Convergent Design talks about external RAW recording from the Panasonic Varicam LT

There are a lot of cameras on the market that are capable of recording RAW formats either internally or externally, and Panasonic have released new firmware for the Panasonic Varicam LT, that allows the RAW output to be recorded externally. Unlike the Varicam 35, the LT doesn’t work with the Codex CDX-36050 V-RAW recorder. If you want to record RAW from the LT, the only solution is to use the Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q or 7Q+. This will allow you to record a 12bit 4K RAW signal as Cinema DNG stacks directly to the Odyssey 7Q/7Q+ at up to 30fps over a single SDI, or up to 4K 60fps (10bit) using dual link SDI.

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The Cinema DNG files recorded to the Odyssey are then very easy to work with in programs such as DaVinci Resolve and Assimilate Scratch. At present there is no 4K RAW to ProRes option available. The Convergent Design firmware release that supports the Varicam LT will not be available till the end of September. If you currently already own the Convergent Design RAW bundle, there will be no charge to be able to record the RAW signal from the Varicam LT.

The Convergent Design 7Q recorder on a Canon C500
The Convergent Design 7Q recorder on a Canon C500

The recent price drop of the Canon C500 to under $7000 US at some retailers, makes it a very attractive option if your looking for a camera to record 4K RAW. Convergent Design has supported RAW recording from the C500 for many years now, and you can now buy a C500, Odyssey 7Q and the RAW recording bundle, and create a very capable camera package for just over $9000 US. Anyone who has ever used the C500 raves about the picture quality, and even though the camera is now almost 4 years old, it still holds its own in todays market.

The Convergent Design Odyssey will record 4K RAW up to 60p and a 4K (half RAW) up to 120fps. You can also record 4K ProRes at up to 30fps, as well as 2K ProRes 12bit RGB 4444. The C500 can also record in DCIP3 and REC.2020 colour spaces.

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I asked Mitch about whether Convergent Design would support the RAW output from the newly announced C700, and currently there is no plans to do so. The RAW output from the camera is quite a bit different from that of the C500 and C300 Mark II, so just hooking up a Odyssey 7Q/7Q+ wont work. If you do want to record the RAW output from the C700 (which won’t be available till January 2017) then the Codex looks like it will be your only option.

There also doesn’t currently seem to be anyway of recording non sensor cropped higher frame rates in ProRes externally, unless you use the Codex recorder. Whether Convergent Design will eventually support RAW recording from the C700, we will have to wait and see.

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