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France 2 modernises with Dalet

France Televisions, the French National Public Broadcaster, has selected Dalet Enterprise Edition to modernize its news production platform at France 2, the broadcaster’s largest channel.

In addition to its innovative production tools, the Dalet enterprise solution delivers an SOA compliant Media Asset Management back-office infrastructure that will seamlessly unify France 2’s existing broadcast systems and corporate applications, enhancing technology interoperability and overall production efficiency for creating News and Sports programmes.

The Dalet platform combines production tools with strong metadata management capabilities, improving the production process for cataloging and preparing content from ingest to distribution. Dalet will also provide several software components that will integrate the existing France 2 environment. The new Dalet installation will enhance existing workflows and enable new production processes, as well as protect the investments France 2 has already made.

“We reviewed a range of vendors. The tender process enabled us to determine that Dalet was able to best meet our requirements and integrate their News production tools in our existing environment with our homemade applications. The Dalet system expands our News production capabilities without giving up any of the functionality that we have today,” said Marck Krief, director of engineering and maintenance, France Televisions. “One of the key aspects is that Dalet provides both a technically advanced platform for News production and a modern Media Asset Management back-office. Combined with their experienced consultancy support, it will allow us to adapt to future broadcast workflows, as well as realize many of our own unique initiatives. This is an immense value add.”

The new workflow will feature Dalet’s centralised ingest tools, a comprehensive video production platform, its flexible content catalogue and enterprise search engine. Dalet will tightly integrate with France 2’s craft editors, custom developed applications, existing glossaries and current hardware environment. Simple and complex editing tasks, effects creation and audio sweetening will be fully connected into the workflow. Custom integration based on the MOS protocol will also integrate the in-house developed newsroom computer system (NRCS), providing journalists and producers full access to media assets.

“Dalet’s technology, which provides advanced media production tools for Newsroom workflows, is based on an under layer of metadata and media management services. This Media Asset Management back-office orchestrates workflows for mixed IT and broadcast environments like France 2. Components that typically do not work well together are unified through our technology, and thus provide a flexible and intuitive working environment for staff from ingest to archive,” explained Stephane Schlayen, chief operating officer, Dalet. “The Dalet workflow offers more than improved inter-system communications and productions – it provides return on investment. Our modern SOA infrastructure is dynamic and versatile, allowing France 2 to customize their workflow to best serve their production needs.”

The Dalet MAM core incorporates a workflow engine that facilitates file conversions and distribution, governing complex media exchanges between different applications and platforms. Dalet’s comprehensive metadata management layer ensures assets and metadata are properly shared and enriched by users across all departments of France Televisions.