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Dalet Joins 'Companies On The Move'

The business philosophy of producing more - maximising the value of media assets with the same or
even fewer resources - is a key ingredient to success for many broadcasters...

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roadcast rights are expensive
and it's imperative that media
companies find as many ways as
possible to rationalise the costs
of rights and the associated cost
of outlays to produce content and
televise programmes.
Taking a closer look at Dalet, we
clearly see a path broadcasters can
take to achieve their goals. Dalet
recently introduced a new version
of its MAM platform, Dalet Galaxy
- a scalable, modular technology
capable of accommodating new
demands and growing to meet
new business opportunities. In
addition to scaling in terms of size,
hosting more workstations, more
channels and more ingest while
processing more content, Dalet
Galaxy also scales up in terms of
workflows, having the ability to
add on new workflows as required.
Since
the
acquisition
of
AmberFin,
a
highly-regarded
UK company that specialises
in video ingest, complex media
manipulation, transcoding and QC
solutions, customers have been
keen to know how Dalet plans to
work with AmberFin.
We know that the extensive
knowledge and sophisticated
technology of both companies are
already being cross-fertilised to
deliver a broader and deeper set
of solutions; we can reveal that
evolution.
Three-Platform Approach
Unveiled at IBC2014, Dalet will
offer three technology platforms:
	 *	Dalet	Galaxy;
	 *	Dalet	Brio;
	 *	and	Dalet	AmberFin.
New platform innovations include
optimisation of infrastructure for
SDI and file-based workflows
as well as new products and
applications. Moreover, customers
need not fear being locked down
to any particular solution. Dalet's
non-proprietary, open systems
approach permits interoperability
between third-party solutions. A
Dalet MAM and non-AmberFin
transcode - that will still be

for intuitive assessment and better
decision-making.
This concept will become a
native part of both Dalet AmberFin
& Dalet Galaxy workflows.

Dalet's Galaxy
enterprise-level
MAM platform boasts a
powerful workflow engine.

possible. An AmberFin transcode
with non-Dalet MAM - that will also
still be possible.
AmberFin Transcoder
At the core of Dalet Galaxy is an
enterprise-level MAM platform,
powered by a robust BPM
workflow engine that harmonises
all aspects of the media production
and business chain. Tailored to the
needs of the broadcast and media
industry, Dalet Galaxy unifies
the content chain by managing
assets,
metadata,
workflows
and processes across different
production
and
distribution
systems from ingest to outgest and
at various touch points in between.
Galaxy includes a complete suite
of tools to facilitate every aspect
of the workflow including Dalet
Onecut Multimedia Editor and
proxy generation.
At many points in that chain
'format fixing' is required. Editing
software may require content in
a native format rather than the
house format. Remote workflows
may require low-bitrate proxies
rather than full-bitrate house files.
Captions may need inserting,
ready
for
playout.
Content
may need partitioning to allow
advertisements to be inserted in
the playlist. All these functions
and more are described by
the MAM and executed by the
transcode engine. Combining
Galaxy's workflow excellence and
AmberFin's media magic gives
customers high quality and high
efficiency in the media that drive
their businesses.
Dalet tools will be enriched with
best-in-class temporal conversion.
A large and growing problem for
post houses and broadcasters

is the result of performing mixed
frame rate editing such as adding
video graphics to original film
material, and then returning it to
24p film and progressive video
for distribution over iTunes,
Amazon, Netflix or a host of other
international broadcast and digital
networks.
An advanced suite of software
technologies
developed
by
AmberFin
provides
unique
deterministic high-quality cadence
processing and is being integrated
into the Dalet portfolio.
QC Confidence
Dalet Galaxy combines automated
tasks such as conversion and
file transfers with human tasks
performed by operators, delivering
a unified view of the workflow. The
Dalet Galaxy workflow engine also
provides superior interaction with
third-party systems to improve
cross-system interoperability. For
QC, these include Interra (Baton),
Digimetrics
(Aurora),
Nexidia,
Vidcheck (Vidchecker), Tektronix
(Cerify) or Venera (Pulsar).
In the same way, UQC (Unified
Quality Control) uniquely combines
automated
processes
that
integrate third-party automated
verification tools with manual QC
into a single report. Synergising
the best of human review with
automated QC will provide a richer
and more comprehensive data
set presented in one common
language and on the same timeline

AmberFin Ingest
Dalet Brio is a high-density video
server designed to ingest and play
out broadcast quality SD and HD
video. Built on a robust IT-based
input and output platform, it
supports a wide range of software
codecs and industry standard
wrappers such as MXF or MOV and
AVI, enabling seamless workflow
integration with Dalet production
tools and third-party NLEs.
AmberFin ingest is a highlyflexible, high-quality single channel
ingest box that has playback for
most QC review processes plus
print-to-tape.
As the industry moves inexorably
away from working with SDI and
file-based ingest toward internet
protocol (IP) ingest and transport,
the combined suite of technologies
and expertise at Dalet's disposal
will put the company in prime
position to address the media
management needs of today and
tomorrow.
Dalet AmberFin Platform
In addition to cross-pollinating
the AmberFin technology across
platforms, the Dalet AmberFin
Platform
itself
expands
in
terms of tools and capabilities.
The sophisticated platform for
video ingest, complex media
manipulation, transcoding and
quality control (QC) builds on its
motto that image quality is the
essential requisite, ensuring the
final video quality is "as good as
it can be." In August 2014, Dalet
released the latest version of
AmberFin software, introducing
extended codec support and new
closed captioning functionality.
This will be followed at IBC
with a preview of new temporal
conversion tools and other key
enhancements.
With so much on the move, we
are putting Dalet on the IBC2014
"Companies on the Move" list.
See them at IBC2014.

AmberFin's ingest technology will complement the high-density Dalet Brio platform.


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