The new Convergent Design Odyssey Firmware update adds some impressive functions to the already daunting arsenal that the Odyssey 7Q and 7Q+ possesses. When you look at it on paper, you can’t be disappointed at what they’ve presented, but as an Odyssey 7Q user, you have to wonder, where has this been?
A few years back, Convergent Design unleashed the Odyssey 7Q onto the world. Armed with specs that boasted 4k Raw and High Frame Rate recording it was hard to criticize it. Then you dig a bit deeper, and you see that (at the time) you were forced to purchase proprietary, expensive drives just to record on the recorder/monitor. Then after that, if you want to record in those impressive specs, you had to purchase or rent the licenses, which could be very expensive.
All of these small things combined to create a small amount of distrust between many and Convergent Design. It wasn’t that they weren’t upfront about it, but it felt as if there were certain things that didn’t seem… right. They have since then totally fixed the proprietary drive issue, and that made me fall back in love with those guys again.
Now we look at the most recent update and we see things like, “dual stream recording.” Features like this are AMAZINGLY useful, but again, you have to wonder why it’s taken so long. When the Odyssey 7Q was originally purchased, it was assumed that you’d be able to do Multi-Stream recording on it at least fairly soon.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the Odyssey. The beautiful things that it’s allowed me and others using it to do can’t be ignored. It in fact has been one of my favorite pieces of gear over the past couple years. I’m always talking about how the false color, focus peaking and monitor resolution are very professional features.
This brings me to their newly announced, Apollo Multi-Stream Recorder. Not only does this new rig sound incredible, there won’t be a need to wait for an upgrade to experience it. If you already own an Odyssey, you can purchase this functionality for $1795 or buy the rig separately for $3995. With this rig or upgrade, you can live-switch between four different inputs at once. With the fifth output you can record the Quad-View or Live-view output from the Apollo. This makes the Apollo the most portable four way switching and recording option on the market.
Convergent Design consistently proves that, even though it may take some time, they produce impressive, professional gear that you have most definitely been asking for. We've had our ups and downs, but I can't help but love you guys.
Odyssey Firmware v2015.11 Now Available for Download
Via Convergent Design Press:
Apple ProRes 4444 / Apple ProRes 4444(XQ) recording and HD Dual-Stream Monitoring now available on the Convergent Design Odyssey7Q+ and Odyssey7Q
(Colorado Springs, CO) 11/17/15 – The Convergent Design engineering team has been hard at work, bringing more powerful features and functionality to the Odyssey family of prefessional monitor/recorders. This free firmware update for Odyssey7Q+, Odyssey7Q and Odyssey7 includes new features, functionality and fixes for all three Odyssey models.
Firmware v2015.11 Highlights:
HD Dual-Stream Monitoring (Odyssey7Q+ & Odyssey7Q) View two HD video signals while recording one in Apple ProRes Note that Dual-Stream Recording (view & record two streams simultaneously) will be in the Odyssey RAW Bundle as a future firmware update. The Apollo Option (Quad-Stream Monitoring/Recording/Switching) will be available in December 2015.
Apple ProRes 4444 and Apple ProRes 4444(XQ) Recording (Odyssey7Q+ & Odyssey7Q) Record 4:4:4 2K and HD video signals in 12-bit & 10-bit as Apple ProRes 4444 or 4444(XQ) Supports many cameras including Sony F3/F5/F23/F35/F55, Canon C300mkII/C500, Panasonic HPX3100 and more.
Spot Meter (All models) New Advanced Monitoring Tool exposure meter
Additional & improved Preset LUTs New and improved LUTs for Canon C-Log, C-Log2 and Panasonic V-Log
…and a lot more!
Download Odyssey Firmware v2015.11 Here.
(cover photo credit: snap from Convergent Design)