sdiScope Upgrade for UltraScope

Add more scopes to your scopes

sdiScope not only supports PCIe and USB-3 UltraScopeTM hardware, and UltraScopeTM software compatible devices like the HyperDeck, it also supports the DeckLink, Intensity and UltraStudio hardware. With this economical add-on, you can use Drastic's scope tools in your existing UltraScope workflow.


ossupport2     Windows 7 or greater, macOS 13 Ventura - macOS 14 Sonoma

UltraScope Upgrade

View up to 6 scopes at once


YCbCr Waveform Monitor

RGB Waveform Monitor

Luma Histogram

HSV Histogram

CIE XY Gamut

Status display

...and so much more!

Blackmagic's UltraScopeTM products offer a set of scopes and measurement tools for content production and are already a great value. Drastic's sdiScope software adds various audio and video scopes to your UltraScopeTM, as well as other tools, at a low price.  Multiple audio and video scopes can be selected in a variety of layouts depending on your monitoring needs.  For SMPTE 2110/2022 monitoring, please see 2110Scope, for 4K monitoring, check out 4KScope, and for 8K/UHD support, see HDRScope.


Blackmagic's UltraScopeTM features waveform, vectorscope, RGB parade, YUV component parade, histogram, audio phase and audio level meters, and a picture view.

Drastic's sdiScope Upgrade for UltraScope can add the following scopes to your workflow:

Chromaticity/CIE XY Gamut
Status view
Per pixel data view
YCbCr Histogram
Luma Histogram
RGB Histogram
HSV Histogram
Audio Vectorscope
Audio Histogram
Audio Phase


Video Scopes

Vectorscope, Waveform Luma, Waveform RGB, Waveform YCbCr , Histogram RGB, Histogram Luma, Chromaticity, Status

Audio Scopes

Audio Vectorscope, Audio Waveform, Audio Histogram, Audio Phase, Audio Meters in RMS or Loudness

Picture Modes

Red only, Green only, Blue only, Luma only, Zebra luma, Zebra chroma, Clipping, Edge difference, Focus assist, Flip/flop, False color, Opacity, Luma key, Greenscreen/chroma key

Advanced Features

Capture Board Support, 8/10/12 bit processes as 16 bit, zoom and pan, user markers, signal compare, frame capture and more.

Main Use Cases

  • HD monitoring and validating
  • SD/HD monitoring. live production
  • DIT pipelines
  • Broadcast monitoring
  • Remote network monitoring
  • Post production
  • Signal QC and final HD mastering


Available Upgrades

  • 4KScope
    • 4K and QHD Support
    • Front Panel Support
    • Web interface for monitoring and configuration
    • REST API
    • H/S Scope
    • High/Low Waveform
    • RGB Overlay Waveform
  • 2110Scope
    • All 4KScope features
    • Network packet timing and chart
    • 10G/25G/100G NIC support
    • SMPTE 2110 and 2022
  • videoQC
    • File based scope set same as 4KScope
    • Single sided analysis
    • Full reference analysis
Vectorscope - Color accurate graticules automatically switch between SD (601) and HD (709) color spaces. The markers include color points (for standard bar checks) at 75% and 100% saturation and optional colored scope. All the standard points are boxed; red, magenta, blue, cyan, green and yellow. A skin tone/flesh line is provided to allow for easy hue adjustment as well as diagonals.
Waveform YCbCr - Displays the levels of the Y, Cb and Cr from the left of the picture to the right of the picture with all the lines summed into one graph. The Y, or luma/luminance, graph provides accurate white and black level information, as well as the range in between.
Waveform Luma - Displays the overall intensity of the picture. Standard 601/709 levels are supported.
Waveform YCbCr Parade - Displays the levels of the Y, Cb and Cr from the left of the picture to the right of the picture with all the lines summed into one graph. The Y, or luma/luminance, graph provides accurate white and black level information, as well as the range in between.
Waveform RGB - The RGB Waveform Monitor shows each of the red, green and blue signals as independent graphs, displaying the RGB, or chrominance/color values associated with the signal. Above is the stacked waveform, a parade waveform is also available.
Waveform RGB Parade - The RGB Waveform Monitor shows each of the red, green and blue signals as independent graphs, displaying the RGB, or chrominance/color values associated with the signal. Above is the parade waveform, a stacked waveform is also available.
Histogram YCbCr - The Histogram YCbCr / YUV scope displays the luminance, and both chroma signals stacked top to bottom. Y is the luma component and Cb and Cr are the blue-difference and red-difference chroma components.
Histogram Luma - The Luma Histogram shows the distribution of luminance within the signal as a series of discrete bars that make a continuous graph. This display provides an overview of the tonal range of each color in the picture.
Histogram RGB - The Histogram RGB scope displays each of the R, G, and B (red, green, and blue) channel values stacked top to bottom. RGB color space is directly represented; equivalent values are generated for other color spaces.
Histogram HSV - The HSV (Hue/Saturation/Value) Histogram shows the distribution of hue (which color appears most prominent) in the top row, the saturation level (how much or how little color is present) in the center, and the luminance (how light or dark the signal appears) value in the bottom row.
CIE XY Gamut - The CIE XY Gamut, or chromaticity, scope provides a visual representation of the color in a video across all the colors of visible light. For a particular YCbCr range a triangle can be superimposed to show the colors that fall within the acceptable range and those that are outside it. The color of the trace can be white, black, or the chromaticity hued background.
Status - The Status view presents real time data on the overall signal in terms of gamut, maximum and minimum chroma and luma, audio levels and MaxFALL/MaxCLL for HDR signals. Any issues detected by the status panel are automatically entered in the log file and window with time, type, source and reason.
Data View - The Data view allows access to the raw pixel values being monitored on the HDMI or SDI input. Raw values are captured and displayed with no manipulation by the software. This mode is perfect for checking vertical blank signalling and metadata, as well as picture issues like inner line sync markers or out of range colors. Pixel starts can be selected, along with lines, in the edit boxes above the data area.
Audio Meters -2 audio channel metering is supported. Meter types include dBFS, SMPTE RP-155, EBU R68. For more meters, like Loudness (US or EBU), and PPM with EBU or BBC markings, please see 4KScope.
Audio Phase - The audio phase meter shows the relative density of two audio channels and the relative loudness as a line moving towards the louder channel.
Audio Vector Lissajous - The audio phase meter shows the relative density of two audio channels and the relative loudness as a line moving towards the louder channel.
Audio Vector Lissajous XY - The audio phase meter shows the relative density of two audio channels and the relative loudness as a line moving towards the louder channel.
Audio Histogram Linear - The audio histogram displays a bar chart of the levels of the components of an audio signal.
Audio Histogram Linear Reverse Log - The audio histogram displays a bar chart of the levels of the components of an audio signal.
Audio Histogram Log - The audio histogram displays a bar chart of the levels of the components of an audio signal.
Waveform - The waveform displays the selected pair's audio as a standard wave.

The Picture view shows the video signal, to confirm the source is correct and to display time code location. Action Safe, Title Safe, Graphic Safe, Picture Frame, and Active Region graticules are optionally available. A number of display modes can be set using the Display Mode selector:

Luma - Show only the Y or brightness of the picture.
Red - Show only the red channel.
Green - Show only the green channel.
Blue - Show only the blue channel.
Zebra Luma - Draw zebra bars where the luma is too high or too low.
Zebra Chroma - Draw zebra bars where the chroma is out of range.
Clipping - Draw green anywhere the signal is too low, or red anywhere the signal is too high.
Edge Difference - Highlight every edge in the picture.
Focus Assist - Show areas of the image that are in focus.
Flip/Flop - Flip the picture horizontally or vertically.
False Color - Show each exposure level as a color. See Here for details.
Luma Key - Show the video luma keyed over a checkerboard or image.
Green Screen - Show the image green screen keyed over a checkerboard.
Green Screen Despill - Show the image green screen keyed with edge despilling over a checkerboard.
8 Bit Signal
8 Bit Signal - 8 bit signal processing is supported, including detection of 8 bit signals in a 10 bit path (note the missing lines/bins).
10 Bit Signal - Smooth scopes on true 10 and 12 bit signals display every possible level in the signal, allowing finer analysis.
supported hardware
Capture Board Support - Capture boards supported include AJA, Bluefish444, Blackmagic (DeckLink, UltraScopeTM, Cameras, DiskRecorders), NewTek NDI®, INOGeni, Magewell, Logitech, Epiphan, Microsoft and many more.
Remote Desktop Access - You can also control and view using standard remote desktop tools to create a full featured monitor for your entire facility. This video tutorial gives an overview of setting up a remote system with an AJA U-TAP and KUMO series router.
Zoom and Pan - The waveform monitors and vectorscope zoom in for a closer look at low saturation signals, or the luma elements of the waveform. The live picture can also be zoomed in or out, and panned with the mouse. To zoom, roll the mouse wheel. To pan, click and drag. To reset to normal view, right click the mouse. Specific 1x, 2x and exact decimal zooms are also available in the config dialog.
Signal Compare - The signal compare feature can be used to freeze a complete frame of video (two fields in interlaced), every second line (field), or at a 50/50 dissolve to compare two signals or cameras. Once frozen, all the standard scopes are still available for setup and comparison. While a frame is frozen, the comparison mode and type of scope can be changed.
User Markers And Lines - Users can place plus sign markers (+) and lines on any of the scopes, that will persist to help make exact measurements between different signals.
Frame Grab and Presets - The incoming image can be captured as a raw (YUV, V210, or RGB10, depending on the input) image in full, bit perfect resolution or a JPEG version for easy sharing. Configuration Preset save and load allow the user to easily switch between configurations for common workflows.
Main Use Cases - HDR/HLG/WCG monitoring and validating, SD/HD monitoring. live production, DIT pipelines, broadcast monitoring, remote network monitoring, post production, signal QC and final HDR mastering.
Loudness and RMS Metering - All audio meters can be set for EBU9 or EBU18 loudness monitoring, as well as RMS/peak.
Vertical Blank Analysis - Up to 32 lines of vertical blank can be analyzed along with the active picture. Captions, time code and other decodable metadata is automatically detected. Any SMPTE DID/SDID packets found are highlighted in the HEX Data view.
Line Select - as well as full picture analysis, the scopes may be set to analyze a single line of the picture, to detect finer detail errors.
Time Code - read multiple time code types simultaneously and display them in the lower third data area. RP-188 VITC and LTC, SMPTE LTC (analog), vertical blank encoded VITC and RP-215 film KLV time code are all supported.
Full Screen Mode - Double clicking on the interface will put sdiScope into full screen mode. This maximizes the space for the scopes and the picture.
Hardware and OS Support - sdiScope is available for Windows 32, Windows 64, and macOS 13 Ventura - macOS 14 Sonoma. It is also available as a 1U hardware device from our partner CineSys.
The sdiScope upgrade for UltraScopeTM offers a subset of the features of 4KScope. For details, please see the comparison chart.

90 Seconds With 4KScope

Remote Desktop with 4KScope

Video Inputs

  • Single Link SDI/HD-SDI 4:2:2 8/10 bit
  • 3G Dual Rate 4:2:2 8/10 bit
  • HDMI
  • CCIR-601 (SD), Rec 709 (HD)
  • NDI <network local> - (Network Device Interface) Any NDI audio/video source
  • Desktop - view your desktop through scopes
  • For other HD video boards, please see our sdiScope/hdmiScope
  • For 4K/UHD and HDR, please see our 4KScope/HDRScope
  • For SMPTE 2110/2022-6, please see our 2110Scope

Audio Inputs

  • NewTek NDI®
  • Embedded audio, 2 channels 24 bit


  • Main output DVI 1280x1024 or greater

Format Support

  • 720P - 23 / 24 / 25 / 29 / 30 / 50 / 59 / 60
  • 1080i - 23 / 24 / 25 / 29 / 30
  • 1080PsF - 23 / 24 / 25 / 29 / 30
  • 1080P - 23 / 24 / 25 / 29 / 30 (50 / 59 / 60 - board dependent)

Processing Modes

  • YCbCr 8 bit 4:2:2
  • YCbCr 10 bit 4:2:2
  • Internal processing 16 per component


  • RP-188 HANC time code and user bits

Supported I/O Hardware

The sdiScope Upgrade for Ultrascope is designed to provide an extended range of features for the (discontinued) line of UltraScope products. sdiScope will also run on a wide range of other hardware, so we offer the list below for reference.

Please note: if you need to work with greater than HD formats supported by some of the below hardware, see 4KScope for up to 4K formats, and HDRScope for up to 8K formats. With 8K formats, you will need to confirm the hardware is capable of processing 8K frames.

  • AJA:  KONA LHe/plus, KONA LHi, KONA 3G, KONA 4, KONA IP, KONA 5, KONA HDMI, Io-XT, Io-4K, OEM2K, Corvid Series, U-TAP
  • Blackmagic (version 11/12 drivers required): UltraStudio, DeckLink, Intensity Pro, Intensity, Mini Recorder, UltraScopeTM, HyperDeck, Ursa, BMPCC
  • Bluefish444:  Epoch Supernova, Epoch Neutron, KRONOS
  • Digitnow:  HDMI USB Capture
  • Elgato:  Game device capture devices
  • Epiphan: HDMI/SDI/4K
  • Inogeni:  4K, 3G, DVI, VGA/CVBS
  • Logitech:  HDMI Screen Share
  • Magewell:  HDMI and SDI USB-3 devices
  • Microsoft:  USB Cameras
  • Mokose:  HDMI/SDI USB-3
  • NewTek:  NDI®
  • Rybozen:  HDMI USB Capture
  • UVC: Most (USB Video Class) compliant video devices


Download sdiScope 7.0

End User License Agreement:  International  Canadian

Available for Windows (7 or greater), or macOS (macOS 13 Ventura - macOS 14 Sonoma).

To ensure optimal hardware support, please make sure your drivers are up to date:

Blackmagic Design drivers (12.x)

AJA drivers (16.x) [UVC/U-Tap drivers are in OS]

Bluefish444 drivers (

Please check out a demo to confirm your workflow is supported. Once you are happy with sdiScope, delivery is effected via licensing.

sdiScope Manual 

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