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Dalet to acquire Ooyala Flex Media Platform business

Dalet, a provider of solutions and services for content pros and broadcasters, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the Ooyala Flex Media Platform business. The asset deal includes the Ooyala Flex Media Platform, as well as Ooyala personnel across sales, marketing, engineering, professional services and support.

The Ooyala Flex Media Platform, which is primarily sold as a subscription/SaaS offering, services OTT and digital media distribution workflows. The acquisition of these assets, personnel, and customers will expand the Dalet solutions offering to more verticals and tiers beyond its traditional customer base in production and news workflows, and will accelerate Dalet’s strategic move to increase recurring revenue models, with a subscription/SaaS-based services offering.

“By acquiring Ooyala, Dalet widens the markets it can address in terms of verticals and their respective tiers of complexity. A perfect complement to our existing Dalet Galaxy five offering in our traditional markets, the Ooyala Flex Media Platform also opens opportunities for new customers such as corporate brands, telcos, leagues and sports teams, who are looking to simply manage their media assets. The modern metadata management and orchestration capabilities of the Ooyala Flex Media Platform bring what these organizations need to lower TCO, improve agility and reduce time to market,” says David Lasry, chief executive officer for Dalet.

New LTO-7 archive solution from XenData

XenData has launched its new SXL-8 video archive system, which is based on the company’s SX-250 archive server and an LTO-7 autoloader that holds up to 7 LTO-7 cartridges. The system attaches to a network via 1GbE or 10GbE and manages digital content across three tiers of storage: 6 TB of disk within the server, 42 TB of near-line LTO and unlimited capacity of offline LTO cartridges.

The autoloader minimizes the need for operator intervention when compared to a system with external LTO drives. The XenData system will automatically initialize and load blank cartridges when needed as the archive grows, and if automatic LTO cartridge replication is selected, the system can be scheduled to update replica cartridges overnight to maximize daily workflow performance. The system will also issue email alerts and on-screen messages when operator intervention is required to exchange full LTO tapes for new blank cartridges, or to import an offline cartridge for file restores.

Files are presented in a standard file/folder structure that is typically shared over the network, and means that the archive appears just like a disk drive. Files are transferred to and from the archive locally by using either the standard Windows network protocol (CIFS/SMB) or FTP file transfers.

In addition, the system provides an object storage interface using an XML API. These interface options mean that the system works with most media asset management systems and other applications used in the creative video industry. Software modules are available that deliver a tight integration with specific applications, including for Avid Interplay Production and for archiving Avid projects from shared edit storage. Alternatively, video files may be archived and restored manually to a file/folder structure using Windows Explorer or FTP utilities.

The SXL-8 systems write to either 6TB LTO-7 or 2.5TB LTO-6 cartridges using the LTFS exchange format or the open standard TAR format. LTO cartridges provide highly reliable storage with archival lifetimes of 30 years.

The SXL-8 is intended for mounting in a 19-inch rack, taking only 2RU of rack space. Options include the addition of 10 GbE Ethernet ports and Fibre Channel ports for connection to a SAN. The base system includes USB 3.0 ports, which are ideal for connecting USB disk drives as sources for archiving content to LTO.

The SXL-8 system is priced at $15,880.

Michael Devine joins workflow specialists Masstech

Masstech Group, which provides media asset management, archive and workflow solutions, has hired industry vet Michael Devine a a member of the company’s North American sales team.

Devine brings over 20 years of experience servicing broadcast and media companies, most recently with digital media services provider RR Media. Prior to that, he worked as a regional sales manager for Front Porch Digital and held a variety of sales positions for software vendors including Signiant, VideoBank and eMotion.

One of the solutions he’ll be selling is the company’s flagship Masstech for Enterprise, a complete media asset management, archiving and transcoding solution for file-based media operations.  The company will be exhibiting at the upcoming NAB show in Vegas.

NAB: CatDV’s Dave Clack previews upcoming new tools

Las Vegas — Dave Clack, CEO of UK-based CatDV, chatted with postPerspective during the NAB show about some new offerings the company was previewing at the convention.

One of those products is CatDV 11, which features a 64-bit architecture and a new playback engine supporting the latest broadcast formats and native Red Epic footage. These are enabled by the addition of player plug-ins for QuickTime, Libavcodec (the technology behind VLC and FFMPEG) and Red. The MXF wrapper option is also extended to include Red metaclip support.

CatDV 11 also features enhanced support for large installations with global metadata fields. At the same time CatDV 11 delivers key usability improvements including the introduction of colored labels in search results, to help make finding media even easier.

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EditShare qualifies Mavericks for its shared storage, asset management, archiving tools

Boston — EditShare is now offering Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) compatibility for all its shared storage, Flow media asset management and Ark archiving and back-up products.

EditShare (http://editshare.com) customers using Mavericks with Avid Media Composer 7.0.3 and 6.5.4.1, Final Cut Pro X 10.1, and Pro Tools 11.1 can connect to EditShare shared storage systems via Thursby’s DAVE 11 SMB client, or via AFP for optimal performance. Media Composer 7.0.3 editors who connect to EditShare shared storage via AFP and 10GB Ethernet will see marked performance improvements even when editing multiple streams of 10-bit uncompressed HD.

EditShare integrates high-performance shared storage solutions (XStream, Energy and Field) with video ingest (Geevs and Flow), media asset management (Flow), and archive and back-up (Ark) tools to offer broadcast and post production professionals a productivity-enhancing, tapeless workflow on a highly scalable infrastructure.