Dalet turnkey system installed at Israel’s i24news
ISRAEL: Dalet Digital Media Systems recently provided a Dalet News Suite turnkey system for Israel’s new 24-hour news channel, i24news. Working closely with i24news, Dalet Professional Services designed, installed and configured the system. Dalet also trained journalists, ensuring the sizeable newsroom operation was fully functional within just 90 days.
Based in Jaffa port, Tel Aviv, the broadcaster transmits in English, French and Arabic via a combination of satellite, cable and using the internet. The installation features the MAM-driven Dalet News Suite solution, two Dalet Brio 4:4 ingest and playout servers, Harmonic ProMedia Carbon transcoders, Quantum LTO Tape Library, and Brightcove CMS. In all, over 100 user workstations are deployed at i24news.
‘Our mission is to cover international news with a new perspective that is lacking in today’s fast-paced, channel-zapping culture,’ explained Effy Lupo, CTO of i24news. ‘By broadcasting in three languages, i24news is dedicated to presenting another voice from the Middle East, based on the twin pillars of independence and openness. With any operation such as this, there are always economic challenges to be met, but quality must never be compromised. Dalet was absolutely the right choice as a partner in this operation because the complete system allows us to rationalise the workflow while maximising the output and revenue for a minimal production cost.’
‘Dalet’s skilled professional services team worked closely with i24news staff on all aspects of the operations, from workflow design to managing the project installation and training staff,’ added Johann Zemmour, Dalet’s director of sales. ‘Given the complexity of the operation and number of partners involved, this was an extraordinarily fast deployment. We can credit a portion of this success to the maturity of the Dalet News platform. With so many installations in newsrooms around the world, the Dalet News Suite solution can be implemented in virtually any newsroom operation turnkey – no customisation needed. Dalet News Suite already encompasses the production capabilities, integrations and underlying workflow engine for the modern broadcasters.’
Over 150 journalists use Dalet to access and share the same content for the news bulletins, talk shows and magazine programs in all three languages. Material arriving at the station is ingested into the Dalet system via Dalet Brio servers. As content is ingested, Dalet automatically creates proxy versions for use in content review and production, and for putting programme rundowns together.
i24news journalists access Dalet’s tools to create multimedia stories and newscasts from their desktops, while the Dalet MAM core ensures that the same ingested material is available for craft editors using Adobe Premiere for the creation of long form programming.
In addition, Dalet News Suite provides a versatile editorial and production workflow engine that streamlines every aspect of news production, delivery and archiving. For example, in the production environment, it integrates with the station’s Vizrt graphics system to provide graphics (such as lower thirds and captions) generated in the three languages. For delivery to multimedia platforms, Harmonic ProMedia Carbon transcoders convert files into appropriate formats ready for publishing. Those files are then delivered in the appropriate format to the i24news website using the Brightcove Content Management Service (CMS).
‘Having an interface with a comprehensive CMS is critical,’ furthered Ms Lupo. ‘With Dalet being linked to Brightcove, i24news is able to integrate services and content better for distribution over the web and multi-platforms that have become so crucial in today’s 24/7 news environment.’
Archiving is another vital part of the news operation, leading Dalet to supply a Quantum LTO tape library for storage. Transmissions are also ingested into the Brio servers, in readiness for later reruns through the broadcaster’s Harmonic Spectrum servers in master control.