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 Dalet, a leading provider of solutions and services for media-rich organizations, today announced Ooyala Flex Media Platform new features designed to meet the needs of global program delivery with focus on better control over budgets. New, under-the-hood Kubernetes capabilities automatically scale cloud computing use for proxy creation and file movement, ensuring customers optimize cloud costs while having the firepower to manage larger-than-normal content volumes when needed. Fine-grain multi-tenant security features and support for a wide range of mastering formats, including IMF in the cloud, make the Ooyala Media Flex Platform the best-in-industry media logistics for creative production workflows and global content delivery. “Today, more than ever, the cloud plays a critical role for our customers and the viability of their business. But they need more than the ability to leverage its computing power, they need better control over how and when to use it,” states Lee McMullan, Market Director - Multiplatform Distribution, Dalet. “Ooyala Flex’s new capabilities provide the functions, security and elasticity customers need with simple, yet powerful administration tools that allow them to expand their creative productions while getting better control over unpredictable cloud costs.”     The new Ooyala Flex Administration tool provides fine-grain asset control The new Ooyala Flex Media Platform capabilities are available today. Customers can contact their Dalet representative for upgrade details.   Manage Costs of Working in the Cloud Ooyala Flex leverages Kubernetes to dynamically scale computing power across cloud environments, ensuring customers pay only for what is needed. In addition to the significant cost savings through dynamic autoscaling, customers can set job concurrency quotas and scaling thresholds, keeping a much tighter control over cloud costs.  Lee adds, “Many Ooyala customers today keep the cloud compute valve wide open to manage spikes in projects. Our new capabilities turn on the elasticity of the cloud when you need it. This work is part of Dalet’s plans to provide the platform as a SaaS offering.”  Added support for cloud archive lifecycle gives customers further control over management and costs of large archives.   More Efficient Global Content and Program Delivery Ooyala Flex can now manage and distribute IMF packages, eliminating the need to create multiple versions of a content package. Customers can significantly reduce storage space and optimize management of common projects such as programs distributed globally in various languages and non-standard viewing formats required by licensees and OTT services. With less physical resources required, customers can deliver multi-version programs faster and for a bigger return on investment.   OoyalaMAM user interface supports new IMF management capabilities Join us online to discuss how the Ooyala Flex Media Platform can streamline your production workflows. Register for the September 29th Dalet Connect webinar “Media Logistics for Production with Ooyala Flex” @ For more information on the Ooyala Flex Media Platform, please visit About Dalet Digital Media Systems Dalet solutions and services enable media organizations to create, manage and distribute content faster and more efficiently, fully maximizing the value of assets. Based on an agile foundation, Dalet offers rich collaborative tools empowering end-to-end workflows for news, sports, program preparation, post-production, archives and enterprise content management, radio, education, governments and institutions.   Dalet platforms are scalable and modular. They offer targeted applications with key capabilities to address critical functions of small to large media operations - such as planning, workflow orchestration, ingest, cataloging, editing, chat & notifications, transcoding, play out automation, multi-platform distribution and analytics. The integration of the Ooyala Flex Media Platform business has opened vast opportunities for Dalet customers to deploy successful strategies that better address their audiences with agile multi-platform content distribution in a wider range of markets, such as sports for teams and leagues, brands and corporate organizations, as well as Media and Entertainment companies looking to scale up their digital offerings.   Dalet solutions and services are used around the world at hundreds of content producers and distributors, including public broadcasters (BBC, CBC, France TV, RAI, TV2 Denmark, RFI, Russia Today, RT Malaysia, SBS Australia, VOA), commercial networks and operators (Canal+, FOX, MBC Dubai, Mediacorp, Fox Sports Australia, Turner Asia, Mediaset, Orange, Charter Spectrum, Warner Bros, Sirius XM Radio), sporting organizations (National Rugby League, FIVB, Bundesliga) and government organizations (UK Parliament, NATO, United Nations, Veterans Affairs, NASA).   Dalet is traded on the NYSE-EURONEXT stock exchange (Eurolist C): ISIN: FR0011026749, Bloomberg DLT:FP, Reuters: DALE.PA.   Dalet® is a registered trademark of Dalet Digital Media Systems. All other products and trademarks mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.  
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I mentioned in a previous blog post that I wanted to spend more time talking about Dalet’s MediaBins, as they can completely transform your production workflow, so let me tell you more…   So, what’s a MediaBin?   Commonly used in news and sports production workflows, a MediaBin is a collection of media that is attached to a story and travels through its entire lifecycle, through to distribution and archiving.   What can I put in my MediaBins?   You can store any kind of media that is stored inside your Dalet Library. Audio, video, pictures, a collection of assets, audio and video clips, graphic objects, wires, RSS posts, social media posts, contacts, Microsoft Office documents (Word, Excel, PowerPoint files, etc.), PDFs, or PDF-ed emails and external web links/objects such as YouTube videos. This collection of media is there to help the journalist and video editors to create their story.     Who can feed a MediaBin?  Any Dalet user! Usually, you start feeding the MediaBin during the planning phase. Even an event has its MediaBin before it becomes a story. A Planning Editor, for instance, might add a couple of social posts and a wire that are relevant to a particular event. The Chief Editor decides to make it a leading story. Some footage is coming from user-generated content and is attached to the story in addition to the original material via the MediaBin. Then additional material arrives from the field – it is attached to the MediaBin, and so on. Anyone can contribute to the MediaBin, which is also accessible by librarians, so they can also organize archived content into the MediaBin.  Even feed recordings can be placed directly in the MediaBin, so there is a connection between what’s coming in, and the story.   How I can use a MediaBin?  Obviously, you can consult your MediaBin at any time while you work on your story. You can also search for MediaBins and within MediaBins, including filtering.  You can open a MediaBin in a video editor, whether Dalet OneCut or Adobe Premiere Pro through Dalet Xtend, so that you can focus on the relevant material (audio, video, images, graphics, …) saving considerable editing time!     So not only is the MediaBin a real collaboration entity attached to your story, it can also be used within the extended Dalet ecosystem.   And there’s more…  Yes! Dalet’s Recommendation Panel brings Artificial Intelligence to help you feed the MediaBin. Thanks to a deep semantic analysis of stories, wires, audio and video transcripts, the Dalet Recommendation Panel suggests media that is not yet stored in your MediaBin. This surfaces content you would have not likely identified before and help you find relevant material for your story much quicker.   So there you have it… The Dalet MediaBin brings you speed, efficiency and relevant content so you can create compelling stories. No wonder so many of us at Dalet are enthusiastic about it!  In a future blog post, I’ll tell you more about Dalet Recommendations, as we’re working on set of new algorithms that will bring our users a whole new experience – a true game changer… Watch this space!     Raoul Cospen Dalet News Market Director    
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