[tig] RE: [Post] HDTV colour

Miller, William C William.C.Miller
Wed Jul 30 15:25:02 BST 2003

A SMPTE EG outlining general principles for color selection might make sense, but because each company has its own practices, you'd never get industry consensus on an RP.  The work would lie within N26's scope.

The ABC NY cable jacket color code:

Black	Legacy analog audio and video
Grey	Legacy analog audio; some multipair control
White 	SD digital video
Red	HD digital video
Orange	Digital audio
Blue	Analog NTSC
RGB	Analog component (used sparingly and always together)
Yellow	Analog sync and BB (used sparingly)
Green	Ground (earth)
Pink	Data
Purple	Data

As a general rule, we now avoid black and other dark colors because they soak up light in racks and cableways.  We find that by using white and orange for the bulk of our cabling (our HD is still in islands within the plant), we no longer need to use drop lights to see inside the rear of our racks.  Had yellow nort already been reserved for sync, we probably would have used it for HD video instead of red.  Green is reserved for ground because rack groundling cables are typically about the same diameter as coax.

We also color code jackfields.  I can share that if you're interested.

Best regards,

William C. Miller
212-456-2284 fax
william.c.miller at abc.com

-----Original Message-----
From: Long, Stephen W. [mailto:longsw at nima.mil]
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Subject: RE: [Post] HDTV colour

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
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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


Dan Stark

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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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