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CCW, New York City, USA, November 11, 2014: Following a buoyant and successful West Coast SMPTE 2014 in Hollywood during October, LEADER will be demonstrating its range of high quality test equipment to the East Coast broadcast and video production market at Content & Communications World in New York. The two-day exhibition opens at the Jacob Javits Convention Center on November 12.

Exhibiting on booth 1053, LEADER Instruments Corporation will be represented by Kevin Dunsheath, Tommy Goodson, Robert Levato, Mike Mizusawa, and Masahiro Sawa (President). George Gonos and DonnaMarie Mastrianni will be on the booth to demonstrate the PHABRIX product range.

LEADER will exhibit its recently introduced LV5333 3G-SDI-compatible multi-SDI monitor, the latest version of its LV5490 SD/HD/4K compact test instrument and the LT4600 multi-format video generator. Also on demonstration will be the PHABRIX Sx TAG hand-held video/audio analyzer/monitor, the latest Sx TAGC variant with integral signal generator, and the Rx rack-mountable series.


LEADER LV5333 3G-SDI-compatible multi-SDI monitor

LV5333 -3G Multi SDI Waveform Monitor-Leader InstrumentsMaking its first East Coast appearance, the LV5333 is a new multi-SDI monitor designed for use in studios, technical areas or attached to a video camera-support tripod. The LV5333 is compatible with over 20 HD-SDI/SD-SDI signal formats including 3G-SDI. Occupying a 215 x 128 x 63 millimeter housing, the instrument and weighs 1.3 kilograms. It can be powered from battery or a universal mains adapter.

The LV5333’s integral 6.5 inch XGA TFT LCD screen can be used to display video signal waveform, vectorscope or the video image. LEADER’s CINELITE® II, CINELITE® ADVANCED, histogram, gamma display, gamut and level error display functions which were optional on the previous model (LV5330) are included as standard on the LV5333. Other features include cable length, external timing display and field frequency deviation display.

User-configurable multi-display combinations allow easy inspection of signal parameters. Full-screen displays can alternatively be selected to allow detailed review of specific elements. Up to 16 channels of embedded audio can be displayed using bar level meters. SDI-embedded audio can be extracted and two user-selectable audio channels sent as AES/EBU to a BNC output; they can also be monitored via the headphone output.

The LV5333 can be set to display YCbCr, YRGB, YGBR, GBR or RGB luminance waveform, colour vector, five-bar, surround-sound level, status or video source. Freeze mode allows comparison of different SDI input signals. Thumbnail picture display can be selected with other multi-display operating modes for easy source identification. Input format, colorimetry, black burst or tri-level external reference input are auto-sensed. Any line of the video signal can selected and displayed in waveform, vector or five-bar representations.


LEADER LV5490 SD/HD/4K waveform monitor

LV5490 –4K Waveform Monitor-Leader InstrumentsLEADER’S LV5490 is a compact handheld test instrument capable of handling an extremely wide range of television standards including SD/HD and 4K. Fully portable, it has a footprint of just 223 wide by 360 millimeters deep and a height of 189 mm.

Equipped with eight input connectors, the LV5490 accepts up to two 4K signals simultaneously. A recently introduced feature is the ability to handle the video signals via two-sample interleave as well as square division. In square-division signal mode, the entire image is split into four quadrants and each quadrant is transmitted in turn as a sub-image. In the case of two-sample-interleave, two consecutive pixels are transmitted at a time. The first pair goes to sub-image 1 and the second pair to sub-image 2. The first pair of the next line then goes to sub-image 3, the second pair of the next line going to sub-image 4, and so on. Each sub-image is transmitted separately to the monitor. This type of two-sample interleave is the approved standard for 4K.

Also new to the LV5490 is Focus Assist, a LEADER innovation that allows easy checking of low-contrast content and fine image detail. Other new capabilities include a CIE 1931 color space chart generator. The LV5490 can show 4K signals in the standard’s full ITU Recommendation BT.2020 color space.

LV5490 operators can adjust the size of up to four displays on the screen to suit specific tasks. This allows easy magnification and inspection of detail on the instrument’s 9 inch 1920 x 1080 HD LCD display screen instead of being limited to fixed size quadrants.


LEADER LT4600 3G/HD/SD-SDI test signal generator

LT4600 Multi Format Video Generator with Lip Sync Function-Leader Instruments

The LEADER LT4600 is a multi-format video generator in a compact 1U half-rack size.  It operates in (3G-SDI/HD-SDI/SD-SDI) format triple-rate SDI. The LT 4600 can produce test patterns, color bars such as SDI check field, a superimposed logo ID character of QVGA size and safe-area markers. Additional features analog black output for all the three SDI signal formats, plus an 48 kHz AES/EBU embedded digital audio feed synchronized to the video signal. Up to 10 operating configurations can be saved in the internal memory.


PHABRIX Sx TAG hand-held video/audio analyzer/monitor

PHABRIX® TAG-HD sdi-SD sdi- Optical Composite IN/OUT 3G sdi-Leader InstrumentsThe Sx TAG is a hand-held video/audio analyzer/monitor with support for a wide range of signal formats and display standards. Compatible with SD, HD and 3G-SDI, it incorporates analog, SDI and optical ports. Low entry price allows users to purchase the standard instrument and add supplementary features in the field as required. The Sx TAG can be upgraded to an Sx TAGC which includes a fully functional generator across all standards. An integral video cage generator supports a range of SFP optical transceivers.

All other instruments in the PHABRIX Sx series have been upgraded to support Dolby E, Dolby D and Dolby D Plus via an easy to install option key. An audio/video generator is also added across the Sx product range.


PHABRIX Rx 3G/HD-SDI rasterizer, V9.01

The PHABRIX Rx rack mount range is a modular rack-mounting system available in three chassis types: a 2U version with two integral screens and two rasterizers, the 1U Rx1000 and the Rx 500 1U half rack. The Rx can route its rasterized output through both HDMI and SDI at 1920 x 1080. Up to 8 channels SDI sources can be monitored and logged. Up to 4 of these can be displayed simultaneously using a very large complement of 30 toolsets on one rasterized output. The rasterized output is presented in full resolution 1920 x 1080 as HDMI and 3G/HD-SDI, including audio.  Test screens conducive to the operator’s specific workflow can be configured quickly. The HDMI output enables local instrumentation display. The 3G/HD-SDI rasterized output permits routing of the rasterized display to any point in the facility. The Rx is also KVM-ready, allowing modern facilities to centralize and share the instrument across all facility test points.

With the release of V9.01, the Rx now offers enhanced closed-caption support, frame capture and playback. Four channel simultaneous support for video, audio, 608/708 and Loudness are also provided. Full Dolby decode of Dolby E, Dolby D and Dolby D plus also makes the Rx an attractive proposition wherever Dolby transmission is mainstream.

V-Chip, AFD, live audio channel mixdown and other new features are being co-developed and tested by a major network ops center in the US northeast. These features are scheduled to be added to the Rx rasterizer in the near future.

PHABRIX® Rx500 1U Half Rack Rasterizer-Leader Instruments



Leader Instruments Corporation

Established over 40 years ago in the USA by Leader Electronics (Yokohama, Japan), Leader Instruments Corporation ( provides customer support, sales and marketing services for a select number of high-technology manufacturers with specific focus on the broadcast and professional video market.

Leader Instruments operates a fast, efficient and highly experienced sales and support channel. Leader Instruments has offices with local representation in Los Angeles, New York, Dallas and Louisville plus warehousing in Los Angeles.


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