The CALIBUG HDTV NTSC Reference Tool is useful
Setting up HDTV monitors in 1080i or 720p modes
Aligning Video projectors
Aligning LCD or plasma 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
Aligning SVGA monitor convergence
Testing color purity - a complete set of color
purity patterns is provided
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
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
Provide a Gen-Lock reference signal or black burst
signal using your PC.
Setting up external SVGA to NTSC scan converters
Providing test signals on AVI, MPEG, Quicktime or
other video files you create to allow the recipient to adjust their monitor for
Providing TV test patterns on your home TV to make
your wife think the station has signed off and its time to go to bed! ;-)
If you only buy one tool for broadcast video
testing on PC's, buy this one!
The CALIBUG HDTV NTSC Reference Tool has
everything you'll ever need in tiny USB Plug and Play Package! We packed ten
years of experience and thousands of dollars of test equipment into this
HDTV, DV, NTSC, and PAL Video Calibrator, TV Test
Generator, SVGA Monitor Calibrator, and Multimedia
Reference Tool all in a small USB plug!
See also our new Calibug HDTV PRO HDMI
video test generator
shown actual size
The Calibug HDTV has a tough extruded aluminum
case with a neoprene orange jacket. A blue LED status light at the right side
end tells you when its working.
The CALIBUG HDTV turns any PC or LAPTOP
equipped with HD Component Video
or Composite/YC video output into an HDTV, DV, NTSC or PAL Video Test Signal Generator
rivaling those costing thousands of dollars!
Use the NTSC/PAL, Y/C, SVGA, DVI, or HDMI
output of your video card to produce quality test patterns.
Remember the CALIBAR by Newtek? It was a great idea
ahead of its time, but its no longer manufactured....and it cost upwards to $600 ! We
once sold this product, and we kept getting requests for it. We had a regular need to
provide test signals for our weather broadcast systems during setups at TV stations.
An early design became popular with TV station engineers, so we decided to design our
own low cost USB version.
The Calibar by Newtek-
A great tool but no longer available
The CALIBUG HDTV by ItWorks -
Over 200 patterns and tests, in a Pocket USB Tool!
Our CALIBUG HDTV is a unique USB device
and a dedicated custom application of our popular NTSC Video Reference CD and DVD,
plus all the features your need for DV and HDTV testing too. We've taken the best
features of those programs, and combined it with USB flash memory technology to create
a pocket portable Video Test and Multimedia Reference generator that will plug into
any PC or Laptop and turn it into a high quality Video Signal Reference and Multimedia
Tester. Like our CD ROM, The PC or Laptop used needs to have a DVI (HD) or NTSC
Composite or S-Video (Y/C) output for use with broadcast video equipment and other
professional video gear. Many PC's and Laptops Today have this video output feature
built right in. Of course, if you need to add broadcast quality video to a PC or
Laptop, we have solutions for you!
We also offer an optional HDTV component video
(Y/Pr/Pb) converter that allows SVGA cards with DVI-I outputs to generate HDTV
test signals using our Calibug HDTV. Both 720p and 1080i formats are supported!
Only $29.95, add to cart below with your order.
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list of compatible SVGA video cards below:
SVGA Cards must support 1280x720
resolution for HDTV 720p and 1920x1080
resolution for HDTV 1080i and have a DVI-I connector or direct
Y/Pr/Pb component video output. For DVI-I connectors, HDTV
component video can be obtained using our optional DVI-I to HDTV
adapter (and the Calibug) work
with most modern PC video Cards
that have an SVGA, DVI, or NTSC/PAL/ Y-C output (for low resolution
GeForce series of
video cards GT6200LE through 9800GTX, plus many others.
of video cards Radeon, Fire GL and Pro, plus many others
video cards - if it has a DVI output and supports 1280x720
resolution for HDTV 720p and 1920x1080
resolution for HDTV 1080i it will likely work. The Calibug will
also work with older video cards, using SVGA and the
NTSC/PAL/Y-C output for standard definition tests.
Be sure to check your PC video card specs and output options.
Or use the DVI-D: This GOLD
PLATED adapter converts HDMI Male to DVI Male connector. A DVI to
HDMI adapter is used to connect older home theater equipment with
DVI connectors to newer HDTV televisions and projectors which have
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All Digital Interconnects and
For High Definition video (720p
and 1080p) or standard definition
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!
Key Features of the CALIBUG HDTV USB Video Calibrator and Reference Tool:
No drivers required! - Windows ME, 2000, and
XP all detect the CALIBUG HDTV automatically!
NOT COMPATIBLE WITH WITH WINDOWS VISTA (WE DO NOT RECOMMEND WINDOWS VISTA FOR ANY
USE) OR WINDOWS 7 HOME EDITIONS. It is compatible with Windows 7
Professional and Ultimate editions.
Fully USB 1.1 and 2.0 compliant
Auto-Run - Included self configuring software
allows the CALIBUG HDTV to auto-run when you plug it in, and auto-shutoff when you
unplug it. No fussing with typing commands or locating program files with Explorer.
Pocket Sized USB - No smaller Video Test
Generator exists on the planet! Easy to clip to your shirt pocket, or hang it around
your neck with the included lanyard. Can also be attached to your key chain!
Industrial Orange Case - High impact extruded
aluminum case with a high visibility industrial orange "grip jacket" is
water and dirt resistant. The color ensures that it doesn't get easily lost in
toolboxes or bench clutter. The bright "industrial orange" color is easy
to see, even in dim light.
USB Extender Cable - A USB extender cable is
included to help you use or test on PC's that have rear panel or inaccessible USB
Low Power, Lightweight - Only
15 grams, and draws < 300uA in Standby and 40mA Operating Current -won't wear
down your laptop battery!
CALIBUG HDTV Video Output Features:
Supports both 1080i and 720p HD video
resolutions. Will produce component video output on compatible SVGA video cards
with optional DVI to HDTV converter plug
Supports DV CCIR601 Firewire resolutions of
720x480 for NTSC and 720x486 for PAL
NTSC/PAL Pattern Generator- for resolutions
including 640x480, 720x576, 800x600, 1024x768, and 1280x1024, 1600 and higher, all
Modern NTSC/PAL 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 200 different styles and resolutions are available on
the CALIBUG HDTV.
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? Run them right off the CALIBUG
HDTV into your PC's SVGA port to drive full screen projector tests.
Menu Driven Test Pattern Generator- lets you
choose and display all the patterns full screen with no annoying "Windows"
components like the "Title bar" in the way. CALIBUG HDTV's video output is
always full screen no matter what resolution you choose.
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. You can
type in your own custom screen ID. 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.
Audio Test Tone Generator- create specific
audio test tones with your sound card
Bars and Tone Generator- Full Field or SMPTE
color bars 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.
Safe Title Area Generator- make sure those
graphics and titles are lined up within the safe area of the TV screen
The Classic Test Patterns- The "Indian
Head" from the 50's, the EIA and SMPTE patterns, all the great classics....just
for fun or nostalgia. You can output these classic video test patterns direct to
video from the CALIBUG HDTV!
CALIBUG HDTV Software on USB Features:
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 way...how come red and green make Yellow?
Several Additional Test Patterns -now over
200 including DV and HDTV resolution patterns. The original images reside on the USB
drive and can be used in other multimedia applications or non-linear video editors.
to see some of the Calibug HDTV Menus- fullsized
to see some of the NTSC/PAL Menus- fullsized
Bars & Tone
Click for Fullsize views of
some of the Animated Countdowns
SMPTE 3D Time
AND on the
Included CD ROM we have additional content!
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
HDTV Test Patterns- A complete collection of
HDTV 16:9 1080i and 720p pixel test patterns for use in HD editor programs.
Just drag and drop!
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 CALIBUG HDTV TM
TEST PATTERN GENERATOR:
HDTV 16:9 Patterns:
DV and NTSC/PAL Patterns
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,
Pattern Generator will display them FULL SCREEN from your PC. We also provide the
patterns as BMP and GIF files on the CD-Rom at resolutions from NTSC 640x480 to HDTV
An Interactive Video Reference for Windows:
CALIBUG HDTV's NTSC Reference is an interactive program for use
with Windows 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
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
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.