The NTSC Reference
Version 3.1 Now Available- Over 30 More
Patterns than 3.0!
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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
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
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
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 way...how come red and green
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
- 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
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
Bars & Tone
Version 3.0 includes these
- 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
- 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
- Additional Patterns in the Test
- 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
SMPTE 3D Time
on the CD itself we now have additional content! See the
Readme file on the installation for complete
- Printable Test patterns- in
Ultra-high resolution TIFF and JPG to allow you to print camera test
- 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
- 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
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"
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
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.
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
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!
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July 18, 2005