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Apr 23, 2015
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Dalet Manages Archives at CyBC
Dalet Media Life centralizes archives, serves as production platform for archival content across CyBC TV, Radio and Online media departments

Dalet Manages Archives at CyBC

Dalet announced today that Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC) has employed Dalet Media Life to improve the management of its broadcast archives.

Dalet Digital Media Systems, a leading provider of software-based solutions for media organizations, announced today that Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC) has employed Dalet Media Life to improve the management of its broadcast archives. Powered by the Dalet Galaxy Media Asset Management (MAM) platform, the reimagined CyBC archive offers a unified repository of assets that is directly connected to production, content preparation and content delivery workflows. Leading the overall design, system integration and implementation was Dalet business partner, Pierides TechnoSystems Ltd.

 

“CyBC required a sustainable broadcast archive and has deployed Dalet Media Life to meet and manage this need,” explains Ben Davenport, director of marketing, Dalet. “As part of the project, there is a strong focus on importing and structuring existing metadata and media files coming from different systems. The Dalet MAM platform will facilitate this as well as integrate with current production and playout systems, giving CyBC the ability to better manage and share legacy, current and future content.”

 

Serving as the content hub for radio, news, sports and commercial broadcasts, CyBC archives span several decades and contain video, audio, books and documents stored on discs, videotapes and siloed storage systems.

The new enterprise workflow leverages advanced metadata management and automation capabilities to facilitate the complexities of transcoding content, propagating metadata, tracking assets, and distributing media. Dalet metadata sets, as defined by CyBC bespoke business rules, capture extensive asset details, structure content access, and assign content to the appropriate archive tier, optimizing the entire storage and archive infrastructure.

“Making the switch to a tapeless archive that can be accessed by all departments is key to our strategy,” explains Yioula Kyriacou, engineer, Radio & TV Studios, CyBC. “Not only are we seeking to rationalize workflow and maximise operational efficiencies by migrating to file-based, we intend to synchronize our access in a way that optimizes our ability to re-purpose archival content. Those requirements led us to demand an enterprise level MAM solution with proven integrity in a broadcast operation and one that would interface perfectly with our existing systems. Dalet Media Life is that platform.”

Twelve Dalet Brio broadcast servers support multiple archive ingest scenarios including a massive legacy content migration project. The underlying Dalet Galaxy MAM platform generates metadata-rich content and associated proxies that are stored centrally, while the federated search engine and easy-to-use production tools vastly improve retrieving, enriching and re-purposing CyBC archival assets.

Through a standard web browser, CyBC staff can browse production storage and archives, make shot selections, and storyboard packages using low-resolution proxies. Dalet ensures the corresponding high-resolution media is associated with shot lists and pushed to third-party systems for further editing or distribution.

To ensure content continuity among third-party systems, Dalet Media Life integrates with the CyBC online, nearline and offline storage systems from Harmonic, NetApp and Oracle/FrontPorch. The Dalet Xtend module facilitates access for Adobe Premiere CC editors, maintaining genealogy and metadata inheritance across postproduction activities.

For more information on Dalet Media Life, please visit https://www.dalet.com/products/media-life.

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’s 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 https://www.dalet.com.

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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.
How to bring your archive back to life and create additional revenue
As part of our continuing conversations regarding file-based workflows and the various challenges they bring with them, today's blog by Dalet's VP of Marketing Raoul Cospen looks at one of the main challenges we all have today: archive. How do you utilize your current archive? Is it solely for preservation, or legal compliance, perhaps? Do you sometimes feel that you are sitting on valuable content in your archives that could be repurposed to give you an additional revenue stream, if only it didn’t require a team of archeologists to dig it up? There’s nothing more frustrating than not finding content you’re sure is in your archives, if only you knew where exactly. Whether you’re looking for completed shows to round out your online offerings or b-roll for a new show in production, sometimes it almost feels easier and cheaper to go out and shoot again rather than brave a disorganized archival system. Metadata is the key So, what’s the secret to maximize the value of your archive? Metadata, of course! However, today’s metadata are vastly more complex than in the early days of tapeless workflows when a single metadata set equated to one media file. With the expansion of file-based media, multiple files are required to create different formats (e.g., distribution versions) or resolutions (e.g., proxy, high resolution) of the same content. To that mix, we must also add subtitles, language tracks and captions for various outputs. What’s increasingly clear is that individual files make little sense in isolation, i.e., a German language subtitle for a premium English language movie holds little value without relevance to its constituent parts. Of course metadata alone is not enough: you’ve got to have a MAM system that can intelligently interpret it, and then optimize it so that the media most valuable to you is the most easily accessible. Create a metadata model It all starts with mapping the unique needs of your organization by creating a metadata model. This may sound difficult, but it doesn’t need to be. First, you need to agree what metadata is crucial to all of your assets, and then put rules in place that ensure that metadata is entered, either manually (by not allowing loggers/archivists to save assets without certain fields filled out) or automatically (computer generated). Don’t forget about relationships too; does this content relate to similar content in your facility? (e.g., part of a certain season, series or global event). When searching for content in the future, you want a system that can define crucial relationships between content as well as utilize basic search terms. Create your data model Creating a data model is equally important. You need to know where your content is going to be used and in which format. For instance: a sports game might be the actual live game as it was broadcasted live, plus the highlights that go to tablets, plus the five-minute web promo, plus the post-produced game dubbed in a different language for a foreign TV rebroadcast, etc. So you need to know what your different distribution packages are going to be and make sure that you configure your workflow so it is able to keep all those elements under the same assets and have the business rules that will automatically distribute the right versions to the right targets. The right MAM A MAM system should in effect “know your facility” through rules you supply that state facts such as how fast access needs to be, retrieval times for various storage subsystems (online, near-line, tape), and the resulting business cost for each storage tier. Obviously, the system must have superior integration with third-party systems and tools as well. Regardless of media type, whether for news, sports, radio, long form programs, etc., it is imperative to think beyond simply storing files on tape libraries and disks. Instead, we need to think in terms of access and availability so that your archived content can continue to add value today and in the future. So you see, you don't need any kind of dark magic to re-animate your archives after all. You have to think about what you want to achieve with your archives and how you will further extract value from them. With the addition of rich, consistently applied metadata and the right system to manage it, your archives can come back to life as a source of valuable content and become an integral part of your workflow and continued revenue. Until next time! Raoul
Dalet Inks 1.2 Million Dollar Media Asset Management and Digital Archive Deal With ABS-CBN
Dalet Digital Media Systems today announced that ABS-CBN Broadcast Corporation, the Philippine’s largest media and entertainment company, has chosen Dalet Enterprise Edition for their facility-wide media asset management platform and archiving solution. Dalet Professional Services worked closely with business partner Challenge Systems to design the enterprise workflow which preserves and digitalizes existing media assets while enabling ABS-CBN to add new media channels such as web and mobile TV; streamlining the entire ingest to archiving process. A completely file-based workflow, the Dalet solution will integrate business and broadcast technologies from Masstech, IBM, Exanet, Snell & Wilcox, Apple and Avid to create a highly collaborative media production and distribution environment that optimizes and facilitates processes from scheduling to playout to archive. “The Dalet system offered us an extensible architecture in which we could modernize our broadcast operation while integrating our existing back office processes and preserving our extensive library of content,” comments, Raul Bulaong, Head of Technical Operations Division of ABS-CBN. “The end result is a very innovative media asset management and archiving workflow that allows us to efficiently repackage and redistribute content with optimum flexibility ensuring that the Philippine community can view, engage and interact with ABS-CBN programs via their favorite channel whether it be television, web, or mobile media devices.” “We realized early on in the process that Dalet Professional Services experience in designing and delivering enterprise workflows would be the key in making the ABS-CBN vision a reality. The team has gained tremendous knowledge and expertise in deploying Dalet’s asset management and archiving technology for some of the most complex workflows – multi-platform, multi-format, and multi-vendor environments,” comments Stephane Schlayen, Chief Operating Officer of Dalet. “The ABS-CBN installation is a comprehensive design and large-scale deployment – one that will demonstrate our capabilities, and position Dalet as a leading media asset management and archiving solutions provider in the Asia – Pacific region.” The Dalet workflow will migrate existing ABS-CBN material – 21 years worth –from analog formats into a common DVCPRO 50. Low resolution proxies will be generated and remain online for search and retrieval from any Dalet workstation or via a web browser. Newly created ABS-CBN program material – soap operas, realty TV, magazine programs – will be shot using Panasonic P2 and Sony XDCAM cameras and stored in the Dalet Content Catalog for seamless integration with production systems from Apple and Avid, playout servers and other multimedia platforms. The new digital workflow will enable ABS-CBN to distribute programs and content to a wide range of media with much greater ease and efficiency. Older material from the vast archives will be incrementally added to the system; all material will be incorporated in to the system within five years. Dalet Professional Services in conjunction with business partner Challenge Systems, is managing the deployment of the entire media asset management and archiving infrastructure (150 seats). The project includes more than 200 days of best practice design, consulting, implementation, and training. “We are excited to be a partner in this ground breaking project as it really does deliver a unique integration of best of breed products,” said Richard Padilla, President, Challenge Systems. “And working with Dalet professional services – we look forward to delivering on time and on budget.” Through their experience the Dalet team has mastered IT and broadcast system integration – skillfully driving media asset management and archiving deployments with a proven change management process that optimizes user experience and knowledge across a dynamic range of users and groups. About ABS-CBN ABS-CBN is the largest integrated media and entertainment company in the Philippines with an asset base of more than Php24 billion (USD503 million). The company is principally involved in television and radio broadcasting, as well as the production of television programming for domestic and international audiences and other related businesses. The company operates in three major geographical areas. In the Philippines, the company is involved in broadcasting, cable operation and other businesses. In the United States and other locations (Middle East, Europe, Japan, Australia, and Asia Pacific), the company operates its cable and satellite operations to bring television programming outside the Philippines. The company’s activities outside the Philippines represent approximately 25%, 23% and 20% of total revenues in 2006, 2005, and 2004, respectively. Average audience share is 36% in Mega Manila and 38% in Metro Manila. A new ratings measurement, reflecting national performance, shows that ABS-CBN is the undisputed leader in television viewing in the country – 47% audience share versus 35% for the nearest competitor. The Company’s congressional franchise, Republic Act No. 7966, which allows the Company to operate television and radio stations, was renewed on March 30, 1995 for 25 years. About Dalet Digital Media Systems Dalet is a worldwide leader in software that empowers broadcasters and content professionals to produce and manage audio and video content in a digital, multi-platform world. Dalet media asset management (MAM) solutions streamline production costs and increase revenue opportunities by simplifying the distribution of rich-media assets across both interactive and traditional platforms. Dalet tools are used around the world by thousands of content producers including major television and radio public broadcasters (BBC, CBC, DR, NPR, RFI, Russia Today, RTM, VOA, WDR), commercial networks (ART, eTV, Grupo Prisa, Prime Television, The Press Association, Warner Bros., XM Satellite) and government organizations (Queensland JAG, Canadian House of Commons, The European Commission). Dalet is traded on the NYSE-EURONEXT stock exchange (Eurolist C): ISIN: FR0000076176, Bloomberg DLT:FP, Reuters: DALE.PA.