In Broadcast - May 2017 - 54

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www.inbroadcast.com | Vol: 7 - Issue 5 | May 2017

InStudio

"Broadcasters
must find ways to
keep up and stay
relevant"

Black Box: Virtual Is the
New Reality for Broadcast
High-performance KVM systems can help convert broadcast facilities into virtualised stations...

W

e live in an age of virtualisation,
and information flow must
adapt to it. The broadcast industry
has realized that first hand. With livestreamed and digital content becoming
the norm, broadcasters must find
ways to keep up and stay relevant.
Creating a more efficient control room
is a start. Keyboard, video and mouse
(KVM) solutions enable operators to
view, share and analyse content in an
instant. Broadcasters have relied on
KVM switches to monitor and manage
remote information from anywhere,
a key step in improving productivity
and performance. But for broadcast to
really thrive in the digital era, it must
become virtual.
The KVM Evolution
Like broadcasters, KVM can't stay
complacent. New trends are ensuring
that this technology continues to
mature and improve workflows for
professionals in control rooms and
other mission-critical environments.
IP-based, high-performance KVM
has made a name for itself in recent
years, thanks to growing demand for
virtualisation, higher-quality video and
workflow optimisation. While these
trends should evolve over many years,
their impact is already being felt in
broadcast and other industries.
Going Virtual
Perhaps the most important
KVM trend today is virtualisation.
Traditional KVM has made it possible
for broadcasters to get virtual access
to physical equipment. By applying
that technology in a control room,

operators can manage multiple
machines without ever needing to
leave their workstation. With that have
come improved workflow, increased
resiliency, reduced costs and countless
hours of saved work. Now it's time for
the next phase of virtualisation.
For broadcast, transitioning from
traditional to virtual processes is
becoming more essential. The industry
has faced drastic changes in how
consumers want information, with the
majority of audiences now preferring
live streaming and digital content.
Outpacing the competition will require
a move from physical servers to virtual
machines. Many facilities still use fixed
resources that include hardwarecentric methods to production and
playout. The problem with these
physical processes is that they often
disrupt workflow.
More broadcasters are finding a
need for an operating model that's
driven by cloud technology. Such
an approach can help shift fixed
resources into flexible solutions,
making it easier to create portable
workloads and stream video over IP
instead of fixed cable. A 2015 survey
from Devoncroft found a large shift
in how media and broadcast view
cloud deployments. Since 2009, this
technology has grown from
a budding trend in
those industries into
a
top-five
project.
And it's no wonder.
Using the cloud with
IP-based servers can
help broadcast facilities
move from a linear to a

non-linear workflow. The result is a
more agile and scalable environment
that improves how operators deploy
resources and manage workloads.
More facilities are also adopting
a software-defined infrastructure
that includes digital processes and
services. These new procedures create
a virtualised station where operators
can quickly "spin up" new channels,
including delivery and format, based
on viewer demands. With a softwarebased approach, broadcasters can
reach a level of speed and flexibility
that isn't matched by traditional,
hardware-centric models.
Viewer Experience
Post-production environments are
where TV really comes to life. Artists
and editors need easy access to
equipment that will help them create
the ultimate viewing experience. Highperformance KVM enables them to use
a variety of peripheral devices, but the
real difference makers today are 4K
and 10-bit colour.

Now the standard for video and
electronic signage, 4K resolution adds
the "wow" factor to digital images.
With many people now viewing content
remotely, this technology also enables
audiences to view high-definition
broadcasts on any connected device.
Not only is that positive for viewer
experience, but it's also crucial to
expanding the capabilities of live TV.
10-Bit Colour
Even subtle colour enhancements
can take viewer experience from good
to incredible. One of the most effective
ways to do this now is through 10-bit
colour. A 10-bit pixel offers 1,024
shades of each primary colour, and
more than one billion possible colours.
What that creates is a deeper and
richer picture than viewers have seen
before on TV. And when paired with
4K resolution, broadcast creatives
really can achieve the ultimate viewing
experience.

A Changing Industry
Broadcasters must realize that as
4K Resolution
times change, so must they. They can
TV is no longer just a pastime. High- only meet the demands for virtual
quality video immerses audiences content by going virtual themselves.
into what they're watching - and it's High-performance KVM can help
getting even better.
convert broadcast facilities into
virtualised stations that will stay
relevant in a competitive
digital market. Black
Black Box InvisaPC
Box has the resources
and expertise to help
you future-proof your
facility with advanced
KVM solutions. Contact us
today to get started.


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