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Convergent Design Announces Support for Panasonic VariCam LT 240fps 2K RAW, and DNxHD for Odyssey and Apollo

LAS VEGAS, NV (April 23, 2017) Today Panasonic announced a free firmware update that adds a 2K RAW up to 240fps to the VariCam LT. All available RAW outputs will be supported by Convergent Design in the Raw Bundle for Odyssey7Q+ and Odyssey7Q via a free firmware update in June 2017.

“We are excited to announce our continued support for the Panasonic VariCam LT. The 2K 240fps update fits nicely into the Odyssey Raw Bundle high frame rate support, and adds versatility to the VariCam LT. The Odyssey and VariCam LT are an ideal pairing and we look forward to our joint firmware release,” said Mike Schell, President of Convergent Design.

Convergent Design will also release free firmware in May supporting Avid DNxHD 4:2:2 for the Odyssey7Q+ and Odyssey7Q in single-channel recording, and for Apollo and Apollo Option multi-camera HD. This upcoming release will support bit rates of 220Mb and 145Mb up to 60p from HD video sources. Broadcast applications, especially in Apollo multi-camera operation, will enjoy a native Avid workflow.

Look for more information about the firmware updates from Convergent Design at our website www.convergent-design.com and on social media in the coming months.

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Introducing the Element Series from Convergent Design

Introducing the Element Series from Convergent Design

(April 11, 2017, Colorado Springs, CO) - Convergent Design, a recognized world leader in on-camera recorders, today announces the Element series of multi-camera video recorders and switchers. These simple to use, cost-effective products, emphasize fast video productions by eliminating many time-consuming steps while providing unprecedented access to your video footage, even while you are still shooting.

All devices in the Element series are built on technology not available previously to eliminate many of the time-stealing tasks common to multi-camera productions. By enabling features such as network media access, simple keying and tactile control surfaces these compact, powerful devices are the next evolution in smarter production workflows.

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HDR Delivery: Recording on the Odyssey and Apollo

People often ask since the Odyssey / Apollo is not a HDR Display, can I still produce a HDR Deliverable? (HDR = High Dynamic Range.)

The answer is absolutely, keeping in mind that the Odyssey / Apollo can be set to either a Rec. 709 color space or a DCI P3 color space. You can monitor colors correctly on the Display when set to these color space, as the monitor is properly color calibrated for these color spaces.

You will see consistent and accurate results on the monitor, as well as in the entire post workflow, working with either Rec. 709 standard for “HD Broadcast” Video, or Log sources with a LUT Applied. (Log-> Rec709 LUT applied). Many LUTs which are already built into the Odyssey and Apollo, as preset LUTs for all of the major camera manufacturers (Sony, Canon, ARRI, Panasonic, etc.)

If your camera has the capability of outputting Log, or Raw you are already capturing the full dynamic range of the camera's sensor within the Odyssey / Apollo. This allows you the ability to deliver in HDR to your clients.

Keep in mind that there are many HDR workflows. The key is capturing a Log or Raw source, within the Odyssey / Apollo and then apply one of the many workflows to your footage. And, of course, ideally verifying on a calibrated HDR display before delivering to a client, to ensure that the HDR material is to your liking.

When choosing a HDR monitor, it is important to note that displaying HDR properly, is much more than just having a High Brightness Monitor. One needs a monitor that is capable of a High Dynamic Range, not just High Brightness!

One cannot just increase the brightness of the monitor, to accommodate displaying the bright highlights, as this also increases the brightness of the shadow details and the mid-range details.

Doing so will distort the shadow and mid-range details, which would then cause you to make inappropriate adjustments to your image.

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AbelCine // At the Bench: Using Convergent Design’s Titan HD Extract

You may remember our previous blog post about the release of the Titan HD Extract option for Convergent Design’s Apollo and Odyssey monitor/recorders. Titan allows multiple HD-resolution windows to be captured as distinctly framed shots from a single camera shooting in UHD 4K (3840×2160). 1920×1080 windows are supported at up to 30p; 1280×720 for 50p and 60p. The full 4K image is subsampled to 1920×1080 resolution along with two user-set frames that can be selected on the touch screen. A fourth 1920×1080 stream can be captured as either a quad split or a live switch of the three “shots.” With this setup, Titan delivers ISOs and a switch cut to the same drive. In the video above, I will show you how to set up a project and extract each video stream on the post side.

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Dual HD Record with the Raw Bundle

Odyssey7Q and Odyssey7Q+ with the Raw Bundle Option has the ability to record video from two HD cameras or other HD video streams simultaneously, using only one Odyssey.  If you have our Raw Bundle, and a recent firmware version, you already have our Dual HD Recording Feature.

Dual Recording simplifies two camera interviews, and other two camera shoots, eliminating the amount of gear that is needed. This feature also allows the user to record one channel of video while also recording a proper video feed from a computer, via HDMI or HD-SDI.

Other great features of Daul Recording include:

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Odyssey and Apollo OLED Monitor Calibration

Every Odyssey 7Q+ and Apollo OLED monitor ships properly color calibrated. This is an extremely accurate color calibration. Note that three separate, precise color calibrations are built-in, one for overall screen brightness setting of “Low”, one for “Medium” and one for “High”.

 

With this in mind if you would like to modify the factory calibration, to match your current “Standard”, you may do so. It is relatively common for various organizations to have a specific monitor that they use as their “Reference” and adjust all of their other monitors to this one monitor.

No special software or hardware is required, if you wish to make color adjustments “By Eye”. You may also use certain external color calibration systems.

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Half Price Raw, $495 for a Limited Time

Odyssey and Apollo Upgrades

Convergent Design’s Odyssey7Q+ and Odyssey7Q offer the industry's most comprehensive RAW support. Only the Odyssey RAW Bundle offers RAW support for more than 5 camera manufacturers (including ARRI, Canon, Sony, Panasonic, IO Industries, and IndieCam) and over 10 camera models, making it the most versatile and affordable solution for professional use. With an average free firmware update every 2.5 months since shipping in January 2014, both the Odyssey and the RAW Bundle have seen a multitude of free features and additional support.

When you choose the Odyssey for your RAW workflow
you are getting three years of industry-proven stability
and unrivaled value.

It is with this commitment to excellence we can confirm that we are devoted to the Odyssey and the RAW Bundle support and will not be announcing a product to supersede it at NAB 2017. In fact, the Odyssey RAW Bundle will continue to see free updates over the following months.

For a limited time Convergent Design will offer promotional pricing of $495 for the Odyssey Raw Bundle. That’s $500 off our most comprehensive upgrade option, including:

HIGH FRAME RATE
UP TO 240FPS*
  FULL RAW
SUPPORT
  RAW to PRORES
RECORDING
  DUAL HD
RECORDING

Unleash the slow-motion and burst capabilities of your camera. Record HFR footage as 2K RAW or HD Apple ProRes.
 

Capture your camera's RAW output directly as Cinema DNG, ARRIRAW (.ARI), or Canon Raw (.RMF) for the best possible image quality.
 

When a RAW workflow is data-intensive and time consuming, chose this option to record as an edit-ready ProRes file, saving time and media storage.
 

Record two simultaneous HD signals as perfectly synched Apple ProRes ISO files, uniquely available with Odyssey+Raw Bundle.
 
  CLICK HERE FOR THIS SPECIAL SAVINGS  

*Please see our website for full details on HFR support. RAW Bundle support for this feature depends on the camera’s functionality and performance capability when output as Raw. Support differs by camera. HFR Support includes; Sony FS700/FS7(and mkII) with XDCA Extension/FS5 2K Raw 240p, 120p, 4K60p, and burst mode; Canon C500 4K 60p, Half Raw 120p, 2K 60p, HD 60p, C300mkII 4K 30p. This promotional offer ends 15 April 2017.

 
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Feature Highlight: Spot Meter

One of the many advanced image analysis tools built into every Odyssey and Apollo is the Spot Meter, ideal for spot checking and camera matching.

The Spot Meter is an advanced, very easy to use tool for checking levels within video images. You have the ability to precisely verify colors in a given image, check your shadow and highlight areas, and even match cameras for multi-camera shoots. This is a very specific tool that allows you to meter down to one specific pixel, or average an area of 64 or 256 pixels. Spot Meter can be set to display IRE values, 8 Bit or 10 bit values, as desired.

By simply tapping a point on the Odyssey or Apollo OLED panel, you can access this information, and even use it to compare more than one input on the unit. Most importantly, there is no need to walk into the scene to take a reading!

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Spot Meter is extremely useful when:

  • LIGHTING
    The “Compare Two” mode is especially helpful. In this mode, you have two spots to use, and a chart with details for each spot, as well as two Color Swatches. These allow you to instantly check to see if the two spots are evenly lit, and if the colors are precisely the same, which is very important for commercials.

  • CHROMA KEYING
    One of the greatest advantages of the spot meter is the ability to check luminance across an entire image, which makes checking a chroma key image very easy.

  • CAMERA MATCHING
    Using an Odyssey7Q, Odyssey7Q+ or Apollo, one can check up to four cameras while in Multi-Stream Monitoring mode, or in Multi-Stream Recording mode using the Apollo or Apollo Option. The Odyssey7Q and Odyssey7Q+ allows you to view two camera sources simultaneously in many recording modes.
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Feature Highlight: LUT Routing

What is a LUT?

A LUT is a “Look Up Table” and can be used in many ways, including changing the color or brightness of a video image, and to convert from a Log image to another type, such as a Rec. 709 image.

Throughout the world, the color standard used for broadcast is “Recommendation 709”, commonly known as “Rec. 709”. But, Rec. 709 has a limited dynamic range, just over 6 stops. Most modern cameras can record higher dynamic range, far greater that 6 stops. For film work, this higher dynamic range needs to be preserved, and the image may be recorded using a Logarithmic encoding scheme, thus the term “Log” footage.

Log images are low in contrast (typically) and can look “milky”.  A “Log to Rec.709” LUT may be used to create normal Rec. 709 image with normal contrast for monitoring while recording the higher dynamic range images for post. In many cases, a Director of Photography or Cinematographer will create a special “look” for a project. This “Look” may be one with highly saturated colors or dark images for another type of project.  Custom 3D LUT’s may be used to create above “looks”, as well as may other types of “looks”.

The Odyssey7Q, Odyssey7Q+ and Apollo allow you to use the 25 Preset LUT’s that we provide, while providing you with the ability to load approximately 140 more custom 3D LUT’s for use as needed.

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New Low Price on Titan HD Extract for Apollo and Odyssey

New Low Price on Titan HD Extract for Apollo and Odyssey

We're pleased to announce that effective 25-January-2017 we are lowering the price on our Titan HD Extract Upgrade for Apollo and Odyssey.

The new price will be $795USD and remains available from this website as an upgrade option for Odyssey7Q, Odyssey7Q+ and Apollo. A simple activation key unlocks multi-cam creation from a single 4K/UHD camera.

Titan HD Extract...

  • Allows a single operator to do multi-camera production, including live switching, from a single device with a single camera.
  • Eliminates the need for cropping, transcoding and downscaling in post production.
  • Makes your clients happy by reducing cost and turnaround time.

We hope this price decrease further illustrates our commitment to providing our customers with outstanding value and high quality production tools at competitive prices.

Learn more about Titan HD Extract...


"Titan is Amaaaazing! I love the option for Proxies now as well. You guys are awesome! I can definitely use Titan HD Extract for all my interviews. This is a Game Changer."

- Ken Guanga, Bay Tiger Productions


We appreciate your support of Convergent Design and look forward to serving you in the future.

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