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

Good Dog Digital is Pleased to Announce we are the First Canadian Dealer for Lume Cube Products

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Lume Cube

The Lume Cube 1500 Lumen Light features a 6000K color temperature, and the unit’s output is dimmable from 0 to 1500 Lumens. The light is suitable for use as either a video light or a still photo strobe. It incorporates a rechargeable battery that lasts 20 minutes at full brightness and two hours plus at 50% brightness.

  • Waterproof
  • Dimmable
  • Mountable
  • Bluetooth / App Control

Available in Black, Silver and Gunmetal Grey. View Product Page

Special pricing for Dual and Quad Lume Cube kits. Contact Us for more information.

Additional Lume Cube Accessories:

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Hot Shoe Mount

The Hot Shoe accessory allows you to mount your Lume Cube on any camera with a Hot Shoe mount. View Product Page

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GoPro Dual Mount 

The GoPro Arm allows you to mount two Lume Cubes on any GoPro including Hero 3, 4 and Session.  View Product Page

Good Dog Digital With the Original Lume Cube Prototype at CES 2015

Call or email info@gooddogdigital.com for Lume Cube sales and rental pricing.

 

SWIT Releases S-8U63 Battery Pack Compatible with Sony FS7

SONY PMW-EX1/3/F3/200/FS7 Compatible

Similar battery as SONY BP-U60
Display remaining power info

S-8U63 is the replacement battery for Sony BP-U60, complete compatible with SONY Camcorder PMW-EX1/EX1R/EX3/F3, PMW-100/200, and the latest PXW-FS7, PXW-X160/180. S-8U63 can exchange digital info with the camera, and display remaining power info on the camera viewfinder.

63Wh / 4.4Ah High Capacity

With 14.4V nominal voltage, the S-8U63 has 63Wh / 4.4Ah capacity,
higher than the original battery, and can run approx 4.5 hours on SONY PMW-200 camcorder when LCD monitor is on.

Build-in D-tap DC Output Socket

A D-tap DC output socket is equipped on the side of S-8U63 battery, for DC14.4V (Nominate) connection. You can connect on-camera LED light, monitor or wireless transmitter on the D-tap socket, and get power simultaneously with camera.
The Max power from D-tap is 50W, 3.5A.
The D-tap socket can also be used as charging input, by SWIT portable charger S-3010B.

Build-in 5V/1A USB Socket

Use S-8U63 as Power Station to your cell phone! It’s rather a
fantastic function to have a USB socket on the DV battery! Connect
your smart phone or pad to the USB socket, press the “Check”
button, and then the S-8U63 starts to output 5V/1A power to charge
your devices!

4-level LED Power Indicator

The S-8U63 battery has the 4-level LED power indicators to check the battery remaining capacity. You can get a quick view of capacity before using. The “Check” button can also be used to trigger USB charging.

Easy Charging

The S-8U63 can be charged on SWIT Dual channel charger S-3602U or SONY original charger BC-U1 single channel charger. It takes about 2 hours and 50minutes to charge from empty to 100%. And you can also use SWIT S-3010B Portable D-tap Charger for S-8U63. It will take 3 hours to fully charge.

Features

  • Li-ion battery pack of 14.4V nominal votage
  • Complete compatible with SONY EX1/3/F3/100/200
  • Display remaining power info on camera viewfinder
  • 63Wh / 4.4Ah capacity
  • 4-level LED power indicator
  • 14.4V D-tap DC output
  • 5V/1A USB charging output
  • Multiple circuit protections

View Product Page.

Convergent Design Two FREE 256GB SSDs Included with Odyssey7Q+

For a limited time, the Convergent Design Odyssey7Q+ monitor/recorder will ship with two free 256GB Odyssey SSDs included. With two 256GB SSDs, the Odyssey7Q+ can record more than an hour of 4K Apple ProRes and more than five hours of HD Apple ProRes. Additionally, two 256GB Odyssey SSDs allow for enough data capture speed to record 4K60p RAW from the FS7, FS700, and C500 as well as 2K240p RAW from the FS7 and FS700. All of the other formats the Odyssey7Q+ can capture are also supported. With two SSDs, one can be downloading files while the other is used to record more material, eliminating downtime and delays at the end of the shooting day.

This limited time deal is for the Odyssey7Q+ only. The two 256GB Odyssey SSDs (a $790 US value) will ship in the box with the Odyssey7Q+.

Odyssey SSD Three-Year Warranty

Odyssey SSDs are the most reliable media available for any monitor/recorder. They have high sustained read & write speeds to capture high data loads without error and offload them quickly. Odyssey SSDs are rated for long life with high performance throughout, and include Power-Loss Protection so that files are not corrupted or lost if the recorder loses power. They are built to robust and consistent standards set and maintained by Convergent Design.

3-SSDs

With the confidence of the performance and reliability of the Odyssey SSDs, Convergent Design has extended the warranty period to three full years. All new Odyssey SSDs will ship with the three-year warranty. For the thousands of Odyssey SSDs currently in use, the next firmware release for the Odyssey monitor/recorders will include an update of the warranty end date that is stored on the Odyssey SSDs. The next firmware release will automatically update the SSDs when they are inserted into an Odyssey monitor/recorder.

Convergent Design warrants Odyssey SSDs to maintain full read/write performance and stated capacity for a period of 3 years. Physical and/or electrical damage to the SSDs are excluded from this warranty.

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Odyssey7Q+ Includes HDMI Cable

Many Odyssey7Q+ owners wish to use their monitor/recorders on small cameras such as the Panasonic GH4 and the Sony A7S. Using thick, heavy HDMI cables can prove difficult, so beginning today Convergent Design will include an HDMI cable solution with every Odyssey7Q+. This cable is three feet long and thin enough to be able to coil up any excess behind the Odyssey monitor/recorder.

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

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.

Odyssey7Q+

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.

Convergent Design Odyssey7Q Special Offer

Less than one year ago, Convergent Design began shipping the Odyssey7Q monitor/recorder. The response has been overwhelming, with thousands more units shipped than anticipated. To celebrate this huge success, for a limited time the Odyssey7Q is available for just $1795 (US MSRP), more than 20% less than the standard price.

The Odyssey7Q combines Convergent Design’s knowledge and experience of both broadcast and cinematography recorders, while adding the capabilities of a high-end professional monitor.

Odyssey7Q is a brilliant 7.7″ OLED monitor with 3400:1 contrast, true blacks, 1280×800 resolution and comprehensive monitoring tools. It’s also the best and most versatile portable recorder available on the market, enabling you to record HD Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), 4K Apple ProRes, Uncompressed, Sony FS7/FS700 RAW, Canon C500 4K RAW, ARRIRAW and POV RAW. For a limited time, Odyssey7Q is available for $1795, a $500 savings. The best just keeps on getting better!

Monitoring

  • 7.7” HD OLED monitor
  • True blacks, outstanding color accuracy
  • Image Analysis tools (waveform, histogram, false color, focus assist, pixel zoom w/ finger drag)
  • LUTs
  • Multi-Stream (view & switch up to four HD signals at once)

Recording

4K Apple ProRes 422 HQ (coming this month)
HD Apple ProRes 422 HQ up to 60p
2K & HD, 12-bit & 10-bit in uncompressed DPX

Available (Extra-Cost) Record Options:

  • Sony FS7/FS700 (4K/2K RAW, 240fps, RAW to ProRes)
  • Canon C500 RAW (4K/UHD & Half RAW, 120fps, 2K 12-bit)
  • POV RAW (IO Industries & Indiecam RAW POV cameras)
  • ARRI ALEXA (ARRIRAW from ALEXA Classic cameras)
  • Contact a Convergent Design dealer today to buy the industry’s most versatile and highest performing monitor/recorder.

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

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.