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Apr 02, 2013
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Mexico’s Tecnologico de Monterrey Deploys Dalet Media Life to Produce, Manage and Deliver Video Across the Campus System and Internet
End-to-end production and broadcast; MAM adds value to archive

Mexico’s Tecnologico de Monterrey Deploys Dalet

Mexico’s Tecnologico de Monterrey Deploys Dalet Media Life to Produce, Manage and Deliver Video Across the Campus System and Internet

Dalet Digital Media Systems, a leading developer of Media Asset Management (MAM) solutions, software and services for content producers, today announced the deployment of Dalet Media Life as the core production, MAM, and integrated distribution system for TECNOLOGICO DE MONTERREY (TEC) Virtual University in Monterrey, Mexico. The new, end-to-end system is used for production, cataloguing, broadcast and Internet distribution of video lectures and conferences. Content is broadcast to more than 30 campuses. Dalet also manages the automated transcoding and posting of materials to the Internet delivery service, which has become an increasingly important part of the University system.
 
Dalet Media Life is built on the Dalet MAM platform, which manages all media files and their metadata across many different systems. Media Life includes many Dalet applications, which Virtual University uses for critical media management operations, such as ingest, logging, recording, prep editing, broadcast and archiving.

“Our broadcast unit and on-demand video libraries are key parts of the University’s academic programs and this upgrade was a major investment for Virtual University. We needed to ensure our return on investment with a reliable system that would immediately deliver efficiencies and also allow us to increase our output with the possibility to expand in the future,” says Ever Vazquez, telecommunications director, TEC. “Dalet provides a complete, end-to-end solution, from production through broadcast as well as web and Internet delivery. From the operator’s perspective, Dalet tools are very easy to use because they are fully integrated and our workflow is simplified. Equally important is Dalet MAM, which adds value and usability to our archive. We can log and add metadata to content at any time and now we can search, access and reuse our archived content much easier and faster.”

Dalet Media Life also provides many creative toolsets for content production. The MAM platform plays a key role in the delivery of content to both traditional broadcast outlets and to new media outlets. The MAM layer in Dalet Media Life handles media, metadata and all the media manipulations that are involved in the entire production and distribution chain.

“Dalet Media Life is an extremely flexible and multipurpose solution that can be deployed in all kinds of scenarios to create, distribute and archive content. In the educational area, metadata information is very important and needs to be as precise as possible. The open data model in Dalet Media Life allows Monterrey TEC to define its data schema to meet its exact needs,” says Julien Decaix, general manager, Dalet US and Latin America. “Monterrey TEC has a wel-deserved reputation for excellence in postgraduate education, innovation and outreach. We’re very proud that Dalet Media Life will assist Monterrey TEC as it expands its educational mission to larger audiences and new online platforms.”

In the Virtual University production center at Monterrey TEC, where many pre-recorded video packages and programs are produced, users ingest raw material from Sony XDCAM-EX cameras. The Dalet Xtend module facilitates the seamless exchange of content and metadata between Dalet and Apple Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere NLEs. Directly from their NLE workstations, the craft editors have access to media (videos, EDLS, shot selections, etc.) and metadata that are stored in the Dalet content catalogue. Many pre-production tasks such as clip selection and storyboarding can be performed using Dalet’s quick clip editing tools and then automatically exported to the edit bays for more complex editing. The finished work can then be exported back to Dalet as a new title, or saved against a placeholder—all with the appropriate metadata entries.
 
Once the material is approved, the Dalet MAM engine expertly controls the metadata and media processes and automatically exports the packages that are converted to H.264 format for posting on the internal e-Learning portal, which is the main distribution platform for Virtual University. Genealogy metadata linking the editor’s material to the original sources can be preserved and the content is better referenced throughout, making searches of the content catalogue and archives more efficient; content is more readily accessible to everyone who needs it.
 
Additionally, four large classrooms at TEC are fully equipped as Dalet broadcast “studios” and often, all four studios are broadcasting simultaneously or recording sessions for on-demand video delivery. In each classroom, operators use a Dalet workstation to insert any pre-produced video and record the classes as a live show. Once the recording of the class finishes, and it is approved, Dalet automatically exports the video lecture to the e-Learning Portal services.
 
The classroom “TV studios” are connected to Omneon Media Grid production storage with 18 TB (700 hours in XDCAM 50 format); an Omneon video server plays out the media for lectures that are broadcast by satellite to different campuses throughout Latin America. In the background Dalet also triggers ProMedia transcoders to automatically convert the high resolution broadcasts to H.264 and MPEG formats that are used for website and proxy browsing on the archive. Dalet also integrates with XenData HSM system to control the HP tape library that has a capacity of 2400 hours in XDCAM 50 format.

About TEC

The TECNOLOGICO DE MONTERREY is one of the largest private multi-campus universities in Latin America with over 90,000 students at the high school, undergraduate, and postgraduate academic programs. It is recognized as having one of the top graduate business schools in the region and is a leader in patent applications among Mexican universities. Based in Monterrey, Mexico, the Institute has 30 campuses in 25 cities throughout the country. It is well known for becoming the first university in Latin America to connect to the Internet. The Virtual University (Universidad Virtual) delivers most of the Institute's distance education courses, conferences and seminars. It broadcasts from either Monterrey or Mexico City campuses to different sites across Mexico and Latin America.

About Dalet

Dalet solutions enable broadcasters and media professionals to create, manage and distribute content to both traditional and new media channels, including interactive TV, the Web and mobile networks. Dalet combines into a single system a robust and proven Asset Management platform with advanced metadata capabilities; a configurable workflow engine, and a comprehensive set of purpose-built creative and production tools. This integrated and open environment enables end-to-end management of the entire News and Sport and Program content chain, and allows users to significantly improve efficiency, and to maximize the use and value of their assets. Dalet’s solutions are delivered through a dedicated Professional and Integration Services Department to ensure the highest possible standards.

Dalet systems are used around the world by many thousands of individual users at hundreds of TV and Radio content producers, including public broadcasters (ABS-CBN, BBC, CBC, DR, France TV, RTBF, RFI, Russia Today, RSR & TSR, RT Malaysia, VOA, WDR), commercial networks and operators (Antena 3, Canal+, FOX, eTV, Mediaset, Orange, Time Warner Cable, Warner Bros., Sirius XM Radio) and government organizations (Canadian House of Commons, The European Commission, Parliament of South Australia).

Dalet is traded on the NYSE-EURONEXT stock exchange (Eurolist C): ISIN: FR0011026749, Bloomberg DLT:FP, Reuters: DALE.PA. Dalet is a registered trademark of Dalet Digital Media Systems. All other trademarks and products mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.

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10 Things Government Organizations Should Know to Streamline their Media Operations
Government organizations and institutions are facing steep challenges to efficiently manage the massive amounts of multimedia content and associated metadata needed to fulfill their mission to actively reach, inform and better engage with citizens. To overcome these challenges, they require proven solutions that meet their demanding requirements in terms of efficiency, agility, security, cost, and integration. There is a lot that can be learned from the broadcast industry when it comes to optimizing the way you produce, manage and distribute media assets. While not an exhaustive list, this blog provides ten things government agencies and institutions should consider when planning to implement a solution to streamline their media operations. Most of these topics were actually part of discussions I had with customers and partners at GV Expo 2018. If you were not able to attend the show don’t hesitate to contact me to discuss further! Metadata, Metadata, Metadata As organizations increase the amount of media content they store, that content can only be managed and used at its best if it is properly classified, easily discoverable and immediately available where and when needed. The first basic action to enable this is to associate rich metadata to it. Metadata is the key to maximizing the value of your content. Organizations such as NASA and the United Nations leverage their media asset management (MAM) platform to manage their ever-growing metadata needs. Look for a platform that enables flexible, scalable, and secure data models to help meet your current needs while laying an agile foundation for future metadata enrichment challenges. The Power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) One of the fastest growing technology trends to enrich the metadata of your content is through AI. Whether it be speech-to-text, facial recognition or other cognitive services, AI can help your organization automate much of your metadata logging and then offer contextual content suggestions, providing greater content visibility and usage across your entire organization. Building a core framework for AI as part of your MAM strategy will help future-proof your underlying data model for years to come. Collaborative Tools and Workflows Breaking down silos to improve efficiency is a critical objective of many organizations, particulary, government agencies and institutions. Leading MAM platforms help break down those silos by enabling agile, connected workflows that increase productivity for digital content operations. Collaboration needs to span across the entire workflow (from planning through scripting, production all the way to broadcast and distribution) with a unified content catalogue, shared media bins and powerful chat features. Multiplatform Distribution Given the high number of outlets to feed and the speed at which content should be produced and delivered, managing the distribution of content is a complex exercise. Media organizations such as Voice of America need to push their content all around the globe and engage audiences on multiple platforms. Most advanced MAM platforms, such as Dalet Galaxy five, provide these organizations a level of transparency for their media management, allowing users to quickly access their content and distribute it wherever they need in whatever shape they need. Ensure Scalability With content acquisition increasing, building your operation on a proven, scalable architecture to manage volume is critical. State-of-the-art media operations require unparalleled transparency of content between storage tiers. With a cloud-ready architecture, you are also able to take full advantage of scalability mechanisms to make significant savings on your infrastructure. MAM based on a distributed architecture can be adapted to the level of functionality your organization requires as your needs evolve. ITAM Security Poor asset control and management can lead to weakened content security. As much as possible, organizations need to seek to control their assets from a single platform. The better control and visibility your organization has over its assets the more it reduces the risks posed by outside threats. Managing disparate storage units, preventing unauthorized access to content, and auditing every user and system action on every piece of content should be centralized and made simple. The Dalet Galaxy five platform can be deployed in a FedRAMP-compliant service environment, and is ISO 27001:2013 certified. With Active Directory (AD) integration, you benefit from a centralized management of users and rights. In addition to tightly integrated user authentication, system auditing provides a log of actions performed by users. Gain Workflow Efficiencies Not all MAM solutions are created equal and not all natively integrate orchestration capabilities, which are crucial for automating content transactions that can otherwise bog down the operation. Dalet’s workflow orchestration engine allows you to streamline your organization’s media lifecycle processes for quicker delivery of your content. The engine orchestrates many human tasks and automates background processes that fast-track the end-to-end content preparation and distribution workflow. Library Management & Archiving From small to large-scale organizations, a well managed, accessible and connected archive is an essential and valuable part of any content operation. Realizing this importance, Dalet offers end-to-end Archive solutions to optimize your workflow and to maximize your assets. Dalet’s highly flexible Archive solutions manage all types of multimedia content, including video, audio, texts, documents and more. Making media easily accessible and findable from any location through a web, mobile client or third-party system is key to your workflow success! Actionable Business Intelligence Once your organization has a rich set of data complementing your assets, it’s critical to leverage the data to help optimize your operations as well as drive actionable insights. By compiling relevant analytics, organizations can replicate editorial success based on reports of content usage, better understand your organization’s key impacts based on analytics of consumption, better use talent based on information about productivity, and enhance technical infrastructure based on technical information gathered. The Dalet Report Center gives government organizations what today’s business demands: a business analytics solution that is truly enterprise-ready. At this point, attentive readers will have noticed that this blog only contains in fact 9 “things”! Well, let me remedy this deceptive situation by sharing a great video customer story below as well as our dedicated solution page for Government & Institutions: click here. NATO - Covering News at NATO HQ and Abroad <iframe width="100%" height="400" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/y129aJP0xxU" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe> NATO Headquarters, Brussels, works closely with ENGIE Fabricom and Dalet Digital Media Systems to better serve target audiences and preserve NATO's audio-visual legacy. The project includes the design, deployment, and support of a Media Asset Management platform to address the following requirements: cover news; create, collect and transmit assets; manage, distribute and archive content. This Blog article was written by Eric Radloff, Sales Manager, East & Federal at Dalet
Bringing broadcast archives to life!
"AI is not just about cataloging and preservation, it’s about connecting your content to opportunity.” Jean Gabriel Minel, Head of Research and Development for the French National Audiovisual Institute (INA) This quote sums up particularly well the key theme at the FIAT-IFTA World Conference held last month in Venice, Italy, and hosted by the RAI at the Palazzo Labia, a 17th century palace. Renowned for its exchange of ideas and best practices in archival science, the international symposium provided attendees the opportunity to discover innovative, AI-powered content management and archiving use cases and learn more about the latest technology trends from leading broadcasters, media organizations, and technology companies. As a Gold Sponsor participant of the FIAT-IFTA World Conference, I was honoured to attend and represent Dalet. I had a chance to speak with attendees and show them how advanced content management, workflow orchestration, and best of breed AI services can better preserve, enrich, share, and monetize their archival content. With the combination of virtually limitless cloud storage and computing power, a new era is upon us. Many of the attendees I met were archivists who hold degrees in library studies and have advanced knowledge of content lifecycle and asset management systems. During the conference, these tech-savvy content gatekeepers presented on how they are pioneering the use of AI to further enrich archived content in order to increase accessibility and generate new business opportunities. Many demonstrated that with automatic content discovery capabilities, media organizations can better monetize archival content and leverage their assets to gain a competitive edge over new entrants on their markets. Applying AI to Media Workflows - The Need for a Plan I found that most of those presenting about AI at the conference were trying to solve a similar issue: surface content easily to users with limited human intervention in logging the content. I can relate to this, as over the past 12 years working for Dalet, I have taught many of our customers about the importance of properly tagging content. With our latest generation toolset I now educate users on how to discover content that they need for their creations; should it be for creating promos, documentaries, news packages or highlights for sports. I was honoured to present “The Dalet Living Archive: Utilizing AI in Archive Workflows” and demonstrate how Dalet solutions help media organizations streamline their workflows, reduce costs, and empower content creators with new tools to research, craft, deliver and promote their quality content to audiences on all platforms for consumption. In the presentation, I demonstrated how Dalet Media Cortex automatically enriches content with AI services for: facial recognition speech to text entity detection content moderation object recognition OCR detection. I showed that enrichment of the content triggers Dalet workflow orchestration to auto-create promos or highlights, and turn the AI-generated speech-to-text data into subtitles. I also showed that while a journalist types a story, Dalet Content Discovery detects entities such as people, places, and organizations as well as concepts, and then recommends content from the library with similar tags. A Winning Example - Bundesliga Fußball Archives Sportcast, a subsidiary of DFL (Deutsche Fußball Liga), which oversees the largest digital football archive in the world, manages the entire value chain from stadium to the world with the Dalet Galaxy Media Asset Management (MAM) and Orchestration platform. Sportcast has built a Media Portal on top of their Dalet system to connect and monetize all of the Bundesliga assets, leveraging the latest Dalet Orchestration technology to automate media processes and deliver more efficiently their partners. With a grueling production schedule of 617 games each year, Sportcast is piloting AI-based indexing to optimize logging workflows and further enrich the massive amount of incoming content. <iframe width="100%" height="400" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6Y2wKPtTYAQ" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe> With great powers come great opportunities... In addition to the Sportcast case study, there were other very interesting use cases presented at the conference, including the development of Visual Searches at the RAI, Ontology detection at RTVE, and facial/organization detection at RTS. The BBC demonstrated a new system that discovers content based on historical, cultural and other topical references linked to that particular day and publishes it to social media. They demonstrated how the system retrieved a funny clip from the 1950s for International Egg day. The asset would have never been found with a conventional search. The BBC’s AI system found it and within minutes automatically published it to Twitter. At the FIAT-IFTA World Conference, just a few months after they posted the Egg video, it had received 15 million views, further demonstrating how you can give life to old content. With AI giving us so much data about an asset - thousands of tags for less than a minute of video for instance - a concern was brought up at the conference: would it become too difficult to choose content that is actually relevant? The short answer, with the development of new tools utilizing faceted search capabilities, content discovery, workflow orchestration and auto-creation of content, the user decides what is important, giving viewers so many possible angles to the same story. Prestigious awards for innovative projects Held at the Scuola Grande San Giovanni, the FIAT-IFTA Gala Awards Ceremony recognized a number of Dalet customers including Danish Radio, SBS and RAI. Our congratulations to them and their teams on the accolades, and sincere gratitude for contributing to the discussions and innovation in the area of archives! 2018 ARCHIVE ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS We also would like to thank FIAT-IFTA and the RAI for organizing such an amazing event and look forward to next year's conference in Croatia. If you would like to learn more about our intiatives in building next-gen archiving workflows, please visit our dedicated solution webpage. You can also check out Dalet Media Cortex and apply for a free trial here. This Blog article was written by Jonathan Coutts-Zawadzki, Product Marketing Manager at Dalet
Dalet presentará en IBC la última versión de su plataforma MAM Galaxy
BBC Wales Puts Dalet At The Core Of Its New Broadcast Center
Dalet, a leading provider of solutions and services for broadcasters and content professionals, announced that BBC Wales has selected the enterprise Dalet Galaxy Media Asset Management (MAM) and Orchestration platform to facilitate all workflows and asset management requirements at its new state-of-the-art media facility located in Cardiff, Wales. Once deployed, Dalet Galaxy will offer a centralized content repository and provide tools to orchestrate workflows and media processes across production, news, studios and delivery departments. The massive installation design and multi-year deployment will be managed by Dalet Professional Services, which will ensure customer success in the transformation journey towards agility and maximize return on investment (ROI). “BBC Wales is pleased to be working with Dalet to provide an asset management system for our new home in Central Square, Cardiff. Dalet was chosen after a very competitive process, and will provide an important part of the technology solution at Central Square within a state of the art broadcast centre. We are looking forward to the successful delivery of the project,” comments Gareth Powell, chief operating officer, BBC Wales. As the core media hub, Dalet Galaxy will be deployed as the cornerstone of the new digital facility. All systems and sub-systems deployed in future phases will connect to this hub. The state-of-the-art, BPMN-compliant Dalet Workflow Engine will enable the BBC to orchestrate a combination of user tasks and media services ranging from ingest, transcoding and QC, to logging, editing, media packaging and distribution. A simple-to-use workflow designer interface allows users to model business processes, picking from a palette of stencils operations such as user tasks and notifications, media and metadata services, gateways, timeout and error management, and much more. The comprehensive and open Dalet Galaxy API will allow the BBC to tightly connect storage and infrastructure technologies, media services and post-production applications, and traffic and business platforms, orchestrating a fluid workflow that tracks assets and associated metadata across the media enterprise. “We have been working with the BBC on a multitude of projects for more than fifteen years," comments Adrian Smith, regional manager, Dalet UK. “Dalet Galaxy’s flexible architecture provides a future-proof framework on which the BBC can evolve to meet new requirements and production needs that arise over coming months and even years. The Dalet Professional Services team’s experience in managing such enterprise rollouts will help them navigate the juggernaut of this multi-year, large-scale deployment.” In addition to Dalet Galaxy, Dalet will be supplying a new Dalet HTML application for simplified management of camera card ingests and its Dalet Brio video server. Supporting both SDI and IP, the versatile, high-density Dalet Brio ingest and playout platform adheres to the SMPTE 2110 standards, allowing broadcasters to step into the future of IP while retaining the security of SDI. 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 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. About BBC Wales BBC Cymru Wales is the national broadcaster for Wales, providing a wide range of English and Welsh language programmes and services for audiences across Wales, as well as flagship programmes for the BBC network. It has the largest BBC newsroom outside London, serving audiences across Wales with live news across television, radio and digital platforms seven days a week.
Dalet Showcases Advancements in Media Asset Management and Orchestration Workflows at Inter BEE 2017
Dalet, a leading provider of solutions and services for broadcasters and content professionals, will demonstrate new technology advancements at the Inter BEE 2017 event (Hall 4 stand 4502) held in Chiba, Japan November 15th through 17th. Headlining the Dalet demonstrations is the company’s flagship media asset management (MAM) and orchestration platform, Dalet Galaxy. “To optimize efficiencies, sports, news and program preparation, multiplatform distribution and archive workflows need to be considered at the heart of the operations, and not as an afterthought or a siloed process. The Dalet Galaxy MAM and orchestration platform is key to enabling efficiencies across these media verticals,” comments Takato Yamaguchi, Dalet Regional Manager. “A governance layer, Dalet Galaxy manages the stock and the preparation flow of all the program elements needed for outbound content on all distribution channels as well as those targeted for archive. Dalet experts will be available to talk with broadcasters and media companies about how Dalet Galaxy MAM and Orchestration capabilities can improve program prep, multiplatform distribution and archive efficiencies and ways they can transform their media operation and ultimately their business.” Attendees to Inter BEE 2017 can book a private briefing with Dalet at http://www.dalet.com/events. Orchestrating and Streamlining Enterprise Media Workflows Dalet Galaxy is designed to integrate content pools and automate workflows across different verticals – such as programs, promos, news, sport, lifestyle and more. It provides a consolidated view of all media assets across the business with tools to easily automate and optimize workflows from acquisition to production and distribution of content to multiple broadcast platforms and publishing systems. Delivered with Dalet Report Center, Dalet Galaxy offers critical analytics specifically tailored for media operations, allowing management teams to measure performance throughout the chain and build data-driven strategies. Dalet Galaxy MAM and Orchestration does not substitute existing MAM systems, but rather integrates them to access the media assets they hold and facilitate coherent enterprise-wide workflows. It presents a very cost-effective and “media aware” alternative to the classic and costly approach of deploying a generic ESB. Extensive Integration Ecosystem The Dalet Galaxy comes with a wide range of out-of-the-box connectors, from industry standards to custom-built partner technology integrations. These integrations range from simple connectors for file-based exchanges with applications such as file transfer engines, HSM, QC, media transcoders and content analysis; to complex adaptors for asset-based exchanges, enabling bi-directional communication with systems such as PAM/MAM/DAM, CMS, OVP, NRCS, graphic systems, traffic, scheduling and billing. For the more tech-savvy organizations, the Dalet Galaxy WebServices API allows for any ad hoc integration to be developed in-house or by a contractor. Deeper Integration with Adobe Premiere Pro CC The critical connect point for post-production, the recently updated HTML5 Dalet Xtend panel connects Adobe® Premiere Pro® CC users to the Dalet Galaxy platform, providing a direct gateway to shared assets and facilitating greater collaboration with the rest of the users on the Dalet Galaxy platform – such as journalists, prep editors, sports producers and other production personnel. Editors can save projects or sequences as assets in Dalet Galaxy, and share them with other Adobe Premiere Pro editors connected to Dalet. New features and capabilities include support for multi-sequence export, locator inheritance, configurable metadata forms for exporting content and support for “while” scenarios when exporting from Adobe Premiere Pro. Cloud Enabled Further to that, when it comes to leveraging cloud capabilities, Dalet Galaxy is a real enabler, allowing to combine in a single workflow a mix of processes that use dedicated, on-premise resources and processes that dynamically consume Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions. The framework is also ready for next-generation adaptors to connect new types of services such as artificial intelligence (AI) models that need to be driven with context and feedback. Video-Over-IP and Virtualizing Your I/O Server The Dalet Brio high-density I/O platform supports the latest IP standards adopted across the industry – SMPTE 2202-2, SMPTE 2202-6 and the recently published SMPTE 2110. The latest version of Dalet Brio no longer has dependency on a physical video board, allowing for a full virtualization of the I/O service, opening doors to more agile, next-generation video network configurations. 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
2017 Trends in Media Asset Management - Q&A with Kevin Savina, Product Strategy Director
This Q&A article is a repost from The Broadcast Bridge website. Kevin Savina, Product Strategy Director for Dalet, discusses with The Broadcast Bridge important 2017 trends in media asset management – multi-platform distribution, collaboration, workflow orchestration and business intelligence reporting – that broadcasters, facilities and content producers should keep at the forefront of their decision-making. The Broadcast Bridge (TBB): How are changing audience consumption habits combined with the continued rise of social media impacting multi-platform distribution? Kevin Savina (KS): In order to be addressed efficiently, Multiplatform distribution workflows need to be considered at the heart of the operations, and not as an afterthought. The MAM solution is key to enabling efficiency in this process. Not only does it need to manage the stock and the preparation flow of all the program elements needed for outbound content on all distribution channels, but it also needs to cater for a return path of data, and even more so with social channels. Let’s start withthe program preparation aspect. In multi-platform distribution, we still face challenges of similar nature as the ones traditional linear broadcasting faces - dealing with multiple languages, multiple audio tracks, multiple subtitle tracks, and different delivery formats - but these need to be taken to a much larger scale. By providing the right toolset and automating the packaging process, the combination of MAM & orchestration optimizes that preparation, facilitating a much more efficient multi-platform distribution workflow. Now let’s move to the aspect of the return data path from the distribution platforms back into the MAM, as it is key for collecting important data on content performance. Typically, traditional MAM solutions preparing content for delivery on linear channels have not been concerned with any consumption data flowing back. But with digital platforms (OTT and social media), this data is now available and not tapping into it for new strategies is a missed opportunity. To lay properly the foundation for the new ‘game’, these data sources should be connected back to the MAM, mapped in the data model, and made available in various aggregates, to various users groups, at various stages, in order drive more informed decisions at the editorial and content preparation level, as well as longer term strategies. COLLABORATION TBB Question: We operate in a work-anywhere world with multi-disciplinary teams, how is MAM keeping pace with this trend? KS: MAM started out as the platform to manage your media assets, but has now evolved into a solution that manages workflows to prepare these assets. To do this efficiently, it is not enough to manage access rights and share content, you need native collaboration tools. Having users accessing the system from different locations, over secured web clients or mobile applications allows for distributed teams to operate. Providing built-in chat and notification tools ensures they operate with maximum productivity. And finally, providing solutions for multi-site operations, brings together cross-geography workflows, making the walls of separate offices & facilities a distant memory. The combination of these tools, if done right, can turn the MAM into a true collaboration platform. WORKFLOW ORCHESTRATION TBB Question: We have more content to produce, more tasks to manage, more technologies to connect, more changes to come – how is workflow orchestration evolving to manage the growing demands? KS: Well, there is indeed a need for workflow orchestration to optimize efficiency around MAM driven workflows. From a design perspective, there has always been a divide between 2 schools of thought: should orchestration be part of the MAM platform or a separate system? There is no definite answer to this question, but I would tend to believe that the most efficient solution is to have an orchestration layer very closely coupled to the MAM. This scenario would make full use of the comprehensive metadata available in the MAM to drive business rules as well as ensure consistency when continuously changing these business rules and operations – as mentioned in the first topic. Our choice has been to have orchestration as an open component that is natively integrated with the MAM. If we look at the orchestration component itself, it needs to be a BPM platform based on standards such as BPMN 2.0, which will orchestrate a combination of automated technical processes and human tasks/operations. This is key to efficiency. Any partial solution will limit what can be accomplished. What’s interesting today is that we even see some organisations, who already have MAM systems in place, but no built-in orchestration, looking for solutions like Dalet as a complementary layer that facilitates workflows across their legacy siloes, improving efficiency and bringing visibility at a higher level. CLOUD TBB Question: Cloud – what can we expect from MAM & the Cloud? KS: Well, let me start by making an important distinction between “MAM in the Cloud” and “MAM and the Cloud”. In general, moving some part of an operation to Cloud is not just a technology change, it will also affect other areas such as financial planning, operations, personnel, etc... As such it typically requires a transition phase. A first approach, that we see with our customers is what I would call “MAM and the Cloud”. It consists, in keeping a traditional MAM solution, running on premise, but taking advantage of some Cloud services as IaaS (Compute and Storage on AWS or Azure are the most common) but also some SaaS services. It does not fundamentally change the MAM operations work, but it does bring a significant first layer of flexibility to our customers. A second approach would be “MAM in the Cloud”. There you have the whole MAM system running in the Cloud. There are some customers that have made this move to “All-in on Cloud”, but very few so far. What we expect to see more often is what I would call ‘Edge Cloud Workflows’, whereby we work with our customers to provide a ‘Cloud-based solution’ to a specific existing business or workflow problem and nicely integrate this with their pre-existing workflow. The key aspect here is that this gives full flexibility to our customers to decide what area makes the most sense to gradually implement in the Cloud. BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE TBB Question: How is MAM helping content owners collect, model and exploit data? KS: “Data-driven” is one of the current buzz-words of Management Gurus. Well, if you look at the point of view of the broadcasters and content owners, a well-structured MAM back-end, tightly combined with orchestration is the only way to enable data-driven media operations. First, to build the proper data model for a data-driven media strategy you need to combine: The metadata - of the media assets, their taxonomy and the relationships between assets (available in the MAM) The data about the users the groups they pertain to and their rights (available in the MAM) the time they spend on their tasks (available in the BPM) The data fed back from audiences on each asset (available in the MAM) The data about the infrastructure and all the connected software services (combining data available in the MAM and in the BPM) Then to make it actually usable for decisions you need to consolidate this data and aggregate it into actionable insight for various users and in various tools: In the MAM and its production tools In the BPM, the tasks it displays or its provisioning algorithms In the BI and the set of reports it facilitates CLOSING The key question to ask is whether the MAM will respond to the business requirements of your facility. Can it enable true integration between silos of production? Can it offer you the services you need in such a way that the cost savings can be established without compromising the quality of the content produced? Is it sufficiently scalable and extensible so that it can deliver the agility required to respond to new business and new business models? What would be required to add a new broadcast channel? What would it take to deliver content out to a new content distribution network? What would it take to integrate a new content production unit? What would it take to rapidly scale up the number of users? How is it integrated with the Cloud? These are the essential features that will ensure you are truly future-proofing your facility.
Hollywood’s Colortime Facility Industrializes Client Content Services with Dalet Workflow Orchestration and Media Asset Management for Post-Production
Dalet Digital Media Systems, a leading provider of solutions and services for media organizations, is taking on the post-production market with Colortime, a Burbank, California-based post-production facility that specializes in feature film and television episodic editorial, dailies, VFX, color correction and content management services for a global customer base. Like many post facilities, Colortime is faced with an increasing number of versions to produce while simultaneously reducing the time to deliver those versions to various content channels. Taking a different approach to the traditional work arounds and spreadsheet management tools, industry veteran Moshe Barkat turned to Dalet for its expertise in workflow automation and media asset management (MAM), selecting the open, ready-made Dalet Galaxy platform. The new workflow, which will include Dalet Galaxy MAM and Workflow Engine, Dalet WebSpace and Storyboarder and Dalet Xtend for Adobe® Premiere® Pro, aims to maximize efficiency for managing client content and package delivery by connecting post-production and archives as well as managing work orders for file delivery and automating the corresponding transcodes. “We are managing a massive amount of content for a growing client base and required a solution that would provide both content organization features and automation capabilities with high scalability. We found the Dalet Galaxy platform delivers on all of these needs,” states Moshe Barkat, CEO of Colortime. “For the many clients and brands that we work with, it is critical that the content is organized in a manner that allows both Colortime and the client - or even the client’s client – to efficiently access it and distribute it in any format they require during or after post.” Moshe elaborates, “Dalet Galaxy will serve as the foundation to efficiently organize and easily retrieve the vast amount of files we store across post-production storage servers and archives. It will also allow us to simplify distribution, by creating automation profiles for the many transcode and package assembly jobs we do at Colortime, saving us quite a bit of time, whether it is a final file delivery or pulling content from the archive in a particular format that a client needs.” Dalet Galaxy will manage content ingest and metadata indexing onto Colortime storage and archive servers, creating a central content repository for a 360-degree view into assets. Purpose-built applications such as Dalet WebSpace will allow staff to quickly browse the repository and review work in progress or archived content from any laptop or workstation. Dalet Storyboarder will provide simple cuts and assembly capabilities, allowing non-editing staff to storyboard and share concepts. Dalet Xtend for Adobe Premiere will connect editors to the main content pool with bi-directional metadata tracking across all systems, keeping content easily searchable throughout the post process. “From workgroup to enterprise implementations, Dalet continues to prove that its renowned MAM and media workflow technology - honed over years of project experience - is capable of assisting customers not only in broadcast operations, but also in multi-screen distribution and post-production,” states Simon Adler, General Manager, West Coast USA & Canada, Dalet. “Our continued investments in R&D allow our offer to remain flexible and constantly adapt to new market demands. As the chain between content producers and the audiences keeps getting more integrated and faster, post-production and media services facilities have a tremendous new business opportunity to grasp, provided they build their operations on top of the right technology foundation. We see this project as a key reference in this new generation.” The Dalet Workflow Engine will seamlessly integrate with Colortime’s existing Dalet AmberFin installation, near eliminating the need to manually transcode files and organize final packages. “We will use the Dalet Workflow Engine to automate the many different client file delivery requirements,” says Bill Womack, CTO of Colortime. “Combined with our Dalet AmberFin installation, Dalet will facilitate creation-on-demand for many customer deliverables that require transcoding. And from a top down view, the Workflow Engine will let us define certain governance or rules to manage work orders and orchestrate the creation of packages for each client.” Bill explains the complexity in automating this aspect of the business: “The automation process is rules-based and unique to each client, which you don’t typically see in television or broadcast environment, as they’re only developing content for their own proprietary channels. They don’t have the same breadth of workflows or depth of rules that we are working with. Being able to dial into each client and define a profile innovates the way we deliver content and customer service.” 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.
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