Convergent Design Odyssey Firmware 2015.5 Unleashes The Power of 3D LUTs and More

The 4K recorder/monitor wars may be far from over with the two leading manufacturers Convergent Design and Atomos going head to head in their stride to win over customers by packing their amazing 4K recorder/monitors with some serious horsepower and features. At NAB Video Devices entered the mix with their PIX-E series recorders, but only time will tell whether their line of recorders will be able to win over shooters eager to get 4K ProRes/DNxHD recording from their 4K cameras regardless of whether of smaller footprint like the GH4 or Sony A7s, or the bigger beast of a 4K camera the PXW-FS7 or the recently made even more affordable Sony NEX-FS700R.

Just recently Convergent Design unleashed a massive firmware update for their premiere line of 4K ProRes/Raw recorders including the Odyssey7, Odyssey7Q and newest Odyssey7Q+ adding even more support for Custom 3D Luts, Anamorphic De-squeeze (yes, GH4 users will love this), dual zebras, expanded false colour mode, expanded OLED controls and improved FS RAW colour reproduction in both ProRes and Raw. See all the details from CD below.

Convergent Design constantly works to add more features and functionality to the Odyssey family of professional monitor/recorders. This release includes new features & functionality and adds more power, performance and versatility to the Odyssey7Q+, Odyssey7Q and Odyssey7.

Convergent Design Odyssey 2015.5 firmware

New Features in 2015.5 Firmware Update:

+ Expanded Odyssey LUT System, including custom 3D-LUTs

  • Improved & Expanded set of Preset LUTs
  • Support for user-loadable custom 3D-LUTs (up to 140, Odyssey7Q, Odyssey7Q+)
  • 17x, 32x, 33x, 64x, 65x 3D-LUT (.CUBE format) Supported
  • .CUBE Luts translated for Odyssey using CD 3D-LUT Converter App
  • LUTs are currently for MONITORING only, not “baked in”
  • LUTs viewed during recording noted in XML file metadata (new CD Apple ProRes Transfer Utility 1.7 required)
  • Extended and Legal Range LUTs Supported (EE vs LL)

[Click Here for More Information on the Odyssey 3D-LUT System]

+ LUT Routing to Tools & Outputs

  • Image Analysis Tools can measure “LUTTED” image or original source
  • Video outputs can independently turn ON/OFF LUT or Mirror OLED

+ Anamorphic Desqueeze

  • 2.0x, 1.5x, 1.33x Support
  • Corrected image sent to video outputs, recording unaffected

+ 4K / 2K Monitoring Modes (Odyssey7Q, Odyssey7Q+)

  • 17:9 Letterboxed within 16:9 image or Center-Cut to 16:9
  • Letterbox or Center-Cut image sent to video outputs, full frame recorded

+ Monochrome Monitoring Mode

  • View Luma only or individual Red, Green, or Blue channel in grey tone

+ Dual Zebras

  • Set high & low for each, can overlap, separately selectable colors

+ Expanded False Color Mode

  • Added Pink for Six colours
  • Each color set high & low, can overlap

+ Expanded OLED Controls

  • Advanced Monitor Calibration Control
  • Colour channel bias controls, SMPTE color bars reference

+ Improved Multi-Stream Mode Switching

  • Switch between inputs without image flicker or glitch

+ Safe Eject at Power Down

  • Automatically closes all file directories on shut down

+ Improved Sony FS RAW color reproduction

  • Improved image quality in CinemaDNG and Apple ProRes recording
  • FS700 Apple ProRes recording with S-Log2 or REC709(800%)
  • FS7 CinemaDNG & Apple ProRes require SGamut3.Cine Color Space

Fixes & Improvements

+ FIXED AUD OUT (Headphones) unmute
+ FIXED Audio gain settings when switching Analog to SDI
+ FIXED Safe Eject process to remove OLED flashing during procedure
+ FIXED FS700 4K RAW -> HD Apple ProRes detection
+ IMPROVED 4K Apple ProRes playback
+ IMPROVED 4K pixel zoom 1:1 and 2:1
+ IMPROVED PSF output support in all modes
+ IMPROVED Reduced overall power usage
+ IMPROVED Interlaced playback support
+ IMPROVED 4K -> HD Apple ProRes playback

Software Updates

+ CD Apple ProRes Transfer Utility 1.7
+ LUTs viewed during recording noted in XML file metadata
+ Pomfort LiveGrade Support for Odyssey LUTs

Convergent Design continues to update and expand the capabilities of the Odyssey7Q+, Odyssey7Q and Odyssey7 monitor/recorders to help extend the lifespan of our clients’ tools.

Download firmware 2015.5 here.

[via Convergent Design]

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