Imagine Communications SD-STAR Handheld SD-SDI and Analog Composite Generator and Monitor

Imagine Communications SD-STAR Handheld SD-SDI and Analog Composite Generator and Monitor

Imagine Communications SD-STAR Handheld SD-SDI and Analog Composite Generator and Monitor

Imagine Communications SD-STAR Handheld SD-SDI and Analog Composite Generator and Monitor


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The SD-STAR Handheld SD-SDI and Analog Composite Generator and Monitor from imagine Communications is a handheld, battery-powered monitor and test generator for SD-SDI and analog composite video signals. The unit provides multi-format functionality and versatility and features a video test signal generator, a color monitor, a waveform monitor, a vectorscope, an oscilloscope, and an audio analyzer/monitor. It is ideal for monitoring field production camera setups, equipment installations, or troubleshooting signal path issues related to analog and standard-definition digital formats.

This handheld unit runs on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack that can deliver more than six hours of continuous operation (subject to functionality selected). It includes two video inputs: one for monitoring composite analog NTSC and PAL video signals and one for monitoring SD-SDI signals formatted in SMPTE 259M-C with embedded audio. The analog input can be used with the oscilloscope function for a variety of analog signals and the test signal generator has individual outputs of composite analog video and SD-SDI. The stereo headphone output may be configured to monitor embedded audio from the SDI source or double as a monaural analog tone generator output. This generator and monitor includes a sunshield, rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack, AC power adapter, serial communications cable, and a belt-style pouch.

Video test signal generator
Color monitor
Waveform monitor
Audio analyzer/monitor
Serial data analyzer
SD-SDI, Composite analog, and analog formats
Portable, handheld: PDA-sized and weighs under one pound
Integrated 320x240 color LCD display
Touchscreen operation
In the Box
Imagine Communications SD-STAR Handheld SD-SDI and Analog Composite Generator and Monitor
  • Sunshield
  • Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack
  • AC Power Adapter
  • Serial Communications Cable
  • Belt - Style Pouch
  • Limited 27-Month Warranty
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    Imagine Communications SD-STAR specs

    Test Signal Generator Color Bars:
    Split bars: 75% and 100% (SMPTE)
    Full bars: 75% and 100%
    Luminance ramp and full ramp
    Sin X
    Window test signal
    Check field
    Multi burst
    Multi pulse
    Full field colors
    Frequency Stability: 5 ppm
    Serial Digital Video Output:
    525/59.94, 625/50
    EDH insertion
    Embed tone in any single audio group
    Composite Video Output: NTSC or PAL
    Audio Frequency and Amplitude Adjustable Color Picture Monitor: 
    Pulse crosses mode
    Horizontal and vertical offset
    Waveform Monitor Composite Video Input: Composite NTSC or PAL
    Serial Digital Video Input: RGB or Y, CB, CR
    75% and 100% display mode
    Digital line-select
    Persistence adjustable
    Serial Digital Data Analyzer:
    SAV position
    SAV XYZ word
    EAV position
    EAV XYZ word
    ANC check sum
    EDH flags
    Active picture EDH
    Full field EDH
    Oscilloscope Jack Bandwidth: 48 MHz
    Flatness: ± 1% to 6 MHz
    Scales (Time): Sec/Div 250 ns, 500 ns, 1 us, 2.5 us, 5 us, 10 us, 25 us, 50 us, 100 us, 250 us, 500 us, 1 ms, 2.5 ms, 5 ms, 10 ms, 25 ms, 50 ms, 100 ms (accuracy <2% error)
    Scales (Amplitude):
    10 X mode volts/div 100 mV, 200 mV, 500 mV, 1 V, 2 V and 5 V (accuracy <2% error)
    1 X mode volts/div 10 mV, 20 mV, 50 mV, 100 mV, 200 mV and 500 mV (accuracy <2% error)
    Maximum input level: 40 V pk-pk (only in x 10 mode)
    Input coupling: DC or AC
    Input impedance: 75 ohms
    Controls Vertical and Horizontal Position:
    Trigger level and polarity controls Persistence:

    Positive and negative trigger with level control
    H and V sync trigger mode
    Tri-level sync trigger mode
    Embedded Serial Audio Monitor:
    AES/EBU 48 kHz audio data supported
    Analyze any 1 pair from 4 groups
    Stereo bar graph peak hold and VU audio meters
    Variable stereo headphone output (from embedded audio sources) with 16-bit DAC
    Embedded Audio Tone Generator THD: ≤1%
    Maximum Level: 4 dBu
    Connector: Miniature TRS headphone jack
    Audio Frequency Fixed Selections: 400 Hz, 1 kHz, 10 kHz
    Audio Frequency Variable Selections: 10 Hz to 20 kHz in 10 Hz steps
    Audio Amplitude Fixed Selections: 4, 0, - 4, - 8, - 18, - 20 dB
    Audio Amplitude Variable Selections: 4 dB to - 59 dB in 1 dB steps
    Power Management:
    Auto shutdown of unused functions
    Up to 6-hour operation (full battery charge, function dependent)
    Serial Digital Outputs Return Loss: ≤ - 15 db at 270 MHz
    Output Data Rate: 270 Mb/s
    Output Jitter: ≤ 0.2 UI
    Composite Analog Output: 
    10-bit DAC
    Interpolation 8:8:8
    S/N ratio (ramp) >60 db RMS
    Serial digital input (SMPTE 259M-C)
    Composite analog input (NTSC - PAL)
    Communications: RS-232 serial communications for firmware upgrade
    Temperature Operating: 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
    Storage: - 22 to 185°F (- 30 to 85°C)
    Dimensions 5.3 x 3.1 x 1.4" (136 x 80 x 35 mm)
    Weight 14.5 oz (411 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.55 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.4 x 12.4 x 5.0"

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