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  • • Multilingual, multi-platform, multi-location system
  • • Easy to use interface
  • • Industry leading integration capabilities
  • • Mobile app for iOS and Android
  • • Topic concentric digital and linear workflow
  • • Efficient planning and editorial collaboration
  • • Advanced export abilities, including reports and prints
  • • Social media integration with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube
  • • New contacts and guest management
  • • Floating licenses with multi-monitor support

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 Advanced features

Efficient editorial collaboration


Digital-First - Digital or Linear Workflow

The Octopus system facilitates a uniquely intuitive two-way digital or linear workflow. This accommodates customers seeking to transform into a digitally oriented newsroom while at the same time providing very powerful support for linear workflow. Octopus responds efficiently to new technical and operational trends in broadcasting. Our digital-first approach captures this vision.


Social Media And Web Publishing

Octopus 8.2 is even more digitally focused. It integrates easily with various web CMS systems as well as leading social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram, so you can close performance gaps and effectively engage your audience.


Collaborative Workflow

Octopus delivers advanced planning collaboration, topic centric workflow, short-term and long-term shared editorial planning, regardless of the output format or platform. Users are able to quickly create a new theme (an item in an agenda, a current event) with as many components as possibly needed. This simplifies the process for all members of the broadcast team.


Enhanced Publishing to Social Platforms or Websites

Octopus 8.2 allows publishing to social platforms or websites directly from the long-term and short-term planning area, thus even social posts stay attached to the topic and are easily trackable. This is a significant step towards better cooperation between the linear and digital publishing workflows, allowing resources to be used in a more efficient way thanks to sharing information among teams.


Efficient Collaborative on Story Preparation


Easy Integration with Vizrt Mosart

You can now define and change the automation templates in a story without launching any external plugins. This significantly speeds up rundown preparation for workflows with Vizrt Mosart studio automation. You can control the template type and its properties from single drop-down menu, bounded to every element or object in the story.


End-to-end Rundown Management

Octopus offers the most versatile and powerful features live broadcasters are ever likely to need. From rundown creation all the way to archiving, Octopus has everything you need for live linear and digital broadcasting.



Enhanced Rundown End Timing

In previous Octopus versions, editors could set a start-time and planned duration. The end time was always calculated accordingly. If your MCR specifies a fixed time for your show to end, rather than when to start, Octopus 8.2 now allows editors to specify the end time and automatically re-calculates the start time or the duration, depending on the best scenario for you.


Quick Story Creation Buttons

Live production can be stressful with very little time to react, Octopus introduces the quick story creation buttons which are available in every rundown and story folder. This feature offers a fast and straightforward UI, with the ability to customisable shortcuts. For instance, users can create a new story with just one key press, including, inline editing and even work in an "Excel-like" mode.


Precise Rundown Timing

In the rundown, Octopus 8 displays all of the required timing information, including, the planned duration, real-time duration, back-time, hit time, countdown and many other options, including, customisable slug colours, status colours and the forms are available to all users.


Enhanced Rundown End Timing

In previous Octopus versions, editors could set a start-time and planned duration. The end time was always calculated accordingly. If your MCR specifies a fixed time for your show to end, rather than when to start, Octopus 8.2 now allows editors to specify the end time and automatically re-calculates the start time or the duration, depending on the best scenario for you.


Segment Timing

When running a very long rundown (morning shows for example can sometimes last up to 5 hours) editors often need to run segments of the shows at a specific time. An example is a fixed 5-minute commercial block that needs to be aired every 30 minutes). Segment Timing is a practical tool that helps you manage segment timing while still keeping a control over the entire show. In Octopus 8.2, the editor can specify what time a segment should be aired and then monitor the segment timing on the timer bar.


More Editable Content from the Rundown View

Prior to 8.2 it was only possible to edit story content inside the story. Essential content can now be edited directly within the rundown view. This works well, especially if you need to change templates like the 'camera' quickly, when working with studio automation, or if you need to quickly insert or replace a clip or edit a CG text from the rundown view. Or you can show CG text lines, and first and last words.


Quick List Editing

8.2 allows editing fields in the rundown view to be faster using a new option to switch from the safe edit mode (enabled by F2) to a quick edit mode (triggered by any key). With this mode an editor or rundown producer can modify story field parameters such as title or planned duration much faster by typing directly into the relevant field.


Rundown Templates Insertion

Sometimes a predefined set of stories needs to be inserted into an existing rundown. For example, a Breaking News set can contain the segment slug, opening bumper slug, one or two stories about the topic and a closing bumper slug. Editors can now quickly insert a predefined set of slugs (template) into a rundown by a simple action. An unlimited number of these templates can be predefined.


Rundown Export

Octopus can Deep Archive rundowns out of the box, which means all your old rundowns can be easily exported to an XML format. Furthermore, you may choose whether to keep them in the system or have them removed through this export. In addition, the Octopus API facilitates access to 3rd party systems for most data-types offering enhanced flexibility.


Enhanced Segment Handling

Octopus 8.2 adds segment control buttons to the bottom bar of every rundown. This allows you to expand or collapse all segments in your show quickly. If desired, a segment that is being aired can expand automatically.


Channel Associated Rundown Types and Templates

Rundown templates can now be associated with a specific channel, accessibility being limited to relevant user groups.


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Double-Column Scripting

The Octopus story script is separated into three parts: technical, script and assets. You can choose whether to have all of them expanded and work on all aspects of the story, or to focus on individual sections. There’s even the option to cover the social media while having the story open.


Visual Script History

Identify changes in your script using the story history where users can easily compare any two versions of the same story and see the differences highlighted in various colours.


Library of Banned Words

A list of banned words can be defined in Octopus along with the recommended alternatives that users should choose instead of using the unwanted expressions.


Planning and workflow management


Cost saving

Newsroom executives can further reduce costs by optimising valuable workflow time. Octopus reduces wasted time by facilitating improved sharing options. Content and resources can be shared in real-time between multiple teams working on the same topic and from different platforms.


Enhanced Planned Topic Display

8.2 also enhances the way the various planned topics can be displayed, with a newly added set of view (Agenda/Calendar/Timeline). These added features offer extended functionality for a variety of situations such as planning daily tasks and meetings in the agenda with an easy option to print, providing a clear overview in the calendar and focusing on the detailed schedule in the timeline view.


Contacts and Guest Management

The core Octopus system includes effective contact management allowing users to store and manage all their contacts in a secure and central location. Access rights and usability can be set for each contact individually. In addition, it is easy to manage guests lists.


Editorial and Approval Workflows

Octopus can ensure that all scripts, video, CG and other content published to a running order, social media or website are approved according to the requirements of each newsroom.


Management of all Incoming Feeds

Octopus helps you collect all your incoming feeds from various news agency sources, emails, field reporters, RSS feeds, and many other sources. The system can handle and display text and images as well as video and audio materials.


Link 'Anything to Anything' Easily

Octopus offers a ‘’Drop and Drag’’ feature allowing users to easily move or link objects within the system. Users can link wires to stories, archived stories to active stories, media files to an assignment, URL, images, or PDF files to a contact, etc.


Social Media, Web and Field Reporters


Collaboration across Multiple Platforms

Octopus 8.2 enables multiple users from multiple teams to collaborate on various topics, no matter what the output platforms would be (TV, radio, social media, web CMS, etc.)


Social Media Integration

Octopus integrates with the most popular social media platforms in both directions, meaning that users can search the content of these platforms and follow hashtags and keywords. They can also publish to one or multiple accounts on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other platforms. The Octopus 8 Social Media Hub also tracks the feedback from your followers.


Website CMS Connectivity

Octopus 8 connects directly with major CMS systems such as WordPress, Joomla or CoreMedia, enabling scripts and articles to be uploaded dynamically to web portals simplifying the workload for journalists.


Octopus Journalist App

Remote users, as well as in-house reporters, can enhance their experience and access the system from their cell phone or tablet using the Octopus Journalist App. This enables journalists to work directly from remote locations, share media assets, access wires and rundowns, and create stories directly from a smartphone or tablet.


User-friendly technology


Same Client Interface Everywhere

Thanks to its system design and web-based technology, Octopus allows users to work with a familiar interface whether they are in the newsroom, in the field or at home.


Cross-Platform Client and Server

Octopus runs natively on any major operating system, be it Windows, OS X or Linux. There is no need for a parallel operating system, no additional licensing, and no remote sessions.


Support for all Languages

Octopus supports input in any language thanks to its support for Unicode. Even the GUI can be translated to any language specified by a customer. Simultaneous operation in multiple languages is fully supported.


Floating Licensing Model

Octopus system licensing is based on concurrent user connections. Instead of purchasing seat licenses, customers need only purchase the number of floating licenses required to support concurrent users.


MOS Compliant

Octopus is compliant with the latest version of MOS. Octopus is fully compatible with the Emmy-award-winning MOS technology MOS protocol. It fully supports the placeholder workflow, thumbnails and proxy preview, item status and channel assignments.


Clips On-Air History Report

In Rundowns, Octopus 8.2 records when each MOS object is on-air (meaning it receives on-air status from playout) so you can check its on-air report later in the Media section.


Contact Invitations

Octopus 8.2 improves the process of inviting guests from your contact list. You can now easily monitor the invitations history to avoid duplicated invites. You can log the communication history with guest and enter more data about the invite, like the price and confirmation status.


Contact Field and Folder Permissions

8.2 allows you to control who can read or write to different fields in the contact list. Contacts can be organised into multiple folders showing sensitive information only to an authorised user or group of users.


Support for HTML5 and MOS ActiveX plugins

As a MOS-compliant system, Octopus 8 supports not just the ActiveX technology but also the latest HTML5-based plugins. Whereas ActiveX is being phased out due to its limited compatibility, HTML5 plugins are OS and platform agnostic, offering support for Windows (including Windows 10), OS X, Linux computers, tablets and mobile devices.


PostgreSQL Database

Octopus uses a powerful relational database with SQL to store the data. This delivers many advantages such as better data security and maintenance, consistency in the data and of course speed and efficiency. Octopus also offers the ability to create replicas of the data and/or cluster.


REST API Interface and Exports

Octopus 8 provides an easy to use REST API, available via HTTP. This interface allows customers to build their own applications which can communicate and exchange specific data with the newsroom system. Octopus 8 also supports manual and automated exports and imports.


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