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Matrox Extio 3: The Ultimate IP KVM Extender for Broadcast and Media Environments

Comfortable, functional work environments are essential for broadcast and media professionals to be able to produce content that captivates audiences worldwide. Broadcasters count on Matrox Extio 3 IP KVM extenders to provide the foundation on which to build ideal work environments, and increase user productivity for day-to-day operations. By allowing for the centralization of hardware, Matrox KVM extenders give broadcasters the ability to optimize resources, facilitate collaborative workflows, and eliminate distractions from noise, heat emissions, and cramped workspaces—so they can stay focused on what matters.

With the ability to extend 4Kp60 4:4:4 and up to quad 1080p60 4:4:4 video support over a one Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) network—at the industry’s lowest bitrates—Matrox Extio 3 IP KVM extenders offer broadcast environments a best-in-class KVM extension and switching solution. Working with standard COTS network switches, Extio 3 enables a scalable and cost-effective IP KVM matrix solution over LAN or private WAN, allowing operators to securely access, share, and control computers from different locations in the same facility or across campuses.

Extio 3 for post-production workflows:
High-performance IP KVM solutions allow computers to be centralized in a secured server room, and out of the editors’ way, while at the same time increasing security. From a single bay, editors can access and control multiple remote computers, no matter if they’re located in another room, building, or city. Another benefit is that it reduces heat and noise, and frees up space in small, cramped suites, improving the ergonomics of the work environment, and ensuring that employees can work quietly and comfortably. Video editing applications also demand the highest possible, visually lossless, video and audio quality. Extio 3 IP KVM can deliver, supporting 4Kp60 4:4:4 video and audio over standard Gigabit Ethernet, with no compromise to performance. This means that users can feel as if they’re sitting at their own computer, sharing content with peers, whether over LAN or private WAN.

Extio 3 for broadcast control rooms:
High-performance IP KVM extenders can streamline operations, control costs, and increase local and remote collaboration between operators. In this environment, the physical machines can be moved from the control rooms and relocated to a secure server room, enabling operators in adjacent control rooms to access any number of workstations or servers over IP. Switching is also a must in this environment. With Extio Aggregator Mode, users can access up to four systems simultaneously, and switch between sources with just a single keyboard and mouse. One Extio 3 receiver can support up to four displays. This enables the operators to view the content they want on multiple displays and instantly switch between shoots or segments, for example. Operators can work at one workstation, avoiding the need to physically move to different locations, thus streamlining the workflow for the whole production team. With the tremendous amounts of content produced in broadcast facilities, security is also of paramount importance. To protect the confidentiality of your content, Extio 3 provides advanced encryption protocols, password protection, and Active Directory® authentication.

Extio 3 for OB vans:
OB vans are used for live coverage of events. Much like traditional broadcast control rooms, they must offer operational flexibility and be easily reconfigured to support different workflows. High-performance IP KVMs can further maximize the limited operational space in OB vans, enabling the workstations to be centralized in a server rack on the truck. From a single desk, outfitted with a dual-display or quad-display setup and operated with a single keyboard and mouse, users can access a number of remote workstations, thus reducing the peripherals required at a station. Since an Extio 3 IP KVM setup can support one-to-many and many-to-many configurations, operators can rapidly access and switch between various functions—recording devices, production switchers, and replay systems—all from one desk. Systems can also be remotely monitored and serviced over private WAN.

Extio 3 for radio control rooms:
High-performance IP KVM extenders allow audio workstations, automation servers, and any other equipment to be housed in a secure server room. This eliminates any unwanted noise generated by the machines, a top priority in settings where noise levels are a concern. Another benefit is that it allows different operators to work together, simply by connecting to the same source system. Multi-display support can further increase operational efficiency: operators can run the different production, scheduling, and radio automation applications needed on each display. Extio Aggregator Mode makes it easy to move from one display to another, automatically switching the focus to the connected system. Extio 3 delivers KVM signals at low bitrates over standard Gigabit Ethernet, making it easy to add devices to the network and scale to changing requirements. With large amounts of content passing through broadcast facilities, security is of paramount importance. Extio 3 provides the option to whitelist or block selected USB devices, and ensure the maximum security of both devices and network.

Extio 3’s—what sets it apart from the competition:

Superior performance: Extio 3 is the world’s first 4K60 and duak-4K KVM extender over one GbE networks, providing support for ultra-high resolution applications at unprecedented low bitrates. Featuring four DisplayPort™ connectors, Extio 3 also extends multi-display desktops (for example 4x 1920x1080 @60Hz, 2x 3840x2160 @30Hz or 2x 2560x1600 @60Hz) with a single pair of transmitter and receiver devices. Extio 3’s unique design delivers pristine image quality, smooth video playback, and excellent keyboard and mouse responsiveness at a distance.

Flexible operation: Matrox KVM extenders are designed to support evolving needs: whether deployed as point-to-point extenders or as IP KVM, these appliances offer the flexibility to adapt installations as demands change. Extio 3 extenders support one-to-one, many-to-one, one-to-many, or many-to-many configurations to drive connectivity needs. With the power to create flexible, scalable and secure KVM matrix-routing using standard network switches, the Extio 3 helps future proof investments; installations can be expanded with confidence and without costly upgrades.

Efficient multi-system control: Enhance remote workflows with Extio 3’s Aggregator Mode that allows operators to view and operate multiple source computer systems from any Extio receiver unit at the remote multi-display station—and control them with a single keyboard and mouse set. Control can be shifted from one computer to another by seamlessly moving the mouse freely across a multi-monitor desktop—at the instant the mouse cursor moves from one display to the next, control is then also automatically transferred to the next target source system. To view even more systems, enable 4K tile view to access, share, and control up to four Full HD (FHD) systems on a 4K workspace. Again, with a single keyboard and mouse pair, operators can move the mouse across the desktop and dynamically switch from one target source system to another.

Ease of integration: With Extio 3’s industry-leading technology, users can leverage existing IT networking equipment and standard 1 Gigabit Ethernet infrastructure for seamless deployment and operations, extending up to four video signals using a single copper or fiber optic cable to reduce installation costs. Matrox Extio 3 KVM extenders fit readily into certified systems with plug and play deployment; there is no need to install additional software. Extio 3 IP KVM transmitter units are designed to optimize available space, and come either as a rack-mountable appliance or an integrated PCIe® card.

Smart control: Extio Central Manager is an intuitive, easy-to-use software to remotely configure, manage, and monitor all Extio 3 units from a central location on the network. An on-screen display (OSD) on Extio 3 receiver appliances allow operators to conveniently preview all authorized computer desktops—readily identifiable via thumbnail previews—to instantly access and switch between multiple systems.

High availability: Extio 3 includes several essential features that help organizations to build redundancy and fault tolerance into their installations. Supporting a distributed model of operation, Extio 3 removes single point of failure by storing all device settings and connectivity rules in each transmitter and receiver unit. Extio 3 appliances also feature two network interface ports that are configurable for link redundancy. Through its patented technology, Extio 3 intelligently adjusts its internal processing parameters to deliver a resilient KVM system that minimizes downtime, favoring continuous operation.

Optimized collaboration: Access and control systems from any remote location on the IP network—and maximize information flow for improved collaboration and decision making. Display Extio 3 video streams on a central video wall powered by Matrox Mura IPX Series for effective visualization. Make use of the proxy stream1—a dedicated secondary video stream compatible with virtually all H.264 software and hardware decoders—for recording part of the desktop on a network storage device or sharing a screen with other user stations, video walls, and mobile devices.

Enhanced KVM security & monitoring: Matrox Extio 3 Series safeguards installations by using HTTPs, a secure communication protocol for control commands over the network. Extio 3 encrypts the transmitted AV and USB signals and protects the desktop content. Extio 3 also easily integrates with Microsoft® Active Directory® services and allows IT managers to use existing Active Directory accounts for user authorization and authentication. Compatible with Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), Extio 3 devices can be monitored through third-party network management software.

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