Octopus Newsroom Computer System Goes Live at ILTV, Nassau

Octopus announces the completion of a multi-seat newsroom computer system at the headquarters of ILTV Studios in Nassau. Supplied by Octopus Newsroom partner Midtown Video in Miami, the new system is designed for simultaneous operation by up to 12 concurrent users working on a mix of computer platforms.

“ILTV was looking to implement a fully featured NRCS as part of a major refurbishment of its production facilities,” says Gene Sudduth, Octopus Newsroom’s National Sales Director for North America. “Key requirements were a solution that could be used easily by staff in the newsroom and which could be purchased on a no-nonsense permanent license model. Octopus scored strongly on both points. We also supplied 10 Octopus iOS/Android Mobile client licenses extending functionality to users away from their desks. Midtown Video did a great job liaising with the ILTV during pre-sales discussions and progressing right through to completion.”

“Octopus provides all the facilities needed in a modern newsroom,” adds Fernando Iglesias, VP or Operations/Sales at Midtown Video. “It is software-based, the core system being housed on user-supplied server hardware. Being modular, Octopus is easy to match to individual users, so they only have to invest in the elements actually critical to their current business model. Future expansion is very easily accommodated.”

“The system we have provided to ILTV includes a PostgreSQL database, a full-text search engine for searching within and outside the Octopus system, plus a built-in Assignment Desk with integrated calendar. Additionally integrated are topic bins, user-to-user messaging, an address book, guest management and versatile script archiving tools.”

“We were also commissioned to provide Social Media Integration including YouTube sourcing and scheduled publishing. Newsroom staff can also follow Twitter users, track trending topics on Twitter, search for Twitter keywords or publish text and images to Twitter. They can also ingest and publish text, still images and video to Facebook.”

The Octopus 8 newsroom computer system at ILTV employs MOS integration with ChyronHego CAMIO powered graphics, Autocue QMaster teleprompting and NewTek Tricaster/NewsMaker. 24/7 premium support for one year forms an important part of the contract, including telephone hotline and online support, updates and upgrades to the latest Octopus versions.

ILTV Studios (http://iltvstudios.com) is a state-of-the-art production studio located in Nassau, The Bahamas. ILTV curates entertaining, informative and engaging TV shows for viewers to enjoy. Viewers can this year look forward to ‘The Stew’ which is a daytime talk TV show, ‘Chef if Up’, where they can take their taste buds on a journey with talented chefs, and The Bahamas’ first game show – called the ‘The Big Bang’.

Midtown Video helps companies implement AV and broadcast solutions by providing custom design, installation, training and maintenance for the life of the system. From TV stations to corporate headquarters, college campuses to sports arenas, Midtown Video has successfully integrated computer-controlled boardroom video teleconferencing, video walls, complete production studios and other professional systems. Long time connections with clients and relationships with world class manufacturers remain MV’s strongest testimonial.

Founded in 1998, Octopus Newsroom is today the world’s leading producer of newsroom computer systems. With more than 50 MOS partners, Octopus advocates an open ecosystem using the MOS protocol which enables operators to choose freely among high-quality providers of graphics, playout, MAM, prompters, traffic-handing and advertising solutions. Octopus Newsroom has successfully installed systems into more than 300 channels around the world. Based on Unicode, Octopus Newsroom products support all major character sets including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Vietnamese.

Midtown Video’s Jesse Miller Selected as CI 40 Under 40 Rising Star

We congratulate our own GM, Jesse Miller, a rising star in the video/audio integration industry. Jesse is featured in Commercial Intergator Magazine’s 5th annual CI 40 Influencers Under 40 featuring AV technicians, bosses, consultants, programmers and more that make the AV industry a brighter place.


Thaler Media Update from the Western Amateur Championship

How Thaler Media pulled off historic live coverage of the 2018 Western Amateur Championship using remote IP production and streaming.

While the Western Amateur Championship has taken place annually since 1899, this year marks the first time this storied golf tournament has been covered live. Many golf greats, including Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Justin Leonard, Ben Crenshaw, and Curtis Strange, won the coveted Western Amateur title early in their careers.

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Shooting behind the scenes with Sony F55 camera and LiveU LU600 portable transmission system

Thaler Media Streams Live from Hospitality Tents at The Honda Classic 2018 Golf Tournament

Midtown Video, NewTek and LiveU go above and beyond to make this unique venture a reality


While sports networks pay handsomely for the exclusive rights to broadcast major golf championships, such as The Honda Classic 2018 tournament, Thaler Media President Lowell Thaler recognized that there was another really interesting “show within the show” that had heretofore gone unnoticed—the hospitality tent parties taking place near the greens at the PGA National Golf Club.

Sponsored by major brands, like Gossling’s Rum and Tito’s Vodka, these hospitality tents provide beverages, refreshments, and entertainment to the event’s special VIP guests, as well as a great vantage point to watch golfers as they take their shots nearby and on big-screen displays.

With his professional background producing live video for major golf associations, such as The Professional Golfers’ Association of America (PGA of America), Thaler envisioned deploying roving camera crews and talent to cover the most colorful moments taking place at these party tents. By live streaming the video to a platform like Facebook Live, he would be able to hold the line on production and distribution costs while reaching a targeted, global niche audience.

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University of Miami baseball team gets a multi-camera pitching analysis system for practices and home games

The University of Miami Baseball team is using a new pitching analysis system that could catapult the team to Omaha for the College World Series, a goal of their beloved coach Jim Morris, set to retire after 25 winning years. University of Miami Baseball home games are played on campus at the 5,000 seat Alex Rodriquez Park at Mark Light Field in Coral Gables, Florida.

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Florida International University Updates Baseball Stadium with a New Danley Sound Reinforcement System

Of all the sports teams that Florida International University fields, its Panthers baseball team is arguably the most successful, having reached post-season play one out of every three years, on average. The team practices and plays all of its home games in a state-of-the-art stadium that accommodates 2000 Panthers fans. Until recently, however, the stadium’s sound reinforcement system lagged behind its other features, a situation that was remedied by local AV integration firm Midtown Video. Based on the buzz about Danley Sound Labs’ innovative loudspeaker technologies for sports complexes and the recommendation of a trusted local rep, Midtown Video installed its first Danley system at the FIU baseball stadium. Everyone involved is abundantly pleased with the results.

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Midtown Video Jacksonville Completes A/V Makeover of CSX Conference Rooms

How Midtown Video/Miami fast-tracked the rail giant’s video conferencing and control systems upgrade


Railroad transport leader CSX Transportation has long occupied one of downtown Jacksonville’s most distinctive high-rises, and conducts its most critical business—such as informing investment portfolio and fund managers of its quarterly earnings and media outreach—from executive suites and meeting rooms on the 15th floor.

This floor, including the executive boardroom, committee meeting room, and vestibule/lounge area, was fully renovated by Gresham, Smith & Partners. To ensure an optimal, ergonomic video conferencing and meeting experience, this architectural firm brought Midtown Video, a Miami-based A/V systems integration company into the project to install customized video conferencing and meeting control systems.  

“Since the CSX project involved so many systems that needed to be controlled, I chose Crestron for control and Panasonic for displays because both companies dominate the market with reliable, compatible products while offering excellent local support,” said Carl VanOrmer, a systems integrator who runs Midtown Video’s Northern Florida operation. Logistical challenges at CSX included coordinating the many vendor deliveries and multi-phased installation around the construction.

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Midtown Video expo features Panasonic and LiveU

Review and Photos by Allan Tépper

Last week in Miami at Midtown Video’s expo, I got to see full presentations on three Panasonic cameras and two LiveU products for live streaming, given by product managers and sales engineers. The Panasonic cameras included the AJ-PX270 EFP/ENG streamcorder camcorder, the the AU-EVA1 compact cine camera (recently reviewed by Adam Wilt, with links ahead) and the AK-UC3000 4K HDR studio camera. The LiveU products included the LU600 HEVC and Solo HDMI. There were curious attendees present from throughout South Florida and the Caribbean. Here are my brief comments about each product, the answers to my questions and a video.

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Vibrant Tunes, Good Eats, Upbeat Meetings Going On at House

HOUSE Kitchen & Bar is one of the most recent additions to Coral Gables’ restaurant scene.  A fun, hip, and delicious spot, HOUSE Kitchen and Bar is a well-rounded event space as well as a neighborhood restaurant. They asked for Midtown Video’s help getting the vibe just right in the restaurant’s four zones.  Right this way…

Managed by Q – Robust Videoconferencing for the Modern Business Model

A national company based in New York City, Managed by Q provides every office service your business could ever need all in one place through their easy-to-use software platform.  Managed by Q makes office management simple with a platform of offerings from “IT Security” to “Plant Care.”  This company can complete any office-management task and then some, so we were honored and intrigued when Midtown Video was chosen to manage one of their in-house projects