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Convergent Design Odyssey7Q Raw OLED Monitor & Recorder

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Convergent Design Odyssey7Q Raw OLED Monitor & Recorder
Key Features
  • 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.
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.
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Convergent Design Odyssey7Q Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Key Features
  • 3Recorder Options
  • 4Record Triggers
  • 5Image Analysis Tools

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

Convergent Design Odyssey7Q Specs

Display7.7" OLED (19.5 cm)
1280 x 800 resolution
3400:1 contrast ratio, true blacks
RGB 8-bit color depth
176° viewing angle
Video Connections2x 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 CodecsApple ProRes 422 HQ (up to 1080p30)
Video FormatsSDI:
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 Audio2-channel embedded audio (48 kHz, 24-bit)
Analog AudioMono speaker
3.5 mm headphone output
LUT SupportARRI, Canon, Sony
Recording Media SupportOdyssey7Q requires Convergent Design 2.5" SSDs for optional recording
Remote ControlRS-232 I/O, programmable GPIO
TimecodeLTC I/O (BNC) or embedded SDI/HDMI TC
User InterfaceCapacitive touchscreen, two mechanical function keys
MaterialCast-magnesium case
Firmware UpdatesVia USB port to host computer
Power Input10 to 34 VDC with built-in reverse polarity protection; built-in power switch
Power Dissipation8 W (monitor only), 8-15 W (monitor and record mode)
Operating Temperature14 to 104°F (-10 to 40°C)
Storage Temperature-4 to 128°F (-20 to 70°C)
DimensionsMeasured from end of BNC to SSD tabs:
7.9 x 6.1 x 1" (20 x 15.5 x 2.5 cm)
Weight1.2 lb (.54 kg)
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.2 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.4 x 7.4 x 1.6"

Convergent Design Odyssey7Q Reviews

Versatile + marvelous!

By jmw
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-11-19

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.

Great Monitor, Decent Recorder, Great CS

By WP
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2014-09-17

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

Make Sure You Budget Everything You Need

By Dan K.
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2014-09-01

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.

So Far So Good

By Hans Patoo
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-08-03

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.

Amazing image and value

By dpstahr
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-11-19

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.

Gets Better

By Ri
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-11-18

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.

Awesome Video

By Frank
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-11-07

I bought this unit to replace an [email protected]#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.

Good Product but firmware needs update

By warrenpereira
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2014-10-24

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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