Method for randomly accessing stored video and a field inspection system employing the same

  • US 5,742,517 A
  • Filed: 09/14/1995
  • Issued: 04/21/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/29/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A field inspection system comprising:

  • receiving means for receiving video signals representing video footage of the field item under inspection;

    compressing means for compressing the received video signal to provide compressed video data having a plurality of sequential frames including reference frames; and

    means for creating an electronic logsheet including a table listing points of interest recorded in the video footage and, for each point of interest, a pointer identifying a reference frame of said compressed video data closest to a beginning point of the video footage showing the associated point of interest such that said electronic logsheet may subsequently be displayed to allow the user to select one of the listed points of interest using an input device and to thereby access and view the video footage showing the selected point of interest.

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