Patent Number: 7,103,269

Title: System of multiple players generating outputs of different formats from identical discs

Abstract: A system for playing a selected one of multiple audio tracks recorded in synchronized fashion with a motion picture on an optical disk. The optical disk has encoded on it a mixing master music and effects ("M&E") track, or a switching master M&E track. Individual audio tracks are provided for language-specific versions of the same motion picture, but these tracks have data recorded in them only where there is dialog. In this way, for many a motion picture, all tracks but masters will have data recorded for well less than half of the running time of the motion picture. When a mixing master is used, it is mixed with a language-specific track when the latter has dialog; the mixing master contains no dialog. If a switching master is used, it may contain dialog recorded with the M&E; when a language-specific track has dialog recorded in it, it also contains M&E and the track is played to the exclusion of the switching master.

Inventors: Cookson; Christopher J. (Los Angeles, CA), Ostrover; Lewis S. (Los Angeles, CA), Lieberfarb; Warren N. (Los Angeles, CA)

Assignee: Warner Home Video Inc.

International Classification: H04N 5/85 (20060101); H04N 5/91 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 9/05/02018