Recent Updates

Convergent Design Odyssey7 / 7Q / 7Q+ Firmware 4.10.100 Released

Convergent Design has released a firmware update update for the Odyssey7, Odyssey7Q and the new Odyssey7Q+. This release adds features, improves current functions and fixes some previous issues.

NEW FEATURES (Odyssey7Q+)

  • 4K 10-bit HDMI Support
    • 4K Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) 23.98, 24
    • UHD Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30
  • 1080p60 10-bit HDMI Support
    • 1080p Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) 50p, 60p

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NEW FEATURES (Odyssey7Q & Odyssey7Q+)

  • Extended Warranty (Odyssey7Q only)
    • All Odyssey7Q warranties are automatically extended to January 1, 2016.
    • (See bulletin to Odyssey7Q owners for details.)
  • Multi-Stream HDMI Input
    • Allows HD video signal over HDMI as one of the inputs for Multi-Stream Monitoring.
  • Multi-Stream 720p Input
    • Allows 720p HD video signal for Multi-Stream Monitoring. Mixable with 1080i and 1080p HD video.
  • Sony FS7 (with XDAC-FS7 extension back) Support
    • Record modes available with FS RAW Record Option
    • 4K RAW 23.98, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94
    • 2K RAW 23.98, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94, 100, 119.88 (120), 200, 239.76 (240)
    • 4K RAW to 4K Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) 23.98, 25, 29.97
    • 4K RAW to UHD Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) 23.08, 25, 29.97
    • 4K RAW to 2K Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) 23.98, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94
    • 4K RAW to HD (1080p) Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) 23.98, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94
    • NOTE: FS7 S-Log3 supported in RAW & Apple ProRes record modes
  • Sony FS700 4K RAW to 4K/2K Apple ProRes
    • Additional record modes available with FS RAW Record Option
    • 4K RAW to 4K Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) 23.98, 25, 29.97
    • 4K RAW to 2K Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) 23.98, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94
  • Canon C500 4K/QHD RAW to 4K/UHD Apple ProRes
    • Additional record modes available with Canon RAW Record Option
    • 4K RAW to 4K Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30
    • QHD RAW to UHD Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30

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NEW FEATURES (Odyssey7, Odyssey7Q, Odyssey7Q+)

  • HDMI Record Trigger
    • Start/stop recording on Odyssey from Panasonic GH4 (with new GH4 firmware) and Sony a7S.
  • HDMI Timecode Support
    • Capture timecode data from Panasonic GH4 (with new GH4 firmware) and Sony a7S.
  • 1TB Odyssey SSD Support
    • Allows the use of the new Odyssey 1TB SSD in Odyssey monitor/recorder.
  • Custom Frame Guides
    • Up to four user-programmable frame guides in six color options. All four frame guides plus one preset frame guide can be displayed concurrently.
  • Playback Notes
    • Expanding PLAY Markers functionality, a Notes text field is now available in Clip XML data as well as a Good/Bad take indication. Used in conjunction with new CD APPLE PRORES TRANSFER UTILITY 1.5, a Final Cut XML can transfer Markers and Notes to FCPX, FCP7, Adobe Premier and Resolve 10 & 11.
  • PSF Video Output Option
    • Certain modes add choice of true progressive (p) or Progressive-Segmented Frame (psf) video output for expanded compatibility with other equipment.
  • OLED Calibration Controls
    • RGB Gain and Saturation controls added for the OLED display, with reset.

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Convergent Design Announces the NEW Odyssey7Q+ Monitor/Recorder

Convergent Design today announces the new flagship model of the Odyssey Family of Products, the Odyssey7Q+. The Odyssey7Q+ expands on the capabilities of its predecessor the Odyssey7Q, while maintaining all of the functionality, performance and ease of use. The addition of HDMI 1.4b input means that the Odyssey7Q+ can capture 4K and Ultra-HD video over HDMI. Convergent Design will begin shipping the Odyssey7Q+ in quantity in the next two weeks.

With the addition of 4K/UHD recording over HDMI, the Odyssey7Q+ continues to be the most advanced, most capable, most versatile monitor/recorder in the world. The Odyssey7Q+ can record HD/2K/UHD/4K. It can record them via SDI and HDMI. It can record RAW (with Record Options), uncompressed DPX, and Apple ProRes 422 (HQ). The Odyssey7Q+ features an OLED 1280×800 monitor with true blacks, accurate colors, 3400:1, extended color gamut and a 176 degree viewing angle. Along with the best image in the industry, the Odyssey7Q+ also features an extensive array of image analysis tools, including an RGB waveform, RGB Histogram, False Color, Pixel Zoom with finger drag, three-mode Focus Assist and monitoring LUTs. The unique Multi-Stream Monitoring mode allows up to four HD video inputs to be viewed at once in a quad-split view or to be live-switched between in full screen. The Odyssey7Q+ weighs a little over one pound, is just one inch thick and can run on any power source from 6.5-34 volts.

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The Odyssey7Q+ offers uncompressed HD/2K recording in DPX stacks as well as HD/2K/UHD/4K video recording in Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), all included in the unit. In addition, Record Options for the Odyssey7Q+ are available for purchase or 24-hour rental via the Convergent Design website. Options include ARRIRAW (ALEXA), Canon Cinema RAW (C500), FS RAW (Sony FS7 & FS700) and POV RAW (IO Industries and Indiecam cameras). In addition to capturing RAW data from these cameras, on certain cameras the Odyssey7Q+ also supports converting the RAW data into video and recording it as UHD or HD Apple ProRes 422 (HQ).

The Odyssey7Q+ retains the form factor and all other characteristics of the Odyssey7Q. The only physical change is the swapping of locations for the HDMI input and output. All Odyssey accessories from Convergent Design as well as third party manufacturers, such as mounting brackets, handles, sunshades, battery plates as well as our Odyssey SSDs are fully compatible with the Odyssey7Q+.

Owners of the Odyssey7Q interested in purchasing an Odyssey7Q+ are invited to take advantage of our Odyssey7Q Owner Loyalty Program. With the purchase on an Odyssey7Q+, Odyssey7Q owners will get a one year warranty extension on their Odyssey7Q, any purchased Record Options replicated on their Odyssey7Q+, and a $500 credit to their account on the Convergent Design website. See the link at the bottom of this bulletin for further details on the Owner Loyalty Program.

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Convergent Design is committed to expanding the functionality of the Odyssey7Q+ over time with free firmware updates. Likewise, the Odyssey7 and the now-superseded Odyssey7Q will continue to be supported and expanded upon by Convergent Design. The Odyssey7Q+ is designed around the same architecture as the rest of the Odyssey Family of Products (Odyssey7, Odyssey7Q, Odyssey7Q+). All firmware updates will apply to each device as applicable. There is much more to come for all of the Odyssey models. We’re just getting started.

Convergent Design is also releasing the new 1TB Odyssey SSD [CD-SSD-1TB, US list $1395]. This Odyssey SSD is compatible with the Odyssey7, Odyssey7Q and Odyssey7Q+ with the installation of the latest Odyssey firmware update, scheduled for release with the Odyssey7Q+. Please note that the 1TB SSD features a lower dollar/gig ratio than the smaller capacity SSDs ($1.36/G v. $1.55/G). The 1TB Odyssey SSD is available now.

For more information on how to purchase, please contact us. For more information on the Odyssey7Q+, visit convergent-design.com.