Leader launches FS3140 quality-control software into US and Latin American broadcast markets

Cypress, California, USA, January 30, 2014: Leader Instruments announces an expansion in the availability of its FS3140 file-based quality-control software. Now available in the USA and Latin America, the FS3140 system will make its first US exhibition appearance at the 2014 NAB Show in Las Vegas, April 7-10.

“The FS3140 combines the waveform and vectorscope displays which experienced video engineers andLeader_FS3140 creatives rely upon plus the most powerful automated QC software on the market,” comments Leader’s Product Marketing Manager Christian Young. “Designed for use in analyzing file-based video and audio, it can be deployed on a web-based Windows server, allowing easy rollout across Windows, OS X or Linux environments.”

Control of the FS3140 is via an intuitive interface which allows QC parameters to be user-configured from a comprehensive portfolio of tests, many of which are unique to Leader. A test specification can quickly be imported into the FS3140 for customized content verification.

Fault reporting is generated in XML for easy reading. An integral media player gives fast access to the exact frame where an issue is identified, allowing efficient fault inspection and analysis.

A key feature of the FS3140 is its ability to identify issues which can be seen and heard. This is achieved using perception-based artifact detection, multi-level block-noise analysis, black-frame detection, freeze-frame detection, silence detection and filtered audio noise sensors.

Other file characteristics which can be checked with the FS3140 include metadata, macroblock noise, letterboxing, pillarboxing, profane captions, blurring, comb artifacts, field swaps, peak audio levels, test tones, audio transients, channel phase, average loudness and mono-in-stereo.

HD file-checking is real-time or faster on approved PC hardware with multi-core CPU support and NVIDIA® CUDA graphic technology. SD files can be processed at 2 to 5 times faster than real-time.

The basic system has one verification unit to test one file at a time. QC capacity can be expanded without limit by adding verification units on the same physical machine or on separate physical or virtual machines.

The Leader FS3140 is compatible with a very wide range of codecs including H.264, ProRes, JPEG 2000, RED, MPEG-2, EXR, Cineform, VC-1, WMV, DV/DVCPro, DPX, Flash VP-6/7 and RAW. Audio codecs supported include PCM (WAV/AES/BWF), Dolby Digital (AC-3), DD+ (EAC-3), Dolby TrueHD (MLP), Dolby E, AAC, HE-AAC, MPEG- 2 (L1, 2, 3), WMA Standard/Pro and MPEG-1.

With the introduction of the FS3140 into the US and Latin America, the distribution partnership between Leader and VidCheck is now discontinued.

Leader Instruments will demonstrate the FS3140 on booth C9511 (Central Hall) at NAB Show 2014, Las Vegas Convention Center, April 7-10.

Leader Instruments Corporation

Established over 40 years ago in the USA by Leader Electronics (Yokohama, Japan), Leader Instruments Corporation ( provides customer support, sales and marketing services for a select number of high-technology manufacturers with specific focus on the broadcast and professional video market.

Leader Instruments operates a fast, efficient and highly experienced sales and support channel. Leader Instruments has offices with local representation in Los Angeles, New York, Dallas and Louisville plus warehousing in Los Angeles.

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