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Intelligent solutions for broadcast and post production
Our KVM solutions are the backbone of computer technology in broadcast applications. Thanks to KVM, you can store studio or workstation computers in an access-protected and air-conditioned technical room. This significantly improves the working conditions of the producers and the entire team, reduces the noise level in studios, prevents unpleasant heat emissions and saves space. Operators are still able to fully access these remotely stored computers from their studios in real-time and with full performance.
Using KVM in studios
Remove computer equipment from the studio
In studios, a quiet working environment is essential. Here, our powerful KVM products help create user-friendly workstations. Computers from the studio can be placed into access-protected and air-conditioned equipment areas. The producers are still able to fully access those computers from their studios in real-time and with full performance.
KVM allows you to use your technical equipment more flexibly, offering stability in 24/7 operations and providing reliability – in studios, post-production and animation studios. The peripherals-saving solution reduces the noise level in studios and avoids unnecessary heat emissions.
How KVM works in studios
Thanks to KVM products computers can be removed from workplaces into central equipment areas, completely separated from the production-level users. By employing KVM matrix switches, e.g. the ControlCenter-Digital, it is possible to operate several hundreds of computers via several hundreds simultaneous workstations.
The computers are housed in the computer room from where they can be easily operated over a separate administration console. A dedicated CAT-x or fibre optic connection integrates the productive workplaces into the operational concept. Now users work on their computers without realising any latency or loss of quality.
Each user can access every computer remotely. Flexible operting concepts create ideal environmental conditions for both users and computers. A broad range of switchable signals guarantees efficient work for the users.
KVM in the post production
Creating computer-free offices
High-performance computers for editing images require powerful processors causing noise and heat emissions. However, the producer and the whole creative team need best possible working conditions to focuse on their creative tasks. Additionally, the creative heads of such departments need multiple screens and a broad variety of transmittable signals.
To keep any emissions away from the staff, the computers can be moved out of the offices into a dedicated technical room using G&D KVM Extenders. Some producers need more than one computer and have to access them from the distance. By implementing a KVM Switch even this is easy and efficient to do. This way, the working conditions for employees and computers are optimised. This increases productivity and concentration and provides optimal video and sound cutting results.
How KVM optimizes working in post production
The post production sector requires high performance and reliable equipment at any time. Producers have to completely rely on their computers in such a way as to enable them to conclude their sophisticated video und sound cutting tasks.
In this application the computers were removed into a separate technical room. Thanks to KVM extenders (e.g. DVIVIsion-MC2) the remote users in the post-production area can work on their computers without any latency as if computers are still at the console.
The KVM extender DVIVision-MC2 consists of a computer module (transmitter) and user module (receiver). The multi-channel variant (MC2) is also able to display two video channels at the console. KVM extenders are available as variants transmitting one, two, three or four video channels. The local administration console in the computer room uses a KVM switch (e.g. DVIMUX8) to administrate and configure all computers simultaneously.
With the broadcast function administrators can transmit keyboard and mouse signals to all eight channels. Now they can configure and operate all computers at the same time.
KVM in OB Vans
Access technology from everywhere
Whether it‘s the director‘s desk or audio desk or Slo-Mo – despite the reduced space in OB vans, each console needs to have simultaneous access to the central computer technology stored in the server rack. Switching between computers is carried out through a KVM matrix switch (e.g. DVICenter DP64) to which multiple computers are connected. The flexible operation concept of the OB van is therefore supported in an optimal way.
Further advantages are space savings in the different working areas as well as improving the working conditions for the staff regarding space, noise and emissions. At the same time, all users can access all computers without having to change bays. Several staff members are therefore able to share and perform any monitoring processes at the same time.
How KVM works in OB vans
OB trucks are equipped with the most sophisticated HD technology for live broadcasts and events. Using such small spaces efficiently is therefore essential. All workstations of production, slo-mo, audio and video areas access a computer pool in a server rack placed in the back of the truck. Here, any computers are connected to a KVM matrix switch, e.g. DVICenter DP32 from Guntermann & Drunck. Computers are connected over their standard interfaces (keyboard, video, mouse and audio, USB and RS232) via according modules. CAT cables connect these modules to the matrix switch and to the user module (DVI-CON) placed at the user‘s desk. The solution optimises the existing working conditions by saving valuable space and reducing noise and emissions. With the help of a KVM matrix switch, all computers could be removed from desks and were stored in the technology area.
Users, however, can still access all computers remotely in real time – from each console within the truck. Multi monitor workstations are operated with only one keyboard and one mouse thus reducing the number of required peripherals. To switch between and access computers to carry out tasks, technicians either use the onscreen-display or simply press a button.
KVM in mobile radio broadcast
Enable quick and flexible installation
One of the greatest challenges of outside radio broadcasting is the compromise between ever-changing, cramped confines and an effective working environment for broadcast technicians.
The high requirements to perational stability and reliability must be considered as well. If a radio broadcast is on-air, the supervising technician in the Master Control Room has to be able to access the relevant computer systems immediately - for operation as well as for urgent administrative tasks. The computers are housed in a dedicated container and can be centrally operated from the MCR and the equipment container without disturbing the production.
How KVM works in mobile radio broadcast
Usually, a mobile radio studio consists of a technology container and a master control container, which uses KVM technology to access the remote computers. As a core operation unit, the master control room can centrally operate all the audio input computers, the control computer for the audio matrix as well as other servers in the equipment container.
Here the computers are connected to a KVM matrix switch DVICenter. At the remote console, users have full access to all computers conencted to the matrix. Additionally, the technicians at the local console (equipment container) can also access all computers and administrate them if transmission is interrupted. At the remote console several receiver devices (DVI-CON) can be combined into one operation desk (TradeSwitch function).
Thanks to the innovative CrossDisplay-Switching, the mouse acts as if on a “virtual desktop” and can be moved seamlessly across the connected displays. Moving the cursor from the active to another display, the keyboard-mouse focus automatically switches to the connected computer. Now the master operator can create a multimonitor console which only requires one mouse and one keyboard to operate all computers. The mouse becomes the ultimate intuitive switching tool while the staff can always keep an overview of all audio sources displayed on the multi-image screen. By employing KVM equipment, operators are no longer affected by noise or heat emitting from computers but can remain focused on their tasks.