Perform Expands into IP with Dalet

Sports producer and distributor Perform has strengthened its news production and distribution capabilities with Dalet. The companies are to work together to make Perform a test site for fast turnaround IP-based workflows.

Richard Copeman, Perform’s head of news, explains: “Adding Dalet news scripting, news production and distribution capabilities has enhanced the efficiency of our teams across the globe, allowing Perform to both reduce the number of different systems required and demystify the technical complexities that come with managing large amounts of content for our staff.”

The comprehensive installation will see Perform increase multimedia content output across its international bases and, with Dalet, become a reference test site for fast turnaround IP-based workflows.

Mike Edwards, Perform’s head of post engineering, comments on the deployment: “To achieve our ambitious goals, we worked with Dalet as our technical business partner, building a fluid infrastructure that would respond to both industry and internal demands. These can include the agility to map ever-increasing amounts of data with audio and visual assets in support of our sports news agency Omnisport. The new foundation will allow us to facilitate the swift and secure exchange of files between multiple locations as we spread our operations worldwide.”

Specifically, Perform is using Dalet as the basis of remote workflow operations between the lead UK operation and offices in Munich, Amsterdam and Uruguay. News desk staff in the three local bureaus log in via the Dalet web client, browse media and mark in and out points before sending the clip to a watch folder. Clips can be sent to the UK by the Aspera FASP fast transfer protocol for further editing and routed back to the overseas offices in the same manner.

“This remote workflow, which is individual for each location, has enabled us to grow our offices and further our plans for expansion globally,” says Edwards. “There is no doubt that we would not have been able to achieve this without Dalet.”

Additional feature highlights of the expanded installation could include deployment of the specialized Dalet Sports Logger module, integrated content scheduling with ScheduALL, and deeper integration with Aspera Orchestrator to automate the selection, extraction, processing and distribution of match highlights.

“The next step is to integrate the clips out of Orchestrator with metadata, for which Dalet is the ideal platform,” says Edwards. With an eye for evolving technologies and a further global expansion of its platforms, Perform will work closely with Dalet to become a test site for IP ingest for its newsroom operation.

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