Convergent Design: Apollo Adds Dissolves, Double Master Recording, Align Syncing, 8-Channel Audio
Colorado Springs, CO (April 17, 2016) Convergent Design today announces new features for the Apollo Monitor/Recorder/Switcher. These features will be included in the next free firmware update to the Apollo and Odyssey7Q+/Odyssey7Q with Apollo Option. It is scheduled to be available in a few weeks. These new functions will be demoed at the Convergent Design booth (C9918) at NAB this week.
“Apollo is unique,” noted Convergent Design President Mike Schell. “It already had capabilities beyond what any other device delivers. We knew we could do more and we listened carefully to our clients. So in addition to some features we already had in the works, we’re introducing some unique functionality requested by the people in the field using our product. Our new Align function is unlike anything anyone has ever offered before.”
A/V Align allows the synchronization between multiple cameras to be shifted. Each input can be adjusted for delay individually, and then video and audio delay separately adjusted. This allows for the mixing of brands and models of cameras that can introduce varying amounts of delay to the video and audio outputs. A simple touchscreen interface allows the inputs to be quickly and easily adjusted, and the system will remember the settings for future use. A/V Align can save hours of tedious work in post, manually syncing the audio and video tracks for each clip.
In Live-Switch mode, Apollo adds Dissolves to what was previously a cuts-only switcher. Three dissolve speeds are available and the operator can switch between cuts and dissolves during recording via a touchscreen button.
Two SSD slots provide not only for spanning for extended record times. With the firmware update there is also the option for recording identical files simultaneously to both SSDs. Double Master Recording provides an immediate safety copy of the files. A client can leave with an SSD as soon as the shoot wraps, while the DP retains a copy.
Eight-Channel Audio is now enabled for Apple ProRes recording. The 8-channel audio is for embedded audio tracks via SDI or HDMI. It is available in all resolutions, including Dual-4K and Quad-HD. Apple ProRes HQ/422/LT are supported. There are numerous additional new features and improvements in the upcoming firmware update, and a new edition of the CD Apple ProRes Transfer Tool with its own new functions. Visit Convergent Design at NAB booth (C9918) for a sneak preview before the release in a few weeks.
About Convergent Design
Founded in 2000, Convergent Design started as a manufacturer of SD/HD signal converters and evolved the product line to include video recorders, RAW data video capture devices and professional monitors. Convergent Design’s progressive technology design means that each new device includes the features and technology of the ones that preceded it. Convergent Design products are designed and manufactured in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and sold through our worldwide network of dealers and distributors. For more information, please visit Convergent-Design.com.
About New Magic Australia Pty Ltd (Australian and New Zealand Convergent Design Master distributor)
New Magic Australia Pty Ltd is a recognised leader in the distribution and marketing of multimedia hardware and software, representing a carefully selected range of innovative, leading manufacturers and catering for both the professional and consumer markets. New Magic Australia established in 1993 is the Australian distributor of Blackmagic Design, Convergent Design, NewTek LightWave 3D, Hauppauge Computer Works Inc, Matrox Video Products and Sony Creative Software products. www.newmagic.com.au