Days after announcing they are slashing prices on their proprietary SSD media, including a free 256GB SSD with new purchases of the Odyssey7Q+, and approving even more 3rd party SSD’s from Samsung for use in the Odyssey7Q family recorders, Colorado based gear maker Convergent Design, earlier today, unleashed firmware update 2015.7. The latest firmware update enables the use of Samsung 850 PRO SSD drives, and the 1TB 850 EVO SSD from Samsung, in addition to including additional Anamorphic de-squeeze centre extraction modes. A new massive pixel zoom mode called Hyper Zoom, which allows for 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12x pixel zoom on a portion of the image, as well as new Sony FS7 Slog-3 LUT presents are also present in the latest firmware update 2015.7.
See all the details of the latest firmware update for the Odyssey7/7Q/7Q+ from Convergent Design below.
NEW FEATURES IN FIRMWARE 2015.7
- Third-Party SSD Support
Use qualified third-party SSDs in Odyssey monitor/recorders. (SSD Handle kits required to mount.)
- Qualified third-party SSDs:
Samsung 850 PRO in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB & 1TB (1024GB)
Samsung 850 EVO 1000GB
NOTE: Samsung SSDs draw more power than Odyssey SSDs. Convergent Design highly recommends using an AC-powered USB3 adapter or a Thunderbolt adapter when connecting Samsung SSDs to a computer.
- Additional Anamorphic De-Squeeze options – Centre Extraction
Desqueezes and magnifies center portion of image for common anamorphic formats. Adjusted image sent to video outputs; recording unaffected.
- Center Extraction modes:
1.33x (1.78:1) Stretches centre 4:3 image to cover 16:9 frame
2.0x (2.39:1) 2.0x stretch with image zoom & crop to 2.39:1
2.0x (2.67:1) 2.0x stretch with image zoom to 2.67:1
- Hyper Zoom
Additional Pixel Zoom mode. 4,6,8,10, & 12X Hyper Zoom on a selected portion of image, displayed in the lower right corner of OLED display.
- Selectable Color reference frame
- Exposure Compensation LUTs
Combination S-Log to REC709 and exposure compensation for re-rating FS7 and FS700 cameras to 1000ISO (1 stop over) or 500ISO (2 stops over). Reduces noise and increases apparent bit depth.
Additional Preset LUTs:
- Sony FS700 (Exposure Compensation)
Sony FS7 (Exposure Compensation)
FIXES & IMPROVEMENTS
- FIXED Histogram with 720p source
- FIXED Image tearing on PSF inputs in HD Prores
- FIXED DPX video outputs when PSF output turned on
- FIXED Appearance of a single pixel in or near the audio meters
- FIXED LUT Extended/Legal setting saved through a power cycle
- FIXED Scene and Project setting saved through a power cycle
- FIXED Audio corruption on DPX and DNG file spanning
- FIXED Audio playback on Odyssey in all ProRes formats
- FIXED Pixel Zoom reaches full image in 4K
- FIXED GH4 Motion Picture Luminance Level under 0-255
- FIXED FS7 Camera Trigger in HD Apple ProRes
- FIXED FS7 Camera Trigger in 4K Raw->Apple ProRes
- FIXED 4K RAW->2K/HD Apple ProRes 50p playback
- FIXED 4K RAW->2K/HD Apple ProRes 100/120p live image
- FIXED Stuttering video in FS700 4K RAW->HD/2K 100/120p burst mode
- IMPROVED On screen counter during LUT import
- IMPROVED Upper Toolbar Setup Menu
CD Apple ProRes Transfer Utility 1.8 (PC / Mac)
- Fixes for installation Issues
- Fixes for transfer issues
CD LUT Utility 1.8 (PC / Mac)
- Fixes for installation Issues
- Fixes with issues due to region settings
- Fixes for inverted LUTs
GO TO FIRMWARE DOWNLOADS
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.
With the latest (quite sizeable) firmware updates, promotions and price drops, the Odyssey7Q+ and its media are now even more accessible to filmmakers than ever before. Sony FS700 shooters have been transforming their super slow-motion cameras into powerful 4K beasts with the Odyssey 7Q for some time now, and not only them – more recently FS7 owners have been tapping into the 4K Raw awesomeness of the Convergent Design recorders and getting the full potential of their cameras. GH4 and Sony A7s owners for example, who up until recently might have had to climb a steeper financial obstacle to invest in an Odyssey recorder, now can benefit from using more affordable 3rd party drives and get that 4K out of their (A7s especially) mirrorless 4K cameras.
Convergent Design’s own SSD’s offer tremendous advantages over third party drives due to their ruggedness, build quality and fail-safe protection, but were way more expensive than conventional media, however with the recent price drop they’ve become more accessible than ever before.
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