More Details on the Convergent Design Odyssey Codecs and Pricing.

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Convergent Design Odyssey7 Front.

Following feedback from NAB Convergent Design decoded to make some changes to the pricing of the Odyssey7 and Odyssey 7Q. In case you haven’t already heard about these devices they are 7″ OLED monitors that also have the ability to record to onboard SSD’s. Originally the Odyssey units were not going to include any recording capability as standard. All the recording options were going to be paid for updates or available for short term rental. However Convergent Design have now decided to include the ability to record using Avid’s DNxHD codec within the original price of $1295 for the Odyssey 7 and  $2295 for the more advanced 7Q. There is however a small catch. In order to use the “free” codec options you must use a Convergent Design supplied SSD.

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Waveform and measurement options on the Convergent Design Odyssey7Q

The Convergent Design SSD’s are more expensive than most off-the-shelf SSD’s but they are tested and certified to work with the Odyssey and some of the very fastest SSD’s available today.

Initially, this means that the Avid DNxHD codec, Avid DNxHD-36, -100, -145, -220 (8-Bit) and 220x (10-Bit) will be included). Advanced recording options such as Raw will now only be available on the 7Q.
Note: All prices are quoted as United States prices.
Prices around the world have to be different due to shipping, customs import fees, other taxes, and exchange rates.

Odyssey7 $1295 (US Price)

Avid DNxHD Recording Capabilities are enabled, for free,
upon insertion of a Convergent Design SSD.
No other recording options are offered at this time.
Initial Shipments of the Odyssey7 are planned for November 2013

Odyssey7Q $2295 (US Price)

Avid DNxHD Recording Capabilities are enabled, for free,
upon insertion of a Convergent Design SSD.
Additional recording options are available as described below.
Initial Shipments of the Odyssey7Q are planned for August 2013

High Performance Convergent Design SSD’s

240 GB $595 (US Price)
480 GB $1195 (US Price)
960 GB $2195 (US Price)

Odyssey 7Q Recording Options

FS700 Support: $1495, $75/day rental rate (US Prices)

HD/2K Raw up to 240fps (.dng format – Cinema DNG),
Quad HD/4K YCbCr Uncompressed up to 30 fps (.dpx format)
This option scheduled to be release in August, 2013.

Canon C500: $2495, $125/day rental rate (US Prices)

Quad HD/4K Raw 10-bit up to 60 fps,
Half QuadHD/Half 4K Raw 10-bit up to 120 fps (.rmf format);
Uncompressed HD/2K RGB 4:4:4 10/12-bit up to 60 fps (.dpx format);
DNxHD Compressed HD YCC 8/10-Bit up to 120 fps
(880 Mbps, .mov format).
Support for all C500 frame rates/modes for in one unit.
Some modes require two SSDs.
Simultaneous RAW and Proxy (DNxHD-36) up to 60 fps supported
(which is the limit of the camera’s monitor output)
This option scheduled to be release in August, 2013.

HD/2K High Frame Rate/RGB 4:4:4 $1495, $75/day rental rate (US Prices)

DNxHD Compressed HD YCbCr 8-Bit/10-Bit up to 120 fps
(up to 880 Mbps, .mov format)
Avid DNxHD-36, -100, -145, -220 (8-Bit), -220x (10-Bit)
Uncompressed HD/2K RGB 4:4:4 10/12-Bit up to 60 fps (.dpx format)
Also accepts 4:2:2 YCbCr and records in 4:4:4 RGB(.dpx format);

Quad HD/4K Support: $1495, $75/day rental rate (US Prices)

Uncompressed QHD/4K YCbCr 10-bit up to 30 fps (.dpx format).
For Sony F55 and other cameras that can output uncompressed 4K over four HD-SDI Single-Link Outputs.

HD/2K Raw: $2495, $125/day rental rate (US Prices)

HD and 2K Raw, up to 120 fps (.dng format – Cinema DNG).
Supports cameras from IO Industries, Lux Media Plan, Indiecam, Weisscam, P&S Technik X35

ALEXA ARRIRAW: $2995, $150/day rental rate (US Prices)

ARRIRAW (16:9 up to 60 fps, 4:3 up to 48 fps) with VariFrame and de-squeeze support (.ari format)
Simultaneous RAW and Proxy (DNxHD-36) up to 30 fps supported
(which is the limit of the camera’s monitor output)
This option scheduled to be released Q4 2013

Quad Stream HD Recording: $3995, $200/day rental rate (US Prices)

Supports recording up to four separate (Genlock not required)
video streams into four separate files using Avid DNxHD,
up to 1080p30/1080i60 or 720p60
(up to 220 Mbps/stream, .mov format).
The four HD streams may be displayed in separate quadrants on the OLED monitor and/or external monitor.
This option scheduled to be released Q4 2013.

4 thoughts on “More Details on the Convergent Design Odyssey Codecs and Pricing.”

  1. So is that to say that you could forgo DNxHD if it didn’t fit your workflow and try off the shelf SSDs for less money? If so, that could put a 7Q & FS700 support at the $3800 mark plus media; which isn’t too bad if you could get the media price lower.

    1. If you use off the shelf SSD’s you won’t get any free recording options, so you’ll have to buy a recording upgrade. You probably won’t save a great deal of money and you will have the uncertainty of using untried SSD’s.

  2. Thanks for the info Alister! Am I reading that right in saying that after the inital $2295 to buy the 7Q, not only are you up for impressively expensive media costs, but I also have to pay another $1495 on top just to add fs700 support? I was super excited about this recorder but it’s getting insanely expensive on top of the base price number they threw around at NAB.

    1. It has only ever been offered as a monitor for $2295. If you want to record raw then it isn’t going to be cheap. The Odyssey still works out significantly cheaper the the Sony R5 + IFR5 + AXS Media + AXS reader.

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