AccuPel DVG-5000 3D Video Test Pattern Generator
The AccuPel DVG-5000 is shipping now.
See the Support tab below to download a new firmware update. The latest firmware (02-13-2013) includes a new feature. The size of grayscale and color windows are now user definable in 2.5% increments from 5% through 20%. The legacy 10.8% window size is retained.
AccuPel Version Matrix
You can download the USB driver for both the HDG-4000 and DVG-5000.
The Macintosh drivers are here.
If you have a support question, just fill out the form on our Support page.
The DVG-5000 can be updated in the field when new test patterns become available or if you want to upgrade the AccuPel to support 3D and/or motion patterns. Just download one one of the zipped archives below for the latest firmware. The zip file contains the update program, update instructions, and the newest firmware files (*.dvg and *.bin).
Firmware updates are cumulative. You only need the latest one.
02-13-2013 Firmware Update 3
Adds support for user-defined windows in 2.5% increments.
5%, 7.5%, 10%, 10.8% (legacy), 12.5%, 15%, 17.5%, and 20%
Also adds support for user-defined checkerboard patterns
2x2, 3x3, 4x4, 5x5, 6x6, 7x7, 8x8, 9x9
Note: To take advantage of these new features using the Desktop Application, you must download the latest version. See below.
09-01-2012: Firmware Update 2
Adds support for user-defined surrounds in gray window patterns and for applying a single color (RGBCYM) to any of the gray patterns.
04-29-2012: Firmware Update 1
Allows the user to display 8-bit (1-254) and 10-bit (4-1019) user-defined colors via the USB interface using discrete code values. You may continue to send 8-bit user-defined colors with the remote control and onscreen menu using percentage commands (0%-109%). Also adds two new test patterns, a color clipping pattern and a new version of the precision pluge that uses eleven 2-step bars (6-26)
The Desktop Application is a standalone platform that allows easy control of the DVG-5000.
You can access all DVG-5000 standard output and format settings, all built-in test patterns, and custom colors using this application. Entering 10-bit input values allows you to define custom colors and grayscale patterns with great precision (10-bit video allows for 4-1019, rather than 8-bit video's 1-254 maximum range) and display them using 10-bit 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 YCbCr and RGB Deep Color output modes.
Update: A new version of the DVG-5000 Desktop Application has been posted. It includes the following:
3D Test Patterns
The AccuPel 3D update provides 3D performance for ALL of the AccuPel test patterns with a selection of 33 3D Formats. Each 3D format is a combination of a 3D structure and an existing video resolution. The DVG-5000 supports all of the structures that are in actual use for distributing 3D content. This includes:
The generator is very smart and will not allow the user to get into an invalid combination of video resolutions and 3D structures. The front panel Format button will skip all invalid 3D formats, and invalid 3D formats will be ignored if attempted to enter from the remote control. There is no way to enter an invalid format over the USB either. When entering the 3D mode the generator will automatically change to a valid format if necessary. There are no Standard Definition 3D formats implemented, so the user must leave the 3D mode to return to a standard definition format.
ALL previous DVG-5000 test patterns work in ALL 33 3D formats and produce patterns that simply look like their 2D versions. They do not appear in 3D (i.e. they have no depth). It is not the purpose of the generator to produce wild 3D demonstration patterns to entertain the user. The patterns can be used for all of the same purposes they are used on 2D displays (i.e. setting grayscale, color encoding, CMS adjustments, black level, white level, checking overscan, measuring ANSI contrast, measuring full-field contrast, checking scaling, checking convergence on 3 panel projectors, checking resolution, adjusting sharpness and detail enhancement, etc.), but with 3D signals placing the display in its 3D Display Modes instead of displaying 2D signals in its very different 2D Display mode.
It is obvious immediately that a display that is calibrated and looks perfect using 2D signals may look VERY different with 3D signals and need separate calibration in the 3D signal modes. In addition the 3D modes may show bugs, and implementation errors that are not present using 2D signals. In particular the patterns with fine lines (16:9 pattern, overscan pattern, sharpness pattern, crosshatch pattern) can be used to spot various problems and bugs in the displays 3D implementation.
Although the patterns appear to be the same in the 2D and 3D signal output modes there are some changes due to the half vertical resolution of the Top-Bottom signal structure and the half horizontal resolution of the Side-by-Side (Half) signal structure. For instance, the multiburst pattern highest resolution burst is half its 2D version resolution in the 3D Side-by-Side mode because that structure only supports half the horizontal resolution of the 2D display mode.
CROSSTALK TEST PATTERN
In addition to the 33 3D formats, there is also an entirely new, interactive test pattern and menu system in the 3D Mode menu for testing 3D Crosstalk from the left eye to the right eye (and visa-versa). Crosstalk is one of the most important determinants of 3D image quality.
The 3D option is a free upgrade for the DVG-5000 Deluxe and a $100 option for the DVG-5000 Standard.
Motion Test Patterns
Previous AccuPel owners may trade-in their units for a new DVG-5000. HGD-3000 owners will get a $200 credit and HDG-4000 owners will get a $300 credit.
Contact us for details.
We are pleased to offer the new AccuPel DVG-5000 Video Test Pattern Generator. The DVG-5000 is the latest in a line of highly-regarded video test pattern generators designed by renowned video engineer Greg Rogers. We are now the exclusive distributors of AccuPel devices.
The digital-only DVD-5000 offers several enhancements over earlier AccuPel devices, including new test patterns and native HDMI output all at a lower price.
Until the DVG-5000, AccuPels have always used DVI for digital signal output. Although the units fully supported digital YCbCr output, displays would generally default to RGB, rendering the YCbCr signal unusable. With an HDMI emitter chip that communicates to the display the type of signal being transmitted, full YCbCr functionality is now fully achieved.
Why use a test pattern generator?
There are two reasons to use a high-quality test pattern generator.
Why choose AccuPel?
There are three reasons to prefer an AccuPel.