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Apollo/Odyssey Firmware v2016.06 - The Biggest Update Yet!

Apollo/Odyssey Firmware v2016.06 - The Biggest Update Yet!

Convergent Design will be releasing Firmware 2016.06, the largest, most comprehensive ever offered by Convergent Design, on Tuesday, 7-June-2016.

Twenty-three new features cover functions for Apollo, Odyssey7Q+, Odyssey7Q, and Odyssey7. Twenty-Two fixes and improvements to current functions also cover the same models. And there are new versions of two free software apps. Detailed release notes are included below. All of these updates are free to the owners of the Apollo and Odyssey products. Convergent Design continues to expand upon a product line first delivered to clients 2.5 years ago, including gifting features that were previously charged upgrades.

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Of the many new features, fixes and improvements, while some were announced at NAB 2016, most are debuting with this announcement. Because this firmware is so expansive, Convergent Design has produced several videos to help illustrate and explain the new functionality. There is an overview of the new functions as well as four short instructional videos detailing specific functions. Additionally, because the functionality of Apollo was dramatically expanded, a new extensive Apollo Tutorial video is also available. These assets are available for linking or embedding.

icon movie[VIDEO] Overview of Apollo/Odyssey Firmware Update v2016.06
Learn about the new features and functionality in this huge update for Odyssey and Apollo.

icon movie[VIDEO] Apollo Tutorial - Firmware v2016.06
Learn about the new features and functionality in this huge update for Odyssey and Apollo.


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email icon double masterApollo Double Master Recording

Double Master Recording Capture files to two SSDs simultaneously for instant backup. Hand one off to production and hold the other for safe keeping.

icon movie[VIDEO] Apollo Double Master Recording
Learn about how Apollo's new Double Master recording function that records your master onto two SSDs simultaneously.


email icon av alignApollo A/V Align

Intermix cameras with different signal latency and keep both audio and video in sync. Mix cameras from different manufacturers and with different signal processing and compensate for their delays in outputting signals.

icon movie[VIDEO] Apollo A/V Align
Learn about how Apollo's new A/V Align feature will save you time & money in production and post. 


email icon 3 2 pulldown3:2 Pulldown Removal

Intermix HD 3:2 Pulldown video cameras with 24p cameras. Mix cameras that output 24p as 1080i60 with embedded 3:2 pulldown and cameras that output 1080p24, all on the fly with matching timecode.

icon movie[VIDEO] Apollo 3:2 Pulldown Removal
Learn about how Apollo's new 3:2 Pulldown Removal feature that allows you to mix 1080i60 and 1080p24 footage. 


email icon dissolveLive Switching Dissolves

Three speeds of dissolves available in live switching. A shortcut button allows alternating between cuts and dissolves for a more professional live edit.

icon movie[VIDEO] Apollo: Live Switching, Cuts and Dissolves
Preview channel has yellow box,live channel has a red box. Choose slow, medium or fast fades to record dissolves into program feed.


email 8 channelEight-Channel Audio

Eight tracks of audio for each SDI video input. Apollo Dual-4K offers up to 16 total audio tracks and Apollo Quad-HD offers up to 32 audio tracks. (All Odyssey models and Apollo)

icon movie[VIDEO] Apollo: Audio
Setting master audio to be used over switched program channel, or choose audio to follow the video switch.


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Odyssey RAW Bundle Free Updates

email icon fs5Sony FS5 RAW

Sony PXW-FS5 RAW Recording Record in CinemaDNG or Apple ProRes. 4K60p, 4K120p Burst, 2K240p. Odyssey provides the most complete support of Sony FS cameras in the industry. (Odyssey7Q/Odyssey7Q+ w/ Odyssey RAW Bundle)


email icon ioiIO Flare 4K RAW

IO Flare 4K RAW Recording Record in CinemaDNG. 4K60p. The only portable RAW recorder for the IO Industries cameras. (Odyssey7Q/Odyssey7Q+w/ Odyssey RAW Bundle)


email 8 channelEight-Channel Audio

Eight-Channel Audio Eight tracks of audio for each SDI video input. Apollo Dual-4K offers up to 16 total audio tracks and Apollo Quad-HD offers up to 32 audio tracks. (All Odyssey models and Apollo)


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New Software

CD Apple ProRes Transfer Tool v2.4 (New Version)

For Apollo multitrack files, select which tracks to transfer. Offload a Live-Switch or Quad-Split quickly to give to a client and then later offload all of the files.

icon movie[VIDEO] CD ProRes Transfer Tool v2.4
Learn about the new functionality offered by the newest version of the CD Apple ProRes Transfer Tool.


Detailed Firmware Release Notes
Odyssey/Apollo Firmware v2016.06

NEW FEATURES: APOLLO & APOLLO OPTION (ODYSSEY7Q+/7Q)

Dual-4K/Quad-HD: Multi-Stream Audio Meters

  • Dual-4K: Audio meters are displayed for the first four channels of each input
  • Quad-HD: Audio meters are displayed for the first two channels of each input
  • Expanded controls & descriptions in Audio menu

Dual-4K: PiP Left/Right Selection

  • Dual-4K Picture-in-Picture display can be lower-left or lower-right
  • Select in DUAL menu

Dual-4K: 4K60p Apple ProRes Support (Apollo)

  • Record single channel of 4K60p in Apollo
    NOTE: Function already available in Odyssey7Q+/7Q Apollo Mode

Quad-HD: Double Master Recording

  • Simultaneously record identical files to both SSDs
  • 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30
  • 1080i 50, 59.94; 720p 50, 59.94, 60

Quad-HD: A/V Align

  • Individually adjust frame delay to audio and/or video of each input
  • Add up to four frames delay per video track
  • Add up to seven frames delay per audio track
    Note: Not available when using 3:2 Pulldown Removal

Quad-HD: 3:2 Pulldown Removal Support

  • 24p signals embedded within 1080i60 streams recorded as 1080p24
  • Intermix 3:2 Pulldown signals (24p within 60i) with 24p/24psf signals
    Note: Not available when using A/V Align

Quad-HD: Markers During Record

  • Set Markers while in Record
  • During Record, MARKER button replaces Safe-Eject button

Quad-HD: Improved Focus Assist Access

  • Option to switch HIDE button to FOCUS (Focus Assist) for easier access

Quad-HD Live-Switch: Dissolves

  • Added dissolves (slow/medium/fast) in Live-Switch recording & output
  • CUT/FADE shortcut button replaces * button during recording
  • Dissolve speeds: Slow = 16 frames, Medium = 8 frames, Fast = 4 frames
  • Select dissolve speed in QUAD menu

Quad HD Live-Switch: Audio-Follows-Video

  • Live-Switch option to also switch audio source along with video source
  • Affects audio source to Live-Switch recording and output
  • Select in Audio menu
  • Audio fade-out/fade-in transition is 21 milliseconds to smooth audio cuts

Quad-HD Live-Switch: OLED Monitor-Only Switching

  • Switch OLED view without affecting Live-Switch recording or output
  • Select OLED view using Lower Toolbar QUAD/A/B/C/D buttons
    NOTE: Monitor-Only Switching affects SDI A & SDI B outputs unless they are set to Preview (SDI A Out) & Program (SDI B Out)

Quad-HD Live-Switch: Single-Tap/Double-Tap Switching

  • Switch inputs with a single tap or use double-tap Preview/Program mode
  • Select between single-tap/double-tap in QUAD menu

Quad-HD Live-Switch: Expanded SDI Monitor Output Options

  • SDI A Out selectable between Quad-Split view or Preview
  • SDI B Out selectable between Quad-Split view or Program

SDI A Out options in Output menu:

  • LUT OFF (Quad-Split view with no LUT applied)
  • LUT ON (Quad-Split view with LUT applied)
  • MIRROR OLED (Quad-Split view with Preview/Program and other overlays)
  • LIVE-SWITCH PREVIEW (Preview input selection)

SDI B Out options in Output menu:

  • LUT OFF (Quad-Split view with no LUT applied)
  • LUT ON (Quad-Split view with LUT applied)
  • MIRROR OLED (Quad-Split view with Preview/Program and other overlays)
  • LIVE-SWITCH PROGRAM (Program input selection)

NOTE:

  • When either output is set to Mirror OLED, LUT application mirrors OLED
  • When SDI A Out is set to Live-Switch Preview, LUT is not applied
  • When SDI B Out is set to Live-Switch Program, LUT application mirrors OLED

Quad-HD Quad-Split: Timecode Burn-In

  • Timecode window is baked into the Quad-Split recorded image

NEW FEATURES: ODYSSEY RAW BUNDLE (ODYSSEY7Q+/7Q)

Odyssey RAW Bundle Grant

  • Owners of individual RAW options granted full Odyssey RAW Bundle
  • Log in at account on CD website for Activation code
  • Odyssey7Q+/7Q Rental options are now Odyssey RAW Bundle and Apollo

Dual-HD Recording

  • Record two HD video signals simultaneously in Apple ProRes (HQ/422/LT)
  • Two SSDs required (one recording per SSD)
  • Matching timecode (input A, input B, Odyssey-generated or LTC)
  • Resolutions & frame rates must match
  • No Genlock required
  • 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30
  • 1080i 50, 60
  • 720p 50, 60

Sony FS5 RAW Support

  • Record RAW in CinemaDNG from the Sony PXW-FS5
  • Record RAW -> Apple ProRes from the Sony PXW-FS5
    Note: Set FS5 to Picture Profile S-Log2, Color Mode S-Gamut/3200 or S-Gamut/5500
  • 4K FS RAW -> 4K CinemaDNG 23.98, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94
  • 2K FS RAW -> 2K CinemaDNG 23.98, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94, 100, 120, 200, 240
  • 4K FS RAW Burst -> 4K CinemaDNG 100, 120
  • 4K FS RAW -> 4K Apple ProRes 23.98, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94
  • 4K FS RAW -> UHD Apple ProRes 23.98, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94
  • 4K FS RAW -> 2K Apple ProRes 23.98, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94
  • 4K FS RAW -> HD Apple ProRes 23.98, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94
  • 2K FS RAW HS -> 2K Apple ProRes 100, 120, 200, 240
  • 2K FS RAW HS -> HD Apple ProRes 100, 120, 200, 240
  • 4K FS RAW Burst -> 4K/UHD Apple ProRes 100, 120
  • 4K FS RAW Burst -> 2K/HD Apple ProRes 100, 120

IO 4K RAW support

  • Record RAW in CinemaDNG from the IO Industries Flare 4K
  • 4K RAW -> 4K CinemaDNG 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 47.95, 48, 50, 59.94, 60

NEW FEATURES: ALL MODELS (APOLLO, ODYSSEY7Q+/7Q/7)

8-Channel Audio Support

  • Record 8-channel SDI embedded audio in Apple ProRes (HQ/422/LT)
  • Up to 32 channels in Apollo Quad-HD (8 channels per video input)
  • Up to 16 channels in Apollo Dual-4K (8 channels per video input)
  • Up to 8 channels in Odyssey 4K/UHD/2K/HD
  • SDI embedded only, HDMI & Analog In limited to 2-Channel audio
  • Audio meters display first two channels per input (first four channels per input in Apollo Dual-4K)
  • Audio Out & HDMI/SDI embedded out use first two channels of video inpu
    Note: 8-channel audio not available in RAW, RAW->Apple ProRes, DPX, or Apple ProRes 4444 modes

Focus Assist Noise Reduction

  • Improves legibility of Focus Assist
  • Does not affect recorded signal
  • NOTE: Enhance mode removed

Embedded SDI Record Trigger Pass Through

  • Passes through SDI record trigger signal from various cameras to SDI outputs
  • Regardless of trigger source, output trigger is ARRI/Canon/Sony standard

In/Out Marker Range Limiting

  • Use In/Out Markers to limit range of playback in unit
  • Starting play from an In marker will automatically stop at Out Marker
  • Select LOOP in Playlist to repeatedly play only the selected In/Out range

NEW FEATURES: ODYSSEY7

Overlays Output On/Off

  • Switch on/off OLED overlays to HDMI & SDI outputs
  • Select in Output menu

FIXES & IMPROVEMENTS

Apollo

  • FIXED Rare file corruption issue
  • FIXED 1080p60 signal detection issue
  • FIXED Occasional audio delay on SDI & HDMI outputs
  • IMPROVED SDI B output carries embedded audio
  • IMPROVED Source Naming added to XML file

Odyssey RAW Bundle

  • FIXED Rare Canon RAW -> Apple ProRes frame issue
  • IMPROVED Sony FS RAW -> Apple ProRes 240p drive spanning enabled
  • IMPROVED Sony FS7 4K FS RAW -> 4K/UHD Apple ProRes debayer color fringing issue (yellow artifact at sharp edges)
  • IMPROVED Playback Scrubbing artifacts of RAW recordings

Odyssey7Q+/7Q

  • FIXED DPX support for Sony F35
  • IMPROVED DPX now supports 1080p60 over HDMI
  • IMPROVED Playback of 4K Apple ProRes
  • IMPROVED Playback scrubbing artifacts in 4K Apple ProRes
  • IMPROVED Reduced display latency in single input HD Apple ProRes

All Devices

  • FIXED Guides interaction with Hide function
  • FIXED HDMI signal detection from computer sources
  • FIXED Timecode issue with HDMI source in Time-of-Day mode
  • IMPROVED Device boot-up time
  • IMPROVED SDI/HDMI Record Trigger from Panasonic DVX200
  • IMPROVED SDI/HDMI Record Trigger from Sony FS5/F5/F55
  • IMPROVED Playback without an input connected
  • IMPROVED Increased power draw efficiency

SOFTWARE

CD Apple ProRes Transfer Tool v2.4

  • For Apollo multitrack recordings, added option to select tracks for offload
  • Fixed Windows issues
  • Windows and Mac versions available

CD LUT Utility 1.3

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Windows and Mac versions available

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