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SpectraCal Portable Test Pattern Generator Produces 4K Content

SpectraCal has announced that it is adding to its line of product with two new test pattern generators that include a model that produces 4K patterns.

SpectraCal Portable Test Pattern Generator Produces 4K Content
SpectraCal is pricing the VideoForge 4K at $4,995 and the VideoForge SDI at $3,995, and for a limited time the company is offering special pricing on the products.
Robert Archer · February 12, 2013

Every year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) there is one or two products or technologies that end up dominating the conversation during and after the completion of the event.

This year’s dominate technology was the introduction of 4K video displays and now the rest of the electronics industry is responding to support the influx of new 4K video products that are scheduled to hit the market in 2013. One of the first non-TV manufacturing companies to respond to the impending 4K revolution is the test equipment manufacturer SpectraCal.

Just after the end of CES SpectraCal announced two new test pattern generators: the VideoForge 4K and the VideoForge SDI. The VideoForge 4K is said to output all of the current 4K formats via Qual-Link SDI, and the company says the unit also supports lower resolution formats via Dual-Link SDI, Single-Link SDI and HDMI. The lower cost VideoForge SDI model produces 2K and lower resolutions via the SDI and HDMI formats. SpectraCal explains the two new products offer 16 internal parameter-based software pattern renderers that enable the creation of thousands of pattern variations.

SpectraCal adds the new test-pattern generators are capable of producing any one of the billion possibilities of colors inside a display’s color space, and according to the company, every pattern in the VideoForge products can be delivered in 3D, including the left-eye/right-eye gating function that visually tests stereo imaging separation to allow calibrators to test the performance of 3D video displays.

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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). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. 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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