Odyssey 7 On Camera Monitor and Recorder from Convergent Design. $1295 US.

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The new Odyssey 7 OLED Monitor and recorder from Convergent Design looks insane! The base price for the 7″ monitor is $1295 US. Then you are able to rent or buy features as you need them via the web. Here is the Press Release.

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Specifications.

Convergent Design Odyssey7 Family Tech Specs
Feature Specification
Display 7.7″ OLED, 1280×800, RGB 8-Bit, 3400:1 Contrast, 176° Viewing, True Blacks
SDI Video I/O SD/HD/3G Support: Single/Dual Link, 2-Inputs, 2-Outputs
Odyssey7Q adds 2 Bidirectional HD-SDI 3G ports to allow:

4 HD-SDI 3G Inputs, and 2 HD-SDI 3G Inputs or

2 HD-SDI 3G Inputs and 4 HD-SDI 3G Outputs or other configurations

SDI Video Formats 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 Video I/O HDMI I/O Version 1.4a support
HDMI Video Formats Up to 1080p60 422 8-bit
LUT Support ARRI, Canon, Sony
Monitor Analysis Tools Focus Assist, YRGB Waveform, Histogram, False Color, Vectorscope, Zebras,

H/V Flip/Flop, 1:1 Mode, Recticule Markers,  Horizon Indicator

Odyssey7Q adds ability to monitor four video streams in a quad-split display
Recorder Options Avid DNxHD up to 1080p30/1080i60, HD/2K Uncompreseed 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

Odyssey7Q adds Four Stream recording up to 1080p30, 4K Support,

High-Speed (120fps) and Simultaneous RAW + Proxy (DNxHD-36) mode

Record File Formats DNxHD = .mov, Uncompressed = .dpx, HD/2K Raw = .dng,

Canon Raw = .rmf, ARRIRAW = .ari

Record Triggers Touchscreen, SDI record trigger (ARRI, Canon, Panasonic, Red, Sony),

Optional remote cable

Digital Audio I/O 2-Channel Embedded Audio (48KHz, 24-bit)
Odyssey7Q adds 8-Chan support
Analog Audio I/O Mono Speaker, 3.5mm headphone output, mono unbalanced consumer input
Remote Control RS-232 I/O, programmable GPIO
Timecode LTC I/O (BNC) or Embedded SDI/HDMI TC
Wireless Control Bluetooth LE with iPhone/Android App
Recording Media 2.5″ professional server grade SSD in 240/480/960 GB sizes,

500MB/sec read/write speed, SATA-3 (6 GHz) interface,

compatible with off the shelf USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt adapters

User Interface Capacitive Touchscreen, Two mechanical Function Keys
Firmware Update Via USB Port to host computer, download updates from website
DC Power Input 10 to 34 VDC with built-in reverse polarity protection; built-in power switch
Power Dissipation 8 Watts (monitor only), 8-15 Watts (monitor and record mode)
Weight 540 grams / 1.2 lbs, cast-magnesium case
Size 7.9″ x 6.1″ x 1.0″ (200 x 155 x 25 mm), measured from end of BNC to SSD tabs
Enviromental -10 to +40°C (Operating), -20 to +70°C (Storage)
Notes All Specifications subject to change without notice (Revision: 25-Mar-2013)

 

Press Release.

“Colorado Springs, CO, March 25, 2013)  Convergent Design, maker of the popular nanoFlash and Gemini 4:4:4 onboard recorders, announces two new additions to their product suite, Odyssey7 and 7Q, full-featured 7.7” OLED monitors, both capable of professional recording with extra cost options. The Odyssey series combines Convergent Design’s knowledge and experience of both broadcast and cinematography recorders, while adding the capabilities of a high-end professional monitor for an amazing $1295 USD.

The Odyssey is intended to follow users as they journey through their careers from DSLRs to high-end 4K raw cine cameras, hugging the ever-changing camera technology curve and adapting to change without hardware changes or costly upgrades. While Odyssey is an advanced, professional device, it’s simplicity that drove its design.

“Odyssey7 and Odyssey7Q simplify on-camera setups, eliminating the need for separate products. Simplicity also drove the overall architectural design, gaining greater reliability, lower power, and less weight (features that have defined the Convergent Design brand). The user interface is simple and easy to use, minimizing set-up time and on-set frustration. The Odyssey automatically detects the incoming video format and, when possible, sets up the entire recorder/monitor, based on camera metadata (ARRIRAW, Canon Raw, 2K Raw, etc.). The 1280×800 OLED allows for an uncluttered video display,” says Mike Schell, President.

In spite of the affordable price, a comprehensive set of professional features is included:  Waveform, RGB Parade, Zebras, 1:1 Pixel, Focus Assist (Peaking), Vectorscope, Histogram, LUT Support, False Color and more. The 7.7” OLED has a 1280×800 RGB pixel array, wide color gamut, and 3400:1 contrast, with virtually no motion blurring and true blacks. Bluetooth LE supports simple remote control through iPhone and Android apps.

As a recorder, Odyssey7 and 7Q support a wide range of recording formats including Avid DNxHD (up to 120fps), uncompressed HD/2K RGB 444 (up to 60p), 2K/HD Raw, ARRIRAW (4:3 and 16:9), and Canon 4K Raw. All recording formats are extra-cost options. New 2.5″ highly-reliable “Server-Grade” SSD’s support read/write bandwidths in excess of 500 MBytes/sec per drive, enabling Canon 4K Raw at 60 fps on a single recorder. The unique dual SSD architecture can be configured in spanning mode (to double record times), RAID 1 mode, for auto-backup or in RAID 0 mode for data-rates in excess of 1 GByte/sec.

“A new nanoFlash or an advanced Gemini was due or in development. Gemini RAW was announced at NAB 2012. While in limbo waiting on SSD technology to catch up to our design, it was decided that we could re-engineer the recorder, and simultaneously reinvent the monitor,” explains Amber Cowles, Marketing and Communications Director.

Based on extensive market feedback, Convergent Design is introducing a new purchasing model to on-board recorders. Odyssey7 or 7Q ships as a monitor only, which can be upgraded to a recorder as needed. For the first time, support for recording options can be purchased outright or “rented” at competitive rates. Add optional features anytime from anywhere, via a secure online purchase from the CD website to obtain an activation key, provided at the point of purchase and you’re up and running! Rental of recording options (ARRIRAW, for example) provides many benefits including no shipping hassles, no insurance certificates, and none of the scheduling issues of traditional rentals. Recording options are rented in 24-hour blocks, with unused blocks available for future use.

The Odyssey7Q utilizes the same 7.7” OLED architecture; the Odyssey7 is intended for single stream support (up to 4K Raw), while the 7Q adds additional bi-directional HD-SDI 3G ports. The 7Q’s extra processing power enables certain extra cost options to support: four-stream HD/2K monitoring (quad-split) and compressed recording, 4K video and high-speed (120fps) support, and simultaneous recording of proxy (DNxHD-36) and Raw video. The price of the Odyssey7Q is to be determined, but will be competitively priced and use the same, affordable 2.5” premium media as Odyssey7.

A wide range of battery accessories, mounting options, and sunshade, are planned to support both products. Odyssey7 and Odyssey7Q will be on display at NAB booth C6713.

Additional information and images are available at: www.odyssey7.info

Jared Abrams
Jared Abrams is a cinematographer based in Hollywood, California. After many years as a professional camera assistant he switched over to still photography. About two years ago a new Canon camera changed the way the world sees both motion and still photography. He just happened to be in the right place at the right time.