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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

Prosiebensat.1 Produktion - One Switch-Over That Broadcasters Welcome

Jun 8, 2016, 15:11 PM
ProSiebenSat.1 Produktion upgraded their broadcasting infrastructure, replacing analog KVM systems with IP-based solutions. The Agility system from Black Box enabled digital switching and distribution of video, audio, and USB signals. This modern technology enhances image quality, flexibility, and efficiency, providing future-proof, cost-effective adaptability for broadcasting needs.
Title : Prosiebensat.1 Produktion - One Switch-Over That Broadcasters Welcome
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The Challenge

The increasing use of standard IP networks for transporting signals in broadcasting means that IP-based KVM solutions are gaining steadily in importance. This success story describes how ProSiebenSat.1 Produktion is deploying modern KVM technology for its broadcasting services.

ProSiebenSat.1 Produktion refreshes its technical infrastructure, including infrastructure of its control rooms, at regular intervals in order to always be on the cutting edge of the broadcasting industry. Recent enhancements have centered on high-definition compatibility and the introduction of tapeless production processes. In connection with these changes, the analog KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) systems in control rooms 7, 8 and 9 needed to be replaced by new, IP-based devices.

Modern KVM technology enables computers and workplaces to be housed at separate locations. This brings far greater flexibility and efficiency to the editing and production processes. Although the computers and servers are located in secure and air-conditioned facilities, they can be controlled directly from the studios and control rooms.

"When choosing the new equipment for our control rooms, we looked at the various digital KVM systems available on the market," Nico Sommer, Senior Systems Engineer for production systems at ProSiebenSat.1 Produktion, explains. "We eventually opted for one that gave us the necessary flexibility and that can be operated using standard infrastructure components—this was the Agility system from Black Box." Due to the latest technology refresh, very few devices remain capable of supplying exclusively analog video signals.

The Solution

The Agility is a digital KVM system for switching, extending and distributing video, audio, serial and USB signals. It is comprised of transmitters and receivers that can be used as point-to-point extenders for distances of up to 330 feet (100 m) to mirror a source at multiple consoles, and as a matrix switch with any number of users. All that is needed to add another user to the system is an additional Agility receiver in order to combine digital video, audio, and USB from different sources. In addition, the device enables multiple users to share a single remote computer (single target sharing): Three access modes (view-only, share and exclusive) enable a wide range of applications.

The system can be controlled and managed from a central location using the iPATH™ controller unit. The convenient on-screen dashboard enables administrators to keep track of transmitters and receivers, define new content channels, manage access rights and configure devices. Furthermore, the VNC host integrated with the transmitter permits remote web access in full HD resolution for maintenance purposes.

Workstations in the control room that still had 4:3 displays were the first to be switched over. The other workstations were then gradually converted until all were equipped with 16:9 monitors. The choice of an IP solution proved to be advantageous. Because it could use the existing standard infrastructure, there was no need to lay new cabling, which is a slow and expensive process. The installation currently comprises 83 transmitters, 64 receivers, and two controller units (one main, and one backup). An additional receiver was installed for remote access to the KVM system.

The Results

"Because the new KVM system transmits digital instead of analog signals, our users enjoy a significantly greater image quality and a higher resolution," says Nico Sommer. "We have no problem using any type of USB device, whether it’s a keyboard, mouse or a memory stick." One of the principle advantages of the new system is that it’s fast and it was cost-effective to extend. "If any of our parameters change and we need more or fewer workstations, for example, the system can be easily adapted to the new situation. This adaptability, coupled with an approach based on industry standards, makes it a future-proof system," says Sommer.

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  • Broadcast & Media
  • Control Rooms
  • Europe, Middle East, Africa
  • KVM
  • KVM Matrix Switching
  • KVM over IP
  • Media Production
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Streamlined Post Production Workflow

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  • Shorten editing cycles by making distance irrelevant

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