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Broadcast & Post-Production


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


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




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




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.


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

French Television-Station Directly Transmit Lossless HD for Video from a Mobile Van Live to Air

Jan 12, 2013, 12:25 PM
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.
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The Challenge

Black Box France was contacted by French television stations located in Strasbourg and Toulouse to find a solution to add digital signal switching and extension in their new mobile broadcast trucks. The solution had to support different types of devices (CPU, servers, monitors, etc.) with different resolutions, refresh rates, and different signal types (analog and digital). Analog audio and USB had to be extended as well.

The trucks contain between 60 and 80 target devices all within a close distance to each other. Video extension needed to have a resolution of 1920 x 1200, with the quality of a direct connection, and instantaneous switching. The trucks are the interface between a live television show and the television uplink— the equivalent of mini-studios on the road. The solution needed to support the use of KVM-attached devices up to 500 meters from the truck.

The Solution

After Black Box demonstrated the DKM FX extension and switching platform, the customer realized that this was the solution they needed. The DKM FX system addressed each of the challenges. It was a single, modular answer to a multilayered application. An additional selling point is the longterm customer service and warranty support offered by Black Box. As a leading technology provider, Black Box offers much more than a simple transaction, including pre- and postsales engineering consultation, pre-staging of systems, onsite commissioning, training, and free, ongoing tech support.

Black Box engineers assisted the client throughout the design phase of the broadcast trucks, which enabled optimum integration of the DKM FX solution. Administrative and user trainings were also held during the integration with all personnel likely to use the DKM FX switching matrix. This yielded a comfortable and optimized workflow for production staff.

Today in France, two unique media trucks travel the roads, broadcasting news and television shows directly to studios without trouble or interruption.

DKM Features

The DKM HD Video and Peripheral Matrix Switch offers realtime switching and management of HD video, keyboards, mice, and other peripherals. No-loss video extension means a high-resolution end product. In broadcast, the DKM is perfect for managers and users of high-end editing and rendering computers and software. In this mobile broadcasting application, the DKM enables users to install a flexible, scalable system in a small space.

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  • Broadcast & Media
  • DKM
  • KVM Europe Middle East
  • KVM Matrix Switching
  • Media Production
  • TPS
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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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