DVDO AVLab TPG
HDMI® 4K Ultra HD Test Pattern Generator
DVDO AVLab TPG is the first pocket-sized test pattern generator supporting full 4K Ultra HD resolution at 50/60Hz. Designed specifically for use with Color Management System (CMS) software such as CalMAN™, the AVLab TPG is powered by USB and uses the USB interface to automatically control the video calibration workflow. It is the ultimate tool for AV professionals in the field to deliver lab-quality functionality to on-site display setup and calibration.
- Full 4K (50/60Hz) test pattern as outlined in the HDMI Specification
- 85+ built-in patterns (R, G, B, C, M, Y, K, Scale, Sharp, Focus, Bars, PLUGE, Half, etc.)
- Video Format Output: VGA, SVGA, XGA, SXGA, 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p50, 720p60, 1080i50, 1080i60, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p50, 1080p60, 4K24(3840), 4K24(4096), 4K25(3840), 4K30(3840), 4K50(3840) 4:2:0, 4K60(3840) 4:2:0
- Dynamically generated patterns via USB control
- Direct USB control via CMS software (i.e. CalMAN & Chromapure)
- Field upgradeable firmware and patterns
- HDMI/MHL pass-through convenience feature
- Custom ISF black and white PLUGE patterns
- USB powered or with AC adapter
AVLab TPG by Robert Heron
Video calibration and testing is tedious, exacting work. The end result, however, is our ability to objectively convey relevant information to you, plus make our favorite projectors and TVs look and perform at their absolute best. The need to examine dozens (if not hundreds) of video test patterns to properly evaluate display performance is the primary time-sink in the whole process.
DVDO AVLab Ultra HD 4K Test Pattern Generator Review
Video calibration and testing is tedious, exacting work. The end result, however, is our ability to objectively convey relevant information to you, plus make our favorite projectors and TVs look and perform at their absolute best.
Arguably the biggest draw of the DVDO AVLab test pattern generator is its ability to output resolution up to a maximum of 3840×2160 at 50Hz and 60Hz. According to DVDO, the internal hardware is currently capable of 300Mhz, which limits the colour depth to 8-bit, 4:2:0 at 4K@60p/50p. We think this is perfectly adequate especially at this price point, considering that not many consumer displays (not to mention video source) support higher colour depth at 4K@60fps/50fps.Perhaps the highest compliment we can give DVDO’s new test pattern generator is that we’ve acquired a couple of units which we will be using in all our reviews of 4K Ultra HD displays going forward. Whether you’re a technical reviewer involved in testing ultra high-definition (UHD) displays, or a professional calibrator expecting to work on more 4K TVs as they grow in market share, the DVDO AVLab TPG deserves a place in your arsenal of equipments.
For a reviewer and calibrator, however, a test pattern source is essential because it makes evaluating and optimizing a display a much easier task than using a pattern disc. With UltraHD displays taking over the high-end of the market now, the need for a test pattern source has become even more important…
The DVDO is a tiny little box. Compared to the other UltraHD pattern generators from Quantum Data and AVFoundry it is surprising they can perform the same tasks. There is only a single HDMI output on the DVDO but it also includes an HDMI input. This would allow you to keep it in your system if necessary though I don’t see much need for that..
DVDO AVLab TPG HD Nation Hands on Review
By Robert Heron & Robert Norton
Introduction to AVLab TPG™, 4K Test Pattern Generator
Introduction, feature overview, and basic display setup using AVLab TPG
Updating firmware for AVLab TPG
Step by step how to upgrade firmware on AVLab TPG
New Features in Firmware Version 1.01
An overview of the new features for AVLab TPG a 4K pocket sized test pattern generator
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