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Sep 19, 2018
Empowering Multimedia Editors with Seamless Remote Workflows
We sat down with Dalet Editing Product Line Manager Golan Tsarfaty before IBC2018 to get insights on how to support journalists in the field and find ways to better connect a globally distributed workforce.

An Interview with Golan Tsarfaty

Golan Tsarfaty is the Editing product line manager at Dalet. In this article, Golan gives insights about the recent enhancements added to Dalet remote editing workflows.

Where does Dalet OneCut sit in the Dalet ecosystem and in the news production workflow?

One of our key focuses at Dalet is to offer true unified news operations for news organizations. As part of this mission, we have developed a powerful, multimedia editing tool for journalists and storytellers: Dalet OneCut.

 

How is Dalet OneCut different from other editing tools out there?

In developing Dalet OneCut, our goal was to pinpoint the functionality storytellers, like journalists, needed most. We designed Dalet OneCut to be a simple-to-use editor that focused on their needs specifically. This allows them to efficiently and creatively produce their stories.

The new release of Dalet OneCut, which we will be showcasing at IBC2018, includes a standalone version that incorporates the same exact features as the Dalet OneCut that today serves thousands of users within the Dalet Galaxy five environment. If a user is familiar with the connected Dalet Galaxy five version of OneCut, there is no additional training needed to edit their piece in the field or on-premise in the newsroom. The consistency of workflows between in-the-field and on-premise operations is a big advantage for users as they don’t have to sacrifice any features to work remotely.


 
What hurdles do journalists face today in preparing their news packages?

We have received several requests from news organizations looking for us to provide a seamless way for journalists to contribute content from the field with the ability to  finish or partially finish their story remotely. Previously, there was no efficient way for journalists in the field to easily access and use the newsroom’s central content catalog to prepare their news packages and deliver these back to the newsroom.

With Dalet OneCut, we solved two things. First, we give journalists a way to quickly upload content from the field. Second, we give them the ability to share story drafts as well as finalize and submit their piece from anywhere, using content they captured in the field as well as content from the central newsroom catalog and archives. When a journalist does submit a story, whether it is work-in-progress or complete, Dalet OneCut knows to only upload the locally captured media used in the package, while Dalet Galaxy five on the receiving end links the on-premise content when the package is received. Not having to move all of the local and on-premise media files back and forth saves an enormous amount of time and resources. And with a direct link to their Dalet Galaxy five environment through Dalet OneCut, journalists can render straight to a placeholder, which is important for airing fast-breaking news.

No other remote editing workflow has this type of flexibility.

 

What hurdles do news broadcasters face when supporting journalists in the field?

For broadcasters, there is a big IT challenge to set up remote workflows. Remote connection requires VPN licensing, added security, and dedicated infrastructure to set up properly.

In Dalet remote editing workflows, we leverage the cloud to address many of these issues. Dalet OneCut in the field and Dalet Galaxy five utilize intermediate media that is located on the cloud. Journalists are not actually connecting directly to the on-premise Dalet Galaxy five environment, and this eliminates security issues. The overhead is minimal, there is no need for a VPN or any VDI-like connection. Keeping costs under control ticks off an important box for broadcasters.

 

You are showing the new Dalet Remote Editing multimedia content production tool at IBC - what are the cool features and capabilities attendees should see?

In terms of Dalet OneCut editing improvements, we will be showing multiple video layers and graphics tracks that journalists have been requesting. We’ll be showing the redesigned effects palette, which provides a simplified approach to creating effects. Users can do simple or advanced boxing with positioning, scale, video rotation, cropping and feathering on multiple layers. We have also added simplified keyframing for adding effects, and users can now easily overlay text in Dalet OneCut.

In terms of remote editing specifically, of course we will show our creation of MPEG-DASH, either locally or on the cloud, on S3. We will show the ability to edit remote content directly out of S3, while smartly downloading only the portion that I want to have on my timeline so I can continue editing from that file, even if the network connection is unstable. We will also show how you can cut 10 seconds from an hour-long file, then smartly download only the 10 seconds of media that is needed; create a voiceover, finalize the piece, and then send back to the site to be rendered on-premise/in the newsroom.

The entire team has been working really hard on these remote workflow innovations. We first showcased it in private presentations to a number of beta customers and personally, I'm really excited to showcase it publicly at IBC2018!

 

 

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Dalet Introduces Game-Changing Remote Editing Framework at NAB 2019
Dalet, a leading provider of solutions and services for broadcasters and content professionals, will showcase its new Dalet Remote Editing framework at NAB 2019 (booth SL6610). The highly scalable framework brings the full-featured multimedia editing capabilities and speed to the editors working in the field or at remote offices without requiring a PAM/MAM at every location. Media organizations in fast-paced production markets such as news, sports and reality TV often have extensive in-the-field production needs that are critical to their business. Unmitigated access to content located at the central hub and accelerated media exchange from the field to home and back are paramount for success. The Dalet Remote Editing framework securely connects journalists, producers, editors and other content creators to the central content hub, enabling the in-the-field/remote users to edit, assemble, collaborate and quickly submit packages or download high-resolution media to finalize locally even in low-bandwidth situations. The first release of the new Dalet Remote Editing framework will support Dalet OneCut natively with subsequent updates supporting Dalet Xtend-compatible third-party editing applications. “With the Dalet Remote Editing framework, video editors located just about anywhere have the same robust editing experience as those editors located within the four walls of the central hub, even when they have a degraded network connection,” states Golan Tsarfaty, editing product line manager, Dalet. “Most Dalet customers want to centralize content resources in the main hub yet have a local presence via their remote bureaus, freelancers or simply people working in the field. This new Remote Editing framework provides a gateway to optimize content sharing across multiple locations without requiring the deployment of a MAM or PAM beyond the central hub.” The Dalet Remote Editing framework leverages the AWS infrastructure and Dalet smart-caching technology to eliminate problematic security, latency and other roadblocks that usually limit remote productions, transforming the entire in-the-field video editing experience and workflow for both users and media companies. “It solves two key issues. First, it offers a high-quality user experience when editing content from anywhere; and second, it simplifies the network configurations and infrastructure management for access to central content by remote users,” Tsarfaty adds. “It’s an incredible technical innovation that is going to help our customers make a quantum leap forward with regards to mobility at work, remote productions and working with freelancers.” Dalet Remote Editing framework workflows shown at NAB 2019 At NAB 2019, Dalet will demonstrate how the new editing framework lets journalists working in the field share with the central hub content they’ve captured locally, via a secure HTTPS Internet connection. Simultaneously, they will show how journalists preparing a story while on the go can preview and pull in content from the central catalog or the archive, and mix it with locally captured footage, using a stand-alone editor. In addition to the in-the-field journalist workflow, Dalet teams will demonstrate the efficient cross-site video editing and collaboration capabilities the new framework brings for content exchange between bureaus and sites. “One of the big challenges media organizations faced in enabling a proper in-the-field/remote editing workflow was the costly and somewhat limiting infrastructure available to them,” Tsarfaty explains. “Dedicated hardware, added layers of security for accessing the central hub, and VPN scenarios limited the ability to deploy truly robust remote production workflows and scale at will. These typical setups also hindered the user collaboration and overall experience as you still experienced latency and access issues. With Dalet Remote Editing, there is no overhead. You can scale your productions as you need, pay for infrastructure as you go, and offer the video editing experience your staff requires to create outstanding content, efficiently and quickly, from anywhere. NAB Show attendees will be able to see how this is done right on the Dalet booth.” NAB 2019 attendees can book a private demonstration or workflow consultation with a Dalet expert to learn more about the new Dalet Galaxy five remote editing framework at: https://www.dalet.com/events/nab-show-2019 Dalet Press Briefings at NAB 2019 To schedule a press briefing with Dalet, please contact Alex Molina. 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. Dalet solutions and services are used around the world at hundreds of content producers and distributors, including public broadcasters (BBC, CBC, France TV, RAI, RFI, Russia Today, RT Malaysia, SBS Australia, VOA), commercial networks and operators (Canal+, FOX, MBC Dubai, Mediacorp, Mediaset, Orange, Charter Spectrum, Warner Bros, Sirius XM Radio) 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.
Dalet Orchestrates Media Intelligence and Reveals Next-Gen Studio Automation at IBC2018
Dalet, a leading provider of solutions and services for media organizations and content professionals, today announced that it will showcase the latest version of its flagship Dalet Galaxy five platform for Media Asset Management (MAM) and Workflow Orchestration, along with two major product introductions: the Dalet Media Cortex AI services and the Dalet OnePlay new-generation studio automation solution, at the upcoming IBC2018 exhibition held in Amsterdam from September 14–18, 2018 (stand 8.B77). “Today’s media businesses need to become more data-driven and build new paths to go direct to their consumers,” comments Arnaud Elnecave, vice president of marketing, Dalet. “This starts with a strategic investment in an open, agile technology platform with core workflow orchestration capabilities that enables a cohesive, agile digital media supply chain and puts content personalization at the forefront of the workflow design.” Elnecave elaborates, “The new products we announce at IBC2018 tackle strategic areas of your operations, bringing the entire value proposition of Dalet Galaxy five yet a level higher for your business. Dalet Media Cortex introduces tailored, managed cognitive services that will maximize the usability and effectiveness of your content at every step of its life cycle. Dalet OnePlay will augment shows by further optimizing the operational efficiency of your productions while enabling a much richer and personalized multiplatform experience for audiences." A nominee alongside Euronews for the coveted IBC2018 Innovation Awards content creation category, Dalet will showcase the new version of the market-leading Dalet Galaxy five MAM and Workflow Orchestration platform, introducing the following major enhancements: Dalet Media Cortex - Orchestrated AI Services for Media Workflows Unveiled at IBC2018, the new Dalet Media Cortex SaaS enables Dalet Galaxy five customers to connect and consume AI services on demand in a pay-as-you-go model. For media organizations to get full business value from their AI investment and operate at scale, they need the right method and the appropriate platform. Dalet Media Cortex makes it simple and effective. It connects and orchestrates smart combinations of cognitive services while managing all the complexity of data alignment. The AI-generated data is displayed at various levels of the Dalet Galaxy five application, in a set of new intuitive UIs, to provide contextual, actionable insights and recommendations to the users. Dalet OnePlay - Modern Automated Studio Production Dalet will also unveil Dalet OnePlay at IBC2018, a new-generation studio automation solution designed to modernize live production with synchronized multiplatform distribution. An extension of the Dalet Galaxy five platform, Dalet OnePlay fully leverages the MAM, NRCS and workflow orchestration capabilities to open up new forms of collaboration inside productions, automating more complex events, and eventually helping create new forms of audience engagement and revenue opportunities while optimizing costs. Dalet OnePlay benefits any sho production, making it an ideal solution for newscasts, sports magazines, live and live-to-tape studio shows. Dalet OnePlay’s modern and efficient UI and UX combined with the agile Dalet Galaxy five News Production and Workflow Orchestration platform enables custom live production workflows with more advanced collaboration and unrivaled operational flexibility, way beyond traditional automated production control solutions. Cloud, Remote Editing and IMF Workflows In addition to the new AI and studio automation product introductions, Dalet Galaxy five features several important enhancements that will be showcased at IBC. For hybrid on-premises and cloud deployments, the platform offers auto-scaling capabilities to balance infrastructure load and optimize costs. This new feature allows selected media processes to scale up and down automatically, according to a combination of process predictions, business rules and real-time demand. Dalet will also showcase new remote editing capabilities that leverage the AWS infrastructure as a service resource. Dalet OneCut editors - such as journalists working in the field - can connect to the central bureau or facility to search and browse content, seamlessly mix it on their timeline with locally stored content (even in offline mode), and offload the rendering to the central site. Elnecave adds, “The real advantage of leveraging AWS for remote editing is in the user experience. For editors connecting from the field or from another facility, the combination of S3 storage and Cloudfront gives a much more efficient workflow and a more fluid editing UX.” A pioneer of component-based workflows, including IMF workflows industrialization, Dalet Galaxy five creates real business opportunities for global distribution. Key Dalet Galaxy five MAM and Orchestration functionality stores rich technical metadata, with workflow design tools, to automate IMF processes such as complex CPLs creation/rendering and supplemental IMF Packages management. Shown at IBC are new Dalet WebSpace tools for preview, review and approval of all objects of an IMF package, including the CPL, with a glance at the Video Timeline available on any web client, eliminating the need for mastering tools. IBC2018 attendees can book a private demonstration or workflow consultation with a Dalet expert to learn more about Dalet Galaxy five, Dalet Media Cortex and Dalet OnePlay feature highlights. Dalet Press Briefings at IBC Show 2018 To schedule a press briefing with Dalet, please contact Nick Govoni at nick@zazilmediagroup.com. 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. Dalet solutions and services are used around the world at hundreds of content producers and distributors, including public broadcasters (BBC, CBC, France TV, RAI, RFI, Russia Today, RT Malaysia, SBS Australia, VOA), commercial networks and operators (Canal+, FOX, MBC Dubai, Mediacorp, Mediaset, Orange, Charter Spectrum, Warner Bros, Sirius XM Radio) 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.
Dalet Inks Multi-Million USD, Multi-Year Deal with a Major North American Telecommunications and Media Organization
Dalet, a leading provider of solutions and services for broadcasters and content professionals, announced today that the media division of one of North America’s largest telecommunications providers has selected Dalet for its transition to a distributed media production strategy across the enterprise. The move will transform the media company’s multiple, disparate workflows, uniting production and media assets under the powerful Dalet Galaxy Media Asset Management (MAM) and Workflow Orchestration platform, and provide a flexible and agile framework to adjust workflows and operations as business demands evolve. “Dalet takes a global approach to building the media enterprise, transforming the overall business with an agile platform, in which broadcasters and content producers can infinitely scale operations, augmenting services to best serve and engage diverse audiences,” says Frederic Roux, VP of Sales, Americas, Dalet. A leading content creation company with premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising and digital media, the North American media giant owns dozens of local television stations; operates a couple hundred radio music channels and websites; delivers video streaming services; and operates a multi-channel network. Faced with an increasingly rigid video production arrangement, in which workflows and key infrastructure were replicated in a siloed setup across multiple locations, the broadcaster undertook an extensive procurement process for a technology and development partner that would help them migrate to an interconnected workflow, allowing them to consolidate systems, centralize media assets and enhance collaboration across locations. Roux comments, “We bring extensive experience architecting enterprise workflows and managing large-scale deployments in distributed environments. The Dalet Professional Services team, which will be deeply involved in this long-term project, is especially adept with change management and training as well as the approach required to execute on a project of this magnitude.” Dalet will work closely with the media giant all along this transformative journey, from installation design to the multi-year deployment, maximizing business agility and operational freedom at every step. The resulting state-of-the-art workflow will offer all locations a federated, centralized content repository natively accessible via Dalet Galaxy’s user-friendly production and distribution tools. Dalet Galaxy will make all assets seamlessly available to various in-house systems connected through its advanced Web API and to Adobe Premiere Pro CC editors, which are integral to craft editing workflows, through Dalet Xtend. The friction-free browser-based workflow will provide faster, better content production and easier distribution for broadcast via Dalet Brio, web publishing via a CMS and posts to social media networks. The enterprise implementation also includes the Dalet Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery solution. The mirrored system will offer a real-time replication and failover in case of a sudden or deliberate main system shutdown. Learn more about Dalet's key media management workflows with Product Line Manager, Matthieu Fasani: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qbcgRtgi4I Learn more about Dalet's approach to change management in large-scale enterprise projects: http://www.dalet.com/blog/change-management-101 About Dalet Digital Media Systems Dalet solutions and services enable media organizations to create, manage and distribute content faster and more efficiently, fully maximizing the value of assets. 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 Media Asset Management (MAM) & Orchestration platform 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. Adopted by leading broadcasters, Dalet Cube is a suite of applications to create, manage and deliver graphics in a newsroom scenario. 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.