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In € millions 2016 2017 Change Revenues 48,2 51,1 +6% Cost of goods and third-party services resold 7,0 6,4 -8% Commercial gross profit 41,2 44,6 +8% Commercial gross margin 85% 87% +2pts Other cost of revenues 14,6 15,9 +9% Gross profit 26,6 28,7 +8% Gross Margin 55% 56% +1pt Research and development 11,6 12,0 +3% Selling and marketing 9,0 9,4 +4% General and administrative 4,6 5,0 +9% Current operating income 1,4 2,4 +73% Operating income 1,3 1,9 +42% Net income, Group share 0,66 0,73 +10% The consolidated financial statements have been audited. The auditors' report will be published once the due diligence procedures required for the publication of the yearly financial report are complete.   DALET, a leading provider of software solutions for the creation, management and distribution of multimedia content for broadcasters, operators and content producers, has published its yearly audited results for financial year 2017.   Record revenues, continued improvement of the Gross Margin Dalet posted in 2017 its ninth consecutive year of growth, with record revenues at €51.1 million, up 6% when compared to 2016. The improved sales mix and a better margin on services contributed to a Gross Profit of €28.7 million, up by 8%.   Current operating margin reaches upper range of guidance As a result of well-controlled expenses, in particular moderate increase of R&D spending, current operating income climbed to €2.4 million, up 73% as compared to 2016. In percentage, current operating margin for 2017 was 4.7%, in the upper range of the margin objectives defined by the group in its 2016/2017 business plan. An exceptional provision for €0.6 million was recorded related to the final settlement of a commercial dispute on an old project from 2014. The resulting operating income reached €1.9 million, up 42%. After financial expenses and income tax, including a deferred tax expense (non cash) of €0.3 million, net income was up by 10% at €0.7 million.   Net cash position: €2.2 million Net cash on 31 December 2017 stands at €2.2 million, up by €0.9 million. Shareholders’ equity stood at €15.2 million on 31 December 2017.   Outlook: sustained revenue growth and current operating margin target of 5% to 6% in 2018 Dalet confirms the target of mid to high single digit organic revenue growth in 2018 announced together with the publication of its 2017 revenues. Dalet’s revenue growth will be aided by the enriched feature set of its product portfolio in particular on the new Artificial Intelligence technologies. These offerings are just starting to be released and they were very well received at the recent April NAB show in Las Vegas. In parallel, the group will continue to realize margin improvements based on the combination of higher software revenues in the sales mix, further gains in service margins, and better distribution of fixed costs across the larger volume of revenue. Dalet’s objective for 2018 current operating margin is between 5% and 6%.   Next publication Q1-2018 revenues on 14 May 2018 after the close of trading   About Dalet Digital Media Systems 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, RAI, RFI, Russia Today, RT Malaysia, VOA), commercial networks and operators (Canal+, Fox, Euronews, MBC Dubai, MediaCorp, Mediaset, Time Warner Cable, Warner Bros., SiriusXM) and government organizations (UK Parliament, NATO, United Nations, Veterans Affairs, NASA). Dalet is traded on the NYSE-EURONEXT stock exchange (Eurolist C): ISIN: FR0011026749, Bloomberg DLT:FP, Reuters: DALE.PA. For more information on Dalet, visit www.dalet.com Contacts Actus Finance & Communication : Investors: Théo Martin +33 1 53 67 36 75 Press-Media: Vivien Ferran +33 1 53 67 36 34     APPENDIX: DETAILED FINANCIAL INFORMATION 2017  INCOME STATEMENT BY FUNCTIN (in euro thousands) 2016 2017     Revenues 48 226 51 052 Cost of Revenues -21 627 -22 307 Gross Profit 26 598 28 744 Research and Development expenses -11 634 -11 968 Selling and Marketing expenses -8 984 -9 361 General and Administrative expenses -4 599 -5 032 Current Operating Income 1 381 2 383 Other operating income and expenses -76 -524 Operating Income 1 305 1 859 Financial income and expenses -425 -377 Pre-tax income 880 1 482 Income Tax -220 -754 Net consolidated income 660 728 Net consolidated income, attributable to Group 660 727   INCOME STATEMENT BY NATURE OF EXPENSE (in euro thousands) 2016 2017       Revenues 48 226 51 052 Cost of Goods and third-party services resold -7 001 -6 432 Commercial Gross Profit 41 225 44 620 Commercial Gross Margin 85,5% 87,4%       Purchases and other external expenses -12 540 -13 209 Employee expenses -23 524 -24 901 Taxes and duties -179 -199 Other operating income and expenses -56 0 EBITDA 4 926 6 311       Depreciation, Amortization and Provisions net of reversals -3 545 -3 928       Curent Operating Income 1 381 2 383   BALANCE SHEET (in euro thousands) Dec 31 2016 Dec 31 2017       Goodwill 5 604 5 476 Intangible assets 5 375 5 034 Property, plant and equipment 1 333 1 286 Long-term financial assets 360 349 Long term restricted cash 180 417 Other non-current assets 1 718 2 343 Deferred tax assets 424 58 NON-CURRENT ASSETS 14 992 14 963 Inventories 428 353 Trade receivables 17 814 17 823 Sundry debtors 1 701 1 288 Cash and cash equivalents 6 532 6 528 Current tax assets 299 412 CURRENT ASSETS 26 774 26 404 TOTAL ASSETS 41 766 41 366       Capital 7 187 7 189 Premiums 9 682 9 682 Consolidated reserves -4 655 -3 904 Consolidated income 660 727 Translation reserves 2 276 1 495 Shareholder's Equity (attributable to the Group) 15 150 15 189 Non-controlling interests 9 9 SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY 15 159 15 198 Long term financial debt 2 930 2 550 Long term provisions 677 733 Deferred tax liabilities 578 548 Other non current liabilities 754 811 NON CURRENT LIABILITIES 4 938 4 641 Short-term provisions 96 609 Short-term financial debt 2 332 1 789 Current tax liabilities 38 101 Suppliers 3 962 3 077 Tax and social security liabilities 4 316 4 583 Other creditors 10 926 11 369 CURRENT LIABILITIES 21 669 21 527 TOTAL LIABILITIES 41 766 41 366   STATEMENT OF NET CASH FLOWS 31 dec 2016   31 dec 2017 (in € thousand) 12 months 12 months Consolidated net income (including non-controlling interests) 660 728 +/- Depreciation, amortisation and provisions (except on current assets) 3 841 4 397 +/ - Income and expense linked to stock options and similar 89 72 -/+ Gains and losses on disposals -5 6 Cash flow after cost of net financial debt and tax 4 585 5 202 + Cost of net financial debt 128 7 +/- Tax expense (including deferred taxes) 220 754 Cash flow before cost of net financial debt and tax (A) 4 933 5 963 - Tax paid (B) -563 - 480 +/- Change in working capital requirement from operating activities (including liabilities for employee benefits) (C) 769 - 449 = NET CASH FLOW FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES (D) = (A + B + C) 5 139 5 035 - Cash outflow for acquisitions of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets -3 334 - 3602 + Cash from disposals of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets 35 83 +/- Change in loans and advances made 33 10 = NET CASH FLOW FROM INVESTMENT ACTIVITIES (E) -3 265 - 3 509       -/+ Repurchase and resale of treasury shares -23 -1 + Cash from new borrowings 415 1 020 - Loan repayments (including finance leases) -1 150  -1 411 - Net financial interest paid (including finance leases) -112 6 +/- Other cash flows from financing activities 903 - 727 = NET CASH FLOW FROM financing activities (F) 34 -1 114       +/- Impact of changes in exchange rates (G) 87 -357 = CHANGE IN NET CASH POSITION (D + E + F + G) 1 996 55       Cash at end of period     Cash and cash equivalents - Bank overdrafts 6 313 6 367 Cash at opening     Cash and cash equivalents - Bank overdrafts 4 317 6313
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Dalet, a leading provider of solutions and services for broadcasters and content professionals, extends the Interoperable Master Format (IMF) capabilities and collaborative workflows within the new Dalet Galaxy five solution. Shown at NAB 2018 on booth SL8010, the Dalet Galaxy five component-based approach to IMF provides an exceptional user experience for maximum efficiency – simplifying IMF production and delivery workflows with visually intuitive graphical tools and automation. “The overall change in moving from traditional workflow to Dalet’s IMF component-based approach is more than a technical uplift, it's a change in the business value model,” states Matthieu Fasani, product manager, Dalet. “All too often a facility can be perceived as a provider of tapes and files that satisfy individual creative projects, but the real goal here is to move into a position of being able to fulfil a continuous business need by providing a technical back office and, potentially, a store-front for fulfilling the national and international distribution requirements. Dalet enables this by demystifying the complexity of IMF, industrializing the process with a component-based approach that is incredibly flexible and quick to adopt across organizations.” Dalet has been pioneering component-based workflows and the IMF workflow industrialization with Dalet Galaxy, its flagship MAM and Workflow Orchestration platform, creating real business opportunities for global distribution. “In a traditional workflow you need to re-render your entire project several times throughout its lifecycle including every version you need to distribute,” explains Arnaud Elnecave, vice president, marketing, Dalet. “The Dalet Galaxy five data model and toolset supports comprehensive component-based workflows. This means you never render, you change only the specific elements that need to be modified or added supplements within a project or collection, eliminating the need to duplicate media files. This is a much more flexible approach that offers significant savings on time and resources for production and delivery. This will become more and more critical for efficient program versioning and distribution workflows where various essences are produced, transformed, arranged, packaged and exchanged repeatedly between media properties.” NAB attendees can book a private briefing here to learn more about Dalet Galaxy five IMF and other component-based workflows. New IMF Workflow Features of Dalet Galaxy five New features, introduced with Dalet Galaxy five and shown at NAB 2018, include native IMF support and a Video Timeline view to speed approvals and production: Native support for IMF assets, such as the Composition Play List (CPL) and the Output Profile List (OPL), comes as default alongside objects like video, audio or images when you open Dalet Galaxy   Generating proxies for preview of track files and CPLs in Dalet WebSpace   Visualizing asset relationships (between track files and CPLs, CPLs and OPLs, and between CPLs belonging to the same title)   Automating the creation of new versions by leveraging the Workflow Orchestration platform capabilities   Automatically connecting CPLs using EIDR (Entertainment Identifier Registry) and ISAN (International Standard Audiovisual Number) identifiers   Orchestrating the rendering of compositions and the generation of new IMPs manually or automatically based on configurable business rules   A Great User Experience “The IMF standard brings huge benefits at several key steps of the media supply and distribution chain but at the cost of some complexity. In order for users to leverage all of its benefits, IMF workflows need to be intuitive and easy to manage,” adds Fasani. “That’s exactly what Dalet Galaxy five is introducing. The way the Dalet user experience exposes IMF assets for manipulation is so unique, it will change the way people perceive and understand IMF. In just one or two days you can set up sophisticated workflows to receive IMF packages, review the content, trigger export to Netflix or any distributor you wish, and simplify end-to-end IMF workflows for all of your team. We are replacing complexity with usability.” Dalet Galaxy five introduces a new set of tools within Dalet WebSpace specifically designed for preview, review and approval of all objects of an IMF package, including the CPL, with a glance at the Video Timeline available on any web client. There is no need for an extensive mastering tool. Simply import the package content into Galaxy, automatically generate proxies and extend collaborative review and approval workflows. The Bundle Object groups all the components that belong to the same title under one umbrella. Inside the Bundle Editor, users will find the lifecycle of component-based workflows presented in a simple, visual layout: The Media Tab lists all the component track files (video, audio, subtitles/captions   The Production Tab lists all the CPLs/OPLs, which describe how components have been assembled and should be transformed to an output deliverable   The Version Tab exposes the renderings of CPLs/OPLs into final deliverables for consumption by end-users (AS-11 for linear playout, HLS/DASH for OTT distribution)   The Packages Tab tracks how individual components have been received/delivered and allows to generate new packages by simple drag-and-drop operations.   Extensive Third-Party Integration Dalet works with the IMF eco-system of vendors (mastering tools from Marquise Technologies, Rohde & Schwarz and ColorFront; QC tools from Netflix Photon, Interra Systems and IRT) to ensure robust end-to-end IMF workflows, including receiving IMF packages, referencing IMF assets in a central repository and leveraging IMF metadata, both technical and editorial, to automate processes at scale and expose the relevant information to the appropriate users.   Learn more about IMF and Dalet Component-Based Workflows  Click here to visit the dedicated webpage.   Watch the Video Presentation   Learn More About IMF and Dalet component-based workflows at Dalet Pulse Join 250+ media and technology executives at Dalet Pulse to discover latest innovations from Dalet and technology partners. Dalet Pulse will take place on April 8th at the SLS Hotel in Las Vegas. To register, please click here.   Schedule a Private Press Briefing with Dalet at NAB 2018 Members of the NAB registered press are invited to request a private press briefing with Dalet at NAB 2018. For more information, please contact Alex Molina at alex@zazilmediagroup.com.   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.
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Dalet, a leading provider of solutions and services for broadcasters and content professionals, today announced the introduction of Dalet Content Discovery, a new module of the Dalet Galaxy five Workflow Orchestration and MAM platform that leverages Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to build smart content recommendations for editorial and creative teams. First brought to market as part of the Dalet Unified News Operations solution, Dalet Discovery Board presents to journalists intelligent and contextual suggestions, providing greater content visibility and utilization across the newsroom. Dalet Content Discovery leverages automatic content tagging, topic extraction and key phrase searches, orchestrating a combination of Auto Indexing and Natural Language Processing (NLP) technology. â€œDalet Content Discovery aims to aid and enhance newsroom research efforts, surfacing what’s relevant for a given topic and storyline from the pool of exponentially increasing sources and inventory of content,” Kevin Savina, director of product strategy, Dalet. â€œThe first of a new generation of powerful assistants for journalism, Dalet Content Discovery combines the power of AI and ML technology with the advanced data model, the orchestration capability and a new AI integration framework of the Dalet Galaxy platform in order to not only tag and index, but also align, relate and suggest content in a contextual and meaningful way.” Reducing the time-consuming process of manually searching for news story assets, Dalet Content Discovery intelligently sources and serves content, providing editorial resources relevant material including clips, videos, stories, pitches, wires and multimedia content as the journalist develops their story. The expanded detail enriches the news narrative with new insights and angles. “The augmented media workflow starts automatically in the background with Dalet Galaxy orchestrating several types of cognitive services. Scripts and media assets are automatically enriched, generating tags that the platform then uses for smart contextual recommendations to the users, as well as for automated data-driven processes.” Savina continues, â€œThe journalist launches Dalet Content Discovery Board, which displays suggested content that matches his/her assignments or work in progress. The suggestions automatically refresh when new relevant assets are entered into the system. Presented suggestions can include production assets, archived assets, studio guests, assets in use for other news stories as well as other similar topic stories that may be scheduled or have already been broadcasted.” The intuitively designed Discovery Board gives journalists a snapshot of similar news stories that are in motion. This naturally invites journalists to collaborate with their colleagues on similar story topics. Savina comments, â€œCollaboration across departments is a common challenge especially among large, multisite news organizations. With Dalet Content Discovery, journalists covering similar story beats, whether it be for TV, online or even radio, can easily connect on topics that require collaboration while still keeping controlled access to sensitive stories.” The visual snapshot of newsroom activity on any given topic also lets news directors easily view various story angles across different departments, allowing them to better balance the overall news lineup. NAB 2018 attendees can see Dalet Content Discovery in action on booth SL8010.   Learn More About Dalet Content Discovery Click here to visit the Dalet Content Discovery page. Attend Dalet Pulse Join 250+ media and technology executives at Dalet Pulse to discover latest innovations from Dalet and technology partners. Dalet Pulse will take place on April 8th at the SLS Hotel in Las Vegas. To register, please click here. Schedule a Private Press Briefing with Dalet at NAB 2018 Members of the NAB registered press are invited to request a private press briefing with Dalet at NAB 2018. For more information, please contact Alex Molina at alex@zazilmediagroup.com.   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.
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Dalet, a leading provider of solutions and services for broadcasters and content professionals, announced today that the media division of one of North America’s largest telecommunications providers has selected Dalet for its transition to a distributed media production strategy across the enterprise. The move will transform the media company’s multiple, disparate workflows, uniting production and media assets under the powerful Dalet Galaxy Media Asset Management (MAM) and Workflow Orchestration platform, and provide a flexible and agile framework to adjust workflows and operations as business demands evolve. “Dalet takes a global approach to building the media enterprise, transforming the overall business with an agile platform, in which broadcasters and content producers can infinitely scale operations, augmenting services to best serve and engage diverse audiences,” says Frederic Roux, VP of Sales, Americas, Dalet. A leading content creation company with premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising and digital media, the North American media giant owns dozens of local television stations; operates a couple hundred radio music channels and websites; delivers video streaming services; and operates a multi-channel network. Faced with an increasingly rigid video production arrangement, in which workflows and key infrastructure were replicated in a siloed setup across multiple locations, the broadcaster undertook an extensive procurement process for a technology and development partner that would help them migrate to an interconnected workflow, allowing them to consolidate systems, centralize media assets and enhance collaboration across locations. Roux comments, “We bring extensive experience architecting enterprise workflows and managing large-scale deployments in distributed environments. The Dalet Professional Services team, which will be deeply involved in this long-term project, is especially adept with change management and training as well as the approach required to execute on a project of this magnitude.” Dalet will work closely with the media giant all along this transformative journey, from installation design to the multi-year deployment, maximizing business agility and operational freedom at every step. The resulting state-of-the-art workflow will offer all locations a federated, centralized content repository natively accessible via Dalet Galaxy’s user-friendly production and distribution tools. Dalet Galaxy will make all assets seamlessly available to various in-house systems connected through its advanced Web API and to Adobe Premiere Pro CC editors, which are integral to craft editing workflows, through Dalet Xtend. The friction-free browser-based workflow will provide faster, better content production and easier distribution for broadcast via Dalet Brio, web publishing via a CMS and posts to social media networks. The enterprise implementation also includes the Dalet Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery solution. The mirrored system will offer a real-time replication and failover in case of a sudden or deliberate main system shutdown.  Learn more about Dalet's key media management workflows with Product Line Manager, Matthieu Fasani: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qbcgRtgi4I Learn more about Dalet's approach to change management in large-scale enterprise projects: http://www.dalet.com/blog/change-management-101 About Dalet Digital Media Systems Dalet solutions and services enable media organizations to create, manage and distribute content faster and more efficiently, fully maximizing the value of assets. Dalet products are built on three distinct platforms that, when combined, form versatile business solutions that power end-to-end workflows for news, sports, program preparation, production, archive and radio. Individually, Dalet platforms and products offer targeted applications with key capabilities to address critical media workflow functions such as ingest, QC, edit, transcode and multiplatform distribution. The foundation for Dalet productivity-enhancing workflow solutions, Dalet Galaxy is the enterprise Media Asset Management (MAM) & Orchestration platform that unifies the content chain by managing assets, metadata, workflows and processes across multiple and diverse production and distribution systems. Specially tailored for news and media workflows, this unique technology platform helps broadcasters and media professionals increase productivity while providing operational and business visibility. Dalet AmberFin is the high-quality, scalable transcoding platform with fully integrated ingest, mastering, QC and review functionalities, enabling facilities to make great pictures in a scalable, reliable and interoperable way. Addressing the demanding needs of studio production, multi-camera ingest, sports logging and highlights production, the innovative Dalet Brio video server platform combines density and cost-effectiveness with high reliability. Adopted by leading broadcasters, Dalet Cube is a suite of applications to create, manage and deliver graphics in a newsroom scenario. Dalet supports customers from the initial planning stages to well beyond project execution. Our global presence includes 17 offices strategically located throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, North America and South America, and a network of more than 60 professional partners serving 87 countries worldwide. This collective experience and knowledge enables our customers to realize potential increases in productivity, efficiency and value of their assets. The comprehensive Dalet Care program ensures deployments remain up and running with 24/7 support 365 days a year. Dalet systems are used around the world by many thousands of individual users at hundreds of TV and Radio content producers, including public broadcasters (ABS-CBN, BBC, CBC, DR, FMM, France TV, RAI, RFI, Russia Today, RT Malaysia, VOA), commercial networks and operators (Canal+, FOX, eTV, MBC Dubai, MediaCorp, Mediaset, Orange, Time Warner Cable, Warner Bros, Sirius XM Radio), and government organizations (Canadian House of Commons, Australian Parliament and UK Parliament). Dalet is traded on the NYSE-EURONEXT stock exchange (Eurolist C): ISIN: FR0011026749, Bloomberg DLT:FP, Reuters: DALE.PA. Dalet® is a registered trademark of Dalet Digital Media Systems. All other products and trademarks mentioned herein belong to their respective owners. For more information on Dalet, visit www.dalet.com.
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The Interoperable Master Format (IMF) is a standard from SMPTE (ST 2067) that encourages process automation with reliable interoperability to significantly reduce the costs and improve the efficiency of multi-version, multi-platform distribution.
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Dalet, a leading provider of solutions and services for broadcasters and content professionals, today announced the appointment of James Ohana to a newly created Director, Program Management position on the Dalet Professional Services, Americas team. In the new role, Ohana will oversee Dalet’s large-scale, multi-site, multi-year project portfolio. In addition to the newly created position, Dalet has expanded the Americas Professional Services team with the addition of Jamie Day to Program Manager. Day’s main focus will be on the quality of Dalet project execution. Dalet Director, Program Management – James Ohana A business-savvy IT professional with over 20 years of experience in enterprise solution delivery, project methodology and change management, James possesses a deep understanding of emerging technologies and the challenges the broadcast and media industry faces. Filling a new role within the Americas Professional Services team, James is responsible for managing the delivery of Dalet’s growing portfolio of large-scale, multi-site, multi-year implementations. “Larger project engagements require a different level of delivery management,” states Julien Decaix, general manager, Dalet USA. “James understands both the business and technology needs of our enterprise clients. This well-rounded perspective combined with his vast experience gives him the ability to guide as well as challenge the project’s internal and external stakeholders to deliver the best value for the end users and the organization.” Decaix concludes, “James offers the leadership and the skill required to successfully steer the complex operational and business transformations Dalet customers undertake.” As Director of Program Management, James oversees every aspect of large-scale media enterprise roll-outs in North America, from finalizing architecture design to change management, coaching and upgrades. James elaborates on the impact of the new position, “With a 360-degree knowledge of project deliverables and goals, I can better orchestrate the many moving parts, providing the sound, bi-directional guidance needed to keep these large-scale, multi-site, multi-year projects on the trajectory. This ensures Dalet hits the mark successfully internally and most importantly the customers achieve their goals as planned.” James began his career in the media and entertainment space as a project manager for Dalet. Prior to rejoining the company, James held the position of principal solutions consultant on the Digital Media Solutions team at Oracle. In this role, James was responsible for designing and selling Content Storage Management systems (on-premises and in the cloud) as well as supporting the partner ecosystem. James also worked for Avid, designing and delivering digital media solutions to broadcasters and industry content providers. In both positions, James managed projects and development teams in the United States and Europe. Prior to joining Avid, James worked for IBM Global Business Services as a project manager and consultant in the media and entertainment practice, where he was responsible for providing strategic and technical consulting to media companies. James is a Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) and holds a Master’s degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) from the University of Paris Dauphine and a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Economics from the University of Paris Sorbonne. Dalet Program Manager, Professional Services – Jamie Day Stepping into the Program Manager position for Dalet Professional Services, North America, Jamie focuses on maximizing the quality of project execution and project delivery, improving the consistency of Dalet deployment and security policy processes. “Forward-thinking delivery processes are key to creating sustainable operations for our customers and ultimately transforming their business,” states Decaix, “More than just managing the pragmatic details of Dalet customer deployments, Jamie improves our processes to better serve the needs of our customers today, leveraging the agility of the Dalet platform potential to ensure that they are set up to maximize the technology and business opportunities of tomorrow.” Prior to Dalet, Jamie worked as a program manager for Google on the Corporate Engineering team. At Google, Jamie managed high-visibility, complex projects from design through the deployment of integrated and interactive audio-visual technology. She led design and build efforts for Google Fiber Customer Experience in Austin, TX for live concerts and events such as SXSW. She also designed US Office and Datacenter Google Video Conference (GVC) Programs and delivered special AV systems, such as mission control rooms, teaching kitchens and other specialty AV in the US, Toronto, Zurich and Sydney. She was appointed to Datacenter Design committee to establish global standards for acoustics and Audio Visual related construction. Jamie graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University and has a Master’s degree in Information Systems from Pace University, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. 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.
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Discover how Dalet and GPB worked together to implement an agile, unified media platform to streamline multimedia production and multi-platform distribution for news, long-form content and program preparation.
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Euronews made a major shift to deliver more customized content for its audiences. Central in this transformation, Dalet Galaxy streamlines multi-lingual and multi-platform content production and distribution.
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DALET, a leading provider of software solutions for the creation, management and distribution of multimedia content for broadcasters, operators and content producers, announced today consolidated revenues (unaudited) for financial year 2017. Steady growth of revenues and commercial gross profit Fourth quarter revenues were up 4% at €15.3 million. Growth was mainly driven by the increase in services revenues (+28% over the quarter), which balanced the decrease in hardware resale (-18%), a non strategic, low margin activity. Software revenues (licenses + maintenance) were up slightly by 1%. In terms of full year revenues, Dalet posted in 2017 its ninth consecutive year of growth, with consolidated revenues up 6% at €51.1 million. Software revenues were up 5%, bolstered by an increase of more than 7% in recurring maintenance revenues. License revenues were up 2%. Service revenues were up 21%, due to the large number of projects conducted during the year involving deployment and integration. Hardware resale was down by 8%. Due to the more favorable sales mix, the commercial gross profit (revenues minus cost of goods and third-party services resold) increased by 8% at €44.6 million. Broken down by geographic region, the Americas were the main contributor to the growth in 2017, with revenues up by 13% at €20.7 million. Revenues for Europe slightly decreased by -2% at €20.7 million, mainly due to the decrease in non-strategic hardware resale. Excluding this hardware resale effect, sales in Europe were up by 2% in 2017. Dalet continued its expansion in the Asia Pacific region, with revenues up 8% at €7.3 million, as well as in Middle-East Africa, where revenues were up 10% at €2.4 million. Confirmation of current operating income target for 2017 The initiatives taken by Dalet to better control its costs in deployment of large projects, combined with the revenues growth and sales mix evolution, should deliver for 2017 a current operating margin slightly above 4%. Outlook: Expected sustained growth in 2018 Moving into 2018, Dalet can rely on a strong order intake in 2017, with several large contract wins in the Americas. The order book on January 1st 2018 stood at €40 million, up 12% from last year. Dalet expects in 2018 to continue progress towards its strategic goals, and targets mid to high single digit organic revenue growth. Dalet will announce its 2018 target for current operating margin together with the publication of the full 2017 financial results.   Next publication 2017 yearly results on 23 April 2018 after the close of trading  About Dalet Digital Media Systems 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, FMM, France TV, RAI, RFI, Russia Today, RT Malaysia, VOA), commercial networks and operators (Canal+, FOX, Euronews, MBC Dubai, MediaCorp, Mediaset, Orange, Time Warner Cable, Warner Bros., Sirius XM Radio) and government organizations (UK Parliament, NATO, United Nations, Veterans Affairs, NASA). Dalet is traded on the NYSE-EURONEXT stock exchange (Eurolist C): ISIN: FR0011026749, Bloomberg DLT:FP, Reuters: DALE.PA. For more information on Dalet, visit www.dalet.com  Contacts Actus Finance & Communication: Investors: Théo Martin +33 1 53 67 36 36 Press-Media: Vivien Ferran +33 1 53 67 36 34
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Dalet, a leading provider of solutions and services for broadcasters and content professionals, will showcase concrete IMF production and delivery workflows at the 2018 Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) Tech Retreat's Innovation Zone. The special HPA showcase organized by the worldwide IMF User Group, an HPA open forum for the community of end users and implementers of the IMF family of standards, will feature member companies including Colorfront, Marquise Technologies and Rohde & Schwarz demonstrating typical IMF scenarios with Dalet Galaxy media asset management (MAM) and orchestration at the core of the interoperability showcase. “Turning IMF from a promise to an actual production-ready implementation is a great step for the industry as a whole. The adoption of the standard will become more and more critical for content originators and distributors to optimize workflows in today’s explosive film and broadcast market. Dalet has committed to this standard and initiative from the get go. We are glad to spearhead and enable this new generation of workflows and format,” comments Matthieu Fasani, product line manager for Dalet MAM & SAAS solutions. “There are real substantive business benefits in adopting IMF. Simplified distribution, optimized delivery, reduced storage footprint, shorter lead time for product turnaround and reduced QC costs allow content producers to industrialize their productions and scale delivery to meet demands. Deploying IMF-proven solutions is game-changing and now is the time for broadcasters and content producers to make the leap.” The only MAM vendor participating in the IMF user group showcase in the HPA Innovation Zone, Dalet will demonstrate with member companies an end-to-end IMF workflow including receiving IMF packages, referencing IMF assets in a central repository, leveraging IMF metadata, both technical and editorial, to search on all assets and data; generating proxies for preview of track files and CPLs in Dalet WebSpace; visualizing assets relationships (track files and CPLs, CPLs and OPLs), automating the creation of new versions, connecting CPLs using EIDR (Entertainment Identifier Registry) and ISAN (International Standard Audiovisual Number) ids.    HPA attendees can book a meeting with Dalet to learn more about IMF workflows via: http://www.dalet.com/events/hpa-tech-retreat-2018.  About Dalet Advancements in IMF Workflows Dalet has been pioneering the IMF Workflow industrialization with Dalet Galaxy, a MAM and Orchestration platform that features a comprehensive and intuitive set of tools to manage IMF packages at the production, distribution and contribution parts of a media business. Users can easily import and preview IMF packages natively into Dalet WebSpace, visualize IMF structures and components with Dalet Context Maps, build versions and supplemental packages with Dalet Track Stack and Dalet Version Editor, and eventually wrap compositions for distribution using a connector to an IMF-compliant transcode farm, such as Dalet AmberFin.    A white paper on how Dalet IMF Workflow solutions can benefit your facility is available here: www.dalet.com/white-paper/imf.   About the IMF User Group  The Interoperable Master Format (IMF) User Group (UG) is a forum for the worldwide community of end users and implementers of the IMF family of standards.   The IMF UG brings together content owners, service providers, retailers and equipment/software vendors to enhance and promote the use of IMF globally, across domains of applications. The IMF UG discusses technical operational issues that arise in practical implementation, conducts interoperability testing, develops best practices, and seeks to broaden the awareness of IMF.   The IMF UG is organized under the umbrella of the HPA. About Dalet Digital Media Systems Dalet solutions and services enable media organizations to create, manage and distribute content faster and more efficiently, fully maximizing the value of assets. Dalet products are built on three distinct platforms that, when combined, form versatile business solutions that power end-to-end workflows for news, sports, program preparation, production, archive and radio. Individually, Dalet platforms and products offer targeted applications with key capabilities to address critical media workflow functions such as ingest, QC, edit, transcode and multiplatform distribution. The foundation for Dalet productivity-enhancing workflow solutions, Dalet Galaxy is the enterprise Media Asset Management (MAM) & Orchestration platform that unifies the content chain by managing assets, metadata, workflows and processes across multiple and diverse production and distribution systems. Specially tailored for news and media workflows, this unique technology platform helps broadcasters and media professionals increase productivity while providing operational and business visibility.   Dalet AmberFin is the high-quality, scalable transcoding platform with fully integrated ingest, mastering, QC and review functionalities, enabling facilities to make great pictures in a scalable, reliable and interoperable way. Addressing the demanding needs of studio production, multi-camera ingest, sports logging and highlights production, the innovative Dalet Brio video server platform combines density and cost-effectiveness with high reliability. Adopted by leading broadcasters, Dalet Cube is a suite of applications to create, manage and deliver graphics in a newsroom scenario. Dalet supports customers from the initial planning stages to well beyond project execution. Our global presence includes 17 offices strategically located throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, North America and South America, and a network of more than 60 professional partners serving 87 countries worldwide. This collective experience and knowledge enables our customers to realize potential increases in productivity, efficiency and value of their assets.   The comprehensive Dalet Care program ensures deployments remain up and running with 24/7 support 365 days a year.   Dalet systems are used around the world by many thousands of individual users at hundreds of TV and Radio content producers, including public broadcasters (ABS-CBN, BBC, CBC, DR, FMM, France TV, RAI, RFI, Russia Today, RT Malaysia, VOA), commercial networks and operators (Canal+, FOX, eTV, MBC Dubai, MediaCorp, Mediaset, Orange, Time Warner Cable, Warner Bros, Sirius XM Radio), and government organizations (Canadian House of Commons, Australian Parliament and UK Parliament).   Dalet is traded on the NYSE-EURONEXT stock exchange (Eurolist C): ISIN: FR0011026749, Bloomberg DLT:FP, Reuters: DALE.PA.   Dalet® is a registered trademark of Dalet Digital Media Systems. All other products and trademarks mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.
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Dalet, a leading provider of solutions and services for broadcasters and content professionals, will showcase its enterprise media asset management and orchestration solutions at the upcoming BVE 2018 event on stand H19. Experts will be available to discuss critical IMF and orchestration workflows trends within the content supply chain and specifically how Dalet solutions can manage and scale IMF package production and distribution, allowing facilities to lower costs and industrialize processes.   BVE 2018 attendees can book a private demonstration or workflow consultation with an expert to learn how Dalet workflows and solutions can help them better create, manage and distribute content. Book a meeting via http://www.dalet.com/events/bve-2018. Pioneering IMF Workflow Industrialization The Dalet Galaxy MAM and Orchestration platform features a comprehensive and intuitive set of tools to manage IMF packages at the production, distribution and contribution parts of a media business. Discover how you can easily import and preview IMF packages natively into Dalet WebSpace, visualize IMF structures and components with Dalet Context Maps, build versions and supplemental packages with Dalet Track Stack and Dalet Version Editor, and eventually wrap your compositions for distribution using a connector to an IMF-compliant transcode farm, such as Dalet AmberFin. Dalet Solutions Shown at BVE 2018 A leader in media asset management and workflow orchestration, Dalet solutions are widely deployed at newsrooms and broadcast facilities throughout the UK, including notable enterprise installations at BBC Wales and Perform.   The following BVE 2018 featured workflows and solutions are architected on the industry’s leading Media Asset Management (MAM) and Orchestration platform, Dalet Galaxy:   Dalet Enterprise Content Supply Chain Management integrates content pools and orchestrates workflows across different verticals, such as programs, promos, news, sports, lifestyle and more. The solution provides a consolidated view of all media assets across the business with tools to easily connect, automate and optimize workflows from work orders to acquisition, production, packaging and distribution of content to multiple broadcast platforms and publishing systems. Delivered with Dalet Report Center, the solution offers critical analytics specifically tailored for your media operations.   Dalet Multiplatform Production & Distribution allows you to efficiently engage with your audiences across all available channels - broadcast, social and online. With an integrated, media-aware workflow engine, a federated metadata-centric model, collaborative production tools and smart contextual graphics, these solutions maximize collaboration, reduce complexities and automate low added value processes, enabling your teams to design new content experiences tailored for each audience and platform.   Dalet Sports Content Management helps you make the most of your content, maximize game day coverage and enable new monetization opportunities. Combining fast-turnaround production tools for multi-cam ingest, logging, highlight creation, editing and multiplatform distribution, the Dalet Sports content solutions bring key plays into a multiplatform production workflow, so that they are easily leveraged across multiple shows and delivered to all devices.   Dalet Unified News Operations combines all the essential functions for the latest-generation, innovative newsrooms. A comprehensive suite of collaborative, story-centric tools helps streamline the entire chain of your news operations from planning to ingest, tagging and logging, editing, graphics, show scheduling, studio automation, multi-platform distribution and social platforms direct integration. Discover how this agile and scalable solution fully leverages the Dalet Workflow Engine to liberate your editorial teams from the traditional confines of linear, rundown-centric workflows. Dalet Digital Media Systems at BVE 2018 Details Stand H19   Booth Contact: Adrian Smith Regional Manager, UK Email About Dalet Digital Media Systems Dalet solutions and services enable media organizations to create, manage and distribute content faster and more efficiently, fully maximizing the value of assets. Dalet products are built on three distinct platforms that, when combined, form versatile business solutions that power end-to-end workflows for news, sports, program preparation, production, archive and radio. Individually, Dalet platforms and products offer targeted applications with key capabilities to address critical media workflow functions such as ingest, QC, edit, transcode and multiplatform distribution.   The foundation for Dalet productivity-enhancing workflow solutions, Dalet Galaxy is the enterprise Media Asset Management (MAM) & Orchestration platform that unifies the content chain by managing assets, metadata, workflows and processes across multiple and diverse production and distribution systems. Specially tailored for news and media workflows, this unique technology platform helps broadcasters and media professionals increase productivity while providing operational and business visibility.   Dalet AmberFin is the high-quality, scalable transcoding platform with fully integrated ingest, mastering, QC and review functionalities, enabling facilities to make great pictures in a scalable, reliable and interoperable way. Addressing the demanding needs of studio production, multi-camera ingest, sports logging and highlights production, the innovative Dalet Brio video server platform combines density and cost-effectiveness with high reliability. Adopted by leading broadcasters, Dalet Cube is a suite of applications to create, manage and deliver graphics in a newsroom scenario.   Dalet supports customers from the initial planning stages to well beyond project execution. Our global presence includes 17 offices strategically located throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, North America and South America, and a network of more than 60 professional partners serving 87 countries worldwide. This collective experience and knowledge enables our customers to realize potential increases in productivity, efficiency and value of their assets.   The comprehensive Dalet Care program ensures deployments remain up and running with 24/7 support 365 days a year.   Dalet systems are used around the world by many thousands of individual users at hundreds of TV and Radio content producers, including public broadcasters (ABS-CBN, BBC, CBC, DR, FMM, France TV, RAI, RFI, Russia Today, RT Malaysia, VOA), commercial networks and operators (Canal+, FOX, eTV, MBC Dubai, MediaCorp, Mediaset, Orange, Time Warner Cable, Warner Bros, Sirius XM Radio), and government organizations (Canadian House of Commons, Australian Parliament and UK Parliament).   Dalet is traded on the NYSE-EURONEXT stock exchange (Eurolist C): ISIN: FR0011026749, Bloomberg DLT:FP, Reuters: DALE.PA.   Dalet® is a registered trademark of Dalet Digital Media Systems. All other products and trademarks mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.
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Staff input and adoption can make or break your next big project. Five key change management takeaways to consider for your next endeavor.   Everybody Loves Change…Right? Technology moves at a breakneck pace, and some assume that the constant change around us means we are comfortable when changing tools and processes within our own workspace.   This is not the case.   Most people do not adapt immediately to change and many will resist it if it's not introduced properly. Having a change management plan as part of the overall strategy is critical for the success of any large-scale project.  More Than Just Knowing, People Need to Understand When making a large-scale change to a team’s work environment, whether it's introducing new tools, workflows or shifting roles and responsibilities, it is critical that management communicates the goals of the project to their staff down to the individual level. Employees need to know how the change will affect their job. You need to answer questions such as “How will this change enhance my day to day work? What new responsibilities will I be taking on? Are there new goals in which my performance will be reviewed against?  How will this help the company as a whole?” Proactively communicating change, whether it is through internal marketing with videos and presentations, to ongoing training and coaching workshops, supports large-scale change more organically and removes the fear of the unknown. It also makes the staff more agile and able to adapt to the ebb and flow of emerging technology that impacts their day-to-day job. You Need Buy-In or There is a Good Chance It’s Not Going to End Well Organizations should never have a homogenous group in charge of the selection, design and implementation of large-scale projects. Change of scale needs diversity and buy-in from all aspects of the operation to succeed. Rolling out a new platform and workflow where only a core group of staff are involved in the design, testing and acceptance, is one of the worst change management failures. When the majority of users are not consulted about the solution until after implementation, it is likely to be unanimously rejected by the majority of the staff. In such situations, entire projects are often abandoned and wasted.   Make sure you have a diverse cross section of end users (content creatives, producers, and editorial staff) involved in the due diligence process and the early stages of the project design phase. By not having them involved, you are at risk of encountering last minute surprises such as staff taking much longer to adapt to the new system/role or lack of features that would’ve been helpful to complete one’s job.    So, moral of this advice, involve staff who will eventually use the system. Know that these are important stakeholders who can help ensure the company has made the right decisions and the transition to your new work infrastructure is set up for success.  Promote Your Champions Large-scale changes can also offer an opportunity to invigorate or reinvigorate the staff. Promoting valued resources to lead delivery of a new in-house project gives recognition and often incentive to see the project through with maximum success. Management often overlooks this opportunity as they are focused on the technology goals, the scope and the project overall. It is the dedication and commitment of your resources that will make or break a large-scale project.  Be Realistic…Really Setting unrealistic goals at the beginning of a given project and underestimating the constraints and challenges that will arise during the journey eventually affects the outcome of the project and not in a good way. Yes, technology can accelerate workflows and deliveries, but it cannot replace the decision-making process required for transformational change and the time required to make these important “think steps” to ensure the right outcome.     And while it seems logical, make sure there are committed resources to the project. With most large-scale projects, companies need to continue their business as usual while simultaneously changing the operation. This is not achievable relying on the same staff to drive both initiatives. In media and entertainment, the primary commitment is to make sure the content is delivered to the audiences as scheduled. Everything else is secondary. A large-scale or transformational project needs dedication. A way to balance this is by hiring contractors and consultants who will take on part of the project or help the existing staff with their responsibilities as changes are implemented.  
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Dalet MEDIATalks is a series of video interviews that address key topics of the broadcast & media industry - from operations to business - and will help you understand how Dalet strategically partners with leading organizations to deliver cutting-edge, best of breed, agile media solutions. Episode 7: X-News CEO Andreas Pongratz joined us at NAB 2017 to discuss story-centric news production and newsroom collaboration, thanks to the integration of the company's powerful story and social media research tool with Dalet Galaxy.
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Dalet, a leading provider of solutions and services for broadcasters and content professionals, today announced that it has achieved ISO/SEC 27001:2013 information security management certification, validating the company’s commitment to incorporating the highest level of security practices across Dalet internal development processes, its product line and its practices. ISO/SEC 27001:2013 is part of a family of international standards designed to keep information assets secure; providing requirements for an information security management system (ISMS). “With the media world becoming more dependent on IT, data security and media protection are an important part of today’s conversations for management and facility owners,” states Rami Pinku, Dalet Deputy General Manager, R&D Operations. “Security has been at the forefront of Dalet development for quite some time and our commitment does not stop at our own internal processes. Security process are embedded within the products and solutions we develop following the strictest guidelines on the planet to ensure customers have proper and total control over their valuable assets.” Pinku adds, “Earning ISO 27001:2013 certification is a continuation of Dalet’s pledge to comply with important standards, which started with ISO 9001 certification 4 years ago and has been maintained it ever since.” Under ISO/SEC 27001:2013 certification, Dalet has set policies and procedures that protect its internal development platforms as well as the products it develops like Dalet Galaxy. Dedicated security modules embedded within the Dalet Galaxy platform include agents that detect abnormal usages of content and systems, proactively managing and mitigating risks for customers following a security framework of proven best practices. Pinku continues, “Our developers are trained with a security-first state of mind; we perform continuous static code analysis to identify potential security risks and address them on the spot. Periodic penetration tests are also conducted on our software by third-party security experts like, Cyberwatch. The information we gather through data auditing capabilities and recommended best practices is shared directly with our customers.” Dalet hired Cyberwatch, a renowned cybersecurity company specialized in IT vulnerabilities, to perform advanced testing on internal and product platforms, to find and fix any possible vulnerabilities. “Cyberwatch conducts regular preemptive penetration tests on Dalet’s products. This approach simulates cyber-attacks in real conditions on Dalet’s software to identify possible threats,” says Maxime Alay-Edine, President, Cyberwatch. “Dalet’s developers are well-trained in Secure Software Engineering and are able to fix the issues found quickly. As a result, Dalet has built a culture on how to handle cyber-threats and provides far safer solutions to its customers.”   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.    
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Dalet MEDIATalks is a series of video interviews that address key topics of the broadcast & media industry - from operations to business - and will help you understand how Dalet strategically partners with leading organizations to deliver cutting-edge, best of breed, agile media solutions. Episode 6: Maurizio Raffaeli, Director of Broadcast Operations at Fox Networks Group, sat with us at NAB Las Vegas 2017 to discuss the challenges of operating 16 locations and more than 20 channels across Europe. Thanks to Dalet, Fox Networks Group Europe has been able to orchestrate workflows and unify production & playout, improving productivity and reducing time to air.
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Dalet, a leading provider of solutions and services for broadcasters and content professionals, announced today that NextRadioTV is placing the Dalet Galaxy Media Asset Management (MAM), Orchestration and Editorial platform at the heart of a major new facility in Paris, France. The multimillion-Euro installation, spearheaded by Dalet Professional Services and configured on a single, agile, highly scalable and resilient Dalet Galaxy platform, will orchestrate all production, playout and distribution workflows for TV, Radio and digital channels of NextRadioTV media network.   Confidence in the Dalet technology and delivery team stems from a decade plus partnership and collaboration starting with BFMTV. Dalet initially supplied the brand new 24/7 news channel a single-platform solution for news production and playout in 2005, providing the technology foundation for BFMTV becoming the nation’s most popular news network drawing 10 million daily viewers. As BFMTV grew, they expanded the Dalet installation to support additional thematic channels, leveraging the Dalet platform scalability and agility to adapt to the changing requirements. In 2015, the ambition and investment for the brand accelerated, culminating in the new multi-workflow/multi-platform facility in the 15th arrondissement of Paris. This installation will rely on Dalet to support more than 400 concurrent users and drive a converged environment for production and playout of News, Sports, Radio and Archives across fourteen TV and radio channels, including BFM Sport and BFM Paris as well as RMC, BFM Business and SFR Sport.   BFMTV launched in 2005 with a team of 50 and has grown rapidly to become the leading news channel in France.    A single Dalet Galaxy MAM, Orchestration and Editorial platform will serve all operations, facilitating immediate sharing of content across all departments, as well as controlling and automating hundreds of simultaneous workflows covering all productions and playout operations. All desktop editing for fast turnaround news and sports multimedia content will be enabled by Dalet OneCut, while more advanced packages will be crafted on Adobe Premiere Pro CC brought seamlessly into the collaborative workflow via Dalet Xtend.   Dalet Professional Services will work side by side with NextRadioTV teams to help design and deliver workflows and assist in managing the company’s migration from its existing site to the new state-of-the-art hub.  “Dalet has helped BFMTV and then NextRadioTV to expand its business and workflow requirements for more than a decade. It’s a history that really demonstrates the capabilities of the Dalet professional services team and technology platforms to support the group’s vision by accommodating any type of media workflow that they wish to implement,” says Johann Zemmour, Director of Sales, EMEA and APAC Dalet. “A key to BFM’s strategy in designing the new facility was leveraging the capability of Dalet to converge in one platform media asset management, production and playout of news, sports and other programs on Radio, TV, Digital and Social platforms. This converged environment will allow them to significantly expand the number of channels and the number of workflows they can handle without massively increasing resources. The Dalet Galaxy platform has the proven agility to manage any new requirements for a media company as visionary as NextRadioTV.” About NextRadioTV NextRadioTV is an independent multimedia company. Its business focuses on five areas – general news, sport, the economy, high-tech and factual entertainment – available on television, radio and digital media. The Group has recognized know-how and expertise in managing innovative audiovisual projects. 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, archiveand 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.    
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Dalet sports content solutions enable sports teams, sports federations, stadiums and sports television groups with easy-to-use tools to ingest content from multiple camera angles, log every action with customized sports logging metadata, create fast-paced highlights, conduct video editing on metadata-rich content, distribute content to social media, and, with access to a rich sports media library, prepare and playout in-depth sports magazine television shows.
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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.
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Dalet, a leading provider of solutions and services for broadcasters and content professionals, today announced the addition of Reona Yanagishita to the Dalet Japan team. An expert in enterprise media workflows, Yanagishita steps into the Pre-Sales & Solution Architect position, spearheading workflow design and consultancy for Dalet’s Japan-based customers. A tech-savvy expert and media industry veteran, Yanagishita brings over 10 years of experience that will strengthen Dalet’s strategic efforts in the Japanese market, and augment the value proposition to customers in the space of sports content and next-generation broadcast operations. “The complexity of today’s media workflows and the demands for multi-platform distribution require an agile media asset management solution. As a result, Dalet’s presence in the Japan market has grown exponentially with high-profile, enterprise Dalet Galaxy Media Asset Management (MAM) and orchestration installations for major broadcasters” comments Takato Yamaguchi, dalet general manager, Japan. “Equally as important as the proven technology, is the expertise and leadership in designing and deploying these enterprise workflows. Reona is a key addition to the team and with his experience, we can expand our guidance capabilities with deeper understanding of the Japanese media landscape and operation models.” Reona Yanigishita Bio Reona Yanagishita joined Dalet in 2017 as Pre-Sales & Solution Architect based in Japan. An experienced industry executive with a strong business and technical background, Reona has a deep understanding of broadcast workflows for large-scale public and private broadcasters as well as IT/broadcast infrastructure. Reona is experienced in providing archive systems for key broadcasters and transcoding farms by utilizing high-performance computing (HPC) technology as a project manager and a solutions architect.   If you did not have the opportunity to meet Takato and Reona during Inter BEE 2017, where the Dalet Galaxy Media Asset Management (MAM) & Orchestration platform as well as other Dalet workflow solutions were showcased, please contact us by visiting http://www.dalet.com/contact-form to schedule a demonstration or consultation. The Dalet Japan office is located in Glass City Shibuya 6F, 16-28 Nampeidai-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0036. Reona Yanagishita 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.
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Dalet, a leading provider of solutions and services for broadcasters and content professionals, announced today that CNNMoney Switzerland has selected the Dalet Unified News Operations solution to drive end-to-end content production and distribution at its forthcoming business news channel. Dalet’s proven ability to bring premium channels to air and to do so within tight deadlines was a key criterion for the CNNMoney Switzerland decision. The entire content production and distribution of the new Zurich-based facility will use the full feature set of Dalet news solutions, powered by the robust Dalet Galaxy Media Asset Management (MAM) and Orchestration platform at the core. “CEOs and CMOs of the leading Swiss multinational companies and the 50 world-leading NGOs and sports organizations are looking for a way to engage in an English-speaking national platform. CNNMoney Switzerland will be their partner at home and abroad,” explains Christophe Rasch, CEO of CNNMoney Switzerland. “In looking to deliver this channel with CNN, we sought and found a company in Dalet with experience in designing and deploying news workflows for premium broadcast clients. It was important that we launch with the most sophisticated production and distribution tools available and on a platform that offers a secure, mature and fluid method of working,” says Jean-Yves Carabot, CTO of CNN Money Switzerland. CNNMoney Switzerland, to be launched in the fall of 2017, will be the first nationwide TV channel dedicated to business news for and about Switzerland. The English language channel will cover Swiss business news and companies, featuring original content produced from CNNMoney Switzerland’s new state-of-the-art studios and news operations. Domestic content will be supplemented by international business news relevant to Switzerland supplied by CNNMoney’s multiplatform editorial teams. The channel will be distributed across a range of Switzerland’s cable, TVoIP and free-to-air operators, accompanied by a CNNMoney Switzerland website and social network footprints featuring the latest Swiss and international content. “The Switzerland team has been working closely with CNN in London, Atlanta, and New York, exchanging visits and sharing best practices in show production, presenting, writing, shooting, graphic; all aimed at delivering a truly unique experience to Switzerland,” says Christophe Rasch, CEO of CNNMoney Switzerland.     The installation will be spearheaded by Dalet Professional Services and European Systems Integrator Videlio. “Our Dalet Professional Services team, who will work in conjunction with Dalet business partner Videlio, will have the premium channel up and running within a two-month time frame,” explains Johann Zemmour, Director of Sales, EMEA & APAC at Dalet. “We are able to meet this tight deadline because the Dalet Unified News Operations solution is a set of tested and proven workflows. Our team is well-versed with cutting-edge news operations and these types of deployments.” The Dalet solution offers a more fluid approach for customizing and revising workflows, efficient field collaboration tools to work remotely, and a framework to handle emerging consumption habits and demands of social media. Zemmour adds, “The rapid deployment and the flexibility of the workflows is a testament to the agile and extensible nature of the Dalet Galaxy platform. Customers can build highly collaborative and highly efficient workflows that evolve over time with the changing needs and business models.” The Dalet Unified News Operations solution at CNNMoney Switzerland features the Dalet AmberFin media processing platform for high-quality transcoding, two Dalet Brio video servers for high-density ingest of incoming material and feeds, as well as playout of live and recorded news shows. Graphics are designed, managed and played out in Dalet Cube, the high-quality broadcast 3D graphics platform. Dalet WebSpace and Dalet On-the-Go extend the solution’s capability into the field for remote and collaborative news workflows, allowing authorized users at CNNMoney Switzerland to prepare and submit stories via a web-based client beyond the borders of the newsroom facility. Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC users are directly connected to the production workflow thanks to Dalet Xtend. The channel will also leverage Dalet comprehensive social media framework to distribute content to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the ability to push content in a blink of an eye to the CNN website. Finally, Dalet is providing an active backup of playout to secure continuity of service for the channel. For more information about Dalet Unified News Operations, please visit http://www.dalet.com/unified-news-operations. About CNNMoney Switzerland Announced in January 2017, CNNMoney Switzerland is an integral part of the international development strategy of the CNNMoney brand. With one studio in Zurich and another planned for French-speaking Switzerland, CNNMoney Switzerland is a cross-platform news source focusing on finance, economy, culture and lifestyle “made in Switzerland”.  Catering to a niche market that has previously been underserved, CNNMoney Switzerland links national and international issues and newsmakers. The channel will act as a bridge between leaders around the world and Switzerland. 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.
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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.  
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Dalet, a leading provider of software solutions for the creation, management and distribution of multimedia content for broadcasters, operators and content producers, announced today revenues (unaudited) for its third quarter and for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2017.   Third quarter: +10% in license sales (Unaudited) In € millionsQ3 2016Q3 2017Change Licences3.13.4+10% Maintenance - Support3.94.2+8% Total Software Revenues7.07.6+9% Services2.73.0+12% Hardware2.92.5-16% Total revenues12.613.1+4%      Commercial Gross Profit10.211.2+9% * Commercial Gross Profit is defined as sales minus cost of goods and third-party services resold   Dalet revenues for the third quarter were up 4% at €13.1 million, in spite of a 16% decrease in Hardware resale, which is a low margin, non-strategic business. Overall software revenues (comprising licenses and support revenues) was up by 9%, with licenses up by 10%, due to a significant number of system installations over the period. Service revenues were up 12% over the same period last year. Due to this more favorable sales mix, the commercial gross profit (revenues minus cost of goods and third-party services resold) increased by +9% at €11.2 million, resulting in a Commercial Gross Margin of 85%.   Nine months revenues up 7% (Unaudited) In € millions9 MONTHS 20169 MONTHS 2017Change Licences9.09.2+3% Maintenance - Support11.512.6+10% Total Software Revenues20.521.8+7% Services6.98.1+17% Hardware6.25.9-4% Total revenues 33.535.8+7%      Commercial Gross Profit28.431.1+9% The strong third-quarter results helped boost the revenue results for the first 9 months of 2017 by 7% with all strategic lines of the sales mix showing growth. The strong sequential increase in license revenues in the third quarter confirms the value that Dalet’s software solutions offer to leading broadcasters and content producers who are purchasing our solutions over other competitive products. The installed base keeps growing from quarter to quarter, feeding recurring support revenues which were up 10% for the 9 months period at €12.6 million. Service revenues were up 17% over the 9 months period at €8.1 million, due to the large number of deployments currently underway. The commercial gross margin over the 9 months period was up 9%, in line with the company’s business plan. Broken down by geographic region, the Americas shows the strongest growth, with +37% growth for the quarter as compared to the same period last year, and +17% at €14.2 million over the first 9 months of 2017. Dalet reaps the benefits of its commercial investments and gains market share, in part due to the US market’s recognition of our technically advanced solutions to further their own innovation. Sales in Europe were down by 4% at €14.5 million over the nine months period, mainly due to the planned decrease in non-strategic hardware resale. Excluding this hardware resale effect, sales in Europe were slightly up by 0.6%. Both Asia Pacific and Africa-Middle East performed well, with growth rates of +14% and +13% respectively since the beginning of the year.   Outlook: confirmation of targets Backed by a strong order intake in the third quarter, Dalet confirms its targets for 2017 of both continued revenue growth and of a current operating margin of 4 to 5%. The contracts signed in the third quarter should also allow Dalet to show a strong order book for 2018.   Next publication Full year 2017 revenues on 19 February 2018 after the close of trading   About Dalet Digital Media Systems 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, RAI, RFI, Russia Today, RT Malaysia, VOA), commercial networks and operators (Canal+, FOX, eTV, Mediaset, NBC Universal, Time Warner Cable, Warner Bros., SiriusXM) and government organizations (UK Parliament, NATO, United Nations, Veterans Affairs, NASA). Dalet is traded on the NYSE-EURONEXT stock exchange (Eurolist C): ISIN: FR0011026749, Bloomberg DLT:FP, Reuters: DALE.PA. For more information on Dalet, visit www.dalet.com. Contacts Actus Finance & Communication : Investors: Guillaume Le Floch +331 53 67 36 70 Press-Media: Vivien Ferran +331 53 67 36 34        
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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. Credits: All rights belong to the NATO Public Diplomacy Division.
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Dalet, a leading provider of solutions and services for broadcasters and content professionals, announces that Euronews just completed a strategic transformation that puts content customization for local audiences at the heart of its operation. The pioneering multicultural news provider replaced its legacy broadcast infrastructure with the Dalet Unified News Operations solution, transitioning from a single multi-language channel to 12 separate cross-platform channels, tailored to local audiences. The 500 users across Euronews’ four major offices in Athens, Brussels, Budapest and Lyon are connected and collaborating on a single environment, relying daily on the power and the agility of the Dalet Galaxy platform for the production, orchestration and delivery of their stories. “Customization is at the heart of this transformation. Euronews will adapt its output to the needs of the consumers it serves, empowering the uniqueness of our multiculturalism,” said Michael Peters, CEO of Euronews. “Thanks to the substantial investment in Euronews core capabilities and operations, we are creating a robust, agile and innovative organization to become the first global News brand by reinventing our approach to broadcast journalism from production to distribution.”   Since its inception in 1993, Euronews has been addressing the region’s need for multilingual programming by providing a single channel of news programming with identical video and English-only graphics delivered to all countries with 12 different language translations. Groundbreaking in its day, this “Multiplex” approach lacked the ability to adapt programming to the specific needs of individual countries, a critical limitation for today’s viewers. In response, Euronews made a strategic decision to re-orientate its approach to news reporting by generating adapted content with enhanced graphics across TV, social media and the web in 12 different languages for audiences in 165 countries. The broadcaster’s outdated, inflexible legacy infrastructure was identified as a technology blocker in this transformation. Euronews decided that Dalet could best support both the “Monoplex” localized content workflows and the “Multiplex” mandatory content workflows.  “We have been operating a ‘one size fits all’ policy since launch because that was the limit of the software we were using,” explains Duncan Hooper, digital editor in chief, Euronews. “We found that we could no longer take our brand or product further so we brought in Dalet to help us break out of those limits and to create a specific identity for each channel with content customized for each audience.” Central to the initiative was the adoption of an agile, collaborative technology solution that gives more control to journalists as well as other editorial and creative personnel, and reduces dependency on technicians. With Dalet, Euronews now stores all assets in a single, unified environment, enabling a smooth automated flow of content from ingest to output, and more importantly seamless collaboration. Francois Schmitt, Euronews COO, explains, “When you embark on a project like this, you don’t really know the target in every detail so it’s vital to have a very flexible solution, which enables you to design as you wish for each platform and each particular station. The Dalet platform allows us to better manage our complex multiplatform production while making it simpler for our users. Journalists can collaborate better, share content seamlessly, and transform an original story with minimal effort to adapt it for each language and audience.” With Dalet, Euronews is now producing more than double the amount of television content that it did under its legacy infrastructure. Additionally, by synchronizing the production of content between its TV and digital platforms, Euronews is producing 20% more digital platform content than before the adoption of the Dalet Unified News Operations solution. Hooper explains: “The most positive thing about the Dalet system for all the journalists has been their empowerment. They are no longer reliant on other people to make things happen since they can create content and publish online, on social and on TV. They then have the power to adapt the content to tell the story that they want to tell rather than having to tell the same on each platform regardless of language. Dalet has enabled us to give more individuality to our storytelling.” “Euronews has made amazing strides in achieving the goals outlined by its management team,” says Arnaud Elnecave, vice president of marketing, Dalet. “The Dalet Unified News Operations solution is a perfect fit for the broadcaster’s vision and commitment to innovation. Dalet’s proven expertise and flexible approach to such large-scale transformation projects were particularly important to help Euronews teams successfully achieve this strategic change.” For more information, please see the Euronews video case study at http://www.dalet.com/video-gallery/unifying-multi-lingual-multi-platform-news-operations-euronews.   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.
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Dalet, a leading provider of solutions and services for broadcasters and content professionals, announced that Australia’s Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) is significantly expanding the portion of its media operations powered by the Dalet Galaxy Media Asset Management (MAM) and Orchestration platform. The new implementation will facilitate production and distribution of news, sports, radio programs in multiple languages and music content across the broadcaster’s TV, radio and digital platforms. The new deployment will bolster SBS’s production capability prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Building on the successful integration of dozens of systems and automation of several program management workflows under a unified Dalet Galaxy environment, the expanded installation will now encompass news and sports production as well as the full radio automation for SBS music channels. This will deliver production content to three TV channels, eight radio channels (music and talk show), the SBS website and online apps. SBS’s radio programming is produced in more than 70 languages, making it the most linguistically diverse broadcaster globally. In addition to the 2018 FIFA Football World Cup, the production of other sporting events that will be facilitated by the new integration includes tier-one events such as the Tour de France and English Premiere League.  SBS’s Chief Technology Officer, Noel Leslie, said, “Following the first phase of our strategic move to streamline our programming content under the management of a single MAM platform, we embarked on phase two in full confidence of our partnership with Dalet. SBS and Dalet teams have worked collaboratively on the software commissioning and the system integration for this project. Change management is also extremely important to us at SBS, and we have made it core to our strategy to involve key stakeholders across the chain and across our geographically spread operation right from the start of the process.” The system will be deployed across four sites including SBS headquarters in Sydney, connected production operation in Melbourne, a third system in Canberra, and a Business Continuity (BC) / Disaster Recovery (DR) site also in Sydney. Specifically, Dalet will unify content preparation, production and ingest at two TV studios and eight radio studios in Sydney and an additional eight radio studios in Melbourne, bringing together up to 300 simultaneous users working with the system. Video ingest for 50 channels spread across the country, alongside multiple channels of audio ingest, will be centrally managed under the control of Dalet. The Dalet AmberFin media processing platform will assist with transcoding as required. Dalet On-the-Go will also be available to connect journalists in the field directly to the central Dalet Galaxy platform. Dalet OneCut is provided for desktop editing and remote editing at the Canberra studios. Industry-standard, BPMN 2.0-compliant Dalet Workflow Engine automates multi-platform publishing, including social media workflows, as well as archiving operations. “There are many tangible benefits SBS will receive by further standardizing production under one unified environment; lower TCO, optimized support and training costs, fewer systems to integrate – all thanks to the powerful agility and extensibility of the Dalet Galaxy platform,” said Raoul Cospen, Dalet Product Manager. “Using the full scope of the Dalet platform, SBS is able to unite and streamline its content collaboration across geographically diverse SBS departments, and orchestrate the program acquisition, preparation and distribution workflows.” The Dalet Galaxy open APIs are used for a variety of interfaces with third parties including music scheduling system Power Gold and Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC for craft editing across the three production sites, and Opta Sports data feeds. Integrations with Dell EMC® Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS™) provide SBS teams with a single user interface to easily access and manage content. Further integrations facilitated by Dalet include Ross Overdrive in SBS’s automated production studio, Ross Expression for graphics and content management system Drupal. Integrations with social media networks Facebook, Twitter and YouTube make this installation a complete end-to-end solution for SBS to address effectively their audiences across all available platforms.   Noel Leslie (Chief Technology Officer at SBS), Stephane Schlayen (COO at Dalet), Raoul Cospen (Product Manager at Dalet) and Darren Farnham (Manager at SBS) About SBS As Australia’s multicultural broadcaster, SBS holds a unique place in the Australian media landscape, inspiring all Australians to explore, appreciate and celebrate our diverse world and in doing so, contributes to a cohesive society.  As described in the SBS Charter, SBS’s principal function is to provide multilingual, multicultural and Indigenous radio, television and digital media services that inform, educate and entertain all Australians. Today, SBS is a modern, multiplatform media organisation and carries out this function across a TV portfolio spanning five distinctive channels on free-to-air and subscription TV; an extensive radio service providing more than 70 communities with programs in their own language; and an innovative and growing online and digital presence ensuring SBS is responding to the changing needs and demands of audiences.  For more information visit sbs.com.au. About Dalet Digital Media Systems Dalet solutions and services enable media organizations to create, manage and distribute content faster and more efficiently, fully maximizing the value of assets. Dalet products are built on three distinct platforms that, when combined, form versatile business solutions that power end-to-end workflows for news, sports, program preparation, production, archive and radio. Individually, Dalet platforms and products offer targeted applications with key capabilities to address critical media workflow functions such as ingest, QC, edit, transcode and multiplatform distribution. The foundation for Dalet productivity-enhancing workflow solutions, Dalet Galaxy is the enterprise Media Asset Management (MAM) & Orchestration platform that unifies the content chain by managing assets, metadata, workflows and processes across multiple and diverse production and distribution systems. Specially tailored for news and media workflows, this unique technology platform helps broadcasters and media professionals increase productivity while providing operational and business visibility. Dalet AmberFin is the high-quality, scalable transcoding platform with fully integrated ingest, mastering, QC and review functionalities, enabling facilities to make great pictures in a scalable, reliable and interoperable way. Addressing the demanding needs of studio production, multi-camera ingest, sports logging and highlights production, the innovative Dalet Brio video server platform combines density and cost-effectiveness with high reliability. Adopted by leading broadcasters, Dalet Cube is a suite of applications to create, manage and deliver graphics in a newsroom scenario. Dalet supports customers from the initial planning stages to well beyond project execution. Our global presence includes 17 offices strategically located throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, North America and South America, and a network of more than 60 professional partners serving 87 countries worldwide. This collective experience and knowledge enables our customers to realize potential increases in productivity, efficiency and value of their assets. The comprehensive Dalet Care program ensures deployments remain up and running with 24/7 support 365 days a year. Dalet systems are used around the world by many thousands of individual users at hundreds of TV and Radio content producers, including public broadcasters (ABS-CBN, BBC, CBC, DR, FMM, France TV, RAI, RFI, Russia Today, RT Malaysia, VOA), commercial networks and operators (Canal+, FOX, eTV, MBC Dubai, MediaCorp, Mediaset, Orange, Time Warner Cable, Warner Bros, Sirius XM Radio), and government organizations (Canadian House of Commons, Australian Parliament and UK Parliament). Dalet is traded on the NYSE-EURONEXT stock exchange (Eurolist C): ISIN: FR0011026749, Bloomberg DLT:FP, Reuters: DALE.PA. Dalet® is a registered trademark of Dalet Digital Media Systems. All other products and trademarks mentioned herein belong to their respective owners. For more information on Dalet, visit www.dalet.com.
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As the amount of content to handle and the complexity of VDM processes surge, the audio-visual laboratory has looked to Dalet to manage its ever-expanding workflows. With the Dalet Galaxy Media Asset Management (MAM) & Orchestration platform at the heart of the VDM digital lab, the content chain will be unified by managing assets, metadata, workflows and processes across multiple and diverse production and distribution systems, increasing productivity and providing operational and business visibility.
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DALET, a leading provider of software solutions for the creation, management and distribution of multimedia content for broadcasters, operators and content producers, has published its financial results for its first half-year ended June 30, 2017. Total revenues for the semester were up by 9% at €22.7 million as compared to the first half of 2016. Gross profit, which includes the cost of services, increased at the same rate as revenues, despite a larger share of services in the total sales mix (services represented 22% of revenues, versus 20% for the first semester of 2016). This result reflects the initial implementation of new processes designed to better control the cost of projects deployment. Research and development expenses were stable at €6 million (26% of revenues). Selling and Marketing expenses were up by 8%, an increase due to international expansion in new markets and increased presence at tradeshows. General and Administrative expenses were up by €0.3 million, related to the development of new offices in Japan and Brazil and expansion in Singapore. The resulting current operating loss decreased significantly by 23% to -€1.4 million, as compared to the first half of 2016. It is noted that Dalet’s business experiences significant seasonality, with higher revenues in the second semester compared to the first semester, while expenses are almost fixed. After €0.3 million in financial expenses, of which 10% is net interest expenses and 90% is related to exchange rates fluctuations, and €0.2 million in tax, net income for the semester amounted to a loss of €1.9 million as compared to a loss of €2.1 million for the first semester of 2016.   Improved cashflows – Stronger net cash position Cash flows linked to operations amounted to €2.3 million, up by 35% as compared to the first semester last year, due to the decrease in seasonal loss and to an improved management of work capital. These cash flows linked to operations covered all investments and generated cash flows before financing activities of €0.6 million. On 30 June 2017, net cash stood at €1.6 million, shareholder’s equity at €13 million.    Perspectives  Based on these results and on the initial activity of the second semester, DALET expects continued growth in 2017, and progressive improvement of its operating margins, with an objective of a current operating margin of 4 to 5% for the full year 2017. DALET just participated at the IBC broadcast tradeshow in Amsterdam (September 15 to 19), where it released its new “Dalet Social Media Panel”, an innovative module that provides newsrooms with the capability to create and distribute stories to social media outlets, and provides journalists, on their Dalet desktop production tools, with real time feedback on the stories from their audience. This innovative solution was awarded by a panel of judges from the industry the "Best of Show Award', one of the most prestigious awards at the show.   Next publication Q3 revenues on 6 November 2017 after the close of trading   About Dalet Digital Media Systems 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, RAI, RFI, Russia Today, RT Malaysia, VOA), commercial networks and operators (Canal+, FOX, eTV, Mediaset, NBC Universal, Time Warner Cable, Warner Bros., SiriusXM) and government organizations (UK Parliament, NATO, United Nations, Veterans Affairs, NASA). Dalet is traded on the NYSE-EURONEXT stock exchange (Eurolist C): ISIN: FR0011026749, Bloomberg DLT:FP, Reuters: DALE.PA. For more information on Dalet, visit www.dalet.com. Contacts Actus Finance & Communication : Investors: Guillaume Le Floch +331 53 67 36 70 Press-Media: Vivien Ferran +331 53 67 36 34           APPENDIX: DETAILED FINANCIAL INFORMATION H1 2017  INCOME STATEMENT BY FUNCTION30 june 201630 june 2017 (in € thousands)6 months6 months     Revenues 20 89622 964 Cost of revenues-9 836- 10 657 Gross Profit11 05912 037 Research and development-6 084- 5 992 Selling and marketing-4 531- 4 890 General and administrative-2 312- 2 600 Current operating income-1 869- 1 445 Other income and expenses from operations- 76 Operating income-1 869-1 369 Net financial income (expense)-146- 325 Pre-tax income-2 015- 1 694 Income tax-90-246 Net consolidated income-2 105- 1 940 Net income, Group share-2 105-1 940     INCOME STATEMENT BY NATURE OF EXPENSE30 june 201630 june 2017 (in € thousands)6 months6 months     Revenues 20 89622 694 Cost of goods and third-party services resold-2 659-2 737 Commercial gross profit18 23619 957 Other external expenses-5 939- 6 649 Employee expenses-12 144-12 747 Taxes and duties-90-99 Other income and expenses from operations-29-21 EBITDA36442 Amortization expense and provisions net of reversals-1 905 - 1 886 Current operating income-1 869-1 445 Net financial income (expense)-146- 325 Pre-tax income-2 015-1 694 Net consolidated income-90- 246 Net consolidated income-2 105- 1940 Net income, Group share-2 105- 1940     BALANCE SHEET31 dec 201630 june 2017 (in euro thousand)       Goodwill5 6045 508 Intangible assets5 3755 154 Property, plant and equipment1 3331 403 Long-term financial assets360370 Long-term restricted cash180181 Other non-current assets1 7181 926 Deferred tax assets424395 NON-CURRENT ASSETS14 99214 936 Inventories428290 Trade receivables17 81416 323 Sundry debtors1 7011 270 Cash and cash equivalents6 5325 950 Current tax assets299204 CURRENT ASSETS26 77424 037 TOTAL ASSETS41 76638 973     Capital7 1877 187 Premiums9 6829 682 Consolidated reserves-4 655- 3948 Consolidated income, Group share660- 1940 Translation reserves2 2761 979 Shareholder’s equity (attributable to the Group)15 15012 960 Non-controlling interests99 SHAREHOLDER’S EQUITY15 15912 969 Long-term financial debt2 9302 550 Long-term provisions677670 Deferred tax liabilities578529 Other non-current liabilities754787 NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES4 9384 536 Short-term provisions9618 Short-term financial debt2 3321 815 Current tax liabilities3872 Suppliers3 9622 776 Tax and social security liabilities4 3164 907 Other creditors10 92611 879 CURRENT LIABILITIES21 66921 468 TOTAL LIABILITIES41 76638 973   STATEMENT OF NET CASH FLOWS 30 june 201630 june 2017 (in € thousand)6 months6 months Consolidated net income (including non-controlling interests)- 2 105- 1940 +/- Depreciation, amortisation and provisions (except on current assets)                  1 9291 764 +/- Impairment losses – Long term assets   +/- Income and expense linked to stock options and similar6442 -/+ Other income and expense   -/+ Gains and losses on disposals12 Cash flow after cost of net financial debt and tax -112-132 + Cost of net financial debt8232 +/- Tax expense (including deferred taxes)90246 Cash flow before cost of net financial debt and tax (A)60146 - Tax paid (B)-189- 247 +/- Change in working capital requirement from operating activities (including liabilities for employee benefits) (C) 1 8612 447 = NET CASH FLOW FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES (D) = (A + B + C)1 7322 345     - Cash outflow for acquisitions of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets-1 733- 1 764 + Cash from disposals of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets176 +/- Impact of changes of scope   +/- Change in loans and advances made51-72 = NET CASH FLOW FROM INVESTMENT ACTIVITIES (E)-1 682- 1 761     -/+ Repurchase and resale of treasury shares2-9 + Cash from new borrowings300423 - Loan repayments (including finance leases)-480-649 - Net financial interest paid (including finance leases)-72-24 +/- Other cash flows from financing activities-140-712 = NET CASH FLOW FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES (F)-390-971     +/- Impact of changes in exchanges rates (G)-60- 225     = CHANGE IN NET CASH POSITION (D + E + F + G)-399-612     Cash at end of period   Cash and cash equivalents – Bank overdrafts3 9175 701     Cash at opening   Cash and cash equivalents – Bank overdrafts4 3176 313    
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Dalet Digital Media Systems, a leading provider of solutions and services for broadcasters and content professionals, and Veritone® Inc. (NASDAQ: VERI), a leading provider of artificial intelligence (AI) insights and solutions, today announced a new collaboration. The new alliance will allow Dalet Galaxy customers to leverage Veritone’s industry-leading AI technology for automated metadata extraction and analysis, including speech-to-text transcription, face recognition, translation, object recognition, content moderation, logo recognition, and optical character recognition.  “Artificial Intelligence is one of our customers' top priorities. They recognize the power of AI to seamlessly and automatically process, transform and analyze data,” noted Frederic Roux, vice president of sales, Americas at Dalet. “We’re pleased to collaborate with Veritone in this effort to help media organizations capture new opportunities with smart workflow services that can easily become part of their existing installation.” The amount of multimedia content created and consumed is growing at an exponential pace in all verticals. As broadcasters and media organizations look at the best ways to tame the tsunami, streamline workflows and maximize the value of content, AI-enriched media management and workflow solutions will become a vital part for continued relevance and sustainable growth. Potential business benefits are immense and immediately tangible: augmented production workflows with smart and timely recommendations, better content insights and discovery thanks to intelligent auto-tagging features, automation of more complex tasks in the process and, in the near future, smart resource provisioning and system scaling with self-adaptive capacity planning.   However, managing artificial intelligence at scale and fielding it in relevant use cases for media organizations require an advanced asset management and orchestration platform such as Dalet Galaxy. Leveraging on its flexible, media- and business-aware data model, as well as a fully featured integration framework, Dalet Galaxy offers a future-proof foundation to connect with Veritone's open, extensible ecosystem of AI engines and applications. By taking advantage of the Veritone Platform, Dalet Galaxy users will be able to search and exploit every frame of video and every second of audio for objects, faces, brands, text, sentiment, keywords and more. They will be able to discover unique insights, dissect and analyze content programmatically and by multivariate search, and monitor media in near real time. “The rationale behind this collaboration is very simple: a common passion, focus and expertise in the media industry. The combination of the two complementary technologies spans across all media workflows, offering smarter services that unleash the potential of content, enhance the production experience, and reduce the complexity of content curation, ultimately enabling customers to create and deliver richer, better content to the right audience at the right time,” said Kevin Savina, director of product strategy at Dalet.  â€œWe are thrilled to team up with Dalet, a leader in media asset and workflow management. The collaboration will empower Dalet Galaxy users with the new-found intelligence and impactful applications essential to remain competitive now and in the future,” added Ryan Steelberg, co-founder and president of Veritone. Veritone makes AI accessible and actionable by combining more than 120 of the most advanced third-party engines across major cognitive functions with a suite of powerful applications and a proprietary orchestration layer, Conductor™, informed by machine learning. Deployable virtually anywhere, the Veritone Platform produces time-correlated, multi-dimensional metadata from audio and video data, unlocking new insights from linear files such as radio and TV broadcasts, call-center conversations and CCTV footage.   This next generation of augmented media operations is a strategic focus for Dalet. The company has deep internal expertise in these topics. Michael Elhadad, co-founder and head of technology at Dalet, is also a university professor and researcher in the fields of artificial intelligence and natural language processing.   A number of AI services have already been integrated with the Dalet Galaxy platform, such as automated collection and enrichment of advanced metadata. However, the unique AI capabilities of Veritone coupled with the Dalet Galaxy platform will provide broadcasters and media organizations with an end-to-end solution that will serve as an enabler to capture tomorrow's business opportunities and generate new benefits.   The new alliance between Dalet and Veritone will allow Dalet Galaxy customers to leverage Veritone’s industry-leading AI technology for automated metadata extraction and analysis Meet with us at IBC in Amsterdam IBC Show attendees can book a private workflow consultation with a Dalet expert to learn how new product and solution enhancements can help them better create, manage and distribute content. Book a meeting via http://www.dalet.com/events/ibc-amsterdam-2017. 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. About Veritone Veritone, Inc. is a leading artificial intelligence company that has developed the Veritone Platform, which unlocks the power of AI-based cognitive computing to transform and analyze unstructured public and private audio and video data for clients in the media, politics, legal and government markets. The open platform integrates an ecosystem of best-of-breed cognitive engines and powerful applications, which can be orchestrated together to reveal valuable, multivariate insights from users’ data. To learn more about Veritone, please visit Veritone.com. Safe Harbor Statement This news release contains forward-looking statements, including without limitation statements regarding the parties’ new business relationship and the expected benefits to Veritone, Dalet Digital Media Systems and their respective customers. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, words such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “could,” “estimate” or “continue” or the negative or other variations thereof or comparable terminology are intended to identify forward-looking statements. In addition, any statements that refer to expectations, projections or other characterizations of future events or circumstances are forward-looking statements. Assumptions relating to the foregoing involve judgments and risks with respect to various matters which are difficult or impossible to predict accurately and many of which are beyond the control of Dalet Digital Media Systems and Veritone. Although Dalet Digital Media Systems and Veritone believe that the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements are reasonable, any of the assumptions could prove inaccurate and, therefore, there can be no assurance that the results contemplated in forward-looking statements will be realized. In light of the significant uncertainties inherent in the forward-looking information included herein, the inclusion of such information should not be regarded as a representation by Dalet Digital Media Systems and Veritone or any other person that their objectives or plans will be achieved. Neither Dalet Digital Media Systems nor Veritone undertakes any obligation to revise the forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
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Dalet Digital Media Systems, a leading provider of solutions and services for broadcasters and content professionals, will showcase the new Dalet Xtend integration panel for Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC, part of Adobe Creative Cloud at IBC 2017. Dalet Xtend connects Adobe Premiere Pro users to the Dalet Galaxy Media Asset Management (MAM) & Orchestration platform, providing a direct gateway to metadata-rich assets and facilitating cross-enterprise collaboration for video editors journalists, prep editors, sports producers and others. The latest version of the Dalet Xtend panel for Adobe Premiere Pro CC adds full support for project file management in Dalet Galaxy, including new Adobe project locking, multi-sequence export, locator inheritance, configurable metadata forms when exporting content, and support for growing files when exporting from Adobe Premiere Pro to Dalet Galaxy.   Dalet Xtend connects Adobe Premiere Pro users to the Dalet Galaxy MAM & Orchestration platform   Media organizations of all types and sizes – global media & entertainment leader’s STARZ (USA) and FOX International (UK, Italy, Germany), sports broadcaster’s Fox Sports 1 (USA), media conglomerates’ SBS (Australia) and Mediacorp (Singapore), post-production house’s Colortime (USA), new generation radio’s KEXP (USA) and fast-paced news broadcaster’s Mediaset (Italy) to name a few – have selected Dalet and the Adobe creative tools to connect artists with their the workflow, streamline operations and maximize the value of their assets. “Together, the Adobe creative tools and the Dalet platform provide everything media organizations need to produce exceptional content, boosting collaboration and simplifying workflows so that their users can fully focus on high-quality storytelling,” noted Arnaud Elnecave, VP Marketing at Dalet. “The Dalet content management solutions, in concert with the Adobe apps like Adobe Premiere Pro CC and After Effects® CC, provide an integrated production environment that enables media organizations to work efficiently and maximize creativity,” said Sue Skidmore, partner relations for Adobe professional video. Attend Dalet Pulse at IBC and learn more with Dalet & Adobe As an exclusive event that brings together the entire Dalet Community, Dalet Pulse is the perfect platform to celebrate creativity and collaboration. IBC attendees are invited for an evening of inspiration and celebration at the ESCAPE Club! Space is limited, click here to register. Download the Dalet Xtend Module Brief Learn more about the seamless technology integration between Dalet and the Adobe creative tools, and download the module brief. Meet Dalet at IBC in Amsterdam IBC Show attendees can book a private workflow consultation with a Dalet expert to learn how Dalet and Adobe solutions boost creativity and collaboration within media organizations. Book a meeting and meet us on stand 8.B77. 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 enable 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.
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Euronews made a major shift to deliver more customized content for its audiences. Central in this transformation, Dalet Galaxy streamlines multi-lingual and multi-platform content production and distribution.
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Dalet announced today that it has made sweeping updates to its Dalet Cube broadcast 3D graphics suite. Dalet Cube is a comprehensive suite of modules to design, manage and playout broadcast 3D animated graphics. Natively connected to the Dalet Galaxy Media Asset Management (MAM) & Orchestration platform and a core capability of the Dalet Unified News Operations solution, Dalet Cube offers a superior user experience and branding efficiencies for creating and managing CGs, crawls tickers, lower-thirds, logos, full-frame graphics and complex 3D animations across the entire news production and playout workflow. “Dalet Cube has become the integrated graphics workflow of choice for premium news organizations such as Euronews, which recently launched 12 multi-lingual channels with Dalet Galaxy and Dalet Cube. The tight integration between the two offers an unprecedented user experience for journalists and producers. CGs can be updated at any point during the news production and playout workflow. For example, a journalist using Dalet OneCut can quickly choose a Dalet Cube CG template, add lower-thirds information, then dynamically preview the animated graphics placed on multiple CG tracks while editing,” comments Raul Alba, senior product manager, Dalet. “Dalet Cube gives broadcasters a seamless approach to managing news graphics. It helps cut down on mistakes while keeping the brand intact, even during breaking news and fast turn-around stories. When time is of the essence, as it is for just about any newsroom, this type of workflow agility is a must-have.” Dalet Cube offers a superior user experience and branding efficiencies Unique Dalet Cube workflow capabilities include: More Control, Better User Experience – With media, scripts, audio and graphics at your fingertips, it’s visually easier for journalists to manage every detail of the story narrative from one place. Designed for Story Development – Dalet OneCut editors can position Dalet Cube graphics in the timeline/over video, preview the graphics overlay (including animations) and define behaviors. And because Dalet Cube graphics rendering is managed by a server, the local station performance is never affected. Make Changes Anytime…Including Just Before Playout – Native connection between Dalet Cube and Dalet Galaxy means changes can be made on playback with advanced support to update behavior and conditions. With multiple CG tracks, users can add CG elements into the video project for either playout or burn-in. Graphics trigger automatically at playout wherever the journalists placed CGs on the timeline. With total control of graphics playout with the on-air video operator, one less person is required in the control room.   Search on Any Graphic Detail – Dalet Galaxy tracks every graphic object allowing graphics designers, journalists, producers and other staff connected to the Dalet Galaxy MAM platform to search on any and every graphic element – repurposing graphics and objects has never been so easy! NEW – Multi-Lingual Synchronized Playout – For multi-lingual operations, operators can slot graphics placeholders in the rundown and Dalet will populate the placeholders with the relevant CGs in the correct language on playout. NEW – Automate On-Air Graphics Playout Workflow – Advanced integration with Dalet Workflow Engine lets operators manage multiple variations of a single graphic element on playout, accommodating multi-studio playout scenarios requiring different languages and branding elements.  Other features and workflow enhancements with this Dalet Cube 5.2 release include improved ticker management, the ability to trigger CGs from Dalet Galaxy without having to follow the playlist order, enhanced Twitter support and insertion macros. With the Twitter integration, Dalet Cube can pull Twitter information instantly and put it inside Twitter Cube templates for broadcast. Euronews, which has one of the largest Dalet Cube installations in the world, has leveraged the breadth and depth of the Dalet Unified News Operations workflow and Dalet Cube native connection with Dalet Galaxy to transform its operation. Francois Schmitt, COO of Euronews, explains, “The big advantage was Dalet Cube and more importantly the way it worked with Dalet Galaxy. It was a big asset for Euronews. Not only did it support the multiple language channels, it did so in a way that allowed us to share the workflow and content across the 12 channels, giving us the flexibility to deliver more value to different territories by customizing content, without losing the Euronews DNA.”   Learn More About Dalet Cube Download the Dalet Cube product brochure and datasheet. For more information, please visit http://www.dalet.com/cube. See Dalet Cube at IBC2017 Dalet will be showcasing the new version of Dalet Cube at IBC2017 on stand 8.B77. For more information or to schedule a private demo, please visit http://www.dalet.com/events/ibc-amsterdam-2017. Dalet Press Briefings at IBC2017 To schedule a press briefing with Dalet at IBC2017, please contact Alex Molina at alex@zazilmediagroup.com.   About Dalet Cube Dalet Cube is a suite of applications to create, manage and deliver graphics in a newsroom scenario. Natively integrated with Dalet Galaxy Media Asset Management (MAM) and Orchestration platform, Dalet Cube provides a superior user experience that is much harder to achieve than with third-party graphics system integrated via MOS™ or limited APIs. In addition to native support of graphic content in the Dalet story-centric workflow, users can handle title CGs in the Dalet OneCut timeline with animated preview, for dynamic playback or burn into the video. Graphic attributes are stored in the Dalet database, allowing operators to quickly search graphics content like any other asset. Playout of graphics content is fully supported with the Dalet Galaxy OnAir Players and by using Dalet OnAir Carts.   For more information about Dalet Cube, including the suite of tools – Cube Designer, Cube Play Controller, Cube Play Web, Cube Ticker and Cube Studio – please visit http://www.dalet.com/cube.   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.
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Dalet, a leading provider of solutions and services for broadcasters and content professionals, today announced Dalet Orchestration, an agile enterprise media management solution designed to integrate content pools and automate workflows across different verticals – such as programs, promos, news, sport, lifestyle and more. Dalet Orchestration 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, the solution offers critical analytics specifically tailored for media operations, allowing management teams to measure performance throughout the chain and build data-driven strategies. “The complexity in the production and distribution chain continues to rise as facilities strive to improve productivity while pursuing new avenues of revenue. More than ever, media organizations require genuine freedom to adapt fast to changing business models and to grasp new opportunities by creating new content experiences,” says Arnaud Elnecave, vice president of marketing, Dalet. “They need to become more agile and build an enterprise solution that connects internal content sources to the whole of the business, disintermediates the content chain, enables efficient multiplatform distribution, streamlines user workflows, standardizes technical processes and provides visibility throughout the chain in order to optimize performance and build data-driven strategies. This is what the Dalet Orchestration solution has been designed for.”  Showcased in preview at NAB 2017, Dalet Orchestration garnered a NewBay “Best of Show” award for its groundbreaking innovation, feature set and performance in serving the industry. Dalet Orchestration doesn’t 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.     Based on an advanced suite of tools and execution logic, Dalet Orchestration allows broadcasters and other multi-department content organizations to design, plan, execute, control and monitor the increasingly complex chains of activities. The powerful solution gives these organizations an agile, highly scalable foundation and framework to streamline operations, standardize processes, automate technical tasks, reduce the risk of human errors  and distribute to more outlets today and in the future. It also provides operational transparency with the ability to monitor and analyze KPIs gathered from heterogeneous systems. The Dalet Orchestration solution 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. Further to that, when it comes to leveraging cloud capabilities, orchestration 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. Such enterprise-wide projects require best-of-breed professional services to help customers get the best value from their investment. Dalet teams provide consulting, lead and assistance at every step of the transformation project to ensure success - from technology advisory, to re-design of operations and workflows, definition of key performance indicators, modeling of processes, systems integration and implementation, training and support. Expert in change management, Dalet has deployed a wide range of these high-value projects for the most forward-thinking customers around the world. Its rich experience and insights have helped many leading brands fully realize organizational goals and reach expected benefits.   See Dalet Orchestration at IBC2017 The new Dalet Orchestration solution will be shown at the IBC 2017 exhibition held in Amsterdam September 15 – 19 on stand 8.B77. To book a private briefing at IBC with a workflow expert, please visit http://www.dalet.com/events/ibc-amsterdam-2017. For more information on Dalet Orchestration, please visit http://www.dalet.com/business-solutions/orchestration.  Dalet Press Briefings at IBC2017 To schedule a press briefing with Dalet at IBC2017, please contact Alex Molina at alex@zazilmediagroup.com.   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 Orchestration and MAM 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. 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.
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IBC2017 will serve as the stage to unveil a new module of Dalet News Solutions, the Dalet Social Media Panel. Dalet has developed, within the Dalet Unified News Operations solution, a comprehensive social media framework that enables journalists to analyze, produce and deliver fast-paced news on social media platforms. The latest addition to this framework, the Dalet Social Media Panel, gives editorial teams a synthetic view of all their posts, including simple analytics to understand popularity of their posts in the blink of an eye, allowing journalists and news directors to better fine-tune and deliver content to targeted audiences, ultimately augmenting engagement. “While the ability to publish to social media platforms is done by many broadcast systems, it’s often done as an ad hoc to the system and disconnected from the rest of the workflow. This is where the Dalet Social Media Panel approach separates itself from the rest of the pack,” comments Kevin Savina, director of product strategy, Dalet. “The new Dalet Social Media Panel is a native module of the Dalet Galaxy Media Asset Management (MAM) and Orchestration platform, and is part of a wider social media framework. Not only are stories published as posts, but all data available on the social platforms is continuously extracted and used to enrich the story asset. It’s a true 360-degree workflow that puts social at the core of the news flow, which best serves a hyper-connected audience.” Journalists, producers and assignment desk editors can access the Dalet Social Media Panel, right within their Dalet Galaxy workspace. Dynamic indicators such as number of views, likes and shares show how posted content is performing, while comments and threads allow journalists to detect new potential story angles. With data, tools and content at their fingertips, journalists can quickly evolve posts into deeper stories. Savina adds, “The converged Dalet social media framework is designed to facilitate story curation and distribution to viewing platforms such as web and traditional broadcast while simultaneously outputting updates back to the social media networks. It’s a story-centric model that allows teams to deliver content that meets the consumption habits and expectations of all audiences, whether they are consuming complete news stories on social or simply using it as a method of finding news to be read in full online or watched live on-air.” The look and feel of the Dalet Social Media Panel mimics the style of today’s social media platforms, making it a seamless transition for journalists to work with. To help manage volume and pace, Dalet Social Media Panel provides a central point for approving posts, as well as scheduling publish date and time. This keeps the social media news flow humming along smoothly. The analytical tools help both journalists and news directors view, at a glance, what stories are waning versus what topics are trending, aiding to make more informed decisions of what news stories and news angles need to be published next.   Other complementary modules of the Dalet social media framework include: Twitter Harvester Journalists within Dalet can create filters on the topics they follow, for example, #SolarEclipse2017; the system then automatically collects any new tweets that contain those hashtags or keywords and imports them as a wire. Any user interested can subscribe and get notified when a new tweet with that hashtag comes in, giving journalists the ability to feel the pulse of social media within their Dalet workspace as news develops. Social media section built into the Dalet Story Editor While writing a story for television or radio, users can easily curate their script for social media publishing, including drag and drop of images and video into the social media section. Throughout the development of a story, journalists can create new sections of their story to update tweets and posts. Converged and easy editing for social Within the Dalet OneCut multimedia editor, users can easily re-package television content to make it ready for social posts, including CG on the timeline with burn-in using Dalet Cube, integrated voiceover and open captions – an increasingly important feature on social with the demand for silent videos. Simple and direct publishing With the click of a button, journalists can post content straight to their personal or their news organization’s social media account. The system automatically publishes to YouTube, Facebook and/or Twitter, or queues it for later post synchronized with the on-air playout. Fake news control To prevent fake news from going out, all social media posts can be vetted, so only approved content is posted. Journalists can then view and track the activity of their posts, and notate which posts have been vetted and cleared for publishing, right from within their Dalet workspace. Savina concludes, “Although the Dalet Social Media Panel is first being implemented within news organizations, Dalet clearly foresees it being used with other type of content and organizations – for instance, sports broadcasters and teams to publish highlights on social media, entertainment channels to push promos on social media, and more.” For more information about the new Dalet Social Media Panel, please visit: http://www.dalet.com/video-gallery/dalet-galaxy-social-media-workflows.       See Dalet Social Media at IBC2017 Dalet will be showcasing the brand new Dalet Social Media Panel at IBC2017 on stand 8.B77. For more information or to schedule a private demo, please visit http://www.dalet.com/events/ibc-amsterdam-2017.   Dalet Press Briefings at IBC2017 To schedule a press briefing with Dalet at IBC2017, please contact Janice Dolan at janice@zazilmediagroup.com.   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.
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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    
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Dalet MEDIATalks is a series of video interviews that address key topics of the broadcast & media industry - from operations to business - and will help you understand how Dalet strategically partners with leading organizations to deliver cutting-edge, best of breed, agile media solutions. Episode 4: Dell CTO Media & Entertainment Thomas Burn joined us at NAB 2017 to share the joint vision of Dell and Dalet and how our seamless partnership is evolving the media industry through modular infrastructure and workflows.
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Dalet Digital Media Systems, a leading provider of solutions and services for broadcasters and content professionals, will be unveiling several new technology advancements at the 2017 IBC Show (stand 8.B77), held at the Amsterdam RAI Centre from September 15th through 19th. “Key for our customers is the ability to take advantage of emerging technologies that ultimately enable new business opportunities and growth. However, these come at a faster and faster pace. Replacement of key tools and infrastructure with every evolution is not a viable business option, nor is staying with the current siloed infrastructure,” comments Arnaud Elnecave, vice president of marketing, Dalet. “Today’s media operations require fluid, collaborative workflows based on an open technology framework such as the Dalet Galaxy platform, which can bend to the flow of new business requirements. All our recent implementations are about enabling this agile transformation for our customers.” Elnecave elaborates on what attendees can expect to see on the stand: “We will be unveiling several key technology advancements at IBC. These innovations span across all media workflows, offering smarter services that enhance the content production experience, foster collaboration, reduce the complexity of multiplatform distribution and the curation of targeted content, ultimately enabling customers to create and deliver richer, better content to more platforms faster than ever before.”   Unified News Operations  An agile and scalable solution, Dalet Unified News Operations combines all the essential functions of an efficient modern newsroom, offering a comprehensive suite of collaborative tools that streamline the entire chain of operations. Dalet will introduce new additions to this toolset at the show: Dalet Social Media Pane. As audiences consume their news more and more on social platforms, efficient production and publishing to these outlets have become paramount. The new Dalet Social Media Pane makes publishing on social channels easy and intuitive. It also provides a synthetic view of the published stories and their performance with audiences to inform new editorial directions and planning. Dalet Content Discovery. This new module sets the framework for a new generation of editorial experience, recommending to the journalists and producers a selection of content readily available on the platform that matches their assignments or work in progress. Advanced News Graphics Workflows. Dalet Cube, the comprehensive suite of high-quality broadcast graphics tools, boasts a new set of native integrations with the Dalet Galaxy platform for creating and managing CGs, crawlers, tickers, lower-thirds, logos, full-frame graphics and complex 3D animations. Available at various touch points of news production and playout workflow, these new integrations enable superior user experience and new branding efficiencies. Orchestrating & Streamlining Enterprise Media Workflows The new, award-winning Dalet Orchestration solution is an agile enterprise media management solution designed to integrate content pools and automate workflows across the various verticals of a typical media enterprise – such as programs, promos, news, sports and lifestyle. Dalet Orchestration provides a consolidated view of all media assets across the business with tools to easily automate and optimize workflows from acquisition and production, to distribution of content to multiple broadcast platforms and publishing systems. Delivered with Dalet Report Center, the solution offers critical business intelligence data specifically tailored for media operations, allowing management teams to measure performance throughout the chain and build data-driven strategies.   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.   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 soon-to-be-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.   Book a Private Briefing to Learn How Dalet Can Help Evolve Your Workflow IBC Show attendees can book a private demonstration or workflow consultation with a Dalet expert to learn how new product and solution enhancements can help them better create, manage and distribute content. Book a meeting via http://www.dalet.com/events/ibc-amsterdam-2017.   Dalet Press Briefings at IBC2017 To schedule a press briefing with Dalet at IBC2017, please contact Janice Dolan at janice@zazilmediagroup.com.   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.
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Dalet MEDIATalks is a series of video interviews that address key topics of the broadcast & media industry - from operations to business - and will help you understand how Dalet strategically partners with leading organizations to deliver cutting-edge, best of breed, agile media solutions. Episode 3: NetApp Media Industry Lead Jason Danielson came to speak with us at NAB 2017 to share his vision about how Media Asset Management platforms such as Dalet Galaxy work along storage management systems to provide best-in-class media workflow solutions for businesses.
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(Unaudited) In € millions H1 2016 H1 2017 Change Licences 5.9 5.9 - Maintenance - Support 7.6 8.3 +10% Total Software Revenues 13.5 14.2 +6% Services 4.2 5.0 +20% Hardware 3.3 3.5 +6% Total revenues for the semester 20.9 22.7 +9%         Total Commercial Gross Margin for the semester 18.2 20.0 +9%   DALET, a leading provider of software solutions for the creation, management and distribution of multimedia content for broadcasters, operators and content producers, announced today revenues (unaudited) for its first half-year ended June 30, 2017. Total consolidated revenues for the semester were up by 9% at €22.7 million as compared to the first half of 2016. Second quarter revenues were €11.8 million, up 9% from the same period last year. Software revenues (comprising licences and support revenues) were up 6% over the first six months of the year, bolstered by the 10% increase in recurring Maintenance revenues at €8.3 million. License revenues were stable. Service revenues (integration, configuration and training professional services) were up 20% compared to last year’s first half, due to the large number of projects involving deployment and integration currently underway. Hardware resale, which is a low margin, non strategic business for Dalet, increased at a slower pace that the rest of the activity over the first half of 2017. Commercial gross margin (defined as sales minus cost of goods and third-party services resold) increased in value by 9% at €20.0 million. Commercial gross margin rate increased slightly from 87.3% of revenues over the first half of 2016 to 87.9% for the same period this year, reflecting the more favorable sales mix. Broken down by geographic region, Europe remains the largest zone in terms of revenues with revenues stable at €9.1 million. Revenues for the Americas were up by 7% at €8.5 million. Revenues for Asia Pacific were up by 26% at €3.7 million, revenues in Africa and the Middle East were up by 81% at €1.3 million as compared to the first semester of 2016.  Outlook Dalet revenues are in line with its business plan after these first six months. Backed by an order book standing at €25 million expected to be invoiced in the second half of 2017 ( €2 milion above the order book for the second semester of 2016 at the same period last year), Dalet expects to meet its goals for 2017 in terms of continued growth and progressive improvement of its operating margins. Next publication Full financial results for the first semester of 2017 on 19 September 2017 after the close of trading     About Dalet Digital Media Systems 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, RAI, RFI, Russia Today, RT Malaysia, VOA), commercial networks and operators (Canal+, FOX, eTV, Mediaset, NBC Universal, Warner Bros., Sirius XM Radio) and government organizations (UK Parliament, NATO, United Nations, Veterans Affairs, NASA). Dalet is traded on the NYSE-EURONEXT stock exchange (Eurolist C): ISIN: FR0011026749, Bloomberg DLT:FP, Reuters: DALE.PA. For more information on Dalet, visit www.dalet.com Contacts Actus Finance & Communication : Investors: Guillaume Le Floch / Theo Martin - 01 53 67 36 75 Press-Media: Vivien Ferran - 01 53 67 36 34
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Learn more about the latest version of Dalet Brio! Built on COTS IT, Dalet Brio is an I/O software platform designed for high-density, broadcast quality, ingest and playout operations in SD, HD and UHD formats, over SDI or IP, or a combination of both. Dalet Brio comes with powerful user applications for multi-camera management, events & sports logging.
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This event hosted at The Foundry SLS Las Vegas started with an introduction keynote by Dalet VP of Marketing, Arnaud Elnecave. Learn more about Dalet's latest solutions and services, and get a quick overview of what we presented at the 2017 NAB Show!
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Dalet Product Line Manager for News, Thomas Bairl, presented an overview and latest updates of Dalet Unified News Operations, the world's leading story-centric, fully integrated news production and delivery solution for TV, radio and web with social at the core. A recent implementation of the solution at Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) was also presented on video.
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CEO of Clippn Mick Reed presented how a public, cloud-based Media Asset Management (MAM) solution provided by Dalet helped them start and dynamically scale their post-production and distribution processes as their business grows on the new market segment of stock footage.
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Dalet Director of Product Strategy, Kevin Savina, shared an update on the company’s flexible approach to the Cloud: a technology transition with unique opportunities! He also introduced Dalet Business Continuity (BC), a new solution for smart, cost-efficient, disaster recovery that takes advantage of virtual infrastructures.
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An overview of the latest features of Dalet AmberFin, the orchestrated, scalable media processing and mastering platform, designed for facilities who seek both the best of quality for their moving images and the best of agility & interoperability for the media processes.
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Learn more about the latest version of Dalet Brio! Built on COTS IT, Dalet Brio is an I/O software platform designed for high-density, broadcast quality, ingest and playout operations in SD, HD and UHD formats, over SDI or IP, or a combination of both. Dalet Brio comes with powerful user applications for multi-camera management, events & sports logging.
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Dalet Chief Media Scientist, Bruce Devlin, got on stage to talk about the Interoperable Master Format, also known as IMF, highlighting the new paradigm this standard offers for international distribution, and how the latest Dalet technology helps efficiently manage versioning and mastering with this standard. Learn more!
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An overview of the latest features of Dalet AmberFin, the orchestrated, scalable media processing and mastering platform, designed for facilities who seek both the best of quality for their moving images and the best of agility & interoperability for the media processes.
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Dalet Chief Media Scientist, Bruce Devlin, got on stage to talk about the Interoperable Master Format, also known as IMF, highlighting the new paradigm this standard offers for international distribution, and how the latest Dalet technology helps efficiently manage versioning and mastering with this standard. Learn more!
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Dalet MEDIATalks is a series of video interviews that address key trends in the broadcast & media industry - from operations to business - and will help you understand how Dalet strategically partners with leading organizations to deliver cutting-edge, best of breed, agile media solutions. Episode 2: Adobe Senior Director of Product Management Bill Roberts joined us at NAB 2017 to discuss how the seamless integration between Adobe & Dalet solutions empowers all types of organizations around the world, boosting creativity and collaboration.
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Dalet, a leading provider of solutions and services for broadcasters and content professionals, announced today that Perform, the leading digital sports content and media group, has selected Dalet Galaxy as the Media Asset Management and Orchestration platform for the launch and daily operations of its ground-breaking live and on-demand sports platform DAZN in Japan. DAZN, which launched in Japan in August last year, is a rapidly growing subscription-based OTT provider of multimedia sports content. Its offer in Japan is based around Perform’s 10-year rights agreement to broadcast the domestic premier J.League games live streams, highlights and magazine programs. To facilitate the production and distribution of highlights and magazine content, as well as share the high value assets with its UK site, Perform extended its existing relationship with Dalet and implemented an end-to-end production workflow powered by the Dalet Galaxy platform in its Tokyo facility. The agile Dalet Galaxy platform serves to connect and orchestrate the ecosystem of technologies used at DAZN, including Evertz Dream Catcher, Xendata, Qualstar, Adobe® Premiere Pro® CC and Avid ProTools, creating a seamless production and distribution workflow. “Dalet has shown its worth in managing the large volumes of data generated daily for the J.League. Through its advanced features we have been able to craft ingest workflows that automatically fill out metadata forms based on the file extensions, move media to its allocated location, and enable retention policies based on the media type,” explains Robin Williams, Perform Group post engineering manager, Tokyo. “These workflows have allowed the DAZN team to maximize output efficiency while increasing the value of all content thanks to rich metadata collection within Dalet Galaxy.” Dalet Galaxy manages content ingest from satellite sources via the Dalet Brio I/O environment, orchestrating all asset transactions for the DAZN VOD workflow. Web-based tools such as Dalet WebSpace let staff quickly assemble and deliver highlight packages and magazine show content to the DAZN platform and archives, while modules such as Dalet Xtend for Adobe® Premiere Pro® CC bring post-production into the main workflow with bidirectional metadata tracking. Dalet AmberFin takes care of all media processing with integrated ingest, mastering, QC and review functionality. Flexible Dalet API-based integrations with third-party systems allow Perform to design workflows tailored for its Japanese operation.    “The functionality of the Dalet Galaxy MAM and its integration with other systems and workflows meant that it was the obvious choice for the creation of highlights and promotional content for J.League post-production teams,” explains Mike Edwards, head of post engineering, Perform Group. “The expansion of the Tokyo platform and the creation of new workflows further cements Perform’s relationship with Dalet as a key partner, as Perform continues to expand and develop post-production facilities around the world.” Deployed within three weeks, the Tokyo site is linked with Perform’s UK production hub for efficient and sophisticated content collaboration, with Aspera handling fast file transfers between bureaus. Johann Zemmour, director of sales EMEA & APAC comments, “By building its workflows in Dalet Galaxy, Perform automated the most time-consuming processes, allowing staff to concentrate on improving program and service quality instead of managing complicated media transactions. The automation combined with advanced applications such as Dalet WebSpace enable staff to manage content ingest, add metadata, edit clips and export them to publishing, or share them with other global branches from a laptop anywhere on the network. The friction-free workflow is necessary for Perform Group’s fast-turnaround projects.” From Left: Abraham Sinta – Media Manager – Perform Tokyo, Pierre-Eliot Roussel – Post Projects Engineer – Perform UK, Robin Williams – Post Production Engineering Manager – Perform Tokyo, Pierre-Yves Lebrun – Post Production Support Engineer – Perform Tokyo, Yusuke Matsui – Post Production Support Engineer – Perform Tokyo, Taro Helsby – Post Production Technical Assistant – Perform Tokyo   ABOUT DAZN DAZN is a live and on-demand sports service that allows fans to watch their sport, their way, live or on-demand. With access to the world’s best sports, fans can watch their favorite teams, leagues and players anytime, anywhere, for an affordable monthly price. DAZN has over 8,000 live events a year and features the widest array of live sports ever offered on one TV platform. DAZN has the ability to play, pause and rewind anytime with no commercial interruptions and no long-term commitments.   DAZN is available in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Japan on most connected devices including Smart TVs, smartphones, tablets and games consoles. DAZN is a part of Perform, a leading global sports media group.     Visit http://media.dazn.com/en/ for more information.   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.  
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Dalet MEDIATalks is a series of video interviews that address key trends in the broadcast & media industry - from operations to business - and will help you understand how Dalet strategically partners with leading organizations to deliver cutting-edge, best of breed, agile media solutions. Episode 1: HPE M&E Domain Leader Daniel Lakey sat with us at NAB 2017 to discuss the latest in IT for media workloads - whether on premises, hybrid, cloud or multi-cloud - as well as the new economic models HPE offers to the industry.
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Dalet Digital Media Systems, a leading provider of solutions and services for media organizations, is pleased to announce two new key management appointments for the Dalet Asia Pacific region: Cesar Camacho to General Manager and Rosa Pereiro to Director of Sales. Based at the Dalet Singapore office, the new appointments will serve to further strengthen Dalet’s presence and support across the region. The appointments are effective immediately.   Cesar Camacho, general manager, APAC Cesar Camacho will be assuming the position of general manager in the Asia-Pacific region, succeeding Raoul Cospen. In his new role, Cesar will be responsible for Dalet business and operations across the region, overseeing a team of 40-plus Dalet professionals. Having been with Dalet since 2001 and general manager of Dalet Spain since 2011, Cesar has been instrumental in the company’s growth and has been a key player in the implementation of Dalet systems in broadcast channels worldwide.   Rosa Pereiro, director of sales, APAC Rosa Pereiro has been promoted to director of sales, APAC, from her role as regional sales manager. Rosa will be responsible for driving key customer deals, managing accounts and leading business development efforts across all territories in the Asia-Pacific region. Working closely with Cesar, she will develop strategies for expanding Dalet media and entertainment relationships and strengthening existing ones, helping Dalet to increase sales and penetrate new markets and accounts throughout the region.   “Under the leadership of Raoul Cospen, our Asia-Pacific presence has grown significantly over the past few years, and all who have been involved in this mission – past, present and future – have proven their outstanding capabilities in promoting the Dalet brand in this strategic region,” comments Stephane Schlayen, COO of Dalet. “Available in most of the region’s languages, the Dalet Galaxy platform proves to be particularly well adapted to the current demands of APAC broadcasters, seeking to streamline workflows and save on costs of operations while getting maximum flexibility for their business. Customers such as MediaCorp in Singapore, WION/Zee Media Corporation in India and SBS in Australia are implementing Dalet solutions to drive key innovations in broadcast, digital and social media. These new appointments will be instrumental in the continued success of APAC, and I have full confidence that both Cesar and Rosa will continue to successfully drive the company’s expansion across the region.”   Meet Cesar Camacho and Rosa Pereiro at BroadcastAsia2017 Attendees to the BroadcastAsia2017 exhibition can book a private briefing to meet with Cesar or Rosa (stand 4R3-05) at the upcoming BroadcastAsia2017 exhibition at http://www.dalet.com/broadcast-asia-2017.   For more information about Dalet at BroadcastAsia2017, please visit http://www.dalet.com/news/dalet-innovations-expand-choices-and-opportunities-broadcasters-and-content-producers. About Dalet 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.
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p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #444444; -webkit-text-stroke: #444444} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #e89b15; -webkit-text-stroke: #e89b15} li.li1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #444444; -webkit-text-stroke: #444444} span.s1 {font-kerning: none; color: #e89b15; -webkit-text-stroke: 0px #e89b15} span.s2 {font-kerning: none} span.s3 {text-decoration: underline ; font-kerning: none; color: #e89b15; -webkit-text-stroke: 0px #e89b15} span.s4 {color: #e89b15} span.s5 {text-decoration: underline ; font-kerning: none; -webkit-text-stroke: 0px #e89b15} span.s6 {font-kerning: none; color: #444444; -webkit-text-stroke: 0px #444444} ul.ul1 {list-style-type: disc} Dalet Digital Media Systems will present its forward-thinking, agile media solutions at the BroadcastAsia2017 show (BCA), held in Singapore from May 23-25, on stand 4T3-05. Dalet solutions streamline a wide range of workflows for broadcasters and media organizations around the world, including: Unified News Operations – Dalet delivers a truly connected newsroom with fully integrated media logistics, newsroom computer system and news production functions, powered by the Galaxy platform, for many broadcasters including recent adopters Euronews in Europe (Lyon, Brussels, Athens and Budapest), Metro TV in Indonesia, and the brand new WION/Zee Media Corporation in India. Programs, promo management and multi-platform distribution – Dalet breaks silos and seamlessly connects workflows, processes, users and departments to simplify content production, versioning and delivery. Implemented by Fox Networks Group, MediaCorp and SBS Australia. MAM for post – Dalet improves content management, versioning and advanced file delivery, providing key automation and data access to elevate client services; recently implemented by Hollywood power house Colortime. Sports highlights and magazines – Dalet transforms sports production and broadcast; Mediaset (Italy) is a leading example of what can be achieved across sites, channels and an entire operation. Multimedia radio – Dalet offers tools designed for the way radio works in today’s digital age, from multimedia production to multiplatform delivery, helping put stations like KEXP (USA) on the global stage. What’s New for Dalet at BroadcastAsia2017   New features and solutions shown at BroadcastAsia2017 include: the Dalet Orchestration Solution, winner of the NewBay Best of Show Award presented by TV Technology at NAB; a new range of options for cost-effective Business Continuity; a full suite of tools and data models to manage IMF packages at scale; and enhancements to post-production workflows enabling seamless integration with Adobe Creative Cloud and especially Adobe Premiere CC. Dalet Orchestration is an enterprise, media supply chain orchestration solution that integrates content pools and automates workflows across different verticals (programs, promos, news, sport, lifestyle, etc.), providing a consolidated view of media assets across the business, and enabling easy and efficient distribution of content by the various broadcasting and publishing systems. Delivered with Dalet Report Center, the solution offers business intelligence specifically tailored for media operations in order to measure performance throughout the chain and build sound data-driven strategies. Dalet Business Continuity offers a range of solutions, based on a secondary site, which can be hosted in an environment of the customer’s choice including on-premise, hosted in a private cloud, or in a public cloud such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure. The secondary site provides access to back-up content (video, audio, scripts, rundowns, etc.) replicated from the primary platform – from a few hours up to days or weeks of content, depending on capacity and replication policies. Available within minutes, all operation-critical workflows defined by the customer’s contingency plan will be switched on. The pay-as-you-go and on-demand infrastructure models of the cloud require minimal upfront investment compared to classic plans that require large capital investment. To manage and package IMF content at scale, the need for a powerful media asset management (MAM) with integrated Workflow Engine such as Dalet Galaxy becomes critical. The enhanced Dalet Galaxy platform offers a sophisticated set of tools to manage mass IMF packaging at the production, distribution and contribution points of a media business. The comprehensive workflow covers the full range of services for IMF package creation, from importing IMF packages natively into the MAM, to visualizing IMF structures and components with Dalet Context Maps, to building versions and supplemental packages with Dalet Track Stack and Version Editor, and eventually wrapping the compositions for distribution using a connector to an IMF-compliant transcode farm such as Dalet AmberFin. The recently updated HTML-5 Dalet Xtend panel connects Adobe® Premiere Pro® CC users to the Dalet Galaxy MAM, providing a direct gateway to metadata-rich assets and facilitating collaboration with users such as journalists, prep editors, sports producers and other production personnel on the Dalet Galaxy platform. New features and capabilities include support for multi-sequence export, locator inheritance, configurable metadata forms for exporting content, and support for the ‘while’ scenarios when exporting from Adobe Premiere Pro. Readers can learn more about Dalet’s Unified News Operations, Program Production, Preparation and Multiplatform Distribution, Sports Highlights and Magazines, and Multimedia Radio by visiting the Dalet website solutions section.   Book a Private Demo at BroadcastAsia2017 to Learn How Dalet Can Help Evolve Your Workflow   BCA Show attendees can book a private demonstration or workflow consultation with a Dalet expert to learn how new products and solution enhancements can help them better create, manage and distribute content at http://www.dalet.com/broadcast-asia-2017.   Dalet Press Briefings at BroadcastAsia2017   To schedule a press briefing with Dalet at BroadcastAsia2017, please contact Anya Nelson at anya@zazilmediagroup.com.   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.
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(Unaudited) In € millions Q1 2016 Q1 2017 Change Licences 2.5 2.7 +8% Maintenance - Support 3.7 4.0 +7% Total Software Revenues 6.3 6.7 +7% Services 1.8 2.2 +20% Hardware 2.0 2.0 - Total revenues for the quarter 10.1 10.9 +8%         Commercial Gross Margin for the quarter 8.4 9.2 +10% Commercial Gross Margin rate 84% 85%   DALET, a leading provider of software solutions for the creation, management and distribution of multimedia content for broadcasters, operators and content producers, posted consolidated revenues (unaudited) of €10.9 million for the first quarter of 2017, up 8% from Q1-2016 revenues. Growth was fueled by the two key revenue streams, software revenues (+7%) and Services (+20%). Within software revenues, license sales were up 8% at €2.7 million, as the new version of Galaxy of Dalet’s end to end software solution continued to score strong wins. The installed base thus grows from quarter to quarter, feeding recurring support revenues which were up 7% for the quarter at €4.0 million. Service revenues were up 20% at €2.2 million, due to the large number of projects involving deployment and integration currently underway. Hardware resale, which is a non strategic business for Dalet, remained stable at €2.0 million. The commercial gross margin (defined as sales minus cost of goods and third-party services resold) stood at €9.2 million or 85% of revenues over the first quarter of 2017 as against 84% for the same period in 2016 due to the more favorable sales mix. Broken down by geographic region, revenues for Europe have resumed a positive growth trend, with revenues up 11% at €4.9 million. The Group continued its development in the Americas, its second largest contributor, with a 4% growth (€4.0 million). Asia-Pacific is the only area where revenues decreased over the quarter (-2% at €1.2 million) due to an unfavorable base effect related to last year’s first quarter where revenues were up +106%. Revenues in Africa and the Middle East more than doubled at €0.8 million revenues over the quarter, compared to €0.3 million for the same period last year.  Outlook: confirmation of targets for continued growth and improved operating margins DALET’s activity is overall in line with its business plan after this first quarter, thus allowing Dalet to confirm its targets for 2017 of both continued revenue growth and of a current operating margin of 4 to 5%. Dalet continues enriching its product portfolio and feature set, and just released its new Orchestration module, that aims at automating configurable processes for the media production supply chain, combining system services and customized user tasks. Delivered with a full Report Center, the solution brings Business Intelligence to the organization, allowing users at various levels to monitor and analyze key indicators about their operations. This new offering allows Dalet to promote its solutions for enterprise-wide management to more senior executives, particularly at large media companies where more strategic and fully integrated business solutions are increasingly important. It was very well received at the recent NAB show in Las Vegas from April 22 to 27st.   Next publication Q2-2017 revenues on 26 July 2017 after the close of trading   About Dalet Digital Media Systems 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, RAI, RFI, Russia Today, RT Malaysia, VOA, WDR), commercial networks and operators (Canal+, FOX, eTV, Mediaset, NBC Universal, Time Warner Cable, Warner Bros., SiriusXM) and government organizations (UK Parliament, NATO, United Nations, Veterans Affairs, NASA). Dalet is traded on the NYSE-EURONEXT stock exchange (Eurolist C): ISIN: FR0011026749, Bloomberg DLT:FP, Reuters: DALE.PA. For more information on Dalet, visit www.dalet.com Contacts Actus Finance & Communication : Investors: Guillaume Le Floch / Théo Martin +33 1 53 67 36 36 Press-Media: Vivien Ferran +33 1 53 67 36 34    
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Any great music scene has to have a great radio station playing the music it loves, and independent music has its champion in KEXP. Based in Seattle, Washington, the non-profit station has evolved from a pure FM radio station into a dynamic arts organization that provides the hottest indie music experiences on the air, online, and on the streets to a worldwide audience. The Dalet solution transformed KEXP, a once small radio station, by empowering them with the ability to create, manage and distribute a full range of live, recorded and on-demand audio and video content to enhance its brand’s reach across traditional and new media platforms.
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Based in Seattle, Washington, the non-profit station has evolved from a pure FM radio station into a dynamic arts organization that provides the hottest indie music experiences on the air, online, and on the streets to a worldwide audience.
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In € millions20152016Change Revenues47,548,2+2% Cost of goods and third-party services resold8,37,0  Commercial gross profit39,141,2+5% Commercial gross margin82%85%  Other cost of revenues14,114,6  Gross profit25,026,6+6% Gross Margin53%55%  Research and development11,011,6+6% Selling and marketing9,09,0-1% General and administrative4,64,6-1% Current operating income0,31,4+385% Operating income(0,1)1,3- Net income, Group share(0,8)0,7+1,5M€ Going forward, Dalet publishes its Income statement by function, so as to be aligned with the presentation generally used by software companies. The income statement by nature of expense is presented as well in the appendix to this press release.  The consolidated financial statements have been audited. The auditors' report will be published once the due diligence procedures required for the publication of the yearly financial report are complete. Dalet, a leading provider of software solutions for the creation, management and distribution of multimedia content for broadcasters, operators and content producers, has published its yearly audited results for financial year 2016.  Gross Margin up from 53% to 55% Dalet posted in 2016 its eighth consecutive year of growth with consolidated revenues up 2% at €48.2 million. The sales mix improved with a larger contribution to the activity from Software revenues and a decrease in hardware resale. This combined with an improved margin on services contributed to a Gross Profit of €26.6 million, up by 6%, with a gross margin increasing from 53% to 55% of revenues. Fivefold increase in Current Operating Profit Research and development expenses were up 6%, as the Group makes progress on its technology roadmap and product enhancements. The capitalization of €2.9 million in R&D on the company's balance sheet had no significant impact on income as it was offset by the amortization of R&D expenses in a similar amount. Selling & marketing expenses and general & administrative expenses were stable. As a result, current operating income climbed to €1.4 million from €0.3 million, an almost fivefold increase with respect to 2015. Current operating margin for 2016 was 2.9%, on track with the margin objectives defined by the group. With no significant exceptional expenses, operating income reached €1.3 million. After €0.4 million in financial expenses of which 0.1 million is interest expenses, and €0.2 million in tax, net income amounted to €0.7 million compared to a loss of €0.8 million in 2015. Stronger cash position, Positive cashflows Cashflows from operations amounted to €5.1 million, up 51% from the previous year. Cash on 31 December 2016 increased to €6.5 million, net cash was €1.3 million compared to a net debt of €0.6 million on 31 December 2015. Dalet shareholders’ equity stood at €15.2 million on 31 December 2016. Perspectives  Based on an order book on January 1st 2017 of €36 million, and on dynamic activity since the beginning of the year, DALET targets in 2017 a 9th consecutive year of growth. The group will continue setting as its priority the growth of its Software activity and associated professional services, while focusing on improving its service margins. Dalet confirms its objective of a current operating margin objective of 4% to 5% in 2017. Next publication Q1-2017 revenues on 11 May 2017 after the close of trading About Dalet Digital Media Systems 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, RAI, RFI, Russia Today, RT Malaysia, VOA, WDR), commercial networks and operators (Canal+, FOX, eTV, Mediaset, NBC Universal, Time Warner Cable, Warner Bros., SiriusXM) and government organizations (UK Parliament, NATO, United Nations, Veterans Affairs, NASA). Dalet is traded on the NYSE-EURONEXT stock exchange (Eurolist C): ISIN: FR0011026749, Bloomberg DLT:FP, Reuters: DALE.PA. For more information on Dalet, visit www.dalet.com.   Contacts Actus Finance & Communication Investors: Théo Martin +33 1 53 67 36 36 Press-Media: Vivien Ferran +33 1 53 67 36 34   APPENDIX: DETAILED FINANCIAL INFORMATION 2016  INCOME STATEMENT BY FUNCTION (in euro thousands)20152016     Revenues47 46348 226 Cost of Revenues-22 485-21 627 Gross Profit24 97826 598 Research and Development expenses-10 999-11 634 Selling and Marketing expenses-9 044-8 984 General and Administrative expenses-4 650-4 599 Current Operating Income2851 381 Loss on value-long term assets-411  Other operating income and expenses -76 Operating Income-1251 305 Financial income and expenses-336-425 Pre-tax income-461880 Income Tax-339-220 Net consolidated income-800660 Net consolidated income, attributable to Group-800660   INCOME STATEMENT BY NATURE OF EXPENSE (in euro thousands)20152016     Revenues47 46348 226 Purchases and other external expenses-20 917-19 540 Employee expenses-22 211-23 524 Taxes and duties-200-179 Depreciation and Amortization-3 620-3 700 Provisions net of reversals-62155 Other income and expenses from operations-168-56 Curent Operating Income2851 381 Loss on value-long term assets-411  Other operating income and expenses -76 Operating Income-1251 305 Income from cash and cash equivalents1930 Cost of gross financial debt-173-158 Cost of net financial debt-153-128 Other financial income and expenses-182-297 Pre-tax income-461880 Income tax-339-220 Net consolidated income-800660 Net consolidated income, attributable to Group-800660   BALANCE SHEET (in euro thousands)Dec 31 2015Dec 31 2016     Goodwill6 2135 604 Intangible assets5 9595 375 Property, plant and equipment1 3671 333 Long-term financial assets358360 Long term restricted cash325180 Other non-current assets1 0081 718 Deferred tax assets415424 NON-CURRENT ASSETS15 64414 992 Inventories247428 Trade receivables14 48317 814 Sundry debtors1 4271 701 Cash and cash equivalents4 3356 532 Current tax assets166299 CURRENT ASSETS20 65826 774 TOTAL ASSETS36 30241 766     Capital7 1877 187 Premiums9 6149 682 Consolidated reserves-3 334-4 655 Consolidated income-800660 Translation reserves2 5282 276 Shareholder's Equity (attributable to the Group)15 19415 150 Non-controlling interests89 SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY15 20215 159 Long term financial debt3 7242 930 Long term provisions554677 Deferred tax liabilities880578 Other non current liabilities744754 NON CURRENT LIABILITIES5 9014 938 Short-term provisions 96 Short-term financial debt1 2922 332 Current tax liabilities8138 Suppliers3 3493 962 Tax and social security liabilities4 0634 316 Other creditors6 41310 926 CURRENT LIABILITIES15 19821 669 TOTAL LIABILITIES36 30241 766   STATEMENT OF NET CASH FLOWS31 dec 2015  31 dec 2016 (in € thousand)12 months12 months Consolidated net income (including non-controlling interests)-800660 +/- Depreciation, amortisation and provisions (except on current assets)3 4163 841 +/- Impairment losses - Long term assets4110 +/ - Income and expense linked to stock options and similar9389 -/+ Gains and losses on disposals-1-5 Cash flow after cost of net financial debt and tax3 1184 585 + Cost of net financial debt153128 +/- Tax expense (including deferred taxes)339220 Cash flow before cost of net financial debt and tax (A)3 6114 933 - Tax paid (B)-182-563 +/- Change in working capital requirement from operating activities (including liabilities for employee benefits) (C)-20769 = NET CASH FLOW FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES (D) = (A + B + C)3 4085 139     - Cash outflow for acquisitions of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets-3 565-3 334 + Cash from disposals of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets17835 +/- Impact of changes of scope-2570 +/- Change in loans and advances made-333 = NET CASH FLOW FROM INVESTMENT ACTIVITIES (E)-3 647-3 265     -/+ Repurchase and resale of treasury shares-56-23 + Cash from new borrowings883415 - Loan repayments (including finance leases)-1 052-1 150 - Net financial interest paid (including finance leases)-147-112 +/- Other cash flows from financing activities156903 = NET CASH FLOW FROM financing activities (F)-21634     +/- Impact of changes in exchange rates (G)24287 = CHANGE IN NET CASH POSITION (D + E + F + G)-2121 996     Cash at end of period   Cash and cash equivalents - Bank overdrafts4 3176 313     Cash at opening   Cash and cash equivalents - Bank overdrafts4 5294 317   
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Dalet Digital Media Systems, a leading provider of solutions and services for media organizations, is demonstrating its comprehensive IMF workflow powered by Dalet Galaxy at NAB 2017 on booth SL6210. The Interoperable Mastering Format (IMF) is designed to simplify and standardize the world of multi-platform, multi-lingual, multi-resolution delivery. Devised by the industry and ratified by SMPTE, IMF is an emerging standardized mastering format for facilities required to distribute many profiles and versions with reliable interoperability. To manage and package IMF content at scale, the need for a powerful media asset management (MAM) and orchestration solution such as Dalet Galaxy becomes critical. “Today, IMF packages are becoming simpler to create and interchange, but the lack of a fixed file or folder naming scheme is making management of IMF - especially with tens and hundreds of supplemental packages per title - more complex,” explains Bruce Devlin, Dalet chief media scientist. “Implementing a MAM and orchestration platform such as Dalet Galaxy will allow you to scale and industrialize your operation and broker the many IMF workflows with greater ease and accuracy, and at a much lower cost of production.” Readers can visit www.dalet.com/white-papers-page to download a white paper on scaling IMF operations. Dalet has been evolving IMF workflow capability within its technology platforms since 2013. A testament to the veracity and robustness of the solution is recent Netflix compliance approval awarded to the Dalet AmberFin transcoding platform. This means that producers and facilities needing to create IMF packages for their Netflix targeted content can use Dalet IMF technology to get the job done. Dalet Galaxy IMF Workflow The Dalet Galaxy MAM and Orchestration engine offers a sophisticated set of tools to manage IMF packages at the production, distribution and contribution parts of media business, from importing IMF packages natively into the MAM, to visualizing IMF structures and components with Dalet Context Maps, to building versions and supplemental packages with Dalet Track Stack and Version Editor, and eventually wrapping the compositions for distribution using a connector to an IMF-compliant transcode farm such as Dalet AmberFin.     Highlights of the Dalet Galaxy IMF Workflow include: Editing metadata of any of the assets (title, media assets, CPL (version), etc.) Viewing the relationship between the IMF assets Searching the system for any of the assets against any of the specified imported metadata from the CPL XML data and technical metadata from the media files Performing the delivery of any CPL in a title as an IMP Maintaining output distribution profiles per client along with unique assets for that distribution (e.g., watermarked assets) Removing the painful management of enforced folder naming conventions and allowing asset and title names to become useful, trackable values. For more information on Dalet Galaxy IMF capabilities, please visit: www.dalet.com/white-paper/imf. Book a Private Briefing to Learn How Dalet Can Help Evolve Your Workflow Show attendees can book a private demonstration or workflow consultation with a Dalet expert to learn how new product and solution enhancements can help them better create, manage and distribute content: www.dalet.com/events/nab-show-las-vegas-2017. Dalet Press Briefings at NAB 2017 To schedule a press briefing with Dalet at NAB 2017, please contact Anya Nelson at anya@zazilmediagroup.com. About Dalet 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.
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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.
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Dalet Director of Product Strategy, Kevin Savina, shared an update on the company’s flexible approach to the Cloud: a technology transition with unique opportunities! He also introduced Dalet Business Continuity (BC), a new solution for smart, cost-efficient, disaster recovery that takes advantage of virtual infrastructures.
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Integrated solutions from Dalet and NetApp facilitate some of the most demanding broadcast environments. Learn more in the first video from our #NABShow Tech Partner Series!
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Built on the media processing capabilities of Dalet AmberFin, the new Dalet xN IMF Maker service reduces complexity and costs for multi-version content publishing for program prep workflows. It is available as an on-demand service via Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure marketplaces. - on Microsoft Azure marketplace: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/mar... - on AWS marketplace: https://aws.amazon.com/marketplace/pp...
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Dalet MEDIATalks is a series of video interviews that address key topics of the broadcast & media industry - from operations to business - and will help you understand how Dalet strategically partners with leading organizations to deliver cutting-edge, best of breed, agile media solutions. Episode 5: Dave Frederick, Senior Director of Product Marketing at Quantum, met with us at NAB Show 2017 to discuss how tightly integrated Media Asset Management and Storage solutions deliver the most value for media organizations.
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Dalet Digital Media Systems, a leading provider of software solutions and services for media organizations, today announced that Bayerischer Rundfunk, a member of the German Public Broadcast Group ARD, has selected Dalet Galaxy for its news production platform. Working with long-time technology partner, Thum + Mahr GmbH, who is the general contractor for the project, Dalet met the extensive tender requirements by providing a Media Asset Management-driven editorial platform that integrates video production and automates key ingest and distribution workflows. Described as a strategic project by Bayerischer Rundfunk, the Production Management System is an important step in the implementation of future-oriented strategies for the latest editorial team workflows.   Bayerischer Rundfunk will utilise the advanced Dalet Galaxy API to integrate a number of third-party systems including ingest servers, production storage and Adobe Premiere Pro CC editors. The integrated Dalet Workflow Engine will serve to automate Bayerischer Rundfunk's custom ingest and distribution workflows. â€œFragmented editorial workflows are inefficient and costly. Dalet Galaxy is the ideal platform to not only connect news teams for optimal efficiency, but innovate the way in which they orchestrate their internal workflows and manage content,” states Johann Zemmour, director of sales EMEA & APAC, Dalet. â€œAs the trend is to shift away from siloed productions, news broadcasters need integrated solutions that help them harness the potential of the multi-platform distribution world. Dalet’s proven MAM-driven editorial platform met stringent requirements of workflow orchestration, metadata management and seamless third-party integration to help BR make the shift.” Stefan Mertens, managing director (COO) at Thum + Mahr, concludes: "We are proud to have been contracted by Bayerischer Rundfunk together with our technology partner, Dalet, for such an important workflow and technology transformation project within BR." The Dalet installation, which will be spearheaded by Thum + Mahr, will include the Dalet Galaxy media asset management platform with extensive metadata tracking across systems and sub-systems; Dalet Workflow Engine for automating ingest and distribution workflows; Dalet Webspace for web-based content search and retrieve; and Dalet Xtend to connect Adobe Premiere Pro CC into the news production workflow with fast news production capabilities: "edit while ingest" and "export/play while render."   About Thum + Mahr Thum+Mahr GmbH is a leading systems integrator and solution architect in the fields of broadcasting and media technology, specialising in multimedia News Room integration, media workflow solutions and Radio automation and mixing systems integration. The company has locations in Monheim am Rhein and a Paris office as well as business partners in Munich, London, Dubai and Singapore with a team of 50 employees. With a powerful spectrum of services consisting of consulting, systems integration and service & support, Thum+Mahr offers a holistic expertise in the design, development, implementation and support of media technology infrastructures. As an independent, private limited company we are not tied to any other manufacturers or equipment suppliers meaning we are well placed to provide impartial advice and supplying the most appropriate technology to meet our customer's requirements. Thum+Mahr´s customers are TV and Radio broadcasters around the world, including: BBC, BBC World Service, RTL Group, Radio France, FMM, RFI, ARD Group, BR, hr, MDR, NDR, rbb, SWR, WDR, ORF, RT Malaysia, All India Radio, ERTU, and Polski Radio. 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.
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Dalet announced today that it has released a new version of its Dalet Xtend plugin for Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC. Dalet Xtend connects Adobe Premiere Pro CC users to the Dalet Galaxy Media Asset Management (MAM) and Orchestration platform, providing a direct gateway to metadata-rich assets and facilitating collaboration with users such as journalists, prep editors, sports producers and other production personnel on the Dalet Galaxy platform. The new HTML-5 Dalet Xtend panel for Adobe Premiere Pro CC adds support for multi-sequence export, locator inheritance, configurable metadata forms for exporting content, and support for the ‘while’ scenarios when exporting from Adobe Premiere Pro. By connecting via the Dalet Xtend plugin, editors working on Adobe Premiere Pro can import media, including shot selections, sequences and EDLs, made by other users on the Dalet Galaxy platform, as well as previously saved Adobe Premiere Pro Projects and Sequences.   Feature highlights of the Dalet Xtend for Adobe Premiere Pro CC include: Browse and search the Dalet MAM from Adobe Premiere Pro Saving against a placeholder in the production system from Adobe Premiere Pro can trigger a wide variety of workflows Edit growing files Option to work in proxy resolution and render in hi-res to save on bandwidth View Dalet Galaxy timecode-based metadata in Adobe Premiere Pro such as closed captions, QC, censorship, editorial review and more from the MAM to Premiere Pro and vice versa Save Adobe Premiere Pro projects and sequences in Dalet Galaxy, enabling multi-editor collaboration Bidirectional metadata exchange between Adobe Premiere Pro & Dalet Galaxy Adobe Premiere Pro users have instant access to content in the Dalet Galaxy MAM and edit in place - out of the shared storage - even as material is still being recorded. The plugin also allows the editors to choose to work on proxy, leveraging the smaller file size to work faster and reduce network dependency, then switch to full resolution when needed or for final render of their project. Video packages can be pushed to air as media are still being rendered to the central storage. Editors can directly save against a placeholder within Dalet Galaxy, an ideal feature for fast turnaround workflows like news. Bidirectional metadata exchange and genealogy ensure all useful data are passed on to Adobe Premiere Pro, retained throughout the editing process and exported back to Dalet Galaxy for consistency. The exchange is configurable and can include information such as manual annotations, closed captions extracted from video, report data from media analysis engines (like QC), censorship markers, digital rights, etc. Dalet will be showcasing the new version of Dalet Xtend for Adobe Premiere Pro CC at NAB 2017 on booth SL6210. Resources Module Brief: Dalet Xtend for Adobe Premiere Pro 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.  
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Dalet News Pack combines key production and distribution software features from the groundbreaking enterprise Dalet News Suite solution with high-performance, proven IT-based hardware, making it the most powerful and cost-effective, end-to-end news workflow solution for small to mid-size newsrooms on the market today.
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Dalet Digital Media Systems will be presenting the evolutions of its range of solutions at NAB 2017, from April 24th through April 27th, on booth SL6210. Based on the Dalet Galaxy orchestration and asset management platform, these solutions help streamline a variety of workflows including: Programs & Promos management, Multi-Platform distribution, Unified News Operations, Sports highlights & magazines, Post-Production and Multimedia radio. Dalet will reveal a number of new features and functional enhancements, including: the launch of a new range of options for cost-effective business continuity, a full suite of tools and data model to manage IMF packages at scale, and enhancements to social media publication tools. “As audiences keep demanding more content and shifting on which platform they want to consume it, content producers and distributors need to be able to continuously realign strategies and adapt. This directly calls for their operations to become fully agile. The Dalet Galaxy platform offers the perfect foundation for this transition, combining a mature and proven Workflow Engine technology, the industry leading MAM capabilities, a comprehensive set of powerful user tools, and a wide ecosystem of connected partner technologies.” states Arnaud Elnecave, vice president of marketing, Dalet. â€œThe new Dalet tools shown at NAB answer critical business needs, simplify the user experience, and invigorate operations across the board, from ensuring business continuity via a secure virtualized or cloud-based infrastructure, to efficient bidirectional integration with social platforms, or simplifying a complex need like mass management of IMF packages.” Attendees at the NAB 2017 exhibition can book a private meeting to discuss any of the following technology innovations shown at NAB: Business Continuity: For existing Dalet customers, Dalet introduces a new range of options for affordable business continuity. These solutions tap into a combination of innovative features for replication and failover, as well as virtualization and cloud to reduce the cost of infrastructure of the disaster recovery site. Social Media: Efficient data-driven operations become critical. Social platforms offer a wealth of data about audiences that, when aggregated and made available at various levels of the media organization, allow more informed decision making whether it is for immediate editorial directions or longer-term strategic planning. Enhancements to the Dalet Galaxy platform make publishing to social channels easier and more intuitive, while keeping track of the outbound assets and pulling back all relevant data. Managing IMF at Scale: With these latest enhancements, Dalet Galaxy offers the right data model and set of tools to manage IMF packages in typical workflows including ingest of IMF, mapping of content, preview, packaging and distribution. Orchestrating Workflows Across the Media Enterprise Central to most implementations, the Dalet Workflow Engine gives facilities all the agility and flexibility they need to build consistent, efficient and agile supply chains that connect all contributing siloes across the enterprise. The engine orchestrates and automates a combination of user tasks and media services such as ingest, logging, editing, transcoding, QC, media packaging and distribution. The user-friendly Workflow Designer interface lets administrators intuitively model business processes by simply drag-and-dropping from a palette of stencils that span user tasks & notifications, media and metadata services, gateways, timeout and error management, and much more. This greatly simplifies preparing and delivering packages that require multiple languages, multiple graphic assets, multiple audio tracks, multiple subtitle tracks, and different delivery formats. Combined with Dalet Galaxy API, this provides an open framework that connects over 90 industry-leading vendors from storage & infrastructure technologies, to media services and post-production applications, to traffic and business platforms.     Unified News Operations Dalet Unified News Operations is an agile and scalable solution that combines all the essential functions for the efficient modern newsroom. Based on the Dalet Galaxy platform, it offers a comprehensive suite of collaborative tools that help streamline the entire chain of operations from planning to ingest, logging, editing, graphics, show scheduling, studio automation, multi-platform distribution, and social platforms direct integration. The Dalet Workflow Engine allows users to design and orchestrate distribution workflows that require complex media packaging and automated distribution profiles.   Multimedia Radio The new Dalet Galaxy-based Radio platform directly addresses the radio broadcast market's growing demand for solutions that help reach beyond the span of their transmitters to deliver the next generation radio experience. The comprehensive solution combines traditional robust and proven applications such as Dalet OnAir automation and Dalet Galaxy asset manager with latest generation tools for multimedia production and multi-platform distribution such as Dalet OneCut multitrack desktop editor, automated distribution to digital and social platforms, and connectors to new partner technologies such as multi-camera visual radio production including graphics.   Book a Private Briefing to Learn How Dalet Can Help Evolve Your Workflow Show attendees can book a private demonstration or workflow consultation with a Dalet expert to learn how new product and solution enhancements can help them better create, manage and distribute content. Dalet Press Briefings at NAB 2017 To schedule a press briefing with Dalet at NAB 2017, please contact Anya Nelson at anya@zazilmediagroup.com.   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.
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Dalet announced today that a leading US news broadcaster has signed a large-scale, multi-site deal to migrate all of its regional news stations to the Dalet Unified News Operations workflow powered by Dalet Galaxy. The state-of-the-art solution will offer every station a centralized content repository natively accessible by the suite of user-friendly production and distribution tools. The connected, friction-free Unified News Operations workflow will provide faster and better content production and ultra-easy distribution for broadcast, web (CMS) and social outlets alike. Once this first phase is completed, all sites will be standardized on the same technology platform, setting a robust and open foundation for future multi-site federation and collaboration. “This latest win comes on the heels of several sizeable US, European and Asia Pacific deals, confirming that the Dalet Unified News Operations workflow is meeting and exceeding the expectations of some of the most demanding news broadcasters around world,” states Arnaud Elnecave, VP of marketing, Dalet. Replacing a legacy system built on three separate platforms, Dalet’s end-to-end, story-centric approach to news production, along with conveniences such as one-click social media distribution, are necessary capabilities to tackle new business challenges. Elnecave adds, “The agility and flexibility of the Dalet Unified News Operations workflow gives news directors and producers the ability to continuously refine content strategies and operational processes, ultimately transforming their news operation to satisfy new viewer consumption trends and seize new business opportunities.” Breaking down silos, Dalet solutions for unified news operations will connect the broadcaster’s disparate regional bureaus, bringing field journalists into the virtual newsroom through robust web and mobile apps. The interconnected toolset will support a ubiquitous multimedia content workflow that elevates collaboration and content sharing across the entire operation.   The large-scale installation will include Dalet’s award-winning Dalet Galaxy platform, which encompasses the fully integrated Media Asset Management (MAM), Newsroom Computer System (NRCS), Dalet Brio for ingest and playout, Dalet WebSpace and Dalet On-the-Go for remote news production, Dalet OneCut multimedia editor, and Dalet Social Media tools for native social media curation and distribution. Infographic - Unified News Operations Click here to see Dalet Unified News Operations Infographic.   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.
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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.
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.
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DALET, a leading provider of software solutions for the creation, management and distribution of multimedia content for broadcasters, operators and content producers, announced today consolidated revenues (unaudited) for financial year 2016.  Fourth quarter: +11% revenue growth Fourth quarter revenues were up 11% at €14.7 million, leading to Dalet’s eighth consecutive year of growth in 2016 with consolidated revenues up 2% at €48.2 million. The sales mix improved with Software revenues and services revenues up 3% and 10% respectively, making up for the decrease in hardware resale, a low margin, non-strategic business for Dalet (2015 revenues included a one-off exceptionally large hardware sale in Europe). Broken down by geographic region, revenues for Europe at €21.1 million (-6% given the impact of the decrease of hardware resale) contributed 43.6% of consolidated 2016 revenues. The other 3 zones drove the revenue growth, with a very good performance in the Asia Pacific region (+24%). Activity in the Americas was slightly up by 2%. Revenues for Africa and the Middle East were €2.2 million, a €0.6 million increase with respect to the previous year. Due to the more favorable sales mix, the commercial gross profit (revenues minus cost of goods and third-party services resold) increased by +5% at €41.2 million, a higher level of growth than revenues.  Expected improvement in operating margins The improvement in commercial gross margin should allow Dalet to meet its main goal for 2016 of growth of its current operating income, an important step towards its objective of a current operating margin of 4 to 5% in 2017. Perspectives Order intake was good at the end of 2016, in particular with a large contract worth several million dollars in North America. Dalet’s order book on January 1st 2017 stood at €36 million, stable with respect to the previous year. Backed as well by a strong pipeline of opportunities, boosted by the potential migration from existing customers to the new version Dalet Galaxy, Dalet expects continued growth in 2017, in particular for the Software revenues and professional services activities. Next publication 2016 yearly results on 25 April 2017 after the close of trading   About Dalet Digital Media Systems 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, 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 (UK Parliament, NATO, United Nations, Veterans Affairs, NASA). Dalet is traded on the NYSE-EURONEXT stock exchange (Eurolist C): ISIN: FR0011026749, Bloomberg DLT:FP, Reuters: DALE.PA. For more information on Dalet, visit www.dalet.com  Contacts Actus Finance & Communication : Investors - Guillaume Le Floch: +33 1 53 67 36 70 Press-Media - Vivien Ferran: +33 1 53 67 36 34
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The Framework for Interoperable Media Services (FIMS) is a project to define standards that enable media systems to be built using a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA).
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Did you know that most of the world does not distinguishbetween the terms “captions” and “subtitles”? Except that is, in the United States and Canada, where these terms do carry different meanings: Subtitles In North America, "subtitles" are designed to help viewers who can hear but cannot understand the language or accent, or the speech is not entirely clear; "subtitles" only transcribe dialogue and some on-screen text. Captions "Captions" on the other hand, are designed for to the deaf and hard of hearing and describe all significant audio content —spoken dialogue and non-speech information such as the identity of speakers and, occasionally, their manner of speaking— along with any significant music or sound effects using words or symbols. Same thing? The United Kingdom, Ireland and many other countries use the term "subtitles" and there is often a single “subtitle” stream that serves the hard of hearing, deaf and foreign language communities. This may largely be due to the fact that in many parts of the world, many different languages are spoken, and content is often created for use across international boundaries. In which case, putting sufficient text on the screen for a foreign speaker to understand, and putting sufficient text on the screen for somebody who's hard of hearing to understand is pretty much the same thing. Open or closed? Captioning also comes in different flavors. "Open captioning" is typically used to describe something that's going to be “burned into the video” and will thus be on-screen and visible to all viewers. Whereas "closed captioning" is typically used to describe something that's carried as data, and will be put on the screen by the display or decoder at the discretion of the viewer. Closed captioning is also slightly different for TV compared to DVD and cinema. So whether you say 'tomahto', or 'tomayto', when it comes to handling "captions", and "subtitles" in your file based workflows, the challenges (and solutions) are exactly the same!  
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A long time ago in a time in a laboratory far, far away, a small team unpacked a shiny new server and ran their media software. Discovering that they could get standard definition video to decode and encode at almost real time, the transcode market was born. Thanks to Moore’s law and a little performance optimization, things progressed rapidly and, for a little over a decade, the bulk of the transcoding market was all about getting the codecs right. The rise of online services, the move from tape delivery to file delivery and an increased focus on efficiency and cost savings has changed the transcode landscape forever. We’ve moved from a focus on codecs to a focus on the industrial manufacture of deliverables to satisfy a media business. So what does that mean in practice, and what is the outlook for the future? As a long time, high quality transcoder manufacturer, we see a change in the way our customers are engaging with us and a change in the way the humble transcoder is viewed within the business. A decade ago, the transcoder was a necessary evil because different companies could not agree on common formats. The transcoder is now seen as a business tool for optimizing the content for different customers to maximize revenue. It is rare to see a “simple” transcode job nowadays. We often see jobs where bumpers are being added to the start and end of material, extra audio channels are being added and / or replaced. Captions are a BIG deal. The insertion / extraction and replacement of captions is increasingly an area where significant cost savings can be made. A decade ago, the big decision for a media company was “What mezzanine format should I use?” The choices were limited to variants of MPEG2, DV or JPEG2000. Today that choice is still critical, but in addition to optimizing CPU usage, storage, network bandwidth and I/O loading, there is also the question of optimizing the versioning capability of the mezzanine. With captioning and versioning becoming a critical business function, it is worth considering what caption mezzanine should be used. In my opinion, the only viable choice is a TTML variant and that almost certainly means either an EBU-TT variant or an IMSC1 variant. Caption mezzanine workflows are pretty rare today, but continued downward pressure on pricing makes them inevitable. It’s worth remembering that a good choice of mezzanine can dramatically improve business efficiency and that workflow islands can use different mezzanines if there is no dependency on those mezzanine formats in upstream workflows. Upstream workflows may be tied to editing format mezzanines, but the distribution and archive portions of the business can improve flexibility by considering new formats like IMF as the mezzanine for future transcoding. It is gaining a lot of traction and there are definitely more companies attending “interoperability events” (such as the UK’s DPP events) than a couple of years ago. If the future of transcoding is becoming more business oriented, then the transcoding engines themselves are migrating to have split personalities. There will always be the high speed calculation engine that optimizes the use of the underlying hardware. Anyone who has tried to encode High Dynamic Range UHDTV 120fps video on a 5-year-old laptop will have an intimate knowledge of a progress bar that moves like an aged tortoise through setting concrete. In addition to that engine will be a workflow controller of some kind where bespoke business logic can be quickly and easily implemented. This is key for the users of the transcoder to move quickly and efficiently and to harness the underlying power of the transcode engine. What is the future of transcoding? I think that it is very healthy and that the media conversion tool will be with us for a long time. The high power processing element of the transcoder will be hidden from view and the business functionality of optimizing media for consumption by businesses and consumers alike will be the way in which the humble transcoder is viewed. If you’re coming to SMPTE’s IMF interoperability event in Amsterdam, then I will see you there between my moderation duties. If not, then keep reading this blog for more news of good stuff from the Dalet Academy. Until next time. Bruce P.S. No tortoises were harmed in the writing of this blog. Go further with the Future Series The Future of Ingest The Future of Media Asset Management
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UNO combines all the traditional functions of news production and distribution into a scalable, comprehensive, flexible and agile solution. Implemented by news organizations large and small across the globe, UNO enables broadcasters to rethink the way they work, deploy new collaboration models and build data-driven strategies, becoming more agile, more efficient and more effective to make the best of fast-changing audience viewing habits in a multi-platform world. “With so many platforms and outlets available to viewers today, news production tools and infrastructure need to be incredibly flexible and efficient in terms of content creation, curation, delivery and intelligence reporting if broadcasters want to achieve maximum engagement and retention. UNO is designed from the ground up to help news organizations do just that,” comments Dalet Director of Marketing Arnaud Elnecave. â€œEasy-to-use production tools AND relevant story content are readily available to every user in the newsroom and in the field. Web and social media are not treated as an afterthought – they are an integral part of the overall UNO methodology, from assignment all the way to distribution and analytics. These and other critical refinements offered through UNO, such as smart editorial planning and workflow orchestration, allow our customers to continuously improve the way they work to deliver the right content, at the right time, in the right form, on the right device, to the targeted audience.” Elnecave adds, â€œAnd while functions co-exist within one ecosystem, UNO is not a closed solution. The unified, agile framework groups functions that naturally belong together, and exposes them via industry standard protocols and the advanced, open API, enabling media organizations to design customized, best-of-breed systems.” Dalet has been highlighting that the very concept of “Newsroom Computer System” – inherited from the 90s system architectures and designed for linear programs – has become a technology and organizational silo that inhibits the leap most news organizations should take today. Indeed, as consumers are breaking free from the traditional news cycle, professional news productions – whether in broadcast, digital, paper or a combination thereof – need to up the ante and transform the way they operate in order to cater wisely and efficiently to this changing demand and the growing number of outlets to be served. Click here to see the full UNO infographic. For the high-resolution, PDF version of the infographic, click here. UNO Innovation at TVNewsCheck’s NewsTECHForum As the Title Sponsor for TVNewsCheck’s NewsTECHForum, Dalet will present innovations in Unified News Operations at the upcoming opening session conference, “Imagining the Newsroom of the Future,” on December 12, 2016 in New York City. Joining Frederic Roux, US director of sales at Dalet, on the discussion is Hearst Television Chief Strategy Officer Roger Keating, W.E. Scripps VP of News Sean McLaughlin, and CJ&N VP of Digital Devices Steve Schwaid. Real World Benefits for Newsrooms Large and Small News organizations of all types and sizes – Euronews in Europe, NBC-owned and operated regional stations, Time Warner Cable’s Flagship NY1 station in New York City, Russia Today, Metro TV in Indonesia and the Record News regional stations in Brazil, to name a few – chose Dalet UNO as the partner and solution to enable the transition into the next generation of their operations. One of the most recent news organizations to migrate to the UNO workflow, Euronews transformed its siloed operation, which consisted of productions in 13 different languages, into one cohesive workflow across multiple sites. Francois Schmitt, COO of Euronews, explains the benefit saying, â€œDalet is providing an agile, cohesive system that bends with the ebb and flow of our newsroom needs. The unified platform provides centralized access to content, which is critical for each language to cross leverage for their own news purpose. Equally as important, the flow of content will be seamless and ubiquitous from acquisition to distribution to archive, making the Euronews operations much more efficient.” To learn more about the latest Dalet UNO installation, please visit http://www.dalet.com/news/euronews-selects-dalet-power-multilingual-news-outlet. As one of the first adopters of the Dalet UNO framework, Time Warner Cable (TWC) is known for technology innovation in pursuit of “hyper-local” coverage at its news stations throughout New York State, northern New Jersey, Texas and the Carolinas. Credited with inventing the “one-man-band” reporter (journalists who shoot, write and edit their own stories), Time Warner Cable has always leveraged technology to improve efficiency. The original installation at its flagship facility, NY1, was dependent on a mix of different systems covering ingest, news production, editing and automation. Moving to Dalet UNO gave the NY1 team a broad range of task-specific tools, allowing staff to ingest, assign stories, create packages, playout content to multiple platforms and archive video content – all from one user interface. Today, as NY1 continues to thrive, journalists can easily assemble a complete story that includes text, video, voiceovers and graphics right from their desktop in the newsroom or out in the field. Elnecave concludes, â€œDalet UNO is not a bleeding edge concept; it’s a robust framework that is designed and proven to adapt to emerging technologies.” To learn more about the UNO workflow at NY1 and other Time Warner Cable stations, please download the case study at http://www.dalet.com/case-studies/time-warner-cable. For more information on UNO and Dalet’s news solutions, please visit Dalet at www.dalet.com. About NewsTECHForum Presented by TVNewsCheck and the Sports Video Group, NewsTECHForum provides a high-level opportunity for executives and managers in news, technology and digital to exchange ideas, promote excellence in their field and inform new product development at key technology manufacturers.
 For more information on NewsTECHForum, visit http://www.newstechforum.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.
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If you look into the meaning of NRCS, what do you get? Newsroom computer system. But let’s take it a bit further, and really break it down.       Room. This word implies containment – one single location from which the news is collected, produced and distributed. Cut to this century, and that’s just not the reality of news. News gathering can happen anywhere, anytime. It can be captured by a random passerby with a smartphone that produces better quality images than the video cameras that once reported every piece of news before the public could run to their neighbor’s house to fill them in. The media realizes this, and as such, must implement tools to enable their contributors, be they staff, stringers or eye-witnesses, to remotely collaborate on the production of news.       Computer. What ISN’T a computer these days? My TV remote control has more processing power than my first PC. We walk around with a computer in our back pocket every day, ready to capture, create and share news as it’s happening. Unfortunately, computer is no longer a relevant term in this context.      System. Let’s be honest – this is just a nice word that ties it all together.       So what does that leave us with? News.  Consumers are defying the traditional news cycle, and so too must broadcasters break free from the traditional confines of newsroom computer systems. Dalet solutions for news unify previously siloed facets of news production and delivery, transforming "remote contribution" into "remote collaboration." Editorial planning is aligned with media management and automation, while search, editing and publishing tools are put directly at the fingertips of journalists and editors. All of this is backed by smart dashboards and reporting tools, helping broadcasters to maximize the efficiency and the reach of news operations. So, what might one call this approach to manage a global, collaborative, scalable and flexible news production? Well, we can’t speak for everyone, but we call it Unified News Operations, and here are just some of the benefits:     Smart Planning for the Multitasking Content Creator      Story-centric news planning tools, program boards, and intuitive mobile & desktop clients & web-based tools extend a traditional NRCS to give unprecedented visibility and access throughout the editorial life cycle, from newsgathering to story and package production, distribution and archive.     Social Media for Social News Consumption      Advanced integration with social media enhances research, planning and analytics with instant access to social feeds. Instant publishing direct from the same web, desktop and mobile tools ensures you reach your social audience before the competition.     Workflow Orchestration in an Automated World      The natively integrated BPM-based workflow orchestration engine for news workflows allows journalists and editors to focus on first-class content, while smart automation manages the "heavy lifting" of the media movement, manipulation and processing.     Remote Collaboration from One End of the World to the Other      All key newsroom functions are now available via secure, user-focused web interfaces and mobile apps, making remote collaboration natural and intuitive.     Open Architecture Means Being the Best      Unified News Operations doesn't have to mean single vendor solutions – the modular architecture of Dalet technology platforms, combined with comprehensive APIs and support for all common standards and interfaces enables Dalet customers to build truly best-of-breed solutions of all shapes and sizes. The core functions of the traditional NRCS will always be central to news gathering and distribution, but in the context of modern media workflows and consumer trends, even the term NRCS seems dated, not to mention the constraints a standalone NRCS puts on a system.  So “Goodbye NRCS”? Perhaps not, but Dalet customers are certainly benefiting from the “UNO” approach – stay tuned for who and how!
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Dalet Digital Media Systems, a leading provider of software-based solutions for media organizations, today announced that existing customer Metro TV upgraded their news operations to the Dalet Galaxy platform. In addition to moving the production to high-definition, the solution unifies the entire operations of the Jakarta-based, 24/7 news broadcaster, with full consistency and continuity from content acquisition and production, all the way down to multi-platform distribution and archiving. The new workflow includes one-click social media publishing; access to comprehensive business intelligence reporting metrics, which measure both the performance of the facility and crews, as well as the actual media consumption by the target audience across traditional and non-traditional channels such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube; and the latest version of the Dalet Newsroom Computer System (NRCS), which features some of the industry’s most advanced capabilities. “This upgrade in operations to Dalet Galaxy is a significant step forward for Metro TV. In addition to moving to HD and improving our newsroom workflow with the new studios and NRCS, we can now realize our goals for social media distribution in a smarter and much more efficient way,” comments Mr. Mirdal Akib, CTO of Metro TV. “With Dalet Galaxy’s business intelligence reporting tools, we can better monitor our operation, making more informed decisions and tracking our production costs with better accuracy.” The Metro TV installation features the full breadth and depth of the Dalet newsroom tools and technology offerings, which includes Dalet Galaxy native NRCS modules, Dalet WebSpace and Dalet On-the-Go for remote news production and team collaboration, Dalet OneCut multimedia desktop editor and Dalet Xtend for seamless integration of Adobe Premiere Pro in the news production chain; and foremost the brand new Dalet Social Media panel for native social media curation and distribution. Content ingest and playout will be managed entirely by the cost efficient Dalet Brio video servers. With Dalet Galaxy Media Asset Management (MAM) at the core of Metro TV, the unified news workflow centralizes all content and manages all the depth and complexity of media objects in the background, whilst offering on the front end a suite of native, purpose-built, collaborative and user-friendly tools that cover ingest, story assignment, creation and review/approval processes, editing of packages, rundown management, studio and continuity automation, multi-platform distribution, archiving, and business reporting. The installation also offers Metro TV mobile tools to access the newsroom from the field with full story creation and submission capabilities. Dalet APIs offer deep integration with the existing Metro TV CRM as well as third-party broadcast solutions critical to the news workflow, including Vizrt for graphics and Quantum for production and archive storage. “With the growing need to publish to a social media portal and fast shifting consumer habits, it’s critical to have a system in place like Dalet that can embed every aspect of the distribution portion of the production workflow. Being able to adapt the multiplatform publishing to the market demand is equally as important as managing fast distribution across multiple Twitter and Facebook accounts, and this is a strong focus for the project,” comments Raoul Cospen, General Manager, Asia Pacific, Dalet. “Another strong focus will be the business intelligence reporting that tracks production costs and thus brings real time visibility to management.” 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.
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DALET, a leading provider of software solutions for the creation, management and distribution of multimedia content for broadcasters, operators and content producers, announced today revenues (unaudited) for its third quarter and for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2016. Third quarter: commercial gross profit +9%  (Unaudited) In € millionsQ3 2015Q3 2016Change Licenses3.13.1= Maintenance - Support4.03.9-2% Total Software Revenues7.17.0-2% Services2.02.7+36% Hardware3.22.9-9% Total revenues for the quarter12.312.6+2%      Commercial Gross Profit 9.410.2+9% Third quarter revenues were up 2% at €12.6 million. Revenue growth resulted from an increase in service revenues, due to a significant number of system installations over the period. Overall software revenues (comprising licenses and support revenues) were stable compared to the same period last year. Hardware resale, which is a low margin business, continued its decrease, at -9%. Due to this more favorable sales mix, the commercial gross profit (revenues minus cost of goods and third-party services resold) increased by +9% at €10.2 million. Nine months revenues (Unaudited) In € millions9 MONTHS 20159 MONTHS 2016Change Licenses8.59.0+6% Maintenance - Support10.811.5+7% Total Software Revenues19.320.5+7% Services5.96.9+17% Hardware8.96.2-30% Total revenues 34.233.5-2%      Commercial Gross Profit26.728.4+6% DALET’s activity is overall in line with its business plan after these first nine months. The increase in software revenues (+7%) and services (+17%) make up for the expected decrease in hardware resale, a non strategic business for Dalet, which included in 2015 a one-off exceptionally large sale. Dalet’s software solutions continue to score strong wins with leading broadcasters and content producers, as illustrated by the recent order from Euronews, which should contribute to revenues for the fourth quarter of 2016 and first half of 2017. Broken down by geographic region, and for the nine months period, Europe remains the largest zone with revenues at €15.1 million (-9% due to the unfavorable base effect linked to the low-margin hardware sales in 2015). The Asia Pacific region performed well, with revenues up 25% over the period at €4.7 million. Revenues for the Americas were stable at €12.1 million. Revenues for Africa and the Middle East were stable at €1.6 million. Commercial Gross Profit for the 9 months period increased by 6% at €28.4 million. The resulting Commercial Gross Margin was 85% up from 78% for the same period in 2015. Perspectives Backed by an order book on September 30 2016 with more than €13 million to be invoiced in Q4 2016, Dalet expects to meet its main goal for 2016 of continued growth of its commercial gross profit. This should also lead to a progressive improvement of its operating margins, a first step towards its objective of a current operating margin of 4 to 5% by 2017. Next publication Full year 2016 revenues on 22 February 2017 after the close of trading  About Dalet Digital Media Systems 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, RAI, RFI, Russia Today, RT Malaysia, VOA, WDR), commercial networks and operators (Canal+, FOX, eTV, Mediaset, NBC Universal, Time Warner Cable, Warner Bros., Sirius XM Radio) and government organizations (UK Parliament, NATO, United Nations, Veterans Affairs, NASA). Dalet is traded on the NYSE-EURONEXT stock exchange (Eurolist C): ISIN: FR0011026749, Bloomberg DLT:FP, Reuters: DALE.PA. For more information on Dalet, visit www.dalet.com Contacts Actus Finance & Communication Investors: Guillaume Le Floch: 01 53 67 36 70 Morgane Le Mellay: 01 53 67 36 75 Press-Media: Vivien Ferran: 01 53 67 36 34
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Dalet Digital Media Systems, a leading provider of software-based solutions for media organizations, today announced that Euronews has signed a contract for a Dalet news solution to facilitate production and playout of its linear and non-linear products. Operating as one channel that broadcasts in 13 languages, Euronews will use Dalet to meet the needs of the Euronews' group development. The sizeable installation will support 200 simultaneous users and feature all three Dalet technology platforms – Dalet Galaxy (media logistics/asset management), Dalet AmberFin (media orchestration/processing) and Dalet Brio (I/O environment) across several sites.     “Today, we have various components that are ‘glued’ together using our own internal tools. It is not efficient in terms of dealing with the various languages, supporting special productions and tracking important asset metadata. It also does not support the transformation of our workflows,” comments François Schmitt, COO, Euronews. “Dalet is providing an agile, cohesive system that bends with the ebb and flow of our newsroom needs. The unified platform provides centralized access to content, which is critical for each language to cross leverage for their own news purpose. Equally as important, the flow of content will be seamless and ubiquitous from acquisition to distribution to archive, making the Euronews operations much more efficient.” Euronews's sister channel, Africanews recently installed a Dalet solution for their news operations, achieving a fluid operation that gives Euronews the confidence to choose Dalet technical capabilities and experience in news workflows. Dalet beat out industry brands Quantel and Avid to win the deal.     “Dalet pioneered the integrated newsroom system almost a decade ago and is able to offer a very advanced, yet mature platform with skilled technologists who have vast experience in deploying systems both small and large,” comments Stephane Schlayen, COO, Dalet. “Our Galaxy platform enables customers to unify the traditional newsroom siloes of NRCS, NPS (News Production Systems) and MAM delivering a solid foundation for the business of modern news.” Once deployed, the unified production will offer federated tools standardizing ingest, logging editing, graphics, planning and distribution across all Euronews' products, with the Dalet Workflow Engine to automate and orchestrate complex workflows and data migrations. Dalet APIs will integrate the wide-range of in-house tools including the custom-built CMS. The flexible architecture combined with centralized content repository will allow Euronews to better manage the multi-site workflows planned for four different offices (Lyon, Brussels, Athens and Budapest).     Schmitt adds, “Not only did we need better integration across our facility, we needed a way to connect our independent journalists out in the field to what was happening in the newsroom. Dalet WebSpace brings them into our news operations, offering all the necessary tools and access to the central repository and archives to build their own story from anywhere in the world.” Other must-have capabilities included Dalet OneCut with local proxy editing, Dalet Cube burn-in graphics control, and the ability to do voiceovers with Dalet WebSpace in the field.       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. About Euronews Euronews offers a unique perspective on world events through factual analysis and its unique mission: empowering people all around the globe by bringing the diversity of viewpoints. Because all views matter, Euronews is "All Views". Euronews has established itself in Europe, where it is the most-watched international news channel; and worldwide, where it is consumed by 52 million people daily and 296 million monthly (source: TV + digital / source Global Web Index Q2 2016). Euronews Group: Euronews was launched in 1993 from Lyon (France) and Africanews, the first pan-African multilingual and independent news outlet, in April 2016 from Pointe-Noire (Congo-Brazzaville).
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Last month, in the first part of our blog series on the Power of Cloud, we discussed the importance of evaluating your organization’s business needs before exploring any technology projects – especially cloud-based technology projects. Whether it’s growing your business by launching a new OTT service or streamlining your organization by bringing down geographical barriers, all projects must be based on well-defined, shared business goals. An equally important task is to identify the right partner(s) for your project. While many technology vendors within the media industry use the word “cloud” in their marketing collateral, few of them actually possess all the key ingredients required to envision, architect, deploy and maintain such forward-looking, media management solutions in real life. At Dalet, our approach to the cloud is unique – like your workflow. With a quarter century tradition of innovation at the intersection of media and IT technologies, we have developed rock-solid foundations: award-winning technology platforms for media management and operations based on the last IT technologies and featuring targeted, user-friendly applications to address all types of media workflow functions full-fledge professional services with regional teams that count some of the best talents in the industry broad ecosystem of technology partners, especially for strategic infrastructure and cloud technologies long-term relationships with customers and vast, diversified experience in the broadcast & media industry  Building on these foundations, we are monitoring trends and new technology developments in order to continuously adapt and, most importantly, always provide as much value as possible to our customers. That’s why, almost one year ago, we revealed the company’s long-term vision of the ever-evolving content supply chain: Dalet xN! Re-architecting business solutions in the cloud with Dalet xN Far beyond a simple replication of existing infrastructure and media workflow, Dalet xN solutions exploit the new business and technological possibilities brought about through the advancement of cloud, virtualization, dynamic scalability and hybrid on/off-premise deployments, expanding opportunities and increasing the effectiveness of the media economy. While the concept of migrating a workflow or specific element of one’s workflow to the cloud or virtualized environment itself is not revolutionary, Dalet xN solutions go beyond this by extending and augmenting cloud and hybrid environments to provide a truly dynamic and flexible business infrastructure. Whereas today many organizations offer a specific service or product that often puts limits on the type of workflow you can implement, Dalet offerings can be tightly integrated or loosely coupled to fit a user’s specific workflow needs. Dalet xN solutions give you the power to reimagine your operations and invent the future, at the right pace! 3 key concepts, 3 core values  When it comes to developing world-class, cloud-based media management solutions, three fundamental concepts rapidly emerge: infrastructure, operations and business. Dalet xN was built from the ground up on the three following core values: Agile infrastructure NextGen operations New business horizons Through smart management of physical and virtual technology, Dalet xN solutions allow content owners, creators and distributors to easily respond to resource needs and dynamically scale workflows, or parts thereof, at will. Accessible administration and user tools deliver the ease of use that users have come to expect from virtualized and cloud-based services and solutions. Intuitive mobile apps and web-based user interfaces combined with robust automation and advanced metrics reporting give users more information and more freedom to be creative at every level of the business, from artistic tasks to business direction. No longer do users need to be tied to their desk. With Dalet xN, they can be more mobile, more creative and more informed.   With the ability to scale an enterprise workflow or components of it up and down at will, Dalet xN allows content owners to not only react to their changing environments, but to also innovate the many ways they interact with their suppliers, users or audience. By lowering the cost of the initial infrastructure investment required for new projects and project expansions, operators can explore new revenue streams and rethink the way they work in their own media supply chain, opening doors to new opportunities.  From standalone point solutions to tailored deployments A key differentiator of Dalet xN is the breadth of the offering. From affordable, on-demand marketplace apps, to hybrid, standard image solutions and native, enterprise-wide tailored deployments, Dalet xN solutions suit all needs. The frosting on the cake? All of these are backed up with world-class professional services and global support. 1. Standalone, Marketplace Apps Collaborating with Microsoft Azure and AWS Marketplace, Dalet develops packaged, targeted and pre-configured applications based on its technology platforms. On-demand, scalable, powerful and payable by the hour, the Dalet xN apps democratize specific media operations once only available to media professionals with high-end equipment. The first two apps available are based on the Dalet AmberFin media processing platform. Both xN Standards Converter and xN IMF Maker help streamline international distribution operations, with intuitive interfaces, simple settings and all the power behind AmberFin. 2. Hybrid, standard image solutions These standard or specialized solutions allow our customers to make creative use of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to add flexibility to their operations by moving individual services to the cloud. The mindset is usually about taking a progressive approach by identifying bottlenecks and inefficiencies that can be addressed with cloud technologies, while preserving existing investments. Coherent subsets of workflows are moved to the cloud but keep a tight connection to the on-premise system. Use cases include business continuity / disaster recovery, dematerialized ingest hubs, and temporary cloud-based newsrooms (see here). 3. Native, cloud-based tailored solution The third type of solutions are native, enterprise- wide tailored deployments, where the mindset is to completely rethink operations. Here, entire workflows are developed and/or moved to the cloud. Customers frequently ask us to create media management platforms that are highly extendable in terms of new services that can be added into the workflow, as well as the ability to scale the infrastructure in terms of number of users and volume of content processing on any given day. Let’s take a look behind the scenes! Take a sneak peek into some Dalet xN solutions used by our customers: Multi-location review and approval workflow for a major TV network Dalet deployed an agile Media Asset Management (MAM) platform for a wide array of internal content sharing, documentation, review and approval, which importantly had to accommodate contributions from staff in multiple locations. The full system runs on Amazon Web Services. International, fast turnaround workflow for a global content supplier Dalet provided a very low-latency workflow for content ingest, review and distribution. Dalet AmberFin nodes on Amazon Web Services can be turned on and off on demand. Bursts in demand that require intensive computing can be managed by using business rules controlled by the customer, helping them decide when to increase or decrease the processing power. Online publishing with complex editorial / workflow for a news outlet To manage a mix of original and externally acquired content and to prepare, package and publish growing amounts of content to online video platforms, Dalet deployed a sophisticated MAM-driven production system on a fully hybrid infrastructure. Robust, cloud-based media management workflow for a leading stock footage supplier To support Clippn in the highly dynamic market place for stock footage, Dalet deployed a complete, end-to-end cloud-based media production and management system in partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS), enabling Clippn to be highly responsive and scale their infrastructure on demand. Having the solution entirely in the cloud was a must for Clippn to handle its numerous contributors and geographically dispersed workforce.   Want to elevate your media workflow to the cloud? Contact us and explore xn.dalet.com!
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In € millions H1 2015 H1 2016 Variation Revenues 21.9 20.9 -5% Cost of goods and third-party services resold 4.5 2.7   Commercial gross profit 17.4 18.2 +5% Other cost of revenues 6.8 7.1   Gross profit 10.5 11.1 +5% Research and development 5.9 6.1 +3% Selling and marketing 4.9 4.5 -8% General and administrative 2.4 2.3 -4% Current operating income (2.7) (1.9) +31% Operating income (2.7) (1.9)   Net income, Group share (3.3) (2.1) +36% Going forward, Dalet publishes its Income statement by function, so as to be aligned with the presentation generally used by software companies. The income statement by nature of expense is presented as well in the appendix to this press release.   Dalet, a leading provider of software solutions for the creation, management and distribution of multimedia content for broadcasters, operators and content producers, has published its financial results for its first half-year ended June 30, 2016 as approved by its Board of Directors on 22 September 2016. Total revenues for the semester were €20.9 million, due to a 43% decrease in Hardware resale (€3.3 million revenues), a low margin non-strategic business for Dalet. Overall software revenues (comprising licenses and support revenues, €13.4 million, +10%) and associated services (€4.2 million, +7%) are both improving. Due to this favorable sales mix, and to good control of other cost of revenues, gross profit was up by 5% (€0.6 million increase). Growth in software and service revenues resulted from new projects from leading broadcasters and content producers, in particular in North America and Asia-Pacific, and from the continued increase in recurring support, due to the year on year growth of the installed base. Current operating income improves by €0.8 million Selling and marketing expenses diminished by €0.4 million mainly due to the base effect of non-recurring marketing and selling expenses in H1 2015. Research and development expenses were up 6%, as the Group makes progress on its technology roadmap and product enhancements. General and administrative expenses were down by €0.1 million. The resulting current operating loss decreased by €0.8 million at -€1.9 million. It is noted that Dalet’s business experiences significant seasonality, with higher revenues in the second semester compared to the first semester, while expenses are almost fixed. After €0.1 million in financial expenses and €0.1 million in tax, net income for the semester amounted to a loss of €2.1 million as compared to a loss of €3.3 million for the first semester of 2015. Low net debt Dalet shareholder’s equity stood at €12.2 million on 30 June 2016. Cash flows linked to operations amounted to €1.7 million, as compared to €1.1 million over the first semester last year. These cash flows linked to operations covered all investments for the period (€1.6 million). Cash assets amounted to €4 million on 30 June 2016, gross financial debt was €4.7 million.  Perspectives  Dalet financial results are in line with its business plan after these first six months. Backed by new contracts under negotiation, in particular in Europe and in the US, Dalet expects continued growth in the second half of 2016. As previously announced, Dalet expects continued growth in 2016 of its gross profit, and progressive improvement of its operating margins, with an objective of a current operating margin of 4 to 5% by 2017. Dalet just participated at the IBC tradeshow in Amsterdam (September 13 to 19), one of the largest international tradeshows for broadcast technology. Dalet gave a preview of its innovative upcoming solutions, in particular with the release of Dalet xN IMF Maker, an on-demand service available through Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure Market, the first such service on the market capable of generating video packages compliant with the IMF (Interoperable Master Format) standard for OTT distribution. Next publication Q3 revenues on 3 November 2016 after the close of trading   About Dalet Digital Media Systems 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, RAI, RFI, Russia Today, RT Malaysia, VOA, WDR), commercial networks and operators (Canal+, FOX, eTV, Mediaset, NBC Universal, Time Warner Cable, Warner Bros., SiriusXM) and government organizations (UK Parliament, NATO, United Nations, Veterans Affairs, NASA). Dalet is traded on the NYSE-EURONEXT stock exchange (Eurolist C): ISIN: FR0011026749, Bloomberg DLT:FP, Reuters: DALE.PA. For more information on Dalet, visit www.dalet.com   Contacts Actus Finance & Communication: Investors: Guillaume Le Floch, 01 53 67 36 70 Press-Media: Vivien Ferran, 01 53 67 36 34   APPENDIX: DETAILED FINANCIAL INFORMATION H1 2016 INCOME STATEMENT BY FUNCTION 30-june 2015 30 june 2016 (in € thousands) 6 months 6 months       Revenues 21 858 20 896 Cost of revenues -11 339 -9 836 Gross Profit 10 519 11 059 Research and development -5 911 -6 084 Selling and marketing -4 913 -4 531 General and administrative -2 404 -2 312 Current operating income -2 709 -1 869 Other income and expenses from operations - -  Operating income -2 709 -1 869 Net financial income (expense) -335 -146 Pre-tax income -3 044 -2 015 Income tax -247 -90 Net consolidated income -3 291 -2 105 Net income, Group share - 3 291 -2 105   INCOME STATEMENT BY NATURE OF EXPENSE 30-june 2015 30 june 2016 (in € thousands) 6 months 6 months       Revenues 21 858 20 896 Cost of goods and third-party services resold -4 511 -2 659 Commercial gross profit 17 347 18 236 Other external expenses -6 246 -5 939 Employee expenses -11 446 -12 144 Taxes and duties -182 -90 Other income and expenses from operations -177 -29 EBITDA -704 36 Amortization expense and provisions net of reversals -2 005 -1 905  Current operating income -2 709 -1 869 Net financial income (expense) -335 -146 Pre-tax income -3 044 -2 015 Net consolidated income -247 -90 Net consolidated income -3 291 -2 105 Net income, Group share - 3 291 -2 105   BALANCE SHEET 31  dec 2015 30 june 2016 (in euro thousand)           Goodwill 6 213 5 735 Intangible assets 5 959 5 595 Property, plant and equipment 1 367 1 360 Long-term financial assets 358 342 Long-term restricted cash 325 325 Other non-current assets 1 008 1 293 Deferred tax assets 415 407 NON-CURRENT ASSETS 15 644 15 057 Inventories 247 719 Trade receivables 14 483 15 040 Sundry debtors 1 427 1 398 Cash and cash equivalents 4 335 3 957 Current tax assets 166 43 CURRENT ASSETS 20 658 21 157 TOTAL ASSETS 36 302 36 213       Capital 7 187 7 187 Premiums 9 614 9 682 Consolidated reserves -3 334 -4 473 Consolidated income, Group share -800 - 2 106 Translation reserves 2 528 1 954 Shareholder’s equity (attributable to the Group) 15 194 12 245 Non-controlling interests 8 9 SHAREHOLDER’S EQUITY 15 202 12 253 Long-term financial debt 3 724 3 393 Long-term provisions 554 692 Deferred tax liabilities 880 675 Other non-current liabilities 744 712 NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES 5 901 5 472 Short-term financial debt 1 292 1 333 Current tax liabilities 81 164 Suppliers 3 349 3 549 Tax and social security liabilities 4 063 4 384 Other creditors 6 413 9 058 CURRENT LIABILITIES 15 198 18 488 TOTAL LIABILITIES 36 302 36 213   STATEMENT OF NET CASH FLOWS 30 june 2015 30 june 2016 (in € thousand) 6 months 6 months Consolidated net income (including non-controlling interests) -3 291 - 2 105 +/- Depreciation, amortisation and provisions (except on current assets)                      2 045 1 929 +/- Impairment losses – Long term assets 411   +/- Income and expense linked to stock options and similar 27 64 -/+ Other income and expense -37   -/+ Gains and losses on disposals -1 1 Cash flow after cost of net financial debt and tax - 1 257 -112 + Cost of net financial debt 78 82 +/- Tax expense (including deferred taxes) 247 90 Cash flow before cost of net financial debt and tax (A) -932 60 - Tax paid (B) -296 -189 +/- Change in working capital requirement from operating activities (including liabilities for employee benefits) (C) 2 288 1 861 = NET CASH FLOW FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES (D) = (A + B + C) 1 060 1 732       - Cash outflow for acquisitions of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets -1 714 -1 733 + Cash from disposals of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets 7 1 +/- Impact of changes of scope -257   +/- Change in loans and advances made 11 51 = NET CASH FLOW FROM INVESTMENT ACTIVITIES (E) -1 953 -1 682       -/+ Repurchase and resale of treasury shares -56 2 + Cash from new borrowings 980 300 - Loan repayments (including finance leases) -448 -480 - Net financial interest paid (including finance leases) -79 -72 +/- Other cash flows from financing activities -11 -140 = NET CASH FLOW FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES (F) 386 -390       +/- Impact of changes in exchanges rates (G) 593 -60       = CHANGE IN NET CASH POSITION (D + E + F + G) 86 -399       Cash at end of period     Cash and cash equivalents – Bank overdrafts 4 615 3 917       Cash at opening     Cash and cash equivalents – Bank overdrafts 4 529 4 317
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The “blog from the show floor” has become something of a tradition now, but as this was my last IBC with Dalet, I’ve had more time off the booth than usual to get a real sense of what the focus of the show has been. Collaboration – that’s certainly been a theme everywhere I’ve been, whether that’s the more obvious exhibits such as the IP interoperability zone – a combined effort by AMWA, AIMS, SMPTE and VSF – or less formal interactions to bring together things like training for the industry. This notion of cooperation despite of competition – “coopetition” as I like to call it – is one of the elements that make this industry such an inspiring place to work. Reflecting the key Dalet messages from the show – unifying news seemed especially to be a topic that resonated with customers and even competitors all around the exhibition – the changing behaviours in consumption of news requires a proportional response in the way we produce it. Similarly, changing behaviours in the consumption of long-form and programmatic content requires a “re-imagining” of the business and infrastructure that delivers that content. As one industry colleague commented to me, many vendors and providers are still too focused on the evolving technology rather than considering the changes to the wider enterprise and emerging business horizons. Of course, IBC isn’t just about the exhibition – or indeed the conference. As a gathering of industry colleagues from around the globe, IBC hosts a number of events and meetings, such as the IMF user-group meeting on Monday afternoon. There seemed little more apt place to announce the second of the Dalet cloud-based apps – the new xN IMF Maker – a simple tool that allows anyone to easily point at source video/audio files and metadata and create IMF-compliant bundles. Available now in both the Amazon Marketplace and Microsoft Azure store, the xN IMF Maker brings the ability to create IMF files to whole market – without the need for expensive specialist hardware or software. Freed from the meetings that have previously kept me tethered, I covered more than 15km each day walking the aisles and corridors of the RAI, and in the end I am left with one domineering thought.  The industry is on the cusp of something big – something that will change the way manufactures and vendors sell, integrators deploy and media organisations use. When that something will kick in remains to be seen – but it’s going to be big, it’s going to be fun, and Dalet is going to be ready.
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Dalet Digital Media Systems, a leading provider of software-based solutions for media organizations, has simplified the creation of IMF bundles for international distribution with the release of Dalet xN IMF Maker, which is available today as an on-demand service through Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure Marketplace. Leveraging the world-class media orchestration and processing capabilities of the Dalet AmberFin platform to aid complex program preparation and versioning workflows, Dalet xN IMF Maker is the first and only solution on the market for generating comprehensive IMF-compliant packages on demand and inexpensively.   “Dalet AmberFin is the reference platform for media processing when it comes to orchestrating the creation of IMF-compliant bundles for international distribution,” comments Matthieu Fasani, senior product manager at Dalet. “We have wrapped the powerful AmberFin capabilities and our extensive knowledge of IMF workflows into an easy-to-use, on-demand service backed by the high-performance infrastructure of both AWS and Microsoft Azure Marketplace. Just specify the content and metadata, and within a few clicks, Dalet xN IMF Maker will create the bundle you require. It’s that effortless.”   IMF bundles generated by Dalet xN IMF Maker support all the advanced features of IMF, including captions/subtitles, audio labelling and IMF metadata insertion in MXF. Fasani adds, “What sets Dalet apart is the breadth and depth of our IMF offering for program preparation. Should you have a constant demand, you can build a fully orchestrated API-driven IMF workflow with Dalet AmberFin on or off premise or, for less frequent need, leverage the app-style Dalet xN IMF Maker. Both options will give you IMF bundles using industry-leading AmberFin video transcoding technology, ensuring your JPEG-2000 files are flawless, regardless if they are created from ProRes, XDCAM, or other industry formats.”  With a few clicks, users can specify the source files (video, audio, captions) and the metadata (core metadata, audio layout, caption languages) then trigger the workflow. Dalet xN IMF Maker will retrieve the information and automatically generate IMF bundles based on the provided data that are compliant with the IMF standard. Each step of the workflow can be monitored via the well designed, web-based interface. “Media companies required to generate IMF bundles do not need to understand the complex details of IMF, as the xN IMF Maker handles the entire process for them, automatically,” explains Fasani. “In addition to the technical convenience, these facilities do not need to invest in expensive single task products to generate IMF bundles. Instead, they can use the on-demand IMF Maker and ‘pay as you use’ when needed.”  About IMF The Interoperable Master Format (IMF) is an international standard for the file-based interchange of multi-version content. It is designed to solve the lengthy and costly process of having to create multi-various editorial and technical copies for repurposing to different distribution channels, territories and platforms. About Dalet Digital Media Systems Dalet software-based solutions enable media organizations to create, manage and distribute content faster and more efficiently, fully maximizing the value of assets. Dalet products are built on three distinct platforms that, when combined, form versatile business solutions that power end-to-end workflows for news, sports, program preparation, production, archive and radio. Individually, Dalet platforms and products offer targeted applications with key capabilities to address critical media workflow functions such as ingest, QC, edit, transcode and multiplatform distribution. The foundation for Dalet productivity-enhancing workflow solutions, Dalet Galaxy is the enterprise NRCS and MAM that unifies the content chain by managing assets, metadata, workflows and processes across multiple and diverse production and distribution systems. Specially tailored for news and media workflows, this unique technology platform helps broadcasters and media professionals increase productivity while providing operational and business visibility. Dalet AmberFin is the high-quality, scalable transcoding platform with fully integrated ingest, mastering, QC and review functionalities, enabling facilities to make great pictures in a scalable, reliable and interoperable way.
Addressing the demanding needs of studio production, multi-camera ingest, sports logging and highlights production, the innovative Dalet Brio video server platform combines density and cost-effectiveness with high reliability. Dalet supports customers from the initial planning stages to well beyond project execution. Our global presence includes 17 offices strategically located throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, North America and South America, and a network of more than 60 professional partners serving 87 countries worldwide. This collective experience and knowledge enables our customers to realize potential increases in productivity, efficiency and value of their assets. The comprehensive Dalet Care program ensures deployments remain up and running with 24/7 support 365 days a year. Dalet systems are used around the world by many thousands of individual users at hundreds of TV and Radio content producers, including public broadcasters (ABS-CBN, BBC, CBC, DR, FMM, France TV, RAI, RFI, Russia Today, RT Malaysia, VOA), commercial networks and operators (Canal+, FOX, eTV, MBC Dubai, MediaCorp, Mediaset, Orange, Time Warner Cable, Warner Bros, Sirius XM Radio), and government organizations (Canadian House of Commons, Australian Parliament and UK Parliament). Dalet is traded on the NYSE-EURONEXT stock exchange (Eurolist C): ISIN: FR0011026749, Bloomberg DLT:FP, Reuters: DALE.PA. Dalet® is a registered trademark of Dalet Digital Media Systems. All other products and trademarks mentioned herein belong to their respective owners. For more information on Dalet, visit www.dalet.com. Press Contact Anya Nelson Zazil Media Group (e) anya@zazilmediagroup.com (p) +1 (617) 817-6559
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(Unaudited) In € millions Q1 2015 Q1 2016 Change Licences 2.1 2.5 +22% Maintenance - Support 2.9 3.7 +28% Total Software Revenues 5.0 6.3 +25% Services 1.9 1.8 -3% Hardware 2.8 2.0 -28% Total revenues for the quarter 9.6 10.1 +5%         Total Gross Margin for the quarter 7.2 8.4 +17% Dalet, a leading provider of software solutions for the creation, management and distribution of multimedia content for broadcasters, operators and content producers, performed well in the first quarter of 2016, with total software revenues up 25% at €6.3 million. Dalet’s software solutions continue to score strong wins with leading broadcasters and content producers, as they perfectly address their needs in terms of gains in productivity and multi-channel distribution. The installed base thus grows from quarter to quarter, feeding recurring support revenues which were up 28% for the quarter at €3.7 million. Service revenues were stable compared to last year’s first quarter. Hardware resale (storage, servers….), which is a low margin, non strategic business for Dalet, diminished by an amount of €0.8 million, as Q1-2015 included a one-off exceptionally large contract signed with an operator which entrusted its entire infrastructure to Dalet. All told, Dalet posted consolidated revenues (unaudited) for the quarter up 5% at €10.1 million. Broken down by geographic region, the Group reaped the rewards of its commercial investment in Asia Pacific with revenues that more than doubled (+106%) at €1.5 million. Revenues for Europe, which represented 44% of total revenues over the quarter, were virtually stable at €4.4 million, in spite of the unfavorable base effect linked to the low-margin hardware sales in Q1-2015. Africa and the Middle East accounted for €0.3 million revenues over the quarter, compared to €0.4 million for the same period last year. Finally revenues for the Americas, the Group’s second largest contributor, accounted for €3.8 million, up +4%. The gross margin rate (defined as sales minus cost of goods and third-party services resold) amounted to 84% of revenues over the first quarter of 2016 as against 75% for the same period in 2015. In value terms, Dalet’s gross margin increased 17% to €8.4 million, a higher level of growth than revenues as expected. Outlook: good visibility on continued growth and confirmation of target for current operating margin In terms of sales, Dalet continues expanding its indirect channel and increasing its visibility by attending regularly tradeshows and main events in the industry. Dalet exhibited recently at the NAB show in Las Vegas from April 18 to 21st. The latest release of Dalet’s video transcoding solution, AmberFin, won at the show an award for its quality and breadth of functionality, in particular its capabilities in terms of workflows supporting 4K and other ultra high definition formats, which are being increasingly adopted by the industry. In parallel, the company continues to strengthen its sales reach internationally, notably in the promising Asia-Pacific region. In this perspective and backed by a high order book standing at €31 million expected to be invoiced in 2016, Dalet confirms its confidence for continued growth in 2016, and confirms its target for a current operating margin of 4 to 5% by 2017.  Next publication Q2 revenues on 21 July 2016 after the close of trading About Dalet Digital Media Systems 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, RAI, RFI, Russia Today, RT Malaysia, VOA, WDR), commercial networks and operators (Canal+, FOX, eTV, Mediaset, NBC Universal, Time Warner Cable, Warner Bros., Sirius XM Radio) and government organizations (UK Parliament, NATO, United Nations, Veterans Affairs, NASA). Dalet is traded on the NYSE-EURONEXT stock exchange (Eurolist C): ISIN: FR0011026749, Bloomberg DLT:FP, Reuters: DALE.PA. For more information on Dalet, visit www.dalet.com Contacts Actus Finance & Communication Investors: Guillaume Le Floch: 01 53 67 36 70 Morgane Le Mellay: 01 53 67 36 75 Press-Media: Vivien Ferran: 01 53 67 36 34
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“Ultimately, the cloud is the latest example of Schumpeterian creative destruction: creating wealth for those who exploit it; and leading to the demise of those that don’t.” - Joe Weinman, Senior VP at Telx and author of Cloudonomics: The Business Value of Cloud Computing While Joe Weinman’s statement clearly matches the vision of his company, he is far from alone in describing the dramatic changes brought by cloud technology. In fact, most of our customers have already come to us to discuss the challenges they face as well as the new business and technological possibilities they wish to exploit. While Dalet customer references include a large variety of media organizations, from news broadcasters and post-production houses, to thematic channels, musical radio stations and sports teams, most of them actually share similar aspirations. What most broadcasters and media organizations are striving for today can be summarized in three words: New Business Horizons. In today’s fast-paced and ultracompetitive business environment, it is all about the ability to respond rapidly to evolving consumer demands and explore new revenue streams, with business solutions as dynamic as the infrastructure and operations on which they’re based. The good news is that today, these solutions are a reality thanks to the advancement of cloud, virtualization and hybrid on/off-premise deployments, enabling on-demand usage, ubiquitous access, dynamic scalability and elasticity, as well as pay-per-use models thanks to measured usage. Broadcasters and media organizations indeed have a powerful technological toolset at their fingertips to adapt, evolve and succeed in a world where the (majority of the) cards have been folded. Where should they start? Start with the business needs… In the broadcast & media industry, cloud technology has moved in just a few years from the status of a buzzword without much substance to one of the fastest growing areas of project spending, according to the Big Broadcast Survey from Devoncroft. In 2015, for the third year in a row, it was cited among the top 5 trends by broadcasters and media organizations. However, cloud technology being a top trend should not be enough of a reason for your organization to invest in it. Before you call your technology providers to start discussing cloud-enabled, media management solutions, you must first do your homework. It mainly comes down to answering one question: “Why should cloud technology become part of my equation?” Well, the answer to this question depends on your business needs. Each organization has its own, specific needs derived from its core business objectives. Here are some examples:  Expanding opportunities to grow your business Launch new Over-The-Top (OTT) services and/or dedicated apps Compete or partner with pure OTT players by creating your own platform, services or apps to produce and/or deliver multimedia content over the open internet. Cloud technology allows you to accelerate solution and content development, and more generally rollout cycles. The icing on the cake? You don’t have to invest in bulky infrastructure anymore, just to provision development and test environments, and pay for the resources used. Pilots and experimentations can be done in weeks rather than months, with no or minimal capital expenditures. Enable seamless multi-platform, multi-device content distribution Consumers are particularly demanding in terms of content access, quality and continuity. They expect a smooth experience to consume their favorite news or sports programs, music, movies or TV shows on a widening array of connected devices: from hybrid or pure IP set-top boxes to Internet-enabled TVs, tablets, smartphones, PCs and gaming consoles. With this level of device proliferation and always more content in (too) many formats, cloud-enabled services have proven to be media organizations’ best allies for handling media processing, versioning and distribution operations. Cover premium, hyper local or hyper personalized temporary events Whether it’s covering national elections, local events or second-tier sports competitions, there is no longer any reason to ignore these opportunities today. Cloud technology has democratized the market for the coverage of such events. For instance, setting up a full-fledged, cloud-based newsroom system (more here) takes no more than a few hours. Hyper local or hyper personalized news, sport or entertainment content generally goes along with highly engaged audiences. Media organizations should take advantage of it, as this is now economically viable. Leverage better social platforms and live experiences By nature, multimedia content is social and potentially viral. Broadcasters and media organizations have well understood this and are today massively present on social media. The next step is to fully embrace the social revolution: it’s not only about standard, multimedia publications anymore, it’s about live, 360° social experiences. Whether it’s quickly repurposing content to enrich a story/program or streaming live events using popular services like Snapchat, Facebook Live or Periscope, cloud technology will be your key partner. Transforming your model to streamline your business Develop a connected, borderless organization Bring down geographical barriers, and enable ubiquitous access to resources and full mobility for your staff. Thanks to cloud-enabled media management workflows, users can contribute, document, edit, review and upload/download content from virtually anywhere in the world. Whether you’re aiming at a true “2.0” organization or looking to expand in a new country without a big infrastructure investment, cloud technology empowers geographically dispersed teams, freelancers and ultra-mobile collaborators. Transition your business model and align costs with revenues Broadcasters still often have too much dependency on traditional, mass advertising. Through the many business opportunities offered by the cloud, it is also the perfect time to start or accelerate the move to an economic mix with more diversity. This can potentially include Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD), hyper-targeted and rich ads on mobile, à la carte channels with native advertising, gamification and more. With great cost pressures and intensifying competition from lower-cost entrants, broadcasters and media organizations need to reduce up-front investments and align costs with revenues. By gradually adopting cloud services, they are able to lower capital expenditures (capex) and benefit from on-demand, pay-per-use economic models. Ultimately, cloud technology helps you reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Reduce global risk and ensure business continuity Whether it is a pure technical failure, an unexpected natural disaster or a human mistake, you should never underestimate fate! Cloud technology allows you to set up robust business continuity and disaster recovery workflows with built-in redundancy. You should take advantage of it. While I’m sure you’ll agree that these opportunities all sound very interesting, there is an essential pre-condition to achieve any of them. Your organization needs to rely on an agile infrastructure, and that’s exactly what cloud technology enables. Extend reach, respond faster and scale according to demand! Based on this new paradigm, organizations are able to run nextgen operations with new levels of collaboration and mobility, also elevating user tasks through advanced automation and reporting. Ultimately, new business horizons become a reality with the capacity to respond to evolving consumer demands and explore new revenue streams. Build the right plan with the right partners! Let’s be clear however, the “cloud” is not the answer. As always, technology is only the enabler, and the key is to leverage it well to cater to your own business needs. Everything should be driven by a shared, strategic vision and well-identified business goals within your organization – not by technology. Furthermore, there is no such thing as a full transition to the cloud in the broadcast & media industry, as that would imply that everything will migrate there and become virtualized or containerized. It won't, at least not any time soon... The near future lies in smart, hybrid mixes of on/off-premise deployments that allow media organizations to keep control over critical infrastructure and crucial data, but also benefit from the promises of the cloud. That’s exactly our philosophy with Dalet xN: providing agile, media management solutions, scalable to many thousands of concurrent users over various geographies. And we are not alone on this journey. We are partnering with the most trusted cloud and virtualization technology providers, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and VMware. In the second part of this article [update: now available here], we will introduce in more depth our unique approach to the cloud and share real-life Dalet xN case studies. From affordable, on-demand marketplace apps, to hybrid, standard image and native, cloud-based tailored deployments, Dalet xN business solutions suit all needs and increase the effectiveness of the media economy. Learn more at xn.dalet.com and contact us to discuss your projects.
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Dalet Digital Media Systems, a leading provider of software-based solutions for media organizations, announced today that Brazil’s 24-hour news channel, Record News, has selected the Dalet Galaxy for News solution to drive an integrated news production and playout workflow for its São Paulo and Araraquara locations. Creating a single content repository for the two sites to access, the Dalet system offers Record News a story-centric news solution that features affordable IT hardware and federated tools for managing ingest, search, browse, story planning and production, news playout, continuity playout, and archiving. “Our connected facilities allow journalists to share and exchange information much faster. This means our stories provide the most detailed information possible for viewers, which in the business of news, is crucial,” comments Francisco Costa, general manager of Record News. Isaias Oliveira, general director of LM Telecom, responsible for the project explains why Dalet was chosen:  “This is not our first experience with Dalet; the installation at our sister station Record Bahia, was a big success. The fully integrated system helped foster better collaboration across the departments while reducing overall maintenance costs, giving us a very good return on investment and the confidence to implement it for our Record News operations.” The new installation features the Dalet Galaxy media asset management (MAM) for News platform with Dalet Brio for ingest and playout management and Dalet AmberFin for transcoding. Dalet comprehensive metadata management allows Record News to index and better track content across the two locations. The centralized content repository with federated search and retrieval tools let journalists from both locations access and share content quickly.  “The Dalet Galaxy platform is designed to scale both up and down, economically accommodating newsrooms of all sizes,” comments Julien Decaix, general manager, Dalet Americas.  “This was important for Record News who wanted the capabilities of a full featured newsroom solution without the price tag of an enterprise installation. Our mature platform can be configured to deliver the end-to-end news workflow for newsrooms as small as ten to as large as 1000 journalists.” observes José Luis Costa, business development manager for the Brazilian market Integration with ENPS ensures seamless story development while embedded newsroom tools like Dalet Onecut offer users straight-forward video editing capabilities for creating multimedia stories on the fly. Thanks to the Dalet Xtend module, Adobe Premiere CC editors have direct access to the Dalet content catalog with full metadata tracking and key playout provisions like edit-in-place. The new Dalet installation also manages the two locations’ archiving needs with full and partial restoration capabilities for both sites. 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 (TV Globo, 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.
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    Today’s tech-savvy generation looks for its news on social media networks It is no secret that social media networks are a growing source of news around the globe. In fact, the American Press Institute reports that 88% of millennials get their news from Facebook (read the full report here). While TV is still a leading source of news in the UK, Germany, France and Japan, online sources including social media take the lead in Spain, Italy, Denmark, Finland, USA, Urban Brazil, Ireland and Australia. The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism reports that, for consumers under age 35, social media and online sites combined rate higher than TV, radio and newspaper for “bringing the news to me.” Based on the vast amount of research out there, this style of passive news consumption isn’t going anywhere, so news organizations must adapt to the changing landscape of news distribution by implementing social tools into their workflow – without increasing overhead costs.     Repurposing and sharing stories on social media networks with the help of Dalet For years, Dalet has focused development on the need for news agencies to be the first to break a story. In order to keep up with the hyper-active 24-hour news cycle that has become the norm thanks to social media, Dalet has developed new features for journalists to publish directly to social networking sites. With the click of a button, a Dalet user can post content straight to Facebook and Twitter, thus increasing the speed in which news is delivered to a global audience. The story can be posted as-is to social media or edited from within the Dalet client or WebSpace interfaces to customize posts for social platforms. Along with easy-to-use tools to edit and produce video content, Dalet has also provides one-click publishing of video content to YouTube. Dalet allows multiple social accounts to be linked to one main user account, which means users can upload content to their company’s Twitter, Facebook and YouTube accounts, as well their personal accounts or a network’s local news social media accounts. Users can view their posts from within the Dalet interface and search through previous posts created from Dalet.     Stop the presses! Stop the delivery vans! In the past, the price of running a printing press and maintaining a huge distribution network served to keep the smaller news publishers at bay. Today, social media platforms act as their own “virtual printing press,” with the ability to distribute content at a fraction of the cost of traditional print media. Social media giants such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube are joined by many medium and small social media platforms who, regardless of their size, are not hampered by the requirement to invest in expensive physical equipment, nor bound by geographic limitations.     Social media = easy access for (and to) readers Social media also sets lower barriers of entry for readers, making it easier to attract readers. The readers are already there: Facebook has more than 1.4 billion users with nearly 1 billion people using the service in a single day! Additionally, users spend enormous amounts of time on social media sites. Rather than spending time, energy and (most importantly) money trying to attract readers, why not go to them? Although social media offers easy access to their target audience, news agencies must also take fact checking and approval into account – these are key to an agency’s reputation. By utilizing the built-in Dalet NRCS features, a post to social media is treated as any other story requiring an approval process.     Relationship building: interacting with readers through social media While publishers are cautious about partnering with social media networks, they can learn more about subscribers and potential subscribers who are reading their articles online. Through social media platforms they can learn which articles stimulate conversation, and, when done well, this engagement can build a positive relationship between the news publishers and their readers. Another sign of change to come, Facebook has recently announced that it will share analytics with the news providers with which it has partnered. Understanding how their audience finds and shares content through social media sites will help news publishers prepare content that is better targeted for their current readers as well as their desired audience.     The benefits of using the social media features of Dalet As news consumption increases on social media platforms, any news organization can benefit from easy-to-use Dalet social media publication tools to reach a wider audience, break news faster, and improve content based on social engagement. The world audience consumes more news faster than ever before, and Dalet has the tools to meet this demand. 
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The dilemma Over the years, one of the problems I hear a lot from broadcasters, especially for news and sports production workflows, is: “I have operations in different locations. I’d love to have them work as one unit and be able to collaborate closely with one another, but at the same time, in case a location gets disconnected from the others, I still want it to be able to operate totally normally.” It’s a rather traditional question of balance between centralized and distributed systems. The more centralized it is, the easier the collaboration will be, but the more dependent it is on proper connectivity. The more decentralized it is, the more robust it will be, however the sharing and collaboration capabilities will be more limited. There is no “one-size fits all” solution to this question. The optimal choice will vary from one system to another, depending on a number of parameters such as: The reliability and bandwidth available for the network connections The criticality of the operations in case of network disconnection The collaboration requirements between the different locations These are not easy compromises to make for the technical teams designing and maintaining the system, especially since they are not easy to accept from the editorial teams who would want to “just have it work seamlessly.” And today’s users, who are used to having access to all their tools from anywhere, are becoming even more demanding. A new toolset Luckily, there are a few developments in the recent years that can help better manage these situations. The first one is related to the pure IT evolution. Networks become faster and more reliable for lower costs all the time; virtualization technologies facilitate the availability of distributed resources. In effect, some of the technical constraints have become less crucial than they once were. The second aspect is related to the ability to make smart use of MAM software layers in each of these systems in order to optimize the workflows and user experience. Most modern MAM-based solutions (such as Dalet Galaxy) offer some level of import/export and intersite exchanges. This can be at the metadata level and/or the media level. This provides a powerful toolbox that allows users to build more flexible intersite workflows. Using these capabilities, some of our customers, for example, have decided to handle the problem with rather creative ideas, making use of the power of these intersite exchange tools under the control of the workflow engine. One example is a group of stations that decided to organize their operations in the following way: They created “regional hubs” that act as production and playout centers. Each of these hubs runs a local system that can work in full isolation. Some smaller “satellite locations” are geographically dispersed. Each one is associated with the most relevant “regional hub,” and works on the same system. They have also built a “central collaboration system” where the content from each of the regional hubs is sent via “smart replication.” This regionally created content is automatically copied over to the central collaboration site based on workflow rules (this collaboration system is actually receiving rich metadata updates and proxy media from each of the regional systems). This “central collaboration system” is running on a virtualized infrastructure. It allows all users across all sites to collaborate and share content, based on rich metadata and low resolution streaming video. But when they actually need to exchange the HD video material, all heavy lifting is handled with direct file transfers using network acceleration methods. Others have chosen different architectures, but the key to making all this work is the flexibility of the exchange tools and the ability to have them “smartly driven” by the workflow engine. Conclusion Dealing with multisite workflows is not as complex and painful as it used to be. Making use of modern MAM layers (and the toolbox they bring with workflow management driving “intelligent” intersite exchanges) can drastically improve the workflows while allowing us to avoid some of the difficult trade-offs we used to have to make between centralized and distributed architectures. If you are facing such issues, I would recommend to start looking at this with a fresh mind. As I said earlier, there is no “one-size fits all” solution, but with the right tools becoming increasingly available in today’s world, finding a flexible solution is well within our grasp. Of course, we’d be more than happy to help you find the solution that fits best for you. 
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Once upon a time, long, long ago in a media facility far, far away, the world of media transformation was a simple place. You could take an SDI stream and put it into a box with knobs on it and by twiddling the knobs a different representation of the original signal would come out. You could capture an SDI stream to a file and do the same function with a piece of software, but essentially the workflow was the same. The output was just a different encoding or frame rate or resolution of the input. Today, things are very different. The input to a transformation workflow is often a bunch of components; a version of a media file, some dubbed audio, a caption file, an EDL, some ancillary graphics, some metadata and a loudness control track. We are no longer simply creating a new representation of an existing asset, today we are manufacturing a specific version for a specific business need against a specific delivery profile. The old paradigm of "use this profile to transcode" has been replaced with "here is the workflow that encapsulates our business rules for this deliverable.” The new levels of automation that this can bring allows media rights holders and facilities acting on their behalf to tailor a title for a specific platform and a specific market at a cost that was just not possible five years ago.  Let the business (and the metadata) rule! Dalet AmberFin, together with the Dalet Workflow Engine, allows sophisticated technical decisions to be controlled by business rules that enter the system as simple XML files, watch folder triggers, or API calls. Leveraging a highly intuitive Business Process Model & Notation (BPMN) 2.0-compliant workflow designer, Dalet AmberFin provides a user-friendly experience and is designed from the ground up to be simple to use while providing a level of specification and customization that meets the needs of today's sophisticated delivery applications. Multi-platform delivery has caused the industry to move away from the simplicity of "one profile per customer." But with the help of a powerful workflow engine, we can create an environment where a single workflow can produce all the desired outputs just by changing the metadata that initiates a particular process. Master the multi-version, IMF ecosystem As you might already know for some time (we first talked about IMF in 2013 and organized a webinar last year), SMPTE has created a new, standardized mastering format called IMF – the Interoperable Mastering Format (SMPTE ST 2067). This format is designed to power the world of multi-platform, multi-lingual, multi-resolution delivery. It has a wealth of facilities for identification, auditing and tracking of media, titles and metadata. Although based on human-readable XML, it is fundamentally optimized for machine processing. To get the best from an IMF workflow, machine processing of metadata is required. Ensuring consistency of metadata across many assets and many references to those assets is an easily optimizable task for software, but a tedious mind-melt for a human being. Dalet Workflow Engine has been enriched with a number of dedicated tasks that decompose the process of making an IMF bundle so that they can be optimized for a particular environment. Different facilities may have different starting points. For example, facility A may have to transcode a ProRes asset at the start of a workflow whereas facility B may already have AS02 assets that can be used without essence modification to create the IMF bundle. Facility A may require a user interface to transfer business metadata into the IMF bundle whereas facility B may already have that data in a MAM and can synthesize the right XML at the start of the workflow. With the huge variation of starting points for IMF creation, it is imperative that a workflow engine is versatile and able to use the right tools at the right time to form a valid and verifiable IMF bundle at reasonable speed and for reasonable cost. Dalet Workflow Engine has been optimized for these kinds of workflows where the number of input files is not known until the job starts, and the workflow proceeds without losing or changing vital information. The cherry on the cake is the ability to see the performance of the jobs in a data analytics engine that is able to spot trends in operation so that continual optimization of the tools can be performed. As the industry trends from software purchased with capital budget to solutions that run as a service (SaaS), it is imperative that applications performing media workflows deliver ROI. This can only be done with control AND visibility. Fortunately, Dalet AmberFin together with the Dalet Workflow Engine delivery both, and that’s just one of the reasons why it was awarded a StudioDaily Prime Award at the last NAB Show! Moving from a "use a profile to transcode" approach to a complex multi-inputs/outputs workflow requires some education. Even though Dalet AmberFin and its workflow engine ship with a user-friendly, web-based interface to design, manage and monitor your workflows, we created a number of tutorial videos to introduce the concepts of the user interface and explain step-by-step how to leverage all the functionalities of the engine. Click here to access the videos! Learn more about Dalet AmberFin and about the Workflow Engine.
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In a recent survey we asked a handful of leading media facilities in Europe and North America, among other things, to what extent they agreed with the following two statements: There are too many manual steps in my workflow There is potential to reduce the number of manual steps through workflow automation Although there was a little variation between the European and American answers, the trends were largely similar, and the combined result is shown below for the first time. It is clear that while the majority of those surveyed agree that there is potential to reduce the number of manual steps in their workflow, the picture of whether they should or not is less clear. However, in conversation following the survey with the respondents, those who were not strongly in agreement that there were too many manual steps in the workflow could be placed into one or even all of the following schools of thought: “Workflow automation is so complex & costly that it’s easier/quicker/cheaper just to continue with manual steps.” Well, they needn’t be. While many legacy media processing platforms and workflow automation products use convoluted proprietary methods to describe, define, develop and implement workflows, the Dalet AmberFin Workflow Engine uses the standardized and widely deployed BPMN 2.0 specification to visualize, document and deploy workflows. Let’s take the example of the simple “normalize and store” workflow below, where incoming assets are transformed into the house format, in this case AS-11 UK-DPP files (both HD and SD), QC’d and sent to the archive. Not only is the diagrammatic description of the workflow incredibly easy to read, understand and modify, it is a standardized graphical representation of an XML description of the workflow that can be very easily deployed, saved and shared. The workflow is built from neatly contained tasks that are presented to the user in a “stencil” set that can be easily dragged into the workflow area and intuitively connected together. Specially created or modified tasks can also be easily saved back to the stencil set for future use. Saved workflows are identified not just by name but by a version number to enable workflows to evolve while avoiding regression issues. Once deployed, the AmberFin Workflow Engine further aids administration of workflows by providing visual tracking and advanced logging for each instance of a workflow, enabling any issues to by identified and resolved quickly and efficiently. “Manual steps are required to ensure quality output.” Perhaps in this case we were asking the wrong question, or at least, not being clear to differentiate between “manual steps” and a “user task.” Automated file-based QC systems have come a long way since they were first introduced to the market, and AmberFin UQC (Unified Quality Control) integrates the best of them – Venera Pulsar, Interra Baton, VidCheck VidChecker and Tektronix Aurora – but particularly in cases where an asset fails automated QC, there is no substitute for human judgment. In the example above, you can see how the Workflow Engine can be very easily configured to send a notification and/or create a user task to trigger a human review of the material via the AmberFin player and UQC timeline – presenting all the available QC data to the user in an intuitive timeline view. Users can easily qualify or disregard the results from the automated QC tool, adding annotation and mark up where necessary and, on completion of review, end the user task with the Workflow Engine continuing to automate the remainder of the workflow. Workflow automation need not be complex or costly, and automation with the “human touch” can provide true “best of breed” media processing operations. To find out how Dalet AmberFin and the Workflow Engine can help simplify and improve your media processing and transformation, click here to request a demo.
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Watch this interview of Stephane Guez - Dalet CTO and Dalet Academy contributor - to learn more about the Framework for Interoperable Media Services, also known as FIMS. Go further and download the Dalet Academy FIMS whitepaper: http://academy.dalet.com/white-paper/...
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Mediaset engineers business transformation and increases productivity with Dalet. Italy's largest commercial broadcaster Mediaset (Gruppo Mediaset) embarked on a radical business transformation to produce more content, faster, to more devices with a future-proofed and scalable system agile in response to new business opportunities.
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Like music and sports, there is no better way to appreciate education (and truly make the most it) than live performance. If you are a hardcore fan of Jon Bon Jovi or Aston Villa Football Club (yes, American friends, I’m thinking about that soccer game!) like me, then you’ll understand perfectly what I mean: talent, passion and knowledge. I also could have mentioned sweat… which would have been far from stupid when you think about the bloody high temperature that triggers instant chaos inside the LVCC each day after 5pm (or would that be the cocktail hour?).   So, live education, what do we mean by that? Simply put, we are bringing all our talent, passion, emotion and knowledge to the stage at this year’s NAB show! This means that each and every NAB attendee will have the opportunity to hear the best educational presentations from Dalet Academy insiders, including our very own Stéphane Guez and Bruce Devlin, Geoff Stedman of Quantum and other great speakers from Adobe and our international partners.   As Dalet Academy subscribers know very well, knowledge is power, which is why we’ll be spreading the knowledge far and wide at this year’s show through engaging presentations on the theater. After each Dalet Academy session, there will be the opportunity to join a workshop to discuss the educational materials that have just been shared and explore the topic further with the speaker and other students. To participate, you’ll just need to pre-register and arrive sharp on time for the presentation. Before the presentation, a member of the Dalet Academy faculty will give you some notes and a series of probing points or questions. During the presentation you're encouraged to consider these points, which, together with your own Q&A will form the framework of the workshop session that follows.   Oh… and all Dalet Academy "students" registering for and attending a presentation and workshop will be entered into a daily draw to win a cool Dalet Academy prize, such as a Fitbit Flex, a one-year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud or a GoPro!   Here’s what’s on:   Bruce’s Shorts Live - 1pm & 4pm: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday   At this year’s NAB Show, the Dalet Academy is taking its popular video series, “Bruce’s Shorts,” live to the show floor. Bruce Devlin, chief media scientist at Dalet also known as Mr. MXF, will be presenting two brand new episodes on the Dalet Academy Theater: “UHD, What’s it all about?” and “BPM, SOA & Web Services, 6 things you really need to know.” These presentations will be held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of the show at 1pm and 4pm, respectively. Following each presentation will be a collaborative workshop where attendees can informally discuss the topic at hand, sharing industry insights and personal experiences.   FIMS Masterclasses - 2pm: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday   With the upcoming version of Dalet Brio to offer support for FIMS (Framework for Interoperable Media Services), Dalet will be taking the opportunity to engage with the community and discuss what Dalet does around FIMS. Masterclasses will cover the FIMS capture service and it’s increasing importance in a hybrid SDI/IP world, as well as who benefits from FIMS and why. Led by Matthieu Fasani, product manager at Dalet, and Stephane Guez, CTO of Dalet, classes will be held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during the show at 2pm, with a collaborative workshop following immediately afterward.   Best of the Blogs - 3pm: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday   As a part of the exciting daily schedule in the Dalet Academy Theater, Dalet is turning one of the most popular blog posts into a live presentation, with Academy members deciding which one gets the live treatment. To narrow things down a bit, the voting will be based on the three most read blogs of the last 18 months:   Change Management – 4 things to consider when implementing a MAM: Kevin Savina discusses four simple steps to ensure your organization is on board when implementing a new media asset management system. MXF AS02 and IMF: What's the Difference and Can They Work Together? A lot has changed in the development of IMF in that time, but the topic remains increasingly relevant. A presentation from the Dean of the Dalet Academy, Mr. MXF himself, would bring this blog bang up to do. Pictionary, Standards and MXF Interoperability: Ben Davenport explains the work of organizations around the globe to standardize on file delivery and exchange formats. He also hints at how he got a room full of people to play Pictionary during a serious presentation – something that could perhaps be repeated on the NAB show floor!   Keynotes – 5pm: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday   The Dalet Academy keynotes are presented together with industry partners at 5pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Attendees are invited to stay and network over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres after each presentation. Visitors who pre-register for these sessions will have the opportunity to win great prizes, such as a Fitbit, year-long subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud or a GoPro HERO. Must be present to win.   Newsroom in the Cloud Pilot   At this year’s NAB, Dalet will be simulating a “newsroom in the cloud” scenario. Working with journalism and communications students from local universities, the mock production crews will be covering highlights from the NAB show floor using new cloud-based newsroom solutions from Dalet, shooting interviews with Blackmagic Design URSA production cameras.   A real-life case study exploring the cloud-based newsroom of the future, the broadcast simulation will help identify the real challenges that arise when working in the cloud, both from a technical as well as a human point of view. This proof-of-concept experiment aims to showcase a successful package ideal for small newsrooms that don’t have an NRCS; event-driven productions such as elections or sporting events; and newsroom extensions for freelancers. And keeping in line with the Dalet Academy mission, the project will serve as an educational activity for the students taking part.   Well, I think that’s about it! You now know everything about the Dalet Academy Live in Vegas! Don’t hesitate to further explore the schedule here and don’t forget to book your seat in advance, as our cozy theater won’t be able to accommodate all the Bon Jovi and Aston Villa FC fans…   See you in Vegas, or on academy.dalet.com if you prefer to enjoy education in your confortable armchair with an iced tea!
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Over the past few years, while conducting training sessions or working on a project site, many customers have asked me why they should upgrade their platform to Dalet Galaxy. The answer is as simple as the upgrade process. You can maintain the same workflow, but, thanks to Dalet Galaxy, you can also cut down on the number of steps it takes to complete a task for a journalist, video editor or media manager, with a new and improved user interface and enhanced integration with a wide variety of third-party systems. Here are just a few ways that Dalet Galaxy can improve your existing workflow: For Journalists For Media Managers For Librarians For Management For Journalists Many of my journalism students over the years have complained that Dalet 3.5 is way too “Windows 98.” In Dalet Galaxy, we enhanced the look and feel while also keeping in mind what kind of tasks look better with a light skin, such as writing a story, while a dark skin is better suited for video editing. If you have ever sat with a video editor, it’s usually in the dark (think dungy basement apartment), while journalists like to be seen and see others. The Home Screen, both in Dalet WebSpace and in the full client, cuts the amount of steps to create a story down from four steps to one, and, with the auto text and macros capabilities, the time needed to put common objects or words in a story has been greatly reduced. While researching for assignments, the first place to look is the “planning event” associated to the assigned story, which is populated with maps, pictures, tweets harvested from Twitter, RSS feeds, and other types of digital media. A journalist has the all the information at his/her fingertips and thus can focus on the content rather than collecting information. Dalet Galaxy has brought field journalists and those working remotely closer to home with its new Chat functionality. Available in the full client as well as the new and improved WebSpace, Chat offers a modern interface with support for persistent chats, group chats, messaging offline users and much more. In addition, the mobile app Dalet On-the-Go allows journalists to receive assignments via smartphone or tablet. They can then write stories, film interviews, record audio and take pictures using an iOS or Android device, which automatically uploads content to the newsroom, making news more current than ever.  While Dalet Galaxy enhances the experience of editing using Adobe® Premiere®, Final Cut Pro®, and Avid Media Composer® with tight integration with Avid Interplay®, journalists also have the option to edit in Dalet Galaxy using the multi-layer, effects-filled Dalet OneCut Multimedia editor. With advanced metadata tagging and new API integration with social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, Dalet Galaxy enhances content once destined only for television or radio in order to reach a wider audience. All of this is monitored through analytics to better understand media consumption, regardless of the distribution platform.  For Media Managers Before the birth of Dalet Galaxy, while coaching media managers, QC and ingest operators in Digital Media Centres or ingest rooms, I found that there were far too many steps when scheduling an ingest. The old process was as follows: Check email or the net for the ingest schedule Create a Planning event to alert others of the recording Create an ingest job for the recording Switch the router source Conduct a QC check while ingesting Sometimes manually create a proxy Fill in metadata for search User(s) must open up many different applications for this process, with various other confusing and convoluted steps along the way. With the Dalet Workflow Engine, the task is automated: Dope sheets with the Schedule and Information from agencies like Reuters imports into Dalet Galaxy as a Planning event; all information is associated to the corresponding ingest job, which is automatically scheduled. As the high-resolution video ingests, directly to the SAN or from the video server to the storage, the Dalet Brio video server generates a proxy so the user can access the content faster.​ In 2015, newsrooms and media centres receive content from a wide variety of sources such as cell phones, tablets and even drones, in a wide variety of formats. Dalet AmberFin easily transcodes this content, which can even be in 4k, into an HD broadcast-quality format with QC integration to check the audio and video quality, then updates the asset in the MAM seamlessly. While this is happening, the Media Manager sits back in a rolling chair watching the process in the Job Monitor. For program and archive workflows, with the easy-to-use workflow designer, administrators can setup complex orchestrated workflows with both automated and manual tasks. When the asset appears in Dalet it becomes a task of the Dalet Workflow Engine, which triggers different automated tasks and assigns jobs to users. As users claim different tasks, Dalet Galaxy automatically opens up the correct program for that task, such as the QC Playout module, or an Asset Management form to enter metadata for search. With the new track stacking capabilities, workflow management tools and context map functionality in Dalet Galaxy, handling complex workflows with a wide variety of assets related to one other, such as subtitles, language tracks and multiple versions, has been made more fluid and easier to manage. Through this orchestration, Galaxy streamlines complex transformations to send content where it needs to go, in the correct language, and in the correct format to systems such as VOD, OTT and social media platforms.  For Librarians With comprehensive use of glossary terms, and the faceted search capabilities of the SOLR search engine in Dalet Galaxy, entering metadata and finding content has never been easier. In the past, librarians had to enter metadata for each asset that came into the system. Using ‘The Trailer Park Boys’ (Canadian Program), as an example, in every episode actor Mike Smith plays the character Bubbles, most of the episodes are shot in Nova Scotia, and the genre is comedy. Rather than entering all this information in multiple fields for each asset, by simply typing  ‘T-R-A’ in the proper field, Dalet Galaxy will suggest what glossary term you might want, which is related to a wide variety of information in other fields such as the actor’s height, the shooting location and whatever else is common to every show. If a Dalet Galaxy user wants to make a highlight reel of Canadian Male Comedians, the user can quickly choose ‘actor’ in a dropdown menu from the search template and narrow down the search results by selecting different criteria as facets such as ‘Comedy,’ ‘Male,’ and ‘Canadian,’ resulting in some videos, pictures and audio of Bubbles…I mean Mike Smith. Instead of conducting separate searches in a production system, archive system, bureaus or different stations, by using the new federated search capabilities, users can conduct single queries that will search throughout multiple systems, which could be spread out across a country or even the world. To add to the search functionality, Dalet AmberFin has the ability to extract closed captioning, which is then tagged by timecode to an asset in the MAM, allowing users to locate the exact moment a person says a specific sentence by simply typing those words into the search field.  For Management If you need reports on how long it takes an archivist to log content, how many times a video has been watched on YouTube, or if content was used past its embargo date, the Dalet Reporting Centre is for you. Dalet Galaxy not only generates reports on the lifecycle of assets, it also shows managers where they can improve a system or workflow to avoid bottlenecks and improve on their return on investment with business intelligence. For the past few years, the “Cloud” has been the buzzword for many of our customers along with PasS (Platform as a Service) and SaaS (Software as a Service). At NAB this year in Las Vegas, we produced an entire news broadcast with the help of journalism students from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where the entire system was hosted on the Cloud, with approved content uploaded to YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. I don’t want to spill the beans, but at IBC this September in Amsterdam, the world will be seeing much more virtualization from Dalet to automate workflows, simplify tasks and gather information to enrich assets. For the past 25 years, we have listened to our customers and worked with partners to enhance the solutions of Dalet. The result: a feature-rich, automated, workflow-defined system driven by content. Please contact us if you would like to talk to a product specialist or set up a demo.
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(Unaudited) In € millions H1 2015 H1 2016 Change Licences 5.4 5.9 +9% Maintenance - Support 6.9 7.6 +10% Total Software Revenues 12.3 13.4 +10% Services 3.9 4.2 +7% Hardware 5.7 3.3 -43% Total revenues for the semester 21.9 20.9 -4%         Total Gross Margin for the semester 17.3 18.2 +5% Dalet, a leading provider of software solutions for the creation, management and distribution of multimedia content for broadcasters, operators and content producers, announced today revenues (unaudited) for its first half-year ended June 30, 2016. Overall software revenues (comprising licences and support revenues) were up 10% over the first six months of the year. The growth differential in this line of revenue between Q1 (+25%) and Q2 (-2%) is due to revenue recognition in the first quarter of 2016 for several overdue maintenance contract renewals, whereas in 2015 similar late support-contract revenue recognition occurred in Q2. Growth in software revenues resulted from new projects from leading broadcasters and content producers, in particular in North America and Asia-Pacific, and from the continued increase in recurring support, due to the year on year growth of the installed base. Service revenues (integration, configuration and training professional services) were up 7% compared to last year’s first half. Hardware resale, which is a low margin, non strategic business for Dalet, diminished significantly (-43%), as H1-2015 included a one-off exceptionally large contract signed with an operator which entrusted its entire infrastructure to Dalet. As a direct consequence of the decrease in hardware resale, total consolidated revenues for the semester were down by 4% at €20.9 million. However gross margin (defined as sales minus cost of goods and third-party services resold) increased by 5% at €18.2 million, reflecting the more favorable sales mix. Gross margin rate increased to 87% of revenues over the first semester of 2016 up from 79% for the same period in 2015.   Broken down by geographic region, the Group’s earlier investments in Asia Pacific have delivered a revenue increase of 20% at €2.9 million (14% of total revenues for the semester). Europe (€9.2 million revenues) remains the largest zone in terms of revenues at 44% compared to 49% in H1-2015. After neutralizing the unfavorable base effect linked to the low-margin hardware sales in H1-2015, business in Europe remains on a positive trend. Revenues for the Americas increased slightly at €8 million, representing 38% of total revenues (compared to 36% in H1 2015). Revenues for Africa and the Middle East were stable at 3% of total revenues. Outlook Dalet revenues are in line with its business plan after these first six months. Backed by an order book standing at €23 million expected to be invoiced in the second half of 2016, and by new contracts under negotiation, Dalet expects continued growth in 2016, in particular in terms of gross margin as announced previously. Dalet expects to meet its goal for a progressive improvement of its operating margins, with an objective of a current operating margin of 4 to 5% by 2017. Next publication Full financial results for the first semester of 2016 on 22 September 2016 after the close of trading. About Dalet Digital Media Systems 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, RAI, RFI, Russia Today, RT Malaysia, VOA, WDR), commercial networks and operators (Canal+, FOX, eTV, Mediaset, NBC Universal, Time Warner Cable, Warner Bros., Sirius XM Radio) and government organizations (UK Parliament, NATO, United Nations, Veterans Affairs, NASA). Dalet is traded on the NYSE-EURONEXT stock exchange (Eurolist C): ISIN: FR0011026749, Bloomberg DLT:FP, Reuters: DALE.PA. For more information on Dalet, visit www.dalet.com  Contacts Actus Finance & Communication Investors: Guillaume Le Floch: 01 53 67 36 70 Morgane Le Mellay: 01 53 67 36 75 Press-Media: Vivien Ferran: 01 53 67 36 34
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Dalet Digital Media Systems, a leading provider of software-based solutions for media organizations, will be demonstrating its advanced media management and workflow solutions at the 2016 IBC Show (stand 8.B77), taking place this September at the RAIConvention Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, from September 9 through 13. Attendees can book a private demonstration or workflow consultation with a Dalet expert to learn how enhancements to the Dalet Galaxy, Brio and AmberFin platforms can help them better create, manage and distribute content. “Putting the right tools and technologies in front of users enables them to better respond to the changing content consumption habits of their respective audiences,” comments Ben Davenport, director of marketing, Dalet. “Dalet helps customers navigate and respond to these evolving behaviors by implementing future-proof media infrastructures and scalable workflows that support the content production and distribution demands of complex workflows such as News and Sports today, tomorrow and well into the future. Whilst at the same time, important standards like IMF and technologies such as cloud can be fully exploited by customers right now with Dalet Galaxy and AmberFin to simplify program prep and content exchange.” Tools for Today’s News Workflows Demonstrating effective solutions for today’s end-to-end news production and distribution workflows, Dalet offers embedded as well as federated tools to plan, collect, research, write, edit and distribute text, audio and video to television, radio, web and social media. With content and production for all outlets converging and social media becoming the go-to platform for news consumption, content owners must find ways to streamline news production for multi-platform distribution. Enhancements to Dalet Galaxy user interfaces, such as an intuitive social media GUI that looks and acts more like a social media publishing platform, make publishing to social an easy and intuitive newsroom operation, allowing broadcasters to better respond to and manage new consumer habits. Meeting radio broadcasters’ growing demand for cost-efficient, visual radio workflows, Dalet is showcasing integration with products like NewTek TriCaster and VidiGo multi-camera production systems. Driven by Dalet Galaxy, radio broadcasters can easily incorporate graphics such as lower-thirds and branding to enhance OTT distribution and maximize sponsorship opportunities, respectively, all while maintaining important graphics metadata that make radio assets more valuable. Simplifying Program Preparation & Mastering No longer do facilities have to manually create different versions of a program or movie for each individual market. With tools that take advantage of industry standards, Dalet is offering a far simpler process for global distribution of content, and the Dalet Workflow Engine, available both in Dalet Galaxy and Dalet AmberFin platforms, is reinventing the way customers can implement these types of workflows. Both platforms support IMF, an industry format that serves as a model to assist with and enhance program preparation and mastering. Visitors to the stand can see first-hand how the Dalet AmberFin media orchestration platform efficiently bundles media assets into an IMF, which can then be imported by Dalet Galaxy for effortless distribution. Dalet AmberFin can also generate metadata-rich IMF bundles authored with user-focused media-aware tools such as those found in Dalet Galaxy. Elevating Your Workflow to the Cloud At IBC2015, Dalet announced Dalet xN, the company’s long-term strategy for the ever-evolving content supply chain. Reimagining the media enterprise, Dalet xN extends and augments cloud and hybrid environments to provide content owners with a truly dynamic and flexible business infrastructure. This year at IBC2016, attendees can experience first-hand brand new Dalet xN marketplace apps that aid in national video exchange and delivery, as well as enterprise-wide cloud-enabled workflows. Also at the Dalet stand will be stock footage distributor Clippn, who will be on hand to discuss and demonstrate the power of applying Dalet xN in a real world scenario. Dalet Press Briefings at IBC2016 Members of the media are invited to contact Anya Nelson at anya@zazilmediagroup.com to schedule a press briefing with a Dalet expert during IBC2016. 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.
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Dalet Digital Media Systems, working together with Microsoft Corp., has just launched its Dalet xN Standards Converter, available now through the Microsoft AzureMarketplace. Building off of the industry-leading AmberFin technology, the Dalet xN Standards Converter brings the highest-quality motion-compensated frame-rate conversion to the cloud, making it the first truly accessible file-based standards conversion tool. “AmberFin has long set the benchmark for file-based standards conversion,” emphasizes Ben Davenport, director of marketing, Dalet. “With AmberFin, we made file-based standards conversion a reality by exploiting high-performance computing and making high-quality international video exchange more accessible. Today, we’re doing the same thing all over again, but taking it one step further by bringing those capabilities to the cloud and making international video exchange available to the masses.” “By making the Dalet xN Standards Converter available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, Dalet democratizes the capabilities of AmberFin international video exchange. Users simply upload their video files and select the desired output video standard,” said Sudheer Sirivara, General Manager, Azure Media Services and Azure CDN, Microsoft Corp. Offering the highest-quality, on-demand format and frame rate conversion, the Dalet xN Standards Converter identifies the simplest configuration and outputs the final video product in the highest quality possible. It’s incredibly easy to use, and the results are consistently outstanding. Feature highlights include: High quality: Consistently produce high-quality video output Simple: Friendly user interface to prepare, trigger and monitor the conversion process Scalable: Ability to handle multiple transcode projects simultaneously Deliver anywhere: Flexible cloud-based service means content can be uploaded and downloaded from anywhere in the world Pricing flexibility: On-demand pay-per-use model  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.
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Dalet Product Line Manager for Media Asset Management (MAM), Matthieu Fasani, revealed our award-winning Media Supply Chain Orchestration solution, as well as a highlight of key media management workflows: program preparation & promos, multi-platform distribution, post-production, IMF management. Get in on MAM!
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Dalet Digital Media Systems, a leading provider of software-based solutions for media organizations, announced the release of Dalet Brio 3.4, the latest version of its intelligent, high-density I/O platform. Developed to run on IT-standard hardware, the Dalet Brio 3.4 update adds new formats that support the move to IP, dynamic ingest management capabilities, and new Media Navigator and MultiCamera Manager features that enhance overall studio production. Dalet Brio 3.4 new feature highlights include: Support for Moving to IP SMPTE-2022-2 Playout (H264/AAC) SMPTE-2022-6 Ingest and Playout Improved Tools for Ingest Web Ingest Scheduler with router control and RESTful API  Automatic up-scaling on input (SD to 1080i) XAVC-Intra HD, LongG HD and Intra-4K support Audio routing (Embedded and AES-EBU sources) Backup Copier: Push to FTP while ingest Enhanced Features for Studio Production Media Navigator now features rolling playback mode, quick preview, custom metadata handling, and consolidation of playlists MultiCamera Manager now features transfer management to Avid Interplay; Adobe Premiere/Anywhere; and FTP and S3 Dalet Brio integrates seamlessly with Dalet solutions to provide a highly flexible and scalable end-to-end solution for broadcasters worldwide, including France TV, FOX Network Group Europe, MediaCorp, MediaSet and NASA, as well as sports teams such as the San Jose Sharks. To learn more about Dalet Brio, please visit www.dalet.com/brio and download the latest product datasheet. 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.
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Whether you edit News, Sports, or Promos, Dalet Onecut is a versatile audio, video and multimedia editor, designed for independent editing of content for Radio, TV, Internet, and Web / Mobile. It has an intuitive user interface that is accessible to users who are novices with little training as well as expert editors. Dalet Onecut is typically used in fast turnaround production environments such as: - News and Sports production - MAM and compliance editing - Promo production - Radio editing - Logging For more details, visit dalet.com/onecut
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Cloud-based Media Asset Management (MAM) production and distribution helps industry-leading stock footage supplier scale its production to meet increasing industry demand
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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.
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Dalet Digital Media Systems, a leading provider of software-based solutions for media organizations, has supplied and integrated an end-to-end workflow for CPAC’s (Cable Public Affairs Channel) English and French closed captioning. The solution combines the strength of Dalet AmberFin and Dalet Galaxy to provide an advanced automated workflow that maintains genealogy and captioning data for the 24/7 operation. Based in Ottawa, CPAC is Canada’s only privately-owned, not-for-profit, bilingual television service providing a commercial-free window on Parliament, politics and public affairs. Through its unique style of balanced, long-form coverage of the people, politics and events shaping public policy, CPAC facilitates and fosters participation in the Canadian democratic process. CPAC is delivered by cable, satellite and wireless distributors to more than 11 million homes in Canada and worldwide via 24/7 web streaming on the CPAC TV 2 GO mobile app and the www.cpac.ca website. The organization ingests up to 80 hours of new content daily and has made over 30,000 hours of archived content available on these digital platforms.  “We urgently needed a closed captioning solution that could manage a variety of content from several different types of production workflows: news and magazine-style shows, live and studio production, and long-form programming. For each of these workflows we needed to be able to manage, and more importantly maintain caption data, especially after editing has been completed or the content is passing through another system,” says Eitan Weisz, senior manager of broadcast operations, CPAC. “Those are all facets that we felt Dalet could deliver for us in one package.” The solution devised by Dalet in concert with CPAC deploys Dalet AmberFin as an advanced media and processing platform for insertion and extraction of caption data, leveraging the existing Dalet Media Asset Management (MAM) deployment to manage transformation and distribution in an end-to-end media workflow with a key emphasis on maintaining captions as metadata. During live shows or events, CPAC content is transcribed by operators using keyboard or stenography methods to generate live captions. Live feeds with captions are ingested into Harmonic and Dalet Brio video servers and written to an MXF file including a standard SMPTE ST436 data track. For pre-produced content, a proxy file is sent to an external captioning house for transcribing and generation of a separate caption file. Where the Dalet MAM detects valid ST436 data, Dalet AmberFin automatically extracts the caption information to a standard SCC caption file, associated with the relevant video file in the MAM. Also automatically generated is TTML (Timed Text Markup Language), a standardised XML structure that represents all the captioning information as time-coded metadata that can easily be catalogued, searched and modified. “The TTML pivot format is vital. Instead of keeping the information at file level, we expose it as timed metadata to the user so that they can directly view and search it as well as perform basic editing and correction of the caption information,” explains Dalet Sales Director Frederic Roux. “CPAC has rich automated metadata created in the Dalet system and tagged to all its content through this captioning process.” In the other production scenario at CPAC, when an SCC file is received from the captioning house, Dalet will instantly match it with the video file and then perform the same workflow: transforming the SCC file into searchable, viewable, useable data. “A common and expensive error in closed captioning workflows is the risk of losing captioning data during the production process,” explains Roux. “Editing can destroy the captioning information at file level and require the user to recapture or recreate the original material, which is time-consuming and costly.” Retaining caption data during the production process is integral to the Dalet end-to-end workflow. As Dalet maintains the genealogy of all produced content, the Dalet MAM automatically associates the corresponding caption metadata from the various pieces of production content to the final package created by the NLE. The final new asset then inherits the captions of the original material. Distribution is also managed by Dalet at CPAC. For linear playout, Dalet uses the metadata caption information or the SCC file with associated video to re-embed the captions in the media file within the ST436 data track. Options exist for managing the captioning separately as a side car file. Should there not be an SCC file, Dalet will automatically regenerate it based on the timed text metadata. For distribution to VOD, Web or mobile platforms, the text will be rendered automatically into a TTML file, the most suitable web format. “With this automated system we can prepare a video file for broadcast and for all non-linear distribution complete with captioning information in both French and English languages and in full confidence that metadata will be preserved,” says Weisz. The closed-caption system is the latest evolution of CPAC’s relationship with Dalet dating back to 2009. The partnership began when CPAC began digitizing its legacy tape content and selected Dalet as a front end MAM to catalogue its new online archive. A year later, CPAC and Dalet built a full MAM workflow to manage and control the client’s long-form programming all the way to air. The next step, in 2011, was to design, install and execute a newsroom computer system for all CPAC’s news output based on the comprehensive set of Dalet tools for news production. “The longstanding relationship we have enjoyed with CPAC is a testimony not only to the confidence they have in our technologies and services, but also to the unique way in which Dalet can grow with a customer as its needs change and grow,” says Roux. “We congratulate CPAC on its successful mission to date and look forward to many years of close partnership together.” 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.
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Dalet Digital Media Systems, a leading provider of software-based solutions for media organizations, has announced that Australia's Special Broadcasting Service Corporation (SBS) is centralizing its media operations on the Dalet Galaxy Media Asset Management (MAM) platform. The vision will provide a unified infrastructure to facilitate greater content collaboration across all SBS departments, and orchestrate the program acquisition, preparation and distribution workflows under a single system. Noel Leslie, Chief Technology Officer for SBS said, “SBS made a strategic decision to bring our programming content under the management of a single MAM platform. The integrated solution consolidates a number of our existing systems, unifying assets. This will allow for greater collaboration across SBS, and make it easier for us to store, access and share our content, enabling us to do what we do best – telling important diverse stories. We were also looking for a more cost-efficient approach to preparation and distribution that will positively benefit the financial bottom line. We chose to work with Dalet to achieve this in what we are confident will be the beginning of a long term partnership.” In total, SBS will implement dozens of different workflows and seamlessly integrate 10 different systems with Dalet. The new streamlined architecture will bring SBS’s vast archives into the production workflow and provide embedded tools to conduct program preparation as well as emerging "new media" workflows from a single system. Thanks to the new Dalet Workflow Engine, task-based and complex processes such as assignments, escalation protocols and error management can be fully automated, orchestrating content flow from the moment it is received to its final destination in multiple languages and formats, with metadata intact. Key features like Dalet Work Orders track the progress of the work order in its entirety and provide employees access to real-time status data that serves both SBS technical and business decision needs. “The sheer power and extensibility of the Dalet Galaxy MAM enterprise class platform to address multiple integrations and automate for media organizations is the key to SBS's decision to work with us on this significant project,” said Raoul Cospen, General Manager, Dalet Singapore. “Using the Dalet Galaxy platform, SBS was able to unify its infrastructure and now, with fewer components to juggle, decrease training efforts. This has the immediate effect of lowering total cost of ownership and ensuring that the return on investment has increased.” The Dalet Galaxy MAM will take over program management and multi-platform publishing with Ingest, QC and Playout provided by Deluxe Australia as part of their managed services agreement with SBS. Dalet will also integrate with IBMS sales and traffic software from SintecMedia, Adobe Premiere NLEs for craft editing, Front Porch Diva for archive and other in-house systems to provide SBS teams with a single user interface to easily access and manage content. About SBS With a background as Australia’s multicultural broadcaster, SBS holds a unique place in the Australian media landscape. As described in the SBS Charter, SBS’s principal function is to provide multilingual, multicultural and Indigenous radio, television and digital media services that inform, educate and entertain all Australians, reflecting Australia’s diverse society. SBS carries out this function through an ever-increasing number of distribution platforms including free-to-air television channels, subscription television, analogue and digital radio, online, and via mobile devices and apps. SBS inspires all Australians to explore, appreciate and celebrate our diverse world, and in doing so contributes to a cohesive society. For more information visit www.sbs.com.au. 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.
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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.
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Opportunity – it’s a word that’s been at the forefront of thoughts going into, and throughout, NAB. We themed our presence at the show around “the Power of Opportunity” – that power coming from robust technologies that are enabling our customers to drive the most advanced media workflows. Where 2014 was a year of M&A activity, and 2015, if we’re honest, was largely a year of buzz-words – 2016 genuinely feels like the year when we start to realize the opportunities presented by cloud, IP and other emerging technology. Joining us on the booth, we were please to welcome our friends Mick, Joe and Ed from Clippn. Clippn is an online stock-footage supplier, aggregating content from contributors around the globe and making that content available to a growing number of stock footage distributors such as Getty Images or Shutterstock. To support Clippn in this highly dynamic market place, we’ve deployed a complete end-to-end, cloud-based production system in partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS) that enables Clippn to be highly responsive and scale their infrastructure on demand. It’s an excellent example of the kind of opportunity that cloud can afford us in deploying new media business models and it perfectly matches the vision we have with Dalet xN. Bringing his insights to our executive breakfast event, Mick Reed, CEO of Clippn, was joined on stage by Wendy Allen of Fox Network Engineering and Operations (NE&O). In front of an audience of more than 100 senior industry executives, Wendy gave a great overview of how Fox are federating resources across sites and partnering with Dalet and other vendors to exploit cloud for dynamic resource provisioning. Back on the booth, Tuesday night saw us partner with the Microsoft Azure team to launch our first marketplace app – the Dalet xN Standards Converter. 10 years ago, AmberFin technology changed the face of international media exchange by making the process of high-quality conversion of US-created content for European distribution and vice-versa both more affordable and file-based. This week we did it all over again, democratizing high-quality format conversion by making it available in a simple, easy-to-use web-based app, payable by the hour in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. This will later be joined by a suite of media processing apps to make high-quality content preparation and delivery available to anyone, broadening the power of opportunity far past its traditional boundaries. If you didn’t make it to NAB this year, don’t worry – over the coming weeks we’ll be presenting a series of blogs that focus on the latest announcements and themes from the show – watch this space! If you did make it to the show – we will happily answer any questions you might still have and also wish you a swift recovery ;)
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Opportunity – it’s a word that’s been at the forefront of thoughts going into, and throughout, NAB. We themed our presence at the show around “the Power of Opportunity” – that power coming from robust technologies that are enabling our customers to drive the most advanced media workflows. Where 2014 was a year of M&A activity, and 2015, if we’re honest, was largely a year of buzz-words – 2016 genuinely feels like the year when we start to realize the opportunities presented by cloud, IP and other emerging technology. Joining us on the booth, we were please to welcome our friends Mick, Joe and Ed from Clippn. Clippn is an online stock-footage supplier, aggregating content from contributors around the globe and making that content available to a growing number of stock footage distributors such as Getty Images or Shutterstock. To support Clippn in this highly dynamic market place, we’ve deployed a complete end-to-end, cloud-based production system in partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS) that enables Clippn to be highly responsive and scale their infrastructure on demand. It’s an excellent example of the kind of opportunity that cloud can afford us in deploying new media business models and it perfectly matches the vision we have with Dalet xN. Bringing his insights to our executive breakfast event, Mick Reed, CEO of Clippn, was joined on stage by Wendy Allen of Fox Network Engineering and Operations (NE&O). In front of an audience of more than 100 senior industry executives, Wendy gave a great overview of how Fox are federating resources across sites and partnering with Dalet and other vendors to exploit cloud for dynamic resource provisioning. Back on the booth, Tuesday night saw us partner with the Microsoft Azure team to launch our first marketplace app – the Dalet xN Standards Converter. 10 years ago, AmberFin technology changed the face of international media exchange by making the process of high-quality conversion of US-created content for European distribution and vice-versa both more affordable and file-based. This week we did it all over again, democratizing high-quality format conversion by making it available in a simple, easy-to-use web-based app, payable by the hour in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. This will later be joined by a suite of media processing apps to make high-quality content preparation and delivery available to anyone, broadening the power of opportunity far past its traditional boundaries. If you didn’t make it to NAB this year, don’t worry – over the coming weeks we’ll be presenting a series of blogs that focus on the latest announcements and themes from the show – watch this space! If you did make it to the show – we will happily answer any questions you might still have and also wish you a swift recovery ;)
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Dalet Digital Media Systems is demonstrating at NAB 2016 (booth SL3905) the smart I/O operations and flexible SDI/IP-based capabilities that have drawn technically savvy broadcasters from around the world to its intelligent Dalet Brio platform. In a market that is moving increasingly away from proprietary hardware-based video servers towards software-based solutions that focus on the task of managing the conversion of streams-to-files and files-to-streams, the convenient web-based administration with advanced tools for ingest, logging and studio production make Dalet Brio the ideal solution for managing complex multi-channel recordings, conversions and multiplatform playout scenarios. “With the move to virtualized infrastructure, I/O video servers that can take advantage of the new technology opportunities and manage streams-to-files and files-to-streams are part of the strategic conversation,” states Matthieu Fasani, Dalet Brio product manager, Dalet. “Today, Dalet customers utilizing Brio not only benefit from the highly convenient web-based administration and extensive codec and format support, but they are also ensured that their I/O operations are IP and cloud ready, giving them the best of all worlds.” Taming the Wild Advanced media organizations require an I/O solution that can adapt to new production infrastructures and manage content recordings, conversions and playout to/from a number of devices for highly dynamic events, from the U.S. Primaries to opening day for the New York Yankees. The Dalet Brio suite of applications – Multicam Manager, Logger and Media Navigator – are purpose-built tools that allow broadcasters to expand the capabilities of the I/O Brio server to include multi-camera control, comprehensive logging, and studio production ingest and playout. “Dalet Brio allows customers to improve the way they manage the entire I/O operation,” comments Fasani. “For example, the metadata logging capabilities of Dalet Logger significantly enrich content recorded into any MAM, PAM or CMS system, which in turn optimizes productions. Same for content recorded to the cloud. Content and logs become available to anyone around the globe, opening up opportunities for new workflows and revenue streams.” Tried and True Investment That Has Been Put to the Test Globally Dalet Brio is an integral part of any media workflow, whether as a standalone product, integrated with third party platforms, or as part of the Dalet Galaxy enterprise-wide solution.  The highly scalable solution allows customers like France TV to easily expand their Dalet Brio installation to meet new business needs. Other customers managing their I/O operation with Dalet Brio include:  Video Digital Multimedia (VDM), France: VDM, a leading French audio-visual laboratory, has employed the Dalet Galaxy MAM platform featuring the Dalet Workflow Engine including the BPMN 2.0-compliant designer and two Dalet Brio servers to manage its expanding audio/visual program preparation and production workflow. With Dalet Brio, VDM can manage vast amounts of content in the growing number of formats necessary to deliver media to just about any screen or platform in existence. FOX Network Group Europe, Italy and UK: At Fox Italy and Fox UK, several Dalet Brio video servers facilitate the comprehensive content ingest and delivery needs of both facilities, working in conjunction with the underlying Dalet Galaxy platform to streamline workflows. As a result, all programming content is centralized in one database, enhancing QC operations, promo production and delivery of new and repackaged program content.  MediaCorp, Singapore: As part of the broadcaster’s ambitious MAM strategy, MediaCorp’s Content Media eXchange (CMX) program standardizes ingest of material across 20 Dalet Brio server ports, as well as harmonizes the archive workflow for the entire MediaCorp facility under command and control of the Dalet Galaxy platform. NHL San Jose Sharks, US: Deployed at the SAP Center in San Jose, CA, Dalet Brio is used to manage ingest of the venue’s eight camera feeds for the San Jose Sharks. In conjunction with Dalet Galaxy and Dalet AmberFin, the robust package features all of the logging, cataloging, post-production and distribution tools required for high value, frictionless assembly, multiplatform distribution and tactical analysis of game-day media. NAB 2016 attendees can book a private demonstration or workflow consultation with a Dalet expert to learn more about Dalet Brio. Dalet Press Briefings at NAB 2016 Members of the media are invited to contact Anya Nelson at anya@zazilmediagroup.com to schedule a press briefing with a Dalet expert during NAB 2016. 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.
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  In € million 2014 published 2014 pro forma (*) 2015 Change pro forma Revenues 42.1 43.1 47.4 +10% Gross margin 35.6 36.4 39.0 +7% Current operating income 0.3 (0.4) 0.3 NS Operating income 0.3 (0.4) (0.1) NS Net income, Group share 0.2 (0.6) (0.8) NS (*) Pro forma figures include 12 months for AmberFin (vs. 9 months in 2014 published) Dalet, a leading provider of software solutions for the creation, management and distribution of multimedia content for broadcasters, operators and content producers, has published its yearly audited results for financial year 2015 as approved by its Board of Directors on 21 April 2016[1]. 2015 was another year of robust growth for Dalet, with the completion of the reorganization of AmberFin (in deficit at the time of its purchase in 2014) and ongoing investment in growth (R&D, sales teams) setting the company on track to realize its full potential in the coming years. 2015 financial results: Dalet posted revenues of €47.4 million for financial year 2015, up 13% on the year before (10% pro forma). The breakdown in revenues was as follows: Software: €28.3 million (+14%). Dalet's Software revenues were bolstered by the company’s maintenance-support contracts which, at €14.9 million, accounted for 31% of global revenues in 2015. License sales were stable at €13.4 million. Services: €9.2 million (-11%). The change in Services revenues in 2015 is directly linked to the sale of system-type projects which include integration and training professional services for the client. Hardware (storage, servers, etc.): €10.0 million (+27%). Hardware resale, a non strategic business for Dalet, grew significantly in 2015 due to a one-off exceptionally large contract signed with an operator which entrusted its entire infrastructure to Dalet. This unusual weighting in hardware sales reduced the company’s gross margin (defined as sales minus cost of goods and third-party services resold) which amounted to 82% for the year as against 84% in 2014. In value terms, Dalet’s gross margin increased 7% to €39.0 million (pro forma). Other operating expenses increased 5.2% (pro forma). The Group continued to strengthen its headcount, focusing notably on the strategic ramp-up of its sales teams for the Asia-Pacific region and its ongoing investment in R&D. The reorganization of AmberFin was also completed. The capitalisation of €2.9 million in R&D on the company's balance sheet had no significant impact on income as it was offset by the amortisation of R&D expenses in a similar amount. All told, Dalet posted a current operating income of €0.3 million which is consistent with the Group's guidance published in February. It also booked an exceptional (non cash) expense of €0.4 million linked to the impairment of goodwill on AmberFin, primarily linked to the fluctuation in the pound sterling. After €0.3 million in financial expenses and €0.3 million in tax, net income amounted to a loss of €0.8 million. Healthy financial structure – Net debt close to zero Dalet shareholder’s equity stood at €15.2 million on 31 December 2015. Cash flows linked to operations improved significantly, coming in at €3.4 million compared to €1.0 million in 2014, notably thanks to the Group's careful management of its working capital. These cash flows linked to operations covered almost all investments for the period (€3.6 million), most of which were linked to the capitalisation of R&D. Net debt remained virtually stable at €0.6 million. With cash assets of €4.3 million, Dalet has the sound financial structure it needs to pursue its development in the years ahead. Outlook: Growth and improvement in margins Backed by a high order backlog on 1 January 2016 (€36 million), and given the sustained demand for its software solutions and the cumulative increase in support contracts, Dalet confidently expects to continue growing its business in 2016. The company should see a higher level of growth in its gross margin than in revenues as a result of the base effect linked to a single low-margin hardware sales contract signed in 2015. One of the main priorities for 2016 is the gradual improvement of Dalet's current operating profit. As it actively seeks out to grow its market share, the Group has set as a first target a current operating margin of 4 to 5% by 2017. 2016 will see the company focus on the implementation of an improved project management process (CMMI) in an effort to improve profitability. It will also benefit from the growing share of maintenance-support in its revenues as well as increased sales of its "plug and play" packaged solutions (Brio, AmberFin). Dalet intends to uphold its ranking amongst the 3 leaders in its market which is undergoing concentration. Next publication Q1 revenues on 12 May 2016 after the close of trading  About Dalet Digital Media Systems 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, RAI, RFI, Russia Today, RT Malaysia, VOA, WDR), commercial networks and operators (Canal+, FOX, eTV, Mediaset, NBC Universal, Time Warner Cable, Warner Bros., Sirius XM Radio) and government organizations (UK Parliament, NATO, United Nations, Veterans Affairs, NASA). Dalet is traded on the NYSE-EURONEXT stock exchange (Eurolist C): ISIN: FR0011026749, Bloomberg DLT:FP, Reuters: DALE.PA. For more information on Dalet, visit www.dalet.com. Contacts Actus Finance & Communication: Investors Guillaume Le Floch: 01 53 67 36 70 Morgane Le Mellay: 01 53 67 36 75 Press-Media Vivien Ferran: 01 53 67 36 34               APPENDIX: DETAILED FINANCIAL INFORMATION 2015 INCOME STATEMENT 31-dec.-15 31-dec.-14 31-dec.-14 (in € thousand) 12 months 12 months published 12 months pro forma (*)         Revenues 47,463 42,112 43,055 Purchases and other external expenses (20,917) (19,048) (19,724) Employee expenses (22,211) (19,757) (20,737) Taxes and duties (200) (470) (470) Depreciation and amortisation (3,620) (2,680) (2,673) Provisions net of reversals (62) 66 66 Other income and expenses from operations (168) 61 61 Current operating income 285 284 (422) Impairment losses – Long term assets (411)     Operating income (125) 284 (422) Income from cash and cash equivalents 19 4 4 Cost of gross financial debt (173) (147) (147) Cost of net financial debt (153) (143) (143) Other financial income and expense (182) 144 130 Pre-tax income (461) 285 (435) Income tax (339) (125) (125) Net consolidated income (800) 160 (560) Attributable to the Group (800) 160 (560) Attributable to non-controlling interests 0       (*) Pro forma figures include 12 months for AmberFin (vs. 9 months in 2014 published)   STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION 31-dec.-15 31-dec.-14 (in € thousand) 12 months 12 months       Goodwill 6,213 6,349 Intangible assets 5,959 6,104 Property, plant and equipment 1,367 1,216 Long-term financial assets 358 373 Long-term restricted cash 325 308 Other non-current assets 1,008 299 Deferred tax assets 415 399 NON-CURRENT ASSETS 15,644 15,048 Inventories 247 530 Trade receivables 14,483 14,239 Sundry debtors 1,427 1,449 Cash and cash equivalents 4,335 4,940 Current tax assets 166 911 CURRENT ASSETS 20,658 22,069 TOTAL ASSETS 36,302 37,117       Capital 7,187 7,187 Premiums 9,614 9,620 Consolidated reserves (3,334) (3,995) Consolidated income (800) 160 Translation reserves 2,528 1,444 Shareholder’s equity (attributable to the Group) 15,194 14,416 Non-controlling interests 8 7 SHAREHOLDER’S EQUITY 15,202 14,423 Long-term financial debt 3,724 4,056 Long-term provisions 554 878 Deferred tax liabilities 880 828 Other non-current liabilities 744 565 NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES 5,901 6,327 Short-term provisions   185 Short-term financial debt 1,292 1,324 Current tax liabilities 81 14 Suppliers 3,349 3,528 Tax and social security liabilities 4,063 3,600 Other creditors 6,413 7,716 CURRENT LIABILITIES 15,198 16,367 TOTAL LIABILITIES 36,302 37,117   STATEMENT OF NET CASH FLOWS 31-dec-15 31-dec-14 (in € thousand) 12 months 12 months Consolidated net income (including non-controlling interests) (800) 160 +/- Depreciation, amortisation and provisions (except on current assets)                      3,416 2,829 +/- Impairment losses – Long term assets 411   +/- Income and expense linked to stock options and similar 93 103 -/+ Other income and expense   2 -/+ Gains and losses on disposals (1) (17) Cash flow after cost of net financial debt and tax 3,118 3,077 + Cost of net financial debt 153 143 +/- Tax expense (including deferred taxes) 339 125 Cash flow before cost of net financial debt and tax (A) 3,611 3,345 - Tax paid (B) (182) (141) +/- Change in working capital requirement from operating activities (including liabilities for employee benefits) (C) (20) (2,221) = NET CASH FLOW FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES (D) = (A + B + C) 3,408 983       - Cash outflow for acquisitions of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets (3,565) (2,746) + Cash from disposals of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets 178 126 +/- Impact of changes of scope (257) (4,059) +/- Change in loans and advances made (3) (105) = NET CASH FLOW FROM INVESTMENT ACTIVITIES (E) (3,647) (6,784)       -/+ Repurchase and resale of treasury shares (56) (224) + Cash from new borrowings 883 3 540 - Loan repayments (including finance leases) (1,052) (628) - Net financial interest paid (including finance leases) (147) (147) +/- Other cash flows from financing activities 156 25 = NET CASH FLOW FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES (F) (216) 2,566       +/- Impact of changes in exchanges rates (G) 242 343       = CHANGE IN NET CASH POSITION (D + E + F + G) (212) (2,892)       Cash at end of period     Cash and cash equivalents – Bank overdrafts 4,317 4,529             Cash at opening     Cash and cash equivalents – Bank overdrafts 4,529 7,421       Change (212) (2,892)   [1] The consolidated financial statements have been audited in full. The auditors' report will be published once the due diligence procedures required for the publication of the yearly financial report are complete.
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Dalet Digital Media Systems, a leading provider of software-based solutions for media organizations, announced today that Clippn, an online platform delivering ready-for-sale video clips to stock footage distributors, has moved its production and distribution infrastructure to the Dalet xN business solution. In partnership with Amazon Web Services, the new cloud-based infrastructure leverages the Dalet Galaxy media asset management (MAM) and Dalet AmberFin media processing platforms. Clippn, which distributes through multiple stock footage sites, is a leader in stock content distribution with a 50% global market penetration. Citing the increased demand for content across multiple screens and an industry year-over-year growth rate of nearly 30%, Clippn sought a partner who could help reimagine its operation, providing an agile infrastructure to meet contracting and expanding demands at will. Video: Clippn Reimagines Media Enterprise with Dalet xN “Getting these clips to market has traditionally been a problem,” comments Mick Reed, founder and CEO, Clippn. “We had to streamline the complexity of the product chain from initial ingest through processing and distribution. We knew we could not achieve that with our current on-premise infrastructure, which is why we started looking at building a flexible cloud-based infrastructure and approached Dalet, who we knew as the leading Media Asset Management provider on the market.” “We realized that this project perfectly matched our vision with Dalet xN – how cloud-based technologies can provide innovative answers to modern business challenges in the media industry,” reflects Kevin Savina, Dalet director of product strategy. In addition to needing a flexible and scalable solution, gaining from the experience of Dalet in program preparation workflows has been critical for Clippn. As a result, they have a complete solution for collecting, managing and delivering footage, starting with content gathering from multiple contributors, followed by ingest, editing, color correction, verification and QC, and finally, distribution to stock footage sites. The final installation provided Clippn: Agile Infrastructure: Dalet xN is highly configurable, enabling Clippn to adapt their operations on a constant basis. Supports Next-Gen Operations: Having the system hosted in the cloud was a must for Clippn to be able to handle contributors and a workforce that are completely geographically spread. Enables New Business Horizons: Thanks to a scalable and elastic architecture, Clippn was able to put in place a solution that will scale with their needs. “Dalet has everything we need. It is a robust platform that can handle the volume of video content that moves through our pipeline. It is also elastic so higher volumes of content don’t slow us down,” adds Mick. “We were able to create a cloud-based workflow that maximizes efficiency and actually integrates craft editing and curation, which I believe is a first.” The automation built into the platform is critical, avoiding wasted steps and letting the Clippn team focus on what actually adds value to their product. And because each one of the Clippn distributors has different metadata and delivery specifications, the system has to be both adaptable and future-proof so new distributors can be added, allowing them to continuously scale their success. Proven Dalet technology (Dalet Galaxy and AmberFin) in partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS) delivers this in a robust, dynamic, cloud-based ecosystem that will help Clippn grow its business for many years to come. See Dalet xN at the 2016 NAB Show To find out more about Clippn and meet Mick Reed, visit the Dalet xN area of the Dalet booth SL3905 at NAB 2016, near the “Re-Charge Bar.” For more information on Dalet xN, please visit xn.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
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Dalet Digital Media Systems, a leading provider of software-based solutions for media organizations, is showcasing the power of Dalet Galaxy at the 2016 NAB Show, taking place from April 18-21 in Las Vegas (booth SL3905). With 20% of the 15,000+ Dalet end users migrated to Dalet Galaxy, the well-established Media Asset Management (MAM) platform has transformed news, sports, production, program and archive workflows for more than 35 high-profile media organizations and broadcasters worldwide. “Maturity combined with the proven performance of Dalet Galaxy has given our customers the confidence to implement some of the most innovative and advanced workflows we see on the media market today,” comments Stephane Schlayen, COO, Dalet. “By converging workflows and operations through Dalet Galaxy, our customers realize enormous production and business efficiency gains. Dalet Galaxy also gives them the technical finesse to harness emerging technologies that enable the next step in media creation, production and distribution. This NAB we applaud our customers for the many diverse workflows and innovations they have achieved using the Dalet Galaxy platform.” Enabling True Convergence Broadcasters are optimizing their TV, radio and web operations by centralizing content, planning, production and archive management under Dalet Galaxy, streamlining the way they create, publish & playout to traditional channels as well as online and social media outlets. Nowhere is this truer than in the newsroom where Dalet Galaxy enables staff to share stories between TV, Radio and Web news departments by organizing content into a centralized database and production tools under a single platform. With federated resources and immediate access to assets, staff can more efficiently plan, assign and develop stories using the same set of tools and content, eliminating duplication and siloed productions while maximizing asset utilization and ROI. “Italy’s largest commercial broadcaster Mediaset (Gruppo Mediaset) radically changed its multi-site newsroom with the installation of Dalet Galaxy,” comments Kevin Savina, Director of Product Strategy, Dalet. “Within months of deploying Dalet Galaxy, Mediaset increased productivity across productions three-fold. As a result, the team is able to produce better coverage on nonlinear channels, efficiently publish to multiple news outlets, and offer a better workflow for journalists and engineers overall.” Dalet Galaxy’s story-centric workflow approach features comprehensive metadata tracking, key automation and fast production tools for ingest, editing, scripting, voice overs, and rundown management as well as remote capabilities that connect journalists in the field to the newsroom via their smartphone, tablet or laptop.  Native integration with social media platforms ensures that journalist can easily access social media sources and the newsroom as a whole can efficiently manage production and distribution of content to social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.  Achieving Economies of Scale Serving as the foundation for many enterprise production and post operations, Dalet Galaxy is the underlying MAM platform that facilitates the fluid exchange of mass content from ingest to archive. The single solution orchestrates multiple workflows including production, program and archives, providing easy-to-use production tools and advanced metadata-driven automation to efficiently manage content. Mauro Panella, VP of Broadcast Operations – Italy, Germany & UK at Fox Networks Group, explains the benefits of moving Fox production to Dalet Galaxy, “With the new (Dalet Galaxy) infrastructure, we were capable of drastically increasing the amount of material processed per operator by at least 25%, reducing fault and mistakes related to workflow and/or manual operations. Thanks to the integrations and customizations deployed, only minimum amount of training was required and users were up to speed in few weeks.” Deploying Agile Infrastructure With the maturity of the platform, the first customers are going into production with Dalet Galaxy systems fully running on cloud infrastructure leveraging Amazon Web Services (AWS). “On the confidence of Dalet Galaxy, customers can take the next steps in building truly dynamic virtualized and cloud-based environments,” notes Savina. “Clippn is one of the first Dalet Galaxy customers to fully exploit the technical and business benefits of cloud-based operations. Working in partnership with Dalet and Amazon, Clippn has deployed an enterprise cloud-based media preparation and distribution ecosystem. The agile Dalet Galaxy infrastructure allows them to respond to resource needs and dynamically scale workflows at will. This type of flexibility gives them the ability to react quickly to changing environments and interact more efficiently with suppliers, users and clients optimizing their entire business operations.” NAB 2016 attendees can book a private demonstration or workflow consultation with a Dalet expert to learn more about Dalet Galaxy. 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.
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Dalet, a leading provider of solutions and services for broadcasters and content professionals, will introduce at the NAB 2017 exhibition (booth SL6210) a new line of solutions for Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, designed to enable existing Dalet customers to continue their operations in the event of planned maintenance or disaster. The Dalet Business Continuity solution can be available within minutes, providing access to an independent back-up production system, hosting selected content from their primary Dalet platform. â€œThough disasters and cyber attacks are a fact of life for any media organization and are particularly acute in broadcast, the majority of our customers doesn’t have a clear plan to address this,” states Kevin Savina, director of product strategy, Dalet. â€œFor decades, conventional DR site architectures have been centered on the physical duplication of infrastructures, making it a costly option. The new line of solutions leverage recent features of the Dalet Galaxy platform to manage smart replication of assets and processes across sites, as well as the provisioning and automation of dynamic infrastructures on one hand, and the flexibility and elasticity of public clouds and virtual infrastructures on the other hand. The combination of those technology enhancements redefines completely the economics of a Business Continuity plan for our customers.” Every broadcaster must ensure a failsafe guarantee of service in the event of a downtime of all or part of their primary production and distribution system, should it be an unforeseen event, such as a natural disaster, a power failure or a cyber attack, or a scheduled intervention, such as a full system upgrade. Signal blackouts mean loss of audience, loss of advertising revenue and potentially irrevocable loss of business. Dalet Business Continuity offers a range of solutions, based on a secondary site, which can be hosted in an environment of the customer’s choice including on-premise, hosted in a private cloud or in a public cloud such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure. It is architected as a smaller-scale system enabling customers to continue their operations with a percentage of their user base and set of functionality. The secondary site provides access to back-up content (video, audio, scripts, rundowns, etc.) replicated from the primary platform – from a few hours up to days or weeks of content, depending on capacity and replication policies. Available within minutes, all operation-critical workflows defined by the customer’s contingency plan will be switched on. They replicate the processes and configurations of the production environment. In the case of a news production operation platform for instance, the DR solution can include live news agency content, the ability to continue to create stories, build rundowns and connect craft editors; digital publishing to selected web and social media platforms, as well as on-air playout facilitated either by IP streaming or by a secondary broadcast center with playout and up-linking capability connected to the DR system. The pay-as-you-go and on-demand infrastructure models of the cloud make it particularly interesting for broadcasters. As long as the DR site is dormant, customers only need to pay for capacity – storage and a few instances - to back up the critical data. When the DR needs to be turned into production processing, instances get spun up and billed. This is a drastic economic change compared to classic plans requiring heavy capital investment and operations to acquire and maintain banks of servers. Book a Private Briefing to Learn How Dalet Can Help Evolve Your Workflow Dalet customers attending NAB 2017 can book a private Dalet Business Continuity consultation with a Dalet expert. Dalet Press Briefings at NAB 2017 To schedule a press briefing with Dalet at NAB 2017, please contact Anya Nelson.   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.
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When thinking about improving the ROI from investing in MAM solutions, instead of thinking about managing archives or adapting legacy linear workflows, let’s look from the other direction. Why not start onscreen? On screens? If we could start again, think critically about where better media management workflow really adds the most value in 2016. What do we see? An explosion of video; everywhere. New versions and streams on every screen; anytime. Instead of thinking about the usual angle of how they were delivered, let’s look at it from the audience’s point of view. Content is now SO easy to find and SO easy to share. Regardless of your digital tribe, whether you’re a boomer, x’er or millennial, viewing is compulsive and greedy. As well as availability and mobility, it’s finding and sharing that is actually changing media habits. The use of MAM systems to enable finding and sharing has changed too. Workflows now directly add metadata to aid downstream content placement, search and recommendation. Intelligent content packaging and recommendation grows new audiences An entire industry has emerged alongside broadcast based around box sets and binge-watching subscriptions and "bundles." Marketing and distribution and formats are being dramatically altered by the rise (and rise) of the digital box set and its exclusivity. Amazon, Netflix, Sky and the explosion of OTT services constantly rewire what we now desire. Without linear channel-based broadcast workflows to adapt to and the limitations of the EPG, pure VoD players have been able to breakthrough many traditional barriers. To establish their own USPs in a highly competitive market, the pure players have progressed beyond the traditional notion of an asset and how assets are described in an EPG. Often transcending traditional geographic and lingual barriers, the OTT services have to supply multiple versions of content and enable a rich user experience. To do this, an asset might need to group not just a single instance of video and audio but all the versions, trailers, stills, captions and descriptive metadata that are linked by a common title or campaign. Intelligent workflow automation enables highly efficient delivery to all partners and platforms. This could, of course, include linear, and indeed many US networks have created their own new content hubs to better serve both linear and non-linear growth. European broadcasters can now order fully internationalized packages from leading US networks. Other new media services drive our viewing laterally. The quality might be variable, but the ads are getting better; most of all, YouTube knows what I like. Killer tags or keywords guide me and recommend adjacent content, and suddenly I just can’t leave the Tube, and its growing number of ad-sponsored channels (yes channels). How do these keywords get there? And more broadly, how do they get to an EPG, a PPG (personal programming guide), the distributers Grid or the App? These keywords (e.g. actors’ names, series and episode synopsis, news) can be added directly as part of the upstream workflow by the programming team, either manually but preferably automatically from EPK’s or licensed external data sources such as from IMDb or Rotten Tomatoes. This too can now be coordinated by the MAM workflow. Metadata can be used to dynamically group and recommend content into “packages” of media – making the difference in process and management between “publish the [your language] version of all [number of episodes in series N] of [Program] series [N]” and “publish [Program] series [N]” – or alternatively “push all [insert name of favorite actor/cross promotion] movies/programs.” This allows dynamic recommendation and thus revenue from cross service branding, promotions and live events. All of this gives us a perspective on improved ROI from investing in MAM beyond linear TV. Legacy linear is just another version and, not withstanding broadcast licensing conditions, apart from frame accuracy for ad insertion and its special access services, it is not so complicated. For the best ROI from any MAM system, legacy linear may not be the best place to start.
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In this first episode, we will introduce the Dalet Workflow Engine for Dalet AmberFin and how to access it. Then, we will explore the designer window and tools; drag & drop, connecting activities, edit, undo, zoom in/out, changing the layout of the stencils.
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In this second episode, we will explore and explain the entry-level stencils including "start" and "end" events, boundaries, gateways and artifacts.
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In this first episode, we will introduce the Dalet Workflow Engine for Dalet AmberFin and how to access it. Then, we will explore the designer window and tools; drag & drop, connecting activities, edit, undo, zoom in/out, changing the layout of the stencils.
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In this third episode, we will walk you through of all the other advanced end-user activities including QC integrations and S3 workflow tools.
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In this fourth episode, we will put together everything we have learnt so far and build a complete, end-to-end workflow.
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In this third episode, we will walk you through of all the other advanced end-user activities including QC integrations and S3 workflow tools.
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If you read my previous post on IMF last month, you'll already know that unlike its finance focussed namesake, the Interoperable Master Format (IMF) is in fact designed to improve our lives: it's is a new SMPTE file format designed to create a single - standardized - master bundle for distribution of versioned content between businesses into multiple territories: The content creation workflow is currently very unwieldy with multiple incompatible processes, all using different technology. IMF's goal is to streamline this and have a common set of processing and rules that take us from the director’s vision for the film, to the manufacture and distribution of cinema variants, film variants, and versions for other distribution channels such as television and the internet. In simple terms: creative operations in the hands of capable people; dull and repetitive tasks automated using IMF processes. IMF provides the specification to separate the content into various ingredients or components (namely, MXF media files), a number of ‘recipes’ (Composition Play Lists, or CPLs) and a selection of instructions (or Output Program Lists, or OPLs) appropriate for each of those audiences.  The ingredients – different versions of scenes, clips to be used in trailers and promotions, language tracks and so on – will exist as separate AS02 media files inside an IMF bundle. So content needs to be captured, ingested and transcoded where necessary. The CPL – the recipe – will be created for each version as an editing process, although some of this is likely to be automated. The OPL – the delivery instructions – will be standardized: there will be rules on what formats are required for each territory and customer. AS02 will in effect become the carrier for the raw data essence, while the CPL and OPL will represent the individual recipes and instructions for each territory and version. IMF encompasses not just file storage, but also the CPL and OPL details for each version as well as a packing list to ensure that the right components end up in the right version of the content. Once IMF is rolled out in to the content creation workflow, we will begin to see IMF appearing in the drop boxes of tier 1 broadcasters. At that point the need to automate the conversion of IMF to other formats such as the Digital Production Partnership (DPP) will become important: this is essentially what the OPL does. Both IMF and DPP have strict rules for file and metadata creation, and both are solving business problems with stringent requirements. As a result, automating the exchange between the two should be straightforward, with less need for human interaction within that process. The DPP format has been recognized as an international standard (MXF AS11) and, while some broadcasters around the world may adopt it, others may define their own preferred file delivery format. Under IMF, another format would just be another OPL, another set of delivery rules. IMF sits at the top of the food chain of these interoperable applications, which solves the very specific issue of how to manage the data essence that resides within a large number of versions. IMF will feed the food chains of DPP and other content exchange applications. Because both IMF and DPP are so well defined, this facilitates a high level of automation and efficiency, and lower costs, as well as a significant increase in media re-use. What is unclear at this stage is whether content from a broadcaster such as the BBC or Channel 4 will ever actually see an IMF file that will have to be converted to DPP, or if this process will be done by third parties such as post production specialists like deluxe, by the content creators (Disney, for example) or in the cloud as an on-demand service. However, what is certain is that it can all be done automatically by the Dalet AmberFin media processing & mastering platform, regardless of who owns the software. If you want to find out more about IMF, watch our IMF webinar replay and check out our dedicated white paper:
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Not to be confused with its more illustrious name sake, the IMF (Interoperable Master Format) is a file format that is designed to simplify the file exchange process by creating a single - standardized - master file for distribution of content between businesses into multiple territories: Separate the content into various ingredients  Most films these days have thousands of different main and promotional versions for each individual market, as well as airline and television edits, etc. With IMF, you won't need to create a thousand plus copies of the content; what the standard does is separate the content into various ingredients or components (namely, AS02 MXF media files), a number of ‘recipes’ (Composition Play Lists) and a selection of instructions (or Output Program Lists) appropriate for each of those audiences. IMF is designed to take the right mix of ingredients, the right recipe and a tailored set of instructions, to create a dedicated version for each market, without having to duplicate files.  Create a standard package to simplify the creation of multiple versions  Currently, editors still need to put together individual edits and ship these to each market. What IMF will do is to circumvent this lengthy, and not to mention costly, process by creating a standard IMF package which will go everywhere, and instead of shipping a specific media file, to say Malaysia, you will simply have to validate the editing list and send this to the territory where the appropriate version will be rendered from the master media files. This isn’t to say that you don’t need the same level of skill and discernment during the editing process as we currently have. What it does mean though, is that the data transfer will be significantly less and the number of processes and duplication of effort and file creation necessitated by all the file formats received, will be significantly lower.  Almost there!  While it is still in a draft specification, the standard is making great progress and is currently getting close to final review by SMPTE. It is supported by over 100 companies worldwide, including major studios and broadcasters, vendors and manufacturers like AmberFin. Efforts are also underway to rally wider industry support for the initiative. If we get it right, IMF will become one of the most significant bits of hidden technology in our industry. From the end-user perspective, IMF will not be something they ever see, but which will bring significant efficiencies to their workflow; the idea is that it will be so boring, it will all just work.
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Dalet Digital Media Systems, a leading provider of software-based solutions for media organizations, will be showcasing its media management solutions and workflow advancements at this year’s NAB Show, taking place at the Las Vegas Convention Center, April 18-21. Visitors to the Dalet booth (SL3905) can book a private demonstration or workflow consultation with a Dalet expert to learn how enhancements to the Dalet Galaxy, Brio and AmberFin platforms can help them better manage and distribute content. “As an industry, our experience of new infrastructure technologies, such as IP and cloud, is now reaching a level of maturity that matches the proven robustness of Dalet software-based solutions,” comments Ben Davenport, director of marketing, Dalet. “It is these advancements that gift content owners the power of opportunity – the opportunity to make content and infrastructure work better for them and their businesses.” Getting Social Leading the way in exploiting social media as a source for newsroom journalists, Dalet Galaxy MAM for news is perfectly tailored for end-to-end news production and distribution workflows. Embedded tools let personnel plan, collect, research, write, edit, and distribute text, audio and video instantly to television, radio, web and social media. As a result, news organizations have additional resources to cover and produce more stories. Dalet experts will be on hand to show how these and other new tools can be used to support radio, sports, archive, program prep and production workflows. Informing Decisions Boasting a powerful new analytics engine, see the high-quality Dalet AmberFin orchestrated media processing and mastering platform on display at NAB 2016. Capitalizing on a highly highly intuitive Business Process Model & Notation (BPMN) 2.0-compliant workflow designer, users can quickly and easily create complex workflow chains with little or no prior experience, while administrators have all the information they need at their fingertips to make both operational and business decisions. In addition to comprehensive support for third-party automated QC tools, the latest version of Dalet AmberFin now supports fast file transfer solutions such as Aspera as well as Amazon S3 compatible storage interfaces. Taming the Wild Spearheading the charge into the facility of the future, Dalet Brio is the flexible, high-density, high-performance video server and I/O management platform based on commodity IT-hardware. The latest release brings video over IP support, offering a set of easy-to-use workflow tools that are interface independent and common to both SDI and IP I/O. Enhancements to the Dalet Brio platform give operators the ultimate in flexibility in planning and transitioning to hybrid or all-IP environments. Dalet Press Briefings at NAB 2016 Members of the media are invited to contact Anya Nelson at anya@zazilmediagroup.com to schedule a press briefing with a Dalet expert during NAB 2016. 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.
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Dear Academy friends, We have some exciting changes happening here at the Dalet Academy. As you are probably aware, the Dalet Academy was launched in January 2015 as a free, online education platform for the media & entertainment industry. In the past 15 months, the Academy has served you and thousands of industry peers with blogs, whitepapers, webinars, and live presentations at NAB and IBC, and has also been the home of Bruce’s Shorts. During that time, we’ve also received a ton of ideas and feedback from Dalet Academy viewers and subscribers, and we are now implementing a few of those ideas, including: Video Gallery Joining the entire back-catalogue of Bruce’s Shorts episodes, we have a host of new educational videos from Dalet experts. The new video gallery, which incorporates a number of suggested playlists based on topic and genre, will feature user tutorials for Dalet software, educational presentations, and replays of some of our most popular webinars. Guest Bloggers We couldn’t be more pleased with the response to our regular blog posts, and we’ve got so much more we want to share with you. But to ensure that the Dalet Academy remains the best and more comprehensive educational resource in the industry, we’re asking some of our friends to share their knowledge by contributing content from their areas of expertise. Of course, if you’d like to contribute – just get in touch. Cheat Sheets Providing a quick reference guide for remembering what that latest video over IP standard is called, which MXF specification to refer to, or how much storage to provision for 100 hours of content – our new “Cheat Sheets” will be arriving later this year to make sure you always have the answer at the point of a finger or click of a cursor. Let us know if there’s an area you’d like a Cheat Sheet for. As part of these changes, you’ll no longer be receiving weekly episodes of Bruce’s Shorts from the Dalet Academy. Instead, we’ll simply send you a quick update when we add new content – although if you want to be the first to hear, make sure to follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+. From Bruce and all the team, thanks again for being a part of the Dalet Academy, and keep the feedback and suggestions coming. The Dalet Academy Team p.s. if you’re still hooked on Bruce’s Shorts, don't worry! New episodes will be posted direct to their own page on TubeFace and YouBook!
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Dalet Digital Media Systems, a leading provider of software-based solutions for media organizations, announced today that Win Sports, a leading Colombian sports channel, has selected the Dalet Galaxy Media Asset Management (MAM) platform to manage its entire program preparation, production and archive workflows. The new installation also includes the Dalet AmberFin high-quality media processing platform and Dalet Brio video servers to help migrate the company's legacy content into the Dalet Galaxy media catalogue, providing an infrastructure that revitalizes control over the channel's assets. “Our starting point was to improve workflow efficiencies particularly around using archived material, but what we discovered working with Dalet, is a MAM that has shifted our whole perspective on the way we produce programs,” says William Albarracin, director of technology, Win Sports. “For example, with new metadata our journalists or producers can now search and access content themselves and ascertain rights information with a flexibility, speed and accuracy that was simply not possible before. Our ability to manage the status of projects, for approval or review, is also heightened plus we can better optimize content in our library, by rejecting or permitting material, because we have full control over what goes in. We already knew that Dalet Galaxy was a market leading MAM, but working in partnership with Dalet has enabled us to dig deep into its capabilities and we look forward to exploiting new tools and implementations as we progress our business.” With the aim of improving workflow efficiencies and restoring archived tape assets to viability, Win Sports required a MAM implementation to support, facilitate and integrate its news, program production and archive workflows. A critical aspect of the company's strategy was to search and retrieve archived content to enrich live broadcasts. Embedded Dalet MAM tools digitalize and capture archived assets and associated metadata into a centralized media repository, facilitating content access and re-purposing capabilities station-wide. “Win Sports was looking for a media asset management platform to take the heavy lifting out of its transition to file-based workflows and we are proud that it has found the solution in partnership with Dalet,” says Julien Decaix, general manager, Dalet Americas. “A project of this scale requires steep confidence with enterprise deployment, and Dalet has earned this type of experience over the past decade. Deployed in under four months, Dalet Galaxy MAM automated all the various workflows Win Sports needed in order to produce content and prepare programs in a growing number of formats while giving them a series of content management tools that will continue to refresh their production pipeline for many years.” Dalet Galaxy seamlessly connects Avid Media Composer NLEs via the Dalet Xtend module, integrating content production. Dalet Galaxy also supports Win Sports' production of promos and long form shows produced from its studios to broadcast content through cable networks. Dalet Brio, which is managed by the Dalet Galaxy MAM, is used to digitize legacy content on Betacam, VHS tape and a variety of DVDs and to record additional incoming material from DVC Pro and other linear formats. Dalet WebSpace and Media Logger clients let staff add rich metadata to all incoming and newly digitized media, further improving the ability to search and repurpose content. The staff can also use Dalet clients to spot-check channel synchronization and audio volumes, ensuring content is being directed through the right channels. Founded and backed by DirectTV and RCN Group, Win Sports is a leading 24-hours channel focused on sports that reaches over 5 million households with carriage on several Colombian cable services. Its mix of news reporting, magazine shows and live transmissions includes flagship programs of Colombian Professional Soccer, Futsal and Basketball. 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.
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Where is that tape of the Serbia-Canada Game? Coming from a former water polo player and coach who represented Canada, Israel and several club teams in numerous national and international tournaments: having readily accessible game footage is integral to the success of a team. With the emergence of Media Asset Management (MAM) solutions for sports, logged footage gives teams, players and coaches a definite advantage over those without a Sports MAM. Let us go through a typical Sports MAM scenario to see how coaches can utilize this technology to improve the performance of their players as individuals and as a team. Forming a Team When forming a professional or national team, scouts visit various club teams to record footage of players in action. The scouts then ship the footage to interested coaches so they may evaluate whether the players would be a good fit for their teams. With a Sports MAM, this footage can automatically be uploaded to the system from anywhere in the world and made available to coaches on a web portal. Once the footage has been catalogued online, coaches can conduct searches for the specific profile of a player they want to recruit. For example, the coach searches for a left handed player, who scored at least 20 goals last season, made over 30 assists, has five years of experience and is under the age of 25. The results of the search will give the coach video on all actions of any game logged in the system that matches the query. Improving Player Performance During practice, assistant coaches film players during exercises and scrimmages. Players watch the film in order to analyze and correct bad habits or make adjustments in relation to certain players or opposing teams. Using a Sports MAM, coaches can pull up all footage captured of a given player during practice to see if improvements were in fact made. Visualization is key to the success of any professional player, and with a sports MAM, visualization is made easy, with access to all footage of games or practice available on a player’s mobile device. Preparing for a Game Prior to games, coaches spend hours searching through past game footage looking for key plays and tactics of the opposing team. Most sports organizations have statistics systems, such as the NHL HITS system. This information can easily be fed into a Sports MAM system and associated by time code to all footage of a game. With this data, coaches no longer need to rummage through hours on tape. Using search templates that utilize glossary capabilities, all coaches have to do is enter a few search parameters and find all key plays from the camera angles that have been ingested into the system. They can then sort through the different plays by specific players, actions or other conditions, which helps coaches conduct research for improving team performance. Game Day Before a game, the team gathers in the locker room or hotel to discuss the upcoming match. Along with drawing plays on a board, coaches show highlights of their opponent’s performance as well as the tactics used in gameplay. This enables the team to focus on methods to defend against attacks and target defensive weakness during offense, and for goalies to find “tells” in players in order to predict where he/she shoots during a penalty. Post-Game Regardless of whether a team wins or loses, going through footage after a game is fundamental to learning how to better oneself or the team. With a few search parameters in a Sports MAM, players and coaches can diagnose every play of the game in order to focus on these during practice and to improve tactics in future matches. The coach is key to ensuring individual athletes and teams as a whole focus on improving skills, working better together and putting effective strategies into practice. Never before has a coach been empowered with the ready access to media assets that inform, demonstrate and guide the team in being the best they can be. To see how Dalet business solutions for sports teams and facilities can help you win, visit the Dalet Sports Pack product page.
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Dalet Digital Media Systems, a leading provider of software-based solutions for media organizations, is expanding support for high-speed file transfer and storage solutions within the latest release of its Dalet AmberFin platform. IBM® Aspera®, the most recent to partner, brings support for FASP™ transfers and faspex™ dropbox capabilities to the Dalet AmberFin orchestrated media processing environment. The new integration gives Dalet AmberFin users accelerated transfer speeds that are hundreds of times faster than standard FTPs as well as the ability to mass distribute media packages to all members of any given faspex dropbox. Accelerated file transfer solutions from Signiant and FileCatalyst are next up on the list of planned integrations with Dalet AmberFin, and will follow in short order. In addition to the Aspera integration, the latest Dalet AmberFin release includes native support for Amazon S3 compatible storage interfaces. Matthieu Fasani, Dalet AmberFin Product Manager, comments: “Dalet AmberFin not only offers our customers tremendous flexibility in working with any of the major file transport and automated QC vendors, but they can do so with confidence in their media. A tightly orchestrated media workflow enables the trusted, efficient delivery and distribution of their assets. This is especially important for customers currently lacking their own player or mark-up tools for quality control. The integration of these vital steps in the file creation and delivery chain makes Dalet AmberFin the most complete and fluent solution on the market.” Ensuring compliance and quality, the accelerated transfer solutions are threaded within the Dalet Workflow Engine along with UQC (Unified Quality Control), an industry-leading QC mark representing the best combination of automated and manual content verification. Under command of the Dalet Workflow Engine, supporting solutions from Tektronix, Interra, Venera, VidCheck, Metaglue and Nexidia provide users a single, exceptional resource to manually verify content, and to unify and monitor transfer acceleration locked into all transcode and QC operations. About Dalet AmberFin and Dalet Workflow Engine Combined with the Dalet Workflow Engine, the Dalet AmberFin platform provides a user-friendly yet powerful solution for orchestrating media-processing operations. Leveraging a highly intuitive Business Process Model & Notation (BPMN) 2.0-compliant workflow designer, users can quickly and easily create complex workflow chains with little or no prior experience. Workflows can be modelled in detail, including user and service tasks, sequencing, task types, parallel or exclusive paths, timeout and escalation management. The visual modelling, based on BPMN 2.0 standardized notation, helps define roles, responsibilities and processes. Precise graphical representation let staff identify and correct gaps, redundancies and inefficiencies, greatly improving agility and flexibility of existing workflows and meet new business requirements. 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.
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IMF is the Interoperable Mastering Format. Although new to many people, it has a long, rich history with origins in both TV and digital cinema. Bringing together the best of MXF interchange with a rich and proven metadata set. A successful deployment of IMF in the industry could drastically change the way in which media is bought and sold around the world. this webinar explores some of the features of IMF and why they're important. Key benefits of watching this webinar recording: - Learn the IMF jargon - Discover the secrets of componentised workflows - Discover why IMF holds the key to file based content distribution - Discover why IMF is for TV distribution and not just for movies - Find out what you need to do to prepare Don't miss any event from the Dalet Academy at http://academy.dalet.com
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The Dalet Workflow Engine together with the Dalet AmberFin transcoding platform delivers a powerful, yet simple-to-use system for orchestrating media processing, program preparation and distribution workflows.
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IMF is the Interoperable Mastering Format. Although new to many people, it has a long, rich history with origins in both TV and digital cinema. Bringing together the best of MXF interchange with a rich and proven metadata set. A successful deployment of IMF in the industry could drastically change the way in which media is bought and sold around the world. this webinar explores some of the features of IMF and why they're important. Key benefits of watching this webinar recording: Learn the IMF jargon Discover the secrets of componentised workflows Discover why IMF holds the key to file based content distribution Discover why IMF is for TV distribution and not just for movies Find out what you need to do to prepare
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SDI is like flies. A necessary part of the food chain that generates a great deal of revenue, but in a modern IP-based world, you kind of feel that there should be a way to do without it. In fact, are there any real technical or commercial benefits left in SDI? I wonder… I like to look back on history when trying to predict the future. Often it’s not the warm fuzzy glow of a success story that teaches us lessons, but the hard won truth that is painfully extracted from failure and continued development. SDI was created in the late 1980s as a direct replacement for the analogue PAL and NTSC standards. Looking back on that era, it wasn’t certain that our current SDI standard would be the winner. There were many advocates for digital composite transmission rather than separation of the Y, Cb and Cr. There were many heated disagreements between the format and packing of the data in addition to the big issue of components versus composite. Back in those days, networks existed that did high speed packet switching. But they were too expensive for broadcasting applications, so a uni-directional, circuit switching system was adopted for SDI that was a direct replacement for its analogue parent. In some respects, with hindsight, it might have been considered an opportunity missed for the broadcast industry to be dominant in packet switched networking. However, for that to be true, you would expect that it is obvious that we should now be performing packet switched IP transport for our signals… If you have been browsing the recently published SMPTE standards, then you will find that the following documents have appeared: Image Format and Ancillary Data Mapping for the Quad Link 3 Gb/s Serial Interface ST 425-5:2015. Image Format and Ancillary Data Mapping for the Dual Link 3 Gb/s Serial Interface — Amendment 1 ST 425-3:2014 Am1. Image Format and Ancillary Data Mapping for the Quad Link 3 Gb/s Serial Interface — Amendment 1 ST 425-5:2014 Am1. Image Format and Ancillary Data Mapping for the Dual Link 3 Gb/s Serial Interface ST 425-3:2015. Ultra High Definition Television — Multi-link 10 Gb/s Signal/Data Interface Using 12-Bit Width Container ST 2036-4:2015. Ultra High Definition Television — Overview for the SMPTE ST 2036 Document Suite OV 2036-0:2015. Generation and Alignment of Interface Signals to the SMPTE Epoch ST 2059-1:2015. SMPTE Profile for Use of IEEE-1588 Precision Time Protocol in Professional Broadcast Applications ST 2059-2:2015. Y'D'ZD'X Color-Difference Computations for High Dynamic Range X'Y'Z' Signals ST 2085:2015. Synchronization of 59.94- or 50-Hz Related Video and Audio Systems in Analog and Digital Areas — Reference Signals ST 318:2015. 12 Gb/s Signal/Data Serial Interface — Electrical ST 2082-1:2015. 2160-line Source Image and Ancillary Data Mapping for 12G-SDI ST 2082-10:2015. 6 Gb/s Signal/Data Serial Interface — Electrical ST 2081-1:2015. 2160-Line and 1080-Line Source Image and Ancillary Data Mapping for Single-Link 6G-SDI ST 2081-10:2015. SMPTE Bit-Serial Interfaces at 6 Gb/s —Overview for the SMPTE ST 2081 Document Suite OV 2081-0:2015. Serial Digital Fiber Transmission System for SMPTE ST 259, SMPTE ST 344, SMPTE ST 292-1/2, SMPTE ST 424, SMPTE ST 2081-1 and SMPTE ST 2082-1 Signals  The first thing to notice is that there are a lot of documents, and while many of them are UHDTV and timing related, a big number of them relate to high speed SDI for mapping the varieties of UHDTV that are appearing in research labs and on screens around the world. SDI has several advantages over IP: It is simple and straight forward to set up There are no known cases of malware being injected into a facility over SDI If you connect a camera to a switcher with SDI during a high value sports game, then it will almost certainly still be working the same way at the end of the game as the beginning An SDI link’s capacity is fixed and deterministic, and comparatively simple to understand Some of these advantages are also weaknesses. There is a much greater investment in the technology behind IP links than in SDI technology, and that trend is more than likely to continue. IP links are reconfigurable and can dynamically change both payloads and their physical links to adapt to live demands of a system. So the commercial / technical balance often comes down to risk and reward. Replacing SDI with IP can be very lucrative financially (e.g. long-haul links), providing the risks are well managed. How does UHDTV change the equation? Fundamentally today, there are not many implementations of the links in those standards listed above, so the only real option is to use an IP link and manage the issues as they arrive. It’s not quite as easy as it sounds though, because some of the UHDTV data rates are very high and multiple physical channels are required. “Just use 100Gbps,” I was told by a colleague, but even that approach has issues. Most of the cheap, short-haul 100Gbps links today are actually 10 multiplexes of 10Gbps, with the new 4x 25Gbps standard making headway. The bottom line is that the sort of technologies required to go much faster than 10Gbps are still exotic in 2015, and we won’t be seeing a 100Gbps network adapter costing $10 in the back of a server any time soon. That should be good news for SDI, except that we won’t be seeing a UHD RGB HDR HFR SDI link costing $10 any time soon either. My belief is that UHDTV will increasingly push the world into a packet switched IP future because the investment in high speed Ethernet for data centres is similar to many of the requirements for UHDTV links in a media centre. The fact that the IP link can be reconfigured for multiple HDTV and other uses means that re-use of the hardware makes good commercial sense.
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Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of visiting BVE in London, UK. Broadcast Video Expo, to give it its full name, is a regional trade show that takes place annually, aimed at individuals and business in the video industry. As an exhibitor, it’s not long after the show doors open that somebody from the organizer’s sales team will visit and try to secure our participation for the following year. To do this, they present a pack full of statistics and analysis that demonstrate how many new visitors they’ve managed to attract, where they come from, and how likely they are to make purchasing decisions at, or as a result of, the show. Although this will be coupled with more qualitative data and anecdotal commentary, these analytics are a critical part of the business decision of whether or not to continue exhibiting. Coincidentally, BVE was also the first outing for the very latest Dalet AmberFin release – including the brand new analytics engine. Not to be confused with the standard task/workflow monitoring dashboard (although AmberFin now has an awesome one of those too), the analytics engine tracks almost every metric you could conceive in a media processing workflow.  Want to work out the true cost of suppliers sending you toxic files? Now you can quickly produce a dashboard that shows you the frequency, time and nature of failures for specific workflows or profiles. With user tasks also now available in the workflow engine, you can even see the effect of a long lunch break on your manual/eyeball QC throughput. Many organizations already employ an analytics aggregation and visualization tool such as Tableau – and for that reason, rather than provide our own proprietary dashboards and visualizations, we have instead provided a comprehensive RESTful API to access and search the real-time data. If you don’t have such a tool, there are plenty of powerful tools that can be used to build custom reports as Grafana and Kibana (see illustrations). Looking to the future – as we move increasingly toward provisioning our media processing either as Infrastructure or Software as a Service – performance metrics and analytics are playing an ever more important role in informing business decisions. Where it was once sufficient to calculate basic peak or average throughput (perhaps with a small margin of overhead) and use this for our purchasing decisions, when planning for dynamic provisioning of processing resource we need accurate real-time data to understand the dynamics of our usage to calculate the potential costs and benefits of any SaaS or IaaS solution. Much like planning the Dalet presence at industry trade shows – analytics may not be the only input to a spending decision, but they certainly combine with other factors to give you the power to make the right decision. If you want to find out how Dalet AmberFin and the analytics engine can help your business – click here to get a demo and download the latest datasheet.
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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
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DALET (code ISIN : FR0011026749- mnémonique : DLT), société spécialisée dans l’édition de logiciels numériques de gestion et de diffusion de contenus multimédias, annonce avoir demandé à Euronext Paris le passage en cotation continue de ses actions. A compter du lundi 22 février 2016, les 3 593 680 actions composant le capital social de DALET seront transférées du groupe de cotation 13 (offre publique, double fixing) au groupe de cotation 16 (offre publique, continu). A cette date, les actions DALET seront traitées en continu, de 9h à 17h25, avec une période de pré-ouverture de 7h15 à 9h et une période de pré-clôture de 17h25 à 17h30 suivie du fixing de clôture à 17h30. DALET annonce également avoir confié à AUREL BGC la mise en œuvre d’un contrat de liquidité conforme à la Charte de déontologie étable par l’AMAFI et approuvée par une décision de l’Autorité des marchés financiers en date du 21 mars 2011, et ce à compter du 22 février 2016. Ce contrat de liquidité a été conclu pour une durée d’un an, renouvelable par tacite reconduction. Il a pour objet l’animation des titres de la société DALET sur le compartiment C du marché Euronext d’Euronext Paris. Pour la mise en œuvre de ce contrat, DALET a affecté les moyens suivants au compte de liquidité : 4,000 titres  40,000 euros Prochain rendez-vous Publication des résultats annuels 2015 le 21 avril 2016 après bourse. À propos de Dalet Digital Media Systems Les solutions Dalet permettent aux diffuseurs et aux professionnels des médias de créer, de gérer et de distribuer des contenus pour les médias traditionnels et de nouvelle génération, y compris les supports Web interactifs et réseaux mobiles. Dalet Galaxy regroupe une plateforme de gestion des contenus multimédia (MAM) et un moteur de workflow, permettant de gérer des programmes d’informations, de sports et de divertissement, ainsi que les opérations d’archivage. Dalet offre une solution complète qui améliore la vitesse et la qualité de production et donne davantage de valeur au contenu multimédia. Les outils Dalet sont utilisés dans le monde entier par des milliers de producteurs de contenus, y compris des opérateurs publics de télévision et de radio (ABS-CBN, BBC, DR, France TV, Radio Canada, RAI, RFI, Russia Today, RT Malaysia, VOA, WDR), les plus grands réseaux et opérateurs privés (Canal+, Fox, eTV, Mediaset, NBC Universal, Prime Television, The Press Association, Time Warner, Warner Bros., XM-Sirius) et des organismes gouvernementaux (Parlement Britannique, NATO, Nations Unies, Veterans Affairs, NASA). Dalet est côté sur le compartiment Eurolist C de NYSE-Euronext Paris. ISIN: FR0011026749, Bloomberg DLT:FP, Reuters: DALE.PA, Mnémo: DLT. Plus d’informations sur www.dalet.com.  Contacts Actus Finance & Communication : Investisseurs :   Guillaume Le Floch - 01 53 67 36 70 Presse-Médias : Vivien Ferran - 01 53 67 36 34
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In € million 2014 published 2014 pro forma (*) 2015 Change pro forma Licenses 13.4 13.8 13.4 -3% Maintenance - Support 11.4 11.8 14.9 +26% Total Software Revenues 24.8 25.6 28.3 +10% Services 9.5 9.6 9.2 -4% Hardware 7.8 7.9 10.0 +27% Total Revenues 42.1 43.1 47.4 +10% Total Gross Margin 35.6 36.4 39.0 +7% Pre-audit figures -   (*) Pro forma figures include 12 months for AmberFin (vs. 9 months in 2014 published) DALET, a leading provider of software solutions for the creation, management and distribution of multimedia content for broadcasters, operators and content producers, posted consolidated revenues of €47.4 million for financial year 2015, up 13% on the figure published for 2014 (+10% pro forma). Broken down by geographic region, growth was primarily driven by activity in the Americas (+38% to €18.0 million with a positive euro-dollar parity impact of €2.8 million) and Asia-Pacific (+11% to €5.4 million) as the Group reaped the first rewards of its recent commercial investments. Revenues for Europe, which remains the largest contributor, were virtually stable at €22.5 million, with Africa and the Middle East accounting for €1.5 million over the period (-€0.5 million in relation to 2014). All told, Dalet’s seventh consecutive year of growth in 2015 reflects a strong sales dynamic that combines the steady acquisition of new accounts with new orders and repeat maintenance contracts from a firmly-established client base.                                                         Pro forma, Dalet’s Software revenues for 2015 grew 10% driven by the increase in maintenance-support contracts linked directly to the number of licenses sold in 2014. License revenues were both strong and stable in 2015, with Brio solution sales accelerating over the period. Invoicing for services was globally in line with license sales. Hardware sales (storage, servers, etc.) were particularly high in 2015 due to an exceptionally large contract signed with a broadcaster which entrusted its entire infrastructure to Dalet. This unusual weighting in hardware sales reduced the company’s gross margin rate (defined as sales minus cost of goods and third-party services resold) which amounted to 82% for the year as against 84% in 2014. In value terms, Dalet’s gross margin increased 10% to €39.0 million (+7% pro forma). In a year still marked by strategic commercial investments, notably in the Asia-Pacific region, and by the reorganization of Amberfin, Dalet’s gross margin level will translate into an operating result before non-recurring items close to break-even for the period. The Group has a sound financial structure and a net debt close to zero. Outlook: Good visibility for continued growth  Backed by a very high order book on 1 January 2016 (€36 million), and given the sustained demand for its software solutions and the cumulative increase of its support contracts, Dalet confidently expects to see further growth in 2016. The Group will continue to expand its indirect sales with integrator partners around the world, and notably intends to increase the proportion of sales linked to packaged software solutions (products) that yield better returns. Next publication 2015 yearly results on 21 April 2016 after the close of trading. About  Dalet Digital Media Systems 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, RAI, RFI, Russia Today, RT Malaysia, VOA, WDR), commercial networks and operators (Canal+, FOX, eTV, Mediaset, NBC Universal, Time Warner Cable, Warner Bros., Sirius XM Radio) and government organizations (UK Parliament, NATO, United Nations, Veterans Affairs, NASA). Dalet is traded on the NYSE-EURONEXT stock exchange (Eurolist C): ISIN: FR0011026749, Bloomberg DLT:FP, Reuters: DALE.PA. For more information on Dalet, visit www.dalet.com. Contacts Actus Finance & Communication : Investors : Guillaume Le Floch - +33 1 53 67 36 70 Press-Media : Vivien Ferran - +33 1 53 67 36 34   
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Let’s start with a loaded question: is it possible to agree on a single definition for Media Asset Management (MAM) in 2016? I am pretty sure some of you are smiling and might remember this article from the Dalet Academy, where Bruce Devlin received as many definitions as the number of persons surveyed! While all vendors more or less agree on the main goal of a MAM - to allow media professionals to make more and better programs with fewer costs involved - the way that this translates into MAM functions change over time, because technology is continually shifting both the realm of possibility and the cost equation. MAM has seen an evolutionary transformation in the last decade. Not so much in terms of cataloging and tracking but rather in “what” it needs to track and manage. This evolution stemmed from a time where you had one metadata set to one media asset. But, as multi-platform delivery became a reality, we entered into a new phase, where MAM platforms must manage “rich” objects and advanced asset relationships. While orchestration of processes such as media tracking and monitoring is part of what MAM does, the core role of a MAM system should still be exactly what it says – to manage media assets (where an asset is defined as an item owned by a person or company, regarded as having value and available to meet debts, commitments or legacies). Let’s take a step back and review how the MAM concept evolved over time. Almost a year ago, in February 2015, I published a comprehensive article on the evolution of media asset data models in MAM systems and I came up with four ages/eras of the MAM:  The “Dark Ages of MAM,” when our operations were almost exclusively tape-based, and there was no real MAM system. Then, the “Stone Age” debuted with the introduction of file-based workflows, allowing the development of the first proper MAM systems, i.e., a digital catalog to organize and track your media assets. More recently, things got a bit more complex in the “Iron Age.” We no longer had a single file attached to a metadata record. You needed multiple versions of that media asset, in multiple formats; let’s say one version for proxy viewing, and a few different versions for archiving, distribution to FTP or websites, etc. And then again, as time went by, things became even more advanced, and we reached what I would call the “Industrial Age.” The asset was not just a single media file anymore; it became a combination of many individual building blocks, with a master video track, individual audio tracks for multiple languages, caption or subtitle files, and even secondary video files and still images. So here we are: the “Industrial Age”! The advanced data models that I described allow us to automate production and delivery workflows in an efficient way, by building media production factories for delivering standardized multilingual, multiplatform content packages. An asset is more than just one media file but a bundle with various versions derived from it In order to deliver on the promise of the Industrial Age, one needs the tools to efficiently run the factory. This means that a modern MAM system is now expected to enable some key additional aspects: Support an agile business infrastructure that can evolve easily, both in terms of supported platforms and integrations Optimize workflows by managing the combination of automated tasks and user operations A final key change in MAM is the advent of visibility through orchestration and monitoring. With orchestration methodologies such as Business Process Modeling (BPM), organizations have the ability to sequence system processes (move, transform, analyze, etc.) alongside human tasks, providing advanced reporting and detailed analytics on the effectiveness of the designed workflows. The Future: Nowhere and Everywhere As the term “evolution” would imply, this “Industrial Age” is just another phase in the progression of MAM platforms, which are only going to become more advanced and more complex in the future. The next challenge for MAM platforms (or more accurately, the engineers who develop them) will be to include in their data model all the new requirements and paradigms of social media platforms and semantic technologies. The MAM data model will need to be aware not only of what’s happening inside the media factory but also of everything happening in the whole wide world of the semantic web. In the end, the best MAM installations are and will always be the ones where the MAM is almost invisible to the users. Having a consistent user experience for the staff who log in and perform their jobs from wherever they happen to be on whatever device they are using provides enormous business benefits. If the in-house MAM was identified as a "thing" that needed to be used for certain tasks, staff may ask, "Which bit of the new system is the MAM?" When the answer is: "The whole experience," then the installation can be deemed a success. Another important aspect is that MAM systems, which will be the core of content preparation and distribution chain, will need to provide business visibility and data to expose measurable business benefits. As we explained in this blog post, providing the data and the framework will be a key part of enabling broadcasters and media companies to sustain their operations.  Finally, the ability for a MAM system to be flexible and make use of virtual infrastructure and cloud platforms is important for business flexibility and agility. The MAM system will need to be agnostic and allow the broadcasters to make their own smart choices on their infrastructure strategies and adapt to their own business constraints.  The biggest challenge is not the technology! Enterprise MAM provides all the touch points between media assets and the people who help realize the value of those assets. Empowering those users through change management to understand, buy in, and use the MAM is critical. Imagine, as a user, how disruptive jumping from an old Nokia 3210 to the latest iPhone would be. With phones, you're using the device to perform the same "task" of mobile communication – but there are many more ways to achieve that task as well as tighter integrations with functions like calendars and cameras. While extremely beneficial, such an adjustment requires significant change management before, during and after the roll-out of the software and integration itself. As you can see, the biggest challenge is not on the technology side, but rather on how to adapt the MAM technology to the environment. MAM is about enabling workflow efficiency by orchestrating diverse tasks. As such, it has two points that it needs to deal with: humans and 3rd party systems. Humans: Implementing a new MAM solution is often linked to improving workflows, changing some roles and ways of working – but getting buy-in from the users is key to the success of the project. Having a flexible and configurable MAM system, and an experienced team to adapt and deploy it, will reap huge benefits to manage the human aspect of the deployment. Integration with 3rd-parties: Integrations with 3rd parties can be the most challenging part of a MAM deployment. Managing integrations (design, specification, implementations, testing, deployment and upgrades) needs to be handled using Project Management best practices. As you can see, the biggest challenges are not on the technology side, but rather on how to adapt the MAM technology to the environment (people and systems in place). In order to be successful, you need to apply proper project methodology as well as have the proper flexibility and maturity in the MAM system being deployed. Want to explore further? Click to read our white paper on MAM and continue the discussion with us. Go further with the Future Series The Future of Transcode The Future of Ingest
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Let’s start with a loaded question: is it possible to agree on a single definition for Media Asset Management (MAM) in 2016? I am pretty sure some of you are smiling and might remember this article from the Dalet Academy, where Bruce Devlin received as many definitions as the number of persons surveyed! While all vendors more or less agree on the main goal of a MAM - to allow media professionals to make more and better programs with fewer costs involved - the way that this translates into MAM functions change over time, because technology is continually shifting both the realm of possibility and the cost equation. MAM has seen an evolutionary transformation in the last decade. Not so much in terms of cataloging and tracking but rather in “what” it needs to track and manage. This evolution stemmed from a time where you had one metadata set to one media asset. But, as multi-platform delivery became a reality, we entered into a new phase, where MAM platforms must manage “rich” objects and advanced asset relationships. While orchestration of processes such as media tracking and monitoring is part of what MAM does, the core role of a MAM system should still be exactly what it says – to manage media assets (where an asset is defined as an item owned by a person or company, regarded as having value and available to meet debts, commitments or legacies). Let’s take a step back and review how the MAM concept evolved over time. Almost a year ago, in February 2015, I published a comprehensive article on the evolution of media asset data models in MAM systems and I came up with four ages/eras of the MAM:  The “Dark Ages of MAM,” when our operations were almost exclusively tape-based, and there was no real MAM system. Then, the “Stone Age” debuted with the introduction of file-based workflows, allowing the development of the first proper MAM systems, i.e., a digital catalog to organize and track your media assets. More recently, things got a bit more complex in the “Iron Age.” We no longer had a single file attached to a metadata record. You needed multiple versions of that media asset, in multiple formats; let’s say one version for proxy viewing, and a few different versions for archiving, distribution to FTP or websites, etc. And then again, as time went by, things became even more advanced, and we reached what I would call the “Industrial Age.” The asset was not just a single media file anymore; it became a combination of many individual building blocks, with a master video track, individual audio tracks for multiple languages, caption or subtitle files, and even secondary video files and still images. So here we are: the “Industrial Age”! The advanced data models that I described allow us to automate production and delivery workflows in an efficient way, by building media production factories for delivering standardized multilingual, multiplatform content packages. An asset is more than just one media file but a bundle with various versions derived from it In order to deliver on the promise of the Industrial Age, one needs the tools to efficiently run the factory. This means that a modern MAM system is now expected to enable some key additional aspects: Support an agile business infrastructure that can evolve easily, both in terms of supported platforms and integrations Optimize workflows by managing the combination of automated tasks and user operations A final key change in MAM is the advent of visibility through orchestration and monitoring. With orchestration methodologies such as Business Process Modeling (BPM), organizations have the ability to sequence system processes (move, transform, analyze, etc.) alongside human tasks, providing advanced reporting and detailed analytics on the effectiveness of the designed workflows. The Future: Nowhere and Everywhere As the term “evolution” would imply, this “Industrial Age” is just another phase in the progression of MAM platforms, which are only going to become more advanced and more complex in the future. The next challenge for MAM platforms (or more accurately, the engineers who develop them) will be to include in their data model all the new requirements and paradigms of social media platforms and semantic technologies. The MAM data model will need to be aware not only of what’s happening inside the media factory but also of everything happening in the whole wide world of the semantic web. In the end, the best MAM installations are and will always be the ones where the MAM is almost invisible to the users. Having a consistent user experience for the staff who log in and perform their jobs from wherever they happen to be on whatever device they are using provides enormous business benefits. If the in-house MAM was identified as a "thing" that needed to be used for certain tasks, staff may ask, "Which bit of the new system is the MAM?" When the answer is: "The whole experience," then the installation can be deemed a success. Another important aspect is that MAM systems, which will be the core of content preparation and distribution chain, will need to provide business visibility and data to expose measurable business benefits. As we explained in this blog post, providing the data and the framework will be a key part of enabling broadcasters and media companies to sustain their operations.  Finally, the ability for a MAM system to be flexible and make use of virtual infrastructure and cloud platforms is important for business flexibility and agility. The MAM system will need to be agnostic and allow the broadcasters to make their own smart choices on their infrastructure strategies and adapt to their own business constraints.  The biggest challenge is not the technology! Enterprise MAM provides all the touch points between media assets and the people who help realize the value of those assets. Empowering those users through change management to understand, buy in, and use the MAM is critical. Imagine, as a user, how disruptive jumping from an old Nokia 3210 to the latest iPhone would be. With phones, you're using the device to perform the same "task" of mobile communication – but there are many more ways to achieve that task as well as tighter integrations with functions like calendars and cameras. While extremely beneficial, such an adjustment requires significant change management before, during and after the roll-out of the software and integration itself. As you can see, the biggest challenge is not on the technology side, but rather on how to adapt the MAM technology to the environment. MAM is about enabling workflow efficiency by orchestrating diverse tasks. As such, it has two points that it needs to deal with: humans and 3rd party systems. Humans: Implementing a new MAM solution is often linked to improving workflows, changing some roles and ways of working – but getting buy-in from the users is key to the success of the project. Having a flexible and configurable MAM system, and an experienced team to adapt and deploy it, will reap huge benefits to manage the human aspect of the deployment. Integration with 3rd-parties: Integrations with 3rd parties can be the most challenging part of a MAM deployment. Managing integrations (design, specification, implementations, testing, deployment and upgrades) needs to be handled using Project Management best practices. As you can see, the biggest challenges are not on the technology side, but rather on how to adapt the MAM technology to the environment (people and systems in place). In order to be successful, you need to apply proper project methodology as well as have the proper flexibility and maturity in the MAM system being deployed. Want to explore further? Click to read our white paper on MAM and continue the discussion with us. Go further with the Future Series The Future of Transcode The Future of Ingest
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So here’s the problem. Closed captions – or subtitles outside North America – are now pretty much mandatory on television broadcasts: and even if the law does not require them, your audience still expects them. Today consumers expect to get their “television content” online and on handheld devices as well as from broadcast sources. Not unreasonably, many of them will expect to find captions on these services just as they would on broadcast television. So we really ought to be sure that captions are created as part of the production, and delivered whatever the platform. But… I count today 15 different subtitle input types, and 23 different delivery types for different platforms. So that is 345 different combinations, which means a lot of transcoding. Add to that the need to reconsider captions for different screen resolutions and you could end up with thousands of different paths. Which is why people tend to run away screaming from the problem. Hold on, though. If we stop and think about it, we have already bravely fought our way through a challenge of this scale. We deal regularly in content that is created in standard definition, high definition or something else, at 24, 25 and 29.97 frames a second, and wrapped in QuickTime, MXF or something nasty. We have to deliver to multiple broadcast formats and the vast number of online streams. It was tough, certainly, but we did it. We created workflows which looked at what was coming in, processed the file accordingly, and adjusted the metadata so that the files made sense on the way out. Clever workflows can do all of this using a single platform like Dalet AmberFin. If we can do it for audio and video – which are complicated – then why should it be hard to do it for captions which, after all, are just little bits of text to be displayed at pre-defined times? The answer is that it really is that simple. Once you get the workflow right. That profound understanding of how captioning works is also important in the other critical area: editing the content. You will need to provide different versions of the same piece of content for different platforms: for compliance and censorship; for different commercial break patterns; to comply with content licensing and intellectual property rights; and for time. Once you edit the content you want to deliver it as quickly as possible. So sending it off to a specialist caption house to get a new set of subtitles is not an option. It's far better to automatically edit the caption file as you edit the content. We have had captions for 40 years now, and have developed along the way workflows to make them work. Today, though, we have to adopt a file-factory approach or we will be swamped in data. With the advanced captioning options from Dalet AmberFin, you can move at your own pace to an integrated approach, guaranteed to be free of scary surprises. Creating a captioned clip should take no more effort, time or money than creating a non-captioned clip. If you want to find out more about how to improve your captioning workflow click here to instantly download our white paper. You can also check out the latest Dalet AmberFin datasheet that details how the Dalet media processing platform handles integrated closed captioning and subtitling workflows, providing seamless processing of captioning data as part of media operations. I hope you found this blog post interesting and helpful. If so, why not sign-up to receive notifications of new blog posts as they are published?
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So here’s the problem. Closed captions â€“ or subtitles outside North America – are now pretty much mandatory on television broadcasts: and even if the law does not require them, your audience still expects them. Today consumers expect to get their “television content” online and on handheld devices as well as from broadcast sources. Not unreasonably, many of them will expect to find captions on these services just as they would on broadcast television. So we really ought to be sure that captions are created as part of the production, and delivered whatever the platform. But… I count today 15 different subtitle input types, and 23 different delivery types for different platforms. So that is 345 different combinations, which means a lot of transcoding. Add to that the need to reconsider captions for different screen resolutions and you could end up with thousands of different paths. Which is why people tend to run away screaming from the problem. Hold on, though. If we stop and think about it, we have already bravely fought our way through a challenge of this scale. We deal regularly in content that is created in standard definition, high definition or something else, at 24, 25 and 29.97 frames a second, and wrapped in QuickTime, MXF or something nasty. We have to deliver to multiple broadcast formats and the vast number of online streams. It was tough, certainly, but we did it. We created workflows which looked at what was coming in, processed the file accordingly, and adjusted the metadata so that the files made sense on the way out. Clever workflows can do all of this using a single platform like Dalet AmberFin. If we can do it for audio and video – which are complicated – then why should it be hard to do it for captions which, after all, are just little bits of text to be displayed at pre-defined times? The answer is that it really is that simple. Once you get the workflow right. That profound understanding of how captioning works is also important in the other critical area: editing the content. You will need to provide different versions of the same piece of content for different platforms: for compliance and censorship; for different commercial break patterns; to comply with content licensing and intellectual property rights; and for time. Once you edit the content you want to deliver it as quickly as possible. So sending it off to a specialist caption house to get a new set of subtitles is not an option. It's far better to automatically edit the caption file as you edit the content. We have had captions for 40 years now, and have developed along the way workflows to make them work. Today, though, we have to adopt a file-factory approach or we will be swamped in data. With the advanced captioning options from Dalet AmberFin, you can move at your own pace to an integrated approach, guaranteed to be free of scary surprises. Creating a captioned clip should take no more effort, time or money than creating a non-captioned clip. If you want to find out more about how to improve your captioning workflow click here to instantly download our white paper. You can also check out the latest Dalet AmberFin datasheet that details how the Dalet media processing platform handles integrated closed captioning and subtitling workflows, providing seamless processing of captioning data as part of media operations. I hope you found this blog post interesting and helpful. If so, why not sign-up to receive notifications of new blog posts as they are published?  
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We’d like to start this post with a BIG thank you! Whether this is your first visit to the blog or you have been a loyal reader since day-one, you personally have contributed to the thousands of Dalet Academy page views each month. And as the Academy community continues to grow, we are grateful to have readers in more than 100 countries. Your frequent feedback and ideas help us improve and keep our pipeline full of interesting, forward-looking and thought-provoking media-related technological topics. Keep on challenging us, we definitely need it! As you may have noticed, 2015 was kind of a big year for the Dalet Academy... Following the launch of the platform back in January, we gradually introduced new themes, new topics and new authors. We are ending the year with dozens of educational articles on diverse topics such as: Workflow, Transcode, Metadata, DPP, MXF, Ingest, SMPTE, Captions, UQC, and Enterprise. Now, what you have all been waiting for… Here are the top 10 posts you liked and shared the most in 2015: Media Asset Data Models in MAM Systems – An Evolutionary View As Kevin Savina was working on a presentation illustrating the data models upon which MAM systems are built, he realized that looking at the evolution of these data models was a nice way of explaining them. From the “Dark Ages of MAM” to the current “Industrial Age”, explore the evolution of MAM platforms! Shared Storage for Media Workflows… Part 1 and Part 2 In part one of this article, Dalet director of marketing Ben Davenport lists and explains the key concepts to master when selecting storage for media workflows. Part two, authored by Quantum senior product marketing manager Janet Lafleur, focuses on storage technologies and usages, and the importance of choosing the right storage solution in a time when the digital footprint of content is growing exponentially. Troubleshooting – Top Tips to Make Files Work So, you built yourself the world’s most perfect, IT-based file workflow and you have a state-of-the-art media facility? Congratulations, have a beer, but… at some point it’s going to go wrong! Get to the root of your media workflow issues with these troubleshooting techniques … when in doubt, KISS! How to bring standards to your organization Bruce Devlin, Dalet chief media scientist aka Mr. MXF, explains how to bring ‪standards to your organization in four easy steps (spoiler: step 4 is to enjoy the fruits of your labor!). Find out why implementing standards will make your operations more efficient AND more profitable! Bruce’s Shorts Blast Off for The Third Time After a long wait, our educational video series Bruce’s Shorts came back, better than ever. We kicked off Season 3 of Bruce’s Shorts by taking a look at Ultra High Definition TV (UHDTV) and what the many different acronyms are all about. The rumours of Timecode’s death are highly exaggerated Any responsible parent should teach their children to count. Most humans will teach their children to count in decimal. I am sure there are a number of computer experts who will teach their children to count in hexadecimal. Old-timers may teach them to count in Octal. I suppose that media engineers should teach their children to count in Drop Frame Timecode. I wonder how that would work? FIMS: A Plug-and-Play Solution With so many systems with proprietary interfaces in existence, IT-based media projects these days require a great deal of integrations. Enter: FIMS. FIMS is the Framework for Interoperable Media Services. This framework simplifies the integration problem through better and stronger standards, which means vendors no longer need to build a custom integration for every single installation. Learn more! The Dalet Academy: A Free Platform for Better Media Education There is something we believe in more than anything else here at Dalet. This something is education; it is part of every single layer of our organization. Growing one’s knowledge and expertise is crucial to finding success and blossoming in the professional world. This argument is even more compelling in the media industry where the landscape evolves at a frenzied pace that is extremely hard to keep up with. 6 workflow tips on SOA, BPM and Web Services You can't move today without someone mentioning workflow and the latest whizzy tool being thrust under your nose with a massive "Buy Me" ticket strapped to it. You'll also find that descriptions of these products are so different that it's hard to figure out a sensible way to compare them. Well fear not! Here I’m providing you with 6 tips to help you navigate some of the media workflow vocabulary so that you can tell a well-engineered solution from a hyped up marketing campaign. Humans & TTML – the ultimate answer to the captioning question? According to the UK's Office for Communications (OfCom), almost 80% of people who have used subtitles / captioning have no hearing impediment. Wow, that's a big number. How does that equate to audience, and why is captioning and subtitling technology so impenetrable?   That’s it! Did you like it? Did you learn new things? Are you expecting more, less or something different from us? Have your say and let us know what we should include in the 2016 Dalet Academy editorial calendar.   See you all next year!   All the very best, The Dalet Academy Team
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Dalet Digital Media Systems, a leading provider of software-based solutions for media organizations, will be showcasing the newest evolutions of the Dalet Galaxy Media Asset Management (MAM) platform as well as new Radio solution capabilities at the upcoming CABSAT 2016 event, held in Dubai on March 8-10 (stand ZF3-30). Al Rayyan Radio Satellite Channel has employed Dalet software to automate, streamline and unify all of its media acquisition, production and delivery under a single platform. With the award-winning Dalet Radio tools for production and playout operations, Al Rayyan has achieved greater day-to-day efficiency, outputting a higher quality product for its audience. More than just facilitating media transactions, Dalet has transformed Al Rayyan’s business by streamlining every aspect of their digital production chain, keeping them on air during the massive multi-month upgrade. Joining the ranks of broadcasters like Al Rayyan are Middle East broadcasters Abu Dhabi Media, MBC, Nalia TV, Kuwait Radio, Marina FM and the Qatar Foundation, who all benefit from similar productivity and business advancements through Dalet MAM and Radio capabilities. Industry-Leading MAM Technology Behind Middle East Broadcasters Dalet Galaxy is the enterprise MAM platform that facilitates powerful collaboration and business visibility for news, sports, production, programming and archiving workflows. New advancements shown at CABSAT 2016 – which include work order tracking; media packaging; native subtitling support; tighter social media integration including direct publishing to YouTube, Facebook and Twitter; and enhanced collaboration tools – give content owners greater control and visibility over the enterprise production and distribution ecosystem. In addition, Dalet On-the-Go, the mobile app that extends the remote capabilities of Dalet users, now benefits from seamless integration with social media, making it even easier to share content with colleagues and end users. Powering Tomorrow’s Radio Operations Dalet Galaxy for Radio provides a centralized content catalog with embedded tools to seamlessly manage all program material and associated data. Combined with modular, task-specific tools, Dalet Radio end-to-end solutions meet the comprehensive demands of large-scale newsrooms as well as the needs of multichannel music networks. Complementary to the Dalet Radio workflow, Dalet OneCut is an advanced multi-format audio editor for everything from lightning fast news edits to complex multitrack projects including effects and mix automation. The Dalet Dashboard helps administrators by monitoring the ongoing health and performance of their system. Finally, Dalet On-Air is a proven and highly reliable solution for automated studio production and news playout, used in some of the world’s largest multichannel operations. “Dalet Radio Follow” Leads the Way to Audio/Video Sync New MAM and Radio joint capabilities shown at CABSAT include audio and video synchronization for a dynamic online presence, thanks to the new Dalet Radio Follow module. Videos from cameras are switched by microphone levels, graphics and video playout, syncing video with audio, to perfectly match lip-sync.  The Importance of Convergence Dalet solutions allow media organizations to exploit the business benefits of media convergence, creating synergies and optimizing costs, while constantly producing high quality content that reaches the right audiences on the right platforms at the right time. For more information about Dalet at CABSAT 2016 or to book a demo, please click here or contact Michael Meisel at mmeisel@dalet.com. Dalet Press Briefings at CABSAT 2016 For more information or to schedule a private press briefing at CABSAT, members of the media are invited to contact Anya Nelson at anya@zazilmediagroup.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.
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So here’s the problem. Closed captions – or subtitles outside North America – are now pretty much mandatory on television broadcasts: and even if the law does not require them, your audience still expects them. Today consumers expect to get their “television content” online and on handheld devices as well as from broadcast sources. Not unreasonably, many of them will expect to find captions on these services just as they would on broadcast television. So we really ought to be sure that captions are created as part of the production, and delivered whatever the platform. But… I count today 15 different subtitle input types, and 23 different delivery types for different platforms. So that is 345 different combinations, which means a lot of transcoding. Add to that the need to reconsider captions for different screen resolutions and you could end up with thousands of different paths. Which is why people tend to run away screaming from the problem. Hold on, though. If we stop and think about it, we have already bravely fought our way through a challenge of this scale. We deal regularly in content that is created in standard definition, high definition or something else, at 24, 25 and 29.97 frames a second, and wrapped in QuickTime, MXF or something nasty. We have to deliver to multiple broadcast formats and the vast number of online streams. It was tough, certainly, but we did it. We created workflows which looked at what was coming in, processed the file accordingly, and adjusted the metadata so that the files made sense on the way out. Clever workflows can do all of this using a single platform like Dalet AmberFin. If we can do it for audio and video – which are complicated – then why should it be hard to do it for captions which, after all, are just little bits of text to be displayed at pre-defined times? The answer is that it really is that simple. Once you get the workflow right. That profound understanding of how captioning works is also important in the other critical area: editing the content. You will need to provide different versions of the same piece of content for different platforms: for compliance and censorship; for different commercial break patterns; to comply with content licensing and intellectual property rights; and for time. Once you edit the content you want to deliver it as quickly as possible. So sending it off to a specialist caption house to get a new set of subtitles is not an option. It's far better to automatically edit the caption file as you edit the content. We have had captions for 40 years now, and have developed along the way workflows to make them work. Today, though, we have to adopt a file-factory approach or we will be swamped in data. With the advanced captioning options from Dalet AmberFin, you can move at your own pace to an integrated approach, guaranteed to be free of scary surprises. Creating a captioned clip should take no more effort, time or money than creating a non-captioned clip. If you want to find out more about how to improve your captioning workflow click here to instantly download our white paper. You can also check out the latest Dalet AmberFin datasheet that details how the Dalet media processing platform handles integrated closed captioning and subtitling workflows, providing seamless processing of captioning data as part of media operations. I hope you found this blog post interesting and helpful. If so, why not sign-up to receive notifications of new blog posts as they are published?
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Today’s the 4th of July so I thought I would muse over possible meanings of the phrase “Independence Day” as it relates to the business of media workflows: Independence from risk  It seems that most of the topics that occur to me all boil down to the one core subject – “How do you design a media workflow or media facility that minimizes or mitigates the risks?” Often this means designing for change. We all know that the business models in media are changing very rapidly. We also know that consumers are watching and listening to more media than ever before. The risk is that some new device or service will change viewing habits faster than you can respond. After all, if it’s your workflow or your department or your facility that becomes the bottleneck then the pointy finger of Risk allocation becomes an unpleasant reality. Independence from change  It seems therefore that designing a facility or workflow that welcomes change without locking you into proprietary systems will help keep risk at bay. Today you might be transcoding to 25 different delivery formats and 3 different editing formats, but tomorrow that number might be 5 times as big. Today you might be able to do enough manual QC to maintain the standards of your organisation, but tomorrow with 5 times the throughput and no extra staff – how will you cope. Today you have a great XDCAM mezzanine that works just fine, but tomorrow you need to create VoD outputs for the latest-super-wonder-tablet that is able to show the difference between XDCAM, AVCIntra and JPEG2000. How do you cope? Keeping your business independent today and tomorrow  Knowing that your mezzanine has a 5-8 year lifespan is half the solution. Choosing vendors who can hop from codec to codec whilst maintaining speed and quality will be key to the versatility of your company. Being able to link QC to transcode to ingest with an integrated solution where you can choose the QC analysis tool that is just right for your business will help you change the core formats and features of your workflows with ease. For more hints and tips including how scalability can be managed as your business requirements grow, why not check out the IMF solution for versatile multi-format versioning white paper. Independence from over-eating Unfortunately I can’t promise you any solution for the huge amounts of food that will be consumed on Independence Day. If you’re reading this in another country then why not have a little mini-celebration along with the Americans who celebrate their escape from the “old ways” of Britain. We should all be celebrating the escape from the old ways of linear tape workflow and celebrating the fact that shared, collaborative workflows allow the creative talent to be independent of the constraints of media storage technology. ‘till next time.
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With advanced VOD (Video on Demand) streaming services such as Netflix, HBO GO and Hulu, viewers can access full seasons of television shows, where each program follows a common template, organized by seasons and episodes, with trailers, poster frames and information sections to go along with it. (Picture when you re-watched the entire Friends series – admit it, you did – how all of the content was uniformly formatted and displayed). What viewers are innocently unaware of are the thousands of assets content owners must wrangle in order to present this beautifully packaged media, for our viewing pleasure. Without getting into too much detail, it can truly be a nightmare. Working with customers in the production and post-production markets, Dalet built a new tool to handle complex assets called Media Packages. But first, let’s define “complex asset.” A complex asset in a production workflow can be a group of source videos, master versions, subtitles, dubbed tracks, trailers and poster frames all related to a single program asset. A complex asset can be managed as a single entity to first produce and then broadcast. Thinking back on complex data models, Dalet worked hand-in-hand with customers to develop a method to link all the components of a program together, using configurable templates in which one can define how many placeholders are needed per section as well as what metadata is required. When dealing with a large episodic production, such as Game of Thrones, the production company already knows a certain amount of information – how many seasons have been funded and how many episodes comprise any given season, as well as who the show’s creators are and all information about those that have signed on to act, produce, direct, etc. After defining how many components are needed for each section in the template, a user creates a Program Media Package called “Insert Show Title,” which automatically creates a Season Media Package, Episode Media Package, and Trailer Media Package. With a single click of a button, thousands of video, audio, image, subtitle and text placeholders are generated, where each “Season Media Package” creates a pre-defined number of “Episode Media Packages,” and each Episode Media Package contains sections to host video placeholders, audio track placeholders and subtitle placeholders, and all common metadata can be applied to every asset related to the program. Defining a Media Package So, what benefits does Media Packages bring to a media organization? First, instead of having to manage a vast amount of subtitles, videos, dubbed audio tracks and images hosted on various systems, folders and machines, all content is hosted on a single system using Dalet Galaxy, where a Program Media Package is treated as a single object. Those that have user rights, can visually see the connections between the Program, Seasons, Episodes, Trailers and all related items. This gives visibility to managers of every part of the production workflow, with the ability to monitor the status at both the micro and macro level of every related asset in each Media Package. With this ability, managers can predict when specific items will be completed and can determine when content is ready to go on air or submitted to a VOD system with more precision and better accuracy. Second, in combination with the Dalet Workflow Engine, when placeholders are created for a Media Package, each asset goes through an orchestrated process to reach its final formation before being sent to the VOD system for consumption or for standard broadcast. Orchestrated through both user and automated tasks, the process includes: entering the episode information with glossary terms, ingesting raw material, going through an automated QC process, color correction, generating proxies to send for subtitle and dubbing creation, mastering, segmentation for versioning and approval for distribution. This streamlined approach to the production workflow allows users to focus on the content sequentially without worrying about technical operations, which are automated by the system. Third, utilizing the Dalet Reporting Center with Media Packages, managers have a wealth of information at their fingertips, from minute details like how long it takes a specific user to color correct a segment, to seeing where in the workflow there are bottlenecks and what is causing them, whether it be technical or human. These reports can assign a price tag to every asset in the Media Package, allowing customers to define specific budgets and timeframes for every program they produce. For VOD systems, standard information and items are needed in a program package as defined by standards such as CableLabs, where each program needs trailers, master videos, subtitles, dubbed audio tracks and specific metadata for each asset. With the easily configurable templates of the Media Packages tool, these program requirements can simply be applied and monitored throughout the production process. Dalet Media Packages makes complex assets simple by focusing a production workflow on what needs to be processed, seeing the connections and monitoring the status of each asset of a program to process content faster and more efficiently. To learn more about Media Packages, click here to book an onsite or WebEx demonstration.
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That’s it, 2015 is almost behind us along with over 40 blog posts that can help you better understand and use Dalet products and solutions in your organization! Thanks to our brand new pocket calculator, we came up with the list of the 10 most popular blog posts of 2015. Here it is, from number 10 to number 1:  The Upper Hand in Stadium Sports As a Canadian, I was brought up to love hockey, but as a technologist and trainer, there’s nothing better than walking around a stadium, meeting and interacting with all of the different characters involved in a sporting event and witnessing first hand how coaches, players, fans, directors and video editors, to name a few, can benefit from a good MAM system. Workflow Automation with a Human Touch In a recent survey we asked a handful of leading media facilities in Europe and North America, among other things, to what extent they agreed with the following two statements: (1) There are too many manual steps in my workflow and (2) There is potential to reduce the number of manual steps through workflow automation. Although there was a little variation between the European and American answers, the trends were largely similar, and the combined result is shown below for the first time... The Power of the Dalet Search In today’s multi-platform world, simply put, finding stuff is becoming more complex. As the amount of content owned, archived and distributed by broadcasters is rapidly growing, it is also evolving, resulting in an exponential expansion of files that must be managed. What was once a one-to-one relationship between the "record" and the media, has evolved into a model where a complex collection of elements (audio, video, text, captions, etc.) forms a record relationship. And don’t even get me started on versioning. So, how do we find what we are looking for? Live from the NAB – sort of! Normally during a big trade show, such as NAB or IBC, we would have a blog from the show floor – primarily to give our readers not attending the show a glimpse into the main topics of discussion and general vibe at the convention center. The sharp-eyed among you will, therefore, have noted that we’re a little late on this one – sorry – the show was simply that busy that we never had the opportunity. To make it up to you, we’ve compiled show highlights from some of our Academy all-stars. 25 Years of Dalet In 1990, six friends from engineering and business school formed a company that pioneered the first audio software and centralized database solution for the radio industry, Dalet. From humble beginnings to a truly international organization, discover the key milestones of the company. Integrated Video Server Solutions for Production Workflows Production houses, newsrooms and sports facilities receive content from a wide variety of sources such as ISOs, cameras, tapes and feeds, where the content is later edited using non-linear editing systems for playout and distribution. Discover how the Dalet Brio platform now cuts down the time needed between ingesting content and making it available for video editors! 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 and we are presenting here a few ways that Dalet Galaxy can improve your existing workflow. BEST…NAB…EVER!!!!! The other day, a member of our talented development team commented, quite accurately, that every time we return from an NAB Show, we nearly always refer to it as the biggest, busiest and best NAB ever. I do confess that I momentarily felt a certain amount of pressure to come back from NAB 2015 with evidence that it really was bigger, busier and better than previous years… But it was and here is why! Analyze This! Analyze That! Analyze Everything! Today, the broadcast industry has generally accepted the need for Media Asset Management solutions for production, archive, sports and news systems. In the production process, a vast amount of information is generated, such as the number of text, video and audio assets created, as well as information about transcoding, transferring, QC processes, broadcast information, web publishing, archiving and much more. All of this information, when gathered and analyzed, can be very useful… 4K, HDR & UHD: A Look at CES Trends Impacting the Media Industry Last week, the infamous Consumer Electronics Show (better known as CES) took place in Las Vegas. While it’s not an event that many vendors like ourselves in the media industry attend, it is a show that we watch carefully – acknowledging that our customers’ business is consumer-led, and that innovation in consumer electronics will often drive our customers’ future needs. Well, there you have it, folks! Our most popular blogs from 2015. On a final note, we’d like to sincerely thank you for reading this blog and providing us with valuable comments and regular feedback. We wish you a merry and bright new near! See you all in 2016!
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Dear Academy Friends,   Almost a year ago, in January 2015, Dalet launched an ambitious educational program for the broadcast media industry: The Dalet Academy. A smart mix of educational content ranging from videos, articles, white papers, case studies and events such as training sessions and webinars, the program had one goal only: provide media professionals with free, accurate, impartial and relevant broadcast educational materials. Not only addressing the Dalet community, the Academy strives to engage with the entire industry and beyond in order to share expertise and help trigger better technical discussions, enabling smarter business decisions to be made based on firm technical understanding of the issues and their implications.   Since its launch in January, in the first 11 months of the year, the Dalet Academy has successfully attracted over 6,000 individuals and converted around 3,000 subscribers, while its educational videos have earned more than 7,000 plays.   We are proud of these results and glad to see so many of you benefiting from these educational materials. But we think we can do even better. So, for 2016, our New Year’s Resolution is to better meet the evolving demands you are facing and integrate your ideas at the root of the Academy editorial calendar. We want to provide you with the best educational content tailored for your needs, and we want it to be truly relevant, highly useful and significantly impactful for your organization.   To do this, we’re asking you to tell us more about your needs so we can plan for 2016 accordingly (and you just might win an iPad mini 4!)   Loading...   Thank you very much for your contribution!   And don’t forget to subscribe to the Academy resources. You can also follow us on YouTube, Twitter and LinkedIn, to learn first hand about our new publications and interact with us.   For additional information and suggestions, feel free to contact us anytime at academy@dalet.com.   Here’s to a smart 2016, where education and knowledge empower everyone, and here’s to working together to build a smart future for the broadcast media industry.
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Workflow automation remains a hot topic for our customers, some simply drop incoming files into a watchfolder and allow iCR to process the files to meet their output or delivery requirements in a transcode workflow, others drive iCR via VDCP to an ingestor tape layback workflow:  However recently I have noticed an increase in requests of how to achieve a GUI function via the APIas more and more customers investigate the benefits of the Web Service with a view to either develop a standalone application to drive their workflow or for better integration with their MAM. This blog introduces a tool to allow familiarisation with the API either as a stepping stone to full API integration or as a test platform for debugging problems with existing Web Service integration. Point a web browser at port 8080 on the iCR host, http://Machine Name:8080/, and you will be greeted with the iCR Web Service landing page detailing the available WSDLs, clicking on one of the three links will display that WSDL information in XML format. While this information will give you a better idea of the SOAP interface capabilities it will not allow you to start playing, for this you will need a SOAP client. I have tried various clients and my preferred is SOAPUI, a free tool available for download from the internet. Connecting the application to the iCR WSDLs allows you to familiarise yourself with the API, its capabilities and send instructions to iCR. Below are the steps required to connect the SOAPUI to iCR and get started… Step 1:  Start by enabling Web Service mode in iCR, launch the GUI and ensure the ‘Web Service Control’ check box is enabled. Step 2:  Next, install SOAPUI on a machine and point it to the WSDLs. Open the SOAPUI application and create a new Project. Step 3:  Now populate your new project with the three WSDLs; http://hostname:8080/icr/ICRControl?WSDL http://hostname:8080/icr/Library?WSDL http://hostname:8080/icr/VTRControl?WSDL SOAPUI will extract information from the iCR WSDL and create a structure for each of the available API calls for that WSDL, these will be available in the left hand pane of the SOAPUI tool. Step 4:  Next, add the remaining WSDLs to the project by right clicking the project in the left panel, clicking ‘Add WSDL’ and pasting in the address in the WSDL Location field before clicking OK. Step 5:  SOAPUI now has full access to the iCR Web Service interface and is ready to start playing. Expanding the three WSDL groups displays all available API commands in basic form, I say basic form because some of the API calls require parameters to be passed, for example atranscode request requires input file, transcode template and conversion name, below is an example transcode request; <soapenv:Envelope xmlns:soapenv="http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/envelope/" xmlns:con="http://snellwilcox.com/xmlbinding/icr/2007/04/control">   <soapenv:Header/>   <soapenv:Body>     <con:transcode>       <arg0><![CDATA[ <ns2:transcodeparameters xmlns:ns2="http://www.amberfin.com/schema/TranscoderParameters">   <ns2:inputs>     <ns2:input id="SOURCE">       <ns2:file name="D:\Input\Test_input.mxf">    </ns2:file>   </ns2:input> </ns2:inputs>   <ns2:segments style="in(inclusive),out(exclusive)">     <ns2:segment id="0">       <ns2:input>SOURCE</ns2:input>   </ns2:segment> </ns2:segments>   <ns2:output template="Proxy" conversion="H.264 Proxy">   </ns2:output> </ns2:transcodeparameters>   </arg0>     </con:transcode>    </soapenv:Body> </soapenv:Envelope> Further API call examples are available on request, log into the AmberFin support portal and raise a ticket with the support team giving an overview of your workflow and specifics of the Web Service request you would like an example of, we will endeavour to provide you with the details. More Infomation:  More in-depth information of the Web Service API and its integration can be found on theAmberFin Extranet developer site. Access to the site can be requested by clicking here, complete your details and submit, you will receive an email once your account is activated.
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Production houses, newsrooms and sports facilities receive content from a wide variety of sources such as ISOs, cameras, tapes and feeds, where the content is later edited using non-linear editing systems for playout and distribution. The Dalet Brio platform now cuts down the time needed between ingesting content and making it available for video editors. With the recent enhancement to the Dalet Brio video server, instead of needing an ingest automation system or a MAM to bring content into a production storage from SDI or IP sources in order to edit on an NLE, the Dalet Brio video server can now connect directly to Adobe Premiere and Avid NLEs. With a wide variety of format support and applications to handle various types of ingest, the Dalet Brio video server can enhance video production workflows for news, sports, government and entertainment facilities. Wide Variety of Tools Dalet Brio is not just a video server; it’s a complete I/O platform for managing the conversion from stream to file and vice-versa, able to handle high density ingest and playout available for any user in the production workflow. For example, the Dalet MultiCam Manager enables sports facilities and production houses to control ingest from multiple ISO/cameras throughout a stadium or shooting location. As the HD content ingests, Brio can automatically generate proxies for preview in order to reduce bandwidth consumption and, at the same time, play out the high resolution content for confidence monitoring. On top of ingesting directly to a production storage, the Brio can ingest directly to S3 Cloud storage, meaning you can share content in a global production environment. For organizations that have an old tape archive they wish to digitize, the Brio VTR recorder enables users to control VTRs for ingest as well as print content back to tape.  From a web interface, video editors, journalists and producers can access the Brio Multiviewer to see what is currently ingesting from any feed connected to the Brio. These are but a few tools Brio has to empower content producers at any stage of the media workflow. Multi-Format Support In production environments, there are a wide variety of formats that are ingested and processed for editing and distribution. With Dalet Brio, users have the freedom to choose the best codec, wrappers and formats to ingest for any given workflow, such as with ProRes, AVC-Intra, AVC-Ultra, DNxHD, XDCAM HD, and SR Master, to name a few. Among a wide variety of format support, as is the long standing approach of Dalet, when broadcasters adopt new formats, Dalet delivers thoroughly tested ingest, playout and third-party integration media workflows, enhancing its entire product line with new format support. The Dalet Brio is no exception to this methodology, as broadcasters who have recently adopted Sony XAVC formats can rely on the Brio to play back and ingest XAVC Intra Class 100, XAVC LongG 25 and XAVC Long G 35 content natively. Open Communication Instead of adopting proprietary standards for communication, Dalet developed the Brio video server on the Framework for Interoperable Media Services (FIMS) standards. This means that third-party integration has been made easy, as it means Brio speaks the same language as solutions like Adobe, meaning less money and hardships spent on developing and validating connectors for integration. Enhancing the Video Editing Experience With this open communication, any media organization can easily ingest and register content into an Adobe environment using the high density ingest capabilities of Brio. This integration supports the check-in of content in Adobe Anywhere using the Brio Backup Copier, which allows sharing of media content with any Adobe application such as Photoshop, After Effects and Adobe Audition. The Brio ingest plugin for Adobe Premiere enables video editors to select the portions they want to insert into their bin or timeline from a live feed, making editing faster than ever. Utilizing the Brio Scheduler, Loop (FIFO) Recording and Multiviewer, customers get a rich set of capabilities to ingest and check in content into an Avid Interplay platform. With the ability to ingest content in native AVID DNxHD and wrapping formats in MXF, Avid editors can instantly access content without the need for long conform operations. Evolve Your Own Workflows Dalet Brio – which is essentially a software that allows for ingest and playout of Serial Digital Interface (SDI) and IP sources/targets – can be installed on commodity hardware controlling Matrox cards with up to 12 inputs/outputs. This open system means that customers can easily maintain and scale their own video servers without having to pay for expensive replacements of proprietary video server components.   Every workflow is different, and fixed stagnant systems are a thing of the past. As workflow evolves, customers have the ability to build their own tools on top of the Dalet system to trigger API functions of Dalet to conduct various operations. Dalet offers offline documentation for both FIMS Capture and the Brio Manager APIs to assist customers in this endeavor. Unified Web Portal for Administration Administrators managing several Brio units can now use the Brio Web Portal. All configuration of Brio services can be done remotely using this web interface, including ingest/playout port configuration, formats, communication with media movers, Avid Interplay and Adobe Anywhere configuration, FIMS support, as well as BVW and VDCP communication. Platform Revival The Dalet Brio platform helps customers take on new challenges facing the broadcast industry by leveraging a new generation of boards with re-configurable I/O’s, frame synchronizers on inputs and UHD support. With native 64-bit code, Brio can overcome any I/O challenge, while benefiting from all the capabilities of Windows Server 2012 R2 support. Dalet Brio is an integral part of any media workflow, whether as a standalone product, integrated with third party platforms, or as part of the Dalet Galaxy enterprise-wide solution. Dalet Brio evolves with new demands of the industry, allows customers to develop new ways of working with API integration, and most importantly, offers a dependable platform to ingest, process and play out content for a global market. Why not go further? Schedule your private demo today and download the new product datasheet.
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We all know that getting the audio right makes the pictures better, don’t we? Anyone who has been to see a movie that has been created for Object Audio like Dolby Atmos will know that there is something special about it. To figure out what that is, let’s rewind a little and see why we might need it. Remember the good old days of mono audio on TV? Then you probably have as much grey hair as I do! Mono audio gives a single channel of sound played back through one or more speakers. That’s fine for many genres, but to increase the feeling of being there, in the scene, stereo audio was introduced, so that a left channel and a right channel are transmitted, giving our ears the ability to hear sound moving on either side of us – like we do in real life – while we watch the images. With the advent of cheaper speakers and cheaper electronics, we moved to a surround sound system where we added more speakers to give the impression that sounds could come from in front and behind us, as well as to either side of us. Typically, today these surround sound systems use 5.1 channels. This means that we have 5 full bandwidth channels: Left Front Center Right Front Left Rear Right Rear And one low bandwidth channel (this it the “.1”) Low Frequency Effects (LFE) This system essentially takes a sound mix from the program creator that is mastered on 5.1 speakers and then maps it on to the 5.1 speakers in your home or in the theater. If you ignore compression in the signal chain, then there is almost no processing between the source and the destination listening environment. What’s changed? Audio processing technology is now very cheap – your cellphone can do more audio processing than dedicated hardware from the 1990s. Also, we have much bigger screens today, and with the rollout of UHD, it is likely that we will be sitting even closer to them. To increase the sense of “being there,” adding a vertical element to the sound can make a dramatic difference – especially for effects like weather, gunshots, birds, etc. It is impractical to move from a situation where we have six fixed speakers to one where we have hundreds of speakers that position the sound exactly, especially when most of the time there will be little or no sound coming from an individual speaker. Imagine instead a “bed” of audio that is the traditional stereo, or 5.1, mix that you add effects or objects to with an audio stream and some control metadata. In its simplest form, the UK’s audio description service does just that. Start with a stereo “bed” that is the normal program mix and then add a description for the visually impaired and a control track that adjusts the volume and position (left-right pan) so that a smart decoder can mix the sound together. A full cinematic system is very similar, but with more objects and more metadata. Each cinema may have a different number and position of speakers depending on budgets. The object sound system provides the “bed” of audio that is mapped onto the speakers in the theater. Each object sound is then mapped to one or more physical speakers at the right time and at the right volume to provide very specific spatial effects for the audience. Interestingly, the human ear is very good at telling the difference between sound coming from a single point source and sound that is mixed between two speakers. To make sure that we hear certain sounds as being really sharp, some of the metadata used forces the sound processer to “snap” the audio to a nearby physical speaker rather than produce a mix that might be more accurate in terms of mathematical position, but sounds more “blurry” to a listener. Knowing these basics, you can see how this system might map to a consumer setup where there will be fewer speakers, but by calibrating the room with a built-in microphone, a sound processor could do a good job of mixing the sound between spatial speakers and upward firing speakers to give a pretty good approximation to the 3D sound experience in the cinema. That’s nice Bruce, but why is this relevant? Currently, we send our content to the listening / viewing environment in a fairly linear way. The mix that is created at the content provider is the mix heard / seen by the viewer. Technologies like IMF are enabling content creators to produce and distribute versions more cheaply. Technologies like object sound with consumer audio processing units allows different objects like languages, high dynamic range effects (for quiet environments) and low dynamic range effects (for noisy environments) to be selected and / or mixed at the receiving point. We’re increasingly moving from a linear “here’s my content” world to a component “which bits of the content will give you the best experience” world. It’s a fun time to be in technology. Now that you’ve learned more about object audio, why not check out the Dalet Academy tutorial on IMF or have a look at track stacking in MAM solutions for more information on versioning? 'Till next time. Bruce
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 In euro millions20152014Change 2015/142014 pro-formaChange in % vs 2014 pro-forma Third Quarter revenues12.310.715%   Third Quarter gross margin9.49.05%   Third Quarter gross margin rate76%84%           Revenues first 9 months34.229.118%30.014% Gross Margin first 9 months26.723.912%24.78% Gross Margin rate first 9 months78%82% 82%  Dalet has announced consolidated revenues (unaudited) for the third quarter of 2015 of €12.3 million, compared to €10.7 million in Q3 2014 (+15%). Gross Margin (defined as revenues minus cost of goods and third-party services resold) for the quarter was €9.4 million, up 5% from €9.0 million for the same period in 2014. Gross Margin rate for the quarter was 76% vs 84% in Q3 2014. In terms of geographical distribution of revenues for the third quarter, Europe represented 49% of revenues, Americas represented 33%, Asia-Pacific 11% and Middle-East Africa 6%. Consolidated revenues for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2015 were €34.2 million (unaudited), up 18% from €29.1 million for the same period last year. Including on a pro-forma basis Q1-2014 revenues from the AmberFin subsidiary acquired in April 2014, revenues for the first nine months were up 14%. Gross Margin for the nine months was €26.7 million, up 12% from €23.9 million for the same period in 2014, and up 8% on a pro-forma basis. Cash (unaudited) on September 30, 2015 stood at €4.3 million, debt stood at €5.2 million. Dalet's order backlog expected to be invoiced in Q4 2015 stands at €13 million. About Dalet Digital Media Systems 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, RAI, RFI, Russia Today, RT Malaysia, VOA, WDR), commercial networks and operators (Antena 3, Canal+, FOX, eTV, Mediaset, NBC Universal, Time Warner Cable, Warner Bros., Sirius XM Radio) and government organizations (Queensland JAG, Canadian House of Commons, The European Commission). Dalet is traded on the NYSE-EURONEXT stock exchange (Eurolist C): ISIN: FR0011026749, Bloomberg DLT:FP, Reuters: DALE.PA. For more information on Dalet, visit www.dalet.com
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So, you built yourself the world’s most perfect, IT-based file workflow and you have a state-of-the-art media facility? Congratulations, have a beer, but… at some point it’s going to go wrong! As far as I can tell, the 100% trouble-free media production and distribution facility has not yet been built, and I don’t think it will ever exist. Dinner is on me if you prove me wrong! At this point, Bruce’s Shorts subscribers are already wondering if I’m starting to ramble, as I discussed this topic in Bruce’s Shorts Season 2, Episode 28. I come back to the topic because I am often asked why software systems that worked last year suddenly stop working for no apparent reason just a year or so later. This often comes down to an understanding of the word “working.” When it goes wrong… Here we are, your beautiful IT-based, file workflow suddenly went wrong (I told you it would, didn’t I?!) and you just can’t find a proper workaround. While I won’t insult your intelligence by assuming that you forgot the KISS principle, I would suggest taking a quick look at this list. Given that fewer than 50% of support cases in any company that I have worked at result in changes to software, it helps to have a good analytical approach to finding the causes of problems and communicating them effectively to your suppliers. What do you do? How do you find those problems? Obviously, the IT world is more flexible and has many more variables than the tape-based, SDI world. The first approach is to separate symptoms from causes. “It’s doing something weird all by itself” has rarely proven an effective opening line to a support department. “Our MAM system triggers an API refresh cycle at 2 minutes past every hour, which seems to happen 5 minutes before the storage anomaly” would be a much better starting point. This phrase informs support that you are seeing something happen regularly and that there is some correlation between the symptom and another event in the system / workflow. As we all know, correlation does not imply causation. For example, in the UK there is a strong correlation between seeing lightning and rain. This does not mean that rain causes lightning, nor does it mean that lightning causes rain. All it means is that when you see lightning it is likely to be raining. So how do you find causes and not symptoms? Many troubleshooting techniques have been developed, but some are more adapted to IT and the broadcast & media industry than others. One of my favourites is “The 5 Whys”! Wikipedia has the following definition: “The 5 Whys is an iterative interrogative technique used to explore the cause-and-effect relationships underlying a particular problem. The primary goal of the technique is to determine the root cause of a defect or problem by repeating the question ‘Why?’” Here is an example where chaining the question why: The media file can’t be transcoded (the problem) Why #1? – The source file can’t be opened. Why #2? – Permission failure. Checking the logs reveals that the file cannot be opened from the transcode machine with the account associated with the transcode service. Why #3? – Group settings. The file can be opened from the storage host, but only with users in a particular ACL group. We check the account on the transcode machine and discover it is in the wrong group so we change it. It still won’t open. Why #4? – Drive mount settings. Digging a bit further reveals that the way in which the drive was mounted in the operating system had an override for the group control. Updating the mount instruction remaps the group to the correct value and the system works. But why did the system go from “working” to “not working”? Why #5? – System maintenance. Updating the security of the infrastructure is always risky. You can test 99% of the use cases, but unless you knew to look for the fact that a single machine in a farm was hand-installed in a rush and had the wrong mount overrides then you’ll never find the cause of the symptoms until something else changes. Okay, that’s a first example. Let’s look now at some other things that you can do when you’re troubleshooting your file-based workflow! Repeatable When it goes wrong, the first thing to do is to find out what makes the issue repeatable. Being able to reproduce the symptoms greatly helps to isolate, identify and resolve an issue. When an issue is not repeatable… Well, you’re in trouble, because those are really tricky to find! But if you find the stimuli that make it repeatable, you can then start to vary those stimuli to differentiate between symptoms and causes. Real-life example: transcoding from XDCAM HD to MP4 changes channel mapping. Try several sources of XDCAM HD. We have had examples where a specific version of editing code was making bad XDCAM HD. The problem was not in the transcoder but in the bad source files being presented to it. Resolution dependent? Let’s try to switch between SD and HD – do the symptoms still show? Try to look at the dependency of each parameter of the input. Real-life example: many of our aspect ratio issues seen by customers are dependent upon the signalling in the input file, as well as being able to express what the output should actually be. For example, when creating an HD output, the pixels are square. An SD input may have several pixel shapes depending on the underlying signal standard and display aspect ratio. The phrase “anamorphic” is usually not specific enough to cover all the cases. Try to be precise with phrases like “720 pixel by 576 line input with a 4:3 display aspect ratio” at the input and “1920 pixel by 1080 line output with a 16:9 display aspect ratio with narrow black bars at the sides and cropping top and bottom giving an active picture with a 14:9 aspect ratio.” Is the issue environmental-related? Does the failure occur when there are more people on the system? At a particular time of day? On a specific day of the week? When the playout servers are being updated? Real-life example: one of the hardest ones that we have found in real life involved finding that files on a particular NAS were being read back as corrupt. To cut a long story short the cause was simultaneously writing high bitrate and low bitrate data from more than one machine onto that NAS. The peculiar mix of data rates and write pattern was causing a pathological failure in the cache of the NAS. This resulted in data between the application writing the data onto the Ethernet wire and it hitting the disk. The only way we were able to find it was to be very precise in all of our tests and to continually eliminate symptoms until we were left with the root cause of the problem. Time dependent? Does it only fail at a particular time of the day? Real-life example: it may sound obvious, but when a customer called us and said “Your software is failing at 1pm every day – what are you going to do about it?”, I replied by saying that I didn’t remember instructing our engineering team to write some code that said:  if (Time.now() = StringToTime("13:00:00")){   die("horribly"); } This reset the anger and frustration of the situation and we got to work, asking “Why?” a lot, tracking down and eliminating symptoms until we found a cause. It took a few days of investigation because we could only see the effects at 1pm every day (obviously). Eventually a network traffic analysis showed that the editing staff went to lunch at 1pm and everyone backed up their projects before doing so. Their real time requirements from the storage had a higher priority than our software did. Unfortunately, our real time ingest can only buffer so much until there is no more memory or local resource available. At that time the errors occurred. Conclusion I won’t pretend that finding issues in big software systems is easy. It requires dedication and a methodical nature as well as extreme calm when all around you are panicking. It is also crucial to differentiate between symptoms and causes. In the final example above, there was a strong correlation between the quality of the food and the failure of the software. One way to fix the problem would be to hire a terrible chef. No-one would leave their desks for lunch, there would be no backups and our software would have been just fine. Thank goodness there’s more to life than software. I’m off to lunch, but before I do, I think that I’ll have a quick review of my recent support tickets and see if I follow my own rules. Why don’t you do the same? See y’all soon.
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