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DiReCT is a suite of applications that manages the automated transfer of digital assets such as graphic animations, bugs, templates as well as audio assets in multichannel broadcast facilities from the point of ingestion through playout.
Built on the VDS Cortex platform, DiReCT continuously monitors the station automation playlist in advance to determine the schedule of utilization for each of the asset elements that have been ingested into the system.
Based on the playlist, DiReCT transfers those digital assets to the graphics branding or audio edge devices and verifies that the correct assets are on the correct devices so that automated playout can occur.
DiReCT also continuously manages disk space utilization on edge devices, as well as on the graphics storage server, according to facility-defined metadata and usage statistics.
DiReCT automatically assigns metadata such as ingest date/time, file size, and usage statistics to the digital assets. DiReCT also allows facility operators to assign additional metadata such as expiry date/time, description, and user-defined status (permanent, temporary, media needed, etc). Operators may define metadata fields at will, for a completely extensible system that may be used for order fulfillment, statistical analysis, and automated management.
DiReCT's distributed user interface allows anyone in the facility with the right login credentials to review system status or change settings.
The DiReCT system provides multi-channel facilities with the ability to manage digital assets with much greater accuracy, efficiency, and frequency. The system is easily integrated into existing equipment and currently interfaces to automation systems including Harris ADC and Omnibus as well as a wide range of broadcast graphics devices.
DiReCT provides for a view of the automation time-line, as well as all the scheduled asset transfers. This is presented in the DiReCT distributed user interface.