The New Convergent Design Odyssey7 and Odyssey7Q Monitor and Recorder

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Convergent Design has recently announced their new Odyssey7 and Odyssey7Q monitor and recorders. In 2009, the nanoFlash video recorder/player established Convergent Design as an innovative leader in broadcast technology by revitalizing aging camcorders with high-bitrate recording options and a tapeless workflow. Later, Convergent Design’s Gemini 4:4:4 monitor and recorder would address the needs of high-end cinematographers. Now, the Odyssey7 and Odyssey7Q boldly surpass the company’s previous offerings with a progressive feature set that not only serves the needs of today’s cutting-edge video technology but also attempts to “future-proof” the new product line with a range of optional firmware upgrades.

Both the Odyssey7 and Odyssey7Q feature a cast-magnesium housing, a 7.7-inch OLED display with 1280 x 800 resolution, touchscreen functionality, a 3400:1 contrast ratio, True Blacks, and support for 16 million colors and 176-degree viewing angles. These features give the Odyssey7 and Odyssey7Q perhaps the best display of any recorder/monitor combo currently available. In fact, with built-in waveform, histogram, vectorscope, zebras, focus assist, false color, timecode display, audio meters, and 1-to-1 pixel mapping, the Odyssey’s display is even competitive with many dedicated production monitors, although the Odyssey’s recording capabilities are what truly set it apart.

Before we detail the recording features, it may be helpful to differentiate between the two models. Both models have two 3G/HD/SD-SDI inputs, two corresponding 3G/HD/SD-SDI outputs, one HDMI input and one HDMI output. However, the key distinction between the Odyssey7 and the Odyssey7Q is the latter model’s two bi-directional 3G/HD/SD-SDI connections. These additional connections give the 7Q up to four inputs or outputs; thus the “Q” for quad. This feature allows 7Q users to input four 2K/HD streams, monitor the four streams simultaneously and record them all. These inputs also support concurrent RAW and proxy recording. As for processing power, the 7Q has a built-in quad splitter and a four-channel live switcher.

The Odyssey7 and the Odyssey7Q feature dual SSD media slots, for Convergent Design’s 2.5-inch SSDs. These proprietary SSD drives will initially be available in capacities of 240, 480, or 960GB. When equipped with one or more SSDs, the Odyssey7 and Odyssey7Q will be capable of recording up to 1080/60p video in Avid’s DNxHD format with either 8- or 10-bit color. In addition, a series of optional firmware upgrades for the Odyssey7Q can unlock a variety of high-end formats including—but not limited to—2K/HD Raw, ARRIRAW, Canon 4K Raw, and Sony Raw for the FS700. Each optional upgrade can be purchased outright or rented via the Convergent Design website.

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  Odyssey7 Odyssey7Q
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
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 Inputs  2x 3G/HD/SD-SDI, single/dual link
1x HDMI 1.4a
2x 3G/HD/SD-SDI, single/dual link inputs
1x HDMI 1.4a input 
Video Outputs  2x 3G/HD/SD-SDI, single/dual link
1x HDMI 1.4a
2x 3G/HD/SD-SDI, single/dual link outputs
1x HDMI 1.4a output
Video Input/Outputs N/A 2x 3G/HD/SD-SDI, single/dual link (input/output assignable)
Video Formats SDI: 720p to 1080p60/50 and 1080i60/50, all in DNxHD 4:2:2, 36Mbps 8-bit, 145Mbps 8-bit, 220Mbps 8-bit, 220Mbps 10-bit
HDMI: Up to 1080p60 4:2:2 8-bit
SDI: 720p to 1080p60/50 and 1080i60/50, all in DNxHD 4:2:2, 36Mbps 8-bit, 145Mbps 8-bit, 220Mbps 8-bit, 220Mbps 10-bit
HDMI: Up to 1080p60 4:2:2 8-bit"
Optional Recording Upgrades: 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 30 fps; ARRIRAW (16:9) 12-bit up to 60 fps, ARRIRAW (4:3) 12-bit up to 48 fps; Canon RAW QHD/4K 10-bit up to 60 fps 
Digital Audio  2-Ch embedded audio 48 kHz, 24-bit  2-Ch embedded audio 48 kHz, 24-bit (8-Ch via firmware upgrade)
Analog Audio Mono speaker
3.5 mm headphone output
Mono unbalanced consumer input
Mono speaker
3.5 mm headphone output
Mono unbalanced consumer input
LUT Support ARRI, Canon, Sony (via firmware upgrade) ARRI, Canon, Sony, or Custom LUTs (via firmware upgrade)
Recording Media Support Requires Convergent Design 2.5" SSDs for optional recording Requires Convergent Design 2.5" SSDs for optional recording
Remote Control  RS-232 I/O, programmable GPIO RS-232 I/O, programmable GPIO
Timecode  LTC I/O (BNC) or embedded SDI/HDMI LTC I/O (BNC) or embedded SDI / HDMI 
Wireless Control  Bluetooth LE with iPhone/Android app Bluetooth LE with iPhone/Android App
User Interface Capacitive touchscreen, two mechanical function keys Capacitive touchscreen, two mechanical function keys
Material Cast-magnesium case Cast-magnesium case
Firmware Updates Via USB port to host computer Via USB port to host computer
Power Input 10 to 34 VDC with built-in reverse polarity protection; built-in power switch 10 to 34 VDC with built-in reverse polarity protection; locking Neutrik connector, built-in power switch
Power Dissipation 8W (monitor only), 8-15W (monitor and record mode) 8W (monitor only), 8-15W (monitor and record mode)
Operating Temperature 14 ~ 104° F (-10 ~ 40° C) 14 ~ 104° F (-10 ~ 40° C)
Storage Temperature  -4 ~ 128° F (-20 ~ 70° C)  -4 ~ 128° F (-20 ~ 70° C)
Dimensions 7.9 x 6.1 x 1" (20 x 15.5 x 2.5 cm) 7.9 x 6.1 x 1" (20 x 15.5 x 2.5 cm)
Weight 1.2 lb (.54 kg) 1.2 lb (.54 kg)

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Way over-priced.

Way over-priced? Compared to what? The 7Q can record Arriraw cheaper than any other solution on the market.For about $3,900 you can upgrade your FS700 to 4K Compressed and 2K Raw including 2 x 256GB cards - the Sony solution with a similar amount of media, will make your camera into a brick on sticks and set you back well over $10K. (it will record 4K RAW which Sony have declined to give CD the right to do even tho their unit is capable)

It's all relative. Yes it's pricey but the first Nanoflash CD brought out was over $3,000 and they sold huge numbers worldwide.

It's expensive compared to a Samurai or a Hyperdeck Shuttle 2 but but neither will record 4K so we are talking different markets. Plus the 7 has dual media slots, more IO options and more field assist functions.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion - mine is this isn't "way overpriced" until a competitor comes out with a cheaper solution.

What about the prices for the upgrades.
I want to buy it together wit a FS700. What do I need (cables, memory, options) and how much it cost all?

Is it possible to browse the files stored on SSD when the device is recording something?

thx...

For using the Odyssey7Q with the FS700 you will need:

The version 3.0 firmware installed into the FS700 - click for install locations.

The Convergent Design Odyssey7Q

2x Convergent Design 256gb SSD drives

and the Sony FS700 option through Convergent Design (when available.)

From there you will just need the HD-SDI cabling from the camera to the Odyssey7Q and you will be ready to record.

As for browsing the files, that cannot be done while recording. Only in stand-by.

I believe the 7Q also needs electricity, power, to run.

It seems the battery / powerworks is not yet released.

Do you have more info on the matter?

1st Question: Can I use this as only a monitor when I shoot with a canon 5D MII?
If I start record on the 5D, will the screen of the 7Q still show the image.

2nd question: can I record the dslr 5D MII footage from the HDMI out, using the 7Q hard drives?

Thx for helping :)

Richard