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Standard Video Sequences

These standards provide sets of video test scenes in digital format that can be used for subjective and objective testing of digital video systems. Standardized test scenes are important because video images with little detail or motion may retain their quality during digital compression and transmission, while images with extensive detail or rapid motion may become significantly impaired. Having standardized test scenes gives users the ability to directly compare the performance of two or more systems.

ANSI T1.801.01-1995

The ANSI test sequences are in the public domain. These NTSC sequences can be downloaded for free from the Consumer Digital Video Library. Select Find Videos, sign the usage agreement, then select Dataset Name  "ANSI T1.801.01".

ITU-R Rec. BT.802

The ITU test sequences are in the public domain. There are two sets of videos: 525-line (NTSC) and 625-line (PAL). Thse sequences can be downloaded for free from the Consumer Digital Video Library. Select Find Videos, sign the usage agreement, then select Dataset Name "ITU-R Rec. BT-802 525-line" or "ITU-R Rec. BT-802 625-line".