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Leader LV5600 caters to increasing demand for HD-HDR production

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

Leader has been highlighting the LV5600 after seeing an accelerating transition to high-definition high-dynamic-range production across the broadcast industry, with the majority of television networks holding back from introducing 4K-UHD services.

“ATSC 3.0 looks set to be a key theme of the April 2022 NAB Show, given the very large number of 4K-UHD TV sets now in consumer ownership,” says Kevin Salvidge, Leader Europe’s Sales Engineering Manager. “4K-UHD is very much part of that standard, but relatively few terrestrial or satellite broadcasters have yet committed to transmitting in that resolution, let alone in 4K-UHD HDR.”

Broadcasters have long been concerned that the 55-inch average size of domestic TV displays does not offer the full benefit of 4K-UHD resolution. If this is coupled with the increased infrastructure required to support 4K-UHD production, it becomes apparent why broadcasters are struggling to justify 4K-UHD transmission.

“The feedback we are experiencing from across the industry, particularly the sports OB sector, is that many TV networks are now seriously considering HD-HDR as the way forward,” says Salvidge. 

“Most consumer 4K-UHD television displays incorporate high quality upconverters which perform well from HD source content. Originating in HD-HDR adds enormously to the viewing experience, whether seen in its native resolution or on a 4K-HDR TV display.

“HD-HDR can be handled in a broadcast facility using existing 3G-SDI infrastructure.”

Engineering-related features of the LV5600 include test pattern generation, eye pattern display, closed-caption monitoring, CIE chroma chart, HDR measurement, focus assist, customizable screen layout, tally interface, 4K/UHD operation, 10G IP input and 12G-SDI interfaces. SMPTE 2022-6, SMPTE 2022-7 and SMPTE 2110 protocols are all supported.View the ZEN series products from Leader at Booth C6118, during the NAB Show in Las Vegas, from April 24-27, 2022.

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