Leader offers free enhancements to ZEN range

Globally active test and measurement solutions producer, Leader has announced enhancements to models in its Zen range of waveform monitors and rasterizers. Each enhancement can be implemented as a free-of-charge download to the relevant optional firmware plug-ins.

A SCTE-104-compatible ANC data analysis function has been developed for all Zen series models (LV5300, LV5350/LV7300, LV5600 and LV7600). SCTE-104 messaging is being used by an increasing number of broadcasters to communicate the start points of commercials, programme splice points and related data. SCTE-104 ANC data analysis is now available for all Leader Zen series waveforms monitor and their equivalent rasterizers. The detected packet type can be superimposed on the picture.

There’s also a new enhanced IP measurement function for LV5600/LV7600. This supports video-over-IP measurement within the SMPTE ST 2110 and SMPTE ST 2022-6 standards, including buffer measurement based on SMPTE ST 2110-21. New features provided include simultaneous measurement of packet jitter and precision time protocol of a redundant transmission line. Also included is the ability to check the margin of a transmission path by adding jitter to the IP output pattern. Further additions include enhanced functions such as a lip sync pattern output for measuring timing and phase relationship between video and audio.

4K signal closed caption (EIA-708/608) support has also been added for all Zen series models. EIA-708 is the standard used in closed captioning for ATSC digital television streams across the United States and Canada. Captions are injected into video streams as picture user data. This new measurement capability supports 4K video delivered via 3G-SDI quad link and 12G-SDI.

First introduced during Leader’s 65th anniversary year in 2018, the Zen series comprises a range of test instruments for use in SDI, IP or hybrid environments. Video display formats supported by various models in the product range include high definition, ultra-high definition, standard dynamic range, high dynamic range and wide colour gamut. Designed for production studios, OB vehicles, post facilities, presentation suites and master control rooms, Zen instruments include the in-depth tools needed by technicians plus Leader’s intuitive Cinezone and Cinelite which are familiar to many camera crews, editors and colourists.

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