Octopus Newsroom Expands Features For Version 8.1 NRCS Software

Optimized for use in television, sports and esports newsrooms, Octopus Newsroom’s collaborative workflow software provides all the capability required for the news production process. It also includes the necessary tools to publish content to web and social media channels. At the Broadcast Asia 2018 Show in June, the company will demonstrate an expanded feature set as part of the latest software version (8.1).

Octopus runs natively on Linux, Apple OS X and Microsoft Windows platforms and is scalable from a single channel with just a few bulletins per day to full-scale 24/7 networks. Mobile apps for Google Android and Apple iOS tablets as well as smartphones give reporters and editors working remotely instant access to all wires, rundowns and assignments. Field-based staff can also edit stories within a rundown, preview prompter text and create wires and reports in the field.

Octopus version 8.1 adds a wide array of new capabilities designed to increase newsroom efficiency. These include:

  • Addition of user rights for MOS devices.
  • Advanced clip and rundown management.
  • Default custom print form per menu item.
  • Detachable notification widgets.
  • Drag-and-drop of emails to topic from the most often used desktop email clients.
  • Enhanced assignment sorting and grouping.
  • Fast clip insertion/replacement.
  • Fast conform of rundown timing after a rehearsal.
  • Fast story editing.
  • Freely customizable color coding of main menu items.
  • Journalist app can now record audio clips for easy attachment to the relevant story.
  • Live on-air insertion of social media posts.
  • Named rundowns can be displayed in the main menu.
  • Repeatable assignments now supported.
  • Rules-based archiving of social media content.
  • Social media integration enhanced with the ability to handle Facebook comments.
  • Twitter posting now allows 280 characters instead of the former limit of 140 characters.
  • Video can now be posted direct from Octopus to Twitter as well.

The Broadcast Asia exhibit will feature the successful use of Octopus for sports broadcasting. The company said this application generally centers on a more spontaneous presentation style than the tightly scripted approach used in most news productions.

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