The TG-5100B Multi-Format HD-SDI Pattern Generator with Internal Lithium-Ion Battery from Maxtron is a multi-pattern test signal generator with embedded 16-channel voice IDs and audio tones. It supports ten formats, and has two outputs for SMPTE 292M standard.
The TG-5100B offers audio channel voice IDs and tone combinations for all 16 stereo channels allotted in the HD-SDI specifications. When the voice IDs are enabled, they repeat a specific channel ID every 15 seconds, making it clear which audio channel is being monitored. Between the voice IDs, there are standard level audio tones for the right and left channels within each group. Both the US -20 dBFS and the European -18 dBFS full-scale levels are supported.
There are ten basic patterns available in the TG-5100B, increasing to 19 when including the A/B modifier. These are some of the classic patterns: SMPTE RP 219 color bars, 75% full-field color bars, projector alignment & convergence grid, RGB color fields, and black and white. Other patterns include the moving zoneplate which is used to expose video compression and scaling artifacts, and the pathological pattern which is used to stress the SDI receiver PLLs in the signal path. There is a traveling wizard that moves smoothly about the screen to help reveal dropped or repeated fields/frames. A user-selectable circle overlay can be added to some patterns to check for proper display aspect ratios.
This test signal generator has two push-wheel controls: a format control to select the video output standard and a pattern control to select the pattern to be displayed in the selected format. The TG-5100B has an internal lithium-ion battery which can be charged from the included AC adapter.