Convergent Design’s Odyssey7Q+ Can Now Do Highest Quality ProRes 4444 XQ

Convergent Design‘s industry leading Odyssey7Q+ and predecessor Odyssey 7Q 4K recorders just got a massive list of new features in the latest firmware update 2015.11, which includes the highest quality ProRes flavour – 12bit 4444 XQ in 2K and HD, as well as HD Dual-Stream monitoring, New Canon C300 Mark II and C500 LUT’s, Panasonic GH4 and DVX200 Preset LUTs and some exciting additions to the Raw bundle option. The Colorado based gear maker has been really busy recently, not only updating their Odyssey line-up via a steady flow of firmware updates, but also managed to announce a brand new product called the Apollo – the industry’s 1st portable HD multi-camera recorder/switcher ($3,995 at B&H)

The Odyssey7Q+ is a very popular option with Sony FS700 and FS7 owners as it enables them to record 2K and 4K Raw in addition to getting high quality Raw to ProRes conversions. The upcoming and more budget-friendly Sony FS5 will also be supported by the Odyssey7Q+ and more importantly will be able to record the upcoming Raw from the FS5 coming via a future paid update possibly sometime in 2016. It’s important to stress the fact that although it has been confirmed by Sony, the Raw update is not likely to be available anytime soon according to a Sony rep I spoke with at a recent FS5 presentation.

Odyssey7Q+ Sony FS5 Raw

Firmware Update 2015.11 Highlights:

  • HD Dual-Stream Monitoring (Odyssey7Q+ & Odyssey7Q) View two HD video signals while recording one in Apple ProRes

Note: that Dual-Stream Recording (view & record two streams simultaneously) will be in the Odyssey RAW Bundle as a future firmware update. The Apollo Option (Quad-Stream Monitoring/Recording/Switching) will be available in December 2015.

  • Apple ProRes 4444 and Apple ProRes 4444(XQ) Recording (Odyssey7Q+ & Odyssey7Q) Record 4:4:4 2K and HD video signals in 12-bit & 10-bit as Apple ProRes 4444 or 4444(XQ) Supports many cameras including Sony F3/Sony PMW-F5/F23/F35/F55, Canon C300 Mark II/Canon C500, Panasonic HPX3100 and more.
  • Spot Meter (All models) New Advanced Monitoring Tool exposure meter
  • FS7/FS700 2K HS RAW->2K Apple ProRes (Odyssey RAW Bundle) Capture up to 240fps in 2K
  • Additional & improved Preset LUTs New and improved LUTs for Canon C-Log, C-Log2 and Panasonic V-Log
Below is the full list of new features that Odyssey7Q/7Q+ users can benefit from in the latest firmware 2015.11

Convergent Design Odyssey7Q Plus


HD Dual-Stream Monitoring

  • View two HD video signals while recording one in Apple ProRes (HQ/422/LT)
  • Record in 1080p, 1080i, or 720p up to 50/59.94 up to 1080p50
  • View two SDI signals or one SDI & one HDMI (SDI A+SDI B or HDMI+SDI B)
  • Select either input for recording (no switching during record)

Please Note:

  • Both sources must match resolution, frame rate & cadence (ie, 1080, progressive, 30fps)
  • Remove 3:2 pulldown is not supported at the this time (recorded as 60i)
  • HDMI can only be paired with SDI B (overwrites SDI A)
  • SDI A or HDMI must be present in order to see or record SDI B
  • Dual-Stream Recording Option will come in a future firmware update

Apple ProRes 4444 / 4444(XQ)

  • 2K 10/12-bit RGB up to 50p/59.94p
  • 1080 10/12-bit RGB up to 50p/59.94p
  • Currently available for video sources only (SDI Level B)
  • Supported cameras include Sony F3/F5/F23/F35/F55, Canon C300mkII/C500, plus numerous others

Timecode Window Overlay Option

  • Available for SDI and HDMI outputs

Expanded Remote Trigger Function

  • Remote Trigger now enabled in all Record & Playback Modes
  • Raw & Raw->Apple ProRes
  • HD/2K/UHD/4K Apple ProRes
  • HDMI 4K/UHD->2K/HD Apple ProRes

Expanded LTC Function

  • Linear Timecode now enabled in all Record Modes
  • Raw & Raw->Apple ProRes
  • HD/2K/UHD/4K Apple ProRes
  • HDMI 4K/UHD->2K/HD Apple ProRes

Multi-Stream Monitoring LUTs

  • LUT function enabled in Dual-Stream & Multi-Stream Monitoring modes

Sync Playback Option for Apple ProRes 50p/60p

  • Option to skip every-other frame in playback of 50p/60p Apple ProRes files for real-time playback speed with audio sync
  • Currently available in all 2K & HD Apple ProRes modes

FS700 2K Raw HS -> 2K Apple ProRes

  • Supports 100, 120, 200, & 240fps in 2K Apple ProRes (HQ/422/LT)

FS7 2K Raw HS -> 2K Apple ProRes

  • Supports 100, 120, 200, & 240fps in 2K Apple ProRes (HQ/422/LT)

Spot Meter

  • New Advanced Monitoring Tool for determining precise color and luminance

Additional Test Patterns

  • EBU 75% and 100% Color Bar Options

Improved Monitoring Tools Overlay Option

  • Frame Guides now available for video output
  • Graticule lines & marks included on metering tools video outputs
  • Available for SDI and HDMI outputs

C300 Mark II CLOG2 Preset LUTs Added


  • BT.709_CanonLog2-to-BT.709_WideDR_33_Ver1.0.cube
  • CanonLog 2/Rec.709 to Wide Dynamic Range Rec.709


  • CinemaGamut_CanonLog2-to-BT.709_WideDR_33_Ver1.0.cube
  • CanonLog 2/CinemaGamut to Wide Dynamic Range Rec.709

Canon C500 CLOG Preset LUTs Updated


  • BT.709_CanonLog-to-BT.709_WideDR_33_Ver1.0.cube
  • CanonLog 1/Rec.709 to Wide Dynamic Range Rec.709


  • CinemaGamut_CanonLog-to-BT.709_WideDR_33_Ver1.0.cube
  • CanonLog 1/CinemaGamut to Wide Dynamic Range Rec.709

Panasonic V-Log Preset LUT Updated

  • VariCam35/HS series, GH4 & DVX200
  • FIXED Rare access issue with RAW rental options
  • FIXED Issue with improperly-marked 2K HS RAW->HD Apple ProRes files
  • FIXED Rare interference issue with HDMI display
  • FIXED file name issue with ALEXA SUP 11.01
  • FIXED Apple ProRes playback skipping and judder
  • FIXED horizontal lines in Multi-Stream Monitoring mode
  • FIXED internal/LTC timecode with Indiecam and IO Industries RAW modes
  • FIXED LUT On/Off clean SDI/HDMI output in FS700 RAW mode
  • FIXED display image tearing in ARRIRAW 48/50/60p
  • FIXED timecode in FS700/FS7 2K HS->HD Apple ProRes
  • FIXED Vectorscope in 4K Apple ProRes and ARRIRAW modes
  • FIXED analog audio input mixing with playback audio
  • IMPROVED Touchscreen response
  • IMPROVED Vectorscope magnification increments
  • IMPROVED HDMI/SDI Source detection
  • IMPROVED 1080p24 detection with Canon C100
  • IMPROVED Reduced power consumption in Apple ProRes recording modes
You can download Firmware Update 2015.11 directly from Convergent Design’s website here.

CD Apple ProRes Transfer Tool v1.10

  • Support for Apple ProRes 4444(XQ) and 4444
  • Windows and Mac versions available

FS RAW Post Workflow LUT / Workflow Update

  • New LUTs for matching FS7/FS700 RAW recording to Apple ProRes recording
  • New documentation and video tutorials on Convergent Design website

New Canon CLOG and CLOG2 Additional Presets Available for Download

B&H Links:

Odyssey7Q+ 4K Recorder/Monitor – $2,295

Convergent Design Apollo – $3,995

Adorama Links:

Odyssey7Q+ 4K Recorder/Monitor – $2,295

Convergent Design Apollo – $3,995


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