OB provider TVN chooses Leader test instruments for Bundesliga trials
Hannover-based TVN Mobile Production, one of Europe’s largest outside broadcast fleet operators, has ordered five Leader LV5490 test instruments for use in its first UHD-HDR mobile production truck. Logic Media Solutions, Leader’s Darmstadt-based channel partner, supported TVN during pre-purchase evaluation and will complete the delivery.
“We made an extensive evaluation of the available UHD test equipment,” comments TVN production engineer Holger Tadge. “The LV5490 is intuitive to operate and the real-time false-colour picture display is proving especially useful in ensuring we make the greatest possible use of the UHD-HDR headroom in content we deliver to our clients.
“We confirmed the LV5490 purchase decision following highly successful UHD-HDR coverage of the February 19 Bundesliga football match between Borussia Mönchengladbach and RB Leipzig. A key part of this production was to produce programme feeds in UHD-HDR and UHD-SDR. We developed and implemented an entirely new HDR/SDR workflow for our OB truck. The tests proved the value of UHD-HDR in delivering images with rich contrast under practically all the lighting conditions faced by our OB camera team.
“The entire workflow of the hybrid HDR production was tested for the first time at the February 19 match and we have scheduled four more tests between now and the end of the current Bundesliga season. The experience gained will allow us to determine when UHD-HDR can be integrated into live production.”
Occupying a half-rack-width by 4U high housing, the Leader LV5490 offers 4K, UHD, 3G, HD and SD test and measurement features in a compact portable unit. Waveform, vector, five-bar and picture display can all be viewed at the same time on the LV5490’s 9 inch LCD monitor. The monitor is full 1920 x 1080 HD resolution with a wide viewing angle and high colour reproduction. A 1920 x 1080 HD DVI and HD-SDI rasterized output is also provided to feed a larger monitor. Simultaneous viewing of up to four SDI inputs is possible, including overlays. The size and location of individual channels can be adjusted on the display using a USB mouse so the user is not limited to fixed-size quadrants.
The LV5490SER07 HDR option enables the LV5490 to measure both 4K and HD HDR in ITU.BT.2100 Hybrid Log Gamma, Dolby PQ or Sony SLOG-3 protocols. With the latest software, version 3.2, the LV5490 now incorporates five-bar display capabilities. Incoming SDI signals are converted into five cyan bargraphs providing simultaneous display of maximum and minimum luminance, red-component, green-component, blue-component and composite levels. Gamut errors are displayed as red excursions beyond the legal thresholds.