Amazing Possibilities From Convergent Design’s Titan – A Groundbreaking Monitor/Recorder Add-On

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Just a few short years ago, Convergent Design was a newcomer into the external recorder/monitor world, but over that brief period of time, they’ve made quite an impact.

While Atomos represents a high level of competition, Convergent Design has found a way to carve out a niche of features that sets it apart from anything in the Atomos line. What are these?

Well, most of all, the ability to record 12bit+ and Raw formats as well as high frame rates and some amazing input/output options. They’re continuing this effort of distinguishing themselves from the competition with the release of the Titan. And what the Titan has to offer is pretty incredible.

The Titan allows you to do more with a 4k signal than any other Monitor/Recorder on the market.

When you run a 4k signal into the Titan, it “uses one 4K camera to create three HD video signals. One frame is a Super Sample of the full image area and two are windows selected from within the original input. These windows can be panned smoothly through the 4K field and the three angles can be Live-Switched.”

The possibilities this opens up for quick journalistic shoots and live event streaming are truly amazing. What consistently impresses me about Convergent Design’s products is the amazing processing and hardware that allow for these kinds of features.

The Titan is an option for the Odyssey 7Q and Apollo line of monitor/recorders. The list price will start at $995, but after an introductory period will be increased to $1295, and will be available in early October.

Demo video:

 

Introducing Titan HD Extract

Via Convergent Design:

Many cameras can shoot in 4K today, but most clients still want HD. How can a 4K camera become an enhanced HD device? Introducing Titan.

Titan is the latest option for the Odyssey & Apollo monitor/recorders. Titan uses one 4K camera to create three HD video signals. One frame is a SuperSample of the full image area and two are windows selected from within the original input. These windows can be panned smoothly through the 4K field and the three angles can be Live-Switched. All four HD signals can be recorded simultaneously in Apple ProRes with matching timecode and file names.

Convergent Design TITAN HD extract

  • Shoot a two-subject interview using one camera and Titan and record a Live-Switch of a two-shot plus separate close-ups.
  • Record a panel presentation with a wide master plus a single on the moderator and another of the panel, all from one camera.
  • Cover a House of Worship service with a shot of the clergyman, another of the chorus, and a wide view of them all – done with the modest investment of one camera and Titan.
  • With Titan and a single installed camera capture an entire football field from the 50 yard line, plus follow a player as he runs the course of the field.

Eliminate the render time of reframing in post. Deliver edited content as well as the complete separate angles to your client at the end of the shoot. Shoot a multi-cam job with a kit you can fit in a single backpack.

Titan accepts 4K video signals over HDMI and SDI (original Odyssey7Q limited to 3G-SDI). Titan also accepts 4K RAW data from the Sony FS5, FS7 & FS700 cameras. Live-Switching is available as cuts and dissolves, and an Edit Decision List is generated as an .EDL file for conforming an edit in post.

Titan is an option for the Odyssey7Q+, Odyssey7Q and Apollo monitor/recorders. Other options (Odyssey RAW Bundle or Apollo) are not required for Titan.

Titan list price is $1295, but Convergent Design will offer Titan for a limited time at an introductory price of just $995. Titan is expected to be available around the beginning of October.

For more on Titan, visit the Convergent Design website and check out this video introduction. Or come see Titan in person at the Convergent Design booth at IBC 2016.

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, please 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.
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