Maxtron TG-5130 Multi-Format SD/HD-SDI Test Signal Generator

Maxtron TG-5130 Multi-Format SD/HD-SDI Test Signal Generator
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Maxtron TG-5130 Overview

The TG-5130 Multi-Format SD/HD-SDI Test Signal Generator from Maxtron is a multi-pattern test signal generator with embedded 16-channel voice IDs, audio tones, an on-screen-display (OSD), and an internal lithium-ion battery. It supports two SD and eight HD formats, and has outputs for SMPTE 259M/292M standards.

The TG-5130 offers audio channel voice IDs and tone combinations for all 16 stereo channels allotted in the SD/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-5130, 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 color difference ramps. There is also a four-pixel checkerboard pattern for checking 3D image alignment. 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 in a ping-pong fashion about the screen to help reveal dropped or repeated fields/frames as well as frozen video in frame stores and MPEG encoders. Also included is an A/V test pattern used to measure the video-to-audio delay. A user-selectable circle overlay can be added to some patterns to check for proper display aspect ratios.

This test signal generator has three push-wheel controls: a format control to select the video output standard, a pattern control to select the pattern to be displayed in the selected format, and an audio control to select among various embedded audio modes. The on-screen display has one line of text and allows up to 20 characters. The internal lithium-ion battery can be charged from the included AC adapter or via a Micro-B USB cable (not included).

Designed for portable or bench applications
16-channel embedded audio with voicing and tones
10 basic patterns, 19 including A/B modifier
Full 10-bit SD, 20-bit HD pattern generation

Maxtron TG-5130 Specs

Supported Video Formats486i 59.94 (NTSC), 576i 50 (PAL), 720p 59.94, 1080i 59.94, 720p 50, 1080i 50, 1080p 29.97, 1080p 23.98, 1080 (sF) 24, 1080p 25
Supported Audio Formats.4 K / .4 K + voice
.4 K / 1 K + voice
1 K / .4 K + voice
1 K / 1 K + voice
.4 K / .4 K
.4 K / 1 K
1 K / .4 K
1 K / 1 K
PatternsA / B:
RP219 with moving wizard / + circle
Full field 75% color bars / + circle
Moving zoneplate
Red / Cr ramp
Green / checkerboard
Blue / Cb ramp
White / 10 stairstep
Black / Y ramp
Pathological / A/V sync flash
Convergence / + circle
Power Supply100 - 240 VAC, 5 VDC, 1 A
DC PlugEIAJ-2, 1.7 x 4.0 mm, center positive
Dimensions4 x 2.5 x 1.25" (10.2 x 6.4 x 3.2 cm)
Weight7.2 oz (204.1 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.6 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.7 x 3.5 x 3.3"
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