October 12, 2014

Odyssey 7Q 4K Recorder from Convergent Design $500 Off for a Limited Time

Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q Sale Promo

Convergent Design's Odyssey 7Q was one of the first really affordable 4K recorders, and it's now available for $500 off for a limited time, which brings its price down to $1,800. Combined with the now price-reduced $6,000 FS700, you've got relatively inexpensive 4K RAW, as well as 4K ProRes which is coming in a future firmware update (it should be here this month, but there is already an interesting mode that gives you 4K downscaled to HD ProRes in-camera).

For more on the 7.7" 1280 x 800 recorder, which is also capable of recording Canon C500 RAW and ArriRAW (as well as any camera with a clean output), here was our interview with Mitch Gross from NAB:

If you're wondering what quality the 7Q with the FS700 can give you, this Conan spot was shot with that setup:

The recorder is available from B&H, but their stores are currently closed, so it won't be shipping for another week when they open up again on Sunday, October 19th.     

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Does it work with the sony A7s? For 4K raw and 1080p raw?
Or should I wait for the Atomos shogun?
I have a Sony A7s.

October 12, 2014 at 11:25PM, Edited October 12, 11:25PM

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Aaron Cabrero Jr
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a7S won't do RAW, but either way the 7Q can't record 4K from that camera yet (7Q may need a hardware upgrade), but they are working on it. Your best bet right now for cheaply recording 4K with the Sony would be the Atomos Shogun.

October 12, 2014 at 11:38PM, Edited October 12, 11:39PM

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Joe Marine
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4K RAW is still cheaper with Blackmagic Production Camera and Ursa, I believe. Nevertheless, it's a great monitor/recorder.

October 13, 2014 at 6:12PM, Edited October 13, 6:12PM

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Not all raw is created equal.

October 13, 2014 at 6:33PM

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Alan Dembek
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I love my fs700 + 7Q combo.
Filmed this with them a few weeks ago https://vimeo.com/106725519
Can't wait for 4k ProRes!

October 13, 2014 at 7:34PM, Edited October 13, 7:34PM

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Jimmy Ennett
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That was a very cool video. I love my FS7QQ combo as well. Such an amazing image for the price. I just wish they would hurry up on the firmware updates.

October 13, 2014 at 7:41PM

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Gene Sung
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Couldn't agree more - I really want custom LUT support soon!

October 13, 2014 at 7:43PM

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Jimmy Ennett
Director/ Cinematographer
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Woah! Cool video

January 15, 2015 at 7:07PM

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Josh Paul
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Is there still licensing involved with this recorder? If so, how much and for what features specifically?

October 14, 2014 at 3:23PM

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We have two FS-700s and two 7Q's.

Be aware that you can record 1080p ProRes out of the box but that it will cost you an additional $800 to buy the license to record 4K.

Also be aware that you have to buy Convergent Design-exclusive SSDs. Won't accept regular off-the-shelf SSDs as the SSDs need a little handle on their top to pull them out of the recorder. You will need to RAID two SSDs in order to capture 4K RAW.

The 7Q also will only record 4096x2160. It cannot record quad-HD 3840x2160.

Finally, you will also have to buy a battery holder with proprietary plug that attaches to the unit's back if you want to make it portable.

For the purchase price, you get the recorder/monitor and an AC adapter. Nothing else. You will need much more at much more cost.

Monitor is beautiful; sharp and bright. Unit is very thin and lightweight. Focus assist is wonderful.

October 24, 2014 at 5:09PM

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When you say it will record 1080p ProRes out of the box, are you talking about the super sampled HD conversion coming from the 4K RAW signal?

October 29, 2014 at 8:59PM

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