Convergent Design update Odyssey recorder firmware

By associate editor Elliot Smith:

Convergent Design are releasing an update to their popular Odyssey line of 4K-capable recorders, bringing the Odyssey7, 7Q and 7Q+ to firmware version 2015.5

The Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q+
The Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q+

There’s a long list of features, headlined by expanded support for a range of LUT presets for monitoring a flat picture. The LUTted picture can also be routed out of the Odyssey unit (with or without the LUT applied) for transmission elsewhere.

The Odyssey’s display will also show desqueezed anamorphic footage, a function we’ve also seen added to the Atomos Shogun in the past few days.

There are also enhanced exposure tools and what Convergent are calling ‘Safe Eject at power down,’ which sounds like it could be a nice way to reassure users they’re not going to lose any data when they power the unit off.

The firmware is available now from the Convergent Design website and the full list of enhancements is below. As ever it’s great to see a manufacturer working to add features and fix bugs after a hardware release – is there anything you’re still waiting for the Convergent team to add to your Odyssey? Let us know below…

From Convergent Design:

Odyssey Release version 2015.5

Please note new naming convention for firmware updates, containing year followed by month.


Expanded Odyssey LUT System, including custom 3D-LUTs
Improved & Expanded set of Preset LUTs
Support for user-loadable custom 3D-LUTs (up to 140, Odyssey7Q, Odyssey7Q+)
17x, 32x, 33x, 64x, 65x 3D-LUT (.CUBE format) Supported
.CUBE Luts translated for Odyssey using CD 3D-LUT Converter App
LUTs are currently for MONITORING only, not “baked in”
LUTs viewed during recording noted in XML file metadata
(new CD Apple ProRes Transfer Utility 1.7 required)
Extended and Legal Range LUTs Supported (EE vs LL)

LUT Routing to Tools & Outputs
Image Analysis Tools can measure “LUTTED” image or original source
Video outputs can independently turn ON/OFF LUT or Mirror OLED

Anamorphic Desqueeze
2.0x, 1.5x, 1.33x Support
Corrected image sent to video outputs, recording unaffected

4K / 2K Monitoring Modes (Odyssey7Q, Odyssey7Q+)
17:9 Letterboxed within 16:9 image or Center-Cut to 16:9
Letterbox or Center-Cut image sent to video outputs, full frame recorded.

Monochrome Monitoring Mode
View Luma only or individual Red, Green, or Blue channel in grey tone

Dual Zebras
Set high & low for each, can overlap, separately selectable colors

Expanded False Color Mode
Added Pink for Six colors
Each color set high & low, can overlap

Expanded OLED Controls
Advanced Monitor Calibration Controls
Color channel bias controls, SMPTE color bars reference

Improved Multi-Stream Mode Switching
Switch between inputs without image flicker or glitch.

Safe Eject at power down
Automatically closes all file directories on shut down

Improved Sony FS RAW color reproduction
Improved image quality in CinemaDNG and Apple ProRes recording
FS700 Apple ProRes recording with S-Log2 or REC709(800%)
FS7 CinemaDNG & Apple ProRes require SGamut3.Cine Color Space


FIXED AUD OUT (Headphones) unmute
FIXED Audio gain settings when switching Analog to SDI
FIXED Safe Eject process to remove OLED flashing during procedure
FIXED FS700 4K RAW -> HD Apple ProRes detection
FIXED HDMI Legalize Input setting
IMPROVED 4K Apple ProRes playback
IMPROVED 4K pixel zoom 1:1 and 2:1
IMPROVED PSF output support in all modes
IMPROVED Reduced overall power usage
IMPROVED Interlaced playback support
IMPROVED 4K -> HD Apple ProRes playback


CD Apple ProRes Transfer Utility 1.7
LUTs viewed during recording noted in XML file metadata
– Pomfort LiveGrade support for Odyssey LUTs

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