(Colorado Springs, CO – September 7, 2016) The upcoming firmware update for the Odyssey7Q+ and Odyssey7Q monitor/recorders will support the Panasonic VariCamLT 4K RAW output. When Panasonic unveiled the VariCamLT in February, it announced the 4K RAW output capability for the camera would be added this year. Panasonic has today released a free firmware update to the camera that enables this ability. Convergent Design and Panasonic will be demonstrating the 4K RAW capture workflow from the VariCamLT to the Odyssey7Q+ in both companies’ booths at the IBC 2016 show this week in Amsterdam.
“Odyssey supports RAW from more cameras than any other device in the industry,” said Mike Schell, President, Convergent Design. “The VariCamLT is a great camera and an important one in the Panasonic line, and we’re proud to include it in the Odyssey RAW Bundle for the Odyssey7Q+ and Odyssey7Q. Odyssey will support all frame rates and resolutions available for output from the VariCamLT. In addition to our RAW record capabilities, we can integrate the Odyssey’s Image Analysis Tools for focus, color and exposure, as well as its accurate OLED monitor and comprehensive Odyssey LUT System. Together the VariCamLT and the Odyssey7Q+ make a complete professional image capture package.”
The VariCamLT can output 4K 12-bit RAW up to 30fps and 4K 10-bit RAW up to 60fps. The Odyssey7Q+ and the Odyssey7Q will be able to capture this RAW data and record it in the CinemaDNG format for use in popular post programs such as Assimilate SCRATCH 8.5 Tools & Workflow, DaVinci Resolve, and Adobe Premiere.
The Odyssey RAW Bundle option is required on the Odyssey7Q+ and Odyssey7Q in order to record from RAW data camera sources. In addition to support for the Panasonic VariCamLT, other RAW camera outputs supported include the ARRI ALEXA Classic, Canon C300mkII & C500, Indiecam GS2K, IO Industries Flare 2K & 4K, and Sony FS5, FS7, & FS700 cameras. With the upcoming firmware update, the VariCamLT is added to the supported RAW cameras in the Odyssey RAW Bundle for no additional cost. The Odyssey RAW Bundle can be added to any Odyssey7Q+ or Odyssey7Q at any time by purchasing an activation key from the Convergent Design website. Permanent activation of the Odyssey RAW Bundle is $995 and a one-day rental is $99.
The free firmware update for the Odyssey7Q+ and Odyssey7Q is expected to be available near the end of September. Visit Convergent Design at IBC booth 12.A34 September 9-13 to demo the VariCamLT and Odyssey7Q+ pairing in person.