Convergent Design Updates The Odyssey7Q+ to Record ProRes 4444 XQ in Firmware 2015.11

Colorado based Convergent Design just upgraded their powerful 4K recorders Odyssey7Q and 7Q+ with some impressive new features and recording functionality including the highest quality ProRes 4444 and 4444 XQ.

Some of the headline new features in Firmware 2015.11 is the inclusion of the highest quality ProRes flavour, which is now is available in 2K and HD resolutions on both the Odyssey 7Q+ and the 7Q models. In addition, both recorder/monitors also benefit from the new HD Dual-Stream Monitoring function, which allows for monitoring of 2 independent HD signals while recording one of the streams in Apple ProRes.


Firmware 2015.11 is free of charge for Odyssey recorder family owners and can be downloaded from Convergent Design here. 

Firmware v2015.11 Highlights:

*HD Dual-Stream Monitoring (Odyssey7Q+ & Odyssey7Q) View two HD video signals while recording one in Apple ProRes

Note: Dual-Stream Recording (view & record two streams simultaneously) will be in the Odyssey RAW Bundle as a future firmware update. The Apollo Option (Quad-Stream Monitoring/Recording/Switching) will be available in December 2015.

*Apple ProRes 4444 and Apple ProRes 4444(XQ) Recording (Odyssey7Q+ & Odyssey7Q) Record 4:4:4 2K and HD video signals in 12-bit & 10-bit as Apple ProRes 4444 or 4444(XQ) Supports many cameras including Sony F3/F5/F23/F35/F55, Canon C300mkII/C500, Panasonic HPX3100 and more.

*Spot Meter (All models) New Advanced Monitoring Tool exposure meter

*FS7/FS700 2K HS RAW->2K Apple ProRes (Odyssey RAW Bundle) Capture up to 240fps in 2K

*Additional & improved Preset LUTs New and improved LUTs for Canon C-Log, C-Log2 and Panasonic V-Log

See more details on the rest of the improvements and new features in Firmware 2015.11 below:

HD Dual-Stream Monitoring
  • View two HD video signals while recording one in Apple ProRes (HQ/422/LT)
  • Record in 1080p, 1080i, or 720p up to 50/59.94 up to 1080p50
  • View two SDI signals or one SDI & one HDMI (SDI A+SDI B or HDMI+SDI B)
  • Select either input for recording (no switching during record)

Please Note: Both sources must match resolution, frame rate & cadence (ie, 1080, progressive, 30fps); Remove 3:2 pulldown is not supported at the this time (recorded as 60i) HDMI can only be paired with SDI B (overwrites SDI A); SDI A or HDMI must be present in order to see or record SDI B; Dual-Stream Recording Option will come in a future firmware update

Apple ProRes 4444 / 4444(XQ)

  • 2K 10/12-bit RGB up to 50p/59.94p
  • 1080 10/12-bit RGB up to 50p/59.94p
  • Currently available for video sources only (SDI Level B)
  • Supported cameras include Sony F3/F5/F23/F35/F55, Canon C300mkII/C500, plus numerous others

Timecode Window Overlay Option

  • Available for SDI and HDMI outputs

Expanded Remote Trigger Function

  • Remote Trigger now enabled in all Record & Playback Modes
  • Raw & Raw->Apple ProRes
  • HD/2K/UHD/4K Apple ProRes
  • HDMI 4K/UHD->2K/HD Apple ProRes

Expanded LTC Function

  • Linear Timecode now enabled in all Record Modes
  • Raw & Raw->Apple ProRes
  • HD/2K/UHD/4K Apple ProRes
  • HDMI 4K/UHD->2K/HD Apple ProRes

Multi-Stream Monitoring LUTs

  • LUT function enabled in Dual-Stream & Multi-Stream Monitoring modes

Sync Playback Option for Apple ProRes 50p/60p

  • Option to skip every-other frame in playback of 50p/60p Apple ProRes files for real-time playback speed with audio sync
  • Currently available in all 2K & HD Apple ProRes modes

FS700 2K Raw HS -> 2K Apple ProRes

  • Supports 100, 120, 200, & 240fps in 2K Apple ProRes (HQ/422/LT)

FS7 2K Raw HS -> 2K Apple ProRes

  • Supports 100, 120, 200, & 240fps in 2K Apple ProRes (HQ/422/LT)

Spot Meter

  • New Advanced Monitoring Tool for determining precise color and luminance

Additional Test Patterns

  • EBU 75% and 100% Color Bar Options

Improved Monitoring Tools Overlay Option

  • Frame Guides now available for video output
  • Graticule lines & marks included on metering tools video outputs
  • Available for SDI and HDMI outputs

C300 Mark II CLOG2 Preset LUTs Added


  • BT.709_CanonLog2-to-BT.709_WideDR_33_Ver1.0.cube
  • CanonLog 2/Rec.709 to Wide Dynamic Range Rec.709


  • CinemaGamut_CanonLog2-to-BT.709_WideDR_33_Ver1.0.cube
  • CanonLog 2/CinemaGamut to Wide Dynamic Range Rec.709

Canon C500 CLOG Preset LUTs Updated


  • BT.709_CanonLog-to-BT.709_WideDR_33_Ver1.0.cube
  • CanonLog 1/Rec.709 to Wide Dynamic Range Rec.709


  • CinemaGamut_CanonLog-to-BT.709_WideDR_33_Ver1.0.cube
  • CanonLog 1/CinemaGamut to Wide Dynamic Range Rec.709

Panasonic V-Log Preset LUT Updated

  • VariCam35/HS series, GH4 & DVX200
  • FIXED Rare access issue with RAW rental options
  • FIXED Issue with improperly-marked 2K HS RAW->HD Apple ProRes files
  • FIXED Rare interference issue with HDMI display
  • FIXED file name issue with ALEXA SUP 11.01
  • FIXED Apple ProRes playback skipping and judder
  • FIXED horizontal lines in Multi-Stream Monitoring mode
  • FIXED internal/LTC timecode with Indiecam and IO Industries RAW modes
  • FIXED LUT On/Off clean SDI/HDMI output in FS700 RAW mode
  • FIXED display image tearing in ARRIRAW 48/50/60p
  • FIXED timecode in FS700/FS7 2K HS->HD Apple ProRes
  • FIXED Vectorscope in 4K Apple ProRes and ARRIRAW modes
  • FIXED analog audio input mixing with playback audio
  • IMPROVED Touchscreen response
  • IMPROVED Vectorscope magnification increments
  • IMPROVED HDMI/SDI Source detection
  • IMPROVED 1080p24 detection with Canon C100
  • IMPROVED Reduced power consumption in Apple ProRes recording modes

CD Apple ProRes Transfer Tool v1.10

  • Support for Apple ProRes 4444(XQ) and 4444
  • Windows and Mac versions available

FS RAW Post Workflow LUT / Workflow Update

  • New LUTs for matching FS7/FS700 RAW recording to Apple ProRes recording
  • New documentation and video tutorials on Convergent Design website

New Canon CLOG and CLOG2 Additional Presets Available for Download