In Broadcast - January 2018 - 34

34 | Vol: 8 - Issue 1 | January 2018


Thinklogical Hits
All The Right Keys
Richard Cooper, VP Worldwide Commercial Sales
from Thinklogical, a Belden Brand, discusses the
latest developments at the company...
InBroadcast: Can you give us
a brief overview of what we can
expect in the coming months within
your sector?
Richard Cooper: 4K has quickly
become a standard for media
production, and many films and
television shows are shot in the 4K
format to maximise the quality of the
image, simplify visual effects creation,
and ensure compatibility with future
higher-resolution delivery channels to
the consumer. But few post-production
facilities are editing in 4K, primarily
because of the limitations of their
technology infrastructure.
We believe that will change in
2018 as facilities look to improve
the quality and capabilities of the
services they offer to stay competitive,
and as consumer demand for more
4K content increases, especially in
areas such as OTT, cinema and sports
broadcast. Supporting a 4K or 8K and
HDR workflow in broadcast or a postproduction environment - without
inhibiting the productivity and talent of
your creative professionals - requires
a fresh look at the components and
connectivity of your infrastructure.
InB: Any specific products taking
centre stage?
RC: We continue to expand the
features and capabilities of our TLX
10G KVM platform. This uncompressed,
minimal latency, non-IP architecture
provides the ability to extend and
switch 4K video at professional-grade
resolutions - up to 4096x2160 4K DCI,
60Hz, 4:4:4, 30-bits per pixel. This
ability to simplify the management
of high-quality content is part of
the reason why our systems have
been selected by some of the most
prestigious film, broadcast and postproduction facilities in the world.

InB: What challenges did you face
when launching the products?
RC: There's a lot of confusion and
uncertainty due to the introduction of
IP-based signal management solutions
to the broadcast market. The rush by
KVM vendors in 2017 to embrace the
trend of IP-based infrastructures is
in part due to perceived benefits in
flexibility and performance, and has
resulted in packet-based transport
being embedded into a wide variety
of signal management products.
This happens with little
consideration as to whether
KVM over IP is the right tool for
the job. The anticipated benefits
and savings of IP based KVM
solutions can often be justified
in use cases where "good
enough" signal quality and
performance are aligned with
lower user expectations.
extension and switching of
high-resolution video (UHD,
4K, 8K) and KVM (keyboard,
video, mouse) for creative
enablement, or those use
cases where data security
and integrity is a priority, IPbased KVM platforms can fall
short. This is not a temporary
problem, rather it is due
to the inherent limitations
caused by the architecture
of IP transport, which often
includes the need to compress
or downscale images to meet
available bandwidth, delay
and jitter caused by packet
reordering and delivery, and
packet misdirection. These
compromises can limit
the productivity and
creativity of content

professionals, as they then have to
deal with poor video image quality,
inaccurate input device motion,
and unreliable overall KVM system
We've taken a different approach
for our KVM system architecture and
have addressed the performance
and security concerns found in
typical compressed or IP-based KVM
systems. Thinklogical uses a 100%
uncompressed signal stream based

on a proprietary, high-bandwidth
multiplexing protocol, resulting in
unparalleled signal integrity, video
resolution, and content security,
with no added latency, for smooth
control surface performance and no
loss of image quality or resolution.
Our matrix switches offer true "anyto-any" switching between sources
and destinations, of all signal types,
which increases flexibility and
responsiveness. We believe the
Thinklogical approach is ideal KVM
solution for high-value, creativityintensive media and entertainment
InB: Which territories do you think
will show particular interest?
RC: Video has become the primary
way many people consume content,
whether for information, education,
or entertainment. As the amount of
video increases exponentially, virtually
all markets and industries globally will
need to find faster and more efficient
ways to create, manage and deliver
this video-rich content.
InB: Any future developments that
you can discuss?
continue to innovate to meet
the signal management
media and entertainment
customers worldwide.
InB: Thank you for taking
the time to answer our

TLX switches

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