JP2014060773A - Communication apparatus, method, and program - Google Patents

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JP2014060773A
JP2014060773A JP2013233206A JP2013233206A JP2014060773A JP 2014060773 A JP2014060773 A JP 2014060773A JP 2013233206 A JP2013233206 A JP 2013233206A JP 2013233206 A JP2013233206 A JP 2013233206A JP 2014060773 A JP2014060773 A JP 2014060773A
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Tatsuya Kimoto
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PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To transmit video data suitable for the display capability of an external apparatus to the external apparatus even when the communication apparatus cannot acquire correct device information from the external apparatus.
A communication apparatus (100) can acquire the device information from the external apparatus even though it is determined that the device information of the external apparatus (200) cannot be acquired from the external apparatus. If it is determined that the device information acquired from the external device is not correct, the communication means (1
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The present invention relates to a communication equipment that communicates with an external device.

  Currently, a communication system that conforms to the High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) (registered trademark) standard has been proposed (hereinafter referred to as “HDMI system”). The HDMI system includes a source device that transmits video data and a sink device that displays video data received from the source device.

  The sink device has EDID (Extended Display Identification Data). The EDID is device information of the sink device and includes information related to the display capability of the sink device. The source device can know the video format suitable for the display capability of the sink device by referring to the EDID acquired from the sink device (see Patent Document 1).

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  If there is some problem in the cable connection between the source device and the sink device, a transmission error or omission may occur in the EDID being transmitted from the sink device to the source device. For example, when chattering or the like occurs and noise is mixed in the EDID being transmitted, a transmission error or omission may occur in the EDID being transmitted. If a transmission error or omission occurs in the EDID being transmitted, the source device cannot acquire the correct EDID from the sink device. In this case, there arises a problem that the source device cannot know the video format suitable for the display capability of the sink device and cannot transmit video data suitable for the display capability of the sink device to the sink device.

  Such a problem is a problem that may occur in communication systems other than the HDMI system. For example, a problem that may also occur in a communication system that recognizes a video format suitable for the display capability of an external device by referring to device information acquired by the communication device (corresponding to the source device) from the external device (corresponding to the sink device) It is.

Accordingly, an object of the present invention is to enable video data suitable for the display capability of an external device to be transmitted to the external device even when the communication device cannot acquire correct device information from the external device. .

The communication device according to the present invention, according to the communication means connected to the external device via the first transmission line and the second transmission line, and the signal received from the external device via the first transmission line, A first determination unit that determines whether or not device information of the external device can be acquired from the external device; and a device that acquires the device information from the external device via the second transmission line An information acquisition unit; a second determination unit that determines whether the device information acquired from the external device is correct; and a control unit that controls the communication unit. The device information is stored in the external device. If the device information can be acquired from the external device even though it is determined that the device cannot be acquired from the external device, the device acquired from the external device is obtained. When information is determined to be incorrect, the control means and controlling the communication means to perform the re-acquisition of the device information.

According to the present invention, even when the communication device cannot acquire correct device information from the external device , video data suitable for the display capability of the external device can be transmitted to the external device.

It is a figure which shows an example of the communication system which concerns on Embodiment 1 of this invention. It is a block diagram which shows an example of a structure of the communication apparatus 100 and the external apparatus 200 which concern on Embodiment 1 of this invention. It is a flowchart for demonstrating an example of the connection establishment process performed with the communication apparatus 100 which concerns on Embodiment 1 of this invention.

  Embodiments of the present invention will be described below with reference to the drawings. However, the following embodiments are merely examples, and the present invention is not limited to the following embodiments.

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FIG. 1 is a diagram illustrating an example of a communication system according to Embodiment 1 of the present invention. FIG. 2 is a block diagram illustrating an exemplary configuration of the communication device 100 and the external device 200 according to the first embodiment of the present invention.

  As shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, the communication system according to the first embodiment includes a communication device 100, an external device 200, a connection cable 300, and a remote control 400. The communication device 100 and the external device 200 are connected via a connection cable 300.

  The communication device 100 is a video output device that can transmit video data, audio data, and auxiliary data to the external device 200 via the connection cable 300. The external device 200 is a display device that displays video data received from the communication device 100 on a display and outputs audio data received from the communication device 100 from a speaker. Both the communication device 100 and the external device 200 can transmit various control commands bidirectionally via the connection cable 300.

  The remote control 400 provides a user interface for operating the communication device 100 and the external device 200. The remote controller 400 can wirelessly transmit a control signal for controlling at least one of the communication device 100 and the external device 200 to the external device 200. When the control signal transmitted from the remote control 400 is received, the external device 200 analyzes the control signal received from the remote control 400. When the control signal received from the remote control 400 is a control signal for controlling the external device 200, the external device 200 controls the external device 200 according to the control signal received from the remote control 400. When the control signal received from the remote control 400 is a control signal for controlling the communication device 100, the external device 200 generates a control command corresponding to the control signal received from the remote control 400. Then, the external device 200 transmits the generated control command to the communication device 100 via the connection cable 300. Thus, the user can remotely control at least one of the external device 200 and the communication device 100 using the remote controller 400.

  In the first embodiment, the communication device 100, the external device 200, and the connection cable 300 are assumed to conform to the HDMI standard and the DVI (Digital Visual Interface) standard. Therefore, the communication device 100 is a source device that functions as an HDMI source (Source) in the HDMI standard, and the external device 200 is a sink device that functions as an HDMI sink (Sink) in the HDMI standard.

  In the first embodiment, the communication device 100 and the external device 200 are assumed to conform to the CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) protocol defined by the HDMI standard. A control command transmitted bidirectionally between the communication device 100 and the external device 200 conforms to the CEC protocol. Hereinafter, a control command conforming to the CEC protocol is referred to as a “CEC command”.

  In the first embodiment, a video camera is used as an example of the communication device 100. Of course, the communication device 100 is not limited to a video camera. A video output device such as a still camera, a video recorder, or a computer may be used as the communication device 100.

  In the first embodiment, a television receiver (hereinafter referred to as “TV”) is used as an example of the external device 200. Of course, the external device 200 is not limited to a television. A display device such as a projector may be used as the external device 200.

  Hereinafter, the communication device 100 is referred to as “video camera 100”, the external device 200 is referred to as “television 200”, and the connection cable 300 is referred to as “HDMI cable 300”.

  Next, the HDMI cable 300 will be described with reference to FIG.

  The HDMI cable 300 includes a + 5V power line 301, a HPD (Hot Plug Detect) line 302, and a DDC (Display Data Channel) line 303. The HDMI cable 300 further includes a TMDS (Transition Minimized Differential Signaling) line 304 and a CEC line 305.

  The + 5V power line 301 is a power supply line for supplying + 5V from the video camera 100 to the television 200.

  The HPD line 302 (first transmission line) is a transmission line for transmitting a high voltage level (hereinafter, H level) or low voltage level (hereinafter, L level) HPD signal from the television 200 to the video camera 100. .

  When the video camera 100 supplies + 5V to the television 200 via the + 5V power line 301, the television 200 determines whether or not the EDID or E-EDID (Enhanced EDID) of the television 200 can be transmitted to the video camera 100. To do.

  Both EDID and E-EDID are device information of the television 200, and include information about the television 200, information about the display capability of the television 200, and the like. For example, EDID and E-EDID include information on resolution, scanning frequency, aspect ratio, color space, and the like supported by the television 200. E-EDID is an extension of EDID and includes more capability information than EDID. For example, the E-EDID includes information related to the format of video data and audio data supported by the television 200. Hereinafter, both EDID and E-EDID are referred to as “EDID”.

  When the video camera 100 supplies + 5V to the television 200 and the EDID of the television 200 can be transmitted to the video camera 100, the television 200 transmits the H level HPD signal via the HPD line 302. To 100. By transmitting the H level HPD signal to the video camera 100, the television 200 can notify the video camera 100 that the television 200 and the video camera 100 are connected.

  If the video camera 100 supplies + 5V to the television 200 but the EDID of the television 200 cannot be transmitted to the video camera 100, the television 200 sends an L-level HPD signal via the HPD line 302. Send to. Even when the video camera 100 does not supply +5 V to the television 200, the television 200 transmits an L-level HPD signal to the video camera 100.

  The DDC line 303 (second transmission line) is a transmission line for transmitting the EDID of the television 200 from the television 200 to the video camera 100. The video camera 100 that has received the EDID of the television 200 can automatically know the display capability, audio output capability, and the like of the television 200 by referring to the EDID of the television 200. Furthermore, the CPU 101 can automatically know the video format and audio format suitable for the display capability and audio output capability of the television 200. By setting the video camera 100 to a setting suitable for the television 200, the video camera 100 converts the video data and audio data transmitted from the video camera 100 to the television 200 to video data and audio data suitable for the capability of the television 200. Can be.

  The TMDS line 304 is a transmission line for transmitting video data, audio data, and auxiliary data from the video camera 100 to the television 200. The TMDS line 304 includes a TMDS channel 0, a TMDS channel 1, a TMDS channel 2, and a TMDS clock channel.

  The CEC line 305 is a transmission line for bidirectionally transmitting various CEC commands between the video camera 100 and the television 200. The television 200 can control the video camera 100 by transmitting a CEC command for controlling the video camera 100 to the video camera 100 via the CEC line 305. The video camera 100 can also control the television 200 by transmitting a CEC command for controlling the television 200 to the television 200 via the CEC line 305. The CEC command for controlling the video camera 100 includes a power ON command, a power OFF command, etc. as commands relating to the power of the video camera 100. A playback command, stop command, pause command, fast forward command, rewind command, recording command, recording pause command, menu ON command, menu OFF command, and the like are also CEC commands for controlling the video camera 100.

  Next, an example of the configuration of the video camera 100 will be described with reference to FIG.

  As shown in FIG. 2, the video camera 100 includes a CPU (Central Processing Unit) 101, a memory 102, a communication unit 103, an imaging unit 104, a recording unit 105, a display unit 106, and an operation unit 107.

  The CPU 101 controls the entire operation of the video camera 100 according to a computer program stored in the memory 102. The CPU 101 can also control the operation of the entire video camera 100 using the EDID of the television 200.

  The CPU 101 has a counter 101a for counting the count value N. The count value N is a value indicating the number of times that the EDID of the television 200 is acquired again. The count value N is also a value indicating the number of times an incorrect EDID is received from the television 200.

  The communication unit 103 has an HDMI terminal for connecting the HDMI cable 300. When the operation mode of the video camera 100 is the shooting mode, the communication unit 103 transmits the video data generated by the imaging unit 104 and the audio data generated by the microphone unit (not shown) via the TMDS line 304 to the television 200. Can be sent to. In this case, auxiliary data generated by the CPU 101 is also transmitted to the television 200 via the TMDS line 304. When the operation mode of the video camera 100 is the reproduction mode, the communication unit 103 can transmit the video data and audio data reproduced from the recording medium 105 a by the recording unit 105 to the television 200 via the TMDS line 304. In this case, auxiliary data generated by the CPU 101 is also transmitted to the television 200 via the TMDS line 304.

  The communication unit 103 can receive the CEC command transmitted from the television 200 via the CEC line 305. The CEC command received from the television 200 is supplied from the communication unit 103 to the CPU 101. The CPU 101 can control the video camera 100 according to the CEC command received from the television 200. The communication unit 103 can also transmit a CEC command for controlling the television 200 to the television 200 via the CEC line 305. A CEC command for controlling the television 200 is generated by the CPU 101 and supplied from the CPU 101 to the communication unit 203.

  The communication unit 103 can supply + 5V to the television 200 via the + 5V power line 301.

  The communication unit 103 can receive an L level or H level HPD signal from the television 200 via the HPD line 302. The HPD signal received by the communication unit 103 from the television 200 is detected by the HPD signal detection unit 103a. The HPD signal detection unit 103a determines whether the detected HPD signal is at the H level or the L level, and notifies the CPU 101 of the determination result. Therefore, the CPU 101 can also determine whether the HPD signal received by the communication unit 103 from the television 200 is at the H level or the L level.

  The communication unit 103 can receive the EDID of the television 200 from the television 200 via the DDC line 303. When the communication unit 103 receives the EDID of the television 200 from the television 200, the EDID of the television 200 is supplied to the device information acquisition unit 103b. The device information acquisition unit 103b determines whether or not the communication unit 103 has received the EDID of the television 200 from the television 200, and notifies the CPU 101 of the determination result. The EDID of the television 200 received from the television 200 is supplied to the CPU 101 via the device information acquisition unit 103b. The CPU 101 stores the EDID of the television 200 supplied from the device information acquisition unit 103b in the memory 207.

  When the EDID of the television 200 can be received from the television 200, the CPU 101 can also perform an EDID analysis process. The EDID analysis process is a process for analyzing whether or not the EDID of the television 200 supplied from the device information acquisition unit 103b is correct, and includes the following first, second, and third analysis processes. The first analysis process is a process for checking whether or not the EDID received from the television 200 satisfies a predetermined format. The second analysis process is a process of checking whether the EDID received from the television 200 includes a transmission error using a checksum. The third analysis process is a process of checking whether or not the EDID received from the television 200 includes an abnormal value.

  When the operation mode of the video camera 100 is the shooting mode, the imaging unit 104 captures a subject and generates video data from the optical image of the subject. The video data generated by the imaging unit 104 may be a moving image or a still image. Video data generated by the imaging unit 104 is supplied from the imaging unit 104 to the communication unit 103, the recording unit 105, and the display unit 106. When the correct EDID can be received from the television 200, the imaging unit 104 converts the video data supplied from the imaging unit 104 to the communication unit 103 into video data suitable for the display capability of the television 200. Video data supplied from the imaging unit 104 to the communication unit 103 is transmitted to the television 200 via the TMDS line 304. The video data supplied from the imaging unit 104 to the recording unit 105 is recorded on the recording medium 105a. The video data supplied from the imaging unit 104 to the display unit 106 is displayed on the display unit 106.

  When the imaging unit 104 generates video data, a microphone unit (not shown) generates audio data. Audio data generated by the microphone unit is supplied from the microphone unit to the communication unit 103, the recording unit 105, and a speaker unit (not shown). When the correct EDID is received from the television 200, the microphone unit converts the audio data supplied from the microphone unit to the communication unit 103 into audio data suitable for the audio output capability of the television 200. The audio data supplied from the microphone unit to the communication unit 103 is transmitted to the television 200 via the TMDS line 304. The audio data supplied from the microphone unit to the recording unit 105 is recorded on the recording medium 105a. The audio data supplied from the microphone unit to the display unit 106 is output from the speaker unit.

  When the operation mode of the video camera 100 is the playback mode, the imaging unit 104 stops shooting the subject and stops generating video data from the optical image of the subject.

  When the operation mode of the video camera 100 is the shooting mode, the recording unit 105 can record the video data generated by the imaging unit 104 and the audio data generated by the microphone unit on the recording medium 105a. Recording of video data and audio data generated by the imaging unit 104 and the microphone unit on the recording medium 105 a is controlled by the CPU 101 in accordance with a user instruction input via the operation unit 107. The CPU 101 can also control recording of video data and audio data generated by the imaging unit 104 and the microphone unit on the recording medium 105 a according to the CEC command received from the television 200.

  When the operation mode of the video camera 100 is the reproduction mode, the recording unit 105 can reproduce the video data and audio data selected by the user from the recording medium 105a. Selection of video data and audio data reproduced from the recording medium 105 a is controlled by the CPU 101 in accordance with a user instruction input via the operation unit 107. The CPU 101 can also control selection of video data and audio data reproduced from the recording medium 105 a according to the CEC command received from the television 200.

  Video data reproduced from the recording medium 105 a by the recording unit 105 is supplied from the recording unit 105 to the communication unit 103 and the display unit 106. When the correct EDID is received from the television 200, the recording unit 105 converts the video data supplied from the recording unit 105 to the communication unit 103 into video data suitable for the display capability of the television 200. Video data supplied from the recording unit 105 to the communication unit 103 is transmitted to the television 200 via the TMDS line 304. The video data supplied from the recording unit 105 to the display unit 106 is displayed on the display unit 106. The audio data reproduced by the recording unit 105 from the recording medium 105a is supplied from the recording unit 105 to the communication unit 103 and a speaker unit (not shown). When the correct EDID is received from the television 200, the recording unit 105 converts the audio data supplied from the recording unit 105 to the communication unit 103 into audio data suitable for the audio output capability of the television 200. The audio data supplied from the recording unit 105 to the communication unit 103 is transmitted to the television 200 via the TMDS line 304. The audio data supplied from the recording unit 105 to the speaker unit is output from the speaker unit.

  The recording medium 105a is a recording medium such as a memory card or a hard disk device. The recording medium 105 a may be a recording medium built in the video camera 100 or a recording medium removable from the video camera 100.

  The display unit 106 includes a display device such as a liquid crystal display. When the operation mode of the video camera 100 is the shooting mode, the display unit 106 displays the video data generated by the imaging unit 104. When the operation mode of the video camera 100 is the reproduction mode, the display unit 106 displays the video data reproduced by the recording unit 105 from the recording medium 105a.

  The operation unit 107 provides a user interface for operating the video camera 100. The operation unit 107 has a plurality of buttons for operating the video camera 100. Each button included in the operation unit 107 includes a switch, a touch panel, and the like. The CPU 101 can control the video camera 100 in accordance with a user instruction input via the operation unit 107.

  The operation unit 107 includes a power button, a mode change button, a start / stop button, a menu button, a + button, a − button, a SET button, and the like. The + button and the-button may be replaced with a cross button.

  The power button is a button for instructing the CPU 101 to change the video camera 100 to either the power-on (ON) state or the power-off (OFF) state. The power-on state is a state in which necessary power can be supplied to the entire video camera 100 from a power source (not shown) (battery, AC power source, etc.). The power-off state is a state in which power supply to a part or all of the video camera 100 from a power source (not shown) (battery, AC power source, etc.) is stopped.

  The mode change button is a button for instructing the CPU 101 to change the operation mode of the video camera 100 to one of the shooting mode, the playback mode, and the like. The start / stop button is a button for instructing the CPU 101 to start or pause recording of video data generated by the imaging unit 104 on the recording medium 105a.

  The menu button is a button for instructing the CPU 101 to display or hide the menu screen of the video camera 100. The menu screen of the video camera 100 includes a menu screen for controlling the video camera 100 and a menu screen for changing settings of the video camera 100. These menu screens are stored in the memory 102. When displaying the menu screen, the CPU 101 reads the menu screen to be displayed from the memory 102 and supplies the read menu screen to the display unit 106. The CPU 101 superimposes a cursor or the like on the menu screen supplied from the CPU 101 to the display unit 106. The display unit 106 superimposes the menu screen supplied from the CPU 101 on the video data supplied from the imaging unit 104 or the recording unit 105. As a result, the display unit 106 displays the video data on which the menu screen is superimposed. When the menu screen is not displayed, the CPU 101 stops supplying the menu screen to the display unit 106.

  The + button and the-button are buttons for moving the cursor on the menu screen. The SET button is a button for instructing the CPU 101 to execute the item selected by the cursor. Movement between menu screens can also be performed using the + button, the-button, and the SET button.

  The operation unit 107 further includes a play button, a stop button, a pause button, a fast forward button, a rewind button, and the like. The playback button is a button for instructing the CPU 101 to execute playback of the video data recorded on the recording medium 105a. The stop button is a button for instructing the CPU 101 to stop playback of video data recorded on the recording medium 105a. The pause button is a button for instructing the CPU 101 to execute pause of playback of video data recorded on the recording medium 105a. The fast forward button is a button for instructing the CPU 101 to execute fast forward of the video data recorded on the recording medium 105a. The rewind button is a button for instructing the CPU 101 to execute rewind of the video data recorded on the recording medium 105a.

  Next, an example of the configuration of the television 200 will be described with reference to FIG.

  As shown in FIG. 2, the television 200 includes a CPU (Central Processing Unit) 201, a tuner unit 202, a communication unit 203, a display unit 204, an operation unit 205, a remote control reception unit 206, and a memory 207.

  The CPU 201 controls the operation of the entire television 200 according to the computer program stored in the memory 207.

  The tuner unit 202 receives a television broadcast of the television channel selected by the user. The television channel can be selected using the remote controller 400. When receiving a control signal indicating the television channel selected by the user from the remote control 400, the remote control receiving unit 206 supplies the received control signal to the CPU 201. CPU 201 controls tuner unit 202 in accordance with a control signal from remote control receiving unit 206. Selection of a television channel can also be performed using the operation unit 205. The CPU 201 controls the tuner unit 202 in accordance with a user instruction input via the operation unit 205. As a result, the tuner unit 202 can receive a television broadcast of the television channel selected by the user using the remote controller 400 or the operation unit 205. Video data included in the television broadcast received by the tuner unit 202 is displayed on the display unit 204. Audio data included in the television broadcast received by the tuner unit 202 is output from a speaker unit (not shown). The auxiliary data included in the television broadcast received by the tuner unit 202 is supplied to the CPU 201. The CPU 201 can control the television 200 according to the auxiliary data received from the video camera 100.

  The communication unit 203 has an HDMI terminal for connecting the HDMI cable 300. The communication unit 203 can receive the video data, audio data, and auxiliary data transmitted from the video camera 100 via the TMDS line 304. Video data received from the video camera 100 is displayed on the display unit 204. Audio data received from the video camera 100 is output from a speaker unit (not shown). The auxiliary data received from the video camera 100 is supplied to the CPU 201. The CPU 201 can control the television 200 according to the auxiliary data received from the video camera 100.

  The communication unit 203 can receive the CEC command transmitted from the video camera 100 via the CEC line 305. The CEC command received from the video camera 100 is supplied from the communication unit 203 to the CPU 201. The CPU 201 can control the television 200 according to the CEC command received from the video camera 100. The communication unit 203 can also transmit a CEC command for controlling the video camera 100 to the video camera 100 via the CEC line 305. A CEC command for controlling the video camera 100 is generated by the CPU 201 and supplied from the CPU 201 to the communication unit 203.

  The communication unit 203 can determine whether or not the video camera 100 supplies + 5V to the television 200 via the + 5V power line 301. Whether the video camera 100 is supplying + 5V to the television 200 via the + 5V power line 301 is notified from the communication unit 203 to the CPU 201. Therefore, the CPU 201 can also determine whether the video camera 100 is supplying +5 V to the television 200 via the +5 V power line 301.

  When the video camera 100 supplies +5 V to the television 200, the CPU 201 determines whether or not the EDID of the television 200 can be transmitted to the video camera 100. If the EDID of the television 200 can be transmitted to the video camera 100, the communication unit 203 transmits an H level HPD signal to the video camera 100 via the HPD line 302.

  If the EDID of the television 200 cannot be transmitted to the video camera 100 even though the video camera 100 supplies +5 V to the television 200, the communication unit 203 sends an L level HPD signal via the HPD line 302 to the video camera. To 100. Even when the video camera 100 does not supply +5 V to the television 200, the communication unit 203 transmits an L-level HPD signal to the video camera 100.

  The communication unit 203 can transmit the EDID of the television 200 stored in the memory 207 to the video camera 100 via the DDC line 303.

  The display unit 204 includes a display device such as a liquid crystal display. The display unit 204 can display video data supplied from at least one of the tuner unit 202 and the communication unit 203.

  The operation unit 205 provides a user interface for operating the television 200. The operation unit 205 has a plurality of buttons for operating the television 200, as with the remote control 400. Each button included in the operation unit 205 includes a switch, a touch panel, and the like. The CPU 201 can control the television 200 in accordance with a user instruction input via the operation unit 205.

  When receiving the control signal transmitted from the remote control 400, the remote control receiving unit 206 supplies the received control signal to the CPU 201. Thereby, the instruction from the user input to the remote control 400 is input to the CPU 201 via the remote control 400 and the remote control reception unit 206. The CPU 201 can control at least one of the television 200 and the video camera 100 in accordance with a control signal from the remote control receiving unit 206. When controlling the video camera 100 according to the control signal from the remote control receiving unit 206, the CPU 201 generates a CEC command corresponding to the control signal from the remote control receiving unit 206 and supplies the generated CEC command to the communication unit 203. The CEC command supplied to the communication unit 203 is transmitted to the video camera 100 via the CEC line 305. Thus, the user can remotely control the video camera 100 using the remote controller 400.

  The remote control 400 provides a user interface for operating the video camera 100 and the television 200. The remote control 400 has a plurality of buttons for operating the video camera 100 and a plurality of buttons for operating the television 200. Each button included in the remote control 400 includes a switch, a touch panel, and the like.

  The remote control 400 includes a first power button, a channel selection button, an external input button, a menu button, a + button, a − button, a SET button, and the like. These buttons are buttons for operating the television 200.

  The first power button is a button for instructing the CPU 201 to change the television 200 to a power-on (ON) state or a power-off (OFF) state. The power-on state is a state in which necessary power can be supplied to the entire TV 200 from a power source (not shown). The power-off state is a state in which the supply of power to a part or all of the television 200 from a power source (not shown) is stopped. The channel selection button is a button for selecting a television channel received by the tuner unit 202. The external input button is a button for selecting either video data included in the television broadcast received by the tuner unit 202 or video data received from the video camera 100 and causing the display unit 204 to display the selected video data. is there.

  The menu button is a button for instructing the CPU 201 to display or hide the menu screen of the television 200. The menu screen of television 200 includes a menu screen for controlling television 200 and a menu screen for changing settings of television 200. These menu screens are stored in the memory 207. When displaying the menu screen, the CPU 201 reads the menu screen to be displayed from the memory 207 and supplies the read menu screen to the display unit 204. The CPU 201 superimposes a cursor or the like on the menu screen supplied from the CPU 201 to the display unit 204. The display unit 204 superimposes the menu screen supplied from the CPU 201 on the video data supplied from the tuner unit 202 or the communication unit 203. As a result, video data on which the menu screen is superimposed is displayed on the display unit 204. When the menu screen is not displayed, the CPU 201 stops supplying the menu screen to the display unit 204.

  The + button and the-button are buttons for moving the cursor on the menu screen. The SET button is a button for instructing the CPU 201 to execute the item selected by the cursor. Movement between menu screens can also be performed using the + button, the-button, and the SET button.

  Note that when the menu screen of the video camera 100 is displayed on the television 200, the + button, the-button, and the SET button can also operate the cursor on the menu screen. In this case, the CPU 201 generates a CEC command corresponding to an operation on the + button, the − button, and the SET button, and supplies the generated CEC command to the communication unit 203. The communication unit 203 transmits the CEC command from the CPU 201 to the video camera 100 via the CEC line 305.

  The remote control 400 further includes a second power button, a play button, a stop button, a pause button, a fast forward button, a rewind button, a start / stop button, a menu button, and the like. These buttons are buttons for operating the video camera 100.

  The second power button is a button for instructing the CPU 201 to transmit a power ON command or a power OFF command to the video camera 100 via the CEC line 305. The power ON command is a CEC command for instructing the CPU 101 to change the video camera 100 to the power ON state. The power OFF command is a CEC command for instructing the CPU 101 to change the video camera 100 to the power OFF state.

  The playback button is a button for instructing the CPU 201 to transmit a playback command to the video camera 100 via the CEC line 305. The reproduction command is a CEC command for instructing the CPU 101 to execute reproduction (play) of video data recorded on the recording medium 105a. The stop button is a button for instructing the CPU 201 to transmit a stop command to the video camera 100 via the CEC line 305. The stop command is a CEC command for instructing the CPU 101 to stop playback of video data recorded on the recording medium 105a. The pause button is a button for instructing the CPU 201 to transmit a pause command to the video camera 100 via the CEC line 305. The pause command is a CEC command for instructing the CPU 101 to execute pause of playback of video data recorded on the recording medium 105a. The fast forward button is a button for instructing the CPU 201 to transmit a fast forward command to the video camera 100 via the CEC line 305. The fast-forward command is a CEC command for instructing the CPU 101 to perform fast forward of video data recorded on the recording medium 105a. The rewind button is a button for instructing the CPU 201 to transmit a rewind command to the video camera 100 via the CEC line 305. The rewind command is a CEC command for instructing the CPU 101 to execute rewind of the video data recorded on the recording medium 105a.

  The start / stop button is a button for instructing the CPU 201 to transmit a recording command or a recording pause command to the video camera 100 via the CEC line 305. The recording command is a CEC command for instructing the CPU 101 to start recording video data generated by the imaging unit 104 on the recording medium 105a. The recording pause command is a CEC command for instructing the CPU 101 to pause recording of the video data generated by the imaging unit 104 on the recording medium 105a.

  The menu button is a button for instructing the CPU 201 to transmit a menu ON command or a menu OFF command to the video camera 100 via the CEC line 305. The menu ON command is a CEC command for instructing the CPU 101 to display the menu screen of the video camera 100. When displaying the menu screen, the CPU 101 reads the menu screen to be displayed from the memory 102 and supplies the read menu screen to the display unit 106. The CPU 101 superimposes a cursor or the like on the menu screen supplied from the CPU 101 to the display unit 106. The display unit 106 superimposes the menu screen supplied from the CPU 101 on the video data supplied from the imaging unit 104 or the recording unit 105. As a result, the display unit 106 displays the video data on which the menu screen is superimposed. The menu OFF command is a CEC command for instructing the CPU 101 to hide the menu screen of the video camera 100. When the menu screen is not displayed, the CPU 101 stops supplying the menu screen to the display unit 106.

  Next, a connection establishment process performed by the video camera 100 according to Embodiment 1 will be described with reference to FIGS.

  FIG. 3 is a flowchart for explaining an example of a connection establishment process performed by the video camera 100 according to the first embodiment. The connection establishment process described with reference to FIG. 3 is a process performed when the video camera 100 and the television 200 are connected via the HDMI cable 300 and the video camera 100 supplies +5 V to the television 200. It is. Note that the connection establishment process described with reference to FIG. 3 is controlled by the CPU 101 executing a computer program stored in the memory 102.

  In step S <b> 301, the CPU 101 determines whether the connection flag cf stored in the memory 102 is 1 or 0. When determining that the connection flag cf is 1, the CPU 101 determines that an HDMI connection or a DVI connection is established between the video camera 100 and the television 200. The HDMI connection is a connection for performing communication conforming to the HDMI standard. The DVI connection is a connection for performing communication conforming to the DVI standard. When it is determined that the connection flag cf is 0, the CPU 101 determines that neither HDMI connection nor DVI connection is established between the video camera 100 and the television 200.

  When it is determined that the connection flag cf is 1 (YES in S301), the flowchart proceeds from step S301 to step S320. When it is determined that the connection flag cf is 0 (NO in S301), the flowchart proceeds from step S301 to step S302.

  In step S302, the HPD signal detection unit 103a detects the HPD signal received by the communication unit 103 from the television 200, and determines whether the detected HPD signal is at the H level or the L level. Whether the HPD signal is at the H level or the L level is notified from the HPD signal detection unit 103a to the CPU 101. Therefore, the CPU 101 can also determine whether the HPD signal received by the communication unit 103 from the television 200 is at the H level or the L level. The CPU 101 determines whether the EDID of the television 200 can be read from the television 200 according to the HPD signal received from the television 200 by the communication unit 103 (first determination).

  When it is determined that the HPD signal received from the television 200 is at the H level (YES in S302), the flowchart proceeds from step S302 to step S303. When it is determined that the HPD signal received by the communication unit 103 from the television 200 is at the L level (NO in S302), the flowchart proceeds from step S302 to step S314.

  When it is determined that the HPD signal received from the television 200 is at the H level (YES in S302), the CPU 101 determines that the EDID of the television 200 can be read from the television 200. In step S303, the CPU 101 controls the counter 101a so that the count value N becomes zero. When the counter 101a sets the count value N to 0, the flowchart proceeds from step S303 to step S304.

  In step S304, the CPU 101 instructs the device information acquisition unit 103b to transmit an EDID request signal to the television 200 via the DDC line 303. The device information acquisition unit 103 b transmits an EDID request signal to the television 200 via the DDC line 303 in accordance with an instruction from the CPU 101. The EDID request signal is a signal for requesting the television 200 for the EDID of the television 200. By transmitting the EDID request signal to the television 200, the video camera 100 can read the EDID of the television 200 from the television 200. The television 200 that has received the EDID request signal reads the EDID of the television 200 from the memory 207 and transmits the read EDID to the video camera 100 via the communication unit 203 and the DDC line 303. When the communication unit 103 receives the EDID of the television 200 from the television 200, the EDID of the television 200 is supplied to the device information acquisition unit 103b. When the EDID request signal is transmitted to the television 200, the flowchart proceeds from step S304 to step S305.

  If there is some problem in the cable connection between the video camera 100 and the television 200, the video camera 100 may not receive the EDID of the television 200 even if the television 200 transmits the EDID. Therefore, in step S305, the device information acquisition unit 103b determines whether the communication unit 103 has received the EDID of the television 200 from the television 200. Whether or not the EDID of the television 200 can be received from the television 200 is notified from the device information acquisition unit 103b to the CPU 101. Therefore, the CPU 101 can also determine whether the communication unit 103 has received the EDID of the television 200 from the television 200. When the EDID of the television 200 can be received from the television 200, the EDID of the television 200 is supplied from the device information acquisition unit 103b to the CPU 101. The EDID of the television 200 supplied to the CPU 101 is stored in the memory 102.

  When the EDID of the television 200 can be received from the television 200 (YES in S305), the flowchart proceeds from step S305 to step S306. When the EDID of the television 200 cannot be received from the television 200 (NO in S305), the flowchart proceeds from step S305 to step S309.

  Even if the EDID of the TV 200 can be received from the TV 200, if a transmission error or omission occurs, the EDID of the TV 200 is not a correct EDID. Therefore, in step S306, the CPU 101 performs the above-described EDID analysis process, and analyzes the EDID of the television 200 stored in the memory 102. When the analysis of EDID is completed, the flowchart proceeds from step S306 to step S307.

  In step S307, the CPU 101 determines whether the EDID received from the television 200 is correct based on the result of the analysis process in step S306 (second determination).

  When the EDID received from the television 200 does not satisfy the predetermined format, the CPU 101 determines that the EDID received from the television 200 is not correct. For example, when the EDID received from the television 200 is broken in the middle, the CPU 101 determines that the EDID received from the television 200 does not satisfy a predetermined format, and determines that the EDID received from the television 200 is not correct.

  Even when a part of the EDID received from the television 200 is missing, the CPU 101 determines that the EDID received from the television 200 does not satisfy a predetermined format, and determines that the EDID received from the television 200 is not correct. .

  Even when the EDID received from the television 200 includes a transmission error, the CPU 101 determines that the EDID received from the television 200 is not correct. Whether or not the EDID includes a transmission error can be determined using the EDID checksum.

  Even when the EDID received from the television 200 includes an abnormal value, the CPU 101 determines that the EDID received from the television 200 is not correct. For example, when the values of EDID received from the television 200 are all 0, the CPU 101 determines that the EDID received from the television 200 includes an abnormal value, and determines that the EDID received from the television 200 is not correct.

  When the EDID received from the television 200 satisfies a predetermined format, does not include a transmission error, and does not include an abnormal value, the CPU 101 determines that the EDID received from the television 200 is correct.

  When it is determined that the EDID received from the television 200 is correct (YES in S307), the flowchart proceeds from step S307 to step S308. When it is determined that the EDID received from the television 200 is not correct (NO in S307), the flowchart proceeds from step S307 to step S310.

  When it is determined that the EDID received from the television 200 is correct (YES in S307), the video camera 100 has acquired the correct EDID from the television 200. In this case, the CPU 101 can establish an HDMI connection between the video camera 100 and the television 200 by controlling the communication unit 103 using the EDID of the television 200. Therefore, in step S308, the CPU 101 instructs the communication unit 103 to establish an HDMI connection between the video camera 100 and the television 200. The communication unit 103 establishes an HDMI connection between the video camera 100 and the television 200 in accordance with an instruction from the CPU 101.

  When the correct EDID can be acquired from the television 200, the CPU 101 can automatically know the display capability, audio output capability, and the like of the television 200 by referring to the EDID of the television 200. Furthermore, the CPU 101 can automatically know the video format and audio format suitable for the display capability and audio output capability of the television 200.

  For example, when the operation mode of the video camera 100 is the shooting mode, the CPU 101 notifies the imaging unit 104 of a video format that is optimal for the display capability of the television 200 among a plurality of video formats supported by the video camera 100. . Further, in this case, the CPU 101 notifies the microphone unit of an audio format most suitable for the audio output capability of the television 200 among a plurality of audio formats supported by the video camera 100. The imaging unit 104 converts the video data supplied from the imaging unit 104 to the communication unit 103 into video data that conforms to the video format notified from the CPU 101. Thus, the video data transmitted from the video camera 100 to the television 200 becomes video data suitable for the display capability of the television 200. The microphone unit converts audio data supplied from the microphone unit to the communication unit 103 into audio data that conforms to the audio format notified from the CPU 101. Thus, the audio data transmitted from the video camera 100 to the television 200 becomes audio data suitable for the audio output capability of the television 200.

  For example, when the operation mode of the video camera 100 is the playback mode, the CPU 101 notifies the recording unit 105 of a video format most suitable for the display capability of the television 200 among a plurality of video formats supported by the video camera 100. . In this case, the CPU 101 notifies the recording unit 105 of an audio format most suitable for the audio output capability of the television 200 among a plurality of audio formats supported by the video camera 100. The recording unit 105 converts the video data supplied from the recording unit 105 to the communication unit 103 into video data that conforms to the video format notified from the CPU 101. Thus, the video data transmitted from the video camera 100 to the television 200 becomes video data suitable for the display capability of the television 200. The recording unit 105 converts the audio data supplied from the recording unit 105 to the communication unit 103 into audio data that conforms to the audio format notified from the CPU 101. Thus, the audio data transmitted from the video camera 100 to the television 200 becomes audio data suitable for the audio output capability of the television 200.

  While the HDMI connection is established, the communication unit 103 can transmit the video data and audio data supplied from either the imaging unit 104 or the recording unit 105 to the television 200 via the TMDS line 304. The auxiliary data supplied from the CPU 101 can also be transmitted to the television 200 via the TMDS line 304.

  While the HDMI connection is established, the communication unit 103 can also transmit a control command for controlling the television 200 to the television 200 via the CEC line 305. Further, while the HDMI connection is established, the communication unit 103 can also receive a control command for controlling the video camera 100 from the television 200 via the CEC line 305.

  When the HDMI connection is established, the CPU 101 sets the connection flag cf stored in the memory 102 to 1. When the CPU 101 sets the connection flag cf to 1, this flowchart returns from step S308 to step S301.

  When the EDID of the television 200 cannot be received from the television 200 even though the HPD signal is at the H level (NO in S305), the CPU 101 has some problem with at least one of the HPD line 302 and the DDC line 303. It is determined that there was. In step S309, the CPU 101 instructs the communication unit 103 to perform HPD initialization processing and DDC initialization processing. The communication unit 103 performs HPD initialization processing and DDC initialization processing in accordance with instructions from the CPU 101. The HPD initialization process is a process of initializing the HPD signal detection unit 103a in order to confirm whether or not the HPD signal is at the H level. The DDC initialization process is a process of initializing the device information acquisition unit 103b in order to acquire the EDID of the television 200 again.

  When the communication unit 103 performs the HPD initialization process and the DDC initialization process, the CPU 101 controls the communication unit 103 so as not to stop supplying +5 V from the video camera 100 to the television 200. By not stopping the supply of + 5V from the video camera 100 to the television 200, it is possible to prevent the television 200 from recognizing the video camera 100 as a newly connected device. Thus, the TV 200 can recognize the connection of the video camera 100 again and omit the process of restarting the transmission of the H-level HPD signal, so the video camera 100 can quickly reacquire the EDID. Can do.

  When the communication unit 103 performs the HPD initialization process and the DDC initialization process, the flowchart returns from step S309 to step S301. Thereby, the video camera 100 can perform reconfirmation of the HPD signal and reacquisition of the EDID.

  If the EDID received from the television 200 is not correct even when the HPD signal is at the H level (NO in S307), the CPU 101 determines that there is some malfunction in the DDC line 303. For example, when the DDC line 303 chattering or the like occurs, the EDID of the television 200 may not be received as a correct EDID. In step S <b> 310, the CPU 101 compares the count value N with the predetermined value A stored in the memory 102 and determines whether the count value N exceeds the predetermined value A. The predetermined value A is an arbitrary value such as 1. Thereby, the CPU 101 can repeat the EDID re-acquisition until the count value N exceeds the predetermined value A.

  When it is determined that the count value N exceeds the predetermined value A (YES in S310), the flowchart proceeds from step S310 to step S313. When it is determined that the count value N does not exceed the predetermined value A (NO in S310), the flowchart proceeds from step S310 to step S311.

  In step S311, the counter 101a adds 1 to the count value N in accordance with an instruction from the CPU 101. When the counter 101a adds 1 to the count value N, the process proceeds from step S311 to step S312.

  In step S312, the CPU 101 instructs the communication unit 103 to perform the above-described DDC initialization processing. The communication unit 103 performs DDC initialization processing in accordance with an instruction from the CPU 101.

  When instructing the communication unit 103 to perform the DDC initialization process, the CPU 101 does not instruct the communication unit 103 to perform the above-described HPD initialization process. This is because in step S312, there is a high possibility that the connection of the HPD line 302 is normal. Thereby, since the video camera 100 can omit the HPD initialization process, the EDID can be reacquired more easily and quickly.

  When the communication unit 103 performs the DDC initialization process, the CPU 101 controls the communication unit 103 so that the supply of +5 V from the video camera 100 to the television 200 is not stopped. By not stopping the supply of + 5V from the video camera 100 to the television 200, it is possible to prevent the television 200 from recognizing the video camera 100 as a newly connected device. Thus, the TV 200 can recognize the connection of the video camera 100 again and omit the process of restarting the transmission of the H-level HPD signal, so the video camera 100 can quickly reacquire the EDID. Can do.

  When the communication unit 103 performs the DDC initialization process, the flowchart returns from step S312 to step S304. Thereby, the video camera 100 can perform reconfirmation of the HPD signal and reacquisition of the EDID.

  If it is determined that the count value N exceeds the predetermined value A (YES in S310), the video camera 100 has not received the correct EDID from the television 200. In this case, since the CPU 101 controls the communication unit 103 without using the EDID of the television 200, the HDMI connection cannot be established between the video camera 100 and the television 200. However, in this case, there is a high possibility that the connection of the HPD line 302 is normal. In step S313, the CPU 101 instructs the communication unit 103 to establish a DVI connection between the video camera 100 and the television 200. The communication unit 103 establishes a DVI connection between the video camera 100 and the television 200 in accordance with an instruction from the CPU 101.

  While the DVI connection is established, the video camera 100 can transmit the video data supplied from either the imaging unit 104 or the recording unit 105 to the television 200 via the TMDS line 304. However, the video camera 100 cannot transmit the audio data supplied from the microphone unit and the recording unit 105 to the television 200 via the TMDS line 304 while the DVI connection is established. In addition, the video camera 100 cannot use the CEC line 305 while the DVI connection is established.

  When the DVI connection is established, the CPU 101 sets the connection flag cf stored in the memory 102 to 1. When the CPU 101 sets the connection flag cf to 1, this flowchart returns from step S313 to step S301.

  When it is determined that the HPD signal received from the television 200 is at the L level (NO in S302), the CPU 101 determines that the EDID of the television 200 cannot be read from the television 200. However, even when it is determined that the HPD signal is at the L level, the EDID of the television 200 may be read from the television 200 in some cases. For example, when there is some problem in the cable connection between the video camera 100 and the television 200, the video camera 100 determines that the HPD signal from the television 200 is at the L level, but the television 200 receives the HPD signal at the H level. May be sending. Therefore, in step S314, the CPU 101 controls the device information acquisition unit 103b so that the EDID request signal is transmitted to the television 200 via the DDC line 303. By transmitting the EDID request signal to the television 200, the video camera 100 can read the EDID of the television 200 from the television 200. The television 200 that has received the EDID request signal transmits the EDID of the television 200 to the video camera 100 when the EDID of the television 200 can be read. When the EDID of the television 200 can be received from the television 200, the communication unit 103 supplies the EDID of the television 200 to the device information acquisition unit 103b. When the EDID request signal is transmitted to the television 200, the flowchart proceeds from step S314 to step S315.

  If there is some problem in the cable connection between the video camera 100 and the television 200, the video camera 100 may not receive the EDID of the television 200 even if the television 200 transmits the EDID. Therefore, in step S315, the device information acquisition unit 103b determines whether or not the communication unit 103 has received the EDID of the television 200 from the television 200. Whether or not the EDID of the television 200 can be received from the television 200 is notified from the device information acquisition unit 103b to the CPU 101. Therefore, the CPU 101 can also determine whether the communication unit 103 has received the EDID of the television 200 from the television 200. When the EDID of the television 200 can be received from the television 200, the EDID of the television 200 is supplied from the device information acquisition unit 103b to the CPU 101. The EDID of the television 200 supplied to the CPU 101 is stored in the memory 102.

  When the EDID of the television 200 can be received from the television 200 (YES in S315), the flowchart proceeds from step S315 to step S316. When the EDID of the television 200 cannot be received from the television 200 (NO in S315), the flowchart proceeds from step S315 to step S319.

  Even if the EDID of the TV 200 can be received from the TV 200, if a transmission error or omission occurs, the EDID of the TV 200 is not a correct EDID. Therefore, in step S316, the CPU 101 performs the above-described EDID analysis process, and analyzes the EDID of the television 200 stored in the memory 102. The analysis process performed in step S316 is the same as the analysis process performed in step S306, and thus detailed description thereof is omitted. When the analysis of EDID is completed, the flowchart proceeds from step S316 to step S317.

  In step S317, the CPU 101 determines whether the EDID received from the television 200 is correct based on the analysis result in step S316. Since the determination process performed in step S317 is the same as the determination process performed in step S307, detailed description thereof is omitted.

  If it is determined that the EDID received from the television 200 is correct (YES in S317), the flowchart proceeds from step S317 to step S318. When it is determined that the EDID received from the television 200 is not correct (NO in S317), the flowchart proceeds from step S317 to step S319.

  If it is determined that the EDID received from the television 200 is correct (YES in S317), the video camera 100 has acquired the correct EDID from the television 200. In this case, the CPU 101 can establish an HDMI connection between the video camera 100 and the television 200 by controlling the communication unit 103 using the EDID of the television 200. Therefore, in step S318, the CPU 101 instructs the communication unit 103 to establish an HDMI connection between the video camera 100 and the television 200. The communication unit 103 establishes an HDMI connection between the video camera 100 and the television 200 in accordance with an instruction from the CPU 101.

  When the correct EDID can be acquired from the television 200, the CPU 101 can automatically know the display capability, audio output capability, and the like of the television 200 by referring to the EDID of the television 200. Furthermore, the CPU 101 can automatically know the video format and audio format suitable for the display capability and audio output capability of the television 200.

  For example, when the operation mode of the video camera 100 is the shooting mode, the CPU 101 notifies the imaging unit 104 of a video format that is optimal for the display capability of the television 200 among a plurality of video formats supported by the video camera 100. . Further, in this case, the CPU 101 notifies the microphone unit of an audio format most suitable for the audio output capability of the television 200 among a plurality of audio formats supported by the video camera 100. The imaging unit 104 converts the video data supplied from the imaging unit 104 to the communication unit 103 into video data that conforms to the video format notified from the CPU 101. Thus, the video data transmitted from the video camera 100 to the television 200 becomes video data suitable for the display capability of the television 200. The microphone unit converts audio data supplied from the microphone unit to the communication unit 103 into audio data that conforms to the audio format notified from the CPU 101. Thus, the audio data transmitted from the video camera 100 to the television 200 becomes audio data suitable for the audio output capability of the television 200.

  For example, when the operation mode of the video camera 100 is the playback mode, the CPU 101 notifies the recording unit 105 of a video format most suitable for the display capability of the television 200 among a plurality of video formats supported by the video camera 100. . In this case, the CPU 101 notifies the recording unit 105 of an audio format most suitable for the audio output capability of the television 200 among a plurality of audio formats supported by the video camera 100. The recording unit 105 converts the video data supplied from the recording unit 105 to the communication unit 103 into video data that conforms to the video format notified from the CPU 101. Thus, the video data transmitted from the video camera 100 to the television 200 becomes video data suitable for the display capability of the television 200. The recording unit 105 converts the audio data supplied from the recording unit 105 to the communication unit 103 into audio data that conforms to the audio format notified from the CPU 101. Thus, the audio data transmitted from the video camera 100 to the television 200 becomes audio data suitable for the audio output capability of the television 200.

  While the HDMI connection is established, the communication unit 103 can transmit the video data and audio data supplied from either the imaging unit 104 or the recording unit 105 to the television 200 via the TMDS line 304. The auxiliary data supplied from the CPU 101 can also be transmitted to the television 200 via the TMDS line 304.

  While the HDMI connection is established, the communication unit 103 can also transmit a control command for controlling the television 200 to the television 200 via the CEC line 305. Further, while the HDMI connection is established, the communication unit 103 can also receive a control command for controlling the video camera 100 from the television 200 via the CEC line 305.

  When the HDMI connection is established, the CPU 101 sets the connection flag cf stored in the memory 102 to 1. When the CPU 101 sets the connection flag cf to 1, this flowchart returns from step S318 to step S301.

  When the HPD signal is at the L level and the EDID of the TV 200 cannot be received from the TV 200 (NO in S315), the CPU 101 causes some kind of at least one of the HPD line 302 and the DDC line 303 to be received. Determine that there was a problem. In addition, when the HPD signal is at the L level and the EDID acquired from the television 200 is not correct (NO in S317), the CPU 101 sets at least one of the HPD line 302 and the DDC line 303. It is determined that there is some problem. In step S319, the CPU 101 instructs the communication unit 103 to perform the above-described HPD initialization process and the above-described DDC initialization process. The communication unit 103 performs HPD initialization processing and DDC initialization processing in accordance with instructions from the CPU 101.

  When the communication unit 103 performs the HPD initialization process and the DDC initialization process, the CPU 101 controls the communication unit 103 so as not to stop supplying +5 V from the video camera 100 to the television 200. By not stopping the supply of + 5V from the video camera 100 to the television 200, it is possible to prevent the television 200 from recognizing the video camera 100 as a newly connected device. Thus, the TV 200 can recognize the connection of the video camera 100 again and omit the process of restarting the transmission of the H-level HPD signal, so the video camera 100 can quickly reacquire the EDID. Can do.

  When the communication unit 103 performs the HPD initialization process and the DDC initialization process, the flowchart returns from step S319 to step S301. Thereby, the video camera 100 can perform reconfirmation of the HPD signal and reacquisition of the EDID.

  In step S320, the HPD signal detection unit 103a detects the HPD signal received by the communication unit 103 from the television 200, and determines whether the detected HPD signal is at the H level or the L level. Whether the HPD signal is at the H level or the L level is notified from the HPD signal detection unit 103a to the CPU 101. Therefore, the CPU 101 can also determine whether the HPD signal received by the communication unit 103 from the television 200 is at the H level or the L level.

  When it is determined that the HPD signal received from the television 200 is at the H level (YES in S320), the flowchart returns from step S320 to step S301. When it is determined that the HPD signal received from the television 200 is at the L level (NO in S320), the flowchart proceeds from step S320 to step S321.

  In step S321, the CPU 101 instructs the communication unit 103 to disconnect the HDMI connection or DVI connection between the video camera 100 and the television 200. At this time, the CPU 101 does not stop supplying + 5V from the video camera 100 to the television 200. When the connection between the video camera 100 and the television 200 is an HDMI connection, the CPU 101 disconnects the HDMI connection according to an instruction from the CPU 101. When the connection between the video camera 100 and the television 200 is a DVI connection, the CPU 101 causes the communication unit 103 to disconnect the DVI connection in accordance with an instruction from the CPU 101.

  When the communication unit 103 disconnects the HDMI connection or the DVI connection, the CPU 101 sets the connection flag cf stored in the memory 102 to 0. When the CPU 101 sets the connection flag cf to 0, the flowchart returns from step S321 to step S301.

  As described above, in the first embodiment, when the EDID cannot be received from the television 200 even though the HPD signal is at the H level (NO in S305), the video camera 100 performs the HPD initialization process and the DDC. Initialization processing can be performed. In this case, the video camera 100 can perform the HPD initialization process and the DDC initialization process without stopping the supply of +5 V from the video camera 100 to the television 200. Thereby, the video camera 100 can perform EDID reacquisition more quickly. When the EDID acquired from the television 200 is the correct EDID, the video camera 100 can know the video format suitable for the display capability of the television 200 by referring to the EDID acquired from the television 200. As a result, the video camera 100 can transmit video data suitable for the display capability of the television 200 to the television 200.

  Further, in the first embodiment, when the EDID received from the television 200 is incorrect even when the HPD signal is at the H level (NO in S307), the video camera 100 does not perform the HPD initialization process. , DDC initialization processing can be performed. In this case, the video camera 100 can perform the DDC initialization process without stopping the supply of +5 V from the video camera 100 to the television 200. Thereby, the video camera 100 can perform EDID reacquisition more easily and more quickly. When the EDID acquired from the television 200 is the correct EDID, the video camera 100 can know the video format suitable for the display capability of the television 200 by referring to the EDID acquired from the television 200. As a result, the video camera 100 can transmit video data suitable for the display capability of the television 200 to the television 200.

  Further, in the first embodiment, even when the HPD signal is at L level and EDID cannot be received from the television 200 (NO in S315), the video camera 100 performs HPD initialization. Processing and DDC initialization processing can be performed. In this case, the video camera 100 can perform the HPD initialization process and the DDC initialization process without stopping the supply of +5 V from the video camera 100 to the television 200. Thereby, the video camera 100 can perform EDID reacquisition more quickly. When the EDID acquired from the television 200 is the correct EDID, the video camera 100 can know the video format suitable for the display capability of the television 200 by referring to the EDID acquired from the television 200. As a result, the video camera 100 can transmit video data suitable for the display capability of the television 200 to the television 200.

  In the first embodiment, even when the HPD signal is at the L level and the EDID received from the television 200 is incorrect (NO in S317), the video camera 100 performs the HPD initialization. Processing and DDC initialization processing can be performed. In this case, the video camera 100 can perform the HPD initialization process and the DDC initialization process without stopping the supply of +5 V from the video camera 100 to the television 200. Thereby, the video camera 100 can perform EDID reacquisition more quickly. When the EDID acquired from the television 200 is the correct EDID, the video camera 100 can know the video format suitable for the display capability of the television 200 by referring to the EDID acquired from the television 200. As a result, the video camera 100 can transmit video data suitable for the display capability of the television 200 to the television 200.

  In the first embodiment, if the correct EDID cannot be received from the television 200 even if the re-acquisition of EDID is repeated a predetermined number of times (YES in S310), the video camera 100 can establish a DVI connection. Thus, it is possible to solve the problem that video data is not transmitted from the video camera 100 to the television 200 even though the connection of the HPD line 302 is normal.

[Other Embodiments]
The communication device described in the first embodiment can be realized by a single device or a system including a plurality of devices.

  The various processes and functions described in the first embodiment can also be realized by a computer program. In this case, the computer program is executed by a computer (including a CPU and the like), and realizes various processes and functions described in the first embodiment.

  The computer program may be configured to use software such as an OS (Operating System). In this case, the computer program realizes various processes and functions described in the first embodiment using software such as an OS.

  The computer program is supplied to the computer from a computer-readable recording medium, an external device, or the like, and is executed by the computer. When the computer program is supplied from the computer-readable recording medium to the computer, the computer reads the computer program from the computer-readable recording medium. As the computer-readable recording medium, a hard disk device, an optical disk, a CD-ROM, a CD-R, a memory card, a ROM, or the like can be used. When the computer program is supplied from the external device to the computer, the computer receives the computer program from the external device via a communication interface.

100 Communication device (video output device, source device)
101 CPU
DESCRIPTION OF SYMBOLS 102 Memory 103 Communication part 103a HPD signal detection part 103b Device information acquisition part 104 Imaging part 105 Recording part 105a Recording medium 106 Display part 107 Operation part 200 External apparatus (display apparatus, sink apparatus)
201 CPU
202 Tuner 203 Communication Unit 204 Display Unit 205 Operation Unit 206 Remote Control Reception Unit 207 Memory 300 Connection Cable (HDMI Cable)
301 + 5V power line 302 HPD line 303 DDC line 304 TMDS line 305 CEC line 400 Remote control

The present invention relates to a communication apparatus that communicates with an external device.

Accordingly, the present invention, even when the communication device can not acquire the correct device information from an external device, and an object thereof is to be able to send data that is suitable for external equipment to the external device.

The communication apparatus according to the present invention, after the to that acquisition means acquires device information about the external device before Kigaibu device, a request for acquiring the device information is transmitted to the external apparatus, from the external device and control means for storing received the device information in the storage means, wherein, if the device information after the request is sent to the external device is not stored in said storage means, the device information is acquired in said acquisition means, said control means, after the error related to the device information received from the external device is detected, characterized by Rukoto to acquire the device information to the acquisition unit .
In addition, the communication device is an acquisition unit that acquires device information related to the external device from the external device, and the request for acquiring the device information is received from the external device after being transmitted to the external device. Control means for storing the device information in a storage means, and the control means, if the device information is not stored in the storage means after the request is transmitted to the external device, the acquisition means A process for resetting is performed, and the control unit performs a process for resetting the acquisition unit after an error relating to the device information received from the external apparatus is detected.

According to the present invention, even when the communication device can not acquire the correct device information from an external device can transmit the data suitable for the external equipment to the external device.

The present invention relates to a communication device that communicates with a display device .

Accordingly, the present invention, even when the communication device can not acquire the correct device information from the display device, and an object thereof is to be sent to the display device data suitable for the display device.

Communication device according to the present invention requests the device information about the display device to the display device, an acquisition unit for receiving the device information from the display device, the device information after the device information is requested on the display device If but not received by the acquisition unit, and a control means for requesting the device information on the acquisition means, before Symbol control means, an error related to the device information received by the acquisition unit is detected In this case , the device information is requested to the acquisition means.
The communication apparatus according to the present invention requests the device information about the display device to the display device, an acquisition unit for receiving the device information from the display device, after the device information is requested on the display device If the device information has not been received by the acquisition unit, and a control means for processing for resetting said acquisition means, before Symbol control means, an error related to the device information received by the acquisition means In a case where the detection is detected, a process for resetting the acquisition means is performed.

According to the present invention, even when the communication device can not acquire the correct device information from the display device, it can be transmitted to the display device data suitable for the display device.

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  1. Communication means connected to an external device via a first transmission line and a second transmission line;
    First determination means for determining whether device information of the external device can be acquired from the external device according to a signal received from the external device via the first transmission line;
    Device information acquisition means for acquiring the device information from the external device via the second transmission line;
    Second determination means for determining whether or not the device information acquired from the external device is correct;
    Control means for controlling the communication means,
    When it is determined that the device information cannot be acquired from the external apparatus, the device information acquired from the external apparatus is acquired when the device information can be acquired from the external apparatus. When it is determined that the information is not correct, the control unit controls the communication unit to re-acquire the device information .
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