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Feb 28, 2019
IMF, Bacon and Bicycles - Dalet at HPA Tech Retreat 2019
Did you miss the IMF breakfast round tables at HPA Tech Retreat 2019? This blog article is for you!

IMF, Bacon and Bicycles

HPA Tech Retreat is a truly unique type of conference where deep discussions on real topics take place. The good news this year: there is genuine interest in the practical issues of IMF adoption from studios, broadcasters, vendors, post houses, content creators and just about everyone in the value chain.

Cold desert mornings & IMF conversations!

The sound of an alarm clock breaking through the fog of last night's networking in the bar. It's still dark outside, but if I don't ride my bicycle then all those calories will turn me into a heavyweight of the industry. Two hours later, the warm shower has removed all traces of exercise except for the fixed smile of someone descending too fast when the temperature is 1°C.

The dining tent at the Hollywood Professional Association Tech Retreat smells of bacon and coffee and I arrive 5 minutes early at the IMF DPP table. Rowan de Pomerai and myself have arranged this breakfast table to discuss the IMF activities of the DPP, especially the first SMPTE Technical Specification TSP 2121-1 that covers the use of ProRes in IMF.

 

Welcome to the IMF DPP table...

Good and bad news awaits me. I am early (a miracle), but the table is already full and there is no more space. This is great. It shows that there is genuine interest in the practical issues of IMF adoption from studios, broadcasters, vendors, post houses, content creators and just about everyone in the value chain. The conversation is wide ranging and covers key topics and highlighting the fact that IMF is concerned with the business of automating the content supply chain. Dalet's interest in the format should be obvious. A large company with a great track record in Asset Management, Media Orchestration and Cost optimization for its customers is pretty much a definition of what a standard like IMF is seeking to improve across the industry.

"Why ProRes in IMF?" was the first big question and really it's all to do with efficiency. The BBC and many European companies have a lot of high quality original material in ProRes. Transcoding it to J2k before processing the high quality master seems like it would add cost without adding value, so ProRes was added to IMF. Dalet Galaxy five and Dalet AmberFin both handle ProRes MXF and DPP’s IMF flavor of TSP-2121.

"Why a Specification and not a Standard?" was the next biggy. Fundamentally, the DPP wanted a document that could reference non-standards (like a SMPTE RDD and the way in which Control-Track audio description is used in the UK). The DPP wanted something with more public scrutiny than an RDD, but something that could be changed more dynamically than a full standard. This reflects the fact that the use of IMF in the TV market is likely to be quite dynamic for the first few years. As a result the DPP delivered the first of SMPTE's Technical Standards.

 

IMF adoption and the API project

Over the rest of the hour (and during the breakfasts on the next two days), we discussed adoption of IMF, the need for timeline metadata to allow program segmentation, the carriage of proxies and the identification of people on set. We discussed the provision of on-screen signing for the deaf and testing of the different IMF standards and specifications. On the final breakfast we discussed the new API project https://imf-mm-api.cloud. This counts Dalet as one of the project supporters and seeks to allow IMF applications to locate and use content managed by Asset Management Systems that might be local or remote. Open source code is due to be available at NAB 2019.

 

Just before 9am, the gentle melody of the Breakfast Gong is sounded to indicate that we should all file into the Conference Room for the day's keynote. HPA Tech Retreat is a truly unique type of conference where deep discussions on real topics take place. The mindset of the entire industry changes direction at this conference every year. I, for one, feel privileged to attend.

 

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IMF, the Age of Reason – Key Takeaways from HPA Tech Retreat
Some say the annual HPA Tech Retreat in Palm Desert, CA shapes the agenda for the rest of the year in the media industry, and as it relates to program distribution, 2018 is no exception. We’ll likely look back at 2018 as the year that IMF (the Interoperable Mastering Format) went from an emerging capability to full-blown industry reality. IMF is a file-based framework for the exchange and processing of multiple content versions of the same high-quality finished work. One of the primary benefits of this innovation being that version files reference media from the original master, limiting storage overhead and delivery time. This year’s HPA Tech Retreat hosted an Innovation Zone with a focus on IMF, where multiple vendors showed how interoperable IMF has become, with mastering, management, QC and playout all working together, a reality. IMF moved beyond talk at HPA 2018…it became a working set of production-ready capabilities. Taking a step back… The transition to file-based media brought a massive transformation in the production and post-production business, removing the restrictions of real-time processing from workflows and introducing a real boost in efficiency. In the 10 years since, however, collaboration, the workflows themselves, and media operations have remained relatively similar, even while the demands have started to change dramatically… We live in a multi-multi world! In listening to our customers and talking with many others in the market, we’ve been hearing that media businesses are getting squeezed with the increase in multi-platform distribution. While the creation of new outlets is a boon for the business as a whole, the reality of the acceleration of release windows, coupled with the increasing number of outlets, is really leading to some interesting considerations: How do I create more versions for less money per version? Is it possible to increase version creation and distribution outlet deliveries automatically? Can my single-purpose work tracking system and silos of media processing equipment work together? How do I bring my creative, production and marketing teams together to share information and media to avoid duplication and increase our offerings? What do I do with IMF? Seriously, what can be done about creating more versions? At Dalet, we’re big believers in automated processing, driven by recipes designed by people that know the business best. If you start with operators and administrators looking at the overall customer work that has been coming in, it is possible to build media recipes that can be automatically fulfilled as the media supply chain operates, including: Video Audio languages Subtitle languages Metadata transformations Packaging instructions Once recipes are defined, it really becomes as simple as connecting media processes and work operations to fulfill the recipe and create versions that go beyond simple transcodes and include everything necessary, including the proper metadata, images and folder/ZIP structures to make a delivery to Netflix, Comcast, Hulu or others. Of course, a modern system that can handle the creation and implementation of these recipes and integrate with the equipment already onsite is key to making this work well. Dalet Galaxy has both the back-end and the user tools that enable your operators to define the best workflows and recipes for your business. Moving toward automated version creation To start, it really takes a firm evaluation of what is happening ‘down on the farm’ so to speak. In a lot of our discussions, we’re hearing about processes and systems that worked really well when they were implemented 10 years ago, and just aren’t designed to keep up today, particularly single-purpose work order tracking systems that don’t have any integration with media processing systems. So, while it can look like there is a bunch of automation available to the operation, there is really just a bunch of manual interaction required by operators to kick off the automated processes, and when order volume increases, it is difficult to get the supply chain ramped up, since it is dependent on human interaction. These types of scenarios are best solved by starting to utilize media orchestration & management solutions (also known as business process management, BPM and workflow orchestration), which allow a single platform to ride on top of the existing media processes, interacting with the post operations’ existing equipment, so that, for example, media files are automatically categorized for work, assigned to the proper tasks, sent into a craft edit environment for final processing, transcoded and sent to the proper distribution channel. Of course, these orchestrators can’t run completely automatically, as the post business relies on a high degree of review and approval processes for human operators to inspect media as it progresses through the supply chain, and the best systems provide user task panes with customized user interfaces to not only fulfill the manual review, but also utilize the operators’ input to continue down the proper automated path. For example, if a review reveals that the subtitles received for the content are actually Cantonese instead of Mandarin, the workflow engine should allow the operator to send a request back to the subtitle provider to redeliver and wait till the updated content arrives. And in the same token, content that is deemed as ready to proceed should be automatically transcoded to the proper formats, packaged with the metadata, and sent to the required distribution outlets, based on the original work order, all without any further operator interaction. The two keys to being more efficient here are: Implementing a system that can drive your media supply chain, automatically, end-to-end, utilizing your existing equipment Ensuring that this system can also interact with your users and utilize their input to drive automated media processes It is certainly possible to house a central catalog or small Media Asset Management (MAM) system to pull this off, and then join that with your existing work order system to try and get these teams together. What we’ve seen, though, is that since operators have to utilize different systems to move between receiving work, and actually doing work, and then marking work complete, they really stick with a disjointed setup like this. Even worse, rarely are the systems purchased capable of handling user access control lists so that each team is able to find what they need without disrupting the other’s work. The solution here is to make sure that you have a central system that can handle user permissions, assign access to media when and where it is necessary and allow teams to receive and perform work all from one interface. Enter IMF The IMF standard allows the creation of a single original version with a full set of media essence, where each additional distribution receives a supplemental package that just contains the differences of that version from the original. In the case where we need to deliver a French subtitled version of the original movie, it is only necessary to send the French subtitles and a composition that references the original version’s media assets. Similarly, if we need to create a full-on French language version, we only need to deliver the titles, credit and dub video sequences, the French language audio track and again, a composition that references the original media. Consequently, storage needs are massively reduced, sometimes by as much as 90% over legacy version creation! Also, IMF saves on QC cost and improves workflow automation. However, and to make the most of IMF, media organizations need a powerful, IMF-aware asset management & orchestration platform. Indeed, as each of those supplemental versions gets delivered as a new folder in the mastering structure, organizations can end up with multiple sub-folders for each additional version in a nested structure that becomes very difficult to manage, instead of one nice flat file structure. IMF seems to be the train that isn’t stopping. The support from Netflix has really ensured that the entire industry pays attention and considers its use in their operations. With NABA & DPP also on-board with IMF for broadcast and online, the world is continuing to move toward component media workflows in a big way. Component media workflows are great in theory; you get to retain your media essence files in the original component format, mixing and matching them, as necessary, to create the versions for production, without the need of wasting time or storage space in conforming interleaved files. In practice, managing component media, including IMF, has become a serious challenge. At Dalet, we’ve seen everything from complex folder structures to multi-tab spreadsheets to track which packages belong with which titles from multiple providers. We believe managing IMF should be easier than that, and so, at Dalet, we’ve been building native IMF management into our MAM and Orchestration platform, Dalet Galaxy, to make sure that facilities can easily match up IMF packages and create the deliverables they need (IMF or otherwise). This is why Dalet has developed dedicated features to make IMF management as simple as possible, with two platforms available for two different use cases: Dalet AmberFin – for customers that need IMF processing: IMP generation, validation, CPL transcoding and delivery. Dalet Galaxy – for customers that need enterprise-scale IMF management and orchestration. Of course, Dalet Galaxy and Dalet AmberFin work perfectly together, with Dalet offering a single unified solution that allows you to create IMF, ingest IMF titles, manage the relationships between original and supplemental versions, and deliver IMF packages for your distribution needs. For our customers that need to submit IMF to Netflix, Dalet AmberFin’s IMF workflow allows you to create a simple IMP with all required files in the IMP from any input. Dalet AmberFin will take care of the JPEG 2000 transcoding, the audio track labeling, the Timed Text Markup Language (TTML) creation and the IMF metadata, as well as submission of the package to Netflix Photon, and coming soon, delivery directly to Netflix Backlot, all in one, orchestrated workflow. For those that are wondering, AmberFin can be used for ProRes IMF also! Dalet AmberFin can create complex CPL packages as well, and since it works as a distributed transcoder, it can scale both on-premises or in a cloud environment. Customers with large quantities of existing IMF content can utilize the Dalet Galaxy platform to tie original versions and supplemental packages together, giving a simple browse and search capability for titles with multiple versions. Dalet Galaxy harnesses the power of Dalet AmberFin to parse the IMF packages, and retains all essential packaging information, including the Composition Playlist – known as CPL -, in the title versions. The Dalet Context Map, allows a visualization of the relationships between the different tracks, different CPLs and an IMF title. Never before has there been a tool specifically built for versions like this in an asset management system. And Dalet built this specifically for versioning customers like studios and post-production houses. Delivering an IMP from Dalet Galaxy is as simple as selecting the version desired. The IMP package will be created by resolving all media references in the CPL for the selected version, and these packages can be distributed over any of the existing connectors built into Galaxy, including Aspera, Signiant, File Catalyst, Amazon S3, Azure Blob Storage, FTP and network file systems. Users can also utilize the workflow engine to drive a rendering of a composition for iTunes delivery as ProRes or any other format deliverable that you might need in your operation. What about the investment? That really depends on the vendor a facility works with. At Dalet, we work with two kinds of operations: The ones that love to get the cost out of the way up front and then amortize that cost over time on their projects, and; The ones that need systems that can be priced out per project, on a lease or SaaS basis For example, we know that in the post-production world, there are only a handful of facilities that fit in that first category, so we’ve implemented methods to bring our media systems into their environments as OpEx, either inside their facility, in the public cloud like Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Azure, or as a hybrid of the two. With Dalet IMF solutions, media organizations have the ability to fulfill the entire promise of IMF. Not only can they save storage space by moving to supplemental versions rather than storing the entire package, they also have the ability to target distribution outlets with IMF requirements (such as Netflix) while retaining the capability to deliver the same content to any other vendors. Want to go further? Download the Dalet IMF White Paper Learn more about Daler Versioning & IMF solutions Contact us and plan a Dalet IMF demo
Dalet Galaxy Federates IMF Interoperability Showcase at 2018 HPA Tech Retreat
Dalet, a leading provider of solutions and services for broadcasters and content professionals, will showcase concrete IMF production and delivery workflows at the 2018 Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) Tech Retreat's Innovation Zone. The special HPA showcase organized by the worldwide IMF User Group, an HPA open forum for the community of end users and implementers of the IMF family of standards, will feature member companies including Colorfront, Marquise Technologies and Rohde & Schwarz demonstrating typical IMF scenarios with Dalet Galaxy media asset management (MAM) and orchestration at the core of the interoperability showcase. “Turning IMF from a promise to an actual production-ready implementation is a great step for the industry as a whole. The adoption of the standard will become more and more critical for content originators and distributors to optimize workflows in today’s explosive film and broadcast market. Dalet has committed to this standard and initiative from the get go. We are glad to spearhead and enable this new generation of workflows and format,” comments Matthieu Fasani, product line manager for Dalet MAM & SAAS solutions. “There are real substantive business benefits in adopting IMF. Simplified distribution, optimized delivery, reduced storage footprint, shorter lead time for product turnaround and reduced QC costs allow content producers to industrialize their productions and scale delivery to meet demands. Deploying IMF-proven solutions is game-changing and now is the time for broadcasters and content producers to make the leap.” The only MAM vendor participating in the IMF user group showcase in the HPA Innovation Zone, Dalet will demonstrate with member companies an end-to-end IMF workflow including receiving IMF packages, referencing IMF assets in a central repository, leveraging IMF metadata, both technical and editorial, to search on all assets and data; generating proxies for preview of track files and CPLs in Dalet WebSpace; visualizing assets relationships (track files and CPLs, CPLs and OPLs), automating the creation of new versions, connecting CPLs using EIDR (Entertainment Identifier Registry) and ISAN (International Standard Audiovisual Number) ids. HPA attendees can book a meeting with Dalet to learn more about IMF workflows via: http://www.dalet.com/events/hpa-tech-retreat-2018. About Dalet Advancements in IMF Workflows Dalet has been pioneering the IMF Workflow industrialization with Dalet Galaxy, a MAM and Orchestration platform that features a comprehensive and intuitive set of tools to manage IMF packages at the production, distribution and contribution parts of a media business. Users can easily import and preview IMF packages natively into Dalet WebSpace, visualize IMF structures and components with Dalet Context Maps, build versions and supplemental packages with Dalet Track Stack and Dalet Version Editor, and eventually wrap compositions for distribution using a connector to an IMF-compliant transcode farm, such as Dalet AmberFin. A white paper on how Dalet IMF Workflow solutions can benefit your facility is available here: www.dalet.com/white-paper/imf. About the IMF User Group The Interoperable Master Format (IMF) User Group (UG) is a forum for the worldwide community of end users and implementers of the IMF family of standards. The IMF UG brings together content owners, service providers, retailers and equipment/software vendors to enhance and promote the use of IMF globally, across domains of applications. The IMF UG discusses technical operational issues that arise in practical implementation, conducts interoperability testing, develops best practices, and seeks to broaden the awareness of IMF. The IMF UG is organized under the umbrella of the HPA. 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.
Dalet Headlines IMF and Orchestrated Workflows at BVE 2018
Dalet, a leading provider of solutions and services for broadcasters and content professionals, will showcase its enterprise media asset management and orchestration solutions at the upcoming BVE 2018 event on stand H19. Experts will be available to discuss critical IMF and orchestration workflows trends within the content supply chain and specifically how Dalet solutions can manage and scale IMF package production and distribution, allowing facilities to lower costs and industrialize processes. BVE 2018 attendees can book a private demonstration or workflow consultation with an expert to learn how Dalet workflows and solutions can help them better create, manage and distribute content. Book a meeting via http://www.dalet.com/events/bve-2018. Pioneering IMF Workflow Industrialization The Dalet Galaxy MAM and Orchestration platform features a comprehensive and intuitive set of tools to manage IMF packages at the production, distribution and contribution parts of a media business. Discover how you can easily import and preview IMF packages natively into Dalet WebSpace, visualize IMF structures and components with Dalet Context Maps, build versions and supplemental packages with Dalet Track Stack and Dalet Version Editor, and eventually wrap your compositions for distribution using a connector to an IMF-compliant transcode farm, such as Dalet AmberFin. Dalet Solutions Shown at BVE 2018 A leader in media asset management and workflow orchestration, Dalet solutions are widely deployed at newsrooms and broadcast facilities throughout the UK, including notable enterprise installations at BBC Wales and Perform. The following BVE 2018 featured workflows and solutions are architected on the industry’s leading Media Asset Management (MAM) and Orchestration platform, Dalet Galaxy: Dalet Enterprise Content Supply Chain Management integrates content pools and orchestrates workflows across different verticals, such as programs, promos, news, sports, lifestyle and more. The solution provides a consolidated view of all media assets across the business with tools to easily connect, automate and optimize workflows from work orders to acquisition, production, packaging and distribution of content to multiple broadcast platforms and publishing systems. Delivered with Dalet Report Center, the solution offers critical analytics specifically tailored for your media operations. Dalet Multiplatform Production & Distribution allows you to efficiently engage with your audiences across all available channels - broadcast, social and online. With an integrated, media-aware workflow engine, a federated metadata-centric model, collaborative production tools and smart contextual graphics, these solutions maximize collaboration, reduce complexities and automate low added value processes, enabling your teams to design new content experiences tailored for each audience and platform. Dalet Sports Content Management helps you make the most of your content, maximize game day coverage and enable new monetization opportunities. Combining fast-turnaround production tools for multi-cam ingest, logging, highlight creation, editing and multiplatform distribution, the Dalet Sports content solutions bring key plays into a multiplatform production workflow, so that they are easily leveraged across multiple shows and delivered to all devices. Dalet Unified News Operations combines all the essential functions for the latest-generation, innovative newsrooms. A comprehensive suite of collaborative, story-centric tools helps streamline the entire chain of your news operations from planning to ingest, tagging and logging, editing, graphics, show scheduling, studio automation, multi-platform distribution and social platforms direct integration. Discover how this agile and scalable solution fully leverages the Dalet Workflow Engine to liberate your editorial teams from the traditional confines of linear, rundown-centric workflows. Dalet Digital Media Systems at BVE 2018 Details Stand H19 Booth Contact: Adrian Smith Regional Manager, UK Email 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.
Australian Broadcaster SBS Inks Expansion Deal with Dalet
Dalet, a leading provider of solutions and services for broadcasters and content professionals, announced that Australia’s Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) is significantly expanding the portion of its media operations powered by the Dalet Galaxy Media Asset Management (MAM) and Orchestration platform. The new implementation will facilitate production and distribution of news, sports, radio programs in multiple languages and music content across the broadcaster’s TV, radio and digital platforms. The new deployment will bolster SBS’s production capability prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Building on the successful integration of dozens of systems and automation of several program management workflows under a unified Dalet Galaxy environment, the expanded installation will now encompass news and sports production as well as the full radio automation for SBS music channels. This will deliver production content to three TV channels, eight radio channels (music and talk show), the SBS website and online apps. SBS’s radio programming is produced in more than 70 languages, making it the most linguistically diverse broadcaster globally. In addition to the 2018 FIFA Football World Cup, the production of other sporting events that will be facilitated by the new integration includes tier-one events such as the Tour de France and English Premiere League. SBS’s Chief Technology Officer, Noel Leslie, said, “Following the first phase of our strategic move to streamline our programming content under the management of a single MAM platform, we embarked on phase two in full confidence of our partnership with Dalet. SBS and Dalet teams have worked collaboratively on the software commissioning and the system integration for this project. Change management is also extremely important to us at SBS, and we have made it core to our strategy to involve key stakeholders across the chain and across our geographically spread operation right from the start of the process.” The system will be deployed across four sites including SBS headquarters in Sydney, connected production operation in Melbourne, a third system in Canberra, and a Business Continuity (BC) / Disaster Recovery (DR) site also in Sydney. Specifically, Dalet will unify content preparation, production and ingest at two TV studios and eight radio studios in Sydney and an additional eight radio studios in Melbourne, bringing together up to 300 simultaneous users working with the system. Video ingest for 50 channels spread across the country, alongside multiple channels of audio ingest, will be centrally managed under the control of Dalet. The Dalet AmberFin media processing platform will assist with transcoding as required. Dalet On-the-Go will also be available to connect journalists in the field directly to the central Dalet Galaxy platform. Dalet OneCut is provided for desktop editing and remote editing at the Canberra studios. Industry-standard, BPMN 2.0-compliant Dalet Workflow Engine automates multi-platform publishing, including social media workflows, as well as archiving operations. “There are many tangible benefits SBS will receive by further standardizing production under one unified environment; lower TCO, optimized support and training costs, fewer systems to integrate – all thanks to the powerful agility and extensibility of the Dalet Galaxy platform,” said Raoul Cospen, Dalet Product Manager. “Using the full scope of the Dalet platform, SBS is able to unite and streamline its content collaboration across geographically diverse SBS departments, and orchestrate the program acquisition, preparation and distribution workflows.” The Dalet Galaxy open APIs are used for a variety of interfaces with third parties including music scheduling system Power Gold and Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC for craft editing across the three production sites, and Opta Sports data feeds. Integrations with Dell EMC® Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS™) provide SBS teams with a single user interface to easily access and manage content. Further integrations facilitated by Dalet include Ross Overdrive in SBS’s automated production studio, Ross Expression for graphics and content management system Drupal. Integrations with social media networks Facebook, Twitter and YouTube make this installation a complete end-to-end solution for SBS to address effectively their audiences across all available platforms. Noel Leslie (Chief Technology Officer at SBS), Stephane Schlayen (COO at Dalet), Raoul Cospen (Product Manager at Dalet) and Darren Farnham (Manager at SBS) About SBS As Australia’s multicultural broadcaster, SBS holds a unique place in the Australian media landscape, inspiring all Australians to explore, appreciate and celebrate our diverse world and in doing so, contributes to a cohesive society. As described in the SBS Charter, SBS’s principal function is to provide multilingual, multicultural and Indigenous radio, television and digital media services that inform, educate and entertain all Australians. Today, SBS is a modern, multiplatform media organisation and carries out this function across a TV portfolio spanning five distinctive channels on free-to-air and subscription TV; an extensive radio service providing more than 70 communities with programs in their own language; and an innovative and growing online and digital presence ensuring SBS is responding to the changing needs and demands of audiences. For more information visit sbs.com.au. 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.
MAM Moves to the Cloud – Dalet has a View
The Cloud changes everything else in broadcast and since most MAMs are not cloud-native, will cloud kill MAM as we know it? Kevin Savina, director of product strategy, Dalet answered all your questions. Who actually makes money from MAM? Organizations using Media Asset Management (MAM) to increase their financial bottom line usually do so by reducing costs, increasing revenues or a combination of both. The big question is: how do we measure that? As you know, big questions often come with multiple answers... In this case, the main issue is that measuring the Return on Investment (ROI) of the implementation of a new MAM solution is not an easy task, because there is no baseline to measure it against. At Dalet, we believe the value can be measured. First let’s define what we mean by MAM. Dalet define it as the platform that helps with the management of an organization’s media assets, cataloging assets for search, browse and retrieval. When properly used, the MAM should be the primary access point for ingress, access and egress for media in the organization. The productivity boost from a properly designed catalog is the ability to find things when you need them and retrieve them for use as quickly as possible. The second key aspect of a modern MAM platform is the ability to orchestrate workflows to create value from these assets. MAMs that offer ‘If This, Then That’ (IFTTT) type of policies enable organizations to automate and keep tabs on all kinds of processes, including ingest operations, review & approvals, transcoding, automated QC and media distribution. Even at the basic IFTTT level, the ability to have a system route media within the organization has the value of eliminating wasted time (tasks no longer sit for a human resource to trigger or operate them), as well as providing limited reporting on proper completion. A well-designed MAM system with IFTTT policies will be able to report on the processes that were started and completed by this policy control. We can see the value brought by these platforms from two angles: Reducing operational costs by automating processes and facilitating human operations, through the cataloging of assets on one side and the orchestration of workflows on the other side. Increasing revenues by providing the ability to produce more and better content and/or to deliver this content to more outlets, thus maximizing the value of assets. Dalet customers who have implemented MAM systems have been able to substantially increase their productivity by a factorx4 to x6, and expand their content distribution by a factorx8 to x11. Has MAM delivered on its promises? From our point of view, the fact that a MAM project delivers on its promises is based on a combination of factors: - On the end-user side: Are the expectations well understood? Have the end-user needs been well taken into account? Is the choice of the vendor / solution motivated? Has the project been well managed? - On the vendor side: Is the product appropriate for the needs? Has the project been well managed? The issue isn’t so much whether MAM has delivered on its promises, but whether or not specific vendor promises of what a MAM is actually capable of, beyond the catalog, were fulfilled. There are numerous examples of vendors that have over-promised MAM capabilities for the ability to integrate with external metadata sources, interoperate with third-party systems, handle specific media formats and data models, or manage specific workflows. How does the Cloud change things? The Cloud implies multiple things at once: Virtualized machine instances Machines that are not in the local data center Storage that is not in the local data center Business rules to create and deploy machine instances and storage when required (i.e. elasticity) Billing models that align with operations, based on subscriptions or ‘pay for what you use’ Media customers are choosing to utilize some or all of these items as they implement a ‘cloud’ workflow. In some cases, they want media transformation and distribution to run as close to the edge as possible, thus lowering their costs of distribution. In other cases, we’re seeing entire pre-production workflows operate in the cloud in order to provide elastic costs to match job order billing. Cloud changes things in the sense that it adds a whole new level of flexibility to MAM deployments. Things that used to be fixed and constrained can now be used as needed. For example, cloud allows for: Flexible, dynamic and scalable IT infrastructure (compute or storage), with new pricing models IaaS/PaaS/SaaS models and access to new cloud-related services - for example Artificial Intelligence (AI) Just as there is no one definition of ‘cloud’ there is no one ‘cloud’ implementation or business model that is right for every customer. Vendors should be prepared to talk about each of the items the ‘cloud’ makes possible and discuss how their solution can fit within the customer needs. Point 1 impact is that MAM solutions need to support this new type of infrastructure. This is a new generation of infrastructure. The broadcast industry started with proprietary, ad-hoc hardware, then moved to off-the-shelf IT systems (servers, storage). Cloud is a similar change. Point 2 is the real game changer as it has real operational and business impacts. The core of MAM products is not impacted by such change. Assets will continue to be referenced in a system and tools will still be required to process the content. What is impacted is the eco-system around the MAM, which can now become much more dynamic. A MAM should be able to leverage cloud services so that users can benefit from the cloud through the MAM. And there again orchestration will be a key component, giving the ability to provision, control and monitor the various services available. Can you simply virtualize a MAM in the cloud and make it a success? The ability to successfully virtualize a MAM in the cloud obviously depends on how you measure success. We see success as customer-driven, not vendor-driven. If a customer wants to migrate their existing workflows and software licenses to an external datacenter for the purposes of offloading hardware management and gaining simpler, high availability / disaster recovery scenarios, virtualizing the existing MAM would be 100% appropriate. Some of our customers have been fully virtualizing their MAM solution for years and consider the project a success. Of course, simply virtualizing your existing MAM infrastructure and hosting it in a cloud environment (public or private) doesn’t gain the other cloud benefits of elastic business rules and elastic costs. To truly enable these items, MAM and workflow orchestration systems built around them should be architected to enable individual processes to be created and deployed as business needs require them, which requires that vendors have knowledge of the cloud platform the customer has chosen in order to properly create either a virtual machine instance or virtual container host, clone the proper process, start the machine/container, start the process and connect it to the central system (and of course, the opposite, when the business need expires). How do you architect asset management for the cloud without losing a lot of money? Like anything in a software organization, you start by listening to your customer’s needs, and then you build the pieces necessary to fulfill those needs. Controlling costs in software builds is a matter of two things: Proper architecture and planning up front Good project management to control engineering processes and minimize the impact of external changes Does MAM have a future? If so, what form will it take and why? MAM catalogs are an essential part of media operations, and they are not disappearing. Media organizations will always need to be able to search, browse and retrieve their media assets, retaining metadata from the interaction with external systems, and enabling workflow orchestration on top of those media-aware data models. Tapping into the deep, multi-layered data model of MAM platforms such as Dalet Galaxy, internal or external reporting and analytics tools allow users to analyze vast amounts of data and offer Business Intelligence (BI) specifically tailored for media operations in order to measure performance throughout the chain and build sound data-driven strategies. This is one of the keys to growth for media organizations who greatly benefit from the agility and accessibility of the Cloud. Smart vendors see the cloud as an enabler of new business models, providing customers what they want, when they want it. MAM needs to move from a solution to a smooth part of a business workflow. For a MAM to be future-proof, it must enable more and more workflows around it, provide a high level of agility, and last but not least, be easy to integrate. Cloud is not a destroyer of worlds, it is a creator of them. Thanks to The Broadcast Bridge for the interview of Kevin Savina. Read the full interview here: https://www.thebroadcastbridge.com/content/entry/8847/mam-moves-to-cloud-dalet-has-a-view
Dalet Streamlines International Distribution with Introduction of Dalet xN IMF Maker
Dalet Digital Media Systems, a leading provider of software-based solutions for media organizations, has simplified the creation of IMF bundles for international distribution with the release of Dalet xN IMF Maker, which is available today as an on-demand service through Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure Marketplace. Leveraging the world-class media orchestration and processing capabilities of the Dalet AmberFin platform to aid complex program preparation and versioning workflows, Dalet xN IMF Maker is the first and only solution on the market for generating comprehensive IMF-compliant packages on demand and inexpensively. “Dalet AmberFin is the reference platform for media processing when it comes to orchestrating the creation of IMF-compliant bundles for international distribution,” comments Matthieu Fasani, senior product manager at Dalet. “We have wrapped the powerful AmberFin capabilities and our extensive knowledge of IMF workflows into an easy-to-use, on-demand service backed by the high-performance infrastructure of both AWS and Microsoft Azure Marketplace. Just specify the content and metadata, and within a few clicks, Dalet xN IMF Maker will create the bundle you require. It’s that effortless.” IMF bundles generated by Dalet xN IMF Maker support all the advanced features of IMF, including captions/subtitles, audio labelling and IMF metadata insertion in MXF. Fasani adds, “What sets Dalet apart is the breadth and depth of our IMF offering for program preparation. Should you have a constant demand, you can build a fully orchestrated API-driven IMF workflow with Dalet AmberFin on or off premise or, for less frequent need, leverage the app-style Dalet xN IMF Maker. Both options will give you IMF bundles using industry-leading AmberFin video transcoding technology, ensuring your JPEG-2000 files are flawless, regardless if they are created from ProRes, XDCAM, or other industry formats.” With a few clicks, users can specify the source files (video, audio, captions) and the metadata (core metadata, audio layout, caption languages) then trigger the workflow. Dalet xN IMF Maker will retrieve the information and automatically generate IMF bundles based on the provided data that are compliant with the IMF standard. Each step of the workflow can be monitored via the well designed, web-based interface. “Media companies required to generate IMF bundles do not need to understand the complex details of IMF, as the xN IMF Maker handles the entire process for them, automatically,” explains Fasani. “In addition to the technical convenience, these facilities do not need to invest in expensive single task products to generate IMF bundles. Instead, they can use the on-demand IMF Maker and ‘pay as you use’ when needed.” About IMF The Interoperable Master Format (IMF) is an international standard for the file-based interchange of multi-version content. It is designed to solve the lengthy and costly process of having to create multi-various editorial and technical copies for repurposing to different distribution channels, territories and platforms. 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. Press Contact Anya Nelson Zazil Media Group (e) anya@zazilmediagroup.com (p) +1 (617) 817-6559
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.