top of page

4K industrial test monitor

Updated: May 21, 2021

4K Test Monitor a must have for any engineer working on video solutions

Battery driven 4K Industrial Test Monitor M7BIP2

After the successful launch some time ago of the Full HD Test Monitor M7BIP, skoopia is pleased to announce its successor, called the M7BIP2. This test monitor is ideal for an engineering department handling multiple video output streams or gives camera demos.

Key features of the M7BIP2:

  • Rechargeable battery on board for a full working day, powering test monitor and cameras.

  • Camera inputs up to 4K (2160p30)

  • All relevant camera inputs on board (IP, EX-SDI, HD-SDI, 3G-SDI, AHD, TVI, CVBS, HDMI)

  • All relevant communication protocols available, direct steering via RS485

  • Cable testers for coax and twisted pair (cable length, cable condition)

  • HDMI out for direct sharing results (of other video streams) on larger screens

  • Video recording and snapshot function, recording on internal memory or via USB

  • Onboard wifi for easy integration in available wireless network

  • Android operator system for easy integration of useful apps to share (e.g. gmail)


4K IP test monitor M7BIP2 versus Full-HD IP test monitor M7BIP

The exterior seems to be identical, and yes M7BIP and M7BIP2 share the same protective black leather case with shoulder lanyard for easy carry-on. But underneath the "hood" a lot has changed. The 4K IP test monitor M7BIP2 offers the following benefits, on top of all the good features the M7BIP brings:

  • Improved monitor resolution: Full-HD monitor resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels, was 800x480)

  • Improved resolution support: 4K support, was Full-HD

  • EX-SDI 2.0 and TDM (next to the existing EX-SDI 1.0)

  • Auto detection of AHD/TVI/CVBS, versus pre-set video input.

  • PoE (power over ethernet) and PoC (power over coax) now on board 

  • Cable testing integrated for coax (TdrC) as well as utp cabling (TdrU).

  • Dual network connectable / 2 IP cameras or IP camera and wired network

  • Dual USB slot (was single slot) and micro-USB slot (previously not present).

skoopia M7BIP2 is the best tool for your engineering department that needs to assess different video formats, you already apply in your products or to determine which format is best suitable for your application.

Or it is just because it is very convenient to simply limit wiring to and from the different cameras, minimize the search for the different monitors, present the different cameras on an identical platform using the battery driven test monitor in a comparison presentation and/or directly record whatever format you want.

skoopia M7BIP2: No converters, no hassling for monitors with special inputs, no separate PC software for controlling your camera, no separate power source, just 1 device covering it all. 


Detailed benefits - describing the monitor benefits in individual environments


Battery driven industrial test monitor

The hard of the system is the monitor. The monitor (M7BIP2) is - in comparison to the previous model (M7BIP) a significant step up:280

  • Same size (7" diagonal), but M7BIP2 has tempered glass for more robustness.

  • More details visible by a significant improvement in resolution (1920x1080 vs 1280x800)

  • Superior outdoor usage due to a significant improvement in brightness (450 nit vs. 250 nit) and wider viewing angle


4K IP test monitor

The M7BIP2 has added numerous benefits in any environment that an IP camera needs to be tested. ALthough the M7BIP was already very complete for any IP camera environment, the M7BIP2 has further extended on this.

Standard features such as:

  • ONVIF compliant search and display

  • H.264


supporting HTTPS as well as HTTP.

But now the M7BIP2 also supports:

  • 4K IP Cameras (was Full-HD IP cameras), making it extremely convenient not to have separate testing tools for higher resolution cameras, that are perhaps not present so often, but form the future direction moving forward.

  • PoE (Power over Ethernet), allowing you to drive an IP camera without having to consider external power supplies. This comes in handy, if the 12V output from the battery driven M7BIP2 is already required for another device (converter, other type of camera, 2nd IP camera, etc.) But PoE is more. But PoE is not just taking care of power for the camera to be tested. The camera to be tested could be in another room, with difficulties to add power (there is a wall between). Particularly in older buildings with existing infrastructure, testing camera performance without "drilling holes for new cables" is extremely cost effective, and preferred.

  • Dual IP camera input. Now two cameras can be tested at the same time, or one can hardware connect to the network, allowing the Test Monitor to be your hub, and intermediate viewing station.

Extensive addition of network tools, such as:

  • Package read and analysis

  • Package live and capture

  • Package transmit and receive

, providing all types of tools to analyse IP traffic

  • Bandwidth management, securing relevant bandwidth for specific cameras

The test monitor also includes smart search tools, such as ARP/bonjour to easily identify unknown IP addresses (fixed IP address).


Test monitor includes CAT / UTP cable testing


Finally, although not exclusive for IP Cameras (numerous other video signals make use of twisted pair, although not always 4 pairs (e.g. CVBS, AHD, TVI)), but as the majority of IP cameras makes use of CAT /UTP cable, the M7BIP2 comes with a cable tester, that allows for cable length as well as cable defects. Cable lengths from 10 meters up to 200 meters can be checked, and signal loss versus cable length will be indicated per pair (12, 36, 45, 78) in length (meter) and signal loss (dB).

Note that it is not necessary that 4 pairs are tested at once. Testing of single pairs can be done via the twisted pair to BNC adaptor to and BNC to UTP connector, using a small CAT5 cable (minimum impact on length / signal loss).


4K SDI Test Monitor / 4K EX-SDI Test Monitor, 3G/HD-SDI Test Monitor

The 4K SDI test monitor is extremely versatile with respect to SDI input. The M7BIP2 is providing significant benefits compared to the M7BIP.

3G-SDI/HD-SDI formats supported by both M7BIP and M7BIP2.

  • 1080p60/50/30/25 (Full HD) and 720p60/50/30/25 (HD)

New formats supported by the M7BIP2 only

  • 1080p59.94/29.97/24/23.97, 1080i60/59.94/50 and 720p59.94/29.97/23.97

New formats are primarily additions for the broadcast industry.

EX-SDI formats supported by both M7BIP and M7BIP2 (EX-SDI 1.0):

  • 1080p60/50/30/25 (Full HD) and 720p60/50/30/25 (HD)

New formats supported by the M7BIP2 only

To support the extended EX-SDI modi, the M7BIP2 supports next to EX-SDI 1.0 also EX-SDI2.0 and EX-SDI TDM.

Powering cameras using Up the Coax allows users to power their SDI cameras via the regular coaxial cable, without a separate power cable.

Moreover, the cable tester will also work for coaxial cable offering you a great insight in the length of the cable (meter) as well as signal loss (dB).

Focus values remain available in SDI, alike the previous version.


Industrial AHD Test Monitor, TVI Test Monitor, CVBS Test Monitor

The Industrial AHD/TVI/CVBS test monitor M7BIP2 provides significant more functions in comparison to the industrial AHD/TVI/CVBS test monitor M7BIP. But perhaps the most convenient of the new test monitor is the fact that it can auto-detect the analog signal provided to the analog input BNC. This has resulted in a significant change of interfacing (see picture below for the differences), and allowed addition of new first page applications, such as cable testing.

The M7BIP is fully replaced by the M7BIP2. M7BIP is no longer available (as can be seen in the picture :) it is fading away).

Where in the M7BIP the analog incoming video streams still needed to be selected, the new M7BIP2 automatically detects which signal is present and simply indicates the relevant signal and resolution, i.e. AHD, TVI, CVI or CVBS and resolution (4K, 1440p, 1080p, 720p, PAL or NTSC)

The following AHD/TVI/CVBS camera formats are supported by both M7BIP and M7BIP2.

New formats supported by the M7BIP2 only

  • 2048x1536p20/18,75, 2560x1440p30/25 (QuadHD), 2688x1520p15, 2592x1944p20/12,5

As you can see from the above list, is that we are working on upgrading the AHD/TVI reception towards 4K. As soon as we can support 4K this firmware will be made available. Likely the first versions of AHD/TVI 4K will be 2160p15, so 4K with 15 fps.

ACP (AHD control protocol) and TVI control protocol as well as powering the AHD/TVI cameras via Up the Coax (power AHD/TVI cameras) via the video cable, without a separate power cable was already available.

Since AHD/TVI are signals that work with twisted pair as well as coaxial cable also a converter twisted pair to BNC is included to further ease the testing of the different wiring.

The cable tester will work for coaxial cable as well as for twisted pair, providing you a great insight in the length of the cable (meter) as well as signal loss (dB).

Finally, the previous version the industrial test monitor could be upgraded with a function to display CVBS in 4:3 format next to the 16:10 (now 16:9) format. In the new 4K industrial test monitor M7BIP2, this function is integrated from start.

Industrial camera presentation monitor

Engineers often want to convince management of the merits of new camera technologies and/or provide comparison in the progress made in their video solution. However, the setup of different camera tests with different monitors and/or laboratory circumstances make discussion cluttered and often avoided. With the battery driven monitor with power for cameras on board, once basically carries the different cameras and the industrial 4K test monitor to a meeting room and demonstrates the units. Via Wifi images and videos can directly be shared with (remote) teams. Or one uses the HDMI out for even easier demonstration on large screens in meeting rooms. The Android platform allows you to even include specific applications to minimize the switching to other digital presentation sources (e.g. no need to bring your laptop to present your power point, just add the powerpoint on the M7BIP2 and present all from 1 device.

The skoopia M7BIP2, the industrial 4K test monitor for any engineering department working on video solutions.

1,089 views0 comments


bottom of page