Broadcast & Post-Production

Broadcasting

Broadcast & Media companies are evolving and making a rapid transition to cloud-based workflows and automating broadcast operations for program transmission, master control, news production, and live production. Today’s KVM technologies play a pivotal role in this transition allowing managers, editors, operators, and engineers to manage and rapidly reconfigure infrastructure, allowing ease of setup and configuration when time costs money. Black Box has extensive experience in developing KVM solutions for the Broadcast & Media Industry by working with clients to develop innovative KVM solutions.

Broadcasting Applications

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Streamlined Broadcasting Workflow

KVM systems have long been one of the hidden foundations of a broadcast facility. They have evolved from being an occasional use tool for setup and troubleshooting into one of those infrastructure items that are used every moment of the day. Black Box KVM solutions deliver:

  • Improved operational workflow
  • Real-time access to any server from any user station

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Post-Production

KVM supports end-to-end content acquisition and playout. Black Box KVM solutions deliver:

  • KVM switching ensures distribution of reliable digital image quality and fast switch-over of redundant hardware when required
  • KVM switching also makes sure there is redundant playout access by allowing users to connect to several backup playout servers

 

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IP Broadcasting / IP Playout

Transitioning to IP allows remote access and control over IP. IP-based KVM provides access over the WAN to post-production video libraries. Black Box offers a simplified solution with managed receiver and transmitter extenders.

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Remote Broadcasting

Like KVM systems used in other live production areas, the broadcast control room or stadium control room mobile operators are looking for flexibility and fast setup times. They have evolved from being an occasional use tool for setup and troubleshooting into one of those infrastructure items that are used every moment of the day. Today’s KVM system is one of the unseen elements that support the entire system. Black Box KVM solutions deliver:

  • Easy reconfiguration for each even and production team
  • Any seat configured for any production role

Broadcast & Post-Production Case Studies

Emerald KVM Optimizes Workflows and Increases Productivity at Swiss Broadcasting Company

Oct 26, 2020, 12:20 PM
With the new Emerald KVM-over-IP solution installed, video and graphic editors can access all of the critical computers stored in the building’s data centers from their workstations, which has optimized workflows and increased productivity.
Company : Swiss Broadcasting Company
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Challenge

A Swiss broadcasting organization needed a DisplayPort KVM matrix switching system that could enable their video and graphic editors to access computers located in data centers all throughout their headquarters. The system had to be able to extend KVM signals to and from each data center. It also needed to support IP-based signal distribution so the organization could use it with their existing LAN infrastructure. Last, the solution had to support the 2560 x 1600 video resolution that their displays currently use.

The organization contacted Black Box because they had heard of our Emerald® KVM-over-IP system and believed it could meet their needs. On top of their interest in Emerald, the customer came to us because we have worked with them for many years and have helped them with other projects in the past. After talking with us, the customer requested a proof of concept (POC) Emerald solution so that they could test it before making a decision.

Solution

Black Box created a KVM matrix switching solution with Emerald 4K and Emerald PE because they can extend KVM signals up to 100 meters over CATx or even farther over an IP or WAN connection. Further, these devices support KVM over IP, enabling the customer to leverage their existing LAN. Emerald 4K supports up to UHD 4K video, so it can easily output 2560 x 1600 video to the customer’s displays. On top of that, Emerald 4K features the DisplayPort input the customer was seeking for their new matrix switching solution. Emerald’s reliability and flexibility also offer exceptional KVM functionality that allows editors to do their jobs without tech-related interruptions. In addition to the Emerald units, Black Box added the Boxilla® KVM Manager to the solution so the customer could monitor and control their entire KVM system from an intuitive command center dashboard.

Results

After rigorous testing of the proof of concept Emerald KVM solution Black Box built, the organization decided to deploy the system. The customer then installed and configured the solution, and Black Box provided exceptional technical support throughout the entire process. With the new Emerald KVM-over-IP solution installed, video and graphic editors can access all of the critical computers stored in the building’s data wcenters from their workstations, which has optimized workflows and increased productivity. And, since editors do not have to leave their desks to access multiple PCs, they are now more comfortable throughout their entire workday, making them happier and more motivated. The Emerald solution’s support for 2560 x 1600 video provides editors with the clear picture quality they need to edit images, graphics, and videos professionally. The Boxilla KVM Manager makes it simple for IT technicians to manage the entire KVM system from an easy-to-use dashboard interface, ensuring the solution is fully operational at all times.

Tags :
  • Boxilla
  • Broadcast & Media
  • Emerald 4K
  • Emerald PE
  • Europe
  • KVM Matrix Switching
  • Media Production
  • Pixel Perfect
  • System Scalability
  • TPS

Broadcast Industry Customers

ABC
Avid
ESPN
FOX
NBC
QVC
WarnerMedia

Post Production Applications

Streamlined Post Production Workflow

  •  Share content access between editing, dubbing and presentation suites
  •  Edit faster by enabling the use of advanced control surfaces

IP Live Production

  •  Access resources and servers in remote locations for quiet workstations

File-Based Workflows

  • Enable multiple user access to images and videos in various locations
  • Shorten editing cycles by making distance irrelevant

Post Production Feed Access and Distribution

  • Distribute images and video via fiber to multiple editors in various locations

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