[tig] RE: [Post] HDTV colour

Long, Stephen W. longsw
Wed Jul 30 10:41:46 BST 2003

Why not establish a SMPTE Engineering Guideline on such a practice?  It
appears to make sense to do so.

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-----Original Message-----
From: Dan Stark [mailto:dan at starkravingsolutions.com]
Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2003 9:47 PM
To: eric at lab-tech-systems.com; post at lists.hpaonline.com
Cc: 'TIG'
Subject: RE: [Post] HDTV colour

I also did not know any standards existed.  I have used a 'rainbow' of
colors for different signals depending on the client and job size.  It sure
makes for 'pretty' racks and cable trays.  It certainly does help in
troubleshooting, but generally good labeling and documentation seems to work

How much or little information do you like to see on the labels?  I use
VidCad, and the amount of information available can make for some sore eyes.

A quick question- do other engineers like the 'rainbow' approach, or does
black become the 'norm'?

I wonder if those electrons like the different colors we simple humans


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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Eric Wenocur [mailto:eric at lab-tech-systems.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2003 8:18 PM
> To: post at lists.hpaonline.com
> Cc: 'TIG'; Hpa (E-mail)
> Subject: Re: [Post] HDTV colour
> I didn't know there was a standard for any colors of cables.  I use
> black for composite video, yellow for SDI, and just started using orange
> for HD-SDI.  I also tend to use purple for AES audio, mostly because
> some of the AES cables I bought once were purple and it stuck!  I've
> seen other companies use other colors...
> -- Eric Wenocur
> Lab Tech Systems
> Jeff Booth wrote:
> > Hi - A question asked on behalf of BBC. Has anyone standardised
> on a cable
> > colour for HD cables - just as people use Turquoise and Violet for SD
> > cables
> > in installations, is there a consensus colour for HD cables? (cables
> > carrying HD signals)
> > I was phoned by Keith Mclean of the BBC who asked if ChEFF had any
> > views on
> > the matter, we may not have, but it was nice to be asked!! I
> said I would
> > forward any replies to him.
> > Regards
> >
> > Jeff Booth
> > Soho Images
> > London

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