Convergent Design Introduces Dual-Stream Functionality on Odyssey7Q+ and Odyssey7Q Monitor/Recorders

convdeslogo-dvi2Colorado Springs, CO (September 9, 2015) – Convergent Design today announces that it will soon introduce Dual-Stream monitoring and recording functions on the popular Odyssey7Q+ and Odyssey7Q monitor/recorders. Dual-Stream monitoring and recording functions will be made available in the upcoming September 2015 Odyssey firmware update. There are two levels of Dual-Stream functionality. Dual-Stream Monitoring allows viewing of two HD signals while recording one and Dual-Stream Recording allows for both HD video signals to be simultaneously recorded. Dual-Stream Monitoring will be provided for free as a part of the upcoming firmware update while Dual-Stream Recording will be included as a part of the Odyssey RAW Bundle option.

“We designed the Odyssey platform with a great deal of capacity and flexibility,” explained Mike Schell, President, Convergent Design. “The ability to not only accept multiple HD video inputs but also display them at the same time is unprecedented in a small, on-camera monitor. Add to that the facility of also recording one of those HD signals in Apple ProRes and even the option of recording both signals simultaneously and it opens the possibilities for some unique applications that we are excited to share with our clients.”

Dual-Stream Monitoring The free Dual-Stream Monitoring offers the ability to view two HD video signals at once while recording one of them in Apple ProRes. The two signals can be viewed as a pair of equally sized Side-by-Side images, as overlapping large and small images in a Picture-in-Picture configuration, or can be switched between as full screen images. HD video signals up to 1080p60, 1080i60, or 720p60 can be accepted in SDI and HDMI, and different resolutions and frame rates mixed. Genlocking of the two inputs is not required.

Viewing two HD video signals at once can be useful for comparing and matching coverage. Using the Odyssey’s advanced Image Analysis Tools, it is possible to match the exposure, color, contrast and other aspects of the video signals, saving time in post. With the ability to record one HD video signal while also monitoring a second signal, it is possible for a cinematographer to use the Odyssey7Q+ or Odyssey7Q as an A-camera onboard recorder while also monitoring the activity of a B-camera. For cameras with dual outputs such as the ARRI ALEXA and the Sony F5/F55, it is possible to view a signal with menu information while recording a “clean” video signal.

Dual-Stream Recording Dual-Stream Recording will be included in the Odyssey RAW Bundle and made available in the upcoming firmware update. Dual-Stream Recording offers capture of two HD video inputs of the same resolution and frame rate to a pair of separate Apple ProRes files. Genlocking of the two inputs is not required. Later Convergent Design will also offer a Quad-Stream Record Option, which will allow recording of up to four HD video inputs, along with other functions such as Live Switching. Please note that the inclusion of Dual-Stream Recording in the Odyssey RAW Bundle is a change from previous announcements, at a savings of $995. Rental use of Dual-Stream Recording will be available for $99/day.

About Convergent Design

Founded in 2000, Convergent Design started as a manufacturer of SD/HD signal converters and evolved the product line to include video recorders, RAW data video capture devices and professional monitors. Convergent Design’s progressive technology design means that each new device includes the features and technology of the ones that preceded it. Convergent Design products are designed and manufactured in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and sold through our worldwide network of dealers and distributors.


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