Hilversum-based video systems specialist United has chosen Leader's LV5490 as the test and measurement core of a 4K ultra-high-definition flyaway production system for Amazon Prime's new motoring television series, The Grand Tour. The show reunites presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. An initial 36 episodes are being produced for release on Amazon Prime. The LV5490 was purchased via Leader's channel partner Fofic BV, based at Diemen near Amsterdam.
"This assignment required a portable high-end solution that is lightweight but also fulfills the requirements of Amazon Prime," explains Bolke Burnaby Lautier, United's manager of special projects. "The new flyaway consists of a camera and a recording system plus a comprehensive audio setup. The cameras yield wide-colour-space 4K UHD files including proxies which can be edited immediately."
"We chose a Leader LV5490 as it enables our technical crew to check the colorimetry and gamut of the various cameras. The integral CINELITE feature also allows the camera crew to ensure maximum signal quality when shooting live rather than relying on signal renormalisation during postproduction. Getting it right from the start is by far the best way to achieve the full quality which wide-colour-space 4K UHD is capable of delivering."
"The flypack was developed over the course of three months and needed to meet strict requirements. At most locations, the equipment has to be flown in so we had to pay close attention to equipment size and weight. The entire production system fits into 13 pallets with a combined weight of 4,700 kilos. It includes everything we need: cameras, dollies, monitors, audio desks, audio amplification, cabling, tables and even a tea set: very important for our UK customer. To develop a flyaway like this demands significant expertise. To be on a mountain in South Africa and find you’re missing a cable is unthinkable."
"The newly developed Grand Tour takes just four hours to set up and two hours to get flight-ready again. In between, it works like a charm."
"This is the kind of project at which the LV5490 excels," adds Leader Electronics' European business development manager Kevin Salvidge. "It incorporates all the facilities required for no-compromise 4K high-dynamic-range signal measurement in a compact footprint which is equally suited to studio or outside broadcast operation. That includes the LV5490SER07 HDR option which enables this instrument to measure both 4K and high-definition high-dynamic-range in ITU.BT.2100 Hybrid Log Gamma, Dolby PQ and Sony SLOG-3 protocols."
Occupying a half-rack-width by 4U high housing, the Leader LV5490 offers 4K, UHD, 3G, HD and SD test and measurement features in a compact portable unit. Waveform, vector and picture display can all be viewed at the same time on the LV5490's 9 inch LCD monitor. The monitor is full 1920 x 1080 HD resolution with a wide viewing angle and high color reproduction. A 1920 x 1080 HD DVI and HD-SDI rasterized output is also provided to feed a larger monitor. Simultaneous viewing of up to four SDI inputs is possible, including overlays. The size and location of individual channels can be adjusted on the display using a USB mouse so the user is not limited to fixed-size quadrants.
Leader's CINELITE® II toolset (comprising CINELITE and CINEZONE) also comes as a standard feature, allowing easy assessment of relative exposure and overall luminance during production. A Focus Assist option allows highly accurate on-set adjustment of camera focus to match the 4K format's ability to handle very precise image detail.
The LV5490 can also be controlled remotely using standard KVM tools. Additional options for the LV5490 include eye pattern with jitter measurements, digital audio I/O, Dolby decode, focus assist, CIE colour chart and 12G-SDI.
Housed in the Music Pavilion at the Media Park, Hilversum, United (www.united4all.nl) is a nationally and internationally operating full-service facility company offering technical and creative support for multimedia audio-visual productions centred around the customer. Its specialities include broadcast-quality studio and mobile television production, video and audio postproduction, graphics, satellite uplinks, content management, archiving, playout, webcasting and video-on-demand. United is part of the Euro Media Group.
Fofic BV (www.fofic.nl) has more than 45 years of experience in importing and distributing a wide range of products for recording, editing, presenting, broadcasting, streaming and storage/archiving of audiovisual media. Its customer base consists of facilities services companies, broadcasters and freelance camera people as well as governmental, business and institutional markets.
Leader Electronics Corporation
Since its establishment more than 60 years ago, Leader (www.leader.co.jp) has earned a worldwide reputation for designing and manufacturing some of the most reliable, practical and cost effective electronic instruments available. The products were originally developed for production testing and servicing. These are applications in which ease-of-use and highest reliability are essential. By expanding into a broad line of industrial and video instruments, Leader was able to add to these fundamental qualities a cost-performance ratio unequalled in the industry.
Manufacturing quality is built in every step of the way. Only the finest parts are used for optimum reliability. At each production run, sub-assemblies are separately tested before they are integrated into the finished product which is then further tested. Less than 1% of all Leader products made are ever returned for warranty repair or adjustment. Leader products, ranging from 4K waveform monitors to rasterizers and video test equipment, are specified for research, development, broadcast, production and service applications.
Re-established in 2015 by Leader Electronics (Yokohama, Japan), Leader Electronics Europe (www.leadereurope.com) provides customer support, sales and marketing services both for Leader and a select number of high-technology manufacturers with specific focus on the broadcast and professional video market.
Leader Europe operates a fast, efficient and highly experienced sales and support channel. Leader Europe has offices with local representation in the UK and an extensive channel partner network across Europe, providing pre-sales and post-sales service and support.
Contacts for additional information
Newsmedia contact: David Kirk, Stylus Media Consultants
Fofic Media Solutions: Mark Burkett
Leader Electronics Europe Corporation: Kevin Salvidge
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