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Dual-4K, Quad-1080p60, 4K60p and 6G-SDI Support for Convergent Design Apollo & Odyssey7Q+

(Colorado Springs, CO) January 25, 2016 Convergent Design today releases a firmware update for the Apollo and Odyssey monitor/recorders that adds features unavailable on any other device. These new functions are useful in numerous forms of production and add additional power and flexibility to Convergent Design's family of products. The Convergent Design Apollo, Odyssey7Q and Odyssey7Q+ will now support monitoring and recording Dual-4K, Quad-HD 1080p60 and 4K60p. 6G-SDI support (Apollo & Odyssey7Q+) has also been added to accommodate cameras from Blackmagic Design.

Apollo/Odyssey Firmware v2016.01 Introduction: YouTube. Additional features & functionality have also been added for Apollo and Odyssey. View firmware release notes in download package for more information here.

(Apollo & Odyssey7Q/7Q+ with Apollo Option) allows recording of two DCI 4K (4096x2160) or UHD (3840x2160) signals simultaneously. Frame rates of 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, and 30p are supported. Multi-camera shoots can be monitored and recorded in a single 1” thick device with many hours of recording in Apple ProRes (HQ/422/LT). Dual-4K recording can be useful in interviews, virtual reality and other productions. No other portable device can record Dual-4K.

Quad-HD 1080p60 (Apollo & Odyssey7Q/7Q+ with Apollo Option) allows the simultaneous monitoring and recording of four 1080p video inputs at frame rates of 50p, 59.94p and 60p. Higher frame rate recording is often a requirement of virtual reality production. Many small cameras only output 1080 progressive signals at higher frame rates. Only a few portable recorders capture 1080p up to 60fps, and no other device can record Quad-HD 1080p60.

4K60p (Apollo, Odyssey7Q+, Odyssey7Q) allows monitoring and recording of DCI 4K and UHD video signals at up to 60fps in Apple ProRes (HQ/422/LT). High frame rate 4K video signals are available from cameras such as the Sony F55, Panasonic VariCam35, and the IO Industries 4KSDI. 4K60p is a requirement of certain major distribution networks as well as valued in virtual reality and other production formats. No other portable device can record 4K60p video.

6G-SDI Support (Apollo & Odyssey7Q+) allows monitoring and recording of 6G-SDI video signals from Blackmagic Design cameras. 6G-SDI connectivity means that a single SDI cable can carry up to 4K30p video from cameras such as the Blackmagic Design URSA, URSA Mini and Micro Studio Camera 4K. The Blackmagic Design 4K HDMI to SDI converter is also supported, so in conjunction with Apollo’s Dual-4K, two 4K HDMI cameras such as the Sony A7S can be recorded in Apple ProRes (HQ/422/LT) on a single device. There are two 6G-SDI inputs so two Blackmagic Design devices can be supported simultaneously. No other portable recorder has dual support for 6G-SDI.

Pricing and Availability Both the Odyssey7Q+ and Apollo are shipping now.  Pricing for the Odyssey7Q+ is at the limited promotional price of $2749 AU$ (Inc GST) and Apollo RRP is $5499 AU$ (Inc GST). To locate your nearest Australian or New Zealand reseller please click here.

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.

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.