Intelligent KVM solutions for broadcast and post production

Your backbone in broadcast applications

Our KVM solutions are the backbone of computer technology in broadcast applications. Requirements such as desks without computers, a quiet working environment and permanent access to the computers must be guaranteed.

KVM allows you to use your technical equipment more flexibly, offering stability in 24/7 operations and provides reliability – in studios, post productions and animation studios. The peripherals-saving solution reduces the noise level in the studio and avoids unnecessary heat emissions.

Golf Channel: (W)hole in one with KVM from G&D

With an audience in 84 countries and programs in 13 languages, NBC‘s subsidiary Golf Channel is one of the most successful channels within the international market for sports broadcasting.

Founded by Arnold Palmer 20 years ago as the first 24hour network devoted to a single sport, the channel has experienced a tremendous growth from its initial launch to become a well-established, international channel.

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Home Run for MLB Network with G&D‘s ControlCenter-Digital

MLB Network is the ultimate television destination for baseball fans, featuring the multiple Emmy Award-winning MLB Tonight, live regular season and Postseason game telecasts, original programming, highlights, and insights and analysis from the best in the business.

MLB Network debuted in 50 million homes, is currently distributed in approximately 68 million homes throughout the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, and is available for live, authenticated streaming via MLB.com AT Bat and MLBNetwork. com.

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How KVM works in studios

Remove computer equipment from the studio

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.

How KVM optimizes working in post production

Creating computer-free offices

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.

How KVM works in OB vans

Access technology from everywhere

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.

How KVM works in mobile radio broadcast

Increasing the working environment in small work spaces

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.