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Sep 09, 2015
25 Years of Dalet
In 1990, six friends from engineering and business school formed a company that pioneered the first audio software and centralized database solution for the radio industry, Dalet.

25 Years of Dalet

In 1990, six friends from engineering and business school formed a company that pioneered the first audio software and centralized database solution for the radio industry, Dalet.

An early version of Dalet Navigator...In 1990, six friends from engineering and business school formed a company that pioneered the first audio software and centralized database solution for the radio industry, Dalet.

Canada’s national radio channel, CBC Radio, became the first Dalet system deployed with a centralized catalogue and, throughout the 90s, we expanded across Europe, Asia and the Americas, providing solutions for radio and newsrooms so successfully that in many cases the same software is still in use today. Radio continues to be an important part of our business with large customers such as Voice of America and SiriusXM Radio relying on Dalet radio solutions.

One of the six founders Stéphane Guez reminisces, “We knew we wanted to start a company together, but at the beginning, we weren’t entirely sure what that company was going to be. Spread across the northern hemisphere, we’d spend hours talking on the phone with one another. Well before Skype even existed and before cell phones had come to the masses, we’d find ways to connect via telephone, even though we were flat broke and didn't have access to our own lines. When we realized what it was that we wanted to create, there was no turning back.”

It wasn’t long before we realized the potential of our approach beyond radio and, in our 10th year we began extending our software to establish a comprehensive solution for television news. That same year, in June (2000), Dalet also became a publicly traded company on the Paris Bourse (Euronext Paris). By 2002, we had created an end-to-end news production system – incorporating NRCS (newsroom computer system), ingest tools, video production features, and playout control with archive capabilities – which was rapidly adopted by the industry’s most forward-thinking broadcasters, including NBC, Prime TV, and Russia Today, to name a few.

The first decade of this century saw immense changes in the media industry, with the monumental shift to file-based workflows. With this came the growing need for flexible and comprehensive media asset management (MAM) solutions, a trend that we had identified and were well positioned to address with our background in news and radio. In fact, in 2009, we were honored with the IBC Innovation Award in the Content Management category having provided RTBF with a highly flexible and scalable tapeless workflow, facilitating the production across news, program and sports production operations from ingest to playout to archive.

In our 20th year (2010), Dalet completed the strategic acquisition of Italian company Gruppo TNT. With their Brio video server platform, Gruppo TNT had already experienced great success in their domestic market, but Dalet saw the potential in this technology, highly complementary to our own, as the next generation of video servers on the global market. Not only has the Brio augmented our MAM-driven solutions, it has also, on its own merits, become the cornerstone of ingest and studio infrastructure at some of the world’s most prestigious media facilities.

“Growing from an idea between six friends into a global business has not been without its challenges,” Michael Elhadad, another of the original six, notes. “We had to take a lot of chances and make decisions based solely on our vision of the future. We’ve had our fair share of disagreements throughout that process! It’s also been extremely rewarding to see the results of those decisions and the success that’s come thanks to the many exceptional people we’ve worked with over the years.”

Looking to repeat the success of the Gruppo TNT acquisition, and further complement the now well-established 4th generation of our MAM platform, Dalet Galaxy, in April of 2014, UK-based AmberFin joined the Dalet family. Well known for high-quality transcode and file-based frame rate conversion products, the potential in combining the AmberFin expertise in media formats and processing with the workflow and media management experience of Dalet is truly exciting and already proving beneficial for our customers.

Over a quarter of a century, from humble beginnings, we have become a truly international organization, proudly supporting our customers with software-based solutions that have and will continue to innovate and evolve in response to an ever-changing media economy. We especially want to thank the many individuals who have contributed to the success and growth of this company – naturally, all our past and present colleagues at Dalet, our partners, who have challenged us along the way and, of course, our customers who we exist to serve but also who have also provided their invaluable wisdom to help better our offerings.

In our 25th year, and as we look to the next 25 years, we will use those secure foundations to continue firmly on that path, working in close partnership with our customers to embark on new journeys and reimagine the media enterprise.


Dalet Appoints Patricio Cummins as General Manager of Dalet Asia-Pacific
Dalet, a leading provider of solutions and services for broadcasters and content professionals, today announced the appointment of Patricio Cummins as General Manager of Dalet Asia-Pacific (APAC). Based out of the Dalet regional headquarters located in Singapore, Cummins will be responsible for Dalet sales, project and customer success teams across the APAC territory. Cummins, who joined Dalet through the acquisition of the Ooyala Flex Media Platform business, was previously vice president of sales for Ooyala Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ). “Patricio joins the Dalet team with two decades of experience in the broadcast, media and telecommunications industries and a proven track record of successfully developing new business and expanding into new markets across Asia Pacific. He is a well-prepared leader who brings expertise, enthusiasm and a fresh perspective to the team,” states Stéphane Schlayen, chief operating officer, Dalet. “Both Dalet and Ooyala have prestigious references in Asia Pacific that, when merged, have an even more promising potential under the guidance of Patricio. We wish him great success in his new endeavor.” An IABM APAC Council Member, Cummins has held key positions with Ooyala since 2014, driving customer adoption and managing service deployments, first in the Latin America region, then in APJ. His tech-savvy leadership has helped broadcasters, corporate brands, telcos, leagues, and sports teams modernize their content supply chains and reduce the time-to-launch personalized multi-platform experiences. Cummins succeeds Cesar Camacho, who has stepped into a new role at Dalet as Head of Business Development for Latin America. Schlayen concludes, “I want to personally thank Cesar for the dedication he has put into managing the Dalet business across the APAC region. His contribution was instrumental in driving our business development, growth and customer success. I am confident he will bring the same level of commitment and achievements to the Latin American market.” Meet Patricio Cummins and Dalet @ IBC2019 IBC2019 attendees can book an appointment to meet with Patricio Cummins or have a private demonstration or workflow consultation with a Dalet expert to learn more about the latest products and solutions at Press can contact Alex Molina at to schedule a media briefing. Better Together - Join us for a Very Special Dalet Pulse Event @ IBC2019! This IBC2019, the Dalet Pulse media innovation summit will expand its platform to include Ooyala. Celebrating the joining of two great media teams and technologies, the Dalet Pulse theme this year, Better Together, will give attendees a chance to learn about the extended product portfolio and how it helps leading media organizations develop agile content supply chains, deliver unique content experiences to multi-platform audiences, and increase revenues with Dalet solutions and partner technologies. It’s also a unique opportunity to meet the expanded team. Thursday, 12 September Pompstation, Amsterdam Keynote: 17:30 - 19:00 Party: 19:00 - 22:00 Register now via About Dalet Digital Media Systems Dalet solutions and services enable media organisations to create, manage and distribute content faster and more efficiently, fully maximising 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, cataloguing, editing, chat & notifications, transcoding, play out automation, multi-platform distribution and analytics. In July 2019, Dalet announced the acquisition of the Ooyala Flex Media Platform business. An acceleration of the company’s mission, the move brings tremendous value to existing Dalet and Ooyala customers, opening vast opportunities for OTT & digital distribution. 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 organisations (National Rugby League, FIVB, LFP) and government organisations (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.
An Amsterdam Education! … No, Not That Type of Education
Maybe it’s a result of having two teachers as parents, but I am passionate about education and, particularly, education in our industry. Technology and innovation move forward so fast in our business that even as a seasoned industry professional it can sometimes be tricky to keep pace. That’s why I’m so excited to be doing something a little different with the Dalet Theater at IBC this year – here’s what we’ve got going on. Dalet @ IBC One of the primary reasons for visiting the IBC Show is to find out what’s new. Each morning, about an hour after the show opens, we will host a short presentation to explore all the key announcements that Dalet is making at IBC. Whatever your reasons for visiting IBC, this is a great opportunity to find out what’s new. Bruce’s (Orange) Shorts After a short break, Bruce Devlin (aka Mr. MXF) will be back on stage to preview a brand new series of Bruce’s shorts, due out later this year. Every day at 13:00 and 16:00 Bruce will present two short seminars on new technologies and trends. Partners with Dalet Across the globe, Dalet works with a number of distributors and resellers who package Dalet solutions and applications with other tools to meet the needs of their geographies. We’ve invited some of our partners to talk about how they’ve used Dalet and other technologies to address the needs of their regions (12:00). Product Focus If you want to know a little bit more about Dalet products and give your feet a bit of a rest, at 14:00 each day we’ll be focusing in on part of the Dalet portfolio. Click here to see what’s on when! Case Studies There’s no better way to learn than from someone else’s success. We will feature a number of case studies at 15:00, followed by Q&A, based on the most cutting-edge deployments of the past year. Dalet Keynote The big one…each day of the show (Friday through Monday), at 17:00, we’ve partnered with industry giants, including Adobe, Quantum and others, to bring you Dalet Keynotes, which will focus on the biggest challenges facing our industry today. There will also be some light refreshments and an opportunity to network with speakers and peers after the presentation. We’re expecting standing-room-only for the Dalet Keynote sessions so register your interest (Dalet+Adobe; Dalet+Quantum) and we’ll do our best to save you a seat. It’s going to be an amazing lineup with something for everybody – be sure to check the full Dalet Theater schedule and stop by the stand during the show for the latest additions and updates. Of course, if you want talk one-on-one with a Dalet solutions expert or have an in-depth demo tailored to your requirement, you can click here to book a meeting with us at the show. We'll be in hall 8, stand 8.B77. We can’t wait to see you there – but if you’re more of a planner and want to know what to expect elsewhere on the Dalet stand, visit our dedicated IBC page on the Dalet website. Who knows, you might even stumble across some intriguing bits of information or a clue (or two) for what we might be announcing at the show (hint, hint!). We’re looking forward to seeing you in Amsterdam! Until then…
Bringing archives into your news workflows
In modern newsrooms speed and accuracy are everything. The difference between breaking a news story or being an “also ran” can come down to the efficiency of your workflow in the newsroom. The ability to capture, store and find information is central – the quality of your journalists’ output relies heavily on their ability to locate and obtain relevant background information to the story that they are writing. In this environment, the sophistication of your archive and its ability to offer up its treasures effectively can be the difference you are striving for. So, an airplane crashes and your ENG crew are first on the scene – the reporter needs relevant information fast – what is the safety record of this particular aircraft; when was the last time an aircraft crashed leaving this airport; what was the weather like at the time of the crash? This is the kind of information that turns a sketchy scene of the crash report into a well-researched and insightful news story. But within the constantly changing landscape of the newsroom it is not so easy to maintain your archive. Do you find the task of indexing material difficult to do and time-consuming in your newsroom? And do you struggle to find content that you know exists but have not the time nor resources to locate it within the timescale of news? If you do fall into either or both of these traps you are in good company – in our experience at Dalet these are very common problems. When is the right time to archive your news content? Traditionally, archiving used to be done after broadcast. Stories and related videos were indexed then archived after they had been aired. But, there are new techniques being evolved that involve bringing archives into the heart of the news production workflow. This means starting the archiving process during media ingest! Many of our customers have developed a small team of "media coordinators". This team monitors everything that enters the workflow: they add time-coded tags to any relevant content at the earliest possible stage. This automatically creates a clip or a sequence of clips than can then be quickly identified and directed to a journalist and a group of journalists as they work on a news story. Straight away, this is valuable metadata information will travel alongside the content throughout the entire life cycle of the story, up to the archive. This is a key term, which we call metadata inheritance. Put simply, it means that you don't have to restart each time and enter metadata from scratch. But there is much more to it. With story-centric workflow, this approach enables users to aggregate a diversity of information sources into the same news story quickly and easily: Related wires, video material Different versions of the story that evolved over time – for example, the plane crash will certainly make a lot of stories with new elements, but this is essentially the same story. Associated scripts, graphic objects, web links, metadata coming from dope sheets Broadcast right information GPS information Occasionally, journalists will manually enter metadata All of this information is generated as part of the production workflow so when it comes to the archive, the challenge centres on the capture of high-resolution content on a cost-effective storage medium (traditionally a tape library, however these days more and more storage is utilizing a public or a private cloud). The proxy video remains online. The metadata is there and it is essential since it makes the content searchable. Within a typical newsroom environment there is little or no time available to re-index each story. If this process can be automated and integrated within the main workflow, it offers major time and cost savings compared with manual indexing! And what's next – harness the power of the semantic web Once you have put an infrastructure in place that is capable of organizing metadata, managing media and providing search tools (it is what we call a MAM at the end of the day), then you can think further ahead – the creative possibilities are considerable. Developed by Sir Tim Berners-Lee back in 2001, the semantic web is a web of data that can be processed directly and indirectly by machines with very little human intervention. It requires clever technology underpinning data mining, but from a user’s point of view it presents a way to identify and manage complex relational links between broadcast assets and information in a simple and readily understandable fashion. Semantic web tools make it easy to explore and correlate multiple sources of information, to evaluate what they are finding, and to explore links and lines of development that may never otherwise appear. Semantic web tools enable broadcasters to make sense out of what was previously unorganized metadata. Using this technology you can organize your media assets into topic groups, and gain a far better understanding of the personalities related to a story. And importantly, you can easily relate different stories to each other. At Dalet, we are working on ways to integrate this technology within newsrooms and other production environments. The starting point for this process is simplifying and automating the essential metadata entry process – already we are doing this with many of our customers. If you believe that it’s time to turn up the burners on your newsroom archive systems, then we would love to talk to you and explain how Dalet can make that process easier and more productive.Contact your local Dalet sales office today and let’s kick off that conversation.
Things I've learned in Dalet - The Unified User Experience
I've always told new staff that "You only get one chance to be a newbie!". This often confuses people. What I am trying to say to them is that when you join a new company, there are many things that you don't know about the way the company works, the people, the products, the design methodologies and who makes a decent cup of coffee. This uncertainty can make some people nervous, but I try to encourage people to enjoy the learning experience and, where possible, to document the good and bad things that they find. After 12 months, it's very hard to remember what it was like to "not know" the product or to "not understand" a particular user screen. It's a nice change for me to be the newbie and to learn new things. I'm a pretty quick learner, but I like to keep an open mind because there are a lot of people out there who are smarter than me but not everyone is prepared to tell me to my face. Joining the Dalet team has shown me a bunch of those smart people and the results of some of their work. I can't tell you about all the secret things in the lab. However, I can talk about one subtle, but very important thing that I discovered... I was using the Dalet News Pack to find out how it worked and how we can integrate AmberFin's technology to make it even better. After about 30-40 minutes it struck me that I was using a single integrated piece of software. I know that under the hood there are many different tools, libraries and other elements that come together to make this product, yet my learning experience felt pretty natural and intuitive. This doesn't happen by accident. I know that many people will have sat down and looked at what a user actually does with the software as well as how they interact with it. Creating a single user experience is actually a tough thing to do. Keeping things both consistent and good requires strong management of the product and a vision of what the product needs to be for the end users. Why is this a good thing for our customers though? I have helped a lot of customers with a lot of complex workflows and the one thing that I consistently hear is how hard things can be to learn. Making a product easy and consistent in its experience encourages users to try new things and it also gives different operators from different teams the ability to help each other. Reducing learning and training time saves money and increases productivity for the owner of the system. It encourages diverse users to feel part of the same team and reduces the "fear of the unknown" when new workflows need to be investigated. I must say that I have been impressed so far with my experiences here at Dalet. I understand why customers like the Dalet MAM so much. Now it's time to learn the Onecut editor so that I can deliver the next series of Bruce's Shorts using Dalet's own tools. It's good to learn new things from smart people. If you want to find out more about why a single user interface gives benefits, then why not download the Time Warner Case Study from our website?
Broadcast Asia - a slice of normality in a crazy world
I like Broadcast Asia - it's small enough to walk around in a couple of hours, yet all the main brands and an impressive number of international countries are represented. No-one is expecting "a big theme" or "a big announcement" in the way that is expected at NAB and IBC. In fact the general air of the show seems to be "practical solutions for real problems". It's refreshing to see a broad range of different customers appearing on the Dalet booth for demos. At AmberFin, the average customer who wants a demo is tech-savvy and has a variety of delivery specifications that they need to make yesterday because there is an urgent rush to install a transcode farm. The MAM customers seem to range from operators to journalists to engineers, in fact a whole cross section of interesting users. I am continually impressed by the ability of the Dalet Galaxy platform to offer a single user experience to this wide range of end-users. Not only does it give a feeling of uniformity to the product, it also seems to allow the broad range of end-users to feel as though they are working the same way as part of a team. An important take-away in this crazy world. The show floor is populated with the usual array of microwave dishes, audio mixing consoles, tripods, cameras and utility bags. Increasingly, all the other booths have a mix of laptops and servers connected to GUIs with grey backgrounds. Broadcast Asia has gone IT with a minimum of fuss, but a maximum of problem solving. In addition to the main software tools, like those from Dalet and AmberFin, there are specialist subtitling, scheduling and studio tools that cater for stations big and small. We really have entered the world where anything you can think of can be created in software on a standard platform with a minimum of specialist hardware around the outside. Surprisingly, there isn't much video on IP or 4k on display. Both of these "big ticket" items from the last 24 months seem to be taking longer than predicted to reach around the globe and gain real traction. It seems that technology never explodes quite as quickly as popular predictions would have you believe. Tomorrow I'll be delivering a paper on Adapting Your Workflow for a Multiplatform Strategy– Giving Customers Digital Freedom of Content. If you're at Broadcast Asia then come along and I'll tell you all about how industrialisation principals can help you save money and increase profitability. If you're not at the show, then look out for the same topics appearing here as a series of blog posts between now and IBC. Why not book an appointment to visit us at Broadcast Asia? Until next time.
Getting back to basics
Regular readers of this blog may well have noticed a small change in the last week or so – the blog has moved. As part of the launch of the new, we have also merged the AmberFin and Dalet blogs to a single new location. This got me thinking about how the blog got started, what we wanted to do with it and how those plans have evolved. The first post in this blog is dated 4th March 2013 – a little over 18 months ago. Since then, the blog has grown massively in terms of followers, posts and even the number and breadth of knowledge of the contributors. What hasn’t changed is the intention. In that first post, Bruce wrote that the “blog will not be a platform for us to repurpose press releases, datasheets and corporate brochures, and we promise we will not write endless, self-serving product posts.” A quick review of the 154 posts since Bruce made that promise and, with the exception of some shameless self-promotion back in May, I think we’ve kept our word. Our motivation for launching the blog was simple: “The rate of technological change in the broadcast and film markets continues unabated yet nobody has the time or resources to train their employees. As a result there is a real need for people to educate themselves to keep up to date in their current role and to advance their career.” Since the blog launched, a number of industry organizations have done a great job in formalizing their educational and training programs and making courses available to businesses and individuals, but that statement and motivation still stands true today. “When we say we want to help educate technology professionals in the broadcast and film market, we mean it.” As this “mini re-launch” of our blog coincides with our planning for 2015, we are looking at how we can do even more to support that goal. Here are our ideas so far: More contributors. Not just more, but contributors from all areas of the industry. Starting in the new year, we will be inviting end users, our partners and other independent industry professionals to bring their expertise to the blog – expanding the breadth and depth of knowledge we are able to provide. Regional views. While all media organizations face broadly the same challenges, there are undoubtedly some variations across the globe. Dalet has 18 offices worldwide offering unique insights into localized issues, solutions and opportunities – we’ll be exploring some of those viewpoints and looking at how they might benefit the global market. Reader interaction. Education should be interactive, and we have a number of initiatives in the works to enable this, starting now with suggestions for blog topics. If there’s a topic you’d like us cover in this blog, contact us or tweet your idea with #DaletBlog. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be revisiting the topics of some of those early blog posts to see how and where the industry has moved on – which of those topics are now “non-issues” and which are still causing us headaches. As we said in March ’13: To your workflow success!