Leader Electronics: Meeting the test and measurement needs of the globally evolving broadcast media market
The broadcast media business was largely characterised by ongoing change in 2022 with the accelerating adoption of IP-based system infrastructure after decades of SDI-based workflow, as Leader Electronics president Kozo Nagao explained as he looked back on some of the company’s highlights from throughout the year.
“The main theme of our exhibit at the April 2022 NAB Show in Las Vegas was ‘Making Your SDI/IP Transition Smooth’. Early in Q3, we announced major additions to the feature set of the Leader LVB440 IP analyser. These expand the analyser’s IP traffic and signal monitoring resources by adding signal generation tools plus the ability to monitor and analyse SR Live Metadata.
“Highlights of our Inter BEE exhibit in November included enhanced SDI and IP test and measurement capabilities for instruments in the Leader Zen series. Supplementing the many technician-focused tools, our CineZone and CineLite continue to be integral features of all Zen models, familiar to many camera crews, editors and colourists.”
2022 sales successes included one of the world’s highest profile international sports events. “Among projects that we are at liberty to discuss was the choice of Leader LV5600 reference instrumentation by Cromorama, a specialist in film and television colour management, for use at its Warsaw headquarters and on location,” he added.
“ITN Productions joined the ever-expanding list of companies choosing Leader equipment and services to meet their test and measurement requirements. Leader’s LV7600 12G-SDI rasterising waveform monitor was chosen as the primary reference for a newly completed 4K DCI facility at ITN’s Central London headquarters.
“Telewizja Polsat, one of Poland’s largest broadcast media companies, chose Leader reference signal generators and hybrid IP/SDI test and measurement instruments for a recently completed IP-based 4K HDR outside broadcast camera truck. The 14m-long vehicle incorporates Leader’s latest technologies including an LT4610 IP/SDI video sync generator, LV5600 IP/SDI waveform monitors, an LV7600 rasteriser and an LT4448 emergency changeover unit.”
Nagao concluded: “As we progress into 2023 and beyond, Leader will continue to respond to broadcast media business expectations with robust, precise, efficient and flexible test and measurement solutions to meet the needs of the industry at its widest.”