Leader Announces LV 5980 17 inch SDI Waveform and Video Monitor/Analyser with 3D-Assist

Leader's LV 5980 SDI monitor/analyser.

Leader Instruments’ LV 5980 SDI waveform and video monitor makes its European debut at IBC2012 in Amsterdam, 7-11 September.

Designed for easy use during live production, post-production and in technical support, the LV 5980 incorporates a 17-inch TFT display that can be used to monitor up to four SDI signals simultaneously in a vertical or horizontal row, allowing rapid comparison of gain and black balance values from multiple cameras. Video signal waveform, vector display, picture and multiple input signals can be displayed simultaneously. The LV 5980 can make multiple waveforms easier to identify by using a different waveform colour for each input channel.

Additional display features include a level meter and Lissajous curves for embedded audio, a transmission error indicator, five-bar peak video signal level, 3D-Assist and Leader’s unique CINELITE. Each display can be viewed at full screen size or in 2 x 2 multiscreen mode with a different display shown in each quarter. Video signal waveform, picture and audio level meter can also be viewed as a thumbnails.


“The LV 5980 builds on the company’s long experience in developing test equipment for easy use by content creators and broadcast system engineers,” states Richard Heath, Leader’s European Regional Development Manager. “CINELITE allows the levels of specific points in an image to be checked and managed on an intuitive graphical basis which is equally appreciated by creatives and engineers. The gain of multiple cameras can be adjusted quickly and precisely using a specific reference point."

The integrated CINEZONE feature allows a cameraman to check the luminance distribution of the entire picture display at a glance. It overlays a scale of colours on the image depicting exposure levels based on a blue to red spectrum. Blue indicates near-zero values and red indicates maximum. This thermograph style provides fast visual confirmation that a camera is reproducing what would be expected. Shadows are highlighted in blue, allowing near-black detail to be examined much more easily than when viewed as a conventional video image.


The 3D-Assist option provides the ability to evaluate stereoscopic content by applying the video signal for the left eye to channel A and the video signal for the right eye to channel B. It supports anaglyph, convergence, overlay, and wide display formats.

The LV 5980 can accept tri-level sync or PAL or NTSC black-burst signal as a waveform display reference. Incoming YCbCr can be converted to RGB or a pseudo-composite signal and shown on the video signal waveform with adjustable magnification and line selection. Other adjustable display parameters include colour temperature, brightness, contrast, aperture adjustment, and gamut error locations.


Up to 30 presets can be stored for fast front-panel recall. Captured data can be displayed on the LV 5980 and saved as bitmap files to USB memory for transfer to a PC.

Operating from 10 to 18 volts direct-current power at 60 watts maximum (universal mains adapter included), the Leader LV 5980 measures 425 x 352 x 95 mm (width x height x depth) and weighs 5.2 kilogrammes. Optional tilt stand, rack-interface, LCD protection panel and battery mount are available.

About Leader Instruments Corporation
Established over 40 years ago in the USA by Leader Electronics (Yokohama, Japan), Leader Instruments provides customer support, sales and marketing services for a select number of high-tech manufacturers with specific focus on the broadcast and professional video market. Leader Instruments represents the Leader, Cel-Soft, Eyeheight, PHABRIX, Trilogy and VidCheck product lines and covers North America, South America and Europe with a fast, efficient and highly experienced direct customer sales and support channel. Leader Instruments has offices with local representation in Los Angeles, New York, Dallas and Louisville plus warehouse locations in Los Angeles and Amsterdam.