Wed, 11/15/2006 - 12:00pm
Analog Devices Inc. announces its Blackfin® processor, which enables Hitachi, Ltd. to implement an innovative feature that allows the Hitachi Wooo D series of digital video recorders (DVRs) to automatically extract and play back key highlights from recorded video. Known as "automatic digesting," the capability makes fast forwarding all but obsolete and is implemented by a custom algorithm running on Blackfin. Leveraging the ability of the Blackfin to execute sophisticated, computationally-intensive algorithms, Hitachi developed a program that automatically highlights important material on a recording based on changes to audio and video outputs, such as an increase in sound, or a change in the brightness or color distribution. Powering this advanced feature, Blackfin handles the audio and video processing in addition to interfacing with the host storage device.