Iconic audiovisual data editing environment

  • US 5,664,216 A
  • Filed: 05/28/1996
  • Issued: 09/02/1997
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/22/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. An iconic audiovisual data editing system operable in conjunction with a general purpose computer, comprising:

  • a visual display providing a working area capable of receiving icons and symbols thereon;

    a first icon generated by said system and capable of being placed on said working area and symbolizing an audiovisual data transformation process performable by said system, said first icon having a first input portion representing a first process input and an output portion representing a process output, said first process input capable of receiving a first electrical input signal representing a first audiovisual datum, said process transforming said first input signal to produce an electrical output signal at said process output representing a transformation of said first audiovisual datum, said first icon further having synchronization data associated therewith to allow said process input to be synchronized independent of an operation of said process; and

    a first audiovisual data flow symbol generated by said system and capable of being placed on said working area, symbolizing a communication of audiovisual data between icons and thereby representing a communication of an electrical signal between audiovisual data transformation processes performable by said system, said first icon and said first symbol freely movable on said working area to symbolize a flow of said first audiovisual datum as a function of a relative location of said first icon and said first symbol on said working area.

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