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Leader LV5600 enhancing HDR/SDR workflows for sports events

Cromorama, one of Europe’s most experienced specialists in film and television colour management, has chosen Leader LV5600 reference instrumentation for use at its Warsaw headquarters and on location.

“I have been a keen user of Leader test equipment for six years,” says Cromorama’s Founder, Pablo Garcia Soriano, who has pioneered the implementation of multi-delivery HDR and SDR for large sports events. 

“Leader ZEN series instruments helped us create the ORION-CONVERT LUT algorithm which we use to support OB coverage of major sporting events.

“Our role is to ensure precise simultaneous management of HDR and SDR shading in a unified HDR/SDR production workflow.”

Leader’s LV5600 is a mains-powered SDI/IP waveform monitor in a half-rack width 3U desktop chassis with an HD resolution 7-inch colour touchscreen complemented by dedicated menu control buttons. It can be configured with all the facilities needed to monitor UHD/HD/SD-SDI as well as video-over-IP signals seamlessly in a hybrid operating environment.

The great advantage of the LV5600 is its compactness and versatility. It accommodates all the tools needed for even the most complex projects, in a robust and easily transportable unit. Everything is accessible quickly from the front panel, including a video monitor that can be configured to allow side-by-side comparison of multiple HDR transfer characteristics as well as SDR.

“Our products are helping the broadcast industry to define the next generation of HDR/SDR workflows, allowing OB producers to deliver more realistic coverage than ever before from major events such as stadium sports,” says Kevin Salvidge, Leader’s Sales Engineering Manager for Europe.

“Many streaming services are now using the SMPTE 2084 PQ (performance qualification) standard to deliver HDR to home viewers, with satellite and terrestrial digital broadcasters increasingly gearing for HLG (hybrid log-gamma).

“HDR and SDR will obviously co-exist for many years to come as the industry advances to the higher standard. We are pleased to be helping specialists such as Cromorama achieve that progression.”

Leader has helped many customers manage their transition from analogue to digital, from SD to HD, from HD to 4K/UHD, from SDR to HDR and from BT.709 to BT.2020 wide chroma gamut. Leader also provides SMPTE ST2022-7 and ST2110 support for the transition from SDI to IP.

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