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JP5532540B2
JP5532540B2 JP2008025844A JP2008025844A JP5532540B2 JP 5532540 B2 JP5532540 B2 JP 5532540B2 JP 2008025844 A JP2008025844 A JP 2008025844A JP 2008025844 A JP2008025844 A JP 2008025844A JP 5532540 B2 JP5532540 B2 JP 5532540B2
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  The present invention relates to content distribution for distributing content data via a home network.

  Non-Patent Document 1 defines essential formats for audio, still images, and moving images in order to ensure content reproduction between a plurality of devices.

Patent Document 1 proposes a technique for distributing transcoding processing using a plurality of processing devices in order to shorten the transcoding time in a home network environment. Also, Patent Document 2 discloses transcoding processing itself. In order to speed up the processing time, a method for processing only a specific type of picture has been proposed.

Home Networked Device Interoperability Guidlines v1.0 JP2007-188259 JP-A-2005-64569

  In DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance), guidelines for ensuring the compatibility of digital home appliances, PCs (Personal Computers), mobile devices and the like are established. When a DLNA-compliant device is connected to a home network, digital content such as music, photos, and videos can be shared between the devices.

  As described above, the DLNA guideline 1.0 (Non-Patent Document 1) defines essential formats for audio, still images, and moving images in order to ensure content reproduction between a plurality of devices. Audio is LPCM (Liner Pulse Code Modulation), still images are JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group, ISO / IEC JTC 1 / SC 29 / WG 1), and moving images are MPEG2 (Moving Picture Experts 1G / 18) There must be.

  On the other hand, there are various methods other than the above for encoding the digital content. For audio, AAC (Advanced Audio Coding, ISO / IEC JTC 1), AC3 (Dolby Digital, Audio Code number 3), MP3 (Meg Audio) Layer-3, ISO 11172-3), GIF (Graphics Interchange Format, GIF87a / GIF89a) for still images, PNG (Portable Network Graphics, ISO / IEC 15948), H.264 for moving images. H.264 (MPEG4 / AVC), VC-1 (SMPTE421M), etc.

  Therefore, even if the device complies with the DLNA guidelines, content encoded in a format other than the essential format may not be compatible. In such a case, it is necessary to convert the encoding format at the time of recording into an essential format or a format that is compatible between devices. The content format conversion as described above is called transcoding.

  Transcoding is generally performed by software or dedicated hardware having a transcoding function. In the case of software processing, depending on the processing speed of a CPU (Central Processing Unit) and the size of a memory, an embedded device with few resources often takes a long time to complete transcoding. On the other hand, when dedicated hardware is used, the transcoding time is significantly shortened compared to software processing. However, in order to perform smooth content transmission between two devices connected to the home network, if content is not requested on the content distribution side and hardware that can be transcoded in real time is not installed, playback will start. You will have to wait for a long time. That is, it is necessary to complete the transcoding process in a time less than 1 time of the reproduction time. Further, it is necessary to have a processing capability capable of transmitting to the network while performing transcoding processing.

  In Patent Document 1, as described above, in order to shorten the transcoding time in the home network environment, a method of distributing transcoding processing using a plurality of processing devices is proposed. This is composed of a home server holding content and a plurality of devices having a transcoding function, and the home server performs processing distribution according to the processing capability and processing load of the device connected to the home network. This has the advantage that real-time transcoding is possible and the processing load is also distributed.

  Further, as described above, Patent Document 2 proposes a technique for processing only a specific type of picture in order to increase the processing time of transcoding processing itself. The transcoding process is divided into a decoding process and an encoding process, but in Patent Document 2, the decoding process time is shortened. Specifically, only the I and P pictures used for encoding are decoded and the B picture is discarded, thereby thinning out the picture to be processed. Thereby, high-speed transcoding processing can be realized.

  Since the technique described in Patent Document 1 can realize high-speed transcoding processing, it is possible to reproduce content in different formats in a DLNA environment in real time. However, this method requires at least two or more transcoding-capable devices (PC, DVD / BD / HD-DVD recorder, digital TV, etc.), as well as a home server for storing content and playback content. When a TV or the like that displays is combined, it is necessary to arrange about 3 to 4 devices conforming to the DLNA guidelines on the home network. Considering the cost of introducing a home network environment and general users preparing DLNA-compliant products, it is not easy to introduce this method.

  Moreover, since the speed of the transcoding process itself is improved by the technique described in Patent Document 2, it is effective to apply it to a DLNA-compliant product. However, in the case of an embedded device, it is necessary to have a processing capability capable of transmitting content to a network while performing transcode processing. On the other hand, in a home network environment, a playback device is called DMP (Digital Media Player), and a content supply device is called DMS (Digital Media Server). Ideally, DMS can respond to content distribution requests from multiple DMPs. is there. In other words, if all the CPU resources are used up for one transcoding process, other DMP requests cannot be met. A device with abundant resources such as a PC can respond to requests from multiple DMPs, but a built-in device such as a DVD / BD / HD-DVD recorder, a digital camera, or a video camera is a DMS. As a result, the load on the CPU increases.

  Accordingly, an object of the present invention is to enable real-time playback between devices having different supported formats in a home network environment with an embedded device having a low processing capability, thereby improving user convenience.

  In order to solve the above-described problems, the present invention uses the configuration described in the claims as an example.

  According to the present invention, in a home network environment configured by a plurality of embedded devices with low processing capabilities, content distribution can be performed without delay in response to a content distribution request from a content receiving device, even between devices with different encoding formats. It becomes possible.

  Hereinafter, an embodiment of the present invention will be described with reference to FIGS.

  FIG. 1 is a diagram showing a home network environment to which the present invention is applied. In FIG. 1, reference numeral 1 denotes a home network in which home content processing apparatuses are connected by a network. 2 is a content distribution apparatus, and 3 and 4 are content reception apparatuses. The content distribution device 2 stores content used in the home network environment. The content receiving devices 3 and 4 are information devices that request content from the content distribution device 2 in a home network environment. For convenience, the content receiving apparatuses 3 and 4 have different numbers. For example, in the case of the DLNA guideline 1.0, the content distribution device 2 (DMS) and the content reception devices 3 and 4 (DMP) are in the required mandatory format (MPEG2 for moving images, LPCM for audio, and JPEG for still images). This is due to the fact that other functions and performance need not be the same.

  The home network 1 includes a processing device such as a home PC connected to a router (not shown), AV equipment, home appliances, etc., a wired LAN (Local Area Network), a wireless LAN, a Bluetooth, a UWB (Ultra Wide Band), a power line ( It connects using PLC, Power Line Communication), etc., and enables exchange of data between each apparatus. Each device is assigned an IP (Internet Protocol) address, and device discovery is performed using a function such as UPnP (Universal Plug and Play). In addition, it is possible to distribute content using a protocol such as HTTP (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol), RTP (Realtime Transfer Protocol), or RTSP (Real Time Streaming Protocol).

  The content distribution apparatus 2 is an information device such as a PC, a digital recorder, a TV, and a mobile phone that can perform two-way communication over a network. These have devices for storing content such as HDDs and semiconductor memories. In addition, a device discovery function such as UPnP is implemented. Furthermore, it has a server function for accepting processing requests from devices connected via a network, and accepts content list acquisition requests, content distribution requests, and the like. It has a function of implementing a protocol such as HTTP, RTP, or RTSP and delivering content to the content receiving device 3 or 4.

  The content receiver 3 or 4 is an information device such as a PC, a digital recorder, a TV, or a mobile phone that can perform two-way communication via a network. These are equipped with a device discovery function such as UPnP. In addition, a client function for requesting processing to devices connected via a network is implemented, and a content list acquisition request and a content distribution request are issued. Furthermore, it has a function of reproducing the content distributed from the content distribution device 2.

  FIG. 2 is a hardware configuration diagram of the content distribution apparatus 2. As shown in FIG. 2, a CPU (Central Processing Unit) 10, a memory 11, a program storage unit 12, a content storage unit 13, a transcoder 14, and a network transmission unit 15 are configured. These components are connected by a bus 16, and data can be transferred between the components.

  The CPU 10 performs a predetermined operation by a program stored in advance in the memory 11 or the program storage unit 12.

  The memory 11 uses a RAM (Random Access Memory) and a ROM (Read Only Memory), and is used as a work area or an area for storing a necessary program.

  The program storage unit 12 is means for storing a program for controlling the operation of the content distribution apparatus 2 and can be realized by, for example, an HDD, an optical disk, a semiconductor memory, or the like. Binary data of middleware such as UPnP and device applications is stored, and is expanded in the memory 11 and operates on the CPU 10.

  In the present invention, all functions realized by software are stored in the program storage unit 12. For example, the content management unit 17 that manages the content stored in the content storage unit 13 and creates a content list, deletes or adds data, and whether or not the content conversion is completed within 1 times the content playback time. Real-time conversion determination means 18 for determining, capacity check means 19 for managing the used capacity / free capacity of the content storage unit, and content distribution request history management for holding a history of receiving a content distribution request from the content receiver 3 or 4 Means 20, data transmission means 21 for transmitting the content list and content to the content receiving device using network control unit 15, encoding method priority setting means 22 for specifying the order of content conversion, and CPU addition investigation The processing load determination means 23 to be stored is stored.

  The content storage unit 13 is means for storing content, and can be realized by, for example, an HDD, an optical disk, a semiconductor memory, or the like.

  The transcoder 14 has a function of converting the encoding method of the content stored in the content storage unit 13, and is realized by software or hardware. When implemented by software, the program stored in the program storage unit 12 is expanded in the memory 11 and processed by the CPU 10. Alternatively, a CPU for content conversion may be mounted separately from the CPU 10 for processing. Even when implemented by hardware, the memory 11 may be used as a work area for processing. The internal structure of the transcoder will be described later.

  The network transmission unit 15 is a means for transmitting / receiving data to / from the content reception device 3 or 4 connected via the home network 1. This is realized by a modem, a network adapter, a wireless transmission / reception device, or the like. Data to be transmitted and received is a content list and content stream data.

  FIG. 3 is a hardware configuration diagram of the content receiving device 3 or 4. As shown in FIG. 2, the CPU 30, the memory 31, the program storage unit 32, the decoder 33, and the network reception unit 34 are configured. These components are connected by a bus 35, and data can be transferred between the components.

  The CPU 30 performs a predetermined operation by a program stored in advance in the memory 31 or the program storage unit 32.

  The memory 31 uses a RAM or a ROM and is used as a work area or an area for storing necessary programs.

  The program storage unit 32 is means for storing a program for controlling the operation of the content receiving device 3 or 4, and can be realized by, for example, an HDD, an optical disk, a semiconductor memory, or the like. Binary data of middleware such as UPnP and device applications is stored, and is expanded in the memory 31 and operates on the CPU 30.

  The decoder 33 has a function of reproducing the content data received by the network control unit 34, and is realized by software or hardware. When implemented by software, the program stored in the program storage unit 32 is expanded in the memory 31 and processed by the CPU 30. Alternatively, a CPU dedicated to content reproduction may be mounted separately from the CPU 30 for processing. Even when implemented by hardware, the memory 31 may be used as a work area for processing.

  The network transmission / reception unit 34 is means for transmitting / receiving data to / from the content distribution apparatus 2 connected via the network via the home network 1. This is realized by a modem, a network adapter, a wireless transmission / reception device, or the like. Data to be transmitted and received is a content list and content stream data.

  FIG. 4 is a block diagram of a transcoder mounted on the content distribution apparatus 2. The content data read from the content storage unit 13 is code-converted by the transcoder 14 and output to the bus 16. When the transcoder 14 is hardware capable of code conversion from MPEG4 to MPEG2, for example, the transcoder 14 is configured by an MPEG4 decoder 40, a frame memory 41, and an MPEG2 encoder 42.

  The MPEG4 decoder 40 decodes the content data read from the content storage unit 13 and converts it into pixel value data of a digital video signal. Pixel value data is stored in the frame memory 41. Thereafter, the data in the frame memory 41 is supplied to the MPEG2 encoder 42, encoded into MPEG2 and output to the bus 16.

  As can be seen from FIG. 4, the transcoder 14 is divided into two functions: a decoder that decodes the compressed stream and an encoder that compresses the decoded pixel data again. Therefore, the functions of the content distribution device 2 and the content reception device 3 or 4 may be mounted in the same casing. That is, the transcoder 14 of the content distribution device 2 can coexist with the function of the decoder 33 of the content reception device 3 or 4.

  An embodiment showing one feature of the present invention will now be described with reference to FIGS.

  FIG. 5 is a sequence diagram in content distribution between the content distribution device 2 and the content reception device 3 or 4. In the content distribution device 2, when the content management unit 17 detects that new content exists, the transcoder 14 starts transcoding in advance regardless of whether or not a content distribution request is received from the content reception device (transcoding). Start 50). By performing transcoding processing with a large CPU load in advance, even when a distribution request is received from a content receiving apparatus having a different compatible format, it is possible to immediately distribute the content without delay.

  FIG. 6 shows an example of a content database created by the content management means 17. The content database 70 is a database that manages the content developed in the memory 11 of the content distribution device 2 and stored in the content storage unit 13. The content database 70 stores information such as a content ID 71, a content type 72, a content name 73, a file size 74, a playback time 75, a recording date / time 76, a transcode date / time 77, an access date / time 78, an encoding method 79, and copyright information 80. doing.

  In FIG. 5, the content receiving device 3 or 4 issues a content list acquisition request 51 to the content distribution device 2 completely asynchronously with the transcoding progress status of the content distribution device 2. Upon receiving a request from the content receiving device, the content distribution device 2 returns a content list created by the content management means (content list distribution 52).

  At the time of content list distribution 52, when the content management means 17 creates a content list, it is determined by referring to the information of the copyright information 80 in the content database 70 whether or not it is copyright-protected content, and copyright protection. If the content is determined, only one format is included in the content list even if the content receiving side supports multiple formats. As a result, the copyright law can be observed. In the case of non-copyright content, a plurality of formats may be included in the content list, or only one format may be included. When multiple formats are included, there is an advantage that the user can grasp all contents in the home network. On the other hand, when only one format is included in the content list, there is an advantage that the user is not confused.

  In the content list distribution 52, the transcode processing state of the content distribution apparatus becomes a problem. This is because transcoding processing is generally heavy processing, and if there is a content distribution request during transcoding, the CPU usage rate may become 100%. . When the transcoding end position of the content distribution apparatus is 57, new content is included in the content list to be returned. When the transcode end position is 58, new content is not included in the content list.

  Subsequently, the content receiving device 3 or 4 transmits a content distribution request 53 to the content distribution device 2. The content distribution apparatus 2 that has received the content distribution request transmits the stream data of the corresponding content to the request source (content distribution 54).

At this time, if the transcode end position is before 59, the content distribution is performed as it is. However, if the transcode end position is behind 59, it is burdensome to simultaneously perform heavy transcoding processing and content distribution. large.
For this reason, the processing load determination unit 23 is used to determine whether or not transcoding processing and content distribution can be performed simultaneously. If the two processes can be performed simultaneously, the content distribution process is performed while the transcode process is being performed. If it cannot be performed at the same time, the transcoding process is temporarily stopped and content distribution is started.

  When the content distribution device 2 receives the content distribution stop request 55 from the content receiving device 3 or 4, the content distribution device stops content distribution (content distribution stop 56). The content distribution apparatus 2 resumes the transcoding process from 60 when the previous transcoding process is interrupted after the processing of the content distribution stop 56 is completed or after the reproduction is completed to the end of the content.

  FIG. 7 is a flowchart of the transcode start determination in the present invention. In step S90, it is determined whether or not new content is detected by the content management means 17. If no new content is detected, no transcoding process is performed because there is no content to be transcoded. If new content is detected, it is determined in step S91 whether or not there are a plurality of encoding methods in the transcoder. If there is one encoding method, the process unconditionally transitions to step S94. In the case of a transcoder having a plurality of encoding methods, the order of encoding methods after transcoding is determined by using a transcode order determining unit described later (step S93). In step S94, the real time conversion determination means 18 determines whether the new content can be transcoded in real time. If the new content can be transcoded in real time, the content can be delivered immediately even after receiving a content delivery request from the content receiving device, and therefore transcoding is not performed from the viewpoint of saving the capacity of the content storage unit. On the other hand, if transcoding is impossible in real time, the process proceeds to step S95. In step S95, the free space in the content storage unit is checked using the capacity check means 19, and compared with the size of the new content (file size 74). If the free space is not sufficient, the transcoding free space securing process in step S96 is repeated until a free space equal to or larger than the content size after transcoding is created (described later). If the free space is sufficient, transcoding processing is executed in step S97. After the end of transcoding, it is determined in step S98 whether there is an encoding scheme that has not yet been transcoded. If all formats have not yet been transcoded, the process is repeated from the determination in step S94 as to whether real-time transcoding is possible, according to the order determined in step S93. When all format transcoding is completed, the transcoding process ends.

  Next, a transcoding order determination policy when there are a plurality of encoding systems that can be transcoded by the transcoder 14 will be described. There are three transcoding order determination policies: a past history reference method, a speed-oriented method, and a user registration method.

  The past history reference method is a method of determining a transcoding order using a past content distribution request history. FIG. 8 shows an example of a content distribution request history table managed by the content distribution request history management means 20. The history table 100 is developed in the memory 11 of the content distribution apparatus 2 and is a table for managing the distribution request history from the content reception apparatus. It consists of a content ID 101, a content type 102, a content name 103, an access time 104, a request format 105, and a player type 106.

  When there are a plurality of encoding methods that can be transcoded, the content type 102 and the request format 105 of the history table 100 are referred to, and transcoding is performed from a frequently requested format with the corresponding content type in the past. That is, transcoding is performed from a format having a high probability of receiving a distribution request, and the possibility of being able to respond immediately even when a content distribution request comes immediately after new content is stored increases.

  The speed-oriented method is a method that takes into account the time required for transcoding. The transcoding time is calculated from the content reproduction time 75 and the request format 105, and the transcoding is performed from the format having the short transcoding time. In this way, by starting transcoding from a short time required for transcoding, the possibility of being able to respond immediately even if a content distribution request comes immediately after new content is stored increases.

  The user registration method is a method of registering the order of formats to be transcoded by the user in advance. The encoding method priority determination means 22 presents a selection screen 110 as shown in FIG. 9 to the user, and selects a format to be transcoded in advance. The actual transcoding process is performed in the order set by the user. The format can be selected from either a free description or an option displayed in a pull-down menu. In this way, by allowing the user to register the format to be transcoded in advance, it is not necessary to store content in a useless format that is not used in the content storage unit, which is effective in saving capacity.

  Next, the content storage unit free space securing process at the time of transcoding in step 96 of FIG. There are two possible content storage unit free space securing processes: a conversion date priority method and a request frequency priority method.

  In the conversion date and time priority method, the content conversion date and time 77 held in the content database 70 is referred to, and the converted content with the oldest date and time when the transcoding process is performed is deleted in order to increase the free capacity of the content storage unit 13. By repeating until the free capacity of the content storage unit 13 becomes larger than the file size 74 of the new content, transcoding of the new content becomes possible. In general, it is considered that a new content is more likely to receive a distribution request than an old content. Therefore, even if the conversion file of the old content is deleted, it is considered that the user's usability is low.

  Also, in the request frequency priority method, the content management unit 17 and the request distribution request history management unit 20 delete the converted content with few distribution requests in order and increase the free space in the content storage unit 13. By repeating until the free capacity of the content storage unit 13 becomes larger than the file size 74 of the new content, transcoding of the new content becomes possible. In this way, even if an item with a low frequency of distribution requests is deleted, the user's usability is unlikely to deteriorate.

  As described above, the preceding transcoding method when there is a content distribution request from a content receiving apparatus having a different supported format in the content distribution apparatus according to the present invention has been described with reference to FIGS. By converting in advance to a format that can be transcoded in this manner, it is possible to deal with various formats in real time in content distribution in an embedded device with low processing capability.

  Note that the configurations of the home network, the content distribution device, the content receiving device, and the transcoder shown in FIG. 4 according to the first embodiment shown in FIGS. 1 to 3 are merely examples and do not limit the arrangement.

  Also, the content distribution processing procedure shown in FIG. 5 and the flowchart up to the start of the transcode processing shown in FIG. 7s are merely examples, and the processing content is not limited. The number of processing items may be increased or decreased.

  The data tables in FIGS. 6 and 8 and the application example in FIG. 9 are merely examples, and the configuration and screen examples may be changed without departing from the gist of the present invention.

  The preferred embodiments of the present invention have been described with reference to the drawings.

  According to the present invention, according to the present invention, in a home network environment configured by a plurality of embedded devices having low processing capabilities, a content distribution request from a content receiving device can be received even between devices having different encoding formats. Content delivery without delay.

  In addition, for example, in the case of a content distribution apparatus having a high processing capability capable of performing the time required for content conversion in a shorter time than the content reproduction time, content conversion is not performed, so the capacity of the content storage unit can be saved. is there.

  Further, for example, even in the case of an embedded device having a low processing capability that requires a longer time for content conversion than the content playback time, the content can be distributed without delay in response to a content distribution request from the content receiving apparatus.

  Also, for example, even when there is no free space for converting new content in the content storage unit, by deleting the converted content with the old conversion date and time and converting the new content, new content that is considered to have many distribution requests Delivery can be done without delay.

  In addition, for example, even when there is no free space for converting new content in the content storage unit, there are many distribution requests by erasing content with low frequency of content distribution request from the content receiving device and converting new content. New content can be distributed without delay.

  In addition, for example, when encoding conversion of copyright protected content is performed, a copy of the copyright protected content exists in the content storage unit, but since the copy is not visible from the content receiving device, while protecting the copyright of the content, Content distribution can be performed without delay in response to a content distribution request from the content receiving device.

  In addition, for example, when encoding conversion of non-copyright protected content is performed, a copy of the non-copyright protected content exists in the content storage unit, but by making the copy invisible from the content reception device, Usability of content distribution requests is improved.

  Further, for example, even in the case of a content distribution apparatus having a plurality of convertible encoding systems, content distribution can be performed in response to a content distribution request from a content receiving apparatus by converting content from an encoding system with a high required frequency. Can be shortened.

  Further, for example, even in the case of a content distribution apparatus having a plurality of convertible encoding methods, content distribution can be performed in response to a content distribution request from a content receiving device by converting content from an encoding method that requires a short time for content conversion. Time to do it can be shortened.

  Also, for example, even in the case of a content distribution apparatus having a plurality of convertible encoding methods, the time until content distribution can be performed in response to a content distribution request from the content receiving apparatus by converting the content based on the user setting. Can be shortened.

In addition, for example, when a content distribution request is received from the content receiving device during content conversion and the processing load of the content distribution device is large, the content conversion is temporarily stopped to respond to the content distribution request from the content receiving device. Content delivery without delay.
Also, for example, when a content distribution request is received from the content receiving device during content conversion and the processing load on the content distribution device is small, the content distribution request is still being executed and the content distribution request from the content receiving device is executed. Content can be distributed without delay.

1 is a system configuration diagram of an embodiment of the present invention. It is a hardware block diagram of the content delivery apparatus of one Example of this invention. It is a hardware block diagram of the content receiver of one Example of this invention. It is an internal block diagram of the transcoder of one Example of this invention. It is a sequence diagram of one Example of this invention. It is a figure which shows the content database of one Example of this invention. It is an operation | movement flowchart of one Example of this invention. It is a figure which shows the content request | requirement history table of one Example of this invention. It is an example of a screen which performs content conversion priority setting of one Example of this invention.

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DESCRIPTION OF SYMBOLS 1 ... Home network 2 ... Content delivery apparatus 3 ... Content receiver 4 ... Content receiver 10 ... CPU
DESCRIPTION OF SYMBOLS 11 ... Memory 12 ... Program storage part 13 ... Content storage part 14 ... Transcoder 15 ... Network control part 16 ... Bus 17 ... Content management means 18 ... Real time Conversion determination means 19 ... capacity check means 20 ... content distribution request history management means 21 ... content list transmission means 22 ... encoding method priority setting means 23 ... processing load determination means 30 ...・ CPU
31 ... Memory 32 ... Program storage unit 33 ... Decoder 34 ... Network control unit 35 ... Bus 40 ... MPEG4 decoder 41 ... Frame memory 42 ... MPEG2 encoder 50 ... Start transcoding 51 ... Content list acquisition request 52 ... Content list delivery 53 ... Content delivery request 54 ... Content delivery 55 ... Content delivery stop request 56 ... Content delivery stop 57 ...・ Transcode end point 1
58 ... transcoding end point 2
59 ... transcoding end point 3
60: Transcode resume point 4
70 ... Content beta base 71 ... Content ID
72 ... Content Type
73 ... Content Name
74 ... File Size
75 ... Play Time
76 ... Record Date
77 ・ ・ ・ Transcode Date
78 ... Access Date
79 ... Format
80 ... Copyright
100 ... Content request history table 101 ... Content ID
102 ... Content Type
103 ... Content Name
104 ... Access Time
105 ... Format
106 ... Player
110 ... Example of content conversion priority order input screen

Claims (11)

  1. A content distribution device that distributes content to a content reception device via a communication line,
    A content storage unit for recording content;
    Content management means for managing content data in the content storage unit;
    Content conversion means for converting the content encoding method;
    Real-time conversion determination means for determining whether or not the content conversion can be completed within 1 times the content playback time;
    When the content management unit detects that new content is stored in the content storage unit,
    When the real time conversion determination means determines that the conversion completion time of the new content is one time or more of the new content playback time, the content conversion means performs new content conversion, and the conversion completion time of the new content Is determined to be less than one time of the new content playback time, the content conversion device does not convert the encoding method of the new content by the content conversion means.
  2. The content distribution apparatus according to claim 1, further comprising capacity check means for the content storage unit,
    When the content management unit detects that new content is stored in the content storage unit, the content check unit detects that the free space is equal to or larger than the file size of the new content. A content distribution apparatus characterized by
  3. The content distribution apparatus according to claim 2, wherein
    When the content management unit detects that new content is stored in the content storage unit, the content check unit detects that the free space is less than the file size of the new content, and the content The management means deletes one or more contents from the converted content group whose conversion date is old and secures a free space equal to or larger than the file size of the new contents, and then performs encoding conversion of the new contents. Content distribution device.
  4. The content distribution apparatus according to claim 2, further comprising a content distribution request history management unit from the content receiving apparatus,
    When the content management unit detects that new content is stored in the content storage unit, the distribution check unit detects that the free space is less than the file size of the new content when the capacity check unit detects A request history management unit extracts a converted content group with a low request frequency, erases one or more contents from the content group, secures a free space larger than the file size of the new content, and then encodes the new content A content distribution apparatus characterized by performing conversion.
  5. The content distribution apparatus according to claim 1, further comprising: a content list transmission unit that transmits a content list managed by the content management unit to the content reception device,
    When there is copyright protection content 2 obtained by converting the encoding method of copyright protection content 1, only the copyright protection content 1 or only the copyright protection content 2 is added to the content list by using the content list transmission means. A content distribution apparatus characterized by transmitting.
  6. The content distribution apparatus according to claim 5, wherein
    When the non-copyright protected content 2 obtained by converting the encoding method of the non-copyright protected content 1 exists, only the non-copyright protected content 1 or only the non-copyright protected content 2 or A content distribution apparatus that transmits non-copyright protected content 1 and non-copyright protected content 2 in addition to a content list.
  7. The content delivery apparatus according to claim 1,
    When the content management unit detects that new content is stored in the content storage unit and there are a plurality of encoding methods that can be converted by the content conversion unit, the distribution request history management unit frequently requests A content distribution apparatus characterized in that ranking is performed from an encoding method, and content conversion is performed in order from the top.
  8. The content delivery apparatus according to claim 1,
    When the content management unit detects that new content is stored in the content storage unit and there are a plurality of encoding methods that can be converted by the content conversion unit, the content conversion unit starts with an encoding method that requires a short time for content conversion. A content distribution apparatus characterized by content conversion.
  9. The content distribution apparatus according to claim 1, comprising priority setting means for an encoding method capable of content conversion,
    Encoding set by the priority setting unit when the content management unit detects that new content is stored in the content storage unit and there are a plurality of encoding methods that can be converted by the content conversion unit A content distribution apparatus characterized in that content conversion is performed in the order of methods.
  10. The content distribution apparatus according to claim 1, further comprising a processing load determination unit.
    When a content distribution request from a content receiving device is received while content conversion is being performed by the content conversion unit, content conversion is temporarily performed when the processing load determination unit detects that content conversion and content distribution cannot be performed simultaneously. A content distribution apparatus that stops, starts content distribution, and performs content conversion again after content distribution ends.
  11. The content distribution apparatus according to claim 10,
    When a content distribution request is received from a content receiving device while content conversion is being performed by the content conversion unit, the content conversion is performed when the processing addition determination unit detects that content conversion and content distribution can be performed simultaneously. A content distribution apparatus for performing content distribution.
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