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A free download trial edition is available, but the full scope of the program is not included due to download size. The CD-ROM contains the full set of test patterns, resources, and references.

This program has dozens of uses!

The NTSC Reference Program is useful for:

Setting up monitors

Aligning Video projectors

Aligning LCD displays

Testing for video system bandwidth

Determining if a video device passes video cleanly

Setting up an SVGA card that has video output

Providing an instant video test pattern system from a portable PC or laptop

Producing "bars and tone" for video tapes

Aligning SVGA monitor convergence

Testing color purity

Tutoring new technicians that have never worked with broadcast or NTSC video before

Testing PC based character generators and other broadcast devices that use Windows to do broadcast video

Producing audio tones for testing your audio system

Providing a video countdown

Testing all display modes of your SVGA display card be it ISA, PCI, or AGP

Testing all playback modes of your sound card, including WAV and MIDI

Testing for monitor overscan and underscan settings

Provide a Gen-Lock reference signal or black burst signal using your PC.

Setting up external SVGA to NTSC scan converters boxes.

Providing test signals on AVI, MPEG, Quicktime or other video files you create to allow the recipient to adjust their monitor for best quality.

Providing TV test patterns on your home to to make your wife think the station has signed off and its time to go to bed! ;-)

If you only buy one program for NTSC testing on PC's, buy this one...

Stuart Schaffert, Chief Engineer, KHSL-TV

You can't imagine how many times I've needed a program just like this...

Darren Gibson, Chief Engineer, WEHT-TV

The NTSC Reference program has everything you'll ever need in one CD ROM We packed ten years of experience and thousands of dollars of test equipment into this program...

Anthony Watts, author of the program

Some users of the Program:

  • Truevision
  • Cycle-Sat (Vyvxx)
  • CBS Engineering
  • Dozens of Local TV stations
  • Dozens of Technical    schools

Need to Create live NTSC/PAL video on your PC?

See our PC card solutions for making live video here!

  The NTSC Reference Suite v3.1:

Version 3.1 Now Available- Over 30 More New Test Patterns than 3.0!

Need this on DVD? Need a PAL version? See our new DVD Video Reference


This program started in 1990 as a DOS based program as a way to provide color bars out of a video VGA card that was being used to put some computer programs on a TV weather show. Since then, it has grown to become the full featured video reference aid that it is today. The program contains many graphics and charts that you won't find in broadcast books. The program also serves as an "all in one" utility that ties together all those diverse pieces of information that are often scattered about in dozens of reference manuals. The NTSC Reference on CD makes a great training aid for those new techs! When combined with a SVGA to NTSC video capable scan converter or SVGA card, you can create a Complete Pattern Generator system to send test signals to your video equipment!

See our Selection of NTSC/PAL Video Scan Converters and NTSC/PAL Capable SVGA cards here.

Designed with input from a team of Video Professionals including a former TV station Chief Engineer, and a multimedia producer, the NTSC Reference Suite is a complete set of Video Reference Tools, Measurement Aids, Video and Audio Tests, and multimedia content designed to help you tune your NTSC Composite Video System to its full potential. Our exclusive full screen test pattern generator program turns any PC into a Video Test System rivaling dedicated Test Pattern Generators/Sync Generators costing thousands of Dollars!

What it looks like in your Windows Program Menu:

  Key Features of the NTSC Reference program:

  • NTSC Glossary- what the heck is differential video gain anyway? We tell you.
  • Samples of Waveforms as seen on Waveform monitors and Vectorscopes to ensure you get it right
  • NTSC Parameter Reference- all those little waveform numbers in microseconds presented in a graphical and tabular format
  • Video Formats- no we don't have a SECAM VTR, but I can tell you why we don't even want to think about owning one!
  • Component Formats- ever wonder what those odd looking R-Y B-Y waveforms mean? Our graphical presentation makes it easy.
  • Video Equations- I don't get it chief....when I mix paint it doesn't work that come red and green make Yellow?
  • Modern NTSC Test Patterns- every test pattern you need, what it looks like, what it does, and how to use it, plus full screen broadcast quality output using your NTSC enabled video card or scan converter. They are all here, SMPTE, EIA, NTC7, Phillips, Pluge, Crosshatch, Raster, Convergence, the works! Over 80 different styles and resolutions are available on the CD.
  • The Classic Test Patterns- The "Indian Head" from the 50's, the EIA and SMPTE patterns, even printable camera tests known as "chip charts". All the great classics.
  • LCD Monitor/LCD Video Projector Test Patterns- have you ever had to setup a video projector and had trouble getting the focus and contrast set right? Our test patterns make it easy?
  • Menu Driven Test Pattern Generator- lets you choose and display all the patterns full screen on any SVGA card with no annoying "Windows" components like the "Title bar" in the way. Choose to Run from hard drive or direct from CD Rom!
  • Multimedia Test Program- Check out the most important multimedia features of your PC to ensure it can handle the job, check Color, Fonts, Audio playback, Video Playback and much more.
  • Video Countdown Generator- have you ever wanted a good animated 5,4,3,2,1 or 10-2 countdown? well we have several! All high quality some with "beeps", some with labels, some with date/time.
  • Audio Test Tone Generator- create specific audio test tones with your sound card
  • Safe Title Area- make sure those graphics are lined up within the safe area of the TV screen
  • Test Pattern Screen Saver- can't get enough of SMPTE bars or Multiburst? Get your fix daily!
  • Bars and Tone Generator- Full Field or SMPTE with date, time, station ID or label!
Click to see some of the Interactive Menus- fullsized



MultiMedia Test

Bars & Tone

Version 3.0 includes these NEW features:

  • Several Additional Test Patterns -now over 100 including DV and HDTV resolution patterns
  • An Entire selection of new countdowns (15 in all, V2.0 had only one -see samples below) including a really cool 3D cube and a Cyclops TV with the Indianhead countdown and the ability to put your name, station ID etc on some countdowns along with date/time.
  • Enhancements to the Multimedia test program to include MPEG1 test
  • A new improved interface that allows you to run programs from the CD or install to your local hard drive
  • A new and improved "bars and tone" generator program with the ability to Enter you name, station ID or label as well as display time/date on full-field as well as SMPTE bars with 1 khz tone.
  • Enhancements to the NTSC reference program glossary and interface
  • Improved auto-run from CD Installer/Menu Program
  • Additional Patterns in the Test Patterns Screensaver
  • A new section of the Test Pattern Generator that provides LCD monitor and LCD projector tests.

Click for Fullsize views of some of the Animated Countdowns

The "Cyclops"


3D numbers

SMPTE Leader

  AND on the CD itself we now have additional content! See the Readme file on the installation for complete descriptions:

  • Printable Test patterns- in Ultra-high resolution TIFF and JPG to allow you to print camera test charts
  • DV Test patterns- A collection of DV (CCIR-601 720x480) resolution test patterns for use in Firewire Video editing programs
  • HDTV Test Patterns- A collection of HDTV 16:9 1920x1080 pixel test patterns
  • Test tone WAV files - 1 Kilohertz standard tones of varying lengths for use in editor programs etc.
  • Video Test Files- Test Bars and Tone AVI and MPEG 1 files for use in editor programs etc.
  • An Atomic Clock -automatic time synchronizer to NIST so that the Time Displayed on test patterns, countdowns, etc is always correct to the second

Some samples from the  TEST PATTERN GENERATOR:

Yes we even have the original "Indian Head" Test Pattern from the 50's and 60's! And even a rare color test photo of Spanish dancer Carmen Miranda wearing her famous "fruit salad" hat!

There are many more not shown here...all full size, broadcast quality signals. And, our exclusive
Pattern Generator will display them FULL SCREEN from your PC. We also provide the original test
patterns as BMP and GIF files on the CD-Rom at resolutions from NTSC 640x480 to HDTV 1920x1080!

PLUS-  An Interactive Video Reference for Windows:

NTSC for Windows is an interactive program for use with Windows 98, ME, 2000 and XP. All screens are fully detailed and many contain actual video and waveforms that have been imported using computer video interfaces. It has an easy to use browser that keeps track of where you've been as well as provide complete support for contents, index and glossary.

Here are some sample screens from the Windows version of the program:
This screen describes using a waveform monitor to measure NTSC video Luminance and Chrominance Levels. We provide you not only with the definitions, but also example samples of how the signals should look and what the different components mean.
This screen describes how Full Field Color Bars test Pattern relates to the S-VHS component video signal and compared to NTSC composite video signal. Our easy to understand visuals help even the novice see how video works.
This screen describes the "multiburst" test signal and how it is use to measure NTSC bandwidth of a composite video signal. This is one of dozens of tutorial screens that show you how to measure NTSC Video with a Waveform Monitor and Vectorscope.
Click Here to Download a free sample/evauation copy!
This is a ZIP file, unzip it after download to a floppy or directory, then run SETUP
NOTE: The sample/evaluation copy does NOT have the full sized, 24 bit full color test patterns.
 Those only come with the registered/purchased version on CD-ROM: only the video glossary, format reference, and parameter reference are provided in the demo version.


NTSC Reference Suite V3.1 on CD-ROM for Windows 98, ME, 2000 and XP
Need to Create live NTSC/PAL video on your PC?
See our PC card solutions for making live video here!

Need this on DVD? Need a PAL version? See our new DVD Video Reference

#NTSC  NTSC Reference Suite - Single License   $49.95   Qty:  

#NTSCS  NTSC Reference Suite - Unlimited Site License   $199.95   Qty:  
(includes 5 copies of the CD plus the site license allows unlimited distribution within an organization- 
recommended for schools, corporations, universities)

Last modified: July 18, 2005

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