Atomos Ninja V: 4K 10-bit

The $700 Atomos Ninja V finally provides a nice, small 5″ screen recorder. Their larger recorders have long been a great value but sometimes you just need something with a smaller footprint. Key features include:

  • Very bright screen
  • Only one battery slot
  • Takes normal SSD drives
  • Has a data expansion port (new modules forthcoming: currently a TC sync module and a NDI/ethernet module)
  • 4K 60P (DCI or UHD)
  • Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHR files with 10-bit 4:2:2 chroma subsampling
  • 1920×1200

Atomos Flame Series

We have always liked Atomos and we felt they helped to bring competition to the market place and lower the prices on external recorders.  Their Flame series is the best yet from them on account of:

  • Very bright screens with a high dynamic range
  • 4K 30FPS and 1080P 120FPS
  • 10-Bit 4:2:2 color encoding
  • Apple ProRes
  • Better build quality
  • Better battery system
  • Uses common SSDs
  • Ninja Flame is HDMI only ($1300)
  • Shogun Flame is HDMI & SDI ($1700)

Blackmagic Video Assist 4K


This $900 video recorder is the cheapest 4K recorder of its kind, but this time being cheapest is not indicative of low quality.  This unit is competitive and the only real downfall we see, which is a big one, is the lack of 60P recording (we expect 60P 4K to become much more common going forward).

Main features include a 1920×1200 pixel 7-inch display, dual SD card slots, 2160P at 30FPS support, and mini-XLR audio inputs.

This unit allows 10-bit video recording to SD cards which is a nice touch.  Visit the Blackmagic website for more information.

Convergent Design Odyssey7Q Firmware Update


This is our favourite video recorder however less expensive models may be sufficient for many people’s needs.  A new, free firmware was recently released for the Odyssey7Q+, Odyssey7Q and Odyssey7 that features:

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

…and a lot more!

See their firmware announcement for more information.

Odyssey7Q+ Recorded now does 4K at 60p via Firmware Update


We are very happy to see that the Odyssey 7Q+ is getting a firmware upgrade that will allow it to capture 4K in 60p.  60p 4K will soon become the norm (we predict that most 2016 video cameras will have it) so having the option to record 60p will help to future proof your purchase.

Press Release:

Today, Convergent Design is proud to announce the release of High Speed Apple ProRes recording directly in Apple ProRes in 4K/UHD up to 60p and in HD up to an amazing 240p. No other device can record HD Apple ProRes at 240 frames per second – no camera, no standalone recorder, no computer capture card. The advanced processing power of the Odyssey7Q+ & Odyssey7Q and computing skills of the Convergent Design engineering team have set a new bar in video recording.

High Speed Apple ProRes will initially be offered for the Sony FS7 (with XDCA Extension Unit) and FS700. The Odyssey RAW Bundle is required to access the high frame rate data from these cameras. In free firmware updates, Convergent Design will add high frame rate support for more cameras with appropriate outputs.

Additionally, with the Odyssey RAW Bundle, the Odyssey7Q+ and Odyssey7Q will be able to record 4K & QHD RAW from the upcoming Canon C300 MKII camera. Convergent Design is the only monitor/recorder company supporting the file naming from the Canon Cinema EOS RAW cameras.




Canon XC10 Support

UHD Apple ProRes 23.98p, 25p, 29.97p UHD->HD SuperSample to Apple ProRes 23.98p, 25p, 29.97p (Camera trigger & HDMI timecode in HD Only)

NEW FEATURES (Odyssey7Q+, Odyssey7Q)

FS7/FS700 High Speed RAW -> Apple ProRes Support* [MORE INFO]

4K RAW -> 4K Apple ProRes, 50p & 60p added
4K RAW -> UHD Apple ProRes, 50p & 60p added
2K RAW HS -> HD Apple ProRes, 100p, 120p, 200p, 240p
(Only one SSD can be mounted for recording 2K HS Apple ProRes)
(Only Odyssey int. TC supported (Seed, Time-of-Day DF & NDF)

FS700 only:
4K RAW Burst -> 4K Apple ProRes, 100p & 120p
4K RAW Burst -> UHD Apple ProRes, 100p & 120p

(*Requires Odyssey RAW Bundle or Sony FS RAW Option)

Canon C300 MKII RAW Support
4K RAW recording up to 30p
QHD RAW recording up to 30p
4K RAW -> 4K Apple ProRes up to 30p
QHD RAW -> UHD Apple ProRes up to 30p

(*Requires Odyssey RAW Bundle or Canon RAW Option)

NEW FEATURES (Odyssey7Q+, Odyssey7Q, Odyssey7)


Analog or Digital
Trace Trace display in green or color (true CbCr)
Variable Zoom 1.0x – 15.0x (Finger Drag left-right)
Zoom Presets 1,2,5,10,15x (Finger Drag up-down)


FIXED Audio issues in 1080i59.94 playback
FIXED 4K to 2K/HD Downscale Line at the bottom of image.
IMPROVED Odyssey Menu Font

NOTE: Updating firmware on an Odyssey monitor/recorder requires the use of an SSD. If an Odyssey monitor/recorder is currently running firmware version 5.10.100 (March 2015) or 2015.5 (May 2015) then a qualified Samsung SSD (see list above) as well as an Odyssey SSD can be used to perform the update.  Samsung SSDs require the Convergent Design SSD Handle kit to mount in an Odyssey monitor/recorder. Odyssey monitor/recorders running earlier firmware versions must use an Odyssey SSD to perform the update.