Leader to demonstrate latest advances in SDI and IP test and measurement at IBC 2022
Leader Electronics will demonstrate the latest additions to its wide range of broadcast measurement and monitoring equipment on stand 10.C01 at IBC 2022 in Amsterdam.
“A key theme of the exhibit will be on easing the SDI and IP transition from both a technical analysis and operational perspective,” commented Kevin Salvidge, Leader Europe’s sales engineering manager. “Since the previous IBC show in 2019, Leader has added an IP-specific product to its range of test and measurement products: the LVB440 IP Analyser. We now offer a complete IP solution ranging from the LT4610 and LT4611 PTP generators through the Zen Series LV5600 and LV7600 True Hybrid IP and SDI test and measurement instruments to the LVB440.”
Leader’s Zen Series waveform monitors and rasterizers are widely used by studios, OB service-providers and postproduction facilities creating 4096 x 2160 pixel 4K DCI content for cinematic and streaming releases rather than 3840 x 2160 resolution UHD. The Zen Series supports both formats so provides maximum freedom to transition between the two publishing standards. This is becoming increasingly important given the growing use of 4K DCI by online TV channels.
The Leader stand will comprise six themed pods:
• Pod 1 demonstrates an IP test and measurement solution in which LT4610-one receives a blackburst reference from the LT4600A, and LT4610-two is locked to LT4610-one via PTP. This architecture allows broadcasters to expand their SDI and PTP house reference system simply by adding addition LT4610/11 instruments as required to a facility’s IP switch fabric.
• Pod 2 focuses on the LVB440 IP Analyzer which allows quick troubleshooting and quality improvement of IP media traffic in outside production, broadcast studios and master control networks.
• Pod 3 showcases the LV5600 waveform monitor and LV7600 rasterizer with their true hybrid simultaneous display of both IP and SDI sources. Customers can upgrade the LV5600 and/or LV7600 to support HDR, 4K-DCI, UHDTV and 12G/6G-SDI when required.
• Pod 4 highlights remote monitoring and control of test and measurement for IP environments. Solutions include an LV7290 remote controller, removable external touchscreen display and LVB440 remote instrument view.
• Pod 5 is assigned to Leader solutions for live HDR and SDR production, including the ability of the LV5600 to monitor SDR and HDR video sources simultaneously. The LV5600 and LV7600 can display up to four HD HDR independent transfer characteristics plus SDR simultaneously.
• Pod 6 features Leader’s on-set, camera shading and QC solutions with the LV5350 waveform monitor and LV7300 rasterizer. These supporting 4K DCI, UHD, HD and SD resolutions, along with all the frame rates required for international content delivery.
Making its IBC show debut, Leader’s LVB440 IP Analyser allows the analysis of SD, HD, HD HDR, 4K and 4K HDR data flow over media networks of any size. The LVB440 offers familiar visualisation tools such as waveform monitoring, vectorscope, picture monitoring, allowing broadcast and production crews to manage real time analysis and troubleshooting of IP-based network audio and video streams. Packet analysis of uncompressed video and audio is available with microsecond accuracy. Up to eight clients can view the analysis data in a standard web browser at the same time for simplified remote operation.
The latest version of the LVB440 incorporates new signal generation tools plus a customisable quad-split test and measurement display, featuring, waveform, vectorscope, picture and audio monitoring. Also making its IBC debut is the LVB440’s ability to monitor and analyze Sony SR Live Metadata. SR Live Metadata can be embedded in SDI signals, MXF files, and IP networks, and by combining with compatible products, it is possible to prevent setting mistakes during conversion and simplify operations.
Additional LVB440 tools making their first IBC appearance include JPEG XS ST 2110-22 compression analysis, closed captioning measurement, 7.1 and 5.1 surround sound, and loop-mode continuous capture of data packets. Operators can create placeholder reference signals locally using the integral GUI or remotely via NMOS. SDR and HDR signals such as chroma bars can be configured for specific video resolutions or refresh rates, including a user-definable video or audio ident, saving time during system set up or alteration. Placeholders can also be created to represent video and audio feeds that will be required later in the production timeline. Network connections such as remote OB or studio sources can then be tested before the start of a live transmission.