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    Quote Originally Posted by thirdyearff View Post
    I've had my 7q for probably 4 years and when I first got it, it seemed there was some kind of update, bug fixes, features etc every three or four months...or so it seemed, and that went on for quite a while. It seems to me that CD put a lot of their eggs in the FS700 basket and once the Fs7 came out and the FS700 slowly started to take a back seat...it started to get quiet. Then Mitch leaves and it got quieter, then FS700 gets mothballed and from that point on its been pretty much crickets. I'm just wondering how much of their market they lost when the 700 slowly faded. A 7q paired with an fs7 (which I also have) or an fs5 isn't a game changer...but an upgraded FS700 paired w a 7q was. But having said all that...I really do like the 7q, I still use it...just a tad concerned about its future.
    Yes, it is an entirely different world now. Atomos is too far ahead with interesting recorders like Ninja V etc

    Basically Convergent Design is starting to look like a one trick pony now for most people: the FS700

    Which is now a camera fading from memory!

    (yes there are a few others too it is great with like the C500 and F35, but they're only even rarer!)
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    ...just fyi for those interested, and you probably should be if you own a 7q/7q+. I'm leaning towards purchasing the new Sony FX9 so i reached out to CD to see if there are any plans for the 7q to support the RAW output of the Fx9 as well as asking the status of the company. I got two replies...

    Thank you for contacting Convergent Design, Robert.

    Convergent Design is still in business; we have slowed down on developing the Odyssey/Apollo recorders as we are moving to different technologies.


    I apologize, Robert, I did not answer your other question -

    Support for the 16 Bit RAW from Sony FX9 - You are correct in thinking we will not be supporting this camera at this time.


    So much like the camera it leaned on...sounds to me like the 7q is EOL at least as far as any meaningful future development...bummer.


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    Quote Originally Posted by thirdyearff View Post
    ... we have slowed down on developing the Odyssey/Apollo recorders
    For "slowed down" read, "stopped." Much as we suspected. Thanks for the final confirmation Thirdyearff. Guess I'll just continue to use my 7Q+ as a monitor for the F65. A sad end for a good product/company.


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    For what it's worth CD products are more reliable and robust than many other recorders. Odyssey 7Q+ has dual SSD slots, yet another great feature that many others don't have.
    And also aside from Codex recorders probably the only option to record RAW from an Arri Alexa. I guess different people have different requirements.

    That being said I'm selling mine, shameless plug. I'm not using my F23 anymore and need to make space for other gear ;)

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    Yes, it is an entirely different world now. Atomos is too far ahead with interesting recorders like Ninja V etc

    Basically Convergent Design is starting to look like a one trick pony now for most people: the FS700

    Which is now a camera fading from memory!

    (yes there are a few others too it is great with like the C500 and F35, but they're only even rarer!)
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    Wow, sad to hear it confirmed! I emailed them early this year and they said their engineers were "looking into" Prores RAW... But it's now clear that isn't happening.


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    Quote Originally Posted by kaidumo View Post
    Wow, sad to hear it confirmed! I emailed them early this year and they said their engineers were "looking into" Prores RAW... But it's now clear that isn't happening.
    I continue to use mine heavily w/ the 700, for very important projects too. Another use I have for it is I upgraded the software to include titan and I use that too for tv-style on location shoots with gh4's -- ive considered doing that for arri's on my doc shoot, but just didn't have enough time to test it with those rentals before recording.

    I'm one who tinks the 700 + 7q is superior to the fs7.

    I haven't seen the fs7's successor yet though. The combo is just a straight up workhorse!
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