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Kazakhstani media centre deploys Dalet MAM solution

Dalet has announced the initial deployment of its MAM platform and video and audio solutions at the recently opened Astana Media Centre in Kazakhstan.

Dalet Digital Media Systems, a developer of Media Asset Management (MAM) solutions, software and services has announced the initial deployment of its MAM platform and video and audio solutions at the recently opened Astana Media Centre (AMC) in Kazakhstan. Four Dalet Enterprise Edition systems will provide the operational MAM backbone for the centre’s workflows including: production/programme preparation for long form and episodic TV series for broadcast; the country’s National Media Archive; news production and radio broadcasting. When it formally opens in May 2012, all of the country’s national TV and radio stations, the National Media Archive and international broadcasters will operate from the new, 24-story state-of-the-art facility which features several multi-camera studios, auditoriums and event venues, office space as well as several indoor and outdoor multimedia presentation screens. “Astana will be one of the most advanced production facilities in the region offering content producers the most relevant and sophisticated studios and tools for creating high quality content for national and syndicated distribution”, said Stephane Schlayen, chief operating officer, Dalet SA. “We’re very pleased that Kazakhstan’s government and our integrator Akfa Teknoloji have incorporated Dalet technologies as part of the country’s groundbreaking expansion in media production.” AMC will also rely on Dalet’s toolsets to streamline tasks associated with each unique workflow. For example in programme prep, the toolsets facilitate ingest, content enrichment, language subtitling, version management, quality control, compliance, approval processes and promo production. AMC will use Dalet’s toolsets for end-to-end news production as well as multichannel television and radio operations. The AMC Dalet systems are scaled to handle at least 450 simultaneous users across the production, news, radio and archiving units. “With its modern infrastructure and tools, the Astana Media Center will be a magnet for content producers and entertainment companies,” said Vladislav Bogusevich, technical director for AMC. “It was very important that we select a technologically advanced system that can address current and future needs while proving state-of-the-art tools for the creative community. With Dalet’s proven and global experience, including many successful installations throughout Russia, we felt very confident about using Dalet at AMC. It puts us in the top tier of production and broadcast facilities. It was equally important to have a robust MAM system to securely manage our country’s official media archive. Dalet has the power and flexibility to meet the very precise and specialised needs of archivists as we preserve our media heritage.” Dalet Enterprise Edition facilitated multiple integrations with different systems to ensure a unified production and delivery chain for AMC. These include Netapp and Omneon Media Grid storage, Final Cut Pro editing systems, Vizrt ContentPilot graphics, Pharos automation, Evertz video routers, Rhozet Carbon transcoders, Omneon Spectrum video servers and QualStore tape library with Xendata archiving software. “This project is a tremendous undertaking, offering the most innovative systems for all types of video and multimedia content production in the region. With capacity for 20 TV channels, 50 video edit suites, 10 radio stations and 35 audio production suites, it was essential that we incorporate Dalet’s Media Asset Management system to effectively manage the high volume of content, different workflows, media and metatadata for content production and broadcasts at AMC, “said Fatih Aktas, chairman of Akfa Teknoloji. “On the production side, Dalet’s integrated tools for TV, radio and news production are very easy to use and fully integrated for streamlined and efficient workflows from ingest through archiving and multiplatform distribution.”