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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.

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.

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

Dalet Galaxy light skin 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:

  1. Check email or the net for the ingest schedule
  2. Create a Planning event to alert others of the recording
  3. Create an ingest job for the recording
  4. Switch the router source
  5. Conduct a QC check while ingesting
  6. Sometimes manually create a proxy
  7. 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.

The Dalet Workflow Engine user-friendly interface

With the Dalet Workflow Engine, the task is automated:

  1. 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.Advanced thesaurus and glossary features

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

Dalet User Activity Dashboard

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.

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Telefe Improves Program Production, Broadcast and Archives with Dalet Media Life
Dalet Digital Media Systems, a leading provider of software-based solutions for media organizations, announced today that Buenos Aires-based Telefe has enhanced the performance of its program preparation, production, distribution and archives infrastructure with the installation of Dalet Media Life. Facilitating Telefe’s broadcast, post and archive workflows, Dalet Media Life connects systems and provides users with a centralized content catalogue, fast production tools, advanced metadata and automation capabilities that vastly improve the creation and distribution of news packages, soap operas, promos, magazine format shows and general programs. Santiago Matias Guimerans Soto, information systems and technology manager at Telefe, says of the system’s benefits, “Dalet Media Life has given us complete interoperability, smartly orchestrating media flow across our Adobe Premiere Pro CC NLEs, QC systems, storage, playout and archive platforms. With Dalet unifying our entire broadcast operation, we are able to enhance production, simplify distribution and consolidate technology to a few best-of-breed vendors.” The enterprise deployment, which was led by systems integrator, Argentina-based IPlusB, is centered around the scalable Dalet MAM platform and features purpose-built production tools such as Dalet WebSpace integrated with Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC, a combination that is used for all of Telefe’s video preparation and production needs. “By switching to Adobe Premiere Pro CC, a key component of Adobe Creative Cloud, Telefe can better manage various formats and distribution needs, unifying in one tool the entire post production process for all workflows,” said Simon Williams, senior director of business development at Adobe. “Adobe works closely with companies like Dalet to integrate its solutions and optimize production, post and broadcast workflows. In the case of Telefe, Adobe Premiere Pro CC is integrated with the Dalet MAM, creating a production environment where media flows seamlessly across the workflow.” Dalet, which serves as the Grass Valley K2 server control layer, manages multi-location ingest of IMX 50, XDCAM HD and XDCAM EX direct to storage/archives. Web-based access to content lets users quickly search the content catalogue and archives, retrieve media, add metadata, and make shot selections. Packages are finished in Adobe Premiere Pro CC and saved for QC or automatically distributed to multiple platforms such as YouTube. Metadata is tracked at every step across the workflow. Mr. Soto echoes the positive experience the new system brings, saying, “With Dalet Media Life, we can create our own sets of metadata and build workflows specific to our production needs. This will certainly allow us to adapt to new workflows quickly, efficiently managing the production needs for a considerable time to come.” Dalet Media Life also facilitates the fluid exchange of multimedia content stored on Telefe’s robotic IBM tape library, Xendata HSM. Previously, searches had to be carried out using the NLE system – a labor-intensive process that tied up an edit suite. Now with web-based access to the content catalogue and archives, Telefe can readily exploit the added value of its wide-ranging content library. “Telefe represents one of the largest Dalet installations in South America,” explains Julien Decaix, general manager, Dalet US and Latin America. “It was Dalet’s ability to connect production, post-production and archives combined with the ease of content delivery to outlets like YouTube and emerging technology platforms that attracted Telefe. And the new workflow has delivered many benefits beyond initial expectations. Editors, assistant editors, producers and operators have direct access to archives and workflow tools that allow them to work collaboratively on all aspects of program preparation and production. Dalet is a solution that Telefe can continue to grow with over time, reaping the benefits of new revenue streams faster than ever before.” In addition to Adobe Premier Pro CC, Dalet Media Life integrates Grass Valley K2 Servers, Quantum StorNext file system, Netapp NAS storage, Xendata HSM, Harmonic ProMedia Carbon transcoding, and Interra Baton QC systems. For more information on Dalet Media Life, please visit http://www.dalet.com/products/media-life. About Dalet Digital Media Systems Dalet software-based solutions enable media organizations to create, manage and distribute content faster and more efficiently, fully maximizing the value of assets. Dalet products are built on three distinct platforms that, when combined, form versatile business solutions that power end-to-end workflows for news, sports, program preparation, production, archive and radio. Individually, Dalet platforms and products offer targeted applications with key capabilities to address critical media workflow functions such as ingest, QC, edit, transcode and multiplatform distribution. The foundation for Dalet’s productivity-enhancing workflow solutions, Dalet Galaxy is the enterprise NRCS and MAM that unifies the content chain by managing assets, metadata, workflows and processes across multiple and diverse production and distribution systems. Specially tailored for news and media workflows, this unique technology platform helps broadcasters and media professionals increase productivity while providing operational and business visibility. Dalet AmberFin is the high-quality, scalable transcoding platform with fully integrated ingest, mastering, QC and review functionalities, enabling facilities to make great pictures in a scalable, reliable and interoperable way.
Addressing the demanding needs of studio production, multi-camera ingest, sports logging and highlights production, the innovative Dalet Brio video server platform combines density and cost-effectiveness with high reliability. Dalet supports customers from the initial planning stages to well beyond project execution. Our global presence includes 15 offices strategically located throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, North America and South America, and a network of more than 60 professional partners serving 87 countries worldwide. This collective experience and knowledge enables our customers to realize potential increases in productivity, efficiency and value of their assets. The comprehensive Dalet Care program ensures deployments remain up and running with 24/7 support 365 days a year. Dalet systems are used around the world by many thousands of individual users at hundreds of TV and Radio content producers, including public broadcasters (ABS-CBN, BBC, CBC, DR, FMM, France TV, RAI, RFI, Russia Today, RT Malaysia, VOA), commercial networks and operators (Canal+, FOX, eTV, MBC Dubai, MediaCorp, Mediaset, Orange, Time Warner Cable, Warner Bros, Sirius XM Radio), and government organizations (Canadian House of Commons, Australian Parliament and UK Parliament). Dalet is traded on the NYSE-EURONEXT stock exchange (Eurolist C): ISIN: FR0011026749, Bloomberg DLT:FP, Reuters: DALE.PA. Dalet® is a registered trademark of Dalet Digital Media Systems. All other products and trademarks mentioned herein belong to their respective owners. For more information on Dalet, visit www.dalet.com.
Dalet Business Solution Increases Production Efficiencies for FOX International Channels Italy and UK Media Operations
Dalet Digital Media Systems, a leading provider of software-based solutions for media organizations, announced today that FOX International channels (FIC) has implemented near identical Dalet business solutions, powered by the Dalet Galaxy Media Asset Management platform (MAM), in its FIC Italy and FIC United Kingdom (UK) facilities. The comprehensive Dalet MAM installations, which were implemented in a few short weeks, allow FIC to underpin its international operations, maximizing content production efficiencies and increasing delivery output across all facets of programming for its Italian and UK operations. “As custodians of one of the largest and fastest growing digital entertainment portfolios in the world, our overriding aim for the Dalet business solution is to help FIC become more productive. We ramped up to peak content production levels easily in just a few days, enabling our production teams to collaboratively create, repackage and distribute content more efficiently,” says Mauro Panella, Executive Director, Head of Broadcast operations, IT & Facilities for Italy, Germany & UK at Fox International Channels Europe. “But our requirements didn’t end there. With this leap forward, we needed a technical partner that could respond to our growing distribution needs with an infrastructure that supports new industry compliance standards and emerging technology. We’ve found that partner in Dalet.” To help oversee the design and deployment of the FIC installation, Dalet worked closely with business partner Media Power and system integrator Professional Show. The underlying Dalet Galaxy platform streamlines the FIC workflow by centralizing programming content into one database, providing bespoke web-based and desktop tools that enhance QC operations, promo production and delivery of new and repackaged program content throughout Europe and Africa as well as to affiliates such as Sky Italy and UK. Several Dalet Brio video servers facilitate the comprehensive content ingest and delivery needs for both facilities. “FIC installed Dalet to better manage its global multiplatform production output, regardless of whether content is sourced from a live event, its US operations or purchased outside the FOX brand. In doing so, they were able to streamline manual workflows and consolidate the production infrastructure around fully integrated web-based and desktop tools to speed turnaround for time-critical programming content,” says Massimo Berardi, general manager, Dalet Italy. Combined with the agility to map metadata with video and audio assets within the Dalet MAM, the advanced automation tools facilitate the swift and secure distribution of FIC content to multiple locations and platforms. Berardi explains the benefits further, “The Dalet workflow not only allows FIC to quickly repackage popular series such as ‘The Walking Dead’ in various languages and formats, it also allows them to distribute these new programs in conjunction with their US air dates – satisfying audience demands for new programming material while lowering the overall cost of purchased content and production time.” The installation of Dalet also provides system-wide interoperability, enabling a more fluid media exchange among existing third-party postproduction, storage, traffic, delivery and archive systems by managing metadata across the workflow. For more information on Dalet Business Solutions and products, please visit www.dalet.com. About Dalet Digital Media Systems Dalet software-based solutions enable media organizations to create, manage and distribute content faster and more efficiently, fully maximizing the value of assets. Dalet products are built on three distinct platforms that, when combined, form versatile business solutions that power end-to-end workflows for news, sports, program preparation, production, archive and radio. Individually, Dalet platforms and products offer targeted applications with key capabilities to address critical media workflow functions such as ingest, QC, edit, transcode and multiplatform distribution. The foundation for Dalet productivity-enhancing workflow solutions, Dalet Galaxy is the enterprise NRCS and MAM that unifies the content chain by managing assets, metadata, workflows and processes across multiple and diverse production and distribution systems. Specially tailored for news and media workflows, this unique technology platform helps broadcasters and media professionals increase productivity while providing operational and business visibility. Dalet AmberFin is the high-quality, scalable transcoding platform with fully integrated ingest, mastering, QC and review functionalities, enabling facilities to make great pictures in a scalable, reliable and interoperable way.
Addressing the demanding needs of studio production, multi-camera ingest, sports logging and highlights production, the innovative Dalet Brio video server platform combines density and cost-effectiveness with high reliability. Dalet supports customers from the initial planning stages to well beyond project execution. Our global presence includes 15 offices strategically located throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, North America and South America, and a network of more than 60 professional partners serving 87 countries worldwide. This collective experience and knowledge enables our customers to realize potential increases in productivity, efficiency and value of their assets. The comprehensive Dalet Care program ensures deployments remain up and running with 24/7 support 365 days a year. Dalet systems are used around the world by many thousands of individual users at hundreds of TV and Radio content producers, including public broadcasters (ABS-CBN, BBC, CBC, DR, FMM, France TV, RAI, RFI, Russia Today, RT Malaysia, VOA), commercial networks and operators (Canal+, FOX, eTV, MBC Dubai, MediaCorp, Mediaset, Orange, Time Warner Cable, Warner Bros, Sirius XM Radio), and government organizations (Canadian House of Commons, Australian Parliament and UK Parliament). Dalet is traded on the NYSE-EURONEXT stock exchange (Eurolist C): ISIN: FR0011026749, Bloomberg DLT:FP, Reuters: DALE.PA. Dalet® is a registered trademark of Dalet Digital Media Systems. All other products and trademarks mentioned herein belong to their respective owners. For more information on Dalet, visit www.dalet.com
AmsterMAM – What’s New With Dalet at IBC (Part 1)
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you may also receive our newsletters (if not, email us and we’ll sign you up) – the latest edition of which lists 10 reasons to visit Dalet at the upcoming IBC show (stand 8.B77). Over the next couple of weeks, I’m going to be using this blog to expand on some of those reasons, starting this week with a focus on Media Asset Management (MAM) and the Dalet Galaxy platform. Three years ago, putting together an educational seminar for SMPTE, Bruce Devlin (star of this blog and Chief Media Scientist at Dalet) interviewed a number of MAM vendors and end users about what a MAM should be and do. Pulling together the responses – starting with a large number of post-it notes and ending with a large Venn diagram – it was obvious that what “MAM” means to you is very dependent on how you want to use it. What we ended up with was a “core” of functionality that was common to all MAM-driven workflows and a number of outer circles with workflow-specific tasks. This is exactly how Dalet Galaxy is built – a unified enterprise MAM core, supporting News, Production, Sports, Archive, Program Prep and Radio, with task-specific tools unique to each business solution. At IBC we’ll be showcasing these workflows individually, but based on the same Dalet Galaxy core. For news, we have two demonstrations. Dalet News Suite is our customizable, Enterprise multimedia news production and distribution system. This IBC we’ll be showcasing new integration with social media and new tools for remote, mobile and web-based working. We’ll also be demonstrating our fully-packaged, end-to-end solution for small and mid-size newsrooms, Dalet NewsPack. In sports workflows, quick turnaround and metadata entry is essential – we’ll be showing how Dalet Sports Factory, with new advanced logging capabilities, enables fast, high-quality sports production and distribution. IBC sees the European debut of the new Dalet Galaxy-based Dalet Radio Suite, the most comprehensive, robust and flexible radio production and playout solution available, featuring Dalet OneCut editing, a rock-solid playout module featuring integration with numerous third parties and class-leading multi-site operations. Dalet Media Life provides a rich set of user tools for program prep, archive and production workflows. New for IBC this year, we’ll be previewing new “track stack” functionality for multilingual and multi-channel audio workflows, extended integration with Adobe Premiere and enhanced workflow automation. If you want to see how the Dalet Galaxy platform can support your workflow, or be central to multiple workflows click here to book at meeting at IBC or get in touch with our sales team. You can also find out more about what we’re showing at IBC here.
A Three-Platform Approach: Dalet Galaxy, Dalet Brio and Dalet AmberFin
So far, 2014 has been the year of mergers and acquisitions within the broadcast industry. As previously reported on this blog, not all this M&A activity is driven by the same customer-focused aims. However, in the case of Dalet, our recent strategic acquisition of AmberFin has the customer clearly in mind. The merging of the two companies enables our new enlarged and enriched company to cover significantly more bases within file-based workflow environments. From IBC 2014, Dalet will offer three technology platforms: Dalet Galaxy, Dalet Brio and Dalet AmberFin, leveraging the knowledge and technologies of both companies to deliver a broader and deeper set of solutions. It’s worth looking under the hood and understanding why this is so important. For readers that are new to some parts of the Dalet product family, let me shed a little light on these platforms: Dalet Galaxy is the latest and most advanced version of the Dalet Media Asset Management (MAM) platform and the most recent evolution of Dalet Enterprise Edition. The landmark development initiative leverages more than 10 years of successful MAM development and customer input. Dalet Galaxy is the industry's first business-centric, MAM platform developed to manage media workflows, systems and assets throughout the multimedia production and distribution chain. Dalet Brio is an innovative and cost-effective platform for broadcast customers looking for non-proprietary solutions to digitize and playback their content. Constructed using Dalet Brio servers (IT-based ingest and playout servers for SD and HD content), it also provides a powerful set of user tools and applications to help deliver video workflows. Dalet AmberFin is a high-quality, scalable transcoding platform with fully integrated ingest, mastering, QC and review functionality, enabling facilities to make great pictures in a scalable, reliable and interoperable way. AmberFin software runs on cost-effective, commodity IT hardware that can adapt and grow 
as the needs of your business change. Advanced Integration Capabilities to deliver new workflows As a specialist in MAM-driven workflows, Dalet has been actively looking at delivering end-to-end workflows, and we all know that one of the biggest problems we encounter is making the various workflow components work together efficiently and intelligently. This is the reason we, at Dalet and AmberFin, have always been strong supporters of industry standards as a means to ease integration issues when building workflows. Each of the three Dalet platforms possess powerful integration capabilities, based on standards and APIs, which enable every product built on these platforms to be integrated within overall workflows. Most importantly, we believe that the greatest added value we can bring to our customers comes from tight integration between these three platforms, empowering workflow optimization that previously was unimaginable. This vision goes well beyond what any industry standard or even proprietary API can achieve. Let’s take an example: in today’s modern workflows media will be transcoded at a variety of touch points in the production and distribution process, potentially degrading the source quality over successive generations. At Dalet, we strive within the AmberFin platform to minimize quality degradation at each step of the process, but we recognize this is not enough. In fact we still believe that “the best transcode is no transcode.” This can only be achieved by exploiting key metadata (technical, editorial and rights metadata) stored in the MAM platform in order to make smart decisions on when to transcode or not, and what type of transcode profile to apply. And this is just one of the ideas we have. At IBC this year, we will be showcasing some fantastic new features and facilities that are possible using the new extended and enriched Dalet portfolio of workflow solutions. Check out here our exciting theatre line-up for the next few days. We’re still booking demos, so it’s not too late to book a meeting: http://www.dalet.com/events/ibc-amsterdam-2014. To learn more about Dalet’s strategic acquisition of AmberFin, download the following white paper: http://www.dalet.com/white-paper/dalet-and-amberfin.
NASA Expands Dalet Installation
Dalet Digital Media Systems, a leading provider of software-based solutions for media organizations, announced today that NASA has expanded its Dalet installation, located at the Johnson Space Center (JSC). The expansion includes the addition of the award-winning IT-based Dalet Brio video server platform and Dalet Xtend, providing seamless integration with Adobe Premiere Pro non-linear editors (NLEs). These new tools integrate with the existing Dalet installation, which was implemented in 2013 and automates capture and archive of 10 SD/HD space station cameras, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Using Dalet Xtend for Adobe Premiere Pro and Dalet Brio, NASA can facilitate the production and broadcast of daily and weekly NASA TV wrap programs, which feature a mix of space station activities and interviews. The expansion also supports live broadcasts of events held at the JSC to NASA TV, recording material direct to the archive. “There is a tremendous amount of footage recorded from the space station and JSC cameras into the NASA media database,” comments Julien Decaix, general manager of Americas for Dalet. “To efficiently store the content, we leveraged the Dalet API to integrate the NASA database with the Dalet Media Asset Management (MAM). This allows NASA to index the incoming footage and track metadata, which is key when searching for specific content such as an astronaut’s commentary from the space station or say footage from a press event held at the JSC. The expansion of the Dalet installation adds another layer of efficiency. The new tools let non-production staff browse and retrieve content from the archives without the aid of an NLE while Dalet Brio and Dalet Xtend facilitate content editing and program distribution with full metadata tracking from ingest to playout. The design maintains the integrity and security of the content.” Dalet search and retrieval tools let authorized staff access media archives and browse content while the Dalet Xtend for Adobe Premiere Pro connects editors directly to the central database for efficient show creation and metadata continuity. Finished packages are put into the Dalet rundown management module and distributed via Dalet Brio to the NASA TV channel, which broadcasts every weekday from the NASA Johnson Space Center control studio located in Houston, TX. About Dalet Digital Media Systems Dalet software-based solutions enable media organizations to create, manage and distribute content faster and more efficiently, fully maximizing the value of assets. Dalet products are built on three distinct platforms that, when combined, form versatile business solutions that power end-to-end workflows for news, sports, program preparation, production, archive and radio. Individually, Dalet platforms and products offer targeted applications with key capabilities to address critical media workflow functions such as ingest, QC, edit, transcode and multiplatform distribution. The foundation for Dalet’s productivity-enhancing workflow solutions, Dalet Galaxy is the enterprise NRCS and MAM that unifies the content chain by managing assets, metadata, workflows and processes across multiple and diverse production and distribution systems. Specially tailored for news and media workflows, this unique technology platform helps broadcasters and media professionals increase productivity while providing operational and business visibility. Dalet AmberFin is the high-quality, scalable transcoding platform with fully integrated ingest, mastering, QC and review functionalities, enabling facilities to make great pictures in a scalable, reliable and interoperable way.
 Addressing the demanding needs of studio production, multi-camera ingest, sports logging and highlights production, the innovative Dalet Brio video server platform combines density and cost-effectiveness with high reliability. Dalet supports customers from the initial planning stages to well beyond project execution. Our global presence includes 15 offices strategically located throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, North America and South America, and a network of more than 60 professional partners serving 87 countries worldwide. This collective experience and knowledge enables our customers to realize potential increases in productivity, efficiency and value of their assets. The comprehensive Dalet Care program ensures deployments remain up and running with 24/7 support 365 days a year. Dalet systems are used around the world by many thousands of individual users at hundreds of TV and Radio content producers, including public broadcasters (ABS-CBN, BBC, CBC, DR, FMM, France TV, RAI, RFI, Russia Today, RT Malaysia, VOA), commercial networks and operators (Canal+, FOX, eTV, MBC Dubai, MediaCorp, Mediaset, Orange, Time Warner Cable, Warner Bros, Sirius XM Radio), and government organizations (Canadian House of Commons, Australian Parliament and UK Parliament). Dalet is traded on the NYSE-EURONEXT stock exchange (Eurolist C): ISIN: FR0011026749, Bloomberg DLT:FP, Reuters: DALE.PA. Dalet® is a registered trademark of Dalet Digital Media Systems. All other products and trademarks mentioned herein belong to their respective owners. For more information on Dalet, visit www.dalet.com
The Power of Monitoring
Next up on our #PowerOfDalet blog series, and following up on our article two weeks ago on the Power of Analytics in Dalet AmberFin, we are now exploring the Power of Monitoring in Dalet Galaxy. While you can (almost) always troubleshoot and find a way to make your media files work, wouldn’t it be even better if you could maintain and even optimize your system performances over time, and identify potential issues at an early stage, before trouble sets in? If this is the case, we need to talk! Thanks to Dalet Dashboard, system operators and administrators today have access to centralized, state-of-the-art analysis tools for monitoring and managing the performance of Dalet solutions and third-party systems across the entire media workflow. Dalet Dashboard is a key tool to maintain your system performance over time; but even more importantly, it is a key asset to lowering your hardware infrastructure and maintenance costs, and optimizing global infrastructure performances. Monitoring a broadcast system is a big challenge How do you know when your system is under-performing? What could be a good indicator for that? The simple and obvious answer is hardware performance. High CPU usage over time, memory leaks, storage problems and so on, could all hint that there is (or about to be) a problem. But consider that your hardware could be running smoothly, with absolutely no sign of any bad news to come, while a major problem quietly brews, not showing itself...yet. It’s the Dalet Dashboard to the rescue! Backed by the next-generation monitoring engine Icinga, Dalet Dashboard fully leverages this engine built for high performance, which benefits from a multi-threaded design (as opposed to older monitoring systems) and makes it possible to monitor thousands of devices in a very efficient way – it could run thousands of quality checks every single second! Dalet Dashboard is critical in maintaining the smooth and seamless daily performance of the broadcast environment. It continuously checks the system’s various components, analyzing their utilization, spotting problematic parts and alerting the system administrator to fix them at an early stage – before it becomes too expensive to fix. The Dashboard keeps an attentive eye on core components, such as the Dalet services, the Dalet name servers, the Dalet core agents, the Dalet SQL server, the various storage components, third-party systems, and so on. By centralizing system monitoring and management, Dalet Dashboard provides a new approach to enterprise broadcast system management for site administrators and engineers, with global administration tools, smart alerts and notifications, and customized reports and statistics. Common use case scenarios for Dalet Dashboard Envision a common scenario: storage space is running low. This can can severely affect the overall performance of the entire system. This is where Dalet Dashboard comes into action – as soon as the free space drops below the pre-defined threshold, an alert is sent to the appropriate operator, who receives the necessary information and data to take measures to fix the issue. Sometimes the problem is not that easy to detect. For example, an incorrect design made by the system architecture could result in a heavy load on some Dalet core agents, while other agents are idling most of the time. Dalet Dashboard is able to catch that at an early stage, quickly identifying that a specific agent is hammered with too many requests, and notifying the site administrator with a recommended course of action, such as a different load distribution. Dalet Dashboard takes system monitoring and management a step further In order to have a clear view of the site performance, customized dashboard views are provided, showing the key measurements of the site performance, making it very easy to spot troubles from a high level – low free space, disconnected core servers, SQL server not running, servers are out of sync, etc. For that we use a state-of-the-art graphing tool – which is very easy to customize, making it possible for each site to organize the dashboard to show the views most relevant to them. For example, some sites are metadata only (no media), hence they do not need storage-related information, but they do care about the rate of titles/wires created. A dashboard view can be constructed, showing side-by-side time-series graphs or tables of data, showing the most important metrics. Dalet Dashboard will save your organization money Using Dalet Dashboard to monitor organizational needs can even help facilities save money – they can use the statistics it provides to determine when the site is used most, when is it idle, if we are using virtualization, etc. We can use those measurements to realize when more power is needed and, alternatively, when we can reduce some of the resources. It can tell us whether we need more server machines, or maybe some existing hardware is not needed, and so on. Acting as an intelligent partner, Dalet Dashboard will help you tailor your infrastructure to your needs. Learn more about Dalet Dashboard and check out how Dalet Galaxy can improve your media workflow. Please contact us if you would like to talk to a product specialist or set up a demo.
National Assembly of Mauritius Deploys Dalet for Media Operations
Dalet Digital Media Systems, a leading provider of solutions and services for media organizations, today announced that the National Assembly of Mauritius has deployed an end-to-end Dalet Galaxy Media Asset Management (MAM) platform at the heart of its media operation, including managing the recording and live broadcast of parliamentary sessions. The implementation, facilitated as a joint venture between Dalet, local partner HMT (Harel Mallac Technologies), and South Africa broadcast specialist Zimele Broadcast, is the latest instance of Dalet solutions being used by national and international government institutions to acquire, centralize, manage, produce and distribute official content to the public. “The installation of Dalet and broadcasting from parliament live for the first time helps the National Assembly meet one of its core mission statement objectives,” explains Saseeta Ramsahye-Rakha, parliamentary ICT manager of the Mauritius National Assembly. “The main objective is to bring Parliament to people and help the public understand the role and operation of the National Assembly through information sharing. Equally important, with Dalet now at the center of the media operation, members are able to keep their constituents well-informed on vital subjects and decisions by easily and quickly publishing media online.” The Mauritius National Assembly reached a landmark in its democratic process on 15 December 2016 when it began live broadcasting of the parliamentary proceedings. The New Workflow National Assembly staff enter the parliamentary order of business into Dalet planning tools, which, via the Dalet API, populate the Event Guide and Session Agenda on the Mauritius government website (https://parliamenttv.govmu.org). All cameras in the National Assembly’s main Chamber are recorded automatically onto high-density Dalet Brio video servers and with overlaid Dalet Cube graphics to identify each speaker, a live output is produced and simultaneously broadcast via Mauritius TV and streamed live via Unified Streaming servers on the online video platform. Galaxy workflow transfers the video automatically from Dalet Brio to NetApp online storage and later to Xendata systems for archiving. Operators log content using Dalet Events Logger, which appears instantly on the website as a timestamped index against the live stream. Dalet WebSpace users can later use the logs to search tags, select shots and create EDLs using Dalet OneCut for content production. Additionally, when there are no live sessions, Dalet OnAir can automate playout via Dalet Brio, incorporating graphics generated by Dalet Cube. The system has capacity to also record and stream the two National Assembly committee rooms when required. Dalet Galaxy’s open API provides key integration with the National Assembly of Mauritius’ Vualto online platform. The seamless connection allows members and the public to access recorded sessions and publish tweets and Facebook posts, as well as connect to other social media platforms with direct links to the video index. “Working in close cooperation with our joint venture partners HMT and Zimele was key in making this project a success. We are delighted to have helped the National Assembly of Mauritius achieve its goal of sharing up-to-date news and information with its people and helping facilitate a multimedia record of parliamentary proceedings,” says Chris Wright, general manager, Dalet UK, Africa and Middle East. “In doing so, they join prestigious organizations including the UK Parliament, the Canadian House of Commons, the Australian Parliament, the US Senate and the United Nations in using Dalet solutions to reach a national and international public.” For more information, please visit Dalet at www.dalet.com. 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.