Convergent Design Firmware v2016.10- Titan HD Extract, VariCam LT RAW, ProRes Proxy, and ARRIRAW 4:3

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Convergent Design have just released Firmware v2016.10 for the Odyssey and Apollo monitor/recorders. This latest firmware enables RAW support for the Panasonic Varicam LT if you have the Odyssey RAW bundle. Other additions, include the Apple ProRes Proxy codec, EDL support (Apollo/Titan Live Switching), ARRIRAW 4:3 and a bunch of other features and fixes. While most of these improvements revolve around paid options there are still quite a few additions for standard Odyssey 7/7Q and 7Q+ owners. LUTs for Canon CLog3 have been added, revised LUTs for use with Sony FS5 and FS Raw, as well as ProRes Proxy recording options.

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Perhaps the biggest announcement along with v2016.10 is the release of the Titan 4K/UHD Extract. This is a paid upgrade and enables you to use one 4K/UHD input to generate three HD images. You can see my full review of Titan here.

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For owners of the Panasonic Varicam LT, Convergent Design are currently the only company that now offers external Raw recording. The Odyssey Raw bundle will allow users of the LT to record 4K/UHD 12-bit RAW -> 4K CinemaDNG at 23.98, 25, or 29.97p as well as 4K/UHD 10-bit RAW -> 4K CinemaDNG at 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 50, and 59.94p.

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For Arri Alexa and Alexa Mini owners Convergent Design now supports ARRIRAW 4:3, that allows you to record Raw in frame rates from 23.98-48p in .ARI from ALEXA cameras outputting a 4:3 signal.


NEW FEATURES: TITAN OPTION (APOLLO, ODYSSEY7Q+/7Q)

Titan HD Extract Upgrade Option
Titan Option does not require Apollo or Odyssey RAW Bundle Options
Titan Option not included in Apollo or Raw Bundle Options
Titan 4K/UHD -> 3xHD MultiFrame HD Extract
Use one 4K/UHD input to generate three HD images
One 4K/UHD->HD SuperSample, two HD pixel-to-pixel windows
Record three generated HD images simultaneously (Apple ProRes)
Record & output Live-Switch between three HD images
Live finger-drag pan/tilt windowed images with motion smoothing
4K/UHD 24p/25p/30p generates three 1080p video streams**
4K/UHD 50p/60p generates three 720p video streams
Input 4K/UHD 24p/25p/30p (6G-SDI/Dual-3G-SDI, HDMI*)**
Input 4K/UHD 50p/60p (Quad-3G-SDI)**
*NOTE: Odyssey7Q does not support 6G-SDI or 4K/UHD over HDMI
**NOTE: On 4K 4096×2160 input signals, Titan extracts all HD frames from the 3840×2160 UHD image area.
Titan FS RAW 4K -> 3xHD MultiFrame HD Extract
Use one FS RAW 4K input to generate three HD images
One 4K->HD SuperSample, two HD pixel-to-pixel windows
Record three generated HD images simultaneously (Apple ProRes)
Record & output Live-Switch between three HD images
Live finger-drag pan/tilt windowed images with motion smoothing
FS RAW 4K 24p/25p/30p generates three 1080p video streams
FS RAW 4K 50p/60p generates three 720p video streams

NEW FEATURES: ODYSSEY RAW BUNDLE (ODYSSEY7Q+/7Q)
Panasonic VariCam LT Support

Record RAW in CinemaDNG from the Panasonic VariCam LT
4K/UHD 12-bit RAW -> 4K CinemaDNG 23.98, 25, 29.97
4K/UHD 10-bit RAW -> 4K CinemaDNG 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94
VariFrame frame rates available from 2-60fps

ARRIRAW 4:3 Support
Record RAW in .ARI from ALEXA cameras outputting a 4:3 signal 23.98-48p

Sony FS RAW to Apple ProRes Support (Update)

Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy)
4K/UHD 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94
1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94

Canon Raw to Apple ProRes Support (Update)

Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy)
4K/UHD 23.98-29.97

NEW FEATURES: APOLLO & APOLLO OPTION (ODYSSEY7Q+/7Q)
Quad-HD: EDL Support for all Live-Switch Modes
Generates Edit Decision List (EDL) of cuts & fades made when recording
EDL recorded as .EDL file in CMX3600 standard
EDL also generated in Titan Option
Up to 1000 events per clip
Support for standard post systems including FCP7, FCPX, Premiere Pro, DaVinci Resolve, and Avid Media Composer (see White Paper “Working with EDLs from Apollo and Titan” on CD website)
Quad-HD: Live-Switch in All Modes
Added Live-Switch to A/B/C/D and Quad-Split modes
Live-Switch output as video to SDI B OUT; switching recorded in EDL
Quad-HD: 1080p 50/60 Live-Switch Support
Added Live-Switch to Quad-HD 1080p 50/60
Live-Switch output as video to SDI B OUT; switching recorded in EDL
Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) Support
4K/UHD 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94
1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94
1080i 50, 59.94
720p 50/60

NEW FEATURES: ALL MODELS (APOLLO, ODYSSEY7Q+/7Q/7)
Canon CLog3 Preset LUTs
LUTs for Canon CLog3 added as presets in LUT menu

Sony REV Preset LUTs
Revised LUTs for use with Sony FS5 and FS Raw -> Apple ProRes Modes added as presets in LUT menu

System LOG File
Text file that reside outside of the clip folder on a record SSD, includes information about record, power up, on time, and setup.

8-Channel Audio Out (Headphone) Selection
Select audio channels to output over 3.5mm Audio Out port
Select on 8-Channel SDI embedded audio
Select embedded audio channel pairs 1&2, 3&4, 5&6, 7&8

Also available in Apollo and Titan Options

Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) Support
4K/UHD 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94
1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94
1080i 50, 59.94
720p 50/60

NEW FEATURES: ODYSSEY7
Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) Support

1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94
1080i 50, 59.94
720p 50/60

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