented to transcribe stored raw conference data into a viewable, standard format recording. The post-conference process postpones transcribing tasks until after the conference has ended. During the conference, raw conference data streams are stored directly in a compressed format used for network transmission. The post-conference process can be initiated based on one or more parameters to optimize use of resources. Possible parameters include conference schedules, CPU usage and availability for transcribing, and remaining storage capacity. In an embodiment, a recording unit joins the conference over the network in the manner of an attendee. The recording unit "listens" and blindly records the data, and later performs the post-conference process. In an embodiment, the transcribed recording is burned onto a CD-ROM and delivered to the conference attendees.

Inventors: Ben-Shachar; Ido (Redmond, WA), Leichtling; Ivan J. (Redmond, WA), Collins; Leonard Alan (Carnation, WA)

Assignee: Microsoft Corporation

International Classification: H04N 7/14 (20060101); H04N 007/14 ()

Expiration Date: 01/06/2021