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Serial Digital Interface (SDI) Training | Crash Course

Serial Digital Interface (SDI) Training covers The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) Serial Digital Interface (SDI). SDI is is the digital transport of video signals over point-to-point serial links.

Learn about:

  • Background of SDI (Serial Digital)
  • The Physical Interface
  • SDI transmitters and receivers
  • Image Format Basics
  • SDI Image Format
  • Image Coding
  • Chroma Subsampling
  • Encoding schemes used in SDI
  • Scaling and chroma subsampling as defined ITU-R BT.601-5 for SD SDI
  • Basic coding standards for HD SDI are defined in ITU-R BT.709-5
  • Timing, Encoding, and Payload
  • Design, Implementation, Testing and Analysis

Course Topics


  • SDI (Serial Digital Interface) as the digital transport of video signals over point-to-point serial links.
  • Benefits of SDI Based Systems
  • Image Representation
  • Image Coding
  • Chroma Subsampling
  • Encoding schemes used
  • Scaling and chroma subsampling
  • System Nomenclature
  • The Physical Interface
  • SDI transmitter functional block diagram
  • SMPTE standards

SMPTE standards interface data rates

  • SMPTE 3G/6G/10G/12G-SDI
  • Time code, supported transmission formats
  • Multiple video stream multiplexing
  • SDI and SDK support in the market
  • SMPTE image formats, interface, and standards
  • Timing, Encoding, and Payload
  • SDI serial stream data encoding format example
  • Image Format Basic
  • Raster
  • Pixel array
  • Frame
  • Field
  • Progressive
  • Interlaced
  • Aspect ratio
  • 4fsc
  • Image Format Introduction
  • SMPTE standards for SD-SDI, HD-SDI, and 3G-SDI
  • Physical interface, timing, encoding, payload and image formats for digital video
  • SDI Image Formats
    • HD-SDI image formats
    • 3G Image Formats
    • 10G Image Formats
    • 6G Image Formats
    • 12G Image Formats

The UHD Serial Digital Interface (UHD-SDI)

  • SDI and comparison to IP-Based video
  • 4K resolutions over coax cable
  • IP UHD- SDI interface solution
  • Receiver and transmitter interfaces for the SMPTE SD-SDI, HD-SDI, 3G-SDI, 6G-SDI and 12G-SDI standards
  • SDI for Transport of 1080p50/60, 3D, UHDTV1 / 4k and Beyond
  • SMPTE standard status on supporting 3D stereoscopic and 360-degree videos

Comprehensive analysis of the video, metadata and audio of the SDI data stream (SD, HD, 3G, 6G and 12G-SDI)

SDI Test Scenarios

  • Timing
  • Audio Status
  • Audio PPM
  • Eye Waveform
  • Jitter Meters
  • Jitter Waveform
  • Jitter Spectrum
  • Jitter Histogram

SDI Analysis Scenarios

  • 12G, 6G, 3G, HD, SD-SDI Analysis
  • SD/HD/3G/6G/12G-SDI UHD Analyzer, Generation, Convection
  • 4K/UHD Test Pattern Generation
  • Picture
  • Zooming
  • Gamut Meters
  • Status and Monitoring video and physical layer
  • Data and Cable
  • Data Waveform
  • Audio Meters and Status
  • Ancillary Data
  • Pattern and sequence generation from SD to 4K
  • Multiburst, frequency sweeps, moving Zone Plates
  • Luma / chroma
  • 6G & 12G-SDI Pathological ‘pothole’ test signal
  • Play back of captured stills and video clips
  • Output level & slew-rate control
  • SDI link timing delay for QL 3G and DL 6G-SDI
  • Jitter insertion
  • Audio tones

Physical Layer Analysis

  • Eye Waveform Display up to 6Gb/s
  • Jitter Meters up to 6Gb/s
  • Advanced Physical Layer Analysis
  • Eye Pattern up to 12Gb/s
  • Jitter Measurement up to 12Gb/s
  • Jitter Waveform up to 12Gb/s
  • Jitter Histogram up to 12Gb/s
  • Jitter Spectrum up to 12Gb/s


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