1. When will prices for the recording options, both rentals and purchases, be released?
2. When can I have one?
The initial shipments for the Odyssey7Q will be in July, 2013.
The initial shipments for the Odyssey7 will be shortly thereafter (July or August 2013).
Certain limited recording options will be available in July/August 2013.
These include the ability to record HD and 2K in full uncompressed (an extra cost option), and from the Canon C500 in 4K, 4K Half Raw, Quad HD.
Our Compressed Codecs Option, initially supporting Avid DNxHD is expected to be released in August, 2013. Another popular compressed codec will be added, for free, if and when we obtain certification. This additional codec is not expected to be available before December, 2013 and this is not a firm date.
We expect to have the FS700 recording features available in the July/August 2013 timeframe.
3. Will we be able to record 4K from the Sony FS700?
Yes, this will require the Odyssey7Q.
What about the F5 or F55?
The Odyssey7Q will be able to record 4K, uncompressed, from the F55, but not the F5. This comes over the four HD-SDI Single Link 1.5G interfaces.
4. Will the Odyssey7Q be able to record 2K at high frame rates from the Sony FS700?
Yes, this will require the Odyssey7Q.
Sony’s Press Release, Sunday, April 7, 2013, announces our support.
5. Why does the Odyssey7Q cost $1,000 more.
The Odyssey7 contains a powerful computer-like device called a FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array). The FPGA is somewhat like a computer, but substantially different, and for our needs, substantially faster when processing video.
The Odyssey7Q uses an even higher performance FPGA which adds significantly to the cost of the unit. The FPGA is not only faster, it allows for more firmware (logic or code) to be in the device at one time. Thus, we can add additional features and functions in the Odyssey7Q, but the unit costs more.
We recommend the Odyssey7Q for industry professionals for 4K, 2K, a very high frame rates.
And we recommend Odyssey7Q for its ability to record Raw and a Proxy file, at the same time.
The Proxy file with have the exact same starting and ending points, the exact same timecode, and the exact same filename. We will be able to record this proxy file in Avid DNxHD-36, which has become an industry standard for off-line proxy files. We may add an additional compressed codec in the future.
6. Why can’t I buy an Odyssey7 or 7Q already equipped with recording options?
You actually can. Your dealer can prepare the unit for you if you wish.
Of course, the option must be shipping from us at that time.
7. Can the Odyssey7 / 7Q span from one SSD to another automatically?
Yes, when one SSD is full it will automatically switch over to the second SSD.
Certain modes do require two SSD’s for recording, but since our very high performance 2.5” Server Grade SSD’s can write at over 500 Megabytes per second, per SSD, there are few modes that require two SSD’s. Recording 4K at 60 fps is one of these modes.
A Dual Recording option is also available for certain recording modes.
Creating two simultaneous Masters provides a great deal of safety.
8. What are the sizes of the SSD’s and their cost?
240 GB, 480 GB, and 512 GB. All of these are very high performance SSD’s.
Prices will be announced in May.
Memory prices are volatile, thus causing SSD prices to be volatile.
Please do not use the price of our high performance 1.8” SSD’s that we use in the Gemini 4:4:4 as a guide for the prices of these 2.5” SSD’s.
Also, it would be wrong to compare prices of our “very high performance SSD’s” (500 MBps write speeds) with common 2.5” SSD’s. This is not a comparison of equals.
Just try to find a SATA III (6.0 Gbps) SSD, with 500 Megabytes per second write speed, in the normal retail market. Ours our Server Grade (Enterprise Grade) SSD’s.
9. Why don’t you offer a 120 GB SSD?
The 120 GB SSD’s that are available now, are not “very high performance SSD’s” and we worry that if we offer them, then someone would attempt to record in a mode that required the faster SSD’s and then they would not have the necessary “very high performance SSD’s” on-set.
10. Why can’t I have the prices for the rental and purchase options now?
1. NAB is a trade show where a manufacturer can be blindsided by another company’s announcement.
2. We need to gauge the demand for the Odyssey7 and Odyssey7Q. We expect both to be well received, but each recording option has to be priced based on the number of options that we expect to sell or rent. A larger demand would allow us to have lower prices.
Certain cameras will be more popular than others. For example, there is a limited number of ALEXA’s in the world, and far more Canon 5D Mark II’s, just as an example.
We expect that many FS700 users that want to record 2K at high frame rates or 4K will want an Odyssey7Q. But, we have to gauge this market to price the option properly. And we have to obtain final approval from Sony.
11. Will the Odyssey7 be a great monitor for DSLR’s?
Absolutely! Having a 7.7” OLED monitor (the best technology currently available, bar none) is great. Being able to position the monitor so it is visible, no matter where the DSLR is located, is a very important improvement.
Just being able to see more detail in the image will have immediate benefits. A 7.7” OLED monitor is a great addition to any HDMI equipped DSLR.
For the few DSLR’s that can output a clean HDMI output, the Compressed Codecs Option, turning the Monitor into a record is a great idea for professionals. One example is the Canon 5D Mark III with the latest firmware update and there are others. Another example is the Nikon D800.
12. Will you offer a Sun Shade for the Odyssey7 and Odyssey7Q?
Yes, and a battery plate, a 14.4 Volt Battery, and a battery charger.
13. What about the Gemini 4:4:4?
The Gemini 4:4:4 is a great recorder (in our humble opinion) and it is available now.
For example, it is the most widely use recorder for recording ARRIRAW. It supports 16:9 up to 60 fps, and 4:3 up to 48 fps, which are the ALEXA’s maximum frame rates.
It does a great job, and has been used to shoot many movies.
(We can discuss some of the movies that used the Gemini 4:4:4.)
For the C500 it also works fine, but for some high frame rates, it requires two Gemini 4:4:4’s.
For recording uncompressed and 2K, it works perfectly.
It should be noted that that Gemini 4:4:4 is available today, and the Odyssey7 and Odyssey7Q ARRIRAW Recording Option is not scheduled to be released until Q4, 2013. Thus, if you need to shoot now, the Gemini 4:4:4 is the way to go.
The Gemini 4:4:4 with ARRIRAW has outsold all other ARRIRAW recorders in the world combined.
14. What happened to Gemini RAW?
The SSD industry did not deliver, as promised the faster SSD’s that we needed.
Thus, there was a delay. So we decided to add the wonderful 7.7” OLED Monitor.
The Gemini RAW morphed into the Odyssey7 and Odyssey7Q.
15. Does the Odyssey7 replace the nanoFlash?
No. The nanoFlash is an extremely versatile device, and it is very compact.
But, many wanted us to add 10-Bit recording. So the Odyssey7 and 7Q can record in both 10-bit and 12-Bit formats (in HD). And many wanted a monitor, so we added the 7.7” OLED monitor.
Some wanted us to add a monitor but not make it any larger than the nanoFlash.
We may be able to satisfy these customers in the future.
But, the Odyssey7 and 7Q do not have the wonderful Sony XDCam 4:2:2 codec which the nanoFlash does.
We expect that many nanoFlash owners will want to get an Odyssey7 or 7Q. But, it may make a great deal of sense for them to keep their nanoFlash.
And a nanoFlash can feed an Odyssey7 or 7Q which can be used as a monitor only when recording from the nanoFlash. This is a very versatile combination for many.