Dalet, a leading developer of enterprise Media Asset Management (MAM) solutions, announced at NAB 2011 a business partnership with Softel to resell the Swift vTX closed caption and subtitle processing engine with the company’s new Dalet Media Life solution. Dalet Media Life manages the complex media management requirements of high-volume, multi-platform program producers, such as broadcast networks and thematic channels.
“Integrating Softel into the Media Life back office is key for Dalet. The highly adaptable closed captioning and subtitling technology ensures our customers have robust support for ancillary data,” says Raoul Cospen, Director of Marketing, Dalet. “Leveraging the open Dalet platform, we can easily integrate new, best-of-breed third-party software components like Softel and offer end-to-end, efficient workflows.”
Media Life combines enterprise Media Asset Management with specialized tools covering the complete programming chain – from ingest, QC, compliance, and content enrichment to playout, distribution, and archiving. The integrated Softel engine automates back office processing of closed captions and subtitles in a variety of formats. It also enables caption and subtitle preview from any Dalet workstation; providing contributions to different platforms and outlets such as broadcast servers, web distribution and VOD in a broad range of formats. Softel’s ability to read and write the widest array of legacy closed caption and subtitle file formats offers significant advantages for Dalet Media Life users.
Softel technology can embed multi-vendor subtitle file formats and subtitle metadata into MXF and standard video wrappers. Dalet Media Life customers will also benefit from a transparent handling of subtitles to streamline what can otherwise be a very complex and time-consuming workflow.
“It is very rewarding to see how the significant efforts we have invested in developing the feature rich Swift vTX solution is allowing us to deliver future-proof solutions that fit with the requirements of next generation workflows. This integration will allow Dalet to leap beyond their competition to enable its users to deliver complex ancillary data processing effortlessly.” remarked Sam Pemberton, Chief Executive Officer, Softel.
About Dalet Media Life
Built on the advanced and well-proven Media Asset Management platform of Dalet Enterprise Edition, Media Life harnesses resources, unifying content in a centralized, highly structured database with interconnections to other systems and subsystems. Integral tools for ingest, QC, compliance, content enrichment, and other functions fast-track the production workflow. The all-encompassing MAM layer brings together the various versions, resolutions, and business uses of media and metadata to add efficiency and value to the company.
Softel is a global leader in key TV and video technologies including subtitling and captioning, interactive TV, MPEG stream processing and multiplexing, opt and ad insertion cuing, and Teletext, delivered through a full range of products, professional services and bespoke development.
Based in Pangbourne, near Reading in Berkshire, England, Softel also owns a company in the United States focused entirely on the Americas with offices in Los Angeles and metro New York. The company also has an impressive network of partners worldwide. With almost three decades of broadcast experience, the Softel customer list encompasses prestigious ‘blue chip’ broadcasters, major post production facilities as well as freelancers and smaller facilities.
Dalet solutions enable broadcasters and media professionals to create, manage and distribute content to both traditional and new media channels, including interactive TV, the Web and mobile networks. Dalet combines into a single system a robust and proven Asset Management platform with advanced metadata capabilities; a configurable workflow engine, and a comprehensive set of purpose-built creative and production tools. This integrated and open environment enables end-to-end management of the entire News and Sport and Program content chain, and allows users to significantly improve efficiency, and to maximize the use and value of their assets. Dalet’s solutions are delivered through a dedicated Professional and Integration Services Department to ensure the highest possible standards. Dalet systems are used around the world by many thousands of individual users at hundreds of TV and Radio content producers, including public broadcasters (ABS-CBN, BBC, CBC, DR, France TV, RTBF, RFI, RSR & TSR, RT Malaysia, VOA, WDR), commercial networks and operators (Antena 3, Canal +, FOX, eTV, Orange, 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: FR0000076176, Bloomberg DLT:FP, Reuters: DALE.PA.
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