Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC) has employed Dalet Media Life to improve the management of its broadcast archives. Powered by the Dalet Galaxy Media Asset Management (MAM) platform, the CyBC archive offers a unified repository of assets that is directly connected to production, content preparation and content delivery workflows.
“CyBC required a sustainable broadcast archive and has deployed Dalet Media Life to meet and manage this need,” explained Ben Davenport, director of marketing, Dalet. “As part of the project, there is a strong focus on importing and structuring existing metadata and media files coming from different systems. The Dalet MAM platform will facilitate this as well as integrate with current production and playout systems, giving CyBC the ability to better manage and share legacy, current and future content.”
Serving as the content hub for radio, news, sports and commercial broadcasts, CyBC archives span several decades and contain video, audio, books and documents stored on discs, videotapes and siloed storage systems.
The new enterprise workflow leverages advanced metadata management and automation capabilities to facilitate the complexities of transcoding content, propagating metadata, tracking assets, and distributing media.
“Making the switch to a tapeless archive that can be accessed by all departments is key to our strategy,” explained Yioula Kyriacou, engineer, radio and TV studios, CyBC. “Not only are we seeking to rationalise workflow and maximise operational efficiencies by migrating to file-based, we intend to synchronise our access in a way that optimises our ability to re-purpose archival content. Those requirements led us to demand an enterprise level MAM solution with proven integrity in a broadcast operation and one that would interface perfectly with our existing systems. Dalet Media Life is that platform.”
Twelve Dalet Brio broadcast servers support multiple archive ingest scenarios including a massive legacy content migration project. The underlying Dalet Galaxy MAM platform generates metadata-rich content and associated proxies that are stored centrally, while the federated search engine and easy-to-use production tools vastly improve retrieving, enriching and re-purposing CyBC archival assets.
Through a standard web browser, CyBC staff can browse production storage and archives, make shot selections, and storyboard packages using low-resolution proxies. Dalet ensures the corresponding high-resolution media is associated with shot lists and pushed to third-party systems for further editing or distribution.