Convergent Design have just started shipping their Apollo portable HD multicamera recorder/switcher. The unit can simultaneously record up to four HD video signals, along with a fifth channel of either a live-switch between the four, or a quad-split reference view. Apollo can also function as a four-channel live switcher while simultaneously recording the four isolated HD video signals. Apollo is currently the only device of its kind that can both record multiple HD camera feeds as well as live-switch between them.

All the recorded camera feeds stay in perfect sync with matching timecode, which allows for the quick turn around of material. A single SSD contains all of the multi-camera media. There are two SSD slots on Apollo, allowing either twice the recording time or mirror recording for safety backup. Apollo uses industry-standard 2.5” SSD media, made by Convergent Design or qualified third party manufacturers.

Apollo is available as a stand alone unit, but if you own an Odyssey 7Q or 7Q+ you can get the same functionality as a paid upgrade. If you need to, you can also rent a licence to use Apollo functionality if you have a specific project that requires it. I tested out the Apollo option on my Odyssey 7Q+ to see just how well it works.

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