Field Report: Leader HD/SD-SDI Test Gear Empowers Suite TV Online suites

London’s Suite TV choose Leader HD/SD-SDI test instruments for its seven online video edit suites.

London’s Soho-based Suite TV, one of Britain's most innovative post production companies, has equipped all seven of its online video edit suites with Leader test gear.

Suite TV encourages all editors to optimise their signal levels as part of the post production workflow rather than relying on a legaliser to bring non-compliant signals back into shape further downstream.

"We have employed Leader equipment very successfully for many years, starting with an LV7700 rasterising test instrument in our engineering support room," comments Jim Merrett, Chief Engineer at Suite TV."Screen sizes in edit suites are getting larger so we decided to equip each suite with a compact test instrument which would take up less space than yet another large SVGA display.”

The Leader LV538x multi-standards series were the ideal choice in terms of quality, size and features. The new instruments are easy to operate and have two inputs and a switched output to feed the audio monitor and the picture monitor. This gives editors the option of working in RGB or YPbPr to match their personal preference. Fast front-panel access is available for every parameter.

Chief engineer Jim Merrett checks out one of Suite TV's online video editing desks.

Chief engineer Jim Merrett checks out one of Suite TV's online video editing desks.

The instruments are also cost-efficient as they can be specified with options rather than loaded with universal features. The integral 8.4 inch XGA screen allows precise signal evaluation of incoming video and audio as well as the output from Suite TV’s Avid Media Composer editing systems.

Leader's LV538x series includes the LV5381-S and LV5382. The LV5381-S is a complete multi-screen HD/SD-SDI half-rack x 4RU video and audio test system. HD-SDI or SD-SDI signals from up to four cameras can be monitored on the integral 8.4 inch TFT-LCD screen, allowing fast alignment of gain and black balance. Picture monitoring features include color temperature specification; brightness, contrast, and aperture adjustment; and the display of gamut error locations. The four channels can be viewed individually at full-screen size or simultaneously. Each input channel can be assigned its own color to simplify comparison of video signal waveform and vector displays. Selectable display parameters include video signal waveform, chroma vector, five-bar video peak level or picture monitor. A level meter display shows embedded audio. Transmission errors can also be displayed. Incoming YPbPr signals can be viewed as RGB or pseudo-composite waveform with line selection and adjustable waveform magnification.

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