TV Skyline Chooses Leader LV5490 for New OB8 UHD Mobile Production Vehicle


Last Updated: September 5, 2016 7:12 pm GMT
(London, UK--September 5, 2016) TV Skyline, one of Germany's largest television production service providers, has chosen Leader's LV5490 4K/UHD/3G-SDI/HD-SDI/SD-SDI waveform monitor for integration into its new OB8 4K outside broadcast vehicle. Combining radical new technology and innovative structural layout, OB8 provides all the resources needed for ultra-high definition coverage of sports, stage events and electronic field production.

"Like OB8 itself Leader LV5490 packs a huge number of resources into a very compact footprint," comments Martin Kreitl, Head of Sales & Marketing at Band Pro Munich which negotiated the sale.

"The ability to handle 4K, UHD, HD, SD and even sub-SD in a single unit is ideal in any studio system and even more so for a mobile production team.

"The LV5490 is also highly future-proof which is important with transmission standards developing rapidly to accommodate wide colour gamut, high dynamic range, high frame rate and new signal interface technologies to parallel or potentially supersede SDI.

"TV Skyline's OB8 can handle up to 30 camera chains so checking and matching the output from each of these will be a major application for the LV5490."

Occupying a compact half-U width by 4U high housing, the Leader LV5490 allows waveform, vector and picture display to be viewed at the same time on its integral 9 inch LCD monitor. The monitor is full 1920 x 1080 resolution HD with wide viewing angle and high-quality colour reproduction. An 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. The LV5490 can also be controlled remotely using standard KVM tools. Additional features of the LV5490 include video frame capture, instrumentation screen capture, timecode display and ID display.

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.

Leader also produces a 3G/HD/SD version of the LV5490. The LV5480 can be upgraded to an LV5490 quickly and easily at any time after purchase and accepts the same range of options.

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TV Skyline
TV Skyline ( is located in Mainz, next to ZDF, Germany’s biggest public TV station. It has over 25 years of experience in providing television production support services, covering a topics such as big TV shows, classical concerts, major sports events, business and politics. It has a fleet of five OB vans including the modern XL sized OB7 and OB8UHD, an SNG vehicle, editing vehicle and multifunctional van. It also has two studios. TV Skyline further owns special cameras including Qube:Cam, Sports:Cam, InGoal:Cam and a premium-class flight-pack system, developed in-house. Other cameras include Birdy 5.0, NAC Hi-Motion II, GV LDX86N UHD cameras, 3G wireless camera systems, crane-cam and track-cam, remote heads and HD1200 chip cams, so it can cover almost any broadcast requirements. This and activity in Asia as well as new markets like e-sports demonstrate Skyline’s versatility and readiness for future.

Band Pro Munich GmbH
Band Pro Munich GmbH ( was established in 2002 as a subsidiary of the successful Band Pro Film & Digital Inc ( Founded in 1985, the parent company is located in, Burbank, California. Today Band Pro Munich GmbH is one of Germany's leading full service providers for video, media and audio technology. It maintains a high reputation as a competent and professional partner for solutions and products of the highest level in the cine and broadcast world. As a hotspot for HD systems, Band Pro Munich GmbH distributes high quality products obymajor known world-wide manufacturers. Band Pro Munich GmbH stands for competence and holds many years of experience in the field of digital cinematography and 4K production. Specializing in professional camera systems, monitors, lenses, measuring technology, recording media, light and sound, Band Pro Munich offers distribution, installation, support and hands-on workshops.

Leader Electronics Corporation
Since its establishment more than 60 years ago, Leader ( 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 ( 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.


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