The International Broadcasting Convention returned to its usual RAI-Amsterdam location mid September following the event’s two gap years. IBC 2022 attracted around 1,000 exhibiting vendors and 37,071 registered attendees, confirming that a significant number of customers still appreciate face-to-face meetings at major trade shows.

“Three years without a major European broadcast trade show has resulted in a lot of broadcasters making do with their existing systems,” comments Kevin Salvidge, Leader Europe’s Sales Engineering Manager. “Visiting IBC 2022 enabled potential buyers to confirm their plans by meeting the suppliers face to face and getting their hands on the hardware. Our IBC booth theme was ‘Making Your SDI/IP Transition Smooth’. We demonstrated how the LV5600 waveform monitor and its equivalent LV7600 rasterizer can display IP analysis in a format that SDI engineers understand, allowing them to identify specific issues and investigate these the correct sections of the IP stream.”

Since the previous IBC show in 2019, Leader has added an IP-specific product to its range of test and measurement products: the LVB440 IP Analyzer. Leader now offers a complete IP solution ranging from the LT4610 and LT4611 PTP generators through the ZEN Series LV5600 and LV7600 True Hybrid IP and SDI test and measurement instruments to the LVB440.

Making its first IBC show appearance, Leader’s LVB440 IP Analyzer incorporates the tools needed to analyze SD, HD, HD HDR, 4K and 4K HDR data flow over media networks of any size. These tools include familiar test and measurement resources such as waveform monitoring, vectorscope, picture monitoring, allowing broadcast and production crews to manage real-time analysis and troubleshooting of IP-based network audio and video streams. The latest version includes new signal generation capabilities plus a customisable quad-split test and measurement display, featuring, waveform, vectorscope, picture and audio monitoring. Additional LVB440 facilities include JPEG XS ST 2110-22 compression analysis, closed-captioning measurement, 7.1 and 5.1 surround sound, loop mode continuous capture of data packets plus the ability to monitor and analyze Sony SR Live Metadata.

“The key message emerging from IBC 2022 is the desirability of mastering film, television and audio content in the highest economically practical quality to maximise the commercial lifetime of new productions, Kevin Salvidge adds. “Our ZEN Series waveform monitors and rasterizers are widely used by studios, OB service-providers and postproduction companies creating 4096 x 2160 pixel 4K DCI content for cinematic and streaming releases rather than 3840 x 2160 resolution UHD. The ZEN Series supports both formats so provides maximum freedom to transition between the two publishing standards. This is becoming increasingly important given the growing use of 4K DCI by online TV channels.”

Leader Electronics has earned a worldwide reputation for designing and manufacturing highly reliable, practical, and powerful test and measurement instruments. Leader products are specified for broadcast, production, post-production, research, product development, and service applications. Manufacturing quality is built in every step of the way. The Leader product range includes award-winning 3G/HD/SD SDI waveform monitors and rasterizers, all with customizable layouts. Among the available options are 8K, 4K-UHD, CIE chroma chart, HDR measurement, test pattern generation, eye and jitter measurement, closed-caption display, IP and 12G/6G-SDI. Leader has helped many customers manage their transition from analog 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.