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HCP-1801 HD/SD/ SDI Video & Embedded Audio Probe

The HCP-1801 HD/SD control probe integrates many advanced features for monitoring both video and embedded audio signals, including a new macro-block detection option. It offers complete real-time measurement and analysis of signal parameters, as well as flexible alarm thresholds and user-defined profiles. In addition, the probe functions as a distribution amplifier, with a single input and four HD or SD reclocked outputs.


Video standard, presence detection and alarming
  • Video format detection
  • Video presence/loss
  • Multizone freeze detection
  • Multizone black detection
  • Luma min and max
  • White limit max
Closed captioning presence and validity
  • CC525 EIA-608-A extract and display
  • CEA-708-B presence detection of:
    • Primary caption service
    • Secondary language service
    • Services 3-6
Active Format Description (AFD)
  • Detection of active format description (AFD) aspect ratio data
Other Ancillary Data detection and identification
  • SMPTE 12M HD timecode
  • Wide screen signaling (WSS)
  • VITC 525/625
  • Video line index (VLI)
  • Teletext: ETSI EN 3000 706 pages A, B, C, D data detection
Monitoring of up to 16 audio channels of embedded audio
  • Signal presence detection
  • Signal format validation for each AES audio pair: PCM, AC-3 (Dolby Digital) or Dolby E
  • Presence control for each AES audio pair
  • Adjustable level, phase and mono signal alarms
Audio parameter alarming
  • Loss of sound/audio silence
  • Audio min and max levels
  • Overload
  • Absence of dynamics
  • Phase alarm
  • Stereo width
  • Imbalance
Dolby metadata extract
  • Program ID
Audio channel status monitoring and identification
  • Format used
  • Data type
  • Emphasis
  • Lock
  • Sampling frequency
  • Channel mode
  • User bits
  • Aux bits
  • Work length
Extensive profile management
  • 5 user-defined profiles can be stored directly in the probe memory
  • Fully-configurable signal alarm thresholds and sensitivities
  • Duration adjustable granularity range from 0 to 90 seconds
  • Number of occurrences within period ranging between 1 minute and 24 hours
  • Remote configuration with iControl software
  • For added configuration convenience, the active profile of an HCP-1801 module can be copied to other cards
Transmission over IP for display and listening
  • Thumbnails with adjustable picture size, quality and transmission rate
  • Alarms and status
  • VITC, closed captioning, V-chip, WSS, XDS, AFD, VLI, and Dolby E
  • Audio level and phase meters on up to 4 simultaneous AES audio pairs
  • Audio overload counter
  • Selectable HD or SD video test pattern
  • Supports SMPTE 259M-C digital video signal with embedded 272M digital audio in the following formats:
    • HD 1080i (SMPTE 274M) at 59.94 and 50 Hz
    • HD 720p (SMPTE 296M) at 59.94 and 50 Hz
    • SD 525i (SMPTE 125M) at 59.94 Hz
    • SD 626i (ITU-R BT.656) at 50 Hz
  • One input, four outputs
Remote control and status
  • On card status LED
  • Current and latch status for remote reporting


Video Input
  • HD signal:
    • SMPTE 292M (1.485,1.485/1.001 Gb/s) with embedded audio (SMPTE 299M)
    • 1080i (SMPTE 274M) at 59.94 and 50 Hz
    • 720p (SMPTE 296M) at 59.94 and 50 Hz
  • SD signal:
    • SMPTE 259M-C (270 Mb/s) with embedded audio (SMPTE 272M)
    • 525i (SMPTE 125M) at 59.94 Hz
    • 625i (ITU-R BT.656) at 50 Hz
  • Input cable length:
    • HD: 110m (360 ft.) Belden 1694A at 1.485 Gb/s
    • SD: 250m (820 ft.) Belden 1694A up to 270 Mb/s
  • Return loss: >15 dB up to 1.5 GHz
Serial Digital Outputs (4)
  • Signal:
    • Reclocked SMPTE 292M (1.485, 1.485/1.001 Gb/s) with embedded audio (SMPTE 299M
    • Reclocked SMPTE 259M-C (270 Mb/s) with embedded audio (SMPTE 272M)
  • Return loss: >15 dB up to 1.5 GHz
  • Added jitter: <0.2 UI p-p (wideband)
Processing Performance Serial digital outputs (4)
  • Signal path: 10 bits
  • Latency: <6 ns
  • Power: 4W


Densité 2 frame Densité 3 frame Description
HCP-1801 HCP-1801-3RU HD/SD serial digital video control probe with embedded audio
HCP-1801-SRP HCP-1801-SRP-3RU Single rear connector panel
Option Description
HCP-1801-OPT-MBD Macro-block detection for the HCP-1801 probe
Remote control iControl, RCP-200
Accessories Description
DENSITÉ-CPU-ETH2 Ethernet controller card for Densité frame



HCP-1801: HD/SD SDI Video and Embedded Audio Control Probe Datasheet

The HCP-1801 HD/SD control probe from Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, integrates many advanced features for monitoring both video and embedded audio signals, including a new macro-block detection option.



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