Video access method and video access apparatus

  • US 6,954,583 B2
  • Filed: 03/05/2001
  • Issued: 10/11/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/17/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A video picture access system, comprising:

  • representative image list display means for displaying in superposition on a video picture being displayed on a display screen a representative image list containing at least one representative image of a reduced size corresponding to a scene included in said video picture;

    exhibition means for making into appearance said representative image list while extending stepwise a display field of said representative image list over a predetermined time duration;

    user interface means for enabling selection of a representative reduced-size image of a scene by a user to be next displayed from said representative image list; and

    video picture reproducing means capable of exhibiting such visual effect that reproduction of a video picture of the scene corresponding to the selected representative reduced-size image is started at a display position of said selected representative reduced-size image with a size thereof, whereon said reproduction makes transition temporally gradually to a full screen reproduction in which said video picture is displayed substantially over a whole surface of said display screen.

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