Convergent Design– Giving Atomos Some Healthy Competition

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For those of you shooting with Atomos recorder/monitors, you’ve been spoiled. You’ve had the ability to shoot with just about any SSD or HDD that you wanted! What a luxury. See, I shoot with an Odyssey 7Q attached to my FS700. Interestingly enough, just getting the thing wasn’t enough. You had to buy the rights to shoot the Sony codecs. But, as you probably know, that’s not the end of it. You then had to invest in propriety SSD’s that were, as you can imagine, not the most reasonably priced things on B&H.

Finally. After waiting a long time, with an update, Convergent Design has opened up the world of non-proprietary SSD’s. This is so big for those of us that were in love with the monitor capabilities that Convergent Design offered but no so in love with the price it took to, “get in the club.”

In addition to this huge update, they’ve also enhanced a variety of features that make the Odyssey an even better Recorder/Monitor. I’m most excited for the optimized Pixel Zoom Mode called Hyper Zoom. Which displays a 4, 6, 8, 10 & 12X zoom on a selected portion of the image, displayed in the lower right corner of the OLED.

For you anamorphic shooters out there, they’ve added a variety of anamorphic De-Squeeze options that allow you to view your images in the anamorphic aspect ratio they’re shot in. (I wish I could count myself as an anamorphic shooter…)

Finally, they’ve fixed a multitude of small bugs with the Odyssey system. All together, these updates have really pushed Convergent Design back into the realm of possibility for mid-level pros out there. That’s a good thing too. Atomos needs some competition.

Odyssey Firmware Update 2015.7

Odyssey Firmware Update 2015.7

Via Convergent Design Press:

NEW FEATURES (ODYSSEY7 / ODYSSEY7Q / ODYSSEY7Q+)

Third-Party SSD Support

Use qualified third-party SSDs in Odyssey monitor/recorders. (SSD Handle kits required to mount.)

Qualified third-party SSDs:
Samsung 850 PRO in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB & 1TB (1024GB)
Samsung 850 EVO 1000GB

NOTE: Samsung SSDs draw more power than Odyssey SSDs. Convergent Design highly recommends using an AC-powered USB3 adapter or a Thunderbolt adapter when connecting Samsung SSDs to a computer.

Additional Anamorphic De-Squeeze options – Center Extraction

Desqueezes and magnifies center portion of image for common anamorphic formats. Adjusted image sent to video outputs; recording unaffected.

Center Extraction modes:
1.33x (1.78:1) Stretches center 4:3 image to cover 16:9 frame
2.0x (2.39:1) 2.0x stretch with image zoom & crop to 2.39:1
2.0x (2.67:1) 2.0x stretch with image zoom to 2.67:1

Hyper Zoom

Additional Pixel Zoom mode. 4,6,8,10, & 12X Hyper Zoom on a selected portion of image, displayed in the lower right corner of OLED display.
Selectable Color reference frame

Exposure Compensation LUTs

Combination S-Log to REC709 and exposure compensation for re-rating FS7 and FS700 cameras to 1000ISO (1 stop over) or 500ISO (2 stops over). Reduces noise and increases apparent bit depth.

Additional Preset LUTs:
Sony FS700 (Exposure Compensation)
SONY_EE_SL2_L709A-1
SONY_EE_SL2_L709A-2

Sony FS7 (Exposure Compensation)
SONY_EE_SL3C_L709A-1
SONY_EE_SL3C_L709A-2

FIXES & IMPROVEMENTS

FIXED Histogram with 720p source
FIXED Image tearing on PSF inputs in HD Prores
FIXED DPX video outputs when PSF output turned on
FIXED Appearance of a single pixel in or near the audio meters
FIXED LUT Extended/Legal setting saved through a power cycle
FIXED Scene and Project setting saved through a power cycle
FIXED Audio corruption on DPX and DNG file spanning
FIXED Audio playback on Odyssey in all ProRes formats
FIXED Pixel Zoom reaches full image in 4K
FIXED GH4 Motion Picture Luminance Level under 0-255
FIXED FS7 Camera Trigger in HD Apple ProRes
FIXED FS7 Camera Trigger in 4K Raw->Apple ProRes
FIXED 4K RAW->2K/HD Apple ProRes 50p playback
FIXED 4K RAW->2K/HD Apple ProRes 100/120p live image
FIXED Stuttering video in FS700 4K RAW->HD/2K 100/120p burst mode
IMPROVED On screen counter during LUT import
IMPROVED Upper Toolbar Setup Menu

SOFTWARE UPDATES

CD Apple ProRes Transfer Utility 1.8 (PC / Mac)

Fixes for installation Issues
Fixes for transfer issues

CD LUT Utility 1.8 (PC / Mac)

Fixes for installation Issues
Fixes with issues due to region settings
Fixes for inverted LUTs

NOTE: Updating firmware on an Odyssey monitor/recorder requires the use of an SSD. If an Odyssey monitor/recorder is currently running firmware version 5.10.100 (March 2015) or 2015.5 (May 2015) then a qualified Samsung SSD (see list above) as well as an Odyssey SSD can be used to perform the update. Samsung SSDs require the Convergent Design SSD Handle kit to mount in an Odyssey monitor/recorder. Odyssey monitor/recorders running earlier firmware versions must use an Odyssey SSD to perform the update.

About Convergent Design
Founded in 2000, Convergent Design started as a manufacturer of SD/HD signal converters and evolved the product line to include video recorders, RAW data video capture devices and professional monitors. Convergent Design’s progressive technology design means that each new device includes the features and technology of the ones that preceded it. Convergent Design products are designed and manufactured in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and sold through our worldwide network of dealers and distributors.

For more information, visit convergent-design.com/

(cover photo credit: snap from Convergent Design )

Bret Hoy

Bret Hoy

Bret Hoy is a filmmaker, photographer and writer based out of St. Louis, Missouri. Mainly focused on documentary and experimental film, he has produced, directed, shot and edited many short films and a few long form works.

He shoots a lot and often.
Bret Hoy

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