Leader Instruments announces a new addition to its product range, the FS8681 video camera image inspection and evaluation system. Designed for use in conjunction with a standard PC, the FS8681 allows efficient checking of characteristics such as image distortion, chroma phase and saturation, tonal characteristics, resolution, signal-to-noise-ratio and pixel-related defects.
“The FS8681 is ideal for anyone involved in manufacturing, modifying, maintaining or hiring out cameras, from industrial surveillance and networked conferencing, right through to broadcasting and digital film,” comments George Gonos, president of Leader Instruments Corporation. “It is compatible with all current video standards, including 4K. The system is both versatile and easy to configure, allowing a uniform measurement routine to be established and applied to a production company’s entire camera inventory. As well as evaluating directly attached cameras, it can also be used to inspect individual image files. This provides an effective way to check the output from remote cameras such as those used by contributing reporters and third-party content producers.”
Measurement sequences can be configured via an integral graphic user interface, allowing control of peripheral devices. Available displays include a measurement module window which is used to enter judgement criteria and other conditions as individual parameters. A measurement module window enables tests to be performed with specific conditions. Multiple tests can then be integrated using a measurement sequence editor, the results being shown in a measurement sequence execution display.
Leader specifies Blackmagic Design’s Decklink Studio input/output board to interface cameras with the host PC. This enables direct connection of 3G/HD/SD-SDI, HDMI, NTSP/PAL, USB and IEEE 1394 sources. Recommended operating system is Microsoft Windows 7, 32 or 64 bit.
An optional chart box is available including a patented Leader chart which can be used to display camera resolution numerically.