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Convergent Design: Odyssey7Q+ Expands RAW Support to Include VariCam LT, FS5 & IO 4K // NAB Announcement

Colorado Spring, CO (April 17, 2016) Today, Convergent Design announces that RAW support will soon expand to include the Panasonic VariCam LT, the Sony PXW-FS5, and the IO Industries Flare 4K-SDI cameras. These cameras will be included in the Odyssey RAW Bundle in upcoming free firmware updates.
“The Odyssey7Q+ already records RAW from more cameras than any other device on the market,” noted Convergent Design President Mike Schell. “When we introduced the lower-priced grouping of RAW support in the Odyssey RAW Bundle at last years NAB, we pledged to continue to expand to more cameras over time. Adding the VariCam LT, FS5 and Flare 4K-SDI to the existing RAW bundle at no extra cost to the client is a great deal. So to celebrate we also decided to offer an NAB show special: for the rest of April, the Odyssey RAW Bundle is only $795.”

The PXW-FS5 will add RAW data output in an upcoming update from Sony. RAW data formats will include DCI 4K (4096x2160) up to 60p, DCI 2K (2048x1080) up to 240p, and DCI 4K bursts up to 120p. These frame rate and resolution combinations will all be supported by the Odyssey RAW Bundle, allowing recording in CinemaDNG or Apple ProRes (HQ/422/LT). Cropped recording of the DCI 4K and DCI 2K signals to UHD and HD will be available in Apple ProRes. And Convergent Design’s proprietary SuperSampling of the DCI 4K signal to either 2K or HD in Apple ProRes will yield a higher quality image than is available directly from the camera. Note that when not utilizing RAW the FS5 is limited to UHD in 8-bit up to 30p and HD in 10-bit up to 60p. The Odyssey LUT System supports both Sony S-Log2 and S-Log3 output from the camera, including several Exposure Compensation LUTs.

The Panasonic VariCam LT will also add RAW data output soon.
DCI 4K RAW data up to 60p will be the only way to output 4K from the camera. The Odyssey RAW Bundle will allow full recording of all frame rates and resolutions available from the VariCam LT. The Odyssey LUT System includes LUTs for the V-Log signal available from the camera.

Support for the IO Industries Flare 4K-SDI camera will come in the next firmware update.
The Odyssey RAW Bundle will provide CinemaDNG recording of 4K RAW up to 60p. RAW recording on the Flare 4K-SDI expands its dynamic range by two full stops.

In addition to the VariCam LT, FS5 and Flare 4K-SDI cameras, the Odyssey RAW Bundle offers support for the ARRI Alexa, Canon C500 and C300mkII, Indiecam GS2K, the IO Industries Flare 2K-SDI, and the Sony FS700 and FS7 cameras. Without the Odyssey RAW Bundle, the Odyssey7Q+ can record Apple ProRes HQ/422/LT in 4K/UHD/2K/HD from video sources, as well as 2K/HD DPX 12-bit 4:4:4 and Apple ProRes 4444(XQ)/4444. With the addition of the Apollo Option, simultaneous recording of up to four HD or two 4K video signals is possible. No other portable monitor/recorder offers the variety of recording capabilities as the Odyssey7Q+.

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

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.