Phoebe Fraser Ltd invests in Leader LV5350 4K/12G-SDI waveform monitor

Apr 9, 2021

Phoebe Fraser Ltd, a specialist provider of production support services for film, television and radio, has invested in a Leader LV5350 waveform monitor.

The equipment will be used at the company’s London headquarters and on location. Its first project will be the upcoming film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda, directed by Matthew Warchus and starring Emma Thompson and Lashana Lynch. The cinematographer is yet to be confirmed. 

“Leader test equipment has proved versatile, logical to operate and reliable over many years,” commented Phoebe Fraser. “The new LV5350 provides a complete set of reference tools for TV and digital film programme creation and post-production. Portability is essential for many of the projects we work on so the LV5350’s compactness and ability to work under battery or mains power are important. Leader’s Cinezone and Cinelite features are particularly useful, allowing camera settings to be checked between scenes and monitored during the actual shoot. 

“The LV5350 is designed for use in 4K, HD and SD-SDI environments which do not require IP measurement capabilities,” added Leader Europe managing director Koichi Fukagawa. “It supports all the SDI facilities of Leader’s top-of-the-range LV5600 minus the IP measurement capabilities which are currently a minority requirement. The LV5350 has proved especially popular with DITs and camera crews. A key feature is its ability to display two sources simultaneously, allowing side-by-side comparison of the output from two cameras, for example, during initial alignment.” 

The LV5350 incorporates a wide range of engineering-related features including test pattern generation, closed caption monitoring, and high dynamic range measurement. These are supplemented by the intuitive Cinezone and Cinelite toolsets which are familiar to many camera crews on set and in post production. A focus detection algorithm allows the instruments to sense edges across a very wide range of image contrast levels. All features are accessible from the front control panel augmented by a 7-inch LCD touchscreen.

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