Dalet and Softel Integration Offers Streamlined Program Preparation and Deeper Metadata Mining

Date: 17/04/2012
Softel and Dalet announced today that their integrated subtitling and captioning solution based on Softel's Swift(TM) vTX and Dalet Media Life has been successfully deployed at several customer locations around the world. Developed as the result of a partnership between the two companies, first announced at NAB 2011, the integration provides a highly efficient platform for a variety of subtitling and captioning processes and has enabled broadcasters to optimize their video assets and mine this rich metadata.
 
The integration allows the text from subtitles and closed captions associated with a video asset to be searched and reviewed directly from within the Dalet MAM system. Softel's software enables customers to extract encoded subtitles and captions from archives or recently-produced/ingested materials for re-purposing. 
 
These extracted assets can then be converted by Softel's Swift vTX into a variety of target subtitle or caption file formats, including those commonly used with content delivered to new media devices. These files are stored in the Media Life content catalog where they can be automatically pushed to different publishing platforms or maintained for later use, saving customers the expense of providing live subtitles and captions for content that has already aired. 
 
"The result of our year-long partnership with Dalet offers substantial benefits for users of Dalet Media Life," says Sam Pemberton, Softel CEO. "Anyone involved in the production of multiple formats for multiple platforms knows that subtitles and captions need to be integrated tightly and efficiently into the workflow; otherwise complexity quickly becomes unmanageable. This integrated solution is truly elegant and delivers a much simpler, faster and more reliable workflow that encourages the reuse of assets, in turn enhancing customer profitability, and demonstrates compelling ROI. Enabling rich metadata search is increasingly important to our customers and we are delighted to offer this functionality in a streamlined and efficient workflow." 
 
"Our integration with Softel really simplifies the workflow for our customers, especially those working with long-form programs," says Raoul Cospen, director of marketing, Dalet. "Users who are preparing content can access, manipulate, and validate subtitles directly in a Web client, using the Dalet preview window and easy-to-use tools. It produces a very smooth and time-saving workflow especially with the automated publishing capability that shifts all the technical complexity to back-office servers." 
 
About Softel Swift vTX
Softel's Swift vTX enables automatic insertion, encoding and transcoding of subtitles, captions and other video ancillary data. Broadcasters use Swift vTX as part of a file-based workflow to re-purpose content quickly and easily, enabling multiplatform and worldwide distribution in SD and HD to a complete array of viewing devices. Swift vTX encodes subtitles and captions into a wide range of video file formats, including MXF, and has direct interfaces with leading video servers for complete flexibility and seamless integration with a variety of workflows.
 
About Dalet Media Life
Built on the advanced and well-proven Media Asset Management platform of Dalet Enterprise Edition, Media Life harnesses resources, unifying content in a centralized, highly structured database with interconnections to other systems and subsystems. Integral tools for ingest, QC, compliance, content enrichment and other functions fast-track the production workflow. The all-encompassing MAM layer brings together the various versions, resolutions and business uses of media and metadata to add efficiency and value. More information about Dalet products can be found at www.dalet.com.
 
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Tags: Softel | Dalet | subtitling | captioning | metadata
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