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.
One of the major new features is the support for AI in Octopus X. Videos that are coming to Octopus from both our apps will be analyzed for faces, categories and users will be able to see which person appears in the video before actually watching it. It will give the journalists the ability to use those information for CGs with the actual timecode when the person appears in the video, use speech-to-text and much more.
The latest Octopus X system has been adjusted to help users get around the system easier, work faster with a redesign of the user interface in certain key areas of the system.
The core Octopus system includes effective contact management and guest booking system 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.
Octopus X enhances the way how events can be organized and displayed, with a newly added set of views (Agenda/Calendar/Timeline). These added features offer extended functionality for a variety of situations such as planning your 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.
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.
Revolutionize your newsroom with the brand new Octopus iReporter App. This app will help you build an active digital community and turn viewers into mobile reporters.
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.
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.
For the very first time, Octopus X will allow multiple users to work on a single script simultaneously. For instance, one user may edit the script while another couple of users may be preparing all the production cues of the same script.
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 X 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 various teams within an organization could now use the same toolset and collaborate better.
Octopus X delivers advanced planning collaboration, topic centric workflow, short-term and long-term shared editorial planning, regardless of the output format or platform. Users can quickly create a new event with as many details as possibly needed. This simplifies the process for all members of the broadcast team.
Broadcasters with multiple locations may use the Octopus Multisite option to interconnect several Octopus systems into 1 unit and let users share content across teams, bureaus, locations as if they were working on their local newsroom system.
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 customizable shortcuts.
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.
Various production cues or technical details, such as CGs and other MOS objects may be inserted into the script area using various third party plugins or in most cases, simply by using the customizable keyboard shortcuts.
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 colors.
A list of banned words can be defined in Octopus along with the recommended alternatives that users should choose instead of using unwanted expressions.
Octopus X enhances the way 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.
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.
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 contacts, etc.
Various users or user groups may be notified within the system, or on their cell phones or emails in case topics have been assigned to them, approval is needed, a story status has changed, in the event of breaking news or other common cases.
The Octopus X system offers a very powerful yet intuitive mobile app for users in the field as well as in the newsroom. The app allows access to all wires, rundowns, planning items and much more. Users may edit existing rundown scripts or create new stories on their mobile phones, no matter where they are.
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.
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, customizable slug colors, status colors and the forms are available to all users.
Octopus X allows users to change any content in the rundown columns, including automation commands like the 'camera' faster and easier than ever.
All the recurring and regular shows in Octopus X may be defined and based on rundown templates. Users would never have to worry about the creation of a blank show as it will be created automatically by the system.
Octopus X integrates with the most popular social media platforms in both directions, meaning that users can search the content, follow users, hashtags, keywords as well as they can also publish to one or multiple accounts on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and other platforms.
Octopus X allows users not just to publish to various social media sites, but also to follow the popularity of these posts, such as the number of shares, likes, and comments.
Octopus X connects directly to 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.
With Octopus X users will be able to display social media content on screen simply by drag and dropping the selected tweet or post to a rundown or story script. Octopus will automatically select the related CG template and paste the content of the post right into the predefined CG template.
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.
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.
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.
As a MOS-compliant system, Octopus X 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.
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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