Convergent Design Firmware v2016.10 Adds Titan HD Extract, Varicam LT 4K Raw, ARRIRAW 4:3 and ProRes Proxy to Odyssey7Q+

Convergent Design just released a massive new firmware update v2016.10 for the company’s popular 4K Raw recorder Odyssey7Q+ and Apollo multi-camera recorder. The firmware includes major new functions such as the new Titan HD Extract, Varicam LT Raw, ProRes proxy and ARRIRAW 4:3. The Titan HD Extract (paid) option was announced last month at IBC 2016, and for those not yet familiar with this feature – it’s quite a revelation as it allows users to create 3 HD streams out of a single 4K camera, which can be quite useful for getting extra coverage without actually setting up multiple cameras. The cool thing with the Titan HD Extract option is that it is also available on the older Odyssey7Q model, and the newer Apollo multi-camera production recorder/switcher.

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Also, other options such as Odyssey RAW Bundle or Apollo option are not required for Titan. The Titan HD Extract is a paid option available at an introductory price of $995 from Convergent saving you $300 off the regular price (until November 6th), however it does not require the Apollo or Odyssey RAW Bundle Options.

Here’s a great tutorial by Convergent Design on the new Titan feature in Firmware v2016.10:

The long-awaited Varicam LT Raw addition to the Odyssey RAW Bundle is finally here; Convergent Design’s engineers worked closely with Panasonic to enable 4K RAW recording from the amazing Panasonic VariCam LT on the Odyssey7Q and Odyssey7Q+. If you already own the Odyssey Raw Bundle you only need to upgrade to firmware v2016.10. If you own a Varicam LT and an Odyssey7Q+, but don’t have the Raw bundle yet,  you can buy it for $995 from Convergent Design here.

Varicam LT PL

Varicam LT Raw Details:

  • Record RAW in CinemaDNG from the Panasonic VariCam LT
  • 4K/UHD 12-bit RAW -> 4K CinemaDNG 23.98, 25, 29.97
  • 4K/UHD 10-bit RAW -> 4K CinemaDNG 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94
  • VariFrame frame rates available from 2-60fps

Other important new features in the latest firmware update v2016.10 are the inclusion of new LUTs for the latest Canon LOG3 (for C300 mark II) and revised LUT support for Sony FS5 with FS Raw. Apple ProRes proxy recording in 4:2:2 is now also supported, which is great news for editors, who are frequently using the smallest size ProRes flavour for offline editing.

Odyssey7Q+ Monitor

Firmware Update v2016.10 in Detail

Odyssey/Apollo Firmware v2016.10 – New Functions, Fixes, Improvements, Software Updates // Applies to: Apollo / Odyssey7Q+ / Odyssey7Q / Odyssey7

NEW FEATURES

  • TITAN HD Extract (Upgrade) for APOLLO, ODYSSEY7Q/7Q+
    Titan HD Extract (Upgrade)
    • Titan HD Extract is available as an upgrade option for purchase or daily rental through our website.
    • Titan HD Extract Option does not require Apollo Option or Odyssey RAW Bundle Options
    • Titan HD Extract Option not included in Apollo or Raw Bundle Options
    • Link: https://convergent-design.com/titan
  • Titan 4K/UHD -> 3xHD MultiFrame HD Extract
    • Use one 4K/UHD input to generate three HD images
    ◦ One 4K/UHD->HD SuperSample, two HD pixel-to-pixel windows
    ◦ Record three generated HD images simultaneously (Apple ProRes)
    ◦ Record & output Live-Switch between three HD images
    ◦ Live finger-drag pan/tilt windowed images with motion smoothing
    • 4K/UHD 24p/25p/30p generates three 1080p video streams**
    • 4K/UHD 50p/60p generates three 720p video streams
    • Input 4K/UHD 24p/25p/30p (6G-SDI/Dual-3G-SDI, HDMI*)**
    • Input 4K/UHD 50p/60p (Quad-3G-SDI)**

*NOTE: Odyssey7Q does not support 6G-SDI or 4K/UHD over HDMI
**NOTE: On 4K 4096×2160 input signals, Titan extracts all HD frames from the 3840×2160 UHD image area.

  • Titan FS RAW 4K -> 3xHD MultiFrame HD Extract
    • Use one FS RAW 4K input to generate three HD images
    ◦ One 4K->HD SuperSample, two HD pixel-to-pixel windows
    ◦ Record three generated HD images simultaneously (Apple ProRes)
    ◦ Record & output Live-Switch between three HD images
    ◦ Live finger-drag pan/tilt windowed images with motion smoothing
    • FS RAW 4K 24p/25p/30p generates three 1080p video streams
    • FS RAW 4K 50p/60p generates three 720p video streams

NOTE: Titan extracts all HD frames from the 3840×2160 UHD image area.

NEW FEATURES: APOLLO & ODYSSEY APOLLO OPTION (ODYSSEY)

Quad-HD: EDL Support for all Live-Switch Modes
• Generates Edit Decision List (EDL) of cuts & fades made when recording
• EDL recorded as .EDL file in CMX3600 standard
• EDL also generated in Titan Option
• Up to 1000 events per clip
• Support for standard post systems including FCP7, FCPX, Premiere Pro, DaVinci Resolve, and Avid Media Composer (see White Paper “Working with EDLs from Apollo and Titan” on CD website)
• Link: https://convergent-design.com/edl

Quad-HD: Live-Switch in All Modes
• Added Live-Switch to A/B/C/D and Quad-Split modes
• Live-Switch output as video to SDI B OUT; switching recorded in EDL
Quad-HD: 1080p 50/60 Live-Switch Support
• Added Live-Switch to Quad-HD 1080p 50/60
• Live-Switch output as video to SDI B OUT; switching recorded in EDL
Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) Support
• 4K/UHD 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94
• 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94
• 1080i 50, 59.94
• 720p 50/60

NEW FEATURES: ODYSSEY RAW BUNDLE (ODYSSEY7Q+/7Q)

Panasonic VariCam LT Support 

• Record RAW in CinemaDNG from the Panasonic VariCam LT
• 4K/UHD 12-bit RAW -> 4K CinemaDNG 23.98, 25, 29.97
• 4K/UHD 10-bit RAW -> 4K CinemaDNG 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94
• VariFrame frame rates available from 2-60fps

ARRIRAW 4:3 Support
• Record RAW in .ARI from ALEXA cameras outputting a 4:3 signal
• 23.98-48p
Sony FS RAW to Apple ProRes Support (Update)
• Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy)
• 4K/UHD 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94
• 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94
Canon Raw to Apple ProRes Support (Update)
• Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy)
• 4K/UHD 23.98-29.97

NEW FEATURES: ALL MODELS (APOLLO, ODYSSEY7/7Q/7Q+)

Canon CLog3 Preset LUTs
• LUTs for Canon CLog3 added as presets in LUT menu

Sony REV Preset LUTs
• Revised LUTs for use with Sony FS5 and FS Raw -> Apple ProRes Modes added as presets in LUT menu

System LOG File
• Text file that reside outside of the clip folder on a record SSD, includes information about record, power up, on time, and setup.

8-Channel Audio Out (Headphone) Selection
• Select audio channels to output over 3.5mm Audio Out port
• Select on 8-Channel SDI embedded audio
• Select embedded audio channel pairs 1&2, 3&4, 5&6, 7&8
• Also available in Apollo and Titan Options

Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) Support
• 4K/UHD 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94
• 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94
• 1080i 50, 59.94
• 720p 50/60

NEW FEATURES: ODYSSEY7
Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) Support
• 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94
• 1080i 50, 59.94
• 720p 50/60

FIXES & IMPROVEMENTS

Apollo

• FIXED Fade/Cut transitions
• FIXED Issue with UHD25p over 6G-SDI
• IMPROVED SDI B Out carries embedded audio

Odyssey RAW Bundle

• FIXED Rare Canon RAW -> Apple ProRes frame issue
• FIXED Pixel Zoom causing monitored image shift when recording FS 4K RAW -> 4K/UHD Apple ProRes at 50/59.94p
• FIXED Frame Rate detection in Canon RAW
• IMPROVED Sony FS7 4K FS RAW -> 4K/UHD Apple ProRes debayer color fringing issue (yellow artifact at sharp edges)
• IMPROVED Playback Scrubbing artifacts of RAW recordings

Odyssey7Q+/7Q

• FIXED DPX support for Sony F35
• FIXED Issue with UHD25p over 6G-SDI (7Q+ only)
• IMPROVED Playback of 4K Apple ProRes
• IMPROVED Playback scrubbing artifacts in 4K Apple ProRes

All Devices

• FIXED Guides interaction with Hide function
• FIXED Apple ProRes recording artifacts 2016.06
• FIXED Adobe “Green Screen” Issue with file not run via the ProRes Tool
• FIXED Adobe audio issue with 8-channel audio and CC 2015.4
• FIXED Intermittent issue of first frame corrupted in various RAW formats
• FIXED FS700 issues with changing frame rates
• FIXED Safe-Eject “Error 11” and related errors
• FIXED C300 Mark II audio issues with 8-channel audio
• FIXED FS5 Glitching (Intermittent issue)
• FIXED Rental issues with various modes
• IMPROVED 4K SDI Detection
• IMPROVED FS RAW Files
• IMPROVED Playback in all modes

Download Firmware Update v2016.10 directly from Convergent Design via this link here.

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