Seeking capture device performance and quality measurement software that should have
features as described in this document:
Has anyone had the opportunity to use that software?
I would also like to find a usable software vectorscope; a trial version of a program that
seems promising is here, but the author's URL is no longer valid and obtaining an
activation code may be a problem:
My intent is to compare measured performance of uncompressed Bt848 captures against
uncompressed captures from professional grade cards.
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I'll take a look at this later this evening. Vegas has the basic monitors that seem to match external WFM/Vectorscopes well enough for setting edit levels. I would challenge using a DVD player as a test signal generator. In my experience DVD players are poorly calibrated.
Another to look at is DV Rack.
Vegas WFM/Vector Scope.
[quote="edDV"]I'll take a look at this later this evening. Vegas has the basic monitors that seem to match external WFM/Vectorscopes well enough for setting edit levels. I would challenge using a DVD player as a test signal generator. In my experience DVD players are poorly calibrated.
Thanks for the references.
The trial period of 'vscope' is 30 days and there is no limitation on function during trial. It seems to be well
constructed and the displays are canonical. I just wonder about registration. My Cinemaster hardware
DVD decoder card provides 75% SMPTE bars for calibration, but I am interested in other software test
signal generator solutions too.
Originally Posted by edDV
in dynamic range, S/N, linearity, etc. I have not found many references online to test and measurement
on capture cards, and the VideoQ website mentions partnerships with the major chip and card
vendors so maybe they are the only game in town. As for 'vscope', the package includes both
vectorscope and waveform monitors (time domain).
Originally Posted by guns1inger
(to adjust live sources), but it costs nothing ;) I appreciate it however for calibrating from captured data.
This page from the VQM Powerpoint presentation shows their test configuration for tuner+A/D cards. It requires a calibrated TSG that will accept their test slide and output as calibrated RF, composite and S-Video. Then their automated measurement software creates test reports. Calibration of the TSG is an issue and will probably require an external WFM/Vectorscope.
You could make many of the measurements from the Vegas monitors but they, like VirtualDub only work for capture file playback, not for live capture.
I just cut this pattern out of the Powerpoint presentation for illustration.
If you want instructions on video measurements, download the Tektronix guides that I listed in this thread.
Here are some images of 'vscope' displays of live full height (and full saturation) bars
(BTW, how can one post images to this forum's site's servers?):
Vectorscope -- mouse cursor (not shown) allows targeted readout of anywhere in the
frame/field, indicated by the yellow circle on the scope display (works in vector and
waveform modes); green horiz line and slider position denote selected line (numeric
in scope display):
Waveform -- low pass filtered:
Waveform -- flat:
Waveform -- chroma:
Over the years, a few other folks have posted to video web forums about trying to
register 'vscope' with no luck -- the successor company, 'digilava' fails to reply
to inquiries even though their awful, flash-laden site still advertises the product.
For Test Signal generation I suggest you rent a Leader or Tektronix test signal generator.
For example, the Leader LT-416 has RF, composite, S-Video and analog component outputs for each test signal.
There are also models with digital SDI output.
Here is yet another software waveform monitor/vectorscope program that has
the kitchen sink thrown in (70MB zipped download); I'd like to know how well
or not it works for other folks. I get 'error 80004003: cannot add Vidscope to
filtergraph' when trying to open either an analog capture source OR just an
This one is from Hamlet UK and is advertised as meeting various broadcast