Convergent Design Lays Out Firmware Road Map For Odyssey 7, 7Q and 7Q+

March 6, 20150 Comments

7Q+ new deal

Good to see a road map of new features coming for the Odyssey 7, 7Q  & 7Q+. The beauty of these new devices is how fixes as well as substantial features can be add to them over time keeping them a up to date. I for one am interested in a ProRes 4:2:2 option custom LUTS. Below is the news from Convergent Design.

Press Release

(March 5, 2015, Colorado Springs)  2014 was a record-setting year for Convergent Design.  The Odyssey7Q began shipping in October of 2013 and quickly became the monitor/recorder of choice throughout the industry.  In mid 2014 the lower-cost Odyssey7 began shipping, immediately establishing itself as the premier HD video monitor/recorder.  At the close of 2014, the Odyssey7Q+ debuted, setting a new benchmark as the “go-to” 4K monitor/recorder.

 The growth and success of the Odyssey Family of Products is reflected throughout Convergent Design.  The company doubled its staff, moved to a new purpose-built facility that is greater than twice the size of its previous space, and increased revenues more than fourfold over the previous year.

 And we are not ones to rest on our laurels.  In 2014 the Odyssey product line enjoyed six firmware updates.  Convergent Design plans to continue improving and expanding our products through free firmware updates with the same aggressive pace and the same high level of performance, and to offer surprise features that outpace and leapfrog anything in the industry.  Convergent Design will not be surprising the industry with unexpected new products at NAB this year.  Instead we are dedicated to the continuing development of the Odyssey product line as the most full-featured, most versatile, most powerful and most reliable monitor/recorders in the world.

 Below is out forecast for firmware updates for the next few months.  The features listed are only a taste of what will be in each update.  We expect to offer a variety of new features and improvements on current ones.  And we plan to surprise you with functions unlike anything being offered by anyone else.  The March Firmware Update is ready to launch and awaits certification for the new recording formats.  And there are several surprises in this firmware release.

 Please note that the Odyssey firmware updates apply to the Odyssey7, Odyssey7Q, and Odyssey7Q+ as appropriate to the capacities of each device.  It is the expressed intent of Convergent Design to support our products and clients long term.

 March Firmware Update

  • Additional compressed video recording formats
  • Improved image processing for both FS7 & FS700 (FS RAW Record Option)

 April Firmware Update

  • Programmable custom 3D-LUTs with LUT routing to tools & outputs
  • Improved monitoring functions and tools

 May Firmware Update

  • Additional monitoring/recording features
  • High frame rate compressed recording for FS7 & FS700 (FS RAW Record Option)
  • New Record Option

 June Firmware Update

  • Additional compressed video recording formats
  • New Record Option

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