New Convergent Design Firmware 2015.8 Brings High-Speed ProRes up to 60p and in HD up to an 240p.

August 6, 20150 Comments

Odyssey 7Q+ on A7s

This one is all about high speed capture. The firmware 2015.8 opens up high speed capture in Apple ProRes. 4K/UHD up to 60p and in HD up to an amazing 240p. For now recording in high speed is limited to the Sony FS7 and FS700. As for bug fixes when recording 4K to 2K/HD downscale had a line at the bottom of image. I had to punch in .5 percent to romove it. Not anymore! Full update info as follows.

From Mitch at Convergent Design

Note that no other device can record HD Apple ProRes at 240 frames per second – no camera, no standalone recorder, no computer capture card. And no other manufacturer has stated that it will have a device that ever will. The advanced processing power of the Odyssey7Q+ & Odyssey7Q and computing skills of the Convergent Design engineering team have set a new bar in video recording.

High Speed Apple ProRes will initially be offered for the Sony FS7 (with XDCA Extension Unit) and FS700. The Odyssey RAW Bundle is required to access the high frame rate data from these cameras. In free firmware updates, Convergent Design will add high frame rate support for more cameras with appropriate outputs.

Canon C300 MKII Support

With the Odyssey RAW Bundle, the Odyssey7Q+ and Odyssey7Q will be able to record 4K & QHD RAW from the upcoming Canon C300 MKII camera. Convergent Design is the only monitor/recorder company supporting the file naming from the Canon Cinema EOS RAW cameras.

Also: Introducing our vectorscope with 15x zoom, Canon XC10 support, plus several fixes and improvements.


Canon XC10 Support

UHD Apple ProRes 23.98p, 25p, 29.97p UHD->HD SuperSample to Apple ProRes 23.98p, 25p, 29.97p (Camera trigger & HDMI timecode in HD Only)

NEW FEATURES (Odyssey7Q+, Odyssey7Q)

FS7/FS700 High Speed RAW -> Apple ProRes Support* [MORE INFO]


4K RAW -> 4K Apple ProRes, 50p & 60p added

4K RAW -> UHD Apple ProRes, 50p & 60p added

2K RAW HS -> HD Apple ProRes, 100p, 120p, 200p, 240p

(Only one SSD can be mounted for recording 2K HS Apple ProRes)

(Only Odyssey int. TC supported (Seed, Time-of-Day DF & NDF)

FS700 only:

4K RAW Burst -> 4K Apple ProRes, 100p & 120p

4K RAW Burst -> UHD Apple ProRes, 100p & 120p

(*Requires Odyssey RAW Bundle or Sony FS RAW Option)

Canon C300 MKII RAW Support 

4K RAW recording up to 30p

QHD RAW recording up to 30p

4K RAW -> 4K Apple ProRes up to 30p

QHD RAW -> UHD Apple ProRes up to 30p

(*Requires Odyssey RAW Bundle or Canon RAW Option)

NEW FEATURES (Odyssey7Q+, Odyssey7Q, Odyssey7)


Analog or Digital

Trace Trace display in green or color (true CbCr)

Variable Zoom 1.0x – 15.0x (Finger Drag left-right)

Zoom Presets 1,2,5,10,15x (Finger Drag up-down)


FIXED Audio issues in 1080i59.94 playback

FIXED 4K to 2K/HD Downscale Line at the bottom of image.


IMPROVED Odyssey Menu Font

NOTE: Updating firmware on an Odyssey monitor/recorder requires the use of an SSD. If an Odyssey monitor/recorder is currently running firmware version 5.10.100 (March 2015) or 2015.5 (May 2015) then a qualified Samsung SSD (see list above) as well as an Odyssey SSD can be used to perform the update.  Samsung SSDs require the Convergent Design SSD Handle kit to mount in an Odyssey monitor/recorder. Odyssey monitor/recorders running earlier firmware versions must use an Odyssey SSD to perform the update.

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