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Convergent Design Odyssey7Q Raw OLED Monitor & Recorder

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Product Highlights
  • 7.7" 1280x800 Monitor w/ 3400:1 Contrast
  • Upgradeable to High-Speed Raw Recorder
  • Includes ProRes 422 HQ in Up to 1080p30
  • Waveform, RGB Parade, Etc.
  • 2x SDI In/Out/Bi-Directional, HDMI Mini
  • Quad Streaming and Monitoring
  • 2-Channel 48 KHz, 24-Bit Embedded Audio
  • Touchscreen Interface / 2 Function Keys
  • ARRI, Canon, Sony LUT Support
  • 2 Slots for 2.5" Convergent Design SSDs

Convergent Design's Odyssey7Q Raw OLED Monitor & Recorder is an advanced follow-up to Convergent's Gemini 4:4:4 Raw monitor/recorder. The Odyssey7Q features a 7.7" 1280 x 800 OLED display with a 3400:1 contrast ratio and is equipped with advanced image analysis tools, including Waveform and RGB Parade. It includes the Apple ProRes 422 HQ codec (up to 1080p30) and supports several high-speed Raw and HD recorder options, sold separately. It features two built-in SSD slots and records to Convergent Design 2.5" SSDs only.

The Odyssey7Q has two SDI inputs, two outputs, and two bi-directional SDI ports. It automatically detects the incoming video format and when possible creates an entire recorder/monitor setup based on camera metadata. The bi-directional SDI ports can be assigned as either inputs or outputs via menu selection. When these are assigned as inputs, the monitor can simultaneously stream four separate 1080/30p/60i signals from a multicam setup, and you can monitor all four in a quad-split screen.

The interface is a capacitive touchscreen and simple to navigate, meaning less setup time. Most of the inputs/outputs are on the bottom, and 1/4" mounting threads are on the sides. An AC adapter is included for continuous power, and compatible IDX, AB and Sony battery plates are available.

Key Features
  • Upgradeable to Raw & HD recorder/player
  • Includes Apple ProRes 422 HQ codec supporting up to 1080p30
  • 4 SDI inputs & 2 outputs or 2 inputs & 4 outputs (you get to choose via the menu)
  • 2 channels of embedded audio, 48kHz, 24-bit
  • Four video streams supported simultaneously
  • Quad split monitoring with live switching
  • Image analysis tools can be displayed large or in smaller versions in the lower right-hand corner
  • Play back four separate HD video streams
  • Onion skinning support (overlay of still and live video)
  • Image analysis (Waveform, RGB Parade, etc.) during playback
Recorder Options
Recorder options sold separately:

  • High-speed (240fps) 2K/HD Raw recording
  • 2K/HD Raw support for WeissCam, LMP, IndieCam, IO Industries
  • Sony FS700 2K Raw 12-bit up to 240fps and 4K Raw 12-bit up to 60fps, both in CinemaDNG format
  • HD/2K uncompressed RGB 444 up to 60fps
  • HD/2K Raw up to 120 fps
  • ARRIRAW (16:9) up to 60fps, (4:3) up to 48fps
  • Canon Raw QHD/4K up to 60fps

Record file formats:

  • HD/2K Uncompressed = .dpx
  • HD/2K Raw = .dng
  • ARRIRAW = .ari
  • Canon Raw = .rmf
Record Triggers
  • Touchscreen
  • SDI record trigger (ARRI, Canon, Panasonic, Red, Sony)
  • Optional remote cable
Image Analysis Tools
  • Focus Assist
  • YRGB Waveform
  • Histogram
  • False Color
  • RGB Parade
  • Zebras
  • 1:1 and 2:1 Pixel Zoom with moveable image
  • Auto flip of the image and menus using the touchscreen
  • Recticule Markers
Display 7.7" OLED (19.5 cm)
1280 x 800 resolution
3400:1 contrast ratio, true blacks
RGB 8-bit color depth
176° viewing angle
Video Connections 2x 3G/HD/SD-SDI, single/dual link inputs
2x 3G/HD/SD-SDI, single/dual link outputs
2x 3G/HD/SD-SDI, single/dual link assignable as inputs or outputs via menu

1x HDMI mini input
1x HDMI mini output
Included Codecs Apple ProRes 422 HQ (up to 1080p30)
Video Formats SDI:
For recorder options --
HD/2K RGB 444 8/10/12-bit up to 60p/60psf
HD/2K YCC 422 8/10-bit up to 120p, QHD/4K 422 up to 30fps
ARRIRAW (16:9) 12-bit up to 60fps, ARRIRAW (4:3) 12-bit up to 48fps
Canon Raw QHD/4K 10-bit up to 60fps

HDMI:
Up to 1080p60 4:2:2 8-bit
Digital Audio 2-channel embedded audio (48 kHz, 24-bit)
Analog Audio Mono speaker
3.5 mm headphone output
LUT Support ARRI, Canon, Sony
Recording Media Support Odyssey7Q requires Convergent Design 2.5" SSDs for optional recording
Remote Control RS-232 I/O, programmable GPIO
Timecode LTC I/O (BNC) or embedded SDI/HDMI TC
User Interface Capacitive touchscreen, two mechanical function keys
Material Cast-magnesium case
Firmware Updates Via USB port to host computer
Power Input 10 to 34 VDC with built-in reverse polarity protection; built-in power switch
Power Dissipation 8 W (monitor only), 8-15 W (monitor and record mode)
Operating Temperature 14 to 104°F (-10 to 40°C)
Storage Temperature -4 to 128°F (-20 to 70°C)
Dimensions Measured from end of BNC to SSD tabs:
7.9 x 6.1 x 1" (20 x 15.5 x 2.5 cm)
Weight 1.2 lb (.54 kg)
Convergent Design Odyssey7Q Raw OLED Monitor & Recorder
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  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Convergent DesignOdyssey7Q Raw OLED Monitor & Recorder
     
    4.2

    (based on 18 reviews)

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    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (15)
    • Professional quality (15)
    • Improves performance (12)
    • Compact (11)
    • Highly compatible (11)

    Cons

    • Lacks functionality (4)
    • Pricey / poor value (3)

    Best Uses

    • Complex projects (14)
    • Independent films (14)
    • In the studio (12)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Business owner (9), Professional artist (7)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Make Sure You Budget Everything You Need

    We bought two of these 7Q's for our FS700s so we could do 4K.

    What you get in the box:
    - Monitor/Recorder
    - AC adapter

    What...Read complete review

    We bought two of these 7Q's for our FS700s so we could do 4K.

    What you get in the box:
    - Monitor/Recorder
    - AC adapter

    What you need to record portable 4K:

    1. Some way to power it via battery
    - we opted for the single Sony 970-type plate. It added significant extra cost. (I'd state the amount, but the review rules don't allow pricing.) Interestingly, one of the battery adapters was poorly molded and could not take a battery no matter what. I had to heat it with an electric heat gun (used for shrink tubing) to soften the ABS plastic and force a battery onto the adapter, then let it cool. It's now ugly, but it works.

    The 7Q's power input is a very small round pushbutton-lock proprietary connector. The socket on the end of the battery/AC supply when plugged in protrudes out about 1-1/2" from the bottom of the unit. It stays attached reliably, but don't whack it sideways.
    - you can select all kinds of other ways to power: D-Tap, V-Mount, Gold Mount, other battery plates... with prices ranging up to really significant costs, before the cost of batteries and chargers. Perhaps you already have some kind of battery. Just remember to add powering to your final budget.

    2. Some way to mount it to the camera. It has a single 1/4-20 mounting hole low on the back (for a magic arm or ball head) and two 1/4-20's on the sides that could take a U-shaped cradle if you want to build one (the way video lights are mounted). I don't see an official cradle mounting solution offered.

    3. Cables. It has a mini-HDMI on the bottom middle and SDI inputs, also on the bottom. Convergent-Design sells a thin, flexible SDI cable that meets spec for sending uncompressed 4K from the camera to the recorder. They do not recommend skimping on the cable.

    4. A case. It comes in a cardboard box with foam around it. After you get all your accessories together to create a system, you'll need to keep it all together. The original box won't cut it.

    5. Media. It only records to proprietary SSDs, either 256GB (expensive) or 512GB (really expensive). You'll get something like 28 minutes of 4K on 512GB. The SSD's have a factory plastic handle attached to them so they lock into the recorder. They don't trust unapproved media to meet the recording challenge. Again, consider this when budgeting.

    6. Before you can turn the unit on and use it, you have to register an account for the unit and get a passcode. This is free but a bit confusing to use the website. Don't expect to pull it out of the box, turn it on and go to work.

    7. Now the fun part: if you want to record 4K from your FS700, Arri or other 4K camera, you have to purchase an expensive license, or you can rent the license at a reduced cost. We thought it was coming with the license, but then, after the purchase req went through and the items arrived, we had to go back and get the licenses for two units. Our purchasing department interpreted that as "buying software" which takes another whole bureaucratic nightmare to pull off. Another significant addition to the budget. It would be nice if you could order the unit pre-licensed for your particular camera so the cost is bundled. I believe you need a different license for each camera model. Not sure. Once you get the license, it's a simple matter of entering a code to activate the ability to record 4K: no software is actually purchased or installed. (Firmware updates are free but only adjust the capabilities of the unit.)

    Be aware the 4K that's recorded is only Cinema 4K 4096x2160. No UHD 3840x2160. And at the moment (Sept 1, 2014) it only records 4K in giant, uncompressed DPX format. I believe they're working on a way to record in a compressed format.

    It also, as of this date, cannot record the 4K output of the Panasonic GH4, but they say that's also coming.

    Iterestingly, one of our two units out of the box simply would not work. Had to send it back for regrooving. Customer service is excellent. They fixed it and returned it pronto, but between that and the warped battery holder, if it had been the only one, we'd have been hosed.

    The monitor itself is very, very nice, even if you're not using it as a recorder. Extremely lightweight and slim. The 1280x800 OLED picture is fantastic. The touchscreen menus are super easy to access and change. Going in and out of focus peaking is a dream.

    We haven't actually recorded any 4K yet because I still don't know exactly how it fits into our workflow. We pretty much know for sure we don't have the hardware and codecs to play the uncompressed 4K files so we'll need some sort of proxy to edit.

    What's really interesting is that the 7Q is a better 4K solution that Sony's own recorder for the FS700.

    Next up is how to configure the 7Q and the FS700 so we can shoulder mount it.

    We're also not sure how we're going to archive such massive files and their proxies/conversions. 28 minutes per 500GB uses up storage like nobody's business.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good Product but firmware needs update

    I am filmmaker currently engaged in THE BAMERA TIGER documentary shooting C500 and FS700R. The 7Q allows me to both monitor and record in 4K but the file size of the Canon Raw Files...Read complete review

    I am filmmaker currently engaged in THE BAMERA TIGER documentary shooting C500 and FS700R. The 7Q allows me to both monitor and record in 4K but the file size of the Canon Raw Files and FS700R DNG files is incredibly big. Convergent Design was supposed to have a firmware update in September 2014 that took 4K RAW from the C500 / FS700R and compress it Apple Pro Res HQ right inside the 7Q but they have delayed this update which is frustrating. You will need an AJA Ki Pro Quad for 4K PRORES HQ. If you want to buy this product you should know that it is a fantastic monitor, great recorder for RAW 4K files, but you may be frustrated by the firmware update negligence from Convergent Design and by having to run through 1TB per hour of 4K RAW filming. I should mention however, that besides their delayed firmware updates, the company does have responsive customer service.

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    5.0

    Amazing image and value

    By dpstahr

    from Tampa, Florida

    About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Easy To Use
    • Highly Compatible
    • Lightweight
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Complex Projects
      • Independent Films
      • In The Studio

      Comments about Convergent Design Odyssey7Q Raw OLED Monitor & Recorder:

      Amazing what C/D has packed into this beautiful, lightweight package. Software is new and developing, yet right out of the box the 7Q works great. Many functions found in much more expensive units. Have used and are impressed with the 4 SDI inputs. A quad combiner by itself could cost as much or more than the 7Q.

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      5.0

      Versatile + marvelous!

      By jmw

      from alameda

      About Me Business Owner, Filmmaker

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Highly Compatible
      • Improves Performance
      • Lightweight
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Complex Projects
        • Independent Films
        • In The Studio

        Comments about Convergent Design Odyssey7Q Raw OLED Monitor & Recorder:

        it's a monitor, it's a recorder, + they keep adding new features through firmware updates!That said, I think the mounting points seem a bit less robust than i would like. + i think a screen protector should be included.

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        5.0

        Gets Better

        By RicM

        from Providence, RI

        About Me Business Owner

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Highly Compatible
        • Improves Performance
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

        • Noise In Raw Video

        Best Uses

        • Bluegreen Screen
        • Complex Projects
        • Independent Films
        • In The Studio

        Comments about Convergent Design Odyssey7Q Raw OLED Monitor & Recorder:

        As we have used this tool more I have become more impressed with it. We are using it with a Sony FS700 in conjunction with the the latest firmware ProRes release. The video quality is impressive, once you learn how to use it. We are getting excellent blue screen keys from the footage, and we plan to shoot our next project in full 4K with a single camera to allow "cropping to close up". There is more noise in solid colors than I expected, and when using this footage for keying a noise reduction filter in the software makes all the difference in the world.The monitor is amazing, and as many have said, worth the price of admission alone.

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        5.0

        Awesome Video

        By RicM

        from Providence

        About Me Business Owner

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Highly Compatible
        • Improves Performance
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Complex Projects
          • Independent Films
          • In The Studio

          Comments about Convergent Design Odyssey7Q Raw OLED Monitor & Recorder:

          I bought this unit to replace an A@#os Sam%^ai that was misbehaving and not worth repairing. What a difference! Gorgeous screen, excellent menus, and locks right up to my Sony FS700 and outputs the best looking 4K ProRes I've ever seen. It's not cheap, with the 4K ProRes option and 2x 256G Drives, but you get what you pay for. I haven't even tried the continuous high frame rate recording yet and I would buy this all over again.

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          3.0

          Good Product but firmware needs update

          By warrenpereira

          from Los Angeles

          About Me Professional Artist

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Easy To Use
          • Highly Compatible
          • Improves Performance
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

          • Lacks Functionality

          Best Uses

          • Complex Projects
          • Independent Films
          • In The Studio

          Comments about Convergent Design Odyssey7Q Raw OLED Monitor & Recorder:

          I am filmmaker currently engaged in THE BAMERA TIGER documentary shooting C500 and FS700R. The 7Q allows me to both monitor and record in 4K but the file size of the Canon Raw Files and FS700R DNG files is incredibly big. Convergent Design was supposed to have a firmware update in September 2014 that took 4K RAW from the C500 / FS700R and compress it Apple Pro Res HQ right inside the 7Q but they have delayed this update which is frustrating. You will need an AJA Ki Pro Quad for 4K PRORES HQ. If you want to buy this product you should know that it is a fantastic monitor, great recorder for RAW 4K files, but you may be frustrated by the firmware update negligence from Convergent Design and by having to run through 1TB per hour of 4K RAW filming. I should mention however, that besides their delayed firmware updates, the company does have responsive customer service.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Great Monitor, Decent Recorder, Great CS

          By WP

          from NY, NY

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Easy To Use
          • Highly Compatible
          • Improves Performance
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

          • Lacks Functionality

          Best Uses

            Comments about Convergent Design Odyssey7Q Raw OLED Monitor & Recorder:

            This is a great monitor. I've used TV Logic, Small HD & others & I like this monitor the best. The only downside is it isn't 1080. This results in some moire in the displayed image that isn't in the recorded image (it's possible this can be fixed with firmware if they care).The recorder is great, but because it's a new item there are bugs and things it can't do yet. One major problem is no way to record audio with a Canon 5D Mark iii. Overall, recording with HDMI cameras is a bit more finicky than an SDI.The extra recording options are overpriced considering we already paid $ more for the 7Q over the 7.Convergent Design has one of the best customer service and technical support I've seen in the business. So that's a plus when bugs arise.The only design problem is there isn't any way to get a 1/4 20 screw directly on the bottom. CD should sell an adapter that is L shaped to go from their rear 1/4 20 to a bottom facing 1/4 20.Battery Life isn't great & reading voltage is confusing. It would be better with a % or something similar.Their SSDs are overpriced, but allegedly have more recovery and other features because of that

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            4.0

            Make Sure You Budget Everything You Need

            By Dan K.

            from Redondo Beach, CA

            About Me Industrial Media Services

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Easy To Use
            • Highly Compatible
            • Improves Performance
            • Lightweight
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

            • EXPENSIVE
            • Needs Battery Adapter
            • Needs Cables
            • Needs Hood
            • Needs Massive Storage
            • Needs Mounts
            • Needs Pricy 4k License

            Best Uses

            • Complex Projects
            • Independent Films
            • In The Studio
            • Top End Work

            Comments about Convergent Design Odyssey7Q Raw OLED Monitor & Recorder:

            We bought two of these 7Q's for our FS700s so we could do 4K.

            What you get in the box:
            - Monitor/Recorder
            - AC adapter

            What you need to record portable 4K:

            1. Some way to power it via battery
            - we opted for the single Sony 970-type plate. It added significant extra cost. (I'd state the amount, but the review rules don't allow pricing.) Interestingly, one of the battery adapters was poorly molded and could not take a battery no matter what. I had to heat it with an electric heat gun (used for shrink tubing) to soften the ABS plastic and force a battery onto the adapter, then let it cool. It's now ugly, but it works.

            The 7Q's power input is a very small round pushbutton-lock proprietary connector. The socket on the end of the battery/AC supply when plugged in protrudes out about 1-1/2" from the bottom of the unit. It stays attached reliably, but don't whack it sideways.
            - you can select all kinds of other ways to power: D-Tap, V-Mount, Gold Mount, other battery plates... with prices ranging up to really significant costs, before the cost of batteries and chargers. Perhaps you already have some kind of battery. Just remember to add powering to your final budget.

            2. Some way to mount it to the camera. It has a single 1/4-20 mounting hole low on the back (for a magic arm or ball head) and two 1/4-20's on the sides that could take a U-shaped cradle if you want to build one (the way video lights are mounted). I don't see an official cradle mounting solution offered.

            3. Cables. It has a mini-HDMI on the bottom middle and SDI inputs, also on the bottom. Convergent-Design sells a thin, flexible SDI cable that meets spec for sending uncompressed 4K from the camera to the recorder. They do not recommend skimping on the cable.

            4. A case. It comes in a cardboard box with foam around it. After you get all your accessories together to create a system, you'll need to keep it all together. The original box won't cut it.

            5. Media. It only records to proprietary SSDs, either 256GB (expensive) or 512GB (really expensive). You'll get something like 28 minutes of 4K on 512GB. The SSD's have a factory plastic handle attached to them so they lock into the recorder. They don't trust unapproved media to meet the recording challenge. Again, consider this when budgeting.

            6. Before you can turn the unit on and use it, you have to register an account for the unit and get a passcode. This is free but a bit confusing to use the website. Don't expect to pull it out of the box, turn it on and go to work.

            7. Now the fun part: if you want to record 4K from your FS700, Arri or other 4K camera, you have to purchase an expensive license, or you can rent the license at a reduced cost. We thought it was coming with the license, but then, after the purchase req went through and the items arrived, we had to go back and get the licenses for two units. Our purchasing department interpreted that as "buying software" which takes another whole bureaucratic nightmare to pull off. Another significant addition to the budget. It would be nice if you could order the unit pre-licensed for your particular camera so the cost is bundled. I believe you need a different license for each camera model. Not sure. Once you get the license, it's a simple matter of entering a code to activate the ability to record 4K: no software is actually purchased or installed. (Firmware updates are free but only adjust the capabilities of the unit.)

            Be aware the 4K that's recorded is only Cinema 4K 4096x2160. No UHD 3840x2160. And at the moment (Sept 1, 2014) it only records 4K in giant, uncompressed DPX format. I believe they're working on a way to record in a compressed format.

            It also, as of this date, cannot record the 4K output of the Panasonic GH4, but they say that's also coming.

            Iterestingly, one of our two units out of the box simply would not work. Had to send it back for regrooving. Customer service is excellent. They fixed it and returned it pronto, but between that and the warped battery holder, if it had been the only one, we'd have been hosed.

            The monitor itself is very, very nice, even if you're not using it as a recorder. Extremely lightweight and slim. The 1280x800 OLED picture is fantastic. The touchscreen menus are super easy to access and change. Going in and out of focus peaking is a dream.

            We haven't actually recorded any 4K yet because I still don't know exactly how it fits into our workflow. We pretty much know for sure we don't have the hardware and codecs to play the uncompressed 4K files so we'll need some sort of proxy to edit.

            What's really interesting is that the 7Q is a better 4K solution that Sony's own recorder for the FS700.

            Next up is how to configure the 7Q and the FS700 so we can shoulder mount it.

            We're also not sure how we're going to archive such massive files and their proxies/conversions. 28 minutes per 500GB uses up storage like nobody's business.

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            5.0

            So Far So Good

            By Hans Patoo

            from Vientiane, Laos

            About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

            • Limited Compatibility

            Best Uses

            • Complex Projects
            • Independent Films
            • In The Studio

            Comments about Convergent Design Odyssey7Q Raw OLED Monitor & Recorder:

            I went to check it out in the BH studio before I bought it because it's unclear what you really need to make it function. Everything works out of the box (as long as you bought the right power and mounting options) and it can at least record Prores 422 until I have a chance to take my camera to have the firmware updated and buy the FS700 RAW upgrade. Monitor works great although it is a bit larger in real live than it appears online. Everything is easy to setup and operate. I just wish it had 1/4 screw holes on the bottom or top, but there are 3rd party plates for it. I also with it had a built in down-converter to send output signal to my steadicam SD monitor because now I also need a downconverter or a new steadicam monitor and because of the proprietary power tap, I can't use it as a steadicam monitor on the sled (which you wouldn't want to do anyway as the touchscreen is so reflective) I'm looking forward to recording RAW from the FS700, but it's still going to take a bunch of extras to get a full working steadicam rig setup. Overall it's a great monitor and offers the ability to turn the FS700 into a beast.

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            4.0

            Great Monitor But Still Working out Bugs

            By Working Pic

            from New York, NY

            About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Easy To Use
            • Improves Performance
            • Lightweight
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

            • Lacks Functionality
            • Pricey / Poor Value

            Best Uses

            • Complex Projects
            • Independent Films

            Comments about Convergent Design Odyssey7Q Raw OLED Monitor & Recorder:

            This is hands down the best (or at least one of the best) onboard monitor on the market. The problem is that it is so new, that Convergent Design is still working out a ton of bugs (mostly on recording end), but they seem pretty responsive and helpful when calling in.

            As of today Analog Audio doesn't work, The 5D Mark iii can not record at 24p (only 30p... 24p results in a black line on the image), No higher frame rates than 30 in ProRes, ProRes files say "not optimized for edit" in Final Cut, No multistream recording offered yet.

            The only thing I am concerned about is they will offer the 7 for $1k less, but it seems that it will have almost 100% of the features that the 7Q has out of the box. The 7Q you pay $1k more just to have the options to then pay additional $1k+ more on upgrades. Kind of a bummer there.

            I'm also not a huge fan of the power cable. It's hard to unplug, it seems very fragile (I have a feeling I'm going to run through a few cables just on the battery plate), and it sticks far out of the bottom.

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            1.0

            Nothing but problems

            By David

            from Mountain View, Ca

            About Me Producer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Poor Performance

              Best Uses

                Comments about Convergent Design Odyssey7Q Raw OLED Monitor & Recorder:

                Maybe firmware can fix this but I've had nothing but issues.

                "Prores" files have to be transcoded to work with CS6 and FCP 7.
                Does not record 23.98 with the C100 or C300.
                Decided not to write to the second SSD during a long take at an event.

                We're currently using it as a super expensive field monitor.

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                5.0

                Best Monitor / Recorder Ever Made

                By Captainjman

                from Chicago IL

                About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Easy To Use
                • Edge Only Focus Assist
                • Highly Compatible
                • Improves Performance
                • Lightweight
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Complex Projects
                  • Home Movies
                  • Independent Films
                  • In The Studio

                  Comments about Convergent Design Odyssey7Q Raw OLED Monitor & Recorder:

                  The Odyssey 7Q has the best focus assist tools I have ever seen. Couple that with al the other tools like false color, waveform, histogram - and then marry the best OLED scene to that it would be worth the asking price already. But then it goes a huge step further and is an external recorder! WOW!I am so glad I got my hands on the O7Q - I will never shoot again without it!

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                  4.0

                  85% happy with this product

                  By Paul

                  from Sacramento, CA

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                  • Poor Design

                  Best Uses

                  • Complex Projects
                  • Independent Films
                  • In The Studio

                  Comments about Convergent Design Odyssey7Q Raw OLED Monitor & Recorder:

                  I filmed an entire week with this unit attached to a cage holding a Canon C500. We were recording 2k 444. One 512gig card lasts 33 minutes. I really like the menu structure and over all how the unit operates. The OLED monitor is fantastic. The one thing that really bugged me was the lack of mounting on the top of the unit and because the housing is aluminum or magnesium I was scared that the holes were going to get the threads ripped out. This was a full on hand held project and I strongly feel that the mounting needs to be much much more robust. The unit in every way is really cool as compared to the cost of a top of the line SmallHD for almost the same price, without the cards. The recording is very expensive. The only other problem was that we could not record prorez and now all of the files need to be processed. Convergent you really need to get the firm ware sorted out to get all the features you say your offering.

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                  5.0

                  Multiformats

                  By Cruces Films

                  from Sevilla, Spain

                  About Me Business Owner, Producerdp, Producer Dp

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Highly Compatible
                  • Improves Performance
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                  • Ssd´s Are Pricey
                  • Ssd´s Pricey

                  Best Uses

                  • Complex Projects
                  • Independent Films
                  • In The Studio

                  Comments about Convergent Design Odyssey7Q Raw OLED Monitor & Recorder:

                  I have various video cameras from Sony F3 to an Arri alexa. It has streamlined our workflow. And has given expanded use of our other cameras. My assistant loves all the features.

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                  4.0

                  SSD option's..

                  By Darsha

                  from Srilanka

                  Comments about Convergent Design Odyssey7Q Raw OLED Monitor & Recorder:

                  not for good..
                  it's only monitoring onvergent Design SSD..!!
                  but anther options is good..!!

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                  2.0

                  Significantly underdeveloped product

                  By Huntson

                  from Rockville Centre, NY

                  About Me professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Lacks Functionality
                  • Pricey / Poor Value

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Convergent Design Odyssey7Q Raw OLED Monitor & Recorder:

                    This thing is so bad that when you open it, they have a roadmap of features that will be implemented in the coming YEAR. They truly are taking the BMD approach here and selling a product with features that don't exist yet. Only reason I am keeping it is because it has the potential to do so much more than any other single box on the market. I hope my investment pays off. It's so bad, I can't even use it as a recorder unless I am looking to produce DPX files.

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                    5.0

                    Good quality amazing results

                    By prorise

                    from Portland, OR

                    About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Improves Performance
                    • Lightweight
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                    • Pricey / Poor Value

                    Best Uses

                    • Complex Projects
                    • Independent Films

                    Comments about Convergent Design Odyssey7Q Raw OLED Monitor & Recorder:

                    pros. this device is fantastic, has a lot of options, good build structure, works with no problems.

                    Cons. price-- wish to have all the videography gear less expensive.

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                    5.0

                    Just Wow!

                    By Lee

                    from New Haven

                    About Me Educator, Filmmaker

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Highly Compatible
                    • Improves Performance
                    • Lightweight
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Complex Projects
                      • Independent Films
                      • In The Studio
                      • Raw Video Recording

                      Comments about Convergent Design Odyssey7Q Raw OLED Monitor & Recorder:

                      Use to record Uncompressed 2K, monitor via SD from Sony NEX FS700. Not cheap in any way!

                      Great design, great build, great features, great support. Best monitor I've used.

                      You'll need to purchase support for your particular uncompressed recording format, and SSD Hard Drives... but if you are interested in this application you know that all ready.

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                      5.0

                      Best product of the last 5 years

                      By Gabriel

                      from Thousand Oaks, CA

                      About Me Professional Artist

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Highly Compatible
                      • Improves Performance
                      • Lightweight
                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                      • Tedious Workflow With Dng

                      Best Uses

                      • Complex Projects
                      • Independent Films
                      • In The Studio

                      Comments about Convergent Design Odyssey7Q Raw OLED Monitor & Recorder:

                      This recorder/monitor has turned the FS700 into the most powerful, versatile, and dynamic camera on the market. This monitor is amazing. This recorder is amazing. The fact that it's both still blows my mind. It's incredibly light for what it is...has the same footprint of a traditional monitor, yet it can record 4K raw out of my FS700...yes Sony finally gave them approval to record 4K RAW and it's coming next week in their firmware update.
                      The image out of the monitor is the best of any monitor I've used...super bright even in harsh daylight, with the monitor at 50% brightness. Colors are SUPER accurate...as if you were simply looking through a window. Great touch screen controls, very responsive and accurate. Super accurate histogram, focus peaking. Brilliant device. Just brilliant. So nice, I ordered it twice.
                      The quality of the recorded image that it grabs from my FS700s is simply brilliant. The Odyssey's 4k supersample to 2k or 1080p is far better than what's performed on board.

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                      Convergent Design -  512GB 2.5" Solid State Drive for Odyssey 7 / 7Q Monitor & Compressed Recorder
                      • You Pay: $795.00
                       

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                      Canare -  HD-SDI Video Coaxial Cable - BNC to BNC Connectors - 0.5'
                      • You Pay: $14.99
                       

                      Batteries & Chargers

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                      Ocean Video -  EnduroPower for Odyssey7 & 7Q Recorders with Anton Bauer Battery Plate
                      • You Pay: $399.00
                       

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                      Pearstone -  Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, 18% Gray (7 x 7.9")
                      • You Pay: $4.99
                       
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                      • You Pay: $19.95
                       

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                      • You Pay: $150.00
                       

                      LCD Hoods & Protective Coverings

                      Hoodman -  HCD7 Hood for Convergent Design Odyssey 7 & 7Q
                      • You Pay: $89.99
                       
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