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 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.
When it comes to broadcast and post-production, KVM is the secret ingredient that brings everything to life. Black Box can provide a large variety of KVM options that give you these benefits:
KVM systems, one of the hidden foundations of a broadcast facility, 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.
KVM supports end-to-end content acquisition and playout by ensuring distribution of reliable digital image quality and fast switch-over of redundant hardware when required, and also allows users to connect to several backup playout servers.
IP-based KVM provides remote access over the WAN to post-production video libraries and also gives broadcast control room or stadium control room mobile operators flexibility and fast setup times.
Today's IT administrators face the challenge of deploying broadcast solutions that can span numerous devices over thousands of miles, and this can be a daunting task. Black Box KVM and video wall processing solutions ease the IT administrators' pain by providing comprehensive, scalable, futureproof installations via a variety of products, including Emerald high-performance KVM, multiview KVM, and KVM extenders, as well as video wall processors and enterprise KVM managers.
Read how scalable, futureproof KVM solutions helped several customers optimize workflows and increase productivity.
With a desire to use the most advanced modern technology, a major broadcasting company is currently building a new large broadcast campus. The company has already installed eight DESKVUE receivers in their control rooms, with more to come as additional buildings are completed. Operators are pleased with the improved view using a single 5K curved monitor and fast, intuitive system switching.Read Case Study
A technical service provider for a large broadcaster faced challenges with a disjointed KVM system for its radio and television broadcasts. They opted to consolidate using Black Box's Emerald KVM-over-IP system and Boxilla platform, enabling seamless, wide-reaching connectivity across all broadcast control rooms and supporting the vast live programming demands.Read Case Study
FOX Sports adapted to pandemic constraints by utilizing Black Box Emerald KVM over IP technology to enable remote control of production equipment, even for NASCAR events. This maintained seamless broadcast quality while reducing on-site personnel, ensuring efficient and safe broadcasts during challenging times. This solution has continued to enhance broadcasts even as normal operations resume.Read Case Study
The Dayton Dragons, a successful Single-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, upgraded their video, audio, and control systems to create an unmatched fan experience. Mandalay Creative Services, in partnership with Black Box, installed a digital KVM matrix solution using DKM products, enabling multiple productions simultaneously with maximum uptime and high video quality. The DKM system's flexibility and reliability provided major league capabilities on a minor league budget, meeting the team's high standards.Read Case Study
A Southern German TV station aimed to upgrade its broadcasting center's servers and KVM systems. Faced with the challenge of real-time control and seamless signal switching, they adopted the Black Box DKM FX platform. This solution effortlessly integrates 150-160 servers and 120-130 user consoles, ensuring uninterrupted workflows, efficient disaster recovery, and real-time collaboration across multiple users.Read Case Study
Black Box provided WWE with a flexible KVM system upgrade that enhanced workflow efficiency within their production control rooms, offering access to multiple computers from one user station, ensuring high-quality video with zero latency, and providing cost savings by sharing resources seamlessly. WWE was highly satisfied with Black Box's support throughout the process.Read Case Study
Chainsaw, a Hollywood post-production company, overcame limitations of their outdated KVM system by implementing Black Box's high-speed fiber-based KVM solution. The new system provided seamless connectivity, scalability, and flexibility for clients, along with support for 4K content. It improved efficiency, reduced noise, enhanced security, and future-proofed Chainsaw's production infrastructure.Read Case Study
A Swiss broadcaster needed a KVM matrix system for editors to access computers across their headquarters. Black Box's Emerald KVM-over-IP solution optimized workflows. Post-deployment, productivity increased, editors' convenience improved, and Boxilla ensured easy management.Read Case Study
A leading German broadcaster sought to upgrade their OB van, prioritizing weight, space, and functionality. Collaborating with Black Box, they integrated the innovative Emerald KVM platform, replacing an old analog KVM matrix. This allowed seamless control of both local and remote servers, reduced equipment clutter, and streamlined operations. The IP-based system offers flexibility for remote productions and is future-proof, ensuring a smooth transition from HD to 4K when desired.Read Case Study
A French TV station needed digital signal switching and extension for their mobile broadcast trucks. Black Box provided the DKM FX platform, supporting various devices, resolutions, and signal types with up to 500 meters of KVM-attached device support. The system ensures uninterrupted, high-quality broadcasting while on the move.Read Case Study
WeFadeToGrey, a German post-production facility specializing in color grading, sought to upgrade its infrastructure for efficient, future-proof workflows. They chose Black Box's Emerald KVM over IP platform, offering pixel-perfect HD signal extension and switching, and enabling colorists to access software tools from any workstation.Read Case Study
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When you watch a live sporting event on TV, you may take for granted all the work a broadcaster has to do to bring the game to your living room. Transparent to TV viewers, a lot of technology operates behind the scenes. The broadcast needs to be crisp, clear, and display in real-time on your high-resolution TV screen. To this end, the industry is tasked with keeping up with new standards that deliver optimum results.
The Media and Entertainment industry faced many new challenges in the last two to three years, accelerated further by the pandemic. New requirements like cross-media content delivery, new format standards, the migration from HD to 4K/HDR, and the institution of hybrid workspaces led to a shift from a proprietary to a more flexible IP-based production infrastructure. These trends are not limited to broadcast centers, but continue especially in mobile transmissions.
Media Mobil GmbH (MMG) offers a wide variety of mobile production units, including Outside Broadcasting (OB) vans for recording and broadcasting of sports events, concerts, entertainment formats, or current reporting events. When it comes to new deployments, MMG uses the professional services of Qvest, a world-leading systems architect, consultant, and ICT integrator in the innovation-driven media industry.
MMG met the new industry challenges and together with Qvest, they planned a new compact OB van, whose equipment can be flexibly adapted to existing and new production processes while it allows varying operators to focus effectively and productively on the contents.
Weight, space, and functionality are all factors broadcasters and production companies must consider when building an Outside Broadcasting (OB) van. When MMG planned a new OB Van, they were also looking for a flexible KVM solution that could simplify integration with existing architecture and provide top performance. Leveraging a long-term relationship with their system integrator Qvest and Black Box, we were primed to deliver a superior OB van deployment to MMG.
MMG needed a futureproof, compact system design for the mobile unit that would support agile HD production, and easily migrate to 4K and virtual machine access in the future.
Black Box proposed the Emerald KVM solution, a universal access system consisting of Emerald Zero U Transmitters, Emerald SE Receivers, and the Emerald Remote App with Boxilla KVM Manager.
With Emerald KVM over IP, operators can share and control local computers in the van while providing access to remote PCs, servers, and virtual machines located in the central machine rooms.
Emerald® ZeroU transmitters, that are just a little bigger than a smartphone, provide connectivity to the back-racked systems inside the van consuming next to zero weight and space while operators gain a seamless desktop experience through Emerald SE receivers.
The Emerald Remote App supports simple administration by IT specialists working anywhere and anytime over a WAN connection. The installation of the app on a windows 10 laptop along with a VPN gives administrators the secure access they require without the need for additional hardware.Finally the Boxilla KVM Manager is used to easily control and administer the OB van operations from a central location.
All components, installed in the network cabinets of the OB van, function well together to create a seamless end-to-end system that is easy to manage and control from a remote location. Based on IP protocol, the components smoothly integrated into the existing network infrastructure, while introducing a clear path to upgrade to 4K in the future.
Meeting each and every one of MMG's requirements, the Black Box Emerald KVM system delivered exceptional results.
The Emerald solution retained the coveted space in the van and did not add much extra weight. The system extends and switches video, audio, USB, and serial signals across local and remote servers, so operators can instantly access any device they need – local or remote – from the inside of the OB van.
The intuitive interface of the Emerald systems guides technically-savvy and novice operators alike to operate their workstations with ease.
As an IP-based solution, the Emerald KVM system provides much greater flexibility for today's remote productions, as well as the scalability essential to future expansion or upgrades. The system is fully upgradeable from HD to 4K, so complete matrix functionality will be preserved with minimal changes if the broadcaster chooses to upgrade individual workstations and computers to 4K in the future.
MMG is very pleased with the resulting Emerald deployment. Marcus Mathy, Deputy Technical Manager MMG, remarked, "I really appreciate the ability to manage the equipment in the OB van using the remote app. When my colleagues run into a problem on-site, the uniquely flexible Emerald system lets me troubleshoot from another location."
Qvest's Christian Münch, Key Account Manager added, "Qvest decided to integrate an IP-based KVM system from the Blackbox Emerald series, as the customer needed a flexible and scalable system, that could be easily networked with other OB-Trucks of their existing fleet in the future. An effortless integration with a wide range of interfaces for computers, servers, and workplaces as well as virtualized systems was one of many major arguments why we selected Black Box for this challenging project."
Black Box KVM Business Development Manager EMEA, Daniel Berkemer commented, "I am proud that we were able to satisfy another customer with our Emerald KVM solution. With joint planning by Qvest as the integrator and Black Box as the manufacturer, we worked hand-inhand with the customer to design a tailor-made system."
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