Patent Number: 7,272,794

Title: Methods, systems and media players for rendering different media types

Abstract: Methods and systems are described that assist media players in rendering different media types. In some embodiments, a unified rendering area is provided and managed such that multiple different media types are rendered by the media player in the same user interface area. This unified rendering area thus permits different media types to be presented to a user in an integrated and organized manner. An underlying object model promotes the unified rendering area by providing a base rendering object that has properties that are shared among the different media types. Object sub-classes are provided and are each associated with a different media type, and have properties that extend the shared properties of the base rendering object. In addition, an inventive approach to visualizations is presented that provides better synchronization between a visualization and its associated audio stream.

Inventors: Dideriksen; Tedd (Woodinville, WA), Feller; Chris (Bellevue, WA), Harris; Geoffrey (Seattle, WA), Novak; Michael J. (Redmond, WA), Olson; Kipley J. (Mercer Island, WA)

Assignee: Microsoft Corporation

International Classification: G06F 5/00 (20060101); G06F 13/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2019-09-18 0:00:00