Odyssey 7 – next generation 7″ field recorder + oled monitor

March 26th, 2013 icon / message-square 7
Odyssey 7 - next generation 7" field recorder + oled monitor

Odyssey 7 field monitor recorder

Convergent Design, maker of the famous nanoFlash & Gemini 4:4:4 just announced a new recorder that looks very nice and promising. This field recorder + oled monitor is targeted at HDSLR indie filmmakers as well as professionals with a codec license lease system.

Many filmmakers, especially in documentary are often struggling with too much gear hanging from their camera rig and cameras taking too long to setup. Harddisk recorders and monitors could be built into cameras, but so far the camera manufacturers have not come up with a device that fulfills those needs. Once again a gear manufacturer wants to make our lives easier:

Convergent Design has come up with a monitor / field recorder combination that looks very promising as the field recorder AND monitor seem to offer a lot of quality and functionality (on paper) in a very compact and affordable package.

At the competitive pricepoint of $1295 this device is worth a closer look.
There’s a catch to the price though, which I think is actually a good idea for an expandable product. The recording formats have to be leased. So can rent ArriRAW for a day or two and pay accordingly. No info on the pricepoint of those leases.

They will also be offering a “Q” version which can record 4 streams simultaneously…

Details / Technical Specs:
– 7.7″ OLED, 1280×800, RGB 8-Bit
– SDI Video I/O
– HDMI Video I/O (up to 1080p60 422 8-bit)
– HD/2K RGB 444 8/10/12-Bit up to 60p/60psf
– HD/2K YCC 422 8/10-Bit Up to 120p, QHD/4K 422 up to 30fps
– ARRIRAW (16:9) 12-bit up to 60fps, ARRIRAW (4:3) 12-bit up to 48fps
– Canon Raw QHD/4K 10-bit up to 60fps
– LUT Support (ARRI, Canon, Sony)
– High-Speed (120fps) and Simultaneous RAW + Proxy (DNxHD-36) mode
– Record File Formats: DNxHD, Uncompressed, HD/2K Raw, Canon Raw, ARRIRAW
– SDI record trigger (ARRI, Canon, Panasonic, Red, Sony)
– 2-Channel Embedded Audio (48KHz, 24-bit)
– Odyssey7Q adds 8-Chan support
– Recording Media: 2.5″ server grade SSD in 240/480/960 GB sizes
– compatible with off the shelf USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt adapters
– Weight: 540 grams / 1.2 lbs, cast-magnesium case
– Size: 7.9″ x 6.1″ x 1.0″ (200 x 155 x 25 mm)

When will it be available? No info yet.

And here’s their web ad:

Additional information on their website: convergent-design.com/Products/Odyssey7.aspx

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Don
Don
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April 1st, 2013

Sorry but can someone please explain to me what the advantages are to record to a field recorder.. does this increase the quality of your dslr footage?

Martin
Martin
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August 27th, 2013
Reply to  Don

In short yes it does depending on your camera. So long as your camera outputs a clean signal (eg uncompressed 10bit 422) into your external recorder you can capture a better picture than in camera which gives you more room to play with in post eg Colour correction, green screen etc. If you research you’ll come across terms like 420, 422, 444 etc. this relates to information in the picture. Basically the higher the numbers the more info and better end result. It comes down to this, if you’re getting paid, shoot the best you can afford. If it’s just for fun and you’re learning don’t blow your budget until you do your research as tech is moving very quickly.

Admin
March 26th, 2013

I also find this disappointing. If it’s the purchase price is anywhere near the $5000 firmware upgrade price they are asking for the Gemini 444 in order to be able to record Canon RAW, I’d rather look elsewhere.

Dan Keaton
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March 27th, 2013
Reply to  Nino Leitner

The purchase price of the Canon 4K Raw option for our Gemini 4:4:4 is $2,495 (US).

I do not know if the price is $5000 somewhere in the world.

We offer both purchases and rentals of our recorder options for the Odyssey7 and Odyssey7Q.

Respectfully,

Dan Keaton
Convergent Design

George Tyszkiewicz
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March 27th, 2013
Reply to  Dan Keaton

Why does the uncompressed format have to be licensed? So you can’t use this unless you buy at least one license? That’s terrible!

Ares
Ares
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March 27th, 2013

T.
Because they have to be paid for the work they do. Like anyone who does a good work.

joe789
joe789
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March 26th, 2013

I’m sure Hollywood can afford rental fees for formats. Eventually someone will make a competitive recorder that doesn’t’ require rentals for each format.

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