Sony Announces Firmware Updates for Fs5, RAW Coming Soon

The Sony Fs5 has received a new free firmware 2.0 update. One of the key features is an auto Neutral Density filter function changes the strength of the electronically controlled variable N.D. filter. This is an excellent use of Sony’s amazing new electronic N.D. By adjusting the N.D. the user is allowed to adjust exposure without affecting aperture, shutter speed, or gain values. This translates to all elements of the image such as depth of field, motion blur, and noise, being unchanged while simultaneously adjusting exposure values of the image. Other additions include expanded zebra functions as well as GPS capability.

Ever since the camera was announced Sony has alluded to the coming capability of RAW recording. For those who wish to record RAW with the FS5 you must acquire the newly announced RAW upgrade option for 600 dollars, model number CBKZ-FS5RIF. This then allows, though the 3G-SDI connector, continuous output of DCI 4K 60p and up to 240p RAW in 1080p. If you have right recorder you can then record 12-bit RAW video or you can also choose to convert this to Apple ProRes for recording. This workflow has proved popular with FS7 users who pair the camera with the Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q+. Unlike the FS7 however, the FS5 has an extra trick. It can also record DCI 4K at up to 120 fps for up to 4 second bursts. It does this by using the internal cache recording function of the camera. The images are buffered in camera and then played out of the 3G-SDI port at a regular frame rate for recording, once image capture has finished. This system will be familiar to anyone who has the FS-Raw option on the FS700 which features the same ability. Both the free and the paid firmware updates will be available in June.

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All About the Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q+

Convergent Design has begun shipping the new flagship model of the Odyssey Family of Products, the Odyssey7Q+. The Odyssey7Q+ expands on the capabilities of its predecessor the Odyssey7Q, while maintaining all of the functionality, performance and ease of use. The addition of HDMI 1.4b input means that the Odyssey7Q+ can capture 4K and Ultra-HD video over HDMI.

With the addition of 4K/UHD recording over HDMI, the Odyssey7Q+ continues to be the most advanced, most capable, most versatile monitor/recorder in the world. The Odyssey7Q+ can record HD/2K/UHD/4K. It can record them via SDI and HDMI. It can record RAW (with Record Options), uncompressed DPX, and Apple ProRes 422 (HQ). The Odyssey7Q+ weighs a little over one pound, is just one inch thick and can run on any power source from 6.5-34 volts.

The Odyssey7Q+ offers uncompressed HD/2K recording in DPX stacks as well as HD/2K/UHD/4K video recording in Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), all included in the unit. In addition, Record Options for the Odyssey7Q+ are available for purchase. Options include ARRIRAW (ALEXA), Canon Cinema RAW (C500), FS RAW (Sony FS7 & FS700) and POV RAW (IO Industries and Indiecam cameras). In addition to capturing RAW data from these cameras, on certain cameras the Odyssey7Q+ also supports converting the RAW data into video and recording it as UHD or HD Apple ProRes 422 (HQ).

The Sony FS RAW recording option will deBayer the RAW data and convert it to a 1920×1080 video signal for viewing on the Odyssey7Q’s OLED panel as well as output over the Odyssey7Q’s SDI and HDMI ports. The Odyssey7Q will also playback recorded Sony FS RAW files, and allow switching between Sony S-log, REC709 and REC709 (800%) images.

The Sony FS cameras can output Sony RAW in 4096×2160 (4K) or 2048×1080 (2K). Frame rates in 4K are up to 60p and in 2K up to 240p. On the FS700 there is also burst mode to allow brief 4K shooting at up to 120p. Sony RAW is recorded by the Odyssey7Q in 12-bit .DNG files and is readable in any post program capable of reading Cinema DNG files.

The Sony FS RAW record option also features a unique “4K2HD” mode. A 4K RAW data signal is deBayered and converted to 4K video, then super-sampled to a high quality HD video signal, which is then recorded as Apple ProRes 422(HQ) in HD up to 60p.

The FS cameras will be compatible with 4K RAW to 4K Apple ProRes. A 4K RAW data signal is deBayered then the high quality RAW signal is compressed to Apple ProRes 422(HQ) in Ultra HD 3840×2160 up to 30p.

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The Ultimate C500 Kit: The Best Discount

This is truly the craziest deal I’ve ever offered on a Cinema EOS product. Right now when you buy a C500, 4K recorder, and zoom lens I’ll give you $10,000 off the package price. It’s that easy. Here’s how it works

Canon EOS C500 Camera $19,999

Canon 30-105mm Lens T2.8 $23,275

Odyssey 7Q Recorder $1,795

Total = $45,069

LESS $10,000 Instant Discount

Grand Total = $35,069 OR $1,008 a month over 36 months

So, for about $1,000 a month you’ll have the ultimate 4K C500 set up with a super versatile cinema zoom lens, a killer 7” OLED monitor, and a top rated field recorder. Call me to arrange your C500 demonstration. Contact me for more details at 503-598-9142 or Post by Eric C. Petrie


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Odyssey 7Q Price Slash

The Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q is the industries leading portable field recorder solution. We highly recommend it paired with the Canon C500, Sony FS700, and Sony FS7. We’re so darn excited about getting the Odyssey 7Q in the hands of as many customers as possible we’re slashing the price. Normally the Odyssey 7Q is a great price at $2,299. Right now we’re offering it for $1,799. Put the power of ProRes 1080p, ProRes 4K, RAW 4K, 240fps capture in your hands. Oh, by the way, have i mentioned that its one of the best field monitors on the market? We have it on the shelf ready for your to evaluate it. We’re also running a promotion where you can get a Sony FS700 for $5,999, you get a free EF-mount Canon lens adapter and Odyssey for $1,799. Your total would be $7,798, plus the FREE Canon EF lens adapter.


Odyssey 7Q Gains ProRes 422 at 4K Resolution

Earlier this year Convergent Design added the hotly requested ability to record 1080p in ProRes to their extremely popular Odyssey 7Q recorder. Previously it did RAW in 4K, 2K, or 1080p. But for people wanting 4K resolution full RAW was still the only option, resulting in massive file sizes. Now C.D. has officially announced they will be adding 4K ProRes capture to the Odyssey 7Q. This will provide a huge boost in flexibility to the Odyssey workflow. You’ll have the ability to have ready-to-edit 4K clips come strait off of the recorder and into your NLE.

The Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q has quickly become the go-to industry standard for portable high quality field recorder. We love to pair it with the Canon EOS C500 or the Sony FS700. Soon it will make a great companion for the forthcoming Sony FS7. Because its so light weight and double functions as a high quality LCD monitor it is very unobtrusive on the cameras footprint.

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Sony FS700+CD Odyssey 7Q: RAW 12-Bit 2K 240fps

The Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q has started to ship. It’s still in the early days of this unit being on the market but it’s safe to say there is a lot of potential with this device. One of the most exciting aspects is the full realization of the potential of the Sony FS700 camera. You might be in a position where 4K acquisition doesn’t hold much appeal right now. Thats’ alright, we understand that. What about something that has a lot of practical use today: 12-bit RAW 2K up to 240fps. Thats right, by utilizing the Odyssey 7Q you’ve now made the FS700 an ultra high quality, high speed, beyond HD capture device. Professional Video is the only full-line Sony CineAlta dealer in the Northwest. Right now we have both the FS700 and Odyssey 7Q on our demo floor. Plus you can see Sony and Convergent Design in person and speak to factory reps at the Cascade Mt. Video Show on February 26th. Register Now. Post by Eric C. Petrie

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Take The FS700 and C500 to the world of 4K and RAW Recording

The Sony FS700 and the Canon C500 have something in common. They have both been on the market for a little while waiting to live up to their potential promise. Both cameras promise 4K and RAW acquisition. Yet both have remained a little bit of a mystery. Most customers have looked at these cameras and said, “4K isn’t for me right now.” The reasons’s given are usually cost, complexity of equipment, and the intense workflow process required to undertake such things. Those challenges are about to fade away.

Enter the Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q. This is a world class on camera monitor, complete with all the image analysis tools you would want, and it allows 4K and RAW recording from both cameras nearly as easily as plugging in a screen. Here’s how:

When combined with a C500 you have two recording options, 10-bit 1080p60 dpx files or Canon Cinema RAW 4K in Canon rmf files that can be processed with Canon RAW Utility. When combined with the Sony FS700 you can record 2K 12-bit RAW up to bursts of 240fps, or 4K 10-bit compressed up to 60fps, or 1080p60 in ether 10-bit 4:2:2 or 12-bit 4:4:4.

We have an Odyssey 7Q in-stock on the demo floor. Call us today. Check it out. Professional Video and tape is truly showing you the future first. Post by Eric C. Petrie

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Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q Available to Demo, Shipping

The hotly anticipated Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q is now shipping and Professional Video has one on the shelf ready for you to demo. What is it and why is it so hot?

The Odyssey 7Q is, first, a very high quality 7″ LCD monitor. It features hystogram, waveform, vectorscope, RGB parade, peaking, black & white, false color, zebra, and even more image analysis tools. It is a 1280×800 OLED LCD panel. The whole system is touch screen driven using intuitive mobile-device-like navigation. It actually can process 4 simultaneous video signals, meaning you can have your cameras image on the screen 4 times, each using a different image assistance tool.

The real trick to the 7Q is that it is a 4K recorder. It records to SSD units slotted into the monitor. The Odyssey 7Q has a huge list of compatible cameras. It can record 2K Arri RAW, 4K Canon RAW, Sony FS700 4k, Sony FS700 2K RAW, and you can multi-stream 4x 1080p HD-SDI input signals and record 4 sources simultaneously.

This truly is a revolutinary device. Starting at just $2,295 it’s the best bang for the buck versatile recorder on the market. Wanna try one out with your Sony FS700 or your next Arri rental? Give us a call, we’ve got the demo unit on the shelf. We already have a short per-order list. We’ll be delivering units with in the next 2-3 weeks. Take a closer look here. Post by Eric C. Petrie

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Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q Now Shipping

After a bit of a delay the highly anticipated Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q is now shipping. New orders placed with Professional Video today are expected to take 6-10 weeks for delivery. If you per-ordered a unit with us, we’ve already contacted you, you’ll be getting yours in about 2-3 weeks.

What is the Odyssey 7Q? It is an amazing combination of ultra-high quality field monitor and external hi-bit-rate recorder. It’s a 7.7″ 1280×800 LCD screen with every possible focus, exposure, and color assist feature imaginable. It has vectorscope, it has histogram, it has waveform, it supports different LUT systems, and more.

The really exciting feature is the ability to buy firmware upgrades that give you expanded capabilities including 4K RAW recording. It features compatibility with Canon, Sony, and Arri cameras.

Give us a call if you have any questions about the Odyssey 7Q. This exciting product might even be on our shelves to show off and demonstrate with in the next few weeks. If you own a Canon C500 or a Sony FS700 this is going to be a very exciting product.


Buy a Canon EOS C500 Get a Free 4K Recorder

The Canon EOS C500 is one of the best options for a 4K cinema camera on the market. It normally sells for $25,999. You have to buy a 4K recorder to go with it because it won’t record 4K internally. Two of the most popular options are the Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q and the AJA Ki-Pro Quad. Both recorders will run you close to $4,000 apiece. We’re running a promotion right now that lets you bundle an EOS C500 with a 4K recorder and get an instant $4,000 discount off of the package price. That means you’re getting the recorder for better-then-free. By the time you’re done the whole pack will be cheaper then the camera is normally by itself. Give us a call for more details at 503-598-9142.