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Apr 20, 2017
2017 Trends in Media Asset Management - Q&A with Kevin Savina, Product Strategy Director
Dalet's Kevin Savina discusses important 2017 trends in media asset management – multi-platform distribution, collaboration, workflow orchestration and business intelligence reporting – that broadcasters, facilities and content producers should keep at the forefront of their decision-making.
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FOX Chooses Dalet Sports Factory for new Sports Network
Dalet Digital Media Systems, a leading developer of Media Asset Management (MAM) solutions, software and services for content producers, has announced that FOX has selected Dalet Sports Factory as the end-to-end production and Media Asset Management system for the company’s brand new, national, multisport cable network — FOX Sports 1 (FS1). The new channel will launch in mid-August with an impressive roster of live sports including college basketball and football, NASCAR, soccer and UFC. Dalet Sports Factory will provide the essential MAM underlayer that will manage the channel’s workflows and content—from ingest through production to on-air broadcast and archiving. Dalet Brio servers will be used for nearly a hundred channels of video ingest. “We need the kind of robust and flexible MAM that Dalet Sports Factory provides to handle the scale and complexity of FS1,” says Andrea Berry, Senior Vice President, Media Services. “We’ll be producing huge volumes of content for this new channel and Dalet’s metadata management capability will be very important.” “The Dalet MAM will play the role of orchestrator managing ingest and production on a large scale and breaking down the silos of production to create a more fluid and efficient workflow,” says Julien Decaix, General Manager, Dalet US and Latin America. “Production teams will benefit from built-in Dalet tools to help their creative endeavors and our metadata management capabilities will also make it easier for FS1 to create content for alternate platforms. Looking forward, the Dalet Sports Factory system can readily scale to meet additional workflows and channels, and our technology platform is easily adapted to future technologies.” Dalet Sports Factory is an open system and provides seamless integrations with broadcast and IT systems, including industry-standard NLEs with exchanges of both media and metadata (including parent/child relationships of assets). Sports Factory is built on Dalet’s robust Media Asset Management platform, which provides lifecycle content and metadata management with comprehensive and customizable data schemes that will allow FS1 to catalogue multisport content with the most relevant and detailed data fields and to create data models that also facilitate multiplatform distribution. The integrated workflow engine seamlessly formats and distributes content for enhanced viewing on digital platforms. Dalet Sports Factory also includes essential tools for ingest, editing and distribution as well as many sports-specific tools such as logging and highlight creation. To learn more about Dalet Sports Factory and all of the Dalet solutions, visit the Dalet booth at NAB 2013 (SL4524). About FOX Sports 1 As America’s top-rated network for sports for 16 straight years (1997-2012), FOX Sports boasts rights agreements with each of the nation’s highest-rated sports including Major League Baseball, National Football League, NASCAR Sprint Cup racing, Ultimate Fighting Championship, the Big Ten Football Championship Games, Pac-12 football, the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic and the UEFA Champions League Final. Set to debut on Saturday, Aug. 17, FOX Sports 1 is available in over 90 million homes, making this the biggest sports cable network launch in history, and one of the largest network launches ever. At the outset, FS1 boasts nearly 5,000 hours of live event, news and original programming annually. About Dalet Dalet solutions enable broadcasters and media professionals to create, manage and distribute content to traditional and new media channels, including interactive TV, the Web and mobile networks. Dalet combines in a single system a robust and proven Media Asset Management platform with advanced metadata capabilities, a configurable workflow engine and a comprehensive set of purpose-built creative and production tools. This integrated and open environment enables end-to-end management of the entire news, sports and program content chain, and allows users to significantly improve efficiency and to maximize the use and value of their assets. Dalet’s solutions are delivered through a dedicated Professional and Integration Services Department to ensure the highest possible standards. Dalet systems are used around the world by thousands of individual users at hundreds of TV and Radio content producers, including public broadcasters (ABS-CBN, BBC, CBC, DR, France TV, RTBF, RFI, Russia Today, RSR & TSR, RT Malaysia, VOA and WDR), commercial networks and operators (Antena 3, Canal+, FOX, eTV, Mediaset, Orange, Time Warner Cable, Warner Bros. and SiriusXM Radio), and government organizations (Canadian House of Commons, the European Commission and the Parliament of South Australia). Dalet is traded on the NYSE-EURONEXT stock exchange (Eurolist C): ISIN: FR0011026749, Bloomberg DLT:FP and Reuters: DALE.PA. Dalet is a registered trademark of Dalet Digital Media Systems. All other trademarks and products mentioned herein belong to their respective owners. For more information on Dalet, visit www.dalet.com.
TV Globo Puts Dalet Media Life at Center of its Entertainment Production
Dalet Digital Media Systems, a leading provider of software-based solutions for media organizations, has announced that TV Globo, the world's second-largest commercial TV network by annual revenue, is placing Dalet Media Life, based on the award-winning Dalet Galaxy Media Asset Management (MAM) platform, at the heart of its entertainment archive. The world's leading producer of telenovelas (soap operas) is deploying an end-to-end archiving and content preparation workflow utilizing all three Dalet platforms: Dalet Brio for high-density ingest and Dalet AmberFin high-quality transcoding, all under the control of Dalet Galaxy enterprise MAM to enable the manipulation of digital files for archive purposes for all entertainment content (including telenovelas) produced at the network's Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo hubs. The Dalet installation will also enable the distribution of content to internal and external users. “We produce a vast amount of content each year, including telenovelas and promos, and wanted a means of increasing the efficiency and enhancing the production values of our operations with a comprehensive file-based workflow from ingest through to archive,” explains Thiago Abreu, project manager at TV Globo. “The solution had to work effortlessly with our legacy systems, prove itself extensible to accommodate our rising production and distribution demands, and it had to promote collaborative workflows by opening up our production silos. We are confident, along with Sony, our primary partner on this major project, that we have found the answer in Dalet.” Ranked as one of the biggest media companies in the world, TV Globo produces around 2,400 hours of entertainment annually and reaches 99.5% of the Brazilian population through its network of 122 owned and affiliate TV stations. The network's international operations include seven pay-per-view TV channels and a production and distribution division that distributes domestic sports and entertainment content to more than 190 countries around the world. The organization's studio production base is located in Jacarepaguá, Rio de Janeiro, and known locally as Projac. The solution at Projac is systems integrated by Sony Professional Services and architected to extend TV Globo's file-based workflow from ingest into archive. Sony selected the comprehensive Dalet Media Life solution, which includes a broadcast-specific Business Process Management workflow engine, advanced production and media preparation tools, and a single and centralized content repository for housing multimedia content. The complete solution also includes Dalet Brio for ingest acquisition and QC playback as well as Dalet AmberFin for transcoding. The Dalet platforms interlock with a number of industry-standard, third-party tools to underpin production end-to-end. These include integration with Avid Interplay and Avid Symphony for production, with Tektronix Cerify for file-based QC review, and with Front Porch DIVA and Sony’s Optical Disc Archive System. “This is Dalet's first major deal in Brazil and is hugely significant given TV Globo's superlative reputation for content production and distribution, not only in South America, but globally,” says Julien Decaix, general manager, Americas, Dalet. “File-based workflow at the broadcaster's entertainment production headquarters was previously only within an Avid environment, but in alliance with Sony and TV Globo, we are able to manage all digital files and all associated metadata as well as legacy tape content, on ingest and throughout the asset's entire lifecycle, including export for all internal and international distribution and onwards to the Sony Optical Disk Archive. This new workflow, based on Dalet's business solution encompassing all three main platforms, embraces TV Globo's fast-paced production environment, operations and business, and streamlines the amount of work needed by the broadcaster's prolific production division day-to-day.” Content is ingested directly into the Dalet Galaxy content catalog and automatically transcoded by Dalet AmberFin nodes during ingest from the Sony SStP format to XDCAM HD 50. Web-based search and browse of material is enabled by Dalet Webspace clients while, thanks to a set of Dalet Xtend modules, media can be browsed, previewed and exchanged smoothly to and from Avid Interplay. Dalet solutions and products are designed form the ground up around open-IT standards, enabling TV Globo to develop integration with Dalet using the SOAP Dalet API. This enables media to be migrated fluidly from TV Globo's existing MAM database. About Dalet Digital Media Systems Dalet software-based solutions enable media organizations to create, manage and distribute content faster and more efficiently, fully maximizing the value of media assets. Dalet products are built on three distinct platforms that, when combined, form versatile business solutions that power end-to-end workflows for news, sports, program preparation, production, archive and radio. Individually, Dalet platforms and products offer targeted applications with key capabilities to address critical media workflow functions such as ingest, QC, edit, transcode and multiplatform distribution. The foundation for Dalet’s productivity-enhancing workflow solutions, Dalet Galaxy is the enterprise MAM that unifies the content chain by managing assets, metadata, workflows and processes across multiple and diverse production and distribution systems. Specially tailored for media workflows, this unique technology platform helps broadcasters and media professionals increase productivity while providing operational and business visibility. Dalet AmberFin is the high-quality, scalable transcoding platform with fully integrated ingest, mastering, QC and review functionalities, enabling facilities to make great pictures in a scalable, reliable and interoperable way.
Addressing the demanding needs of studio production, multi-camera ingest, sports logging and highlights production, the innovative Dalet Brio video server platform combines density and cost-effectiveness with high reliability. Dalet supports customers from the initial planning stages to well beyond project execution. Our global presence includes 15 offices strategically located throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, North America and South America, and a network of more than 60 professional partners serving 87 countries worldwide. This collective experience and knowledge enables our customers to realize potential increases in productivity, efficiency and value of their assets. The comprehensive Dalet Care program ensures deployments remain up and running with 24/7 support 365 days a year. Dalet systems are used around the world by many thousands of individual users at hundreds of TV and Radio content producers, including public broadcasters (ABS-CBN, BBC, CBC, DR, France TV, RTBF, RFI, Russia Today, RSR & TSR, RT Malaysia, VOA, WDR), commercial networks and operators (Antena 3, Canal+, FOX, eTV, Mediaset, Orange, Time Warner Cable, Warner Bros., Sirius XM Radio), and government organizations (Canadian House of Commons, The European Commission, Parliament of South Australia). Dalet is traded on the NYSE-EURONEXT stock exchange (Eurolist C): ISIN: FR0011026749, Bloomberg DLT:FP, Reuters: DALE.PA. For more information on Dalet, visit www.dalet.com.
Dalet Business Solution Increases Production Efficiencies for FOX International Channels Italy and UK Media Operations
Dalet Digital Media Systems, a leading provider of software-based solutions for media organizations, announced today that FOX International channels (FIC) has implemented near identical Dalet business solutions, powered by the Dalet Galaxy Media Asset Management platform (MAM), in its FIC Italy and FIC United Kingdom (UK) facilities. The comprehensive Dalet MAM installations, which were implemented in a few short weeks, allow FIC to underpin its international operations, maximizing content production efficiencies and increasing delivery output across all facets of programming for its Italian and UK operations. “As custodians of one of the largest and fastest growing digital entertainment portfolios in the world, our overriding aim for the Dalet business solution is to help FIC become more productive. We ramped up to peak content production levels easily in just a few days, enabling our production teams to collaboratively create, repackage and distribute content more efficiently,” says Mauro Panella, Executive Director, Head of Broadcast operations, IT & Facilities for Italy, Germany & UK at Fox International Channels Europe. “But our requirements didn’t end there. With this leap forward, we needed a technical partner that could respond to our growing distribution needs with an infrastructure that supports new industry compliance standards and emerging technology. We’ve found that partner in Dalet.” To help oversee the design and deployment of the FIC installation, Dalet worked closely with business partner Media Power and system integrator Professional Show. The underlying Dalet Galaxy platform streamlines the FIC workflow by centralizing programming content into one database, providing bespoke web-based and desktop tools that enhance QC operations, promo production and delivery of new and repackaged program content throughout Europe and Africa as well as to affiliates such as Sky Italy and UK. Several Dalet Brio video servers facilitate the comprehensive content ingest and delivery needs for both facilities. “FIC installed Dalet to better manage its global multiplatform production output, regardless of whether content is sourced from a live event, its US operations or purchased outside the FOX brand. In doing so, they were able to streamline manual workflows and consolidate the production infrastructure around fully integrated web-based and desktop tools to speed turnaround for time-critical programming content,” says Massimo Berardi, general manager, Dalet Italy. Combined with the agility to map metadata with video and audio assets within the Dalet MAM, the advanced automation tools facilitate the swift and secure distribution of FIC content to multiple locations and platforms. Berardi explains the benefits further, “The Dalet workflow not only allows FIC to quickly repackage popular series such as ‘The Walking Dead’ in various languages and formats, it also allows them to distribute these new programs in conjunction with their US air dates – satisfying audience demands for new programming material while lowering the overall cost of purchased content and production time.” The installation of Dalet also provides system-wide interoperability, enabling a more fluid media exchange among existing third-party postproduction, storage, traffic, delivery and archive systems by managing metadata across the workflow. For more information on Dalet Business Solutions and products, please visit www.dalet.com. About Dalet Digital Media Systems Dalet software-based solutions enable media organizations to create, manage and distribute content faster and more efficiently, fully maximizing the value of assets. Dalet products are built on three distinct platforms that, when combined, form versatile business solutions that power end-to-end workflows for news, sports, program preparation, production, archive and radio. Individually, Dalet platforms and products offer targeted applications with key capabilities to address critical media workflow functions such as ingest, QC, edit, transcode and multiplatform distribution. The foundation for Dalet productivity-enhancing workflow solutions, Dalet Galaxy is the enterprise NRCS and MAM that unifies the content chain by managing assets, metadata, workflows and processes across multiple and diverse production and distribution systems. Specially tailored for news and media workflows, this unique technology platform helps broadcasters and media professionals increase productivity while providing operational and business visibility. Dalet AmberFin is the high-quality, scalable transcoding platform with fully integrated ingest, mastering, QC and review functionalities, enabling facilities to make great pictures in a scalable, reliable and interoperable way.
Addressing the demanding needs of studio production, multi-camera ingest, sports logging and highlights production, the innovative Dalet Brio video server platform combines density and cost-effectiveness with high reliability. Dalet supports customers from the initial planning stages to well beyond project execution. Our global presence includes 15 offices strategically located throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, North America and South America, and a network of more than 60 professional partners serving 87 countries worldwide. This collective experience and knowledge enables our customers to realize potential increases in productivity, efficiency and value of their assets. The comprehensive Dalet Care program ensures deployments remain up and running with 24/7 support 365 days a year. Dalet systems are used around the world by many thousands of individual users at hundreds of TV and Radio content producers, including public broadcasters (ABS-CBN, BBC, CBC, DR, FMM, France TV, RAI, RFI, Russia Today, RT Malaysia, VOA), commercial networks and operators (Canal+, FOX, eTV, MBC Dubai, MediaCorp, Mediaset, Orange, Time Warner Cable, Warner Bros, Sirius XM Radio), and government organizations (Canadian House of Commons, Australian Parliament and UK Parliament). 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. For more information on Dalet, visit www.dalet.com
How Chat is Used in the Newsroom
In the past hour, I have “instant messaged” five people who live in three different countries. I learned that my friend in India just had a child, my college friends want to have a reunion next month in Bali, and I am late for dinner. WhatsApp, Gchat, Facebook Messenger, etc., have given us instant communication regardless of location. Language has also developed for chat similar to the way shorthand was used by journalists of yesteryears. Messaging someone ‘LOL,’ ‘ROFL’ or using emojis can convey a person’s emotional state, and the ability to send audio, images and videos attached to text has increased our use of multimedia in communication. Dalet capitalized on the growing popularity of chat as a means of communicating by integrating it with Dalet Galaxy. Journalists and others working for the newsroom using phones, a web client and desktop computers have at their fingertips the ability to collect as much information, including various multimedia, about an event as possible, enabling them to form a viewpoint that is both informative and balanced. With the ability to create chatrooms in Galaxy, journalists can collaborate with people in the newsroom about an ongoing story as well as with various bureaus and reporters on the road. What’s more, with XMPP technology, chat is no longer limited to one messaging app, as Dalet chat users can send and receive chats with multiple chat services including Facebook Messenger, Gchat, WhatsApp and many more. Whenever a story, planning event and new recording is created, everyone who subscribes to notifications from Dalet Chat will receive a message, even if they are offline, and with a click, a user can open the item, be it a textual story, video, image or audio recording. Let’s go through the lifecycle of a story at a local TV news channel and see how chat is used in the newsroom: [12:22 PM] Bob the Reporter receives a text from a source in town hall that Tim the Politician is stepping down. [12:45 PM] Bob forwards this chat to the Assignment Desk Chat Group to find out more information. [12:47 PM] Wendy on the Assignment Desk creates a Planning Event about Tim the Politician stepping down. [12:52 PM] As Phil, the Town Hall Correspondent, receives the chat, he looks up and sees Mary, Tim the Politician’s secretary, walking towards the cafeteria. [12:55 PM] On the record, Mary confirms that Tim the Politician is stepping down because of personal reasons – a sound bite that is recorded as an audio clip on Phil’s phone, which is then automatically uploaded to the Newsroom. [12:57 PM] Wendy on the Assignment Desk associates this audio clip with the Planning Event, and messages Phil to get a picture of Mary if he cannot take video. [13:01 PM] Tom the Producer receives a chat notification that the story about Tim the Politician stepping down has been confirmed by a source, and Tom creates a 30-second story in the 2 PM News. [13:02 PM] The 6 PM News chat group and other producers receives a chat notification of the upcoming story, and Kevin the Reporter sends a chat to Tom the Producer that he wants to cover the story as he golfs with Tim the politician’s friend Greg. [13:04 PM] Tom the Producer assigns the story to Kevin and the 6 PM News Chat Group is notified of this assignment. [13:06 PM] Kevin clicks the chat notification on his phone about the assignment of the story and sees that Wendy on the Assignment Desk has set up a Twitter Harvester to collect Tweets using the hashtags #TimThePolitican and #TimStepsDown, associating tweets to the story along with Phil’s audio recording of Mary confirming Tim the Politician is stepping down. [13:08 PM] Kevin sends a chat to Greg, Tim the Politician’s friend, who is on Facebook Messenger, requesting an interview. [13:10 PM] Greg denies that Tim the Politian is stepping down, so Kevin sends him the audio recording of Mary confirming it. [13:12 PM] Greg, caught in a lie, sends Kevin a guilty emoji and confirms an interview in the next 30 minutes. [13:16 PM] Kevin sends a message to Wendy on the Assignment Desk that an interview has been confirmed with Greg in 30 minutes at 123 Major Street. [13:18 PM] Wendy updates the Planning event that a camera crew is needed in 30 minutes at 123 Major Street. [13:22 PM] Neil the Cameraman receives the message about the interview while he is grabbing lunch and sends a message to Wendy that he is five blocks away from 123 Major Street and that he will take the job. [13:24 PM] Tom the Producer receives the chat that the interview has been confirmed and moves the story of Tim the Politician to the top of the rundown. [13:28 PM] David the Content Producer receives the notification that a big story about Tim the Politician is breaking at 6 PM and creates a headline for Christy the Anchor to read. [13:33 PM] On her way to the studio, Christy the Anchor receives the text about the headline she has to read and on her phone changes the text slightly. [13:30 PM] Neil the Cameraman and Tom the Reporter go to 123 Major Street to conduct the interview. [13:33 PM] Wendy on the Assignment Desk, receives a text from Calvin the Reporter on the Police Beat, that Tim the Politician was arrested the night before for a hit and run. [13:34 PM] Tim the Politician’s friend isn’t giving much information during the interview, so after receiving the text from Wendy on the Assignment Desk about the hit and run, Kevin the Reporter changes his line of questioning to Greg, Tim the Politician’s friend, to get information about the incident. [13:37 PM] Chris the 1:30 PM News Producer, receives a chat notification that the interview of Greg, Tim the Politian’s friend, is turning into a good story, so Chris messages Patricia the Director of the 1:30 PM News, to make the story of Tim the Politician stepping down because of a hit and run breaking news for the 1:30 PM Show. [13:40 PM] The story of Tim the Politician stepping down because of a hit and run breaks at 13:40 PM. As you can see, Dalet Chat enables anyone working for the newsroom regardless of location to always be in synch, increasing the speed of breaking news while elevating the amount of information from sources, giving a more rounded viewpoint to the audience listening on the radio, watching TV or viewing content on the web.
Analyze This! Analyze That! Analyze Everything!
Today, the broadcast industry has generally accepted the need for Media Asset Management solutions for production, archive, sports and news systems. In the production process, a vast amount of information is generated, such as the number of text, video and audio assets created, as well as information about transcoding, transferring, QC processes, broadcast information, web publishing, archiving and much more. All of this information, when gathered and analyzed, can be very useful for an organization in making management decisions so that operations become more efficient and effective. MAM platforms like Dalet Galaxy offer reporting tools that automate this gather and analyze process. Specifically, the Dalet Report Center, part of the Dalet Galaxy platform powered by Tableau, boasts comprehensive reporting tools that allow users to analyze the vast amount of activity performed and information generated on a particular Dalet site. Tapping into Dalet metadata management capabilities, the Business Intelligence (BI) of the Dalet Report Center provides a central location, where the data is presented in various reports. Important information is pin-pointed and intelligently displayed, triggering both operational and management decisions on all levels. The Dalet Report Center establishes a solid and flexible BI framework, meaning that a user can drag and drop asset filters based on metadata fields for analysis to generate canned reports based on the needs of users. Once the reports have been compiled, they are distributed via email at designated times to those needing this information using the Report Scheduler. The Dalet Report Center also enables data analysis anywhere, anytime through a mobile application, or by using offline reports to easily share information with colleagues. Let's go through a simple video workflow and see how the Dalet Report Center can be used: A video arrives from one of the customer's suppliers. The video goes through the QC process. At the end of the process, the video is either approved for further production or returned as a faulty one to the provider. The Dalet Report Center can then generate a report with the following information: List of providers indicating the percentage of faulty videos for each one, with the report intelligently displaying the quality of listed providers. The number of tests that were performed in the first and second QC passes, and the number of QC tests that failed Clearly indicates if there was a specific time where videos failed QC beyond the acceptable standard deviation When a Dalet title is being transcoded, wrapped or unwrapped, archived, exported or imported, the Dalet Report Center will analyze and present, for example, the number of transcoding jobs that are done in a certain period of time. It will display the job type(s) that have been pending for unreasonable lengths of time, the average length of time a job is in queue, as well as the number of created, completed, aborted and failed jobs. The user can also analyze what happened on a specific day, for example, after seeing a relatively high number of failed QC jobs on that day. Dalet reports are displayed dynamically, meaning that the user can click on specific data, and the entire report will show the relevant information around the information clicked. A great advantage of the Dalet Report Center for technical management is the ability to easily know if the servers are being utilized to the fullest potential, if the servers' loads are balanced, if there is an overloaded server, and which server handles the most amount of jobs. With this key information, management can find methods to better use their hardware and determine if additional hardware or virtual servers are needed. Last but not least, one of the most sensitive areas of any organization is reporting on the quality of work done by the users. The Dalet Report Center can generate reports on users, both as a team and as individuals. The report will include metrics concerning a user’s login time, the number of handled titles, the amount of titles utilized by specific users or groups of users, and much more. The Dalet Report Center in Dalet Galaxy supports business processes and empowers editorial, business and technical managers with a wide variety of information. By compiling relevant analytics, organizations can replicate editorial success based on reports of content usage, tap into new revenue streams based on analytics of consumption, better use talent based on information about productivity, and enhance technical infrastructure based on technical information gathered. The Dalet Report Center gives organizations what today’s business demands: a business analytics solution that is truly enterprise-ready.
The Importance of a Sports MAM for Coaches
Where is that tape of the Serbia-Canada Game? Coming from a former water polo player and coach who represented Canada, Israel and several club teams in numerous national and international tournaments: having readily accessible game footage is integral to the success of a team. With the emergence of Media Asset Management (MAM) solutions for sports, logged footage gives teams, players and coaches a definite advantage over those without a Sports MAM. Let us go through a typical Sports MAM scenario to see how coaches can utilize this technology to improve the performance of their players as individuals and as a team. Forming a Team When forming a professional or national team, scouts visit various club teams to record footage of players in action. The scouts then ship the footage to interested coaches so they may evaluate whether the players would be a good fit for their teams. With a Sports MAM, this footage can automatically be uploaded to the system from anywhere in the world and made available to coaches on a web portal. Once the footage has been catalogued online, coaches can conduct searches for the specific profile of a player they want to recruit. For example, the coach searches for a left handed player, who scored at least 20 goals last season, made over 30 assists, has five years of experience and is under the age of 25. The results of the search will give the coach video on all actions of any game logged in the system that matches the query. Improving Player Performance During practice, assistant coaches film players during exercises and scrimmages. Players watch the film in order to analyze and correct bad habits or make adjustments in relation to certain players or opposing teams. Using a Sports MAM, coaches can pull up all footage captured of a given player during practice to see if improvements were in fact made. Visualization is key to the success of any professional player, and with a sports MAM, visualization is made easy, with access to all footage of games or practice available on a player’s mobile device. Preparing for a Game Prior to games, coaches spend hours searching through past game footage looking for key plays and tactics of the opposing team. Most sports organizations have statistics systems, such as the NHL HITS system. This information can easily be fed into a Sports MAM system and associated by time code to all footage of a game. With this data, coaches no longer need to rummage through hours on tape. Using search templates that utilize glossary capabilities, all coaches have to do is enter a few search parameters and find all key plays from the camera angles that have been ingested into the system. They can then sort through the different plays by specific players, actions or other conditions, which helps coaches conduct research for improving team performance. Game Day Before a game, the team gathers in the locker room or hotel to discuss the upcoming match. Along with drawing plays on a board, coaches show highlights of their opponent’s performance as well as the tactics used in gameplay. This enables the team to focus on methods to defend against attacks and target defensive weakness during offense, and for goalies to find “tells” in players in order to predict where he/she shoots during a penalty. Post-Game Regardless of whether a team wins or loses, going through footage after a game is fundamental to learning how to better oneself or the team. With a few search parameters in a Sports MAM, players and coaches can diagnose every play of the game in order to focus on these during practice and to improve tactics in future matches. The coach is key to ensuring individual athletes and teams as a whole focus on improving skills, working better together and putting effective strategies into practice. Never before has a coach been empowered with the ready access to media assets that inform, demonstrate and guide the team in being the best they can be. To see how Dalet business solutions for sports teams and facilities can help you win, visit the Dalet Sports Pack product page.
Clippn Reimagines Media Enterprise with Dalet xN
Dalet Digital Media Systems, a leading provider of software-based solutions for media organizations, announced today that Clippn, an online platform delivering ready-for-sale video clips to stock footage distributors, has moved its production and distribution infrastructure to the Dalet xN business solution. In partnership with Amazon Web Services, the new cloud-based infrastructure leverages the Dalet Galaxy media asset management (MAM) and Dalet AmberFin media processing platforms. Clippn, which distributes through multiple stock footage sites, is a leader in stock content distribution with a 50% global market penetration. Citing the increased demand for content across multiple screens and an industry year-over-year growth rate of nearly 30%, Clippn sought a partner who could help reimagine its operation, providing an agile infrastructure to meet contracting and expanding demands at will. Video: Clippn Reimagines Media Enterprise with Dalet xN “Getting these clips to market has traditionally been a problem,” comments Mick Reed, founder and CEO, Clippn. “We had to streamline the complexity of the product chain from initial ingest through processing and distribution. We knew we could not achieve that with our current on-premise infrastructure, which is why we started looking at building a flexible cloud-based infrastructure and approached Dalet, who we knew as the leading Media Asset Management provider on the market.” “We realized that this project perfectly matched our vision with Dalet xN – how cloud-based technologies can provide innovative answers to modern business challenges in the media industry,” reflects Kevin Savina, Dalet director of product strategy. In addition to needing a flexible and scalable solution, gaining from the experience of Dalet in program preparation workflows has been critical for Clippn. As a result, they have a complete solution for collecting, managing and delivering footage, starting with content gathering from multiple contributors, followed by ingest, editing, color correction, verification and QC, and finally, distribution to stock footage sites. The final installation provided Clippn: Agile Infrastructure: Dalet xN is highly configurable, enabling Clippn to adapt their operations on a constant basis. Supports Next-Gen Operations: Having the system hosted in the cloud was a must for Clippn to be able to handle contributors and a workforce that are completely geographically spread. Enables New Business Horizons: Thanks to a scalable and elastic architecture, Clippn was able to put in place a solution that will scale with their needs. “Dalet has everything we need. It is a robust platform that can handle the volume of video content that moves through our pipeline. It is also elastic so higher volumes of content don’t slow us down,” adds Mick. “We were able to create a cloud-based workflow that maximizes efficiency and actually integrates craft editing and curation, which I believe is a first.” The automation built into the platform is critical, avoiding wasted steps and letting the Clippn team focus on what actually adds value to their product. And because each one of the Clippn distributors has different metadata and delivery specifications, the system has to be both adaptable and future-proof so new distributors can be added, allowing them to continuously scale their success. Proven Dalet technology (Dalet Galaxy and AmberFin) in partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS) delivers this in a robust, dynamic, cloud-based ecosystem that will help Clippn grow its business for many years to come. See Dalet xN at the 2016 NAB Show To find out more about Clippn and meet Mick Reed, visit the Dalet xN area of the Dalet booth SL3905 at NAB 2016, near the “Re-Charge Bar.” For more information on Dalet xN, please visit xn.dalet.com. About Dalet Digital Media Systems Dalet software-based solutions enable media organizations to create, manage and distribute content faster and more efficiently, fully maximizing the value of assets. Dalet products are built on three distinct platforms that, when combined, form versatile business solutions that power end-to-end workflows for news, sports, program preparation, production, archive and radio. Individually, Dalet platforms and products offer targeted applications with key capabilities to address critical media workflow functions such as ingest, QC, edit, transcode and multiplatform distribution. The foundation for Dalet productivity-enhancing workflow solutions, Dalet Galaxy is the enterprise NRCS and MAM that unifies the content chain by managing assets, metadata, workflows and processes across multiple and diverse production and distribution systems. Specially tailored for news and media workflows, this unique technology platform helps broadcasters and media professionals increase productivity while providing operational and business visibility. Dalet AmberFin is the high-quality, scalable transcoding platform with fully integrated ingest, mastering, QC and review functionalities, enabling facilities to make great pictures in a scalable, reliable and interoperable way.
Addressing the demanding needs of studio production, multi-camera ingest, sports logging and highlights production, the innovative Dalet Brio video server platform combines density and cost-effectiveness with high reliability. Dalet supports customers from the initial planning stages to well beyond project execution. Our global presence includes 17 offices strategically located throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, North America and South America, and a network of more than 60 professional partners serving 87 countries worldwide. This collective experience and knowledge enables our customers to realize potential increases in productivity, efficiency and value of their assets. The comprehensive Dalet Care program ensures deployments remain up and running with 24/7 support 365 days a year. Dalet systems are used around the world by many thousands of individual users at hundreds of TV and Radio content producers, including public broadcasters (ABS-CBN, BBC, CBC, DR, FMM, France TV, RAI, RFI, Russia Today, RT Malaysia, VOA), commercial networks and operators (Canal+, FOX, eTV, MBC Dubai, MediaCorp, Mediaset, Orange, Time Warner Cable, Warner Bros, Sirius XM Radio), and government organizations (Canadian House of Commons, Australian Parliament and UK Parliament). 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. For more information on Dalet, visit www.dalet.com
National Assembly of Mauritius Deploys Dalet for Media Operations
Dalet Digital Media Systems, a leading provider of solutions and services for media organizations, today announced that the National Assembly of Mauritius has deployed an end-to-end Dalet Galaxy Media Asset Management (MAM) platform at the heart of its media operation, including managing the recording and live broadcast of parliamentary sessions. The implementation, facilitated as a joint venture between Dalet, local partner HMT (Harel Mallac Technologies), and South Africa broadcast specialist Zimele Broadcast, is the latest instance of Dalet solutions being used by national and international government institutions to acquire, centralize, manage, produce and distribute official content to the public. “The installation of Dalet and broadcasting from parliament live for the first time helps the National Assembly meet one of its core mission statement objectives,” explains Saseeta Ramsahye-Rakha, parliamentary ICT manager of the Mauritius National Assembly. “The main objective is to bring Parliament to people and help the public understand the role and operation of the National Assembly through information sharing. Equally important, with Dalet now at the center of the media operation, members are able to keep their constituents well-informed on vital subjects and decisions by easily and quickly publishing media online.” The Mauritius National Assembly reached a landmark in its democratic process on 15 December 2016 when it began live broadcasting of the parliamentary proceedings. The New Workflow National Assembly staff enter the parliamentary order of business into Dalet planning tools, which, via the Dalet API, populate the Event Guide and Session Agenda on the Mauritius government website (https://parliamenttv.govmu.org). All cameras in the National Assembly’s main Chamber are recorded automatically onto high-density Dalet Brio video servers and with overlaid Dalet Cube graphics to identify each speaker, a live output is produced and simultaneously broadcast via Mauritius TV and streamed live via Unified Streaming servers on the online video platform. Galaxy workflow transfers the video automatically from Dalet Brio to NetApp online storage and later to Xendata systems for archiving. Operators log content using Dalet Events Logger, which appears instantly on the website as a timestamped index against the live stream. Dalet WebSpace users can later use the logs to search tags, select shots and create EDLs using Dalet OneCut for content production. Additionally, when there are no live sessions, Dalet OnAir can automate playout via Dalet Brio, incorporating graphics generated by Dalet Cube. The system has capacity to also record and stream the two National Assembly committee rooms when required. Dalet Galaxy’s open API provides key integration with the National Assembly of Mauritius’ Vualto online platform. The seamless connection allows members and the public to access recorded sessions and publish tweets and Facebook posts, as well as connect to other social media platforms with direct links to the video index. “Working in close cooperation with our joint venture partners HMT and Zimele was key in making this project a success. We are delighted to have helped the National Assembly of Mauritius achieve its goal of sharing up-to-date news and information with its people and helping facilitate a multimedia record of parliamentary proceedings,” says Chris Wright, general manager, Dalet UK, Africa and Middle East. “In doing so, they join prestigious organizations including the UK Parliament, the Canadian House of Commons, the Australian Parliament, the US Senate and the United Nations in using Dalet solutions to reach a national and international public.” For more information, please visit Dalet at www.dalet.com. About Dalet Digital Media Systems Dalet software-based solutions enable media organizations to create, manage and distribute content faster and more efficiently, fully maximizing the value of assets. Dalet products are built on three distinct platforms that, when combined, form versatile business solutions that power end-to-end workflows for news, sports, program preparation, production, archive and radio. Individually, Dalet platforms and products offer targeted applications with key capabilities to address critical media workflow functions such as ingest, QC, edit, transcode and multiplatform distribution. The foundation for Dalet productivity-enhancing workflow solutions, Dalet Galaxy is the enterprise NRCS and MAM that unifies the content chain by managing assets, metadata, workflows and processes across multiple and diverse production and distribution systems. Specially tailored for news and media workflows, this unique technology platform helps broadcasters and media professionals increase productivity while providing operational and business visibility. Dalet AmberFin is the high-quality, scalable transcoding platform with fully integrated ingest, mastering, QC and review functionalities, enabling facilities to make great pictures in a scalable, reliable and interoperable way.
Addressing the demanding needs of studio production, multi-camera ingest, sports logging and highlights production, the innovative Dalet Brio video server platform combines density and cost-effectiveness with high reliability. Dalet supports customers from the initial planning stages to well beyond project execution. Our global presence includes 17 offices strategically located throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, North America and South America, and a network of more than 60 professional partners serving 87 countries worldwide. This collective experience and knowledge enables our customers to realize potential increases in productivity, efficiency and value of their assets. The comprehensive Dalet Care program ensures deployments remain up and running with 24/7 support 365 days a year. Dalet systems are used around the world by many thousands of individual users at hundreds of TV and Radio content producers, including public broadcasters (ABS-CBN, BBC, CBC, DR, FMM, France TV, RAI, RFI, Russia Today, RT Malaysia, VOA), commercial networks and operators (Canal+, FOX, eTV, MBC Dubai, MediaCorp, Mediaset, Orange, Time Warner Cable, Warner Bros, Sirius XM Radio), and government organizations (Canadian House of Commons, Australian Parliament and UK Parliament). 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. For more information on Dalet, visit www.dalet.com.
Why Upgrade to Dalet Galaxy?
Over the past few years, while conducting training sessions or working on a project site, many customers have asked me why they should upgrade their platform to Dalet Galaxy. The answer is as simple as the upgrade process. You can maintain the same workflow, but, thanks to Dalet Galaxy, you can also cut down on the number of steps it takes to complete a task for a journalist, video editor or media manager, with a new and improved user interface and enhanced integration with a wide variety of third-party systems. Here are just a few ways that Dalet Galaxy can improve your existing workflow: For Journalists For Media Managers For Librarians For Management For Journalists Many of my journalism students over the years have complained that Dalet 3.5 is way too “Windows 98.” In Dalet Galaxy, we enhanced the look and feel while also keeping in mind what kind of tasks look better with a light skin, such as writing a story, while a dark skin is better suited for video editing. If you have ever sat with a video editor, it’s usually in the dark (think dungy basement apartment), while journalists like to be seen and see others. The Home Screen, both in Dalet WebSpace and in the full client, cuts the amount of steps to create a story down from four steps to one, and, with the auto text and macros capabilities, the time needed to put common objects or words in a story has been greatly reduced. While researching for assignments, the first place to look is the “planning event” associated to the assigned story, which is populated with maps, pictures, tweets harvested from Twitter, RSS feeds, and other types of digital media. A journalist has the all the information at his/her fingertips and thus can focus on the content rather than collecting information. Dalet Galaxy has brought field journalists and those working remotely closer to home with its new Chat functionality. Available in the full client as well as the new and improved WebSpace, Chat offers a modern interface with support for persistent chats, group chats, messaging offline users and much more. In addition, the mobile app Dalet On-the-Go allows journalists to receive assignments via smartphone or tablet. They can then write stories, film interviews, record audio and take pictures using an iOS or Android device, which automatically uploads content to the newsroom, making news more current than ever. While Dalet Galaxy enhances the experience of editing using Adobe® Premiere®, Final Cut Pro®, and Avid Media Composer® with tight integration with Avid Interplay®, journalists also have the option to edit in Dalet Galaxy using the multi-layer, effects-filled Dalet OneCut Multimedia editor. With advanced metadata tagging and new API integration with social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, Dalet Galaxy enhances content once destined only for television or radio in order to reach a wider audience. All of this is monitored through analytics to better understand media consumption, regardless of the distribution platform. For Media Managers Before the birth of Dalet Galaxy, while coaching media managers, QC and ingest operators in Digital Media Centres or ingest rooms, I found that there were far too many steps when scheduling an ingest. The old process was as follows: Check email or the net for the ingest schedule Create a Planning event to alert others of the recording Create an ingest job for the recording Switch the router source Conduct a QC check while ingesting Sometimes manually create a proxy Fill in metadata for search User(s) must open up many different applications for this process, with various other confusing and convoluted steps along the way. With the Dalet Workflow Engine, the task is automated: Dope sheets with the Schedule and Information from agencies like Reuters imports into Dalet Galaxy as a Planning event; all information is associated to the corresponding ingest job, which is automatically scheduled. As the high-resolution video ingests, directly to the SAN or from the video server to the storage, the Dalet Brio video server generates a proxy so the user can access the content faster.​ In 2015, newsrooms and media centres receive content from a wide variety of sources such as cell phones, tablets and even drones, in a wide variety of formats. Dalet AmberFin easily transcodes this content, which can even be in 4k, into an HD broadcast-quality format with QC integration to check the audio and video quality, then updates the asset in the MAM seamlessly. While this is happening, the Media Manager sits back in a rolling chair watching the process in the Job Monitor. For program and archive workflows, with the easy-to-use workflow designer, administrators can setup complex orchestrated workflows with both automated and manual tasks. When the asset appears in Dalet it becomes a task of the Dalet Workflow Engine, which triggers different automated tasks and assigns jobs to users. As users claim different tasks, Dalet Galaxy automatically opens up the correct program for that task, such as the QC Playout module, or an Asset Management form to enter metadata for search. With the new track stacking capabilities, workflow management tools and context map functionality in Dalet Galaxy, handling complex workflows with a wide variety of assets related to one other, such as subtitles, language tracks and multiple versions, has been made more fluid and easier to manage. Through this orchestration, Galaxy streamlines complex transformations to send content where it needs to go, in the correct language, and in the correct format to systems such as VOD, OTT and social media platforms. For Librarians With comprehensive use of glossary terms, and the faceted search capabilities of the SOLR search engine in Dalet Galaxy, entering metadata and finding content has never been easier. In the past, librarians had to enter metadata for each asset that came into the system. Using ‘The Trailer Park Boys’ (Canadian Program), as an example, in every episode actor Mike Smith plays the character Bubbles, most of the episodes are shot in Nova Scotia, and the genre is comedy. Rather than entering all this information in multiple fields for each asset, by simply typing ‘T-R-A’ in the proper field, Dalet Galaxy will suggest what glossary term you might want, which is related to a wide variety of information in other fields such as the actor’s height, the shooting location and whatever else is common to every show. If a Dalet Galaxy user wants to make a highlight reel of Canadian Male Comedians, the user can quickly choose ‘actor’ in a dropdown menu from the search template and narrow down the search results by selecting different criteria as facets such as ‘Comedy,’ ‘Male,’ and ‘Canadian,’ resulting in some videos, pictures and audio of Bubbles…I mean Mike Smith. Instead of conducting separate searches in a production system, archive system, bureaus or different stations, by using the new federated search capabilities, users can conduct single queries that will search throughout multiple systems, which could be spread out across a country or even the world. To add to the search functionality, Dalet AmberFin has the ability to extract closed captioning, which is then tagged by timecode to an asset in the MAM, allowing users to locate the exact moment a person says a specific sentence by simply typing those words into the search field. For Management If you need reports on how long it takes an archivist to log content, how many times a video has been watched on YouTube, or if content was used past its embargo date, the Dalet Reporting Centre is for you. Dalet Galaxy not only generates reports on the lifecycle of assets, it also shows managers where they can improve a system or workflow to avoid bottlenecks and improve on their return on investment with business intelligence. For the past few years, the “Cloud” has been the buzzword for many of our customers along with PasS (Platform as a Service) and SaaS (Software as a Service). At NAB this year in Las Vegas, we produced an entire news broadcast with the help of journalism students from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where the entire system was hosted on the Cloud, with approved content uploaded to YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. I don’t want to spill the beans, but at IBC this September in Amsterdam, the world will be seeing much more virtualization from Dalet to automate workflows, simplify tasks and gather information to enrich assets. For the past 25 years, we have listened to our customers and worked with partners to enhance the solutions of Dalet. The result: a feature-rich, automated, workflow-defined system driven by content. Please contact us if you would like to talk to a product specialist or set up a demo.
The Power of the Cloud, Part 1: Start with Why…
“Ultimately, the cloud is the latest example of Schumpeterian creative destruction: creating wealth for those who exploit it; and leading to the demise of those that don’t.” - Joe Weinman, Senior VP at Telx and author of Cloudonomics: The Business Value of Cloud Computing While Joe Weinman’s statement clearly matches the vision of his company, he is far from alone in describing the dramatic changes brought by cloud technology. In fact, most of our customers have already come to us to discuss the challenges they face as well as the new business and technological possibilities they wish to exploit. While Dalet customer references include a large variety of media organizations, from news broadcasters and post-production houses, to thematic channels, musical radio stations and sports teams, most of them actually share similar aspirations. What most broadcasters and media organizations are striving for today can be summarized in three words: New Business Horizons. In today’s fast-paced and ultracompetitive business environment, it is all about the ability to respond rapidly to evolving consumer demands and explore new revenue streams, with business solutions as dynamic as the infrastructure and operations on which they’re based. The good news is that today, these solutions are a reality thanks to the advancement of cloud, virtualization and hybrid on/off-premise deployments, enabling on-demand usage, ubiquitous access, dynamic scalability and elasticity, as well as pay-per-use models thanks to measured usage. Broadcasters and media organizations indeed have a powerful technological toolset at their fingertips to adapt, evolve and succeed in a world where the (majority of the) cards have been folded. Where should they start? Start with the business needs… In the broadcast & media industry, cloud technology has moved in just a few years from the status of a buzzword without much substance to one of the fastest growing areas of project spending, according to the Big Broadcast Survey from Devoncroft. In 2015, for the third year in a row, it was cited among the top 5 trends by broadcasters and media organizations. However, cloud technology being a top trend should not be enough of a reason for your organization to invest in it. Before you call your technology providers to start discussing cloud-enabled, media management solutions, you must first do your homework. It mainly comes down to answering one question: “Why should cloud technology become part of my equation?” Well, the answer to this question depends on your business needs. Each organization has its own, specific needs derived from its core business objectives. Here are some examples: Expanding opportunities to grow your business Launch new Over-The-Top (OTT) services and/or dedicated apps Compete or partner with pure OTT players by creating your own platform, services or apps to produce and/or deliver multimedia content over the open internet. Cloud technology allows you to accelerate solution and content development, and more generally rollout cycles. The icing on the cake? You don’t have to invest in bulky infrastructure anymore, just to provision development and test environments, and pay for the resources used. Pilots and experimentations can be done in weeks rather than months, with no or minimal capital expenditures. Enable seamless multi-platform, multi-device content distribution Consumers are particularly demanding in terms of content access, quality and continuity. They expect a smooth experience to consume their favorite news or sports programs, music, movies or TV shows on a widening array of connected devices: from hybrid or pure IP set-top boxes to Internet-enabled TVs, tablets, smartphones, PCs and gaming consoles. With this level of device proliferation and always more content in (too) many formats, cloud-enabled services have proven to be media organizations’ best allies for handling media processing, versioning and distribution operations. Cover premium, hyper local or hyper personalized temporary events Whether it’s covering national elections, local events or second-tier sports competitions, there is no longer any reason to ignore these opportunities today. Cloud technology has democratized the market for the coverage of such events. For instance, setting up a full-fledged, cloud-based newsroom system (more here) takes no more than a few hours. Hyper local or hyper personalized news, sport or entertainment content generally goes along with highly engaged audiences. Media organizations should take advantage of it, as this is now economically viable. Leverage better social platforms and live experiences By nature, multimedia content is social and potentially viral. Broadcasters and media organizations have well understood this and are today massively present on social media. The next step is to fully embrace the social revolution: it’s not only about standard, multimedia publications anymore, it’s about live, 360° social experiences. Whether it’s quickly repurposing content to enrich a story/program or streaming live events using popular services like Snapchat, Facebook Live or Periscope, cloud technology will be your key partner. Transforming your model to streamline your business Develop a connected, borderless organization Bring down geographical barriers, and enable ubiquitous access to resources and full mobility for your staff. Thanks to cloud-enabled media management workflows, users can contribute, document, edit, review and upload/download content from virtually anywhere in the world. Whether you’re aiming at a true “2.0” organization or looking to expand in a new country without a big infrastructure investment, cloud technology empowers geographically dispersed teams, freelancers and ultra-mobile collaborators. Transition your business model and align costs with revenues Broadcasters still often have too much dependency on traditional, mass advertising. Through the many business opportunities offered by the cloud, it is also the perfect time to start or accelerate the move to an economic mix with more diversity. This can potentially include Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD), hyper-targeted and rich ads on mobile, à la carte channels with native advertising, gamification and more. With great cost pressures and intensifying competition from lower-cost entrants, broadcasters and media organizations need to reduce up-front investments and align costs with revenues. By gradually adopting cloud services, they are able to lower capital expenditures (capex) and benefit from on-demand, pay-per-use economic models. Ultimately, cloud technology helps you reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Reduce global risk and ensure business continuity Whether it is a pure technical failure, an unexpected natural disaster or a human mistake, you should never underestimate fate! Cloud technology allows you to set up robust business continuity and disaster recovery workflows with built-in redundancy. You should take advantage of it. While I’m sure you’ll agree that these opportunities all sound very interesting, there is an essential pre-condition to achieve any of them. Your organization needs to rely on an agile infrastructure, and that’s exactly what cloud technology enables. Extend reach, respond faster and scale according to demand! Based on this new paradigm, organizations are able to run nextgen operations with new levels of collaboration and mobility, also elevating user tasks through advanced automation and reporting. Ultimately, new business horizons become a reality with the capacity to respond to evolving consumer demands and explore new revenue streams. Build the right plan with the right partners! Let’s be clear however, the “cloud” is not the answer. As always, technology is only the enabler, and the key is to leverage it well to cater to your own business needs. Everything should be driven by a shared, strategic vision and well-identified business goals within your organization – not by technology. Furthermore, there is no such thing as a full transition to the cloud in the broadcast & media industry, as that would imply that everything will migrate there and become virtualized or containerized. It won't, at least not any time soon... The near future lies in smart, hybrid mixes of on/off-premise deployments that allow media organizations to keep control over critical infrastructure and crucial data, but also benefit from the promises of the cloud. That’s exactly our philosophy with Dalet xN: providing agile, media management solutions, scalable to many thousands of concurrent users over various geographies. And we are not alone on this journey. We are partnering with the most trusted cloud and virtualization technology providers, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and VMware. In the second part of this article [update: now available here], we will introduce in more depth our unique approach to the cloud and share real-life Dalet xN case studies. From affordable, on-demand marketplace apps, to hybrid, standard image and native, cloud-based tailored deployments, Dalet xN business solutions suit all needs and increase the effectiveness of the media economy. Learn more at xn.dalet.com and contact us to discuss your projects.
The Power of the Cloud, Part 2: Reimagine the Media Enterprise with Dalet xN
Last month, in the first part of our blog series on the Power of Cloud, we discussed the importance of evaluating your organization’s business needs before exploring any technology projects – especially cloud-based technology projects. Whether it’s growing your business by launching a new OTT service or streamlining your organization by bringing down geographical barriers, all projects must be based on well-defined, shared business goals. An equally important task is to identify the right partner(s) for your project. While many technology vendors within the media industry use the word “cloud” in their marketing collateral, few of them actually possess all the key ingredients required to envision, architect, deploy and maintain such forward-looking, media management solutions in real life. At Dalet, our approach to the cloud is unique – like your workflow. With a quarter century tradition of innovation at the intersection of media and IT technologies, we have developed rock-solid foundations: award-winning technology platforms for media management and operations based on the last IT technologies and featuring targeted, user-friendly applications to address all types of media workflow functions full-fledge professional services with regional teams that count some of the best talents in the industry broad ecosystem of technology partners, especially for strategic infrastructure and cloud technologies long-term relationships with customers and vast, diversified experience in the broadcast & media industry Building on these foundations, we are monitoring trends and new technology developments in order to continuously adapt and, most importantly, always provide as much value as possible to our customers. That’s why, almost one year ago, we revealed the company’s long-term vision of the ever-evolving content supply chain: Dalet xN! Re-architecting business solutions in the cloud with Dalet xN Far beyond a simple replication of existing infrastructure and media workflow, Dalet xN solutions exploit the new business and technological possibilities brought about through the advancement of cloud, virtualization, dynamic scalability and hybrid on/off-premise deployments, expanding opportunities and increasing the effectiveness of the media economy. While the concept of migrating a workflow or specific element of one’s workflow to the cloud or virtualized environment itself is not revolutionary, Dalet xN solutions go beyond this by extending and augmenting cloud and hybrid environments to provide a truly dynamic and flexible business infrastructure. Whereas today many organizations offer a specific service or product that often puts limits on the type of workflow you can implement, Dalet offerings can be tightly integrated or loosely coupled to fit a user’s specific workflow needs. Dalet xN solutions give you the power to reimagine your operations and invent the future, at the right pace! 3 key concepts, 3 core values When it comes to developing world-class, cloud-based media management solutions, three fundamental concepts rapidly emerge: infrastructure, operations and business. Dalet xN was built from the ground up on the three following core values: Agile infrastructure NextGen operations New business horizons Through smart management of physical and virtual technology, Dalet xN solutions allow content owners, creators and distributors to easily respond to resource needs and dynamically scale workflows, or parts thereof, at will. Accessible administration and user tools deliver the ease of use that users have come to expect from virtualized and cloud-based services and solutions. Intuitive mobile apps and web-based user interfaces combined with robust automation and advanced metrics reporting give users more information and more freedom to be creative at every level of the business, from artistic tasks to business direction. No longer do users need to be tied to their desk. With Dalet xN, they can be more mobile, more creative and more informed. With the ability to scale an enterprise workflow or components of it up and down at will, Dalet xN allows content owners to not only react to their changing environments, but to also innovate the many ways they interact with their suppliers, users or audience. By lowering the cost of the initial infrastructure investment required for new projects and project expansions, operators can explore new revenue streams and rethink the way they work in their own media supply chain, opening doors to new opportunities. From standalone point solutions to tailored deployments A key differentiator of Dalet xN is the breadth of the offering. From affordable, on-demand marketplace apps, to hybrid, standard image solutions and native, enterprise-wide tailored deployments, Dalet xN solutions suit all needs. The frosting on the cake? All of these are backed up with world-class professional services and global support. 1. Standalone, Marketplace Apps Collaborating with Microsoft Azure and AWS Marketplace, Dalet develops packaged, targeted and pre-configured applications based on its technology platforms. On-demand, scalable, powerful and payable by the hour, the Dalet xN apps democratize specific media operations once only available to media professionals with high-end equipment. The first two apps available are based on the Dalet AmberFin media processing platform. Both xN Standards Converter and xN IMF Maker help streamline international distribution operations, with intuitive interfaces, simple settings and all the power behind AmberFin. 2. Hybrid, standard image solutions These standard or specialized solutions allow our customers to make creative use of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to add flexibility to their operations by moving individual services to the cloud. The mindset is usually about taking a progressive approach by identifying bottlenecks and inefficiencies that can be addressed with cloud technologies, while preserving existing investments. Coherent subsets of workflows are moved to the cloud but keep a tight connection to the on-premise system. Use cases include business continuity / disaster recovery, dematerialized ingest hubs, and temporary cloud-based newsrooms (see here). 3. Native, cloud-based tailored solution The third type of solutions are native, enterprise- wide tailored deployments, where the mindset is to completely rethink operations. Here, entire workflows are developed and/or moved to the cloud. Customers frequently ask us to create media management platforms that are highly extendable in terms of new services that can be added into the workflow, as well as the ability to scale the infrastructure in terms of number of users and volume of content processing on any given day. Let’s take a look behind the scenes! Take a sneak peek into some Dalet xN solutions used by our customers: Multi-location review and approval workflow for a major TV network Dalet deployed an agile Media Asset Management (MAM) platform for a wide array of internal content sharing, documentation, review and approval, which importantly had to accommodate contributions from staff in multiple locations. The full system runs on Amazon Web Services. International, fast turnaround workflow for a global content supplier Dalet provided a very low-latency workflow for content ingest, review and distribution. Dalet AmberFin nodes on Amazon Web Services can be turned on and off on demand. Bursts in demand that require intensive computing can be managed by using business rules controlled by the customer, helping them decide when to increase or decrease the processing power. Online publishing with complex editorial / workflow for a news outlet To manage a mix of original and externally acquired content and to prepare, package and publish growing amounts of content to online video platforms, Dalet deployed a sophisticated MAM-driven production system on a fully hybrid infrastructure. Robust, cloud-based media management workflow for a leading stock footage supplier To support Clippn in the highly dynamic market place for stock footage, Dalet deployed a complete, end-to-end cloud-based media production and management system in partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS), enabling Clippn to be highly responsive and scale their infrastructure on demand. Having the solution entirely in the cloud was a must for Clippn to handle its numerous contributors and geographically dispersed workforce. Want to elevate your media workflow to the cloud? Contact us and explore xn.dalet.com!
WION - World Is One News - Launches Globally with Dalet
Dalet Digital Media Systems, a leading provider of software-based solutions for media organizations, today announced that World Is One News (WION), the youngest venture of Zee Media Corporation, launched WION underpinned by Dalet Unified News Operations. The Dalet solution is powering and supporting the international news channel with comprehensive media logistics, newsroom computer system and news production workflow facilitated by the Dalet Galaxy Media Asset Management (MAM) and orchestration platform, with full ingest and playout operations relying on Dalet Brio video servers. WION delivers path-breaking news coverage from across the globe with a South Asian perspective to international audiences across the web, mobile devices and TV. Operated by Zee Media Corporation with headquarters in India and bureaus in 37 global locations, WION is the first India-based network to have a presence in the U.K., U.S., China, Russia and Africa, making it South Asia’s first truly convergent, multi-media English news network. A critical aspect of the installation for WION was to enable journalists and producers to upload content from the field directly to the broadcaster’s customized Content Management System (CMS), an action that automatically creates planning events thanks to the Dalet Unified News Operations collaborative workflow. “Our philosophy of ‘being one with the world’ holds that news is the common thread that binds us all together and makes critical the ability to deliver news in the moment, from anywhere to any channel,” says WION Editor-in-Chief Mr. Rohit Gandhi. “We sought and found a partner in Dalet to provide the backbone to our network-wide news infrastructure. The solution not only accelerates time to air but enables better collaboration with a highly efficient and agile set of tools, from remote content creation to centralized content curation and onwards to publication on the digital and TV platforms our audiences are choosing.” WION is the first broadcaster in India to deploy the Dalet Galaxy-based Unified News Operations workflow. Easy-to-use production tools via web-based Dalet WebSpace and relevant story content are readily available to every user in the newsroom and in the field. When WION journalists receive a notification about an assignment, they can search, browse and access every asset in the Dalet platform from their desktop, laptop or mobile device, whether it is news wires and footage that just came in, or existing stories and video packages. Beyond the walls of the newsroom, WION journalists use the Dalet On-the-Go mobile app to check assignments and create packages, exporting content to the CMS, as well as to YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Video and scripts can be logged and edited within Dalet OneCut, or sent to Adobe Premiere via Dalet Xtend for craft editing. Media and associated metadata are tracked and managed by Dalet Galaxy every step of the way, including playlist export and import to and from the CMS. Once approved by a producer, final content is readily available for use in the built-in production control room automation and exported to the CMS as a multimedia story object. Beyond the comprehensive set of tools and services natively built into Dalet Galaxy, the advanced web-services API integrates and unifies the full ecosystem of technologies and in-house tools used at Zee WION, including the custom CMS based on Kentico that drives workflows within the Dalet solution. Other integrations include WINBDL teleprompter, WASP graphics system and Quantum SNFS with NetApp E series storage. “This installation is a perfect example of the Dalet Unified News Operations solution. Having the NRCS, the production tools and the archives fully integrated, along with a flexible workflow engine and web-services API, enables WION to truly implement a ‘digital first’ approach to deliver the right content, on the right device, to the right audience, ahead of the competition,” says Raoul Cospen, general manager of Dalet Asia Pacific. “Deployed in record time, the end-to-end workflow was on air within a few short weeks of signing the contract for Dalet Unified News Operations.” For more information, please visit Dalet at www.dalet.com About Dalet Digital Media Systems Dalet software-based solutions enable media organizations to create, manage and distribute content faster and more efficiently, fully maximizing the value of assets. Dalet products are built on three distinct platforms that, when combined, form versatile business solutions that power end-to-end workflows for news, sports, program preparation, production, archive and radio. Individually, Dalet platforms and products offer targeted applications with key capabilities to address critical media workflow functions such as ingest, QC, edit, transcode and multiplatform distribution. The foundation for Dalet productivity-enhancing workflow solutions, Dalet Galaxy is the enterprise NRCS and MAM that unifies the content chain by managing assets, metadata, workflows and processes across multiple and diverse production and distribution systems. Specially tailored for news and media workflows, this unique technology platform helps broadcasters and media professionals increase productivity while providing operational and business visibility. Dalet AmberFin is the high-quality, scalable transcoding platform with fully integrated ingest, mastering, QC and review functionalities, enabling facilities to make great pictures in a scalable, reliable and interoperable way. Addressing the demanding needs of studio production, multi-camera ingest, sports logging and highlights production, the innovative Dalet Brio video server platform combines density and cost-effectiveness with high reliability. Dalet supports customers from the initial planning stages to well beyond project execution. Our global presence includes 17 offices strategically located throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, North America and South America, and a network of more than 60 professional partners serving 87 countries worldwide. This collective experience and knowledge enables our customers to realize potential increases in productivity, efficiency and value of their assets. The comprehensive Dalet Care program ensures deployments remain up and running with 24/7 support 365 days a year. Dalet systems are used around the world by many thousands of individual users at hundreds of TV and Radio content producers, including public broadcasters (ABS-CBN, BBC, CBC, DR, FMM, France TV, RAI, RFI, Russia Today, RT Malaysia, VOA), commercial networks and operators (Canal+, FOX, eTV, MBC Dubai, MediaCorp, Mediaset, Orange, Time Warner Cable, Warner Bros, Sirius XM Radio), and government organizations (Canadian House of Commons, Australian Parliament and UK Parliament). 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.