Convergent Design (CD) has just announces its new flagship model of the Odyssey family of products –  the Odyssey7Q+.

The new 7Q+ brings a host of new features and functionality to the range, with the addition of HDMI 1.4b input allowing the device to capture 4K/UHD video over HDMI.

Owners of 4K/UHD with HDMI output cameras, such as the Panasonic GH4, Sony A7SSony FS7 will be happy to hear that piece of news. No more trying to convert signals, or daisy chaining SDI adapters and cables!

Also, the new device allows internal capturing of uncompressed HD/2K in DPX stacks, along with HD/2K/UHD/4K internal recording of Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), in addition to the standard SDI and HDMI outputs.

Extra recording options are available for purchase or 24-hr rental (via the CD website), such as ARRIRAW (ALEXA), Canon Cinema RAW (C500), FS RAW (Sony FS7 & FS700) and POV RAW (IO Industries and Indiecam cameras). It also supports converting the RAW data into video and recording it as Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) in 4K or super-sampled HD .


Odyssey7Q+ Features.

Features include an OLED 1280×800 monitor, 3400:1, extended color gamut and a 176 degree viewing angle. With a number of image analysis tools, such as RGB waveform, RGB Histogram, False Color, Pixel Zoom with finger drag, three-mode Focus Assist and monitoring LUTs. The Multi-Stream Monitoring mode allows up to four HD video inputs viewed simultaneously in a quad-split view or to be live-switched between inputs in full screen. Weighing at a little over one pound, the 7Q+is one inch thick and can run on any power source from 6.5-34 volts.

The new edition is almost identical to previous versions, with the only difference is the HDMI input and output have swapped positions. It’s also compatible with all  previous Odyssey accessories from CD as well as third party manufacturers, such as mounting brackets, handles, sunshades, battery plates, along with the Odyssey SSDs (proprietary hard drives essential to firmware updates).

The company has publicly stated its commitment to firmware updates for the new model and all its previous models will continue to be supported and expanded upon over time, saying:

“There is much more to come for all of the Odyssey models. We’re just getting started.”


The company also announced its release of a new 1TB Odyssey SSD, which the company says will hold 2.5-hrs of 4K ProRes footage or 11-hrs of 1080p ProRes footage. In addition, the 7Q & 7Q+ are both capable of supporting a dual-SSD setup, which should allow up to 5-hrs of continuous 4K capture or 22-hrs of continuous 1080p capture. None too shabby, indeed!

It also means that in a matter of weeks, there will be two new 4K over HDMI recorders on the market at the same time, the Odyssey and the Atomos Shogun (albeit, the Shogun is slightly delayed). The Shogun offers 10-bit Apple ProRes, 2-way HDMI – SDI conversion and multiple framerates of 1080p @120/60/50 fps.

The new Odyssey 1TB drive size will be compatible with the Odyssey7, 7Q via a firmware update scheduled in two weeks time and (of course) is already compatible with the 7Q+.



The Odyssey7Q+ is available in Australia for AU$3139 (Inc GST) from New Magic Australia resellers, and shipping should begin late Dec/early Jan.

The new 1TB Odyssey SSD has an Australian RRP price of AU$2219 (Inc GST) and should begin shipping when the 7Q+ does at the end of Dec/early Jan.

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  • 7.7″, OLED, 8-bit, touchscreen panel
  • 1280×800 resolution
  • Intuitive touchscreen interface
  • 3400:1 contrast ratio, true blacks
  • HD/2K/UHD/4K recording over HDMI or SDI
  • 2x 3G-SDI inputs, 2x 3G-SDI outputs, 2x bi-directional inputs (switchable between inputs or outputs in menu)
  • Supports Single, Dual, and Quad Link formats
  • HDMI input: up to 1080p60 4:2:2, up to 30 fps in UHD (3840×2160), and up to 24 fps in 4K (4096×2160)
  • HDMI output: up to 1080p30
  • Output downscaling
  • Includes Apple ProRes 422 HQ and Uncompressed DPX recording formats
  • RAW Recording options available for purchase or rental through Convergent Design’s website (Sony RAW, Canon RAW, ARRIRAW, POV Raw)
  • 2 channels of embedded audio, 48kHz, 24-bit
  • ARRI, Canon, and Sony LUT Support
  • Image analysis tools (Waveform, Histogram, False Color, etc.)
  • Lightweight magnesium chassis

Included Recording Options

Compressed Formats:
4K/UHD 10-bit YCC 4:2:2 up to 30fps in Apple ProRes 422 HQ
2K/1080p 10-bit YCC 4:2:2 up to 60fps in Apple ProRes 422 HQ
1080i 10-bit YCC 4:2:2 up to 60i in Apple ProRes 422 HQ
720p 10-bit YCC 4:2:2 up to 60fps in Apple ProRes 422 HQUncompressed Formats:
2K/1080p RGB 10/12-bit 4:4:4 up to 30fps in DPX file format
1080p RGB 10-bit 4:4:4 up to 60fps in DPX file format

Record Options for Purchase or Rental

ARRIRAW (16:9) up to 60fpsCanon C500
4K (4096×2160) RAW up to 60fps
UHD (3840×2160) RAW up to 60fps
4K “Half-RAW” up to 120fpsSony FS RAW
4K RAW up to 60fps
4K RAW 120fps burst
2K RAW up to 240fps
“4K24K” 4K RAW to 4K Apple ProRes 422 HQ up to 30fps
“4K2HD” 4K RAW to HD Apple ProRes 422 HQ up to 60fpsPOV RAW
POV 2K 10-bit RAW
POV HD 10-bit RAW
POV HD 12-bit RAWNote: ARRIRAW above 30fps, Canon RAW 50/60fps, and Sony FS 2K RAW 200fps and 240fps require two SSDs

Record Triggers

SDI record trigger (ARRI, Canon, Panasonic, Red, Sony)
HDMI (with compatible cameras)

Image Analysis Tools

Display LUTs — ARRI Log-C, Canon C-Log, Sony S-Log, S-Log2, S-Log3
Focus Assist — Video + Edges (Peaking), Edges Only, Enhanced Edges, user choice of color: Red, Green, or Blue
Waveform— Luma only, RGB Parade, Red only, Blue only, Green only, Full Size and Compact Size options
Histogram — Luma only, RGB Parade, Red only, Blue only, Green only, Full Size and Compact Size options
False Color — 5 programmable levels
Zebras — Adjustable exposure indicators
Pixel Zoom — 1:1 and 2:1 Pixel Zoom with moveable image
Aspect Ratio Guides — Standard and Custom (user adjustable), may be used for framing guides, Horizontal/Vertical framing guides available



Excerpts from Press Release.

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