by Tim Fok | 7th June 2016
Convergent Design has announced its latest firmware update, which they’re billing as their most significant yet. Users of the Apollo, Odyssey7Q+, Odyssey7Q, and Odyssey7 will benefit from 23 new features including dual SSD recording for redundancy, 3:2 pulldown removal & A/V Align for syncing different camera sources, Sony FS5 Raw support, Live Switch Dissolve transitions and Eight-Channel Audio recording. Convergent Design has been providing some of the most widely used external in-field recorders/monitors for some time. Their Odyssey7 line has proved very popular with camera operators (particularly those using Sony systems) and their more recent Apollo Recorder has pushed them into the compact multi-cam recorder sector (check more info on that here). This latest firmware update brings a host of new features to their in-field recorders. We’ll highlight the key updates and you can check out a more comprehensive list and the bottom of the page. Apollo Double Master Recording You can now utilize the double slots on the Convergent Design Apollo to capture files to two SSDs simultaneously for an instant backup. Apollo A/V Align Each camera has slightly different latency from another. This feature will compensate the difference in signals from multiple types of cameras to keep your video and audio in sync. 3:2 Pulldown Removal Despite capturing in progressive, many cameras will output signal via an interlaced stream, a 3:2 pulldown is widely used here and converts the signal to a progressive source for recording. This new removal feature will allow such signals to intermix with native 24p feeds, meaning a wider range of different cameras can be used in a multi-cam configuration. Live Switching Dissolves This feature adds 3 different speeds of dissolves in live switching on the Apollo. Shortcut button access allows alternating between cuts and dissolve edits. Eight-Channel Audio Eight tracks of audio have now been added per SDI video input. This is available for all Odyssey and Apollo recorders, the latter in Dual-4K and Quad-HD configurations meaning a total of 16 and 32 tracks respectively. Sony FS5 Raw Support Odyssey 7Q and Odyssey 7Q+ now get support for Sony FS5 RAW. You can record in CinemaDNG or Apple ProRes. 4K60p, 2K240p, and up to a 4K120p burst. IO Flare 4K Raw Support Similar support is added for the IO Flare 4K. You can now record in CinemaDNG, 4K60p on the Odyssey 7Q and Odyssey 7Q+ with this camera. Convergent Design Apple ProRes Transfer Tool v2.4 The existing Apple Transfer Tool from Convergent Design allows users to add XML files and stitch two native files together ready for the edit. Version 2.4 adds a few features and bug fixes, most excitingly for Apollo users with multitrack files; select which tracks to transfer, offload a Live-Switch or Quad-Split instantly to then later offload all of the files. Convergent Design has clearly been busy maintaining their product line of recorders; it’s great to see companies preferring this over phasing out existing lines by bringing out new products every year. FS5 users will certainly enjoy this update. Like the FS700 before it, Convergent Design has unlocked the RAW aspect of the camera giving us a constant 2K 240fps feed, along with continuous 4K 60p recording and 4K 120 burst modes. The update brings many bug fixes and a small update also, check out the full list here.Read more
by Nino Leitner | 10th August 2015
Convergent Design announced a firmware update for their Odyssey7Q and 7Q+ recorders which enable continuous high speed ProRes recording in 4K, UHD and HD, at 60p (in 4K/UHD) and 240p (for HD). The free firmware update can be downloaded from their site but requires the optional Odyssey RAW bundle to work. Right now, the Sony FS700 and FS7 (only with the XDCA Extension Unit) are supported, but additional cameras will be added in the future. The update also includes RAW support for the new Canon C300 Mark II, enabling 4K and QHD RAW recording from the camera, at up to 30p. In this video, Convergent Design shows how to set up high speed ProRes recording: Here’s the full feature list of Odyssey firmware v2015.8: NEW FEATURES (Odyssey7Q+) Canon XC10 Support UHD Apple ProRes 23.98p, 25p, 29.97p UHD->HD SuperSample to Apple ProRes 23.98p, 25p, 29.97p (Camera trigger & HDMI timecode in HD Only) NEW FEATURES (Odyssey7Q+, Odyssey7Q) FS7/FS700 High Speed RAW -> Apple ProRes Support* [MORE INFO] FS7/FS700: 4K RAW -> 4K Apple ProRes, 50p & 60p added 4K RAW -> UHD Apple ProRes, 50p & 60p added 2K RAW HS -> HD Apple ProRes, 100p, 120p, 200p, 240p (Only one SSD can be mounted for recording 2K HS Apple ProRes) (Only Odyssey int. TC supported (Seed, Time-of-Day DF & NDF) FS700 only: 4K RAW Burst -> 4K Apple ProRes, 100p & 120p 4K RAW Burst -> UHD Apple ProRes, 100p & 120p (*Requires Odyssey RAW Bundle or Sony FS RAW Option) Canon C300 MKII RAW Support 4K RAW recording up to 30p QHD RAW recording up to 30p 4K RAW -> 4K Apple ProRes up to 30p QHD RAW -> UHD Apple ProRes up to 30p (*Requires Odyssey RAW Bundle or Canon RAW Option) NEW FEATURES (Odyssey7Q+, Odyssey7Q, Odyssey7) Vectorscope Analog or Digital Trace Trace display in green or color (true CbCr) Variable Zoom 1.0x – 15.0x (Finger Drag left-right) Zoom Presets 1,2,5,10,15x (Finger Drag up-down) FIXES & IMPROVEMENTS FIXED Audio issues in 1080i59.94 playback FIXED 4K to 2K/HD Downscale Line at the bottom of image. IMPROVED Color Bars IMPROVED Odyssey Menu FontRead more
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