TVN goes for Leader test instruments for UEFA Europa League Final coverage

Interior view of the TVN 4K HDR OB truck

TVN Mobile Broadcast has announced that it chose three Leader LV5600 waveform monitors as the reference test instruments to aid coverage of the 2020 UEFA Europe League Final.

Held on 21 August at the RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne, Germany, the match between Sevilla and Inter Milan finished 3-2 to the Spanish side. It was held behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

UEFA was the host broadcaster for the match, and all the finals stages of the Europa League, supported by TVN.

Integrated into TVN’s UE6 4K HDR OB truck, the Leader waveform monitors were used to match incoming video feeds, with the game being broadcast simultaneously in UHD, HDR and HD-SDI feeds from a single production platform, and audio captured in full 5.1+2 Dolby E.

“We fielded 29 cameras to cover the match,” commented TVN Mobile Production’s head of production Wolfgang Peiss. “They included an aerial camera system, our Live-Copter drone, two hi-mo and four slo-mo cameras, two pole cameras, plus a high speed miniature camera mounted on a remotely controlled arm behind each goal.

“The Leader instruments allowed us to achieve and sustain conformity between each channel and to accommodate changes in lighting level and chroma shading. The LV5600 instruments have been working well in our UE6 truck for nearly a year now and our production staff find them accurate, robust and easy to operate.”

Kevin Salvidge, European regional development manager at Leader Europe, added: “TVN has long been a preferred production partner of broadcasters and programme suppliers, thanks to the proven experience of its crews and its excellent choice of equipment. Broadcasters and supporting service providers around the world have confirmed the LV5600 as the de-facto standard reference test instrument for 4K HDR and HD HDR.”

Leader LV5600 4K HDR test instrument

Leader’s LV5600 is a mains-powered SDI/IP waveform monitor in a half-rack width 3U desktop chassis with a touchscreen front panel display. It provides the facilities needed to monitor UHD/HD/SD-SDI as well as video-over-IP signals seamlessly in a hybrid operating environment.

Engineering-related features include test pattern generation, eye pattern display, closed-caption monitoring, CIE colour chart, high dynamic range measurement, focus assist, customisable screen layout, tally interface, 4K/UHD operation, 10G IP input and 12G-SDI interfaces.

The LV7600 rasterising waveform monitor offers the same capabilities as the LV5600, but in a low-profile 19 inch 1U form-factor for easy rack or desk mounting.

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