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  • 7.7" OLED Touchscreen Field Monitor
  • 1280 x 800 Resolution
  • HD-SDI/HDMI/Audio Input
  • HDMI/Audio Output
  • 2.5" SSD Storage
  • Kit Includes Micro HDMI to HDMI Cable, SDI Cable & Accessories
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Overview

A Production Studio in the Palm of Your Hand

Apollo Multicamera Recorder/Switcher

The Apollo provides unmatched power and flexibility for multi-camera productions.

Multi-camera production can be chaotic, confusing, and time consuming. The hassle of wrangling multiple media cards from the cameras, off loading files that are different lengths, with different names, and to different codecs. Then attempting to align these in post production with audio/video delay across cameras… Apollo alleviates these struggles.

Key Features:

  • Single File Format. One SSD.
  • Perfectly Synced Timecode
  • Quick Turnaround to Edit

Why Apollo for Multi-Camera Production?

  • Sync

    Matching file names, matching timecode, and Apollo’s AV Align feature saves you hours data wrangling and in post production editing.
  • One SSD

    Only one 2.5” Solid State Drive is required to record the four video signals and switched program streams into one file on the drive.
  • One Codec

    No need to transcode disparate codecs as recorded internally from different cameras; Apollo records to edit-ready Apple ProRes.
  • Switching

    Using the touch-screen you can easily monitor and live switch your production, giving you a 5th recorded channel of the program stream.
  • Double Master

    Spare the monotonous and time consuming process of duplicating copies of your data at the end of the shoot day, Create it simultaneously to your shoot in Apollo.
  • AV Align

    Add frame delay BEFORE you begin shooting and spare the trouble of compensating for any audio/video latency in post production.

The All-In-One Production Problem Solver

Apollo is a portable multichannel monitor/recorder/switcher that can simultaneously record up to four HD video signals, along with a fifth channel of either a live-switch, or a quad-split reference view. Separate ‘Preview’ and ‘Program’ outputs allow you to monitor on set while using Apollo’s touch screen for simple switching with cut or dissolves. Play back in perfect sync while toggling cameras. All of this functionality in a unit the size of a small tablet and capable of battery power for the ultimate portability.

Monitor

  • Four HD Streams
  • Switched or Quad View
  • Image Analysis Tools
  • Custom 3D-LUTs
  • SDI and HDMI I/O

Record

  • Apple ProRes Format
  • Four HD + Quad/Live
  • Single File
  • SSD Media
  • Embedded Audio

Switch

  • No Genlock Required
  • Touchscreen Interface
  • 2x SDI/1x HDMI Output
  • XML EDL for Post
  • Compact/Lightweight

Play

  • Switched or Quad View
  • Output to HDMI/SDI
  • Intuitive Controls
  • Playlist/Scrubbing
  • Clip Markers

Powerful Portable Performance

Save Time

...and money! Record all cameras to one single card in one Apple ProREs codec, not four disparate media with four separate file types. Matching timecode means no guessing in post production - your video is ready for immediate edit or publication.

Up Your Game

Invigorate your creativity with multi-camera content. It’s no longer cumbersome and expensive to produce multi-camera content. Monitor all cameras and direct with ease. When you are doing more with less, you’re simply more productive.

Travel Light

Ditch the rolling rack! With the Apollo you can now record and output a live switch in ONE small, portable unit. Set on a desktop, use hand-held, or on-camera. It truly is a production studio in the palm of your hands.

Work Smart

You can provide a duplicate copy of your iso and switched program materials immediately at the end of the shoot day, send your switched program output into live streams, and avoid hours of aligning audio and video by using Apollo.

Ideal for a Variety of Applications

Save time by consolidating multicamera recording and switching into one simple and powerful device. Live events, episodic television, corporate video, faith broadcasting and more.

Massive Power / Compact Size

We have evolved beyond the need for huge amounts of equipment for multi-camera production.

Apollo breaks new ground by combining the powerful capabilities required for challenging production environments into a compact and robust device that enables you to get the job done right. No other single device on the market can do what Apollo does. No other solution can offer you this kind measurable boost in productivity from day one. The industry called for a game-changer. Convergent Design answered with Apollo and the Odyssey Apollo Option.

*** APOLLO / ODYSSEY FIRMWARE v2016.06 ***

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. 

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.

Apollo Double Master Recording

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

Apollo 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.

3:2 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.

Live 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.

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)

Sony FS5 RAW

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+)

IO Flare 4K RAW

Record in CinemaDNG. 4K60p. The only portable RAW recorder for the IO Industries cameras. (Odyssey7Q/Odyssey7Q+)

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)

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.

DETAILED RELEASE NOTES

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 input
  • 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 Converter 1.3

  • To prevent formatting issues, in the Project and Notes fields these characters are no longer allowed: < > ' " &
  • Windows and Mac versions available

What's Included

Apollo OLED Monitor, Recorder, Switcher
Micro HDMI to HDMI Cable (36")
SSD Handle and Mounting Screw Pack for Odyssey7, 7Q, and 7Q+ (5-Pack)
256GB Premium SSD for Odyssey 7, 7Q, 7Q+
SDI Cable
USB 3.0 Adapter
AC Adapter
Limited 1-Year Warranty

Reviews

Product Specifications

Apollo

Material Cast-magnesium case 
Display 7.7" OLED (19.5 cm)
1280 x 800 resolution 
Capacitive touchscreen 
3400:1 contrast ratio
RGB 8-bit color depth 
176° viewing angle
Video I/O

2 x 3G/HD/SD-SDI inputs (BNC)
2 x 3G/HD/SD-SDI outputs (BNC) 
2 x 3G/HD/SD-SDI bi-directional (BNC), assignable as inputs or outputs via menu

1 x HDMI mini input, Version 1.4b, 8-bit (supports up to 1080p60 4:2:2)
1 x HDMI mini output, Version 1.4a, 8-bit (supports up to 1080p30 4:2:2)

Recording Formats

1080p 10-bit YCC 4:2:2 up to 30 fps, in Apple ProRes 422 HQ
1080i 10-bit YCC 4:2:2 up to 60i, in Apple ProRes 422 HQ
720p 10-bit YCC 4:2:2 up to 60 fps, in Apple ProRes 422 HQ

Digital Audio I/O 2-channel SDI or HDMI embedded audio (48 kHz, 24-bit) 
Analog Audio I/O 1 x 3.5 mm input (line level, 2-channel unbalanced or 1-channel balanced input up to -10 dB, 48 kHz, 24-bit)
1 x 3.5 mm headphone output
Built-in Speaker Mono 
Recording Media Support 2 x 2.5" SSD slots (Requires Convergent Design Premium 2.5" SSDs or approved third party SSDs)
Timecode LTC I/O (BNC) or embedded via SDI/HDMI 
Firmware Updates Via USB port to host computer 
DC Power Input 6.5 to 34 VDC with built-in reverse polarity protection; locking power connector; built-in power switch 
Power Draw Under 20w 
Operating Temperature -10 to 40°C (14 to 104°F)
Storage Temperature -20 to 70°C (-4 to 128°F) 
Dimensions 20.0 x 15.5 x 2.5 cm (7.9 x 6.1 x 1.0") 
Weight 560 g (1.2 lbs)

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