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Next-Generation AV over IP: MCX

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Advanced AV Distribution and Control for Modern Networks

MCX is a next-generation AV-over-IP solution from Black Box. MCX distributes and extends 4K 60 Hz video and audio over IP and is made for 10-Gbps network infrastructures. This robust video distribution system allows AV and data payloads to exist on the same IT network, which reduces network management time and costs.

 

Advantages of MCX

Delivers up to 4K 60 Hz 4:4:4 Video

Extend uncompressed 4K 60 Hz 4:4:4 video to an unlimited number of displays without sacrificing latency, video quality or bandwidth.

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Comprehensive Connectivity

Connect every essential AV distribution device to your MCX through its variety of ports: discrete RS-232, IR, secondary audio channel plus a separate 1-GbE connection.

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Seamless Switching

Switch between video sources in less than 100 milliseconds with no artifacts or screen blink.

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Advanced Video Wall Capabilities

Increase versatility in video wall deployments with advanced video scaling options, such as multi-view, picture-in-picture, split screen and more.

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Complete Control

The MCX Controller lets you manage and monitor AV content with ease.

Flexible Deployment

Deploy on 10G networks over Ethernet, fiber or both.

Zero Latency

Overcome source to display latency with glass-to-glass encoding and decoding that happens in real time (0.03 milliseconds).

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USB 2.0 over IP

USB support for audio, webcam, Flash drive, keyboard and mouse.

Applications

Because MCX is an IP-based solution, it can manage an infinite number of connected devices. This makes it perfect for a wide range of applications, such as bars and restaurants, enterprise applications, control rooms and operations centers, digital signage, receptions and entryways, conference rooms and boardrooms, education and more.

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Classrooms & Hallways

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eSports & Gaming Arenas

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Command & Control Rooms

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Bars & Restaurants

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Retail Lobbies & Demo Stations

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Conference & Meeting Rooms

Industries

MCX Product Family

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MCX S7

Multicast AV signals to an unlimited amount of remote displays without issue. Deploys on any modern network over Ethernet, fiber or both.

  • Transmits true 4K 60 Hz 4:4:4 uncompressed video
  • Zero source to display latency and seamless switching
  • Ideal for high-performance AV applications that do not require video scaling options
  • Supports HDMI 2.0 over IP

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MCX S9

Distribute and extend uncompressed 4K 60 Hz 4:4:4 video and audio from any source to any screen over your network. Easily control how your content displays on every screen.

  • Advanced scaling options for multi-view, PiP, split screen and more — perfect for video walls
  • USB support for audio, webcam, Flash drive, keyboard and mouse
  • Transmits true 4K 60 Hz 4:4:4 uncompressed video
  • Supports HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.2 over IP

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MCX Gen2

Set each transcoder as either encoder or decoder. With HDMI or DisplayPort ports, Gen2 units interoperate with Gen1 units. Gen2 Controllers support multiview.

  • Universal transcoders encode or decode (user selects)
  • Each transcoder has either an HDMI or a DisplayPort physical connector
  • Transcoders support Multiview when used with Gen2 Controller

MCX Gen2 Controller

MCX Gen 2 Controller

The MCX Gen 2 Controller is an all-in-one SDVoE/AVoIP network controller and manager for the MCX AVoIP system. It features an intuitive user interface and makes setting up and managing your MCX system a breeze.

  • Get complete control of your entire MCX AVoIP system
  • Security that protects against unauthorized content viewing
  • Real-time status monitoring
  • Full asset tracking of devices

MCX Product Family Comparison

MediaCento MCX ModelsInput TypeConnectivitySDVoE 4K 60 HzScalingUSB
MCX-S7-DECHDMI 2.010-GbE CopperYesYes 
MCX-S7-ENC
MCX-S7-FO-DECHDMI 2.010-GbE FiberYesYes 
MCX-S7-FO-ENC
MCX-S9C-DECHDMI 2.010-GbE CopperYesYes 
MCX-S9C-ENC
MCX-S9-DECHDMI 2.010-GbE Copper or FiberYesYesUSB-A
MCX-S9-ENCHDMI 2.0, DP1.2a
MCXG2EC01HDMI 2.010-GbE Copper or FiberYesYesUSB-C
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MCXG2DC01HDMI 2.010-GbE Copper or FiberYesYesUSB-A
MCXG2DF01
MCX Gen2 ControllerN/A1-GbE LAN InterfaceYesYesUSB-A/USB-C
 

Built with SDVoE Technology

Powerful SDVoE technology optimizes MCX. SDVoE distributes AV over modern networks without negatively affecting performance, functionality or capability.

Contributing Member of the SDVoE Alliance

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Black Box is committed to developing AV-over-IP technology and educating end users about its advantages. That’s why we have become a contributing member of the SDVoE Alliance. The alliance is bringing top AV companies together around a standardized hardware and software platform to benefit consumers.

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MCX Resources

Case Studies

Company University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

BACKGROUND

The Carolina Gaming Arena at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill) is a place for students to come together, find others within the on-campus gaming community, and celebrate everything students do in the area of gaming, be it social, academic, or research oriented.

UNC-Chapel Hill has put targeted programming and support models in place to both increase gaming in a healthy way and curtail negative effects of gaming. Classes that will be taught out of the Gaming Arena, and the facility will also host a research study. The facility, which launched with a soft opening on June 10, 2021, is also home to Carolina's competitive esports teams for Rocket League, Valorant, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO), Dota 2, League of Legends, Rainbow Six Siege, and Overwatch.

"At the end of the day, if all that happens is that a student comes down to the arena and they're really impressed and they have a lot of fun hanging out, then that's fine, as well," says Lee Hyde, ResNET director for Information Technology Services at UNC-Chapel Hill. "It all contributes to their success."

CHALLENGE

"The goal of the Carolina Gaming Arena is to reach as many people as possible to share a message about gaming and an experience that is welcoming, lowers toxicity, increases diversity, and supports students where they already are," explains Hyde. "We wanted a space that would absolutely attract the most diehard competitive player, as well as someone who has no interest or perhaps is a bit timid about entering the world of gaming. We needed a facility that would really wow people and attract them down to the arena to engage with the gaming community here at UNC."

One primary goal in the design of the Carolina Gaming Arena was to make the arena accessible and friendly not just for players, but also for the viewing community. Hyde and his team therefore needed a simple and intuitive control system that would allow students to interact with the technology in the room with ease. He envisioned an interface that would allow students to grab video from any gaming system or PC in the room, bring it to a specific display, and consume the experience of someone else playing.

SOLUTION

Hyde and his team did extensive research into solutions and made visits to sites on both U.S. coasts to determine just what sort of experience they wanted to achieve with the new Carolina Gaming Arena. He consulted with various mentor groups, and repeatedly heard that he should consider Black Box.

"We weren't sure about the execution options or what the experience would look like, but we were pretty much sold on Black Box as soon as we spoke to their team," says Hyde. "The company's MCX AV-over-IP system was essentially the perfect solution that we had brainstormed on our own — without realizing it actually existed."

Serving as a single-network solution that enables converged networked AV, MCX delivers up to 4K 60Hz 4:4:4 video uncompressed over 10GbE with extremely low latency and switching times. The Black Box system makes it possible to handle video walls and video extension (point-to-point and point-to-multipoint) on a traditional IT network, with intuitive control over how content displays on every screen. As a software-controlled system, MCX brings flexibility and infinite scalability that allows for unrestricted expansion of the system.

According to Hyde, the most attractive aspect of the Black Box MCX system is that it can be deployed and extended very easily and without reliance on a matrix switcher in an equipment closet. He had limited space available for housing AV devices and didn't want to add additional cooling for that equipment. In addition to eliminating the need to run HDMI lines, he was able to create a distributed architecture and minimize the amount of equipment that possibly could fail during operations.

"If you have power where you need it to be, you just run an ethernet cable, connect MCX devices on either end of the network, and you're good to go," says Hyde. "The only requirement of using MCX is that it runs on a 10 Gbps network, and we are a CAT6A campus, so it's just seamless over the same network infrastructure we already have in place. And, honestly, it would be incredibly easy to run a network cable if we did need an additional location."

The MCX system controls audio and video signals for nine Samsung 55-inch monitors, three video columns made of up two Samsung 46-inch monitors mounted in portrait mode, and 13 Samsung 4K monitors of various sizes for content distribution across viewing areas. The fact that MCX has zero image lag is also tremendously valuable in the gaming environment, where exceptionally low latency is a must.

MCX allows users to handle video and audio separately, so the Black Box system made it easy for Hyde and his team to amplify audio in different zones of the arena without a lot of extra components. Along with audio and video, MCX decoders and encoders handle serial and USB distribution.

"We have 29 screens plus a ton of other devices throughout the room to manage, and it was important — and surprising to us, frankly — that the MCX devices so easily could send signals, serial commands, or other commands to each of those devices," adds Hyde. "We can instantly turn on the room or turn it off without having to walk around and individually control devices."

Today, when a student walks into the arena, they can use a Black Box touch panel and graphical user interface to select any computer or game console listed on the screen and choose the screen on which they'd like to watch game play. Hyde and his team can customize the appearance of the touch panel and change its configuration over time.

With MCX decoders installed in the nearby Carolina House Creative Labs, students are able to produce content from the arena for streaming on the Carolina Gaming YouTube and Twitch channels.

RESULTS

By giving students and other visitors to the Carolina Gaming Arena straightforward control over video distribution, MCX lowers technical barriers to participation in the gaming community. It also helps UNC-Chapel Hill offer a unique environment and experiences that students don't necessarily have available to them anywhere else.

"We have a mission to make sure that gaming is open and free to everyone, and that it is as easy to interact with as possible," says Hyde. "MCX devices are definitely helping us achieve that goal."

Hyde plans to expand the use of MCX in the future. He can quickly and simply run additional decoders out to other locations throughout the building or across the greater UNCChapel Hill campus, and he is working with Carolina Athletics not only to support teams within the gaming arena, but also to bring a larger esports tournament into an athletic facility such as the Dean Smith Basketball Center. Looking ahead, he also hopes to add a larger gaming arena in the next several years.

The Carolina Gaming Arena's deployment of MCX shows how the latest software-defined AV-over-IP systems can ease universities' entry into the world of esports. Offering flexibility, scalability, and unparalleled performance at an attractive price point, MCX serves as a highly adaptable solution that can change and grow with the needs of the institution and its student body.

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Industry: Education,

Solution: Audio Visual Integrations,