Convergent Design Apollo OLED Monitor, Recorder, Switcher

Convergent Design Apollo OLED Monitor, Recorder, Switcher

Convergent Design Apollo OLED Monitor, Recorder, Switcher

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Product Highlights

  • 7.7" 1280x800 OLED Touchscreen Monitor
  • Four Input Switching and Recording
  • Compatible with Select Samsung SSDs
  • 4K/UHD/HD Recording over SDI or HDMI
  • ProRes and DNxHD Recording
  • 3G-SDI Inputs/Outputs, HDMI In/Out
  • Image Analysis Tools
  • Built-In LUTs & Custom 3D LUT Support
  • Titan HD Extract Option Included
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  • 1Description

Convergent Design's Apollo OLED Monitor, Recorder, Switcher is a four camera HD video switcher that can record all four video inputs while simultaneously recording either the quad split display, or the program output. It builds upon the proven hardware of the Odyssey 7Q+, but stands by itself as a very different product. Dual SSD slots are provided for recording video to Convergent Design Premium 2.5" SSDs, which offer high speeds, reliability, and power-loss protection. Select Samsung SSDs are supported as an option to Convergent Design branded SSDs. The monitor features a 7.7", 1280 x 800, OLED, touchscreen display with a 3400:1 contrast ratio, true blacks, and professional monitoring features such as waveform, histogram, vectorscope, and 3D LUT support.

The Apollo features four distinct HD-SDI inputs, with two HD-SDI outputs as well as an HDMI in and output. has two 3G-SDI inputs, two 3G-SDI outputs, and two bi-directional 3G-SDI connectors which can be assigned as either inputs or outputs via menu selection. Most of the inputs/outputs are on the bottom of the monitor, with 1/4"-20 mounting threads on the sides. The touchscreen allows you to access the menu, and also select your program feed from your four inputs. As you would expect to find on a professional switcher, an on screen indicator shows you which camera input is active. The Titan HD Extract option, which allows you to create multiple HD windows from a single 4K source is included. An AC adapter is included for powering the device, with optional battery plates available.

Titan HD Extract Option
The Titan HD Extract option allows you to take one camera to a shoot, and obtain three separate recordings (plus a live switch between the three images). This feature can add a multi-cam look to single camera shoots, without the expense of three cameras and three recorders. One view is an HD downscale/super-sample of the full image area and two views are windows selected from the full image area. These views can be panned smoothly through the 4K field and the three views can be Live-Switched. All four HD views (The master/wide, the two windowed views, and the live-switched/program) can be recorded simultaneously in Apple ProRes with matching timecode and file names.
Professional Monitor
7.7" 1280x800 OLED touchscreen panel featuring true blacks and accurate color with a full range color gamut for REC709 or DCI-P3 viewing.
Multi-Stream Monitoring / Recording
Up to four HD video signals can be input and viewed simultaneously (quad-split) or live-switched (choose between inputs for full screen display). The four SDI, or three SDI and one HDMI inputs can be recorded individually with matching timecode as ProRes HQ, 422, or LT. In addition to recording the four HD inputs you can simultaneously record the quad-split view or the live switch.

When recording from multiple cameras, all the cameras must be outputting the same format and frame rate to the Apollo.
Image Analysis Tools
Waveform— Luma only, RGB Parade, Red only, Blue only, Green only, Full Size and Compact Size options
Histogram — Luma only, RGB Parade, Red only, Blue only, Green only, Full Size and Compact Size options
Vectorscope — Analog or digital; Trace display in green or color (true CbCr); Variable Zoom 1.0x - 15.0x (finger drag left-right); Zoom Presets 1, 2, 5, 10, 15x (finger drag up-down)
False Color — Six programmable levels & adjustable ranges
Zebras — Dual adjustable zebra exposure indicators, selectable colors
LUT Support — LUTs for Log formats from ARRI, Blackmagic Design, Canon Panasonic and Sony, plus up to 140 custom 3D-LUTs in .CUBE format
LUT System & Custom 3D LUT Support
  • Support for user-loadable custom 3D LUTs (up to 140)
  • 17x, 32x, 33x, 64x, 65x 3D-LUT .CUBE formats supported
  • .CUBE LUTs translated for Apollo using Convergent Design 3D-LUT Converter App
  • LUTs are currently for monitoring only, not recording
  • LUTs viewed during recording noted in XML file metadata (new CD Apple ProRes Transfer Utility 1.7 required)
  • Extended and Legal Range LUTs supported (EE vs LL)
  • Image Analysis Tools can measure "LUTTED" image or original source
  • Video outputs can independently turn ON/OFF LUT or Mirror OLED
Additional Monitoring Features
Monochrome Monitoring Mode — View Luma only or individual Red, Green, or Blue channel in gray tone
Aspect Ratio Guides — Standard and Custom (user adjustable), may be used for framing guides, Horizontal/Vertical framing guides available
SSD Recording Media
To enable recording on the Apollo, Convergent Design Premium SSDs or third party SSDs qualified by Convergent Design must be used. Premium SSDs are available in 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB capacities.
Third-Party SSD Support
The Apollo supports approved third party SSDs (optional SSD Handle kits required to mount). Qualified third-party SSDs include:
  • Samsung 850 Evo PRO in 128GB, 512GB, and 1TB
  • Samsung 850 Evo 1000GB

Note: Samsung SSDs draw more power than Convergent Design SSDs. Convergent Design recommends using an AC-powered USB3 adapter or a Thunderbolt adapter when connecting Samsung SSDs to a computer.
Updates
An announced firmware update will add:
  • Dual 4K/UHD recording in Apple ProRes in 24p, 25p, and 30p.
  • DNxHD recording Audio Delay
  • Remote keyboard control pad support
  • On-screen source naming
  • Cascade interconnect for 12 channel HD / 6 channel 4K recording
Designed, Built, and Tested in the USA
Convergent Design monitors/recorders are designed and built in the United States and each model is thoroughly test before they are shipped. They go through a lengthy burn-in, where they are heat cycled while operating, and then endure another lengthy period where they are repeatedly turned on and off. They are also drop tested, then individually tested, all in Convergent Design's factory in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA.
UPC: 722301479728
In the Box
Convergent Design Apollo OLED Monitor, Recorder, Switcher
  • Micro HDMI to HDMI Cable (36")
  • SSD Handle and Mounting Screw Pack for Odyssey7, 7Q, and 7Q+ (5-Pack) rxwxsertbfrxeatuqxtyfxdaruuwf
  • SDI Cable
  • USB 3.0 Adapter
  • AC Adapter
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description
    Material Cast-magnesium case
    Display 7.7" OLED (19.5 cm)
    1280 x 800 resolution
    Capacitive touchscreen
    3400:1 contrast ratio
    RGB 8-bit color depth
    176° viewing angle
    Video I/O 2 x 3G/HD/SD-SDI inputs (BNC)
    2 x 3G/HD/SD-SDI outputs (BNC)
    2 x 3G/HD/SD-SDI bi-directional (BNC), assignable as inputs or outputs via menu

    1 x HDMI mini input, Version 1.4b, 8-bit (supports up to 1080p60 4:2:2)
    1 x HDMI mini output, Version 1.4a, 8-bit (supports up to 1080p30 4:2:2)
    Recording Formats 4:2:2
    DCI 4K / UHD 10-bit YCC 422 up to 60 fps
    2K / 1080p 10-bit YCC 422 up to 60 fps
    1080i 10-bit YCC 422 up to 60 fps
    720 10-bit YCC 422 up to 60 fps

    4:4:4
    Uncompressed DPX stacks
    2K / 1080p 12-bit RGB 444 up to 30 fps
    2K / 1080p 10-bit RGB 444 up to 60 fps
    Apple ProRes 444 (XQ / Apple ProRes 4444
    2K/1080p 12-bit RGB 444 up to 60 fps
    Digital Audio I/O 2-channel SDI or HDMI embedded audio (48 kHz, 24-bit)
    Analog Audio I/O 1 x 3.5 mm input (line level, 2-channel unbalanced or 1-channel balanced input up to -10 dB, 48 kHz, 24-bit)
    1 x 3.5 mm headphone output
    Built-in Speaker Mono
    Recording Media Support 2 x 2.5" SSD slots (Requires Convergent Design Premium 2.5" SSDs or approved third party SSDs)
    Timecode LTC I/O (BNC) or embedded via SDI/HDMI
    Firmware Updates Via USB port to host computer
    DC Power Input 6.5 to 34 VDC with built-in reverse polarity protection; locking power connector; built-in power switch
    Power Draw Under 20w
    Operating Temperature 14 to 104°F (-10 to 40°C)
    Storage Temperature -4 to 128°F (-20 to 70°C)
    Dimensions 7.9 x 6.1 x 1.0" / 20.0 x 15.5 x 2.5 cm
    Weight 1.2 lb / 560 g
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    Package Weight 3.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.0 x 10.6 x 2.6"
    Apollo OLED Monitor, Recorder, Switcher is rated 3.0 out of 5 by 3.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I ranted, but still love this product. You can read my rant in another review about the Apollo, but I still love this product. This is a great tool! I will never be without one on any set ever again. Somewhat customizable, you can have all the tools you need to monitor your camera/cameras in an instant. With a Teradak or other wireless system attached you can be anywhere you want to be. This gear is so cool, and far better for me and my purpose than my SmallHD's ever were. As for my previous rant, I'm purchasing a 7Q+ with RAW Camera, Apollo, and Titan upgrade for my second monitor/recorder. I just don't understand why the Apollo can't have the Raw Camera package upgrade when it's the identical hardware. Will the Apollo have upgrades in the future that the 7Q+ can't have? Only time will tell...
    Date published: 2017-01-03
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Would have given I primarily purchased the Apollo for video switching and recording 15 days ago from B&H, however it was my intention to upgrade the Apollo with the RAW Camera package too. I don't have a use for the Titan upgrade yet, but perhaps in the future I can think of something. The Apollo and Odyssey 7Q+ are identical hardware. The Apollo being the newer of the two units. I talked to Convergent Design people in Colorado a few days ago, and what I found out was not very pleasing. As I wrote previously, Apollo's hardware is identical to the 7Q+ yet the Apollo cannot upgrade or rent the RAW Camera package. However, the Odyssey 7Q+ can be upgraded to an Apollo, plus take all the other upgrades available all the way through including the Titan upgrade. When I spoke with someone at CD about this it was kind of comical. I imagined seeing the CD guy on the other end of the line as I was asking shrugging their shoulder like I don't know why and smiling when I asked why I couldn't upgrade my expensive Apollo with RAW like the Odyssey 7Q+ can which is cheaper with identical hardware and firmware. Very frustrating. Everyone was very nice and helpful to me at Convergent Design as I was cordial with them. But, this is not fair and very confusing from Convergent Design for what I believe is a great product. I feel hustled when I shouldn't have.
    Date published: 2016-12-20
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Yes. But only for certain shoots. Great price ! As a monitor this device is really great. As a recorder I had several problems. First, you have to have all your video camera at the same codec, so the lowest Resolution device wins. I had to do 3 live cameras and a computer feed so my incoming resolution had to be 720p. On another occasion I shot 3 HD sony PXWX70 cameras and this worked out pretty good to record in HD. It was a bit too much for my Adobe Premiere Editor and computer, they must be too slow. All in all it is a great deal for the price but may have too many solutions in one box. I'd recommend this for a live stream show that requires straight cuts or short dissolves between shots (the fact that you can make it do a short dissolve was nice when I shot a symphony concert). I found that for anything more than straight cut style directing this was too limited. It is also annoying that if HDMI is a necessary video feed you should adapt HDMi to SDI before plugging it into this device. The HDMi is only a mini HDMI so it falls out a lot (they sell an adapter to prevent this) but since HDMI can only be used on Input 1, and if input 1 loses it's signal the device stops recording, HDMI is not a very usable option. I suggest if you have an HDMI only you should get an HDMI to SDI adapter. One of the great things about this device is if it loses signal on any input other than Input 1 (HDMI or SDI) the device will still keep recording. The Customer Service and tech help was really great though.
    Date published: 2017-08-24
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