Leading Hollywood technology integrator OOBAXS (Out of Band Access) has launched HD KVM DVI Draco matrix switches capable of mixing both CATx and fiber optic connections between source and target.
OOBAXS will provide installations, support and guidance on deployments at numerous US post-production facilities. The switches are manufactured by IHSE Germany, a leading developer and innovator in high speed, high definition DVI and KVM/Video extension and switching solutions.
“The Draco series is the fastest core switching product on the market,’ said Alan Frank, technology strategist and founder of OOBAXS. “IHSE’s willingness to be a responsive partner with their end-users has led to the evolution of a product that is changing the way movies are made.’
The Draco offers DVI video extenders over CATx or Fiber for “mission critical’ server and computer access, as well as, fiber optic HD-KVM matrix switches. The Draco, featuring ZERO blocking, high speed switching, HD DVI to 1920×1200, and four HID, has already made its impact on Hollywood studios.
Working with OOBAXS to design and deploy a solution using Draco, Shapeshifter Post was the first post-production facility in Hollywood to embrace the high speed technology. “We had been researching KVM Matrix switching/extension options for many months, and needed a robust solution that could support all our input devices without issue, including our Avid Symphony, DS, and Media Composer, as well as De Vinci Resolve, and Final Cut Pro workstations,’ said Russo Anastasio, president of Shapeshifter Post. “We knew that by installing the IHSE Draco, we would increase our productivity, but didn’t realise the extent of that increase would be such a game changer!’
“Post-production tasks can be time consuming and draining on resources and typically depend on individual hardware and locations,’ added Alan Frank. “An editor may have traditionally worked in one bay for picture editing, but then would need to move to a new location to add in special effects or color-time. With the Draco, an entire production house worth of resources becomes accessible at any single end-point.’