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

Ströer relies on industrial switches from Black Box to provide eye-catching signage in harsh conditions

Jan 16, 2020, 16:20 PM
A leading provider of out-of-home media utilized industrial switches to connects its network of managed outdoor digital signs
Company : Ströer
Company link : https://www.stroeer.com

Background

Ströer is a leading German provider of out-of-home (OOH) media and offers advertising customers individualized and fully-integrated, end-to-end solutions along the entire marketing and sales value chain. Its portfolio includes all forms of out-of-home media – from traditional poster media and exclusive advertising rights at train stations, through to digital out-of-home media. Whereas a decade ago, Ströer only operated analog media systems, the group currently markets and operates around 300 LED boards and 4000 digital totems, which reach an estimated 30 million people each month.

Challenge

The digital totems usually contain a 60” to 70” screen, a VPN-connected PC and some network components, including an Ethernet switch. For a long time, a data transmission of 100 Mbps (Fast Ethernet) and limited functionality were sufficient, but due to the increasing requirements related to data communication and resolution, Ströer had to look for 1000 Mbps (Gigabit) Ethernet switches with a more extensive functionality.

The Ethernet switches had to be able to withstand extreme temperatures and different weather conditions as the digital totems can stand both indoors and outdoors. They also had to be small in size to fit into the screen enclosures, and designed for 24/7 operation. But most importantly, the switches had to be manageable to provide multicast data transmission.

Solution

Ströer looked at various alternatives in the market, but in the end an Ethernet switch from the INDRy portfolio of Black Box, the LIG1014A, was chosen. Not only because this industrial managed Gigabit Ethernet switch met all requirements, but Ströer – who already knew Black Box as an experienced and reliable partner – saw a big advantage in the technical and sales support of Black Box.

Furthermore, many of Ströer’s earlier Ethernet switches were designed for one specific type of fiber, speed or wavelength, with no flexibility. In contrast, the INDRy switches can be used depending on existing network infrastructure and needs, if necessary in a wild mix.

“We use Black Box network components since 2 years with nearly all digital advertising media and plan a product like the LIG1014A switch at construction stage”, says Christian Schulz, VP PVO Support at ECE flatmedia GmbH. “In the past, the components in the network were transparent, making fault analysis and remote containment much more complicated. Through our complete monitoring by NAGIOS, errors in the planning of an on-site application or during commissioning can be excluded.”

Results

Ströer is delighted with their choice for Black Box and its INDRy switches. Currently Ströer has equipped 70 of its indoor and outdoor digital totems – but also large LED boards – with the LIG1014A and the continuous installation is planned into the production process of each new digital media system.

“The open communication and the fact that they can think along in the solution process, ultimately led us to opt for Black Box.”
Tags :
  • AV
  • Broadcast & Media
  • Digital Signage
  • Europe
  • Industrial Networking
  • Network Switches
  • Networking
  • 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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