Odyssey Firmware Version 2015.7 released. Included in this update:
- Third-party SSD Support (SSD Handle Kits required to mount)
- Additional Anamorphic De-Squeeze options - Center Extraction
- Hyper Zoom
- Exposure Compensation LUTs
Convergent Design has a full list of fixes and updates on their blog which you can find here
. Firmware downloads available in the support section of their site here
With multi-stream monitoring and the ability to record 4K/UHD over HDMI or SDI the Odyssey7Q+ is the most advanced, capable and versatile professional monitor/recorder in the industry.
Odyssey 7Q+ Features:
HDMI and SDI I/O: HD/2K/UHD/4K Recording over HDMI or SDI w/ conversion
LUT Support: ARRI Log-C, CANON C-Log, SONY S-Log, S-Log 2, S-Log 3
Aspect Ratio Guides: Standard and Custom (user adjustable), may be used for framing guides, Horizontal/Vertical Framing Guides Available
Focus Assist: Video + Edges (Peaking), Edges Only, Enhanced Edges, user choice of color: Red, Green, or Blue
Zebras: Adjustable zebra exposure indicators
False Color: False Color with 5 programmable levels
Waveform: Luma only, RGB Parade, Red only, Blue only, Green only, Full Size and Compact Size options
Histogram: Luma only, RGB Parade, Red only, Blue only, Green only, Full Size and Compact Size Options
Pixel Zoom: 1:1 and 2:1 Image Magnification with frame drag
Output Downscaling: Output 1080p HD via HDMI or SDI from 4K/UHD source (allows for additional on-set monitoring)
Multi-Stream Display: Display four simultaneous 1080 or 720 HD streams, HD-SDI and HDMI inputs supported in multiple formats
Digital/Analog Audio: Multi-channel audio support via SDI, HDMI or 3.5mm analog ports
Timecode: Timecode: LTC I/O (BNC) or embedded timecode via HD-SDI & HDMI (limited to specific cameras)
Record Triggers: Touchscreen, SDI record trigger (ARRI, CANON, PANASONIC, RED, SONY), HDMI (SONY, CANON, PANASONIC), Timecode
In/Out Markers: In/Out markers set during recording can be used during start/stop/playback and exported to NLE.
Upgradeable: RAW Recording Options available for purchase or rental through our website. (Sony RAW, Canon RAW, ARRIRAW, POV Raw)
Dual SSD Support: Dual drive architecture allows for long record time, high frame rate and high data rate recording.
Rugged Design: Magnesium alloy case for extreme durability in harsh conditions
Monitoring. The Odyssey7Q+ features a 7.7” OLED screen. Use of high quality OLED means true blacks and highly accurate colors. The color gamut of the OLED exceeds REC709 so far that the Odyssey7Q+ can also be used to display DCI-P3 color space, which is important for the extended color gamut available on cameras such as the C500 and the F55. The only other monitors available capable of displaying DCI-P3 cost more than $15,000. OLED calibration controls allow the user to customize the display settings. There is no finer monitor in an on-camera form factor than the OLED screen in the Odyssey7Q+.
A great monitor only starts with a great image. Detailed Image Analysis Tools and signal routing make the Odyssey7Q+ a professional imaging tool. Both a Histogram and a Waveform display are available in Luma or RGB Parade. A False Color exposure mode is programmable and features a guide legend on screen. Adjustable Zebras are also available to judge exposure level. A Pixel Zoom with finger drag allows the user to closely analyze focus, noise and other aspects of the image. A three-mode adjustable Focus Assist gives precise readings the user can tailor to the scene or personal preference. Frame Guides are available in presets as well as programmable in size, aspect and color, and the user can choose to display up to four custom and one preset frame guides all at once. LUTs can be applied on the OLED screen as well as to the video outputs. Many of the Image Analysis Tools can also be sent for external monitoring.
Recording. The Odyssey7Q+ is the most versatile recorder in the world, able to capture more recording formats in the greatest range or resolutions and frame rates. These capabilities continue to expand. Signals input over SDI in single link, double-link or quad-link for the widest possible range of camera models, and in HDMI for HD-4K video.
|Apple ProRes 422 (HQ)
||HD and 2K up to 60p
UHD and 4K up to 30p
Uncompressed video in DPX stacks
HD and 2K 12-bit 4:4:4 RGB up to 30p
HD and 2K 10-bit 4:4:4 RGB up to 60p
|ARRI ALEXA ARRIRAW
||2.8K 16:9 up to 60p|
|Canon C500 Cinema RAW
||QHD and 4K RAW 1-60p
4K “Half RAW” to 120p
QHD and 4K RAW converted to UHD and 4K Apple ProRes up to 30p|
|Sony FS7/FS700 FS RAW
||4K RAW up to 60p
4K RAW burst up to 120p (FS700)
2K RAW up to 240p
4K RAW converted to HD and 2K Apple ProRes up to 60p
4K RAW converted to UHD and 4K Apple ProRes up to 30p.
||IO Industries Flare 2KSDI HD and 2K RAW 24-60p
Indiecam IndieGS2K 2K RAW 24-60p (10-bit)
Indiecam IndieGS2K HD RAW 24-60p (12-bit), 100-120p (10-bit)|
Some cameras such as the F55 output signals in video or RAW data over multiple SDI connections. The Odyssey7Q+ can accept 3G-SDI signals in single-link, dual-link or quad-link for the widest possible camera compatibility – more than any other recorder. The HDMI input can accept HD signals up to 1080p60, UHD30p and 4K24p.
The Odyssey SSDs mount to the Odyssey7Q+ using high speed SATA connections. Some formats and frame rates contain so much data that they exceed the capabilities of SATA, so the Odyssey 7Q+ has two SSD slots to allow for high data rate recording. 4K RAW @ 60p and 2K RAW @ 240p are mathematically impossible to record on a device with only one SATA connection, making the Odyssey7Q+ the most affordable recorder in the world with high data rate capabilities.
Routing. The Odyssey7Q+ can record in a multitude of resolutions from 720p to 4K and in video or RAW data. No matter what type of signal comes in, the Odyssey7Q+ will output a standard HD video signal over both SDI and HDMI to connect to standard video equipment. Both HDMI and SDI outputs are always active. LUTs can be applied on the Odyssey7Q+ OLED screen as well as to the video outputs. Many of the Image Analysis Tools can be chosen for viewing on the video outputs.
Media. The Odyssey7Q+ uses the 2.5” Odyssey SSDs, the fastest and most reliable affordable media available. Odyssey SSDs cost only $1.36-$1.55 per GB (US list) and are available in 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB sizes. They maintain performance from empty to full and over thousands of record cycles. Even if the battery dies during a shot, the Odyssey SSDs have built-in Power-Loss Protection to prevent file corruption. Every Odyssey SSD is tested, certified, and warrantied for three years by Convergent Design to perform flawlessly with the Odyssey7Q+. The Odyssey SSDs do not drop frames and do not corrupt files. They are statistically the most reliable media in the industry, and are a fraction of the price of proprietary media for various camera and RAW recorder systems.
Multi-Stream. The Odyssey7Q+ features a unique functionality as a Multi-Stream monitor/switcher. Up to four HD video signals can be viewed in a single quad-split HD image or switched between live in full screen. The quad-split and switched signals are viewable on the OLED panel as well as sent to the SDI and HDMI outputs. Inputs can be up to 720p60, 1080i60 or 1080p30 and can be intermixed. Inputs can be from SDI (four available) or HDMI (one available). Two SDI and oneHDMI outputs are all active. The Image Analysis tools are available in Multi-Stream, making the Odyssey7Q+ an ideal tool for camera comparison and matching.
Expandability. The Odyssey7Q+ employs a large main processor with a great deal of available internal memory, allowing room for additional future capabilities. This processor is larger than those in any other monitor/recorder. The Odyssey SSDs have additional record speed capacity yet to be utilized. And the Odyssey7Q+ is built on the same programming architecture as the other models in the Odyssey Family of monitor/recorders, the Odyssey7 and the Odyssey7Q. This allows Convergent Design to continue to expand upon the capabilities of the Odyssey7Q+ as all work will benefit our client base. In 2014, the Odyssey monitor/recorders enjoyed six firmware updates.
Connectivity. Up to four SDI and one HDMI inputs. This allows Dual-Link connectivity by such cameras as the C500, ALEXA, F35, F55, Phantom Flex4K as well as Quad-Link connectivity from cameras such as the IO Industries Flare 4KSDI. Some cameras (such as F55) cannot output 4K with less than two SDI connections. Some cameras (such as C500) cannot output RAW above 30fps with less than two SDI connections.
LTC Timecode In/Out. The Odyssey7Q+ has a dedicated BNC connection for timecode connectivity, and it can accept embedded timecode over SDI and HDMI. The internal timecode generator can output to other devices, functioning as a Master Clock.
Power. The Odyssey7Q+ can accept the widest range of power of any monitor/recorder, 6.5-34vdc. This allows it to be powered by a variety of small camcorder batteries, larger camera brick batteries, or camera accessory power outputs. Mounting plates are available for seven different types of batteries. Three different power cables are available, as well as a “flying lead” bare wire cable to make your own.
The power input uses a locking connector and is both reverse-polarity and overvoltage protected.
Highly efficient power management in the Odyssey7Q+ means that it consumes dramatically less power than other monitor/recorders. The Odyssey SSDs consume less than half the power of other 2.5” SSDs. Even in standby mode the Odyssey7Q+ consumes less power than other systems. This extends battery life and also generates less heat in the unit.
Construction. The Odyssey7Q+ is housed in a cast magnesium casing. Magnesium is extremely strong with little weight. It is also a natural dissipater of heat and blocks RF interference. Multiple threaded mounting sockets use steel helicoils inserted into the magnesium casing for superior strength and protection for the internal components from long mounting bolts. The Odyssey7Q+ and its magnesium case pass a professional-standard six foot drop test.
There are no vents or fans on the Odyssey7Q+, and the casing never gets more than slightly warm to the touch. No moving parts increases life expectancy, eliminates noise and protects from the elements. Small ridges on the back of the Odyssey7Q+ casing raise battery plates and other mounted devices clear of the surface of the case so that heat can naturally dissipate. Dust and moisture cannot get into the Odyssey7Q+, and no sound comes out of it.
The Odyssey SSDs lock into place using a simple but effective latch system designed by Convergent Design. This locking tab removes stress from the electrical contacts of the SSD. This holds the SSDs in place for car rigs, aerial photography, inverted and handheld rigs, and any other usage that might encounter excessive vibration, G-forces and violent movement.
The power input is also a locking connector and all of our battery mounts have locking tabs on them to prevent slippage that could result in loss of power and to take stress off of the electrical contacts.
Small raised edge bars on the magnesium casing help protect the Odyssey7Q+ OLED screen. The OLED panel is bonded to a sheet of hardened Gorilla Glass, and a peel-off / stick-on screen protector comes already installed on the Odyssey7Q+.
Three small mechanical buttons are recessed slightly in the Odyssey7Q+ magnesium casing, but can still be operated by a person’s fingertip and cannot get stuck on the casing.
Reliability and Support. Designed and manufactured in Colorado Springs, USA, the Odyssey7Q+ is built as a professional production machine, with industrial-grade design and construction. The performance and reliability is that of a tool for the experienced working professional, with a user interface that can be utilized by anyone. Major motion pictures, network episodic television, news services and many others trust in the ongoing performance and reliability of Convergent Design monitor/recorders.
Should a client ever have a question or issue, Convergent Design offers 24/7 support by phone or email. Should something happen to a client’s Odyssey7Q+ in the field, Convergent Design has a fleet of Rapid-Deployment Odyssey monitor/recorders throughout the world to help keep our clients shooting.