Convergent Design has recently announced their new Odyssey7 and Odyssey7Q monitor and recorders. In 2009, the nanoFlash video recorder/player established Convergent Design as an innovative leader in broadcast technology by revitalizing aging camcorders with high-bitrate recording options and a tapeless workflow. Later, Convergent Design’s Gemini 4:4:4 monitor and recorder would address the needs of high-end cinematographers. Now, the Odyssey7 and Odyssey7Q boldly surpass the company’s previous offerings with a progressive feature set that not only serves the needs of today’s cutting-edge video technology but also attempts to “future-proof” the new product line with a range of optional firmware upgrades.
Both the Odyssey7 and Odyssey7Q feature a cast-magnesium housing, a 7.7-inch OLED display with 1280 x 800 resolution, touchscreen functionality, a 3400:1 contrast ratio, True Blacks, and support for 16 million colors and 176-degree viewing angles. These features give the Odyssey7 and Odyssey7Q perhaps the best display of any recorder/monitor combo currently available. In fact, with built-in waveform, histogram, vectorscope, zebras, focus assist, false color, timecode display, audio meters, and 1-to-1 pixel mapping, the Odyssey’s display is even competitive with many dedicated production monitors, although the Odyssey’s recording capabilities are what truly set it apart.
Before we detail the recording features, it may be helpful to differentiate between the two models. Both models have two 3G/HD/SD-SDI inputs, two corresponding 3G/HD/SD-SDI outputs, one HDMI input and one HDMI output. However, the key distinction between the Odyssey7 and the Odyssey7Q is the latter model’s two bi-directional 3G/HD/SD-SDI connections. These additional connections give the 7Q up to four inputs or outputs; thus the “Q” for quad. This feature allows 7Q users to input four 2K/HD streams, monitor the four streams simultaneously and record them all. These inputs also support concurrent RAW and proxy recording. As for processing power, the 7Q has a built-in quad splitter and a four-channel live switcher.
The Odyssey7 and the Odyssey7Q feature dual SSD media slots, for Convergent Design’s 2.5-inch SSDs. These proprietary SSD drives will initially be available in capacities of 240, 480, or 960GB. When equipped with one or more SSDs, the Odyssey7 and Odyssey7Q will be capable of recording up to 1080/60p video in Avid’s DNxHD format with either 8- or 10-bit color. In addition, a series of optional firmware upgrades for the Odyssey7Q can unlock a variety of high-end formats including—but not limited to—2K/HD Raw, ARRIRAW, Canon 4K Raw, and Sony Raw for the FS700. Each optional upgrade can be purchased outright or rented via the Convergent Design website.