What is the name of those colour test screens at the beginning of videos? I've used it before in Final Cut Pro but I forget what it's called.


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Never mind. Found the answer. It's called "Color Bars".

To be precise...

SMPTE Color Bars
SMPTE Bars are "split field" bars composed of:
**Frame Height (Approx)**       **Type of Bars**
Top 67%                     Standard EIA 75% amplitude white bars
Next 8%                     Reverse blue bars
Lower 25%                       Pluge signal

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bipbop Test Video

https://devstreaming-cdn.apple.com/videos/streaming/examples/bipbop_adv_example_hevc/master.m3u8[enter link description here]1

For more info check https://developer.apple.com/streaming/examples/


Also sometimes called a test card (famously the BBC one had a kid with a clown where the X on the board was approximately the centre of the screen)


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