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mgrusin
05-25-2004, 09:30 AM
Hey kids, anyone have (& willing to share) or know of a bitmap test pattern showing the "proper" overscan areas? I'd like something which would be useful to load when framing a video projector...

I could make my own in photoshop, is there any concensus on the "standard" positioning (% or pixels) for the overscan area?

Thanks! -MG.

bbeanan
05-25-2004, 10:29 AM
Check out:

http://www.itworks.com/products/ntsc-ref.htm

I have their CD version and it works out pretty well... Included on the CD is every test pattern you will need

mgrusin
06-02-2004, 10:41 AM
Thanks very much for that info, I may pick that up at some point for my own use. I was hoping to find something "free" so I could put it on client discs and not worry about the copyrights.

For the moment I made something quick and dirty in Aura (it even has a filter that will generate the standard color and gray bars). I couldn't find an official number (knowing NTSC there probably isn't one), but it looks like most people (and Newtek's VT-Vision monitor) use 5% for the safe area, though in Europe one group is recommending 3.5% for 16:9.

I did run into a nifty multi-layer photoshop 16:9 test card from the BBC which PAL users might want to check out here (http://www.bbc.co.uk/commissioning/branding/picturesize.shtml).

Thanks! -MG.