Convergent Design - Odyssey7Q+


JLeigh 8/05/15



This week Convergent Design plans to release some significant firmware upgrades for the Odyssey family of monitors and recorder. The two show stoppers of this release is the new high speed apple prores 422 recording for Odyssey7Q and Odyssey7Q+.

Individually tested, Convergent Design monitors and recorders undergo an extensive gauntlet of drop testing, heat cycling and repeat random shutdown - all without dropping a single frame of video. Convergent Design stands strong behind their made in America product and provides 24/7 US based customer support.

Playback Color Vectorscope High Speed Recording
  • Extensive Playlist Information: Type, Format, Input, Project, Timecode, Date and Time
  • Automatic Preview of Each Clip to assist in clip selection for playback
  • Playback of Video and Audio
  • Scrubbing supported
  • Instantaneous Jumping to any spot in the clip
  • Frame by Frame Forward or Backward
  • Next Clip, Last Clip, Pause
  • Mark Clip with Notes and Good or Bad
    • Multiple In and Out points supported
    • Multiple Markers supported
    • Advance to next Marker supported
    • Backup to Previous Marker supported
    • In and Out Points and Markers and Good/Bad output to XML File
    • Focus Assist, Waveform Monitor, Histogram and all other
    • Image Analysis Tools available in Playback for detailed checks
  • Recording
    • HD, 2K, Ultra-HD and 4K Supported via HD-SDI (up to Quad Link) and HDMI from video sources
    • Apple ProRes 422 in HD, up to 1080p60
    • Apple ProRes 422 in 2K, up to 60 fps
    • Very Sophisticated 4K/UHD to 2K/HD using Super-Sampling Techniques
    • The above dramatically improves the HD image from the Panasonic GH4 significantly reducing moiré
    • Apple ProRes 422 in Ultra-HD, up to 60p from FS700/FS7 with XDCA and Raw Bundle
    • Apple ProRes 422 in 4K, up to 60p from FS700/FS7 with XDCA and Raw Bundle
    • Full Uncompressed in HD and 2K, in 10-bit and 12-Bit
  • Raw Bundle (Extra Cost Option - $995)
    • Full Support for FS700 with all modes supported in Apple ProRes 422
    • Full Support for FS7 with XDCA in Apple ProRes 422
    • FS700 + FS7 with XDCA Apple ProRes
    • FS700 + FS7 with XDCA 12-Bit Raw, in 2K Raw up to 240 fps continuous
    • FS700 + FS7 with XDCA 12-Bit Raw, in 4k Raw up to 60 fps continuous
    • Sophisticated Super-Sampling of 4K to 2K or HD Apple ProRes 422 up to 60 fps
      • The above, when properly exposed allows the FS700 and FS7 with XDCA to produce images comparable to the best HD cameras ever made
    • High Speed Apple ProRes 422 2K up to 240 fps continuous for the above cameras
    • High Speed Apple ProRes 422 4k up to 60 fps continuous for the above cameras
    • High Speed Apple ProRes 422 4k at 100 and 120 fps (cached in camera) for the FS700
    • Extensive Support for ARRIRAW in 16:9 Mode, 4:3 mode due later
    • Extensive Support for Canon C500 and C300 Mark II
  • Dual Recording (Extra Cost Option - $995)
  • Dual Recording Option is expected in September 2015
  • Quad Recording (Extra Cost Option due later in 2015)
  • More features are also expected in September 2015
  • 4K/UHD/2K/HD Real-Time Waveform Monitor with RGB Parade (Other 4K Waveform Monitors are over $8,000)
  • Real-Time Waveform Monitor with RGB Parade for two cameras simultaneously for camera matching.
  • Fast, accurate, flexible Color Vectorsope
    • The Color Vectorscope is fully professional and “Second to None!”
    • Zooming: 1.0x, 2.0x, 5.0x, 10.0x and 15.0x and variable zoom up to 15.0x
  • Quad Split Monitoring for up to four HD-SDI Signal Sources Simultaneously
    • Built-In Live Four-Channel HD-SDI Simple Switcher with Frame Synchronizer
    • One HDMI Input and Three HD-SDI inputs also supported
  • Custom 3D LUT (Look Up Table) support allowing for 140 user loadable 3D LUTs
    • (The Odyssey7Q+ is the best LUT box in the world, as it is a HD, 2K, Ultra-HD and 4K LUT box (no other such LUT Box exists), and it is not limited by frame rates, and it has an OLED Monitor.)
  • 3D LUT – Customized Output Options:
    • LUT’s can be applied, or not, to each output, HD-SDI A, HD-SDI B and HDMI individually
    • LUT’s are supports in video and Raw modes, up to 240 fps
    • LUT’s can be applied, or not, selectively, to the OLED Display, HD-SDI Output A,
    • HD-SDI Output B, HDMI Output and all built-in Image Analysis Tools.
  • Built-In 3D LUT’s
    • Built-In 3D LUT’s for many cameras
    • Special 3D LUT’s to assist in over-exposing certain cameras to obtain lower noise images, while viewing the images with proper exposure.
    • Great LUT support and color accuracy for Sony FS700 and FS7 cameras
  • Anamorphic Lens Support (1.33x, 1.5x, 2.0x) with optional Center Extraction
  • 16:9 and 17:9 Support and Display Modes
  • Excellent Focus Assist Tools which also work in conjunction with Zoom
  • Zoom Modes: 1:1, 2:1, and Hyper Zoom in 4:1, 6:1, 8:1, 10:1 and 12:1
  • False Color with user adjustable ranges for each color
  • Dual Zebras with a user adjustable ranges for each
  • Custom Frame / Aspect Ratio Guides
  • User can create multiple, custom rectangles anywhere on the screen for positioning actors precisely from scene to scene, especially useful for commercials
  • 7.7” OLED Display with Touch Screen Controls and user calibration adjustments
  • Automatic or Manual Screen Flip
  • Built in Color Bar Test Pattern Generator
  • Accepts LTC Timecode via BNC and Built-In Timecode Generator
  • Histogram with multiple modes
  • Monochrome mode with Luma, Red, Green and Blue only modes
  • Menu Hide and Video Hide functions
  • Extensive Video Input Status Information
  • Dual SSD Slots, a unique feature, supports very high bandwidth recording
    • This allows the Odyssey7Q+ to record in modes that other monitor/recorders just can’t support such as full uncompressed recording.
  • Uses Convergent Design or certain Samsung SSD’s
    • Extensive SSD Status Information with Remaining Time Displays for each SSD
    • Smart Data Information
    • Date and Time of Last Format
    • Extremely fast full format of SSD’s, both can be formatted in 10 seconds
    • This is not a partial, “Quick Format”, but a real, full format writing a pattern to every byte on the SSD.
  • Extensive Metadata Info: Clip Number, Reel Number, Scene Take, Shooting Day, Camera, Project
  • Customizable Audio Level Meters
  • HD Apple ProRes 422 (HQ, Regular, LT) up to 240 fps!
  • 4K or Ultra-HD Apple ProRes 422 (HQ, Regular, LT) up to 60 fps!
  • For the FS700 only:
    • 4K or UHD Apple ProRes 422 (HQ, Regular or LT) at 100/120 fps (using the FS700’s 100/120 fps Burst Mode)
    • Raw Bundle or FS700/FS7 Recording Option is Required
  • This is very significant since one can now use these two cameras and record HD in super-slow motion without having to record in Raw.
  • This offers a much simpler workflow, longer recording times and much smaller file sizes.
  • Super Slo-Mo, 240 frames per second, is very popular with these two cameras.
  • But, not everyone was or is ready to adopt a Raw workflow.
  • This is still an option, but now one has a choice.
  • To the best of Convergent Design's knowledge, no other device can record
  • Apple ProRes 422 at 240 fps.
  • For recording commercials, or for mild slow-motion, while staying in 4K, our 4K Apple ProRes 422 is ideal.
  • 4K at 60 frames per second is frequently used for commercials, and now the workflow is easier, more economical, and faster in Post.
  • Since the footage is in Apple ProRes 422, one can quickly check the footage, on normal computers without having to go through a deBayering step.
  • These High Speed Apple ProRes 422 features are free upgrades for the Odyssey7Q and Odyssey7Q+, and our Raw Bundle or FS700/FS7 Option is required, since these modes originate in Sony 12-Bit Raw format.
  • More High-Speed Apple ProRes 422 modes, for other cameras, will be released in the future.