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Only Apollo Can Deliver Portable Four Camera Video Assist...

 

Simultaneously record four cameras from a tablet-sized portable device. View as a quad-split and readily switch between them, even in playback.

 

Move better, setup faster and work smarter. With four HD video inputs, Apollo is a complete Video Assist system that eliminates multiple recorders, switchers and other gear on set. View four cameras simultaneously or switch between them in perfect sync during record and playback. Apollo outputs three customizable views to other monitors (Quad-Split, Camera A, and Camera B)while recording Apple ProRes. Add battery-power and wireless accessories for complete mobility. Apollo’s simple touchscreen interface lightweight compact size make Apollo the Video Assist choice on any shoot.

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See it work on the set of USA Network’s Sirens TV Series

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Odyssey7Q+ to Support New Sony PXW-FS7mkII

Odyssey7Q+ to Support New Sony PXW-FS7mkII

The Odyssey7Q+ and Odyssey7Q already support more RAW camera signals than any of device. Today Convergent Design announces that RAW support will also include the new Sony PXW-FS7mkII camera. Support for the camera will be included in the Odyssey RAW Bundle at no additional charge.

“The Odyssey7Q+ already records RAW from more cameras than any other device on the market,” noted Convergent Design President Mike Schell. “When we introduced the lower-priced grouping of RAW support in the Odyssey RAW Bundle at NAB 2015, we pledged to continue to expand to more cameras over time. The FS7mkII is the eleventh camera covered in the Odyssey RAW Bundle, joining the Sony FS5, FS7 and FS700; the Arri Alexa Classic; the Canon C300mkII and C500; the Panasonic VariCam LT; the IO Industries Flare 4KSDI and 2K SDI; and the Indiecam GS2K.”

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Odyssey/Apollo Firmware Patch Release v2016.10.1641

Odyssey/Apollo Firmware v2016.10.1641 is a Patch Release. It is recommended for all users, to update to the latest firmware, v2016.10.1641 to avoid audio issues with firmware v2016.10.1639 released on 10-17-2016


Apollo, 7Q and 7Q+

Titan HD Extract Mode

  • FIXED Audio issue with Titan HD Extract using FSRAW
  • FIXED Audio issue with Titan HD Extract from Video sources (HDMI, 6G etc)

Odyssey7Q/7Q+ Only

  • FIXED audio issue with FSRaw to HD / 2K ProRes
  • FIXED Playback with Varicam LT RAW

Odyssey7, 7Q, 7Q+, Apollo

It is recommended for all users to update to the latest firmware, 2016.10.1641 to avoid audio issues with 2016.10.1639 released on 10-17-2016.

Known Issues

ARRIRAW playback audio on the unit, may have occasional blips, recording is not affected.

See the Firmware Release Notes for additional information

Download Odyssey/Apollo Firmware Patch Release here.

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What Convergent has done with Titan shows the way to capturing all camera angles at once // Red Shark News

What Convergent has done with Titan shows the way to capturing all camera angles at once // Red Shark News

Convergent technology has a very distinctive business strategy that becomes clearer with every passing month. Their Odyssey range of recorder/monitors has been around since early 2013, and when they appeared, we thought they were incredibly significant.

With hindsight, we were right, but not necessarily for the right reasons. It was certainly important to note that they had high quality OLED screens. This was a step beyond anything that their competitors had done then or since. They build quality was impressive. And it was pretty obvious from the price that there was something special inside.

It seems clear now that the processing power of the Odyssey range was and still is huge. The reason we know this is because three and a half years after the range was first released, we’re still seeing software releases that significantly improve the functionality of the devices.

[Full Article: Red Shark News]

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Titan HD Extract, VariCam LT RAW, ProRes Proxy, ARRIRAW 4:3, EDLs and more in Firmware v2016.10...

Titan HD Extract, VariCam LT RAW, ProRes Proxy, ARRIRAW 4:3, EDLs and more in Firmware v2016.10...

Firmware v2016.10 Is a Pretty Big Deal....

With this update our team is bringing Odyssey and Apollo owners something to really get excited about. Titan HD Extract is now available as an upgrade for both Odyssey and Apollo. The Odyssey RAW Bundle now supports Panasonic Varicam LT RAW, we've added the lightweight Apple ProRes Proxy codec, EDL support (Apollo/Titan Live Switching), ARRIRAW 4:3 and a bunch of other features and fixes.

Keeping your firmware up to date is always a good idea and Odyssey/Apollo firmware v2016.10 makes it even better! Visit our website to find out more about the new features and get the latest firmware today!

View Firmware v2016.10 Release Notes here.

Download Firmware here

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IBC 2016: Odyssey7Q/7Q+ Monitor/Recorders Now Support VariCamLT RAW // 4KShooters

IBC 2016: Odyssey7Q/7Q+ Monitor/Recorders Now Support VariCamLT RAW // 4KShooters

Convergent Design seems to be on quite a roll lately. Only a few days after the company unveiled the latest software update – Titan HD Extract that essentially provides the ability to obtain 3 separate HD feeds while acting as different camera angles from a single 4K/UHD source when using the Apollo and Odyssey7Q/7Q+ monitor/recorders, comes the announcement that the upcoming firmware update for the Odyssey7Q+ and Odyssey7Q will support the Panasonic VariCamLT 4K RAW output. This update comes right on time, considering the fact that earlier today Panasonic released a free firmware update to the camera that finally enables this functionality.

[via 4KShooters.com]

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Convergent Design “Titan” Takes 1 4K Camera and Turns it into 3 HD Angles // Erik Naso

Convergent Design “Titan” Takes 1 4K Camera and Turns it into 3 HD Angles // Erik Naso

I shoot in 4K a lot but I edit and deliver in HD. I like to reframe interviews or shots in post. It’s nice to be able to do this. Well now you can do the same thing only live to the Odyssey and Apollo monitor/recorders! So cool. Here’s how it works. 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.

[via ErikNaso.com]

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TITAN: TRANSFORM ONE 4K IN THREE HD // ProVideo Coalition

TITAN: TRANSFORM ONE 4K IN THREE HD // ProVideo Coalition

Many cameras can shoot in 4K today, but most clients still want HD. How can a 4K camera become an enhanced HD device? The answer is one, says Convergent Design : Titan.

Titan HD Extract 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.

Titan is a clear indication that, as Convergent Design suggests, “we have evolved beyond the need for huge amounts of equipment for multicamera production.” While this may not apply to all productions, it is an interesting option that many will, no doubt, want to explore. And it is one of the advantages of 4K and resolutions beyond it.

[via ProVideoCoalition.com]

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IBC Preview 2016 - Convergent Design Titan // HD Video Pro

IBC Preview 2016 - Convergent Design Titan // HD Video Pro

Available this October for $1,295, the new Convergent Design Titan option will allow $2,995 Apollo, $1,295 Odyssey 7Q and $1,795 Odyssey 7Q+ monitors and recorders to split a single 4K camera into three separate HD deliverables. With two extractable frames and fullscreen video stream as well as live-switching feed, all four can be captured in Apple ProRes with timecode.

I just used Convergent Design’s touchscreen Odyssey 7Q with the new Canon ME20F-SH for the September issue, hitting stands on September 27th. The menus are incredibly intuitive and easy to navigate and operate. With this functionality, the monitors can be used almost as a multiple-camera setup, especially useful for live events, sports and interviews. It also circumvents some post time while helping the edit to focus on what the camera operator or director may have better context on than an editor down-the-line.

[via HDVideoPro.com]

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Convergent Design’s Titan Multiples the Options in 4K // Studio Daily

Convergent Design’s Titan Multiples the Options in 4K // Studio Daily

Many users who have invested in 4K camcorders still deliver the majority of their work at HD resolution. Convergent Design's new Titan option for its Odyssey & Apollo monitor-recorders is aimed at owners of 4K production equipment who want ways to put all those extra pixels to use, even when they're delivering content in HD.

Titan allows the HDMI or SDI signal from a 4K camera (or 4K raw output from Sony's FS5, FS7 and FS700) to be broken up into three HD video signals, or angles. One of those signals is a supersampled version of the full image area, while two more duplicate selected windows inside the larger frame at HD resolution.

[via StudioDaily.com]

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