I’ve been a faithful user of the Odyssey 7Q recorder/monitor with the Sony FS700 for about a year now, and right now, I’m caught in a spiral of bittersweet emotions. First of all, YES! FINALLY! I can use non-proprietary SSD’s with my Odyssey! Secondly, what the hell Convergent Design?! What took so long, and why did you have to wait until I’d already purchased the overpriced proprietary drives?
Regardless of my conflicting emotions on the subject, Convergent Design has really opened the door for more people to start using their monitor/recorder systems in their workflow. They still have a ways to go (finding a way to remove the cost of buying the Sony Codecs, for one) but the past few months have shown progress.
With the implementation of their new recording formats and options into the 7Q and 7Q+ rigs, they’ve shown the world that they can be exactly the opposite of what everyone thought they were. Stagnant.
This is in no way to say that they make a bad product. As I said, I have been using the Odyssey 7Q with an FS700 for over a year, and the images I get are incredible and the tools on the monitor have made my shoots more consistent and my client’s happier. But I can’t help but say that sometimes I’d get a bit frustrated, looking across the aisle at the constantly updating Atomos systems.
This frustration is no more. I truly believe that we’ve entered another era with Convergent Design, and Atomos should at least keep an eye out. Does this make you want an Odyssey 7Q or 7Q+ instead of an Atomos Shogun?
Odyssey7Q+ Now Includes 256GB SSD, Prices Slashed on Odyssey SSDs, Five Samsung SSDs Qualified
Via Convergent Design:
(Colorado Springs, CO) Today, July 1st, Convergent Design announces a major revamp of SSD support and prices. This revamp will lower costs dramatically for clients using the Odyssey7Q+, Odyssey7Q and the Odyssey7 monitor/recorders. The Odyssey7Q+ will now ship with media included as well as additional accessories. The prices on all three models of Odyssey SSDs have been dramatically lowered. And, five models of Samsung SSDs have been qualified by Convergent Design for use in all Odyssey 7.7” monitor/recorders with the upcoming 2015.07 free firmware update.
One 256GB SSD Included With The Odyssey7Q+
Starting today, July 1st, the Convergent Design Odyssey7Q+ will ship with one 256GB Odyssey SSD included. A five-pack kit of SSD handles for use with qualified 3rd party SSDs (see below) is now included with each Odyssey7Q+. Convergent Design has further added a 4K-ready HDMI cable and adapter, as well as an Ultra-Thin 3G-SDI cable, to the universal AC power supply included with the Odyssey7Q+. All accessories are available for separate purchase from any Convergent Design dealer.
List Prices Slashed On Odyssey SSDs
Starting today, July 1st, Convergent Design has drastically reduced prices on all three models of Odyssey SSDs for the Odyssey 7.7” monitor/recorders. The 256GB Odyssey SSD is now $249, the 512GB Odyssey SSD drops to $449, and the 1TB Odyssey SSD is now $795. Prices are US list prices in United States Dollars. Prices around the world will vary due to shipping and customs fees. All Odyssey SSDs are fully warrantied by Convergent Design to perform in all recording modes on all 7.7” Odyssey monitor/recorders.
Five Samsung SSDs Qualified For Use In Odyssey Monitor/Recorders
After extensive testing, Convergent Design has now qualified five models of Samsung SSDs for use in all Odyssey 7.7” monitor/recorders once upgraded with the upcoming 2015.07 free firmware update. Qualified Samsung SSD models are the 850 PRO series in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB (1024GB) sizes, as well as the 850 EVO 1000GB. All five Samsung SSDs are qualified by Convergent Design to support all recording modes on all 7.7” Odyssey monitor/recorders, once these devices have been updated to the 2015.07 firmware. The previously announced Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD is not qualified. To protect clients from recording issues, only qualified SSDs or Odyssey SSDs will function in Odyssey 7.7” monitor/recorders. SSDs mount into the Odyssey monitor/recorders with a latching handle. Starting today, July 1st, a five-pack kit of SSD handles [view product info] will be included with all Odyssey7Q+ monitor/recorders as well as made available for purchase through the Convergent Design dealer network.
Certified vs. Qualified
Odyssey SSDs are certified to work in Odyssey monitor/recorders. Convergent Design tests and sells these SSDs, so the company has oversight to warranty their performance. The above listed Samsung SSDs are qualified to work in Odyssey monitor/recorders. While multiple samples have been tested extensively by Convergent Design, we do not directly sell this media, so Convergent Design cannot warranty individual 3rd party SSDs. Convergent Design Customer Support is available to our clients 24/7, but we may not be able to successfully support 3rd party product to the same extent as our own products.
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.
(cover photo credit: snap from Convergent Design)