India’s Doordarshan digitizes national media archives

Indian national broadcaster Doordarshan has implemented the Dalet Media Library system to digitalize its national media archives.

With central operations in Dehli, Doordarshan has bureaus throughout the country and reaches a national audience. Doordarshan archives include thousands of hours of programs, covering India’s cultural, historical and religious events, current affairs and government and political commentary.

Most of this archive was largely untapped because the content was not easily searchable and existed only in tape-based versions, making it difficult to share. With the help of integrator HCL Infosystems, Dalet has installed a robust media asset management platform that facilitates the migration of existing tape-based content as well as newly created content into a centralized digital repository. The Dalet search and browse engine in Dalet Media Library makes the material easily accessible both locally by workstations connected to the network and remotely by any PC with a Web connection.

The new Doordarshan digital workflow incorporates NetApp NAS technology for ingest and production online storage, and IBM tape library for nearline storage, controlled by a Front Porch Digital DIVA HSM. Dalet Media Library manages all the media operations, such as conversions of media into proxies for fast online viewing, transfers between different storage units and indexing of video content. Dalet also provides tools for search, retrieval, storyboarding, exchange and integration to ensure content distribution.