Key Features

3G/HD/SD-SDI generation, analysis & monitoring
  • Simultaneous generation and analysis for SMPTE compliance testing
  • 3G/HD/SD-SDI support
  • Embedded audio generation, analysis & monitoring with 1x AES in, 1x AES out, 48kHz 75 Ohm
  • Auto Bi-level, Tri-level and SDI genlock with cross lock capability
Advanced video analysis toolset
  • Over 350 formats supported for compliance monitoring
  • 12-bit waveform monitor with YCbCr, Y, Cb, Cr and GBR format display and horizontal/vertical graticules
  • Vectorscope for checking color bias / conformity
  • Signal generation with 32 test patterns, including Pathological and moving patterns
  • CRC error detection, video aspect ratio detection and SMPTE 351 display
  • HANC/VANC support
  • Pixel check and picture zoom
Multi-channel audio analysis & monitoring
  • Embed a single external 48kHz synchronous AES stream into the generated video stream
  • Extract embedded audio and export it via the AES output
  • 16 channel audio metering
  • Dolby® E, Dolby® Digital and Dolby® Digital Plus  bitstream analysis
Remote access, automation & logging
  • TCP/IP interface for remote control and automated testing
  • Comprehensive status logging with custom reports
  • Instrument picture capture to simplify fault finding
Ultra-portable, easy to use design
  • High quality, 16:9 built-in screen for video monitoring
  • Rechargeable lithium battery delivers 1-2 hours operation and mains power also available
  • Superior ease of use with color coded GUI
  • Lightweight at 0.7kg
  • Rugged aluminium case for demanding broadcast environments



Video GeneratorLink Arrow
• The Sx can create video test signals for all supported SD and HD SDI output standards including the 3GHz standards at 1080p/50/59/60 Y, Cb, Cr
• Advanced video formats include support for RGB, XYZ 12bit and 2K formats
• A fully programmable Y Zone Plate
Audio GeneratorLink Arrow
• The Sx can embed an audio signal on all 16 embedded audio outputs
• The Audio Group menu controls which audio channels are present, signal type and amplitude
• Choice of: silence, adjustable tone, noise, AV Delay, Dolby test stream or AES input
Reference GeneratorLink Arrow
• The Sx instrument can create video test signals that are either free-running or locked to a studio reference or input signal
• The Genlock menu is used to select the locking reference and provides a control for genlock phase offset in lines and pixels


Picture MonitorLink Arrow
• The picture is displayed in a window as a down-converted display
• A cursor may be turned ON over the area of the picture specified by the specified line and sample
• Monitor device input or output
Picture ZoomLink Arrow
• Zoom function provides a 1:1 unfiltered pixel view, centred on the position of the picture cursor
• HANC/VANC areas visible when cursor in blanking
Linked CursorsLink Arrow
• The picture cursor is linked to waveform, vectorscope and data views for rapid and accurate detailed measurement of the signal
Waveform Full FrameLink Arrow
• Displays selected analyzer or generator source
• Analog locking reference input view (TAG only)
• YCbCr GBR, Y, Cb, Cr, R, G, B modes
• Cursors may be displayed over the waveform to allow measurement of time or amplitude values
• Vertical and horizontal magnifications
Waveform Line SelectLink Arrow
• The display may be restricted to a single line or all lines may be displayed at the same time
• The single line display is linked to the picture, vectorscope and data view
VectorscopeLink Arrow
• Choice of 100% or 75% graticules
• Display the Composite, SDI, SFP video input or the generator test pattern
• Display a specific video line linked to picture cursor
• x1, x2, x5 or x10 magnifications with position to centre, cyan, yellow, green, magenta, red, blue graticule locations


Screen GrabLink Arrow
• Screen grabs can be saved and downloaded via a web browser or FTP transfer
Web BrowserLink Arrow
• View and control the instrument display over a TCP/IP interface with a standard browser
• Ideal for remote location checking, engineering support, and fault analysis
• Allows access to key functions including screen dumps, loudness files and logging files
SimulatorLink Arrow
• A free Sx simulator is available from the PHABRIX website
• Indicates command IDs for automation programming


16 Channel Audio MetersLink Arrow
• Display up to 16 audio channels
• The source for each block of 8 meters may be independently set to allow metering of embedded audio inputs or outputs
• The current audio level in dBFs (decibels relative to 0dB full-scale) is displayed at the bottom of each meter
AES/Analog Audio MetersLink Arrow
• AES and Analog (TAG) audio metering available as an alternative to embedded audio
• Dolby E metering selection
Audio Channel StatusLink Arrow
• The Audio Status menu shows the Channel Status for the selected audio channel
• Displayed in decoded form as well as a raw hexadecimal data dump
• The source may either come from the input signal or from the generator output for rapid comparison purposes


Instrument PresetsLink Arrow
• Current settings in the Sx instrument can be saved as memories for future recall
• Memories can be exported to a single file, reimported or copied to other units
• Presets can be applied to the whole instrument or selectively within the Generator or Analyzer
Network ConfigurationLink Arrow
• The Network menu allows the Sx instrument to be configured as part of a network
• Support for automatic acquisition of network parameters via DHCP or manual configuration
• Remote control enable/disable and selection of port number
Software License StatusLink Arrow
• Serial number, Sx instrument MAC address, version information and battery state listed
• The date and time can be set and factory default settings recalled
• Display of loaded license options
• LCD brightness and screen saver configurations
Engineer SetupLink Arrow
• Manage the Sx's settings including user access, clearing memories, factory default reset, software upgrades and audio calibration
• SDI input to SDI output loop through mode
• Control of SDI to IP-SFP gateway in Sx TAG
UtilsLink Arrow
• Details of the unit's operating status
• Details the temperature and individual board voltages
• Lists any hardware errors that have been recorded


Video TimingLink Arrow
• Display the relationship between the selected video input with respect to the external reference input
• Offset feature to simplify system timing measurements
Video StatusLink Arrow
• Display the status of the selected video input or output and any errors that have been found in the data stream
• Display of EDH, Active Picture and CRC data with cumulative run-time display of errors and error rate
• Display of estimated cable length for SDI inputs with selectable cable type
ANC StatusLink Arrow
• Shows which ANC packets are present on the SDI input and whether any errors have been detected
• Each field is color coded according to whether the ANC packet is present (White), missing (Grey), has errors (Red), or has previously had errors (yellow)
Video Format/Payload IDLink Arrow
• The Misc Status menu displays the status the SMPTE 352 packets embedded in the selected video input and displays any errors that have been found
• Selection of input or output for rapid comparison
• Display of raw data and decoded form


Log SetupLink Arrow
• Set Audio Thresholds and log specific video status events, including Output, Reference and Input Status, TRS Errors, Picture CRC
ANC Log SetupLink Arrow
• The Event Log menu displays a list of events with a time stamp showing when they occurred
Log DisplayLink Arrow
• The Log ANC Status menu allows customization of which ANC packets to log for changes in status (e.g. Present, Checksum Error, Missing, Parity Error)
• Logging of Dolby and AES Status as well as device system errors
• Control of logging duration

Optional Toolsets

Adv. Video FormatsLink Arrow
• 3G level A and B
• 4:2:2 YUV, 4:4:4 RGB and 4:4:4 YUV at 10/12 bit
• 2048 x 1080 (2K) SMPTE ST 428-9 and digital cinema 2048-2:2011
AV Delay Generation Link Arrow
• Adapted EBU Tech 3305 AV Sync and Operational Test Pattern to support SD and HD formats
• Compatible with third party AV delay analysers e.g.:LAWO V_pro8
• Enable AV Delay audio on up to 16 embedded channels and/or AES out
AV Delay AnalysisLink Arrow
• Support for adapted EBU Tech 3305 AV Sync and operation test pattern
• Support for LAWO V_line AV Sync test pattern
• Real time update of measured AV delay
• +/- 400ms operating range
• Select audio from SDI or AES input
SDI Data Display & VANC/ANC InspectorLink Arrow
• Two instruments that provide a detailed view of the data words contained within the SDI stream and ancillary data (VANC and ANC) packets
• This allows the analysis of complex faults and is particularly useful in determining compatibility issues between equipment and when debugging new product development in an R&D environment
• The ancillary packet analyzer also includes a DID or SDID search editor, freeze and freeze on trigger function
• A sophisticated range of user-definable trigger parameters is provided including: ANC, VANC or ANC+VANC, DID and SubDID values, line number range, Checksum, DBN, Parity and ANC Gap Errors
• Cursor link for locating chosen packet in data view/picture windows
Enhanced Remote ControlLink Arrow
• This option allows complex applications to be created on a PC to perform test and measurement functions such as automated testing of routers and other broadcast equipment
• PHABRIX instruments act as a server and listen on a port waiting for incoming requests from clients such as a PC. All visual controls on the product have an associated command.
Dolby Bitstream Generator and AnalyzerLink Arrow
• This toolset provides both Dolby Audio bitstream Generation and Analysis for Dolby E, Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus. All Dolby related metadata parameters can be logged
• The Main Menu window provides a clear and easy to read status of the detected type of audio in each group with a snapshot of the Dolby program config and Dolby E guard band timing
• The generator contains a number of pre-configured test bitstreams. Engineers can then adjust both Dolby E, the metadata parameters, and the Dolby E line number to test broadcast infrastructure and downstream audio encoding equipment
• The analyzer displays the stream type, the metadata of a selected audio stream, the PA spacing and any CRC errors. For Dolby E the timing relationship in the SDI video stream guard band is displayed and the analyzer indicates if this the recommended line position for that format
• The detected Dolby Audio type is displayed in the audio meters, however the audio is not decoded
• Logging triggers for errors relating to Dolby Audio include CRC errors, timing, and common and program metadata
Advanced Zone Plate GeneratorLink Arrow
• Choice of Zone Plate, Grating or Sweep Patterns
• Sophisticated control set including: Start and End Frequency, Start Phase, Rate of change of Phase, Angle, and X and Y position
• Temporal control is particularly useful for testing up/down convertors/monitors and applications which compress signals
Command Scripts with Print ReportLink Arrow
• This allows an engineer to create a stack of commands for repeat testing of systems using the toolsets within the Sx series
• Tests can be configured and saved for recall by a user defined operator name. Command scripts can be created on the interface or created offline on a PC. The savings in time and the ability for an engineer to run a script to check equipment and return with a report is invaluable
• When ‘run’ reports are generated, they auto fill an on-board html file that can then be downloaded via the remote control facility and printed as a hard paper copy. The report also collects screen dumps of the instruments to accompany the report if required
• Additionally, users can add their own logo to personalize the reports



Monitor Details

Display resolution      480 x 272 pixels auto scaling

Display type               16:9 24 bit color TFT

Display size                95 x 54 mm

Processing                 All digital


SDI                              3G-SDI, HD-SDI SD-SDI

Outputs                       1 x 75 Ohm BNC

Inputs                          1 x 75 Ohm BNC

Genlock                      Bi/Tri/SDI with cross lock

Adjustable timing       0 to 1 Frame

Text Ident                    Yes with font, color and point size

Logo ident                  Yes

EDH                            Yes (SD-SDI)

Video Test Signal

Resolution                   10 bits

Static Test patterns    32+ including full frame

Moving Zone Plate    Yes

User defined               DPX,YUV,TGA,BMP

Formats                       A full list of supported SMPTE formats for 3G, HD and SD can be                                     supplied on request



Internal speaker                         0.5 watts

Audio DAC                                  24 bit stereo

Headphone socket                    3.5 mm with auto line out

Generator/Monitor                     48 kHz 20-bit (SD-SDI) 24-bit (HD-SDI)

16 channel embedded audio    Yes

AES output                                  1 x 75 Ohm BNC

AES intput                                   1 x 75 Ohm BNC

Audio Test Signal

Fixed tones                                  17

Variable tones                             1 Hz-24 Khz in 1Hz steps

Intermittent Tone                        Yes

White noise generation              Yes

Audio levels variable                   0 to -100dB in 1dB steps

Audio phase invert                      Yes


Navigation panel                         5 menu keys 8 custom select/program

Integral battery supply                Yes

Internal Storage                           8GB (upgradable)

Remote control                            Web browser interface

Ethernet/USB                               Yes

Carry case                                    Included

AC power supply                         Included

Security                                        Kensington lock fitting

Size                                               H:92mm W: 225mm D: 42mm

Weight                                          0.7kgs


Note: Lithium batteries do lose charge over time. PHABRIX offers a battery replacement service


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SxA AES SD/HD/3G Handheld complete unit

Software Options

Command Scripts and Reports (Repeat testing and create print report)


SDI Data Display + VANC/ANC Inspector


Enhanced Remote Control integration


Advanced zone plate generator (Programmable Y zone plate)


Advanced video formats + 2K (422/444, YUV/RGB, 10/12bit, SMPTE 428-9 D-Cinema/SMPTE ST 2048-2:2011)


Dolby E/D/D+ analysis + generation (streaming, metering, timing)


AV Delay Generation and Analysis


Engineering bundle with seven options, namely PHSXOS, PHSXOSD, PHSXOR, PHSXOZ, PHSXOF, PHSXO-DAG


Sx Wall mounting bracket for easy charging (does not include the charger)

Extended Warranty

3 Year Warranty+


5 Year Warranty+

+One year warranty included as standard

Replacement battery service – pricing available upon request.

  • “We found the Qx 12G to be the one and only instrument capable of accommodating HD, quad-link 12G-SDI, and IP in a single unit,”

    Andrea Buonomo | Cinevideo
  • I particularly like the portability. The Sx battery life is very good, especially considering the size and brightness of the screen.

    David Parker | TVNZ’s Platform Engineer
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