Black Box and FilmLight Collaborate to Offer KVM Extension Solution for Post-Production Grading

Black Box has announced it is working with FilmLight to offer six different kits incorporating Black Box’s digital KVM extension solution.

Black Box said the kits provide the technology needed to satisfy the high-bandwidth demands of color-grading applications and maintain a smooth post-production finishing process.

Black Box created these six kits to support the FilmLight Baselight ONE color-grading and finishing system, especially when it’s used with FilmLight’s Blackboard 2 and Slate control surfaces. To support different bandwidth needs, the kits come in either copper or fiber versions and the DKM solution is capable of upgrades between Baselight ONE systems.

This combined offer from Black Box and increases the distance between operators and their Baselight ONE systems, making it easier for customers to meet their security, IT or operational requirements.

Color grading has more than typical bandwidth requirements. In applications where the server room is not close to the workstation, and extension is needed, high bandwidth for color-grading control surfaces is a major challenge.

These advanced control surfaces use multiple USBs and video signals. Comparable IP-based KVM systems do not support USB connections above 48 Mbps and are not capable of providing extension for advanced colorization control surfaces. This means a custom KVM extender with multiple I/O is required to make the solution work.

Black Box’s DKM kits are configurable and also use Black Box’s modular DKM chassis with six slots for multiple I/O cards at the end points. Servers can be hundreds or thousands of feet apart from where the extension is needed. The KVM solution enables creative professionals to extend those distances with greater bandwidth, and also provides an extended user interface that is visually lossless and has zero latency.

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