VOD Sports Service DAZN Banks on Dalet

The Perform Group is using Dalet Galaxy as part of its production system for its Japanese operation. The Tokyo facility uses Dalet Galaxy to produce and deliver J.League game highlights and magazine format program content.

DAZN, which launched in Japan in August last year, is a subscription-based OTT provider of multimedia sports content. Its offer in Japan is based around Perform’s 10-year rights agreement to broadcast the domestic premier J.League games live streams, highlights and magazine programs. To facilitate production and distribution Perform selected a Dalet Galaxy platform to connect other technologies used at DAZN, including Evertz Dream Catcher, XenDataQualstarAdobe Premiere Pro CC and Avid ProTools.

Explains Robin Williams, Perform Group post engineering manager, Tokyo: “Dalet has shown its worth in managing the large volumes of data generated daily for the J.League. We've been able to craft ingest workflows that automatically fill out metadata forms based on the file extensions, move media to its allocated location, and enable retention policies based on the media type. These workflows have allowed the DAZN team to maximize output efficiency while increasing the value of all content thanks to rich metadata collection within Dalet Galaxy.”

Dalet Galaxy manages content ingest from satellite sources via the Dalet Brio I/O environment, orchestrating all asset transactions for the DAZN VOD workflow. Web-based tools such as Dalet WebSpace let staff assemble and deliver highlight packages and magazine show content to the DAZN platform and archives, while modules such as Dalet Xtend for Premiere bring post-production into the main workflow with bidirectional metadata tracking. Dalet AmberFin takes care of all media processing with integrated ingest, mastering, QC and review functionality. Dalet API-based integrations with third-party systems allow Perform to design workflows tailored for its Japanese operation.

“The functionality of the Dalet Galaxy MAM and its integration with other systems and workflows meant that it was the obvious choice for the creation of highlights and promotional content for J.League post-production teams,” explains Mike Edwards, head of post engineering, Perform Group. “The expansion of the Tokyo platform and the creation of new workflows further cements Perform’s relationship with Dalet as a key partner, as Perform continues to expand and develop post-production facilities around the world.”

The Tokyo site is linked with Perform’s UK production hub for efficient content collaboration, with Aspera handling fast file transfers between bureaus.

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