Black Box demonstrates three 4K-ready broadcast/post-production switching platforms at InfoComm 2015
Stephan Jukic – June 24, 2015
IT technology solutions company Black Box U.S took advantage of InfoComm 2015 to demonstrate three new 4K-ready switching and extensions platforms for post-production and broadcast applications. These 4K-ready KVM systems are designed for single-cable connectivity in broadcast media.
The first, the DKM FX digital matrix switching system is built to support SDI, HD-SDI, 3G-SDI and single or dual-link DVI signal extension. Furthermore, it supports full 4K resolutions through modular interface cards for DisplayPort extension over CATx and fiber cables.
The DKM FX is also designed to support peripheral signals form sources such as USB, RS-232 and audio.
Next up, there is the KVM switching and extension system, which provides signal management through Ethernet LAN networks. On this platform, planned system endpoints allow video signals with 4K ultra HD resolution to be added into existing deployments.
Finally, we come down to the Dual-Head DisplayPort KVM Extender, also known by the model number ACU5800A, which offers extension of DisplayPort video with 4K UHD resolution, USB, and audio up to a distance of 500 feet. This particular extender also supports DisplayPort Dual Mode, which is designed to convert the received video signals to HDMI or DVI.
Black Box’s MediaCento IPX product line will support 4K ultra HD resolutions (possibly both 4K UHD at 3840 x 2160 pixels and True 4K at 4096 x 2160 pixels) as of the summer of 2015. These devices will allow for 4K video extensions over IP networks. Furthermore, they transmit both audio and video, and also support all common resolutions up to Full HD at 1920 x 1080 pixels as well as full 4K resolution at 60Hz, instead of the much lower quality 30Hz. These systems come with IGMP and packetize signals.
Because 4K is increasingly on its way toward becoming the standard resolution of not only professional and corporate video media transmissions but also of signage in these areas, Black Box is trying to position itself so it can offer effective, highly usable solutions for 4K-related problems like mismatched resolutions, multiple AV interfaces, bandwidth problems (a serious issue when it comes to 4K video signals) and new cable types.
The company is also delving heavily into an assortment of other 4K related video management products.
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