Video Calibrator, TV Test Pattern Generator,
and Portable Multimedia Playback Tool
The PortaPattern handheld NTSC/PAL Video Test Signal
Calibrate a wide variety of displays:
Remember the CALIBAR by Newtek? It was a great idea
ahead of its time, but it's no longer manufactured....and it cost upwards to $700! We
once sold this product, and we keep getting requests for it. So we decided to design
our own handheld version!
The Calibar by Newtek
- A great tool but no longer available
| The PortaPattern by ItWorks
- Dozens of patterns and tests, in a Portable Tool! AVAILABLE NOW
Our PortaPattern is a unique handheld
video testing device and a dedicated custom application of our popular NTSC Video
Reference CD and DVD. We've taken the best features of those programs, and combined it
with compact flash memory technology to create a portable Video Test and Multimedia
Reference generator. The PortaPattern uses an SD flash card to store and
playback video test patterns and MPEG video and audio files. You can add new patterns
you design by plugging in the SD card to any PC with a card reader and paint/graphics
program, or by using the USB port to transfer files directly.
The PortaPattern was conceived with input from a team of
Video Professionals including a former TV station Chief Engineer, and a multimedia
producer, the NTSC Reference Suite is a complete set of Video Reference Tools,
Measurement Aids, Video and Audio Tests, and multimedia content designed to help you
tune your NTSC or PAL Composite Video System to its full potential.
The extremely compact
PortaPattern has a built in easy to navigate onscreen user interface that requires no
Comes pre-loaded with
patterns, precharged, and tested.
Features of the PortaPattern Handheld Video Test Generator:
- Built in Color 7"
wide screen TFT LCD Display
with LED backlighting for superior shock resistance and reliability.
- Plays test pattern collections from the
included compact flash memory card.
- Upload new patterns, video via PC USB port! Windows
2000, XP, Vista, and Windows 7 all detect the PortaPattern automatically! It appears
like another Hard Disk to your PC. USB 1.1 and 2.0 compliant.
Sized Unit - Battery powered with included Li-ion
polymer battery pack provide composite
NTSC/PAL video output via included mini phone to RCA plug, BNC adapter is also
- Industrial Case with tuff glove - High-impact
plastic case, water and dirt resistant. Tough glove made by Samsonite slides over
the case allowing full operation in field environments.
- USB Extender Cable - A 3-foot USB cable is
included to help you connect to PC's that have rear panel or inaccessible USB ports.
- Lightweight - Only 15oz/426g (with battery).
- Battery or AC powered - built-in Li-ion
rechargeable battery with up to 2.5 hours of continuous use. AC charger/power supply
is included to allow operation while charging.
- NTSC or PAL output - switchable in the
- 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio - switchable in the
Test Video Pattern Output Features:
- NTSC/PAL Test Pattern Generator - menu
selectable from dozens of patterns.
- Easy operation - choose the visual thumbnail
onscreen, press the "Select" button, and you have your pattern.
- Modern NTSC Test Patterns - every test
pattern you need, what it looks like, what it does, and how to use it, plus full
screen broadcast quality output using your NTSC enabled video card or scan
converter. They are all here, SMPTE, EIA, NTC7, Phillips, Pluge, Crosshatch, Raster,
Convergence, the works!
- Safe Title Area Generator - make sure those
graphics and titles are lined up within the safe area of the TV screen.
- The Classic Test Patterns - such as the
"Indian Head" from the 50's. You can output these classic video test
patterns direct to video from the PortaPattern!
RS170A broadcast specs:
Shown is the PortaPattern NTSC Test Pattern Generator
output of full screen 75% EIA color bars on a Leader 5872 Waveform monitor and
Vectorscope. Click thumbnails to enlarge.
Included with the PortaPattern:
Click thumbnail to see accessories
- PortaPattern main unit with Li-Ion battery
- Tuff Glove by Samonsite
- 1GB SD compact flash card with Video Test Patterns
- Composite video cable with RCA plug and RCA to BNC
- AC to DC power converter and battery charger
- USB Cable 3-foot length
- Bonus: Our NTSC
Reference CD ROM, full retail version. A $50 value!
- On/Off switch
- Reset switch pinhole
- SD Memory Card slot
- Battery charging light
- Mini 5-pin USB 2.0 port
- Video out mini phone jack
- DC in power plug
|Image File Resolution
||720x480, (CCIR601) non progressive JPEG
will auto scale larger images
|Video File Resolution
||720x480 MJPEG AVI format (no audio)
||4.40 x 7.99 x 0.90-inches
||15 oz/426g (with battery)
||NTSC RS170A or PAL composite video
(Switchblade) 1V p-p into a 75 ohm load
||~ 2.5 hours of continuous use
||9 volts DC, 1.66 amps during max
charging, around 900mA in normal use
Bonus NTSC Reference Software on CD Features:
- NTSC Glossary - what the heck is
differential video gain anyway? We tell you.
- Samples of Waveforms as seen on Waveform
monitors and Vectorscopes to ensure you get it right
- NTSC Parameter Reference - all those little
waveform numbers in microseconds presented in a graphical and tabular format
- Video Formats - no we don't have a SECAM VTR,
but I can tell you why we don't even want to think about owning one!
- Component Formats - ever wonder what those
odd looking R-Y B-Y waveforms mean? Our graphical presentation makes it easy.
- Video Equations - I don't get it
chief....when I mix paint it doesn't work that way...how come red and green make Yellow?
- Several Additional Test Patterns - now over
100 including DV and HDTV resolution patterns. The original images reside on the USB
drive and can be used in other multimedia applications or non-linear video editors.
to see some of the Interactive Menus full-sized
Bars & Tone
Click for Full-size views of
some of the Animated Countdowns
SMPTE 3D Time
AND on the
Included NTSC Reference CD ROM we have additional content!
- Printable Test patterns - in Ultra-high
resolution TIFF and JPG to allow you to print camera test charts
- DV Test patterns - A collection of DV
(CCIR-601 720x480) resolution test patterns for use in Firewire Video editing
- HDTV Test Patterns - A collection of HDTV
16:9 1920x1080 pixel test patterns
- Test tone WAV files - 1 Kilohertz standard
tones of varying lengths for use in editor programs etc.
- Video Test Files - Test Bars and Tone AVI and
MPEG 1 files for use in editor programs etc.
Some samples from the PortaPattern TM
TEST PATTERN GENERATOR:
Yes we even have the original "Indian
Head" Test Pattern from the 50's and 60's! And even a rare color test photo of
Spanish Dancer Carmen Miranda wearing her famous "fruit salad" hat!.
There are many more not shown here...all full size, broadcast quality signals. And,
Pattern Generator will display them FULL SCREEN from your PC. We also provide the
patterns as BMP and GIF files on the CD-Rom at resolutions from NTSC 640x480 to HDTV
Interactive Video Reference for Windows:
PortaPattern's NTSC Reference on CD is an interactive program for
use with Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP (Home/Pro), Vista (Pro/Ultimate) and Windows7
(Pro/Ultimate). All screens are fully detailed and many contain actual video and
waveforms that have been imported using computer video interfaces. It has an easy to
use browser that keeps track of where you've been as well as provide complete support
for contents, index and glossary.
Here are some sample screens from the NTSC Reference program
included FREE with the PortaPattern:
||This screen describes using a waveform monitor to
measure NTSC video Luminance and Chrominance Levels. We provide you not only with
the definitions, but also example samples of how the signals should look and what
the different components mean.
||This screen describes how Full Field Color Bars test
Pattern relates to the S-VHS component video signal and compared to NTSC composite
video signal. Our easy to understand visuals help even the novice see how video
||This screen describes the "multiburst" test
signal and how it is use to measure NTSC bandwidth of a composite video signal.
This is one of dozens of tutorial screens that show you how to measure NTSC Video
with a Waveform Monitor and Vectorscope.
Need this on DVD? See our DVD Video Reference
for larger quantity or reseller discounts, please email email@example.com.
Minimum reseller order, 3 PortaPatterns