Hollywood production support equipment house Roundabout Entertainment has invested in a Leader LV5490 SD/HD/4K waveform monitor in response to accelerating interest in ultra-high-definition content creation.
"Given the rapid fall in price of UHD home video displays and the stunning quality they deliver, 4K is now the logical resolution for any new production project," said Stuart Clark, Roundabout's technical manager. "4K cameras have become very affordable. Because it transcodes to clean HD, shooting in 4K is the best possible way to ensure a long commercial life for new productions.”
Clark added, "Expanding our 4K services required a high quality test instrument that we could apply across our entire field of operation. Leader 's LV5490 is the ideal tool for today's SD/HD/UHD world, allowing careful evaluation of video and audio content in practically any signal standard. It also enables us to make very precise checks of the transcodes to ensure a clean signal throughput from start to finish.
"Incredibly compact, the LV5490 can be carried easily from one suite to another and used across a wide range of tasks. It has proved highly reliable, providing consistent display of video waveforms and vectors, SDI-embedded data and audio channel dynamics. It really is the test-and-measurement equivalent of a Swiss Army knife," Clark concluded.
Equipped with eight input connectors, the Leader LV5490 accepts up to two 4K signals simultaneously. Two sets of HD-SDI dual link signal can be displayed at the same time. In SDI mode, up to four signals can be displayed simultaneously. In 4K video format mode, 3G-SDI dual link or quad link are supported. Up to four 3G-SDI dual link 4K video inputs or up to two 3G-SDI quad link 4K video inputs can be displayed (selectable).
The LV5490 can be operated in a very wide selection of test and measurement roles. These include waveform, vector and picture monitoring, SDI signal data analysis, cyclic-redundancy-check error, embedded-audio error, event log, data dump and timing display. Leader's CineLite II toolset also comes as a standard feature, allowing easy assessment of relative exposure and overall luminance.
Fully portable, the LV5490 has a footprint of just 223 millimeters wide by 360 mm deep and a height of 189 mm.
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