Convergent Odyssey Apollo Quad HD Multi-channel Recorder/Switcher

Odyssey Apollo quad HD multichannel recorder/switcher


Unique 4 channel HD solid state recorder with switcher function.  


Media Standard

Convergent Odyssey SSD

This unit will record 4 x separate HD video inputs onto one memory card and if you perform a live switch, can also record the switched channel as well.   It even will perform a parallel safety recording onto a separate card simultaneously.  Separate ‘Preview’ and ‘Program’ outputs allow you to monitor on set while using Apollo’s touch screen for simple switching with cut or dissolves. Playback 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.

Main Functions

  • Records 4 x HD Streams
  • Switched or Quad View
  • Image Analysis Tools
  • Custom 3-D Luts
  • SDI and HDMI input/outputs
  • Apple Prores record format
  • Embedded Audio which can’t go out of sync
  • SSD Media record for security
  • Recorded Media is timecode locked and sound locked
  • Touchscreen interface
  • Very easy setup
  • 2 x SDI and 1 x HDMI outputs
  • XML EDL for post
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Switched or Quad View
  • Playlist/Scrubbing playback
  • Clip Markers


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

One SSD for multi-track record

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.  We calculate that 4 tracks of HD 1080 at 25P will allow you to record 2 hours (127 mins) onto 1 x 512GB drive supplied.

We supply the unit as standard with 2 x 512GB storage as standard, which will allow you to record parallel 2 hours of 4 x HD streams at 25p.

Multi HD channel record times chart

Full Security – parallel duplex record

The Apollo provides 2 x SSD slots and will allow to simultaneously record onto both drives in parallel, so that should one SSD become corrupted, you always have a spare recording for maximum security.

Vision Mixing/Switching

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

AV Align

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

Compatible Memory Cards

SSD Drive Storage

Compact Flash is a great choice for most compressed recorders, but it simply lacks the required performance for uncompressed video. Compact Flash tops out at about 90 Mbytes/sec, while uncompressed video ranges from 100 to over 300 Mbytes/sec; so clearly, it’s impossible to record uncompressed video onto a single CF card. Additionally, CF card capacity maxes out at 128GB, while SSDs are now available up to 512GB.

VMI offers the 256GB (1.8″) as a good universal storage size.

As standard, the 4K on board recorders are being supplied with 3 x 256GB storage

256GB SSD storage → 32 minutes @ 1080p24 4:2:2, 10-bit
Thus, you have sufficient storage of 90 minutes of 1080p with 3 x drives and more storage is available at an additional charge, however if you are shooting 4K, then the data files are really large.

However, you have the capability of shooting 2K DPX files off board in 12 bit sampling which offers far greater recording durations and extremely high quality.

A 4K Prores recording option is expected at some point soon and will offer a more efficient codec and longer recording times as well.

VMI Apollo Production Kit

Convergent Apollo 4 track HD Recorder with multrack record option, eSATA Transfer Station, HD-SDI cables, HDMI cable, Hotshoe with 1/4″x20, Ball Mount, Universal AC Power Supply, 4-Pin XLR Power Cable, D-Tap Power Cable, Stylus, Custom Fitted Hard Plastic Case

2 x 512GB SSD storage

Display 7.7″ OLED, 1280×800, RGB 8-bit panel, ~ 16 million colors, wide gamut, 3400:1 contrast, 176° viewing, true blacks
SDI Video I/O HD-SDI / 1.5G / 3G / 6G support: Single/Dual/Quad-Link inputs (HD/2K/Ultra-HD & DCI 4K supported), Dual HD-SDI 1.5G outputs, Full-size BNCs
HDMI Video Input HDMI I/O Version 1.4a support, 10-bit 422, up to 1080p60, up to 30fps in Ultra-HD (3840 x 2160) and up to 24fps in DCI 4K (4096 x 2160)
HDMI Video Output HDMI I/O Version 1.4a support, 8-bit 422, up to 1080p30
LUT Support LUTs for Log formats from ARRI, Blackmagic Design, Canon, Panasonic and Sony, plus up to 140 custom 3D-LUTs in .CUBE format
Focus Assist Adjustable peaking, edge detection, noise reduction, user choice of color: Red, Green, Blue, Black, White, or Yellow
Zebras Dual adjustable zebra exposure indicators, selectable colors
False Color False Color with 6 programmable levels & adjustable ranges
Monochrome Grayscale monitoring mode, view Luma or individual red, green or blue color channels
Waveform Luma only, RGB Parade, Red only, Blue only, Green only, Full Size and Compact Size Options
Histogram Luma only, RGB Parade, Red only, Blue only, Green only, Full Size and Compact Size Options
Spot Meter Luma and Red/Green/Blue values, single spot, dual spot & 8-spot modes
Vectorscope 75% & 100% saturation color targets, analog or digital trace, green or true CbCr trace color, 1-15x magnification
Pixel Zoom Image Magnification with frame drag, magnification factors of 1:1, 2:1, 4:1, 6:1, 8:1, 10:1, 12:1
Frame Adjust Anamorphic Desqueeze, 17:9 letterbox, Automatic Image Flip (defeatable) , Programmable Aspect Ratio Guides
Multi-Stream Display Display four independent 1080 or 720 HD streams simultaneously (Quad-Split) with “Blind-Switch” capability – 4 x SDI or 3 x SDI + 1 HDMI
Digital Audio I/O 8-channel SDI (4:2:2 video signals), 2-channel HDMI embedded audio (48KHz, 24-bit)
Analog Audio I/O 3.5mm port for line level 2-channel unbalanced or 1-channel balanced input up to -10dB, 48KHz, 24-bit, 3.5mm stereo headphone output, adjustable
Timecode LTC I/O (BNC), embedded SDI / HDMI, internal clock
User Interface Capacitive Touchscreen, three mechanical keys
DC Power Input 6.5 to 34VDC with built-in reverse polarity protection; locking power connector, built-in power switch
Power Draw 8 watts (monitor only), 9 to 19 watts (depending on record mode)
Sound Level Silent, no fan or vents
Weight and Size 560 grams / 1.2 lbs., 7.9” x 6.1” x 1.0” (200 x 155 x 25 mm), -10 to +40°c (Operating), -20 to +70°c (storage)
Operating Temperature -10 to +40°c (Operating), -20 to +70°c (Storage)
Output Downscaling Output 1080p HD via HDMI or SDI from DCI 4K / UHD source (allows for additional on-set monitoring)
Record Triggers Touchscreen, SDI record trigger (ARRI, CANON, PANASONIC, RED, SONY), HDMI (SONY, CANON, PANASONIC), Timecode, Remote Cable (Optional Accessory), SDI embedded record trigger is passed through to SDI outputs
Recording Media (Dual SSD Slots) Qualified Samsung 2.5” SSDs in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB sizes, 420Mb/sec write, 500Mb/sec read speed, compatible with USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt Adapters. SSDs and adapters sold separately.
Recording Formats Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) / Apple ProRes 422 / Apple ProRes 422 (LT) / Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy)
(422 video) DCI 4K / UHD 10-bit YCC 422 up to 60 fps
2K / 1080p 10-bit YCC 422 up to 60 fps
1080i 10-bit YCC 422 up to 60i
720p 10-bit YCC 422 up to 60 fps
Recording Formats Uncompressed DPX stacks
(444 video) 2K/1080p 12-bit RGB 444 up to 30 fps
2K/1080p 10-bit RGB 444 up to 60 fps
Apple ProRes 4444 (XQ) / Apple ProRes 4444
2K/1080p 12-bit RGB 444 up to 60 fps
2K/1080p 10-bit RGB 444 up to 60 fps


FS700 RAW files are Linear, thus the files need a Gamma 2.2 correction in order to look correct.  You may notice when you first import your files that they appear very dark before correction. Download the following instructional document for dealing with FS700 Raw files, and the supplemental Convergent Design 3D Look Files.
PDF Sony FS700 Raw: Post Workflow Posted 14-Nov-2013
ZIP Sony FS700 3D LUTs Posted 14-Nov-2013
1 x Odyssey/Apollo AC Unit
1 x Convergent Apollo Quad Recorder
1 x Noga Heavy Duty Monitor Arm
2 x Vision Cable BNC-BNC 1m
1 x Power Cable D-Tap - Odyssey/Apollo
2 x Convergent Design Odyssey/Apollo 512GB SSD
1 x Odyssey/Apollo Dual USB Type-A SSD Reader
1 x Odyssey/Apollo Dual USB Type-C SSD Reader (Thunderbolt 3)
1 x Anton Bauer Charger Twin 8475-0072
2 x Battery Anton Bauer Digital G90 Battery

Convergent Odyssey/Apollo HD Recorder Peli Case 17 x 43 x 28 5.3kg

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