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Black Box, FilmLight partner on KVM

The pair offer six different kits incorporating Black Box’s digital KVM extension solution

Black Box has partnered with FilmLight to offer six different kits incorporating Black Box’s digital KVM extension solution.

The kits, according to Black Box, “provide the technology needed to satisfy the high-bandwidth demands of colour grading applications and maintain a smooth post production finishing process.”

Black Box created the kits to support the Baselight One colour-grading and finishing system, particularly 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 fibre versions, and the DKM solution is capable of upgrades between Baselight ONE systems.

The combined offer from Black Box and FilmLight is designed to increase the distance between operators and their Baselight One systems, making it easier for customers to meet their security, IT or operational requirements.

“High-quality post-production has needs beyond the scope of most standard technologies,” said Adam Birch, key account manager for the broadcast division, Black Box EMEA.

“Black Box is focused on solutions for professionals who seek perfection in their communication and creative applications.”

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

FilmLight’s Baselight colour-grading and finishing system is used by many top post-production facilities for film, TV and commercials. FilmLight developed the Blackboard 2 to provide smooth, precise and responsive control to their high-end Baselight Two users.

“FilmLight is always looking to improve and solve our customers’ challenges so they can focus on producing creative excellence,” said Steve Britnell, systems integration manager at FilmLight.

“Our Baselight customers were looking for an easy way to add connections and change inputs and outputs. Black Box’s solution delivers and is solving a long gestating problem for us. Our goal with Baselight is to provide flexibility and reliability during the finishing process, and this is one more feature in support of that goal.”