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DVDO Test Pattern Generator Fits in Installers’ Pockets

DVDO's new AVLab TPG offers installers the ability to test 4K displays with 4K test patterns at 50Hz and 60Hz.


DVDO Test Pattern Generator Fits in Installers’ Pockets
The DVDO AVLAB TPG offers installers 85 test patterns with choices including R, G,B, C, M, Y, K, scale, sharp, bars, focus, PLUGE, and ISF Black and White PLUGE patterns.
Robert Archer · February 18, 2014

The momentum for 4K video products has been gaining a lot of steam over the past several months. Now with the technology entering the mass market, electronics professionals that want to add these solutions to their residential or commercial installations need to differentiate their offerings from their competitors.

The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based video manufacturer DVDO is supporting electronics professionals that have training and certification with organizations such as the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) through the release of its new AVLab TPG (Test Pattern Generator). DVDO says the TPG TPG supports 4K resolutions at 50Hz and 60Hz, and it meets HDMI 2.0 specifications for the testing and calibration of 4K TVs, projectors and displays.

DVDO points out the product is specifically designed to work with Color Management System (CMS) solutions like Spectracal’s CalMAN software. It provides a streamlined tool to dealers by its direct interface capabilities with CMS solutions to automatically display 4K test patterns.

“The AVLab TPG will be an essential tool for ISF calibrators and installers when setting up new 4K displays for optimum viewing quality,” notes Joel Silver, president and founder of the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF).

Some of the other features the test-pattern generator offers include a choice of 85 test patterns that range from scale and focus to PLUGE bars and ISF Day and Night PLUGE bars, dynamically generated patterns via USB control, and field-upgradeable firmware and test patterns.

“Four K Ultra HD displays are becoming increasingly common,” states C.H. Chee, general manager, DVDO. “Installers and calibrators clearly need to upgrade their equipment to continue to provide the same installation and setup services they have perfected at 1080p. AVLab TPG provides lab-quality 4K test patterns in a pocket-portable, PC-powered package that allows installers to match test pattern quality to the full capability of 4K UHD TVs.”



  About the Author

Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at [email protected]

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Home Theater · Displays · 4K · DVDO · Imaging Science Foundation · Ultra HD · All Topics
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