Convergent Design Odyssey 7/7Q/7Q+ SSDs Just Got a Whole Lot Cheaper

Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q+
If you're in the market for an external recorder, or you already own an Odyssey 7, 7Q, or 7Q+, today is a good day.

Not only is Convergent Design cutting prices by almost 50% in some places for their SSDs, but they've opened up 3rd party media for use with all of their recorders (you'll still need two at once depending on the recording setting and camera you're using). They will also be adding to what you get with a 7Q+ package. Overall, it's now going to be significantly cheaper to record with the Odyssey, which will certainly help ease the price on a complete package once you factor in the additional software recording licenses you may need (or want).

In addition, here is what will now be included in the 7Q+ package:

Starting today, July 1st, the Convergent Design Odyssey7Q+ will ship with one 256GB Odyssey SSD included. A five-pack kit of SSD handles for use with qualified 3rd party SSDs (see below) is now included with each Odyssey7Q+. Convergent Design has further added a 4K-ready HDMI cable and adapter, as well as an Ultra-Thin 3G-SDI cable, to the universal AC power supply included with the Odyssey7Q+. All accessories are available for separate purchase from any Convergent Design dealer.

Check out the new prices for the Convergent Design SSDs (old prices are in parentheses):

Five third-party SSDs are now qualified to work in the Odyssey recorders:

To use third-party SSDs, you'll want these drive handles that sell for $25 for a pack of five (and will come with new purchases of 7Q+ recorders):

Convergent Design Drive Handle Set CD-SSD-HANDLE5PK

So what's the difference between these SSDs and the ones that Convergent Design sells? Obviously if you buy an SSD off the shelf, Convergent Design hasn't had a chance to test that specific drive, just that series of drive. While they warranty their own SSDs, you're essentially on your own with the third-party media, just like with other recorders that use non-proprietary media like the Atomos Shogun. It's also worth noting that the recorder will only work with certified Convergent Design SSDs and the Samsung SSDs listed above.

The 7Q and 7Q+ are still the only non-Sony solutions for recording straight to 4K CinemaDNG with the FS700 and FS7, even with the new Atomos update that gives you access to the RAW stream.

Check out more on the Convergent Design site, and if you don't own one already, you can get them at resellers like B&H.     

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This is a Big improvement in my opinion! i always liked the idea of purchasing the 7q+ over the Atomos shogun for my a7s and any other cameras that i may upgrade to in the future.

July 2, 2015 at 6:15AM

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I've been really happy with mine. I love that CD is always cranking out new updates with features like custom LUT support and new recording options.

July 2, 2015 at 10:00AM, Edited July 2, 10:00AM

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Atomos still can't record the highest frame rates from the Sony FS700, even at 1080. And the recording license is an all-in-one bundle now, not several different license packages. The best thing about the Shogun is that it has made the cost drop significantly on the more desirable Odyssey.

July 2, 2015 at 7:21AM

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Zan Shin
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I shot a commercial last year with the FS700 and the Odyssey 7Q recording HD RAW. It was incredible-- and no Atomos product could do that.

September 5, 2015 at 9:47AM

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Jody Eldred
Director/DP
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I heard that CD does some weird clip-splitting truncation, so there are a whole bunch of separate files to deal with in post. Is this true across the board, or just one person's experience?

July 2, 2015 at 5:08PM

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Ben Howling
Writer / Director
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It splits the clips in shorter segments, so when you import them you just run their joiner tool, that combines them as they were shot in-camera. Not much of a hassle since you have to import them and copy somehow anyway. So you just import them via this tool.

I've used Odyssey 7q and it's a good tool, but the software on it is kinda slow in comparison to Atom OS. Longer boot and reboot times, esp when you switch framerates and so on. Shogun with the new firmware switches on almost at once. So on the software side Atomos is definitely better. Still lacks higher framerates though, such a pity. Please Atomos, make it 4K 50p at least!

July 3, 2015 at 12:40PM, Edited July 3, 12:49PM

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Paul P.
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I wish the Odyssey could record XAVC because ProRes takes way too much space! Even as a paid upgrade, I'd do it for real! Imagine instead of s-XAVC with the new a7RII you could simple run an HDMI cable to the 7Q+ and record XAVC instead. Just saying.

July 3, 2015 at 3:43PM

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Isaac Alonzo
Photographer / Cinematographer
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The Odyssey definitely wins in the frame rate department, but it stop there in my opinion. To me, the Odyssey is only giving people a shadow of what Atomos has been offering all along. The approved third-party SSD's are Samsung only? And you have to super-glue the hardware on? If Atomos had not just released their firmware allowing the Shogun to handle 4K Raw, I doubt that Odyssey would have made such a "kind" upgrade. IMO, unless you need to record anything higher than 30p, I don't know why you wouldn't go Atomos Shogun.

July 6, 2015 at 8:51AM

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Thomas Culton
Writer / Producer / Director
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My only hesitation with the Odyssey series is the additional cost that CD charges for a RAW recording license. Whereas Atomos will have no additional fee for RAW recording.

July 6, 2015 at 10:00AM

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Ron Marvin
Director of Photography
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Note that Atomos (for the Shogun) has announced RAW to Cinema DNG in a future update. References:
https://vimeo.com/126891307
https://vimeo.com/132183806

July 28, 2015 at 11:17AM

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Ron Marvin
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