Convergent Announces Permanent Price Drop to Its Odyssey Recorder Upgrades

Convergent has clarified a recent price change to its Apollo and Raw multi-channel upgrades.

Although the Convergent Odyssey has been discontinued, Convergent is making both the Apollo multi-channel recording upgrade and Raw Recording features permanently available for $695, and $295 respectively.

Image Credit – Convergent Design

Based on the proven Odyssey 7Q+ architecture, the Odyssey Monitor Recorder is capable of recording up to 4K video from four separate video inputs simultaneously.

The recorder supports ProRes and DNxHD codecs and has a host of image analysis tools, as well as a 7.7-inch OLED display with a 1280×800 resolution touchscreen, and with a full range color gamut for REC709 or DCI-P3 viewing.

The OLED screen also provides aspect ratio guides from standard to custom-made and can be viewed in both horizontal and vertical video formats.

The touchscreen is capable of also switching from each of the separate 4 video inputs, with an on-screen indicator or tally light to show which camera input is active in the video stream.

The discounted Apollo upgrade will open up the Odyssey to record up to four separate streams simultaneously, and enable switching between them live to a master track recording.

Moreover, Convergent’s Titan HD extract enables users to create multiple HD streams from a single 4K input. This feature provides a switchable multi-camera feel when only a single 4K input is being used.

Image Credit – Convergent

The device records directly to dual SSD card slots and supports compatible third-party SSDs like the Samsung 850 EVO and 850 EVO Pro in sizes up to 1 terabyte. There are also two 3G-SDI outputs, two bi-directional and assignable 3G-SDI connectors, as well as an HDMI video-out connection.

Convergent has also announced a new firmware update which will add support for Apple ProRes, DNxHD audio recording delay, on-screen source naming, and cascade interconnect for 12-change HD or 6-channel 4K recording. The firmware can be found at Convergent’s DropBox here.

Convergent has also provided information on how to replace the clock battery in the Odyssey. The company will offer a replacement as a non-warranty repair but says that the procedure is simple enough for users to do it themselves. Here is the process:

  • Unscrew the power connector on the left side of the unit being careful not to turn the whole connector.
  • Unscrew the five screws on the back of the chassis.
  • With a toothpick, insert it in one of the holes on the back and gently push. The chassis should pop off (be careful not to break off the f1 & f2 buttons in the process).
  • Insert a new battery CR2016 coin cell.
  • Reverse the process to re-assemble your unit.

To upgrade to either the Apollo or Raw features, users need to email [email protected] and provide the serial number with purchase information.

[source: Convergent Design]

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