Recent Updates

New from Convergent Design: Titan HD Extract, VariCam LT RAW, ProRes Proxy, and more…

Firmware v2016.10 Is a Pretty Big Deal….

With this update our team is bringing Odyssey and Apollo owners something to really get excited about. Titan HD Extract is now available as an upgrade for both Odyssey and Apollo. The Odyssey RAW Bundle now supports Panasonic Varicam LT RAW, we’ve added the lightweight Apple ProRes Proxy codec, EDL support (Apollo/Titan Live Switching), ARRIRAW 4:3 and a bunch of other features and fixes.

Keeping your firmware up to date is always a good idea and Odyssey/Apollo firmware v2016.10 makes it even better! Visit our website to find out more about the new features and get the latest firmware today!

View Firmware v2016.10 Release Notes here.

Download Firmware here


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Multi-Camera Production from a Single 4K Source

The Titan HD Extract upgrade for Odyssey & Apollo uses one 4K camera to create three HD video signals. One frame is a Supersample of the full image area and two are windows selected from within the original input. These windows can be panned smoothly through the 4K field and the three angles can be Live-Switched. All four HD signals can be recorded simultaneously in Apple ProRes with matching timecode and filenames.

Titan HD Extract is available now as an upgrade option for Apollo, Odyssey7Q/7Q+. Contact us for pricing.

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Panasonic VariCam LT RAW Recording…

The long-awaited addition to the Odyssey RAW Bundle is here! Our team has worked closely with Panasonic to enable RAW recording from the amazing Panasonic VariCam LT on the Odyssey7Q and Odyssey7Q+. Already own the Odyssey RAW Bundle? Great news…just update your device to firmware v2016.10. If you haven’t purchased the Odyssey RAW Bundle yet then visit us online at Convergent-Design.com to upgrade to the best RAW recording solution available on the market today!

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Apple ProRes Proxy Now Supported…

We’ve rounded out our Apple ProRes support to include Apple ProRes Proxy. This lightweight codec takes up a a lot less storage while maintaining a high level of quality…the best news? It’s now available in all 4:2:2 recording modes for Odyssey and Apollo when your device is running firmware v2016.10.

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Odyssey/Apollo Firmware v2016.10
New Functions, Fixes, Improvements, Software Updates

Applies to: Apollo / Odyssey7Q+ / Odyssey7Q / Odyssey7


NEW FEATURES: TITAN HD Extract (Upgrade) for APOLLO, ODYSSEY7Q/7Q+

Titan HD Extract (Upgrade)

Titan 4K/UHD -> 3xHD MultiFrame HD Extract

  • Use one 4K/UHD input to generate three HD images
    • One 4K/UHD->HD SuperSample, two HD pixel-to-pixel windows
    • Record three generated HD images simultaneously (Apple ProRes)
    • Record & output Live-Switch between three HD images
    • Live finger-drag pan/tilt windowed images with motion smoothing
  • 4K/UHD 24p/25p/30p generates three 1080p video streams**
  • 4K/UHD 50p/60p generates three 720p video streams
  • Input 4K/UHD 24p/25p/30p (6G-SDI/Dual-3G-SDI, HDMI*)**
  • Input 4K/UHD 50p/60p (Quad-3G-SDI)**

*NOTE: Odyssey7Q does not support 6G-SDI or 4K/UHD over HDMI

**NOTE: On 4K 4096×2160 input signals, Titan extracts all HD frames from the 3840×2160 UHD image area.

Titan FS RAW 4K -> 3xHD MultiFrame HD Extract

  • Use one FS RAW 4K input to generate three HD images
    • One 4K->HD SuperSample, two HD pixel-to-pixel windows
    • Record three generated HD images simultaneously (Apple ProRes)
    • Record & output Live-Switch between three HD images
    • Live finger-drag pan/tilt windowed images with motion smoothing
  • FS RAW 4K 24p/25p/30p generates three 1080p video streams
  • FS RAW 4K 50p/60p generates three 720p video streams

NOTE: Titan extracts all HD frames from the 3840×2160 UHD image area.


NEW FEATURES: APOLLO & ODYSSEY APOLLO OPTION (ODYSSEY)

Quad-HD: EDL Support for all Live-Switch Modes

  • Generates Edit Decision List (EDL) of cuts & fades made when recording
  • EDL recorded as .EDL file in CMX3600 standard
  • EDL also generated in Titan Option
  • Up to 1000 events per clip
  • Support for standard post systems including FCP7, FCPX, Premiere Pro, DaVinci Resolve, and Avid Media Composer (see White Paper “Working with EDLs from Apollo and Titan” on CD website)
  • Link: https://convergent-design.com/edl

Quad-HD: Live-Switch in All Modes

  • Added Live-Switch to A/B/C/D and Quad-Split modes
  • Live-Switch output as video to SDI B OUT; switching recorded in EDL

Quad-HD: 1080p 50/60 Live-Switch Support

  • Added Live-Switch to Quad-HD 1080p 50/60
  • Live-Switch output as video to SDI B OUT; switching recorded in EDL

Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) Support

  • 4K/UHD 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94
  • 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94
  • 1080i 50, 59.94
  • 720p 50/60

NEW FEATURES: ODYSSEY RAW BUNDLE (ODYSSEY7Q+/7Q)

Panasonic VariCam LT Support [Link]

  • Record RAW in CinemaDNG from the Panasonic VariCam LT
  • 4K/UHD 12-bit RAW -> 4K CinemaDNG 23.98, 25, 29.97
  • 4K/UHD 10-bit RAW -> 4K CinemaDNG 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94
  • VariFrame frame rates available from 2-60fps

ARRIRAW 4:3 Support

  • Record RAW in .ARI from ALEXA cameras outputting a 4:3 signal
  • 23.98-48p

Sony FS RAW to Apple ProRes Support (Update)

  • Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy)
  • 4K/UHD 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94
  • 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94

Canon Raw to Apple ProRes Support (Update)

  • Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy)
  • 4K/UHD 23.98-29.97

NEW FEATURES: ALL MODELS (APOLLO, ODYSSEY7/7Q/7Q+)

Canon CLog3 Preset LUTs [Link]

  • LUTs for Canon CLog3 added as presets in LUT menu

Sony REV Preset LUTs

  • Revised LUTs for use with Sony FS5 and FS Raw -> Apple ProRes Modes added as presets in LUT menu

System LOG File

  • Text file that reside outside of the clip folder on a record SSD, includes information about record, power up, on time, and setup.

8-Channel Audio Out (Headphone) Selection

  • Select audio channels to output over 3.5mm Audio Out port
  • Select on 8-Channel SDI embedded audio
  • Select embedded audio channel pairs 1&2, 3&4, 5&6, 7&8
  • Also available in Apollo and Titan Options

Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) Support

  • 4K/UHD 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94
  • 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94
  • 1080i 50, 59.94
  • 720p 50/60

NEW FEATURES: ODYSSEY7

Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) Support

  • 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94
  • 1080i 50, 59.94
  • 720p 50/60

FIXES & IMPROVEMENTS

Apollo

  • FIXED Fade/Cut transitions
  • FIXED Issue with UHD25p over 6G-SDI
  • IMPROVED SDI B Out carries embedded audio

Odyssey RAW Bundle

  • FIXED Rare Canon RAW -> Apple ProRes frame issue
  • FIXED Pixel Zoom causing monitored image shift when recording FS 4K RAW -> 4K/UHD Apple ProRes at 50/59.94p
  • FIXED Frame Rate detection in Canon RAW
  • IMPROVED Sony FS7 4K FS RAW -> 4K/UHD Apple ProRes debayer color fringing issue (yellow artifact at sharp edges)
  • IMPROVED Playback Scrubbing artifacts of RAW recordings

Odyssey7Q+/7Q

  • FIXED DPX support for Sony F35
  • FIXED Issue with UHD25p over 6G-SDI (7Q+ only)
  • IMPROVED Playback of 4K Apple ProRes
  • IMPROVED Playback scrubbing artifacts in 4K Apple ProRes

All Devices

  • FIXED Guides interaction with Hide function
  • FIXED Apple ProRes recording artifacts 2016.06
  • FIXED Adobe “Green Screen” Issue with file not run via the ProRes Tool
  • FIXED Adobe audio issue with 8-channel audio and CC 2015.4
  • FIXED Intermittent issue of first frame corrupted in various RAW formats
  • FIXED FS700 issues with changing frame rates
  • FIXED Safe-Eject “Error 11” and related errors
  • FIXED C300 Mark II audio issues with 8-channel audio
  • FIXED FS5 Glitching (Intermittent issue)
  • FIXED Rental issues with various modes
  • IMPROVED 4K SDI Detection
  • IMPROVED FS RAW Files
  • IMPROVED Playback in all modes

SOFTWARE UPDATES

[Download Here]

CD Apple ProRes Transfer Tool v2.5

  • Minor Bug Fixes
  • Windows and Mac versions available

CD RAW / DPX Wave Timecode App

  • For timecode syncing Wave audio files with RAW & DPX files in Resolve
  • Can be used with current and previous firmwares
  • Mac Only

New Features & Support in Odyssey Firmware v5.10.10

Convergent Design has released a firmware update update for the Odyssey7Q and Odyssey7Q+. With this update they have added expanded support for Apple ProRes, Remote Trigger Support, High quality supersampling of 4K/UHD video signal over HDMI and more.

More Apple ProRes Support
In addition to Apple ProRes 422(HQ), Odyssey now supports Apple ProRes 422 and Apple ProRes 422(LT) allowing you to select the best bitrate for your workflow and deliverables.

  • 4K/UHD/2K/1080/720 resolutions all supported 4K/UHD up to 30p; 2K/1080/720 up to 60p

4K/UHD Supersampling
High quality supersampling of 4K/UHD video signal over HDMI yields 2K/HD video superior to that available directly from cameras like the GH4 and A7S.

Remote Trigger Support
The Convergent Design Odyssey Remote Trigger is a pushbutton active remote start/stop trigger for Odyssey monitor/recorders. Remote Trigger feature has been enabled in firmware version 5.10.100 for HD Apple ProRes recording only.

Sony FS7/FS700 Record Option Adds Apple ProRes 422 & 422 (LT)
(Odyssey7Q/Odyssey7Q+ FS7/FS700 Record Option Required.)
Option of Apple ProRes 422 or Apple ProRes 422 (LT) for
4K RAW -> 4K Apple ProRes 23.98
4K RAW -> UHD Apple ProRes 23.98, 25, 29.97
4K RAW -> 2K Apple ProRes 23.98, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94
4K RAW -> HD Apple ProRes 23.98, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94

Sony FS7 Record Option Adds Apple ProRes 422 & Apple ProRes 422 (LT)
(Odyssey7Q/Odyssey7Q+ FS7/FS700 Record Option Required.)
Option of Apple ProRes 422 or Apple ProRes 422 (LT) for
4K RAW -> 4K Apple ProRes 23.98
4K RAW -> UHD Apple ProRes 23.98, 25, 29.97
4K RAW -> 2K Apple ProRes 23.98, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94
4K RAW -> HD Apple ProRes 23.98, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94

Sony FS700 Record Option Adds High Speed Burst in 2K/HD Apple ProRes
(FS7/FS700 Record Option Required. Feature only available for FS700.)
Option of Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), Apple 422 or Apple 422 (LT) for
4K RAW Burst -> 2K Apple ProRes 100p, 120p
4K RAW Burst -> HD Apple ProRes 100p, 120p

Canon C500 Record Option Adds Apple ProRes 422 & Apple ProRes 422 (LT)
(Canon RAW Record Option Required.)
Option of Apple ProRes 422 or Apple ProRes 422 (LT) for
4K RAW -> 4K Apple ProRes 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30
QHD RAW -> UHD Apple ProRes 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30

Sony F35 12-bit/10-bit RGB 4:4:4 Support
12-bit or 10-bit RGB 4:4:4 recording in uncompressed DPX stacks Dual-link capture, 23.98, 25, 29.97

Recording Option Upgrades

Why Record Options?
The Odyssey7Q and Odyssey7Q+ are the most versatile monitor/recorders in the world. They can be used to view and capture the outputs from hundreds of different cameras and video devices, greatly enhancing the quality of recording possible. With some cameras, the quality improvement is dramatic.

Download Firmware. You will be directed to a page where the firmware can be downloaded, with release notes, and updating instructions. Learn more about Convergent Design.

ARRI AMIRA to Record 4K UHD and MPEG-2 MXF with New Software Update

ARRI announces the upcoming release of Software Update Packet (SUP) 2.0 for AMIRA cameras, and the subsequent release of SUP 3.0. The former unlocks 4K UHD recording for high-resolution pipelines, while the latter enables MPEG-2 MXF recording for streamlined, broadcast-friendly workflows. Together they stretch the already wide spectrum of AMIRA’s deliverable options at both ends of the scale, making the camera an even more versatile production tool.

Underlining the positioning and success of AMIRA as the perfect camera for productions ranging from documentaries, reportage and corporate films to TV and low-budget movies, these two major software updates in the first half of 2015 will enhance the feature-set in ways that respond specifically to customer requests and industry trends. With its flexible, re-programmable system architecture, AMIRA will continue to expand in functionality over the coming years in the same way that ALEXA has done since 2010, allowing it to keep pace with a rapidly evolving market and deliver a strong return on investment.

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AMIRA SUP 2.0 — scheduled for release in March 2015

4K UHD recording is the major new feature of AMIRA SUP 2.0. Enabled by the software update, it is activated through the purchase of a 4K UHD license at the ARRI License Shop (and a camera sensor calibration at an ARRI service center for cameras purchased in 2014).

The new 4K UHD recording format has been developed for productions that need to generate high-resolution deliverables. It allows ProRes codecs up to ProRes 4444 to be recorded in Ultra High Definition 3840 x 2160 resolution directly onto the in-camera CFast 2.0 cards, at up to 60 fps. Optional in-camera de-noising, sharpening and detailing tools permit the image to be optimized for specific applications or matched to different cameras and lenses.

Further enhancements provided by AMIRA SUP 2.0 include ProRes 3.2K recording (allowing cross-compatibility with ALEXA cameras running ALEXA SUP 11.0); WiFi remote support; the ability to monitor audio channels individually; additional lock functions to prevent the accidental pressing of buttons or switches; frame rate adjustments while in pre-record mode; frame grabs from the live camera image; and many more.

AMIRA SUP 3.0 — scheduled for release mid-2015

The key new feature of AMIRA SUP 3.0 is the ability to record MPEG-2 422P@HL at 50 Mbit/s in an MXF wrapper. This XDCAM-compatible MPEG-2 recording format allows television productions to take advantage of AMIRA’s superior image quality and ergonomics, while utilizing a low-bandwidth codec that can easily be integrated into typical broadcast environments and workflows.

Recording MPEG-2 MXF with AMIRA ensures 100% compatibility with the format already used by many low budget or time-pressured television productions, for which a streamlined workflow through ingest, editing and post is vital. This cost-efficient format minimizes the number of memory cards needed on set, but also reduces postproduction and archiving costs through reduced data rates and seamless integration with standard tools.

In order to further ease the integration of AMIRA into fast-paced television production environments, a new audio accessory will be released. Taking the form of an extension to the back of the camera body, it will equip AMIRA with a slot for a portable audio tuner/receiver. This will allow signals to be received wirelessly from either the sound recordist’s mixer or straight from radio microphones, accommodating the needs of ENG-style productions that capture audio directly in-camera, but value the most cable-free configuration possible.

Other features of SUP 3.0 will include a versatile camera remote control interface for multi-camera live or scripted productions; Super 16 mm lens support; an intervalometer function for time-lapse applications; and a host of general usability enhancements.

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.

Download Firmware. You will be directed to a page where the firmware can be downloaded, with release notes, and updating instructions. Learn more about Convergent Design.

Convergent Design Odyssey7Q Firmware 1.1.105 Released

Today Convergent Design releases the long-awaited firmware update for the Odyssey7Q. There are improvements to old functions, fixes to some issues, and numerous new features.

Highlights of the firmware update include:

New Features

  • Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) 1920×1080 recording/playback up to 30p
  • Mix file types on SSDs (raided, non-raided, RAW, ProRes, etc.)
  • OLED Pixel Zoom frame drag (move window around frame)
  • Improved/Added reference marks to Waveform, Histogram and False Color tools
  • OLED automatic screen flip (defeatable)
  • Audio meters
  • Headphone volume control
  • Hide video function (blackout OLED)
  • 1.33 Frame Guide added
  • Overlays on/off for SDI & HDMI outputs

Sony FS700 Record Option

  • FS700 4K RAW recording up to 60p
  • “4K2HD” FS700 4K RAW to Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) 1920×1080 recording up to 30p. This feature supports either SLOG2 or IT709 (REC709) Picture Profiles. 1080p super-sampled from 4K RAW for a superior image.

Canon C500 Record Option

  • QuadHD RAW (3840×2160) recording up to 60p
  • 2K & 1080p 12-bit RGB recording up to 30p in .DPX

Fixes & Improvements

  • FS700 false triggering reduced
  • FS700 RAW white balance tracking corrected
  • Monitored image tearing corrected
  • Intermittent lines in image corrected
  • Cinema DNG files improved for greater post software compatibility
  • Improved SDI signal detection

Download the Firmware Update. You will be directed to a page where the firmware can be downloaded, with release notes, and updating instructions. An Odyssey SSD is required to perform the update.

Find out about new features, products and innovations from Convergent Design at NAB 2014, booth C7113.