Dalet Unveils Next Generation SD / HD Enterprise MAM at IBC08

Dalet unveils at the IBC 2008 exhibition its next generation Enterprise Asset Management workflow capabilities

Dalet unveils at the IBC 2008 exhibition, held in Amsterdam from September 12 – 16, its next generation Enterprise asset Management workflow capabilities. The Dalet driven workflow showcases new applications for on-air distribution and system-wide management, new server and NLE integrations, as well as advanced production features and supported formats. Designed to facilitate convergence for large-scale, multi-channel broadcasters, the new capabilities deliver integrated and standardized tools for exceptional content production and sharing across concurrent workflows for web, mobile and TV.

“The Dalet Enterprise Media Asset Management platform has tremendous flexibility and scalability. It is purpose-built for large-scale or integration intensive workflows such as the ones deployed at Antena3, Canal Plus or RTBF. Our MAM applications are designed to produce, store, broadcast and repurpose assets across an enormous production chain…customizing the workflow according to the broadcast environment as a whole,” comments Stephane Schlayen, Chief Operating Officer, Dalet SA. “This next Dalet MAM release brings content production into the heart of the workflow and incorporates very clever technology such as the Dalet Dashboard to maximize performance across the entire operation.”


New Dalet Features and Next Generation Enterprise Workflows

The expanded SD and HD format support in Dalet solutions is natively multi-codec and multi-format. Thus broadcasters can manage a wider range of acquisition and legacy source materials making media ubiquitous across the production pipe and available for multi-channel distribution via the new integrated Dalet OnAir application. The improved interoperability with third-party editing systems such as Apple Final Cut Pro via Dalet Xtend and Avid via Marquis as well as advanced production features such as CG’s in the timeline ensure non-linear production workflows do not sit outside the main workflow in isolated pools of production but instead are brought directly into the heart of the content production chain, enabling large-scale operations to be far more efficient at developing and delivering programs. Dalet’s open platform will also showcase new integrations with SeaChange and other hardware vendors giving broadcasters a greater choice of best in class server options for tapeless News, Sports, and Programs workflows.

The next generation Dalet technology also introduces the Dalet Dashboard – a new system-wide mission critical health monitoring and management application. More than a standard monitoring system, Dalet Dashboard utilizes the language and concepts of broadcast as well as IT giving administrators and users the ability to swiftly interpret, analyze and respond with immediate results. This enables broadcasters to closely manage performance adding yet another layer of security to the Dalet driven workflow from the top down.


Short List of Dalet’s New Features and Next Generation Technology Showcased

Visitors to the Dalet stand (9.D28) can book a private demonstration to see and discuss the following new features introduced at IBC08:

Dalet Dashboard

  • Enterprise system monitoring
  • Performance measurement
  • System failure detection
  • Available Q4, 2008

CGs in Dalet timeline

  • Automated Graphic play-out
  • Desktop preview of video and graphics

New Dalet OnAir

  • Live events handling
  • Channel assignment
  • Router control
  • Safety channel

Integration with SeaChange

  • Facilitates tapeless workflows for News, Sports and Programs
  • Shared DataDirect Networks storage for production, ingest and play-out

Enhanced integration with 3rd party NLEs

  • Dalet Xtend 2.0 – seamless integration Apple Final Cut editing applications
  • Marquis Medway for realtime connection with Avid editing applications

Enhanced redundancy

  • Safety channel for play-out
  • Distributed architecture and disaster recovery replication for no single point of failure

Improved metadata model

  • Inherited fields avoid loss of metadata
  • Locators are maintained when rendering
  • Circulation of metadata across multiple system and persistence in the entire workflow

Improved interoperability

  • New API calls to improve interoperability with 3rd party systems and sub-systems

New supported formats

  • HDV, Mpeg 2 HD (XDCam HD)
  • DVCPro HD

Support for New Hardware Devices

  • New routers, new CGs, new protocols, MOS 2.8.3


About Dalet Solutions Demonstrated at IBC 2008

All Dalet solutions run on the purpose-built Dalet media asset management platform, DaletPlus. Integrated production and playout capabilities combined with the DaletPlus best of breed file migration and conversion technology enable broadcasters and content producers to optimize media sharing workflows.

With over 10,000 workstations in use today, the Dalet Professional Services team provides broadcasters and content producers with both the technical expertise and the extensive experience required for true workflow optimization.

An extensible media asset management platform, Dalet Enterprise Edition captures, creates, manages, distributes and stores media using a centralized content catalogue fully integrated with a comprehensive set of customizable production tools. Dalet Enterprise Edition also provides a SOA compliant, Web Services API that facilitates the integration of third-party systems and applications. Recently deployed at ABS-CBN, Canal Plus, and Radio Télévision Belge Francophone (RTBF), Dalet Enterprise Edition provides a collaborative media production and distribution infrastructure that optimizes media management from scheduling to playout to archive for all distribution mediums.

Dalet News Suite is a robust SD-HD production and playout solution with integrated media asset management. Designed for news and sports, the entire production workflow is integrated. Distributed, multi-channel feed ingest features advanced scheduling, loop record, router control and edit-while-record capabilities. Desktop FireWire transfers of Panasonic P2 and Sony XDCAM material expedite transfer from the field. Broadcasters like ORT in Russia, BBC World Service, and tvOne in Indonesia rely on the Dalet News Suite integrated approach for managing production and playout in the fast-paced news, sports, and magazine program formats.

Dalet Media Library combines state-of-the-art video server management with exceptional file migration technology, leveraging the power and cost effectiveness of standard IT platforms. Dalet Media Library facilitates access rights, modifications and distribution of content across the production chain. Flexible metadata forms allow users to customize information with maximum details. Dalet Media Library is further complemented with user-friendly storyboarding tools so simple that people with minimal editing skills can easily make cuts, assemble media, record comments and package content.

Dalet Radio Suite combines a comprehensive newsroom computer system with all the professional audio recording and production tools needed to facilitate the coverage of breaking events. The Dalet OnAir component can be configured to the needs of an individual broadcast studio or studio operator. News reading is facilitated by an integrated news prompter. Program associated data (PAD) for DAB, DRM or HD Radio digital radio platforms is generated on the fly.

Designed to support enterprise production workflows, influential radio news broadcasters like Radio France International (RFI) employ Dalet Radio Suite to produce 200 plus programs across 600 workstations.


About Dalet

Dalet is a worldwide leader in software that empowers broadcasters and content professionals to produce and manage audio and video content in a digital, multi-platform world. Dalet media asset management (MAM) solutions streamline production costs and increase revenue opportunities by simplifying the distribution of rich-media assets across both interactive and traditional platforms.

Dalet tools are used around the world by thousands of content producers including major television and radio public broadcasters (BBC, CBC, DR, NPR, RFI, RTM, VOA, WDR), commercial networks (ART, eTV, Grupo Prisa, Prime Television, The Press Association, Warner Bros., XM Satellite) 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.

For more information on Dalet, visit www.dalet.com.


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