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Showing posts with label News. Show all posts

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Released!!! An amazing update of Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac 3.6.1

Good News! We are so proud to announce that Pavtube has an amazing updated version of its all multimedia tools. Acted on customers requests and Pavtube adds some amazing new features at the latest release. 

What's new?

1. Add profiles for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 4
2. fix some bugs

The new version of Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac 3.6.1 is specially designed for converting your recored MTS/MXF/MOV/MP4/Tivo videos to iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy Note 4 for watching!

new version of Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac

Version: 3.6.1

Supported OS: Windows 2003/XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 8.1

Download the lateast version of Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac here.

Three new profiles:

iPhone 6 Plus Video Format

iPhone 6 Video Format

Galaxy Note 4 Video Format

Best Profile Settings:
iPhone 6 Plus Video Settings

iPhone 6 Video Settings

Galaxy Note 4 Video Settings

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

World Cup in Brazil - Practice Usual Precautions - Travel Health Notices

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association’s (FIFA) World Cup is a football (soccer) tournament held every 4 years with teams competing from all over the world. The 2014 World Cup is scheduled from June 12 through July 13, 2014 and will be located in twelve cities across Brazil.

If you plan to travel to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, follow the recommendations below to help you stay safe and healthy.What can travelers do to protect themselves?Before your trip:

Schedule a health appointment at least 4–6 weeks before you depart on your trip. Talk to your doctor or nurse about vaccines and medicines recommended for Brazil. See the Find a Clinic webpage for help in finding a travel medicine clinic near you.

CDC recommends all travelers be up-to-date on routine vaccines, including measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella (chickenpox), polio, and flu.
Other recommended vaccines may include hepatitis A, typhoid, hepatitis B, yellow fever, and rabies.

Medicine for malaria and travelers’ diarrhea may be recommended.

Consider purchasing travel health and medical evacuation insurance.

Pack a travel health kit.

Monitor travel warnings and alerts and read travel tips from the US Department of State.

Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

Leave a copy of your itinerary, contact information, credit cards, and passport with someone at home.

During your trip:

Follow security and safety guidelines. US travelers may be targets for criminals during mass gatherings.

If possible, don't travel at night, avoid questionable areas, and travel with a companion.

If you drink alcohol, do it in moderation. Drunk people are more likely to hurt themselves or other people, engage in risky sex, or get arrested.

Carry a photocopy of your passport and entry stamp; leave the actual passport securely in your hotel.

Carry the contact information for the nearest US embassy or consulate in Brazil, and local emergency service numbers: 190 (police), 192 (ambulance), and 193 (fire department). Note that these local emergency phone numbers are available in Portuguese only.

Follow all local laws and social customs.

Do not wear expensive clothing or jewelry.

Always keep hotel doors locked, and store valuables in secure areas.

If possible, choose hotel rooms on the 2nd through the 6th floors. A room on the 1st floor of a hotel may provide easier access for criminals. Rooms on the 7th floor and above may be difficult to escape in the event of a fire.

Follow food and water safety guidelines: Eating contaminated food and drinking contaminated water can cause illnesses such as hepatitis A, typhoid fever, and travelers’ diarrhea. Read about how to prevent these diseases by visiting the Safe Food and Waterpage. Beware of food from street vendors, ice in drinks, and other foods and drinks that may be contaminated and cause travelers’ diarrhea.

Prevent mosquito bites and use insect repellent: Diseases spread by mosquitoes, such as malaria, dengue, and yellow fever are common throughout Brazil. Read more about ways to prevent bug bites by visiting the Avoid Bug Bites page. You may also need to take prescription medicine to protect against malaria or get a vaccine against yellow fever. Talk to your doctor or nurse about prevention steps that are right for you.

Follow guidelines for hot climates: Dehydration and heat-related illnesses are common during sporting events. Drink plenty of (bottled!) water, keep cool, and wear sunscreen. Read more about how to prevent these conditions by visiting the Travel to Hot Climates and Sun Exposure pages.

Avoid swimming in fresh water—lakes and rivers. Schistosomiasis is a parasitic infection that can be spread in fresh water that may cause serious health problems.

Reduce your risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs): While celebrating, people may encourage travelers to engage in risky sex, especially if alcohol or drugs are involved. Carry condoms that were purchased from a reliable source. Read more about how to prevent these conditions by visiting the Traveler STD page.

Choose safe transportation: Motor vehicle crashes are the #1 killer of healthy US citizens in foreign countries. 
Reduce your exposure to germs: Wash your hands often, and avoid contact with people who are sick.

If you feel sick during your trip—

Talk to a doctor or nurse if you feel seriously ill, especially if you have a fever.

For more information about medical care abroad, see Getting Health Care Abroad and a list of International Joint Commission-accredited facilities.

If you don't speak Portuguese and require assistance with a health issue, see our list of common Portuguese health terms and phrases.

Avoid contact with other people while you are sick.

After your trip:

If you are not feeling well after your trip, you may need to see a doctor. If you need help finding a travel medicine specialist, see Find a Clinic. Be sure to tell your doctor about your travel, including where you went and what you did on your trip. Also tell your doctor if you were bitten or scratched by an animal while traveling.

If your doctor prescribed antimalarial medicine for your trip, keep taking the rest of your pills after you return home. If you stop taking your medicine too soon, you could still get sick.
Malaria is always a serious disease and may be deadly.
If you become ill with a fever either while traveling in a malaria-risk area or after you return home (for up to 1 year), you should seek immediate medical attention and should tell the doctor about your travel history.

More Information

6 World Cup Apps for the iPhone
Top 5 Best World Cup Apps for iPhone & Android
How to Download and Watch 2014 FIFA World Cup Video on iPhone

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Pavtube Studio announces its new official website -


Aiming to improve customers' experience and product improvements, Pavtube Studio recently launched its new official website -

Along with the new website, Pavtube has migrated its all BD/DVD Copying & Ripping software products to the new site with some brand new names, fantastic discounts waiting for you:
  • DVD Ripper (Windows/Mac) -> DVDAid (Windows/Mac
  • Blu-ray Ripper (Windows/Mac) -> BDMagic (Windows/Mac)

Great News!

If you always fan our Facebook or will be a new fan, you might have a chance to get "New Site Special" with up to 40% off fantastic discounts now!

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Acer Aspire Z3 Review - This all-in-one PC is built for looks, not power

If Windows 8 deserves credit for anything positive, it's that the operating system spurred an era of touchscreen desktops. With that comes the challenge of producing a touchscreen system with a strong spec sheet and features that remains relatively affordable. Acer enthusiastically takes up this task with the Aspire Z3-605-UR22, an all-in-one PC that sports a large touchscreen and an impressive set of features.

The Aspire Z3's minimalistic design downplays its front-facing hardware, which includes an adjustable webcam, a sound bar-style speaker, headphone jack, USB 3.0 port and SD card reader. Located discreetly on the right side is a DVD drive. On the back are additional audio jacks for an external microphone and speakers. You'll also find an Ethernet jack, three more USB ports (one being 3.0), and a handy HDMI-in port.

Underneath the hood are built-in 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and a 1TB, 7200 rpm hard drive. Sadly, that's about where the impressive specs end. Powering this system is a 1.9GHz, dual-core Intel Core i3-3227U processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000 for video and 4GB of RAM. This all-in-one PC is essentially a large Windows 8 tablet dressed up as a desktop system, trying desperately to keep up the act.

To be clear, this is not an actual tablet-desktop like the Dell XPS 18, but it sure wants to be, minus the convenience and portability. Acer had to trim the specs down somewhere to keep the computer affordable. Unfortunately, it chose to skimp on the heart and soul of the system to bring the price tag down to $799.99 US (about £477, AU$851).A sensible design

Offering its own PC-centric spin on the Apple 21-inch iMac design, the Aspire Z3 shares a lot with the Lenovo IdeaCentre B540p. Both have 23-inch, 1920 x 1080 screens set in minimal black frames that prop it up, making them appear more like super large digital picture frames than desktop computers. This system practically invites you to forget about the little wireless keyboard and mouse that come packed with it. If it weren't for the somewhat schizophrenic nature of Windows 8, maybe you could.

The Z3 looks great on an office desk, where it has a relatively small, albeit wide, footprint. It would also be just as fitting in the living room or kitchen in place of a TV. There's even a convenient handle on the back for easy transport, and it has a sturdy frame. Despite all this, the machine's design doesn't fully commit to the living room entertainment PC spec.

Pictures and videos look great on the Z3's bright LED screen, and sound booms from the built-in speaker, making it ideal for streaming media and looking at photos. I plugged a Sony PS3 into the HDMI port to watch Blu-ray movies and play games, which looked fantastic. I was also pleasantly surprised to discover that I could still use the display through the HDMI after shutting down the computer. However, past this point, many of the unit's flaws started to show.

The Z3 is designed for light everyday use and entertainment, but the all-in-one feels like it's missing a few pieces. Here's the Acer Aspire Z3 configuration sent to TechRadar in detail:Spec sheet

CPU: 1.9GHz Intel Core i3-3227U (dual-core, 3MB cache)
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Screen: 23-inch, 1920 x 1080 IPS, LED backlit display with 10-point multi-touch control
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB, 7200 rpm hard drive
Ports: 2 USB 3.0 (1 front facing) ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 HDMI, 1 headphone jack (front facing), 1 microphone jack (rear), 1 line out jack, 1 SD card reader
Connectivity: 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
Camera: 1280 x 720 HD webcam
Weight: 19.84 pounds
Size: 22.3 x 17.4 x 2.1 inches (W x D x H)


The Acer Aspire Z3 certainly isn't a powerhouse. As these benchmark scores show, the system is best used for non-intensive tasks that won't tax the processor or video:

3DMark: Ice Storm: 20,656; Cloud Gate: 1,789; Fire Strike: 185
Cinebench Graphics: 5.97 FPS; CPU: 167 points
Nice to watch, but tough to touch

Despite some glaring shortcomings, Acer was spot-on in other ways with the Z3 display. It's big, bright, and usually responsive when browsing and launching apps from the Modern UI. Tasks like browsing a photo gallery, reading news feeds, and messing around with different touchscreen apps worked smoothly.

Things got a little sticky in the desktop UI, where buttons for closing and maximizing windows are tiny in comparison. There is also a significant delay when using the touchscreen to resize windows.

Sometimes the response time would take a dip and I had to swipe more than once, at varying speeds, to close and switch between applications. Even worse is that the glossy touchscreen is rather reflective and lights produce a noticeable glare.

The built-in 720p webcam can tilt up and down using a lever on the back. It is acceptable for video calls, but with a considerable amount of graininess. It's also terrible in low light, as the picture goes completely dark. Lastly, the DVD tray feels quite flimsy and fragile, so it's best to stick with digital formats.

Sounds like a mess

Another bummer: although loud, the speakers pump out weak bass, which produces a lot of distortion. There is no physical volume control on the system, nor is there a remote control. Whatever you plug into the device's HDMI port must have its own independent volume settings. You can adjust the Windows sound using the task bar or the wireless keyboard, but neither have any control over the HDMI audio.

Speaking of which, the HDMI input can also be finicky. Switching to the input wasn't a problem at first, but then I started getting a black screen, and it would continually revert back to the main PC screen. Eventually, both the picture and sound were corrupted. The input appeared broken after a day of use, but miraculously started working again.

As for wireless connectivity, I tried numerous times to connect the Z3 with a punchier Bluetooth speaker, but was unsuccessful. It didn't matter if it was a Samsung AirTrack soundbar or a tiny Jawbone Mini Jambox – devices would pair, but wouldn't connect. This was due to a Bluetooth audio driver, or lack thereof, that might point to a Windows 8 issue, but Acer doesn't supply driver support for this problem. No matter the reason, the inability for something as simple as Bluetooth audio was disappointing.

A widely weak machine

There's no shaking the feeling that the Aspire Z3 is designed to be an oversized tablet, and not a very good one at that. The system is hamstrung by its dated processor, with problems that manifest in different ways.

This PC did a good job at either performing one medium task, or a number of small tasks that aren't processor intensive. Performance took a severe hit when something as straightforward as a system update or app installation happened in the background. Streaming video stuttered, touch gestures wouldn't register, and nearly every application had fits and starts until the background process finished. Even typing and web browsing became annoyingly slow.

Making matters worse is how the only system light is the power button. There's no way to know if the hard drive is in heavy use. While it's bad enough that the Z3 is pretty much a mono-tasking computer, it gets worse when you further consider what it can actually run.

The computer comes pre-installed with the PointGrab Hand Gesture software, which lets you navigate and perform basic commands using the webcam. Think of it as the layman's Kinect controller. Granted, it's silly to wave your hands at a touchscreen that's within arm's reach, but it could come in handy in the kitchen for hands-free navigation. Unfortunately, this CPU struggles to power the app. After constant stutters and stalls, I was forced to leave it shut off. Just as well, since the software often confused me generally waving my hands for control gestures.

If you want to game on this PC, stick to those with relatively simple graphics and designed for Windows 8. Even then, finding what works well is largely guesswork. Halo: Spartan Assault played well, but Asphalt 8: Airborne displayed noticeable stuttering.

In testing Civilization V's touch controls, I had to tone down the graphics quite a bit. The game started off well, but slowed to a crawl as it progressed. It reached a point where there was a five second delay after pressing the "End Turn" button, even after I stopped using the touch controls and stuck with the included mouse.

It's clear that we live in a world where tablets and Ultrabooks are in while big, while heavy desktops are steadily becoming less relevant. An all-in-one PC that looks more like a work of art than a desktop computer is a good start. Having the most features for the lowest price is also a solid strategy. However, in the quest to create a sort of desktop that feels like a tablet, the designers lost sight of what makes a desktop worthwhile.We liked

That 23-inch, 1920 x 1080 screen is so beautiful that I could almost forgive some of the computer's problems. Movies like Gravity look positively stunning, especially if you hook a Blu-ray player into the system. If only there weren't performance hang-ups that completely drag down the user experience. The pretty, responsive touchscreen actually serves to highlight the computer's other shortcomings.We disliked

The weak CPU is not the only issue here, but it's at the root of many of this PC's worst problems. The dated chip drastically limits the computer's capabilities, and thereby its overall usefulness. While most of the Z3's features look impressive on paper, they're rather poor in reality – from an HD webcam that records grainy video to a built-in speaker that's loud, but lacks depth. Even worse is that unreliable HDMI-in port with zero volume control.Final Verdict

The concept behind the Acer Aspire Z3 sounds wonderful: a budget-minded, all-in-one PC designed for light, everyday use. The machine's large, attractive screen is an added bonus that makes video and images pop. It's as if most of Acer's resources were funneled into crafting an attractive system, at the expense of what's inside. It's not until you use the Z3 at length that its flaws come to light. And after adding them up, it's easy to feel misled, the victim of a bait and switch.

Furthermore, this PC is barely useable until Window 8 completes its initial updates; all but the most simple tasks are a hassle. Even afterward, be wary of automatic system updates and background processes that could gobble up what little processing power this machine holds. Considering the mounting disappointments, even when the bar was set pretty low, the Aspire Z3 is a gorgeous PC that difficult to recommend. 


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Get latest Data Recovery Software- iFonebox to recover Lost and Deleted data

Description: The newly released iFonebox could help Apple device users to recover data like Contacts, SMS Message, Call History, Photos, Notes, etc from iOS devices.

iFonebox, the newly released data recovery software. With the help of this software, Apple device users could recover data from iOS devices due to accidental deletion, dead for jailbreak failure or system update, lost or damage devices, etc. It allows recovering data Contacts, SMS Message, Call History, Photos, Notes and more not only from iTunes backup, but also scanning directly from almost all apple devices.

Supported iOS devices

iPhone 3GS/4/4s/5/5c/5s; iPad 1/2/3/4, iPad Air, iPad mini & iPad mini 2; iPod Touch

Ways of Recovery and Types of Recovery Data

From iTunes backup: Camera Roll, Photo Stream, Message attachment, Voice memos, Contacts, Messages, Call history, Calendar, Notes, Reminder, Safari bookmark
From iOS device: Contacts, Messages, Call History, Notes, Calendar, Reminders and Safari Bookmark

Other Attractive Features:

Preview from the scan result with organized, clear and original quality before recovery.

Selectively recover and save lost or deleted iPhone/iPad/ipod touch files.

Fully Support iOS 7.1 and latest version of iTunes.

Download the trial version of iFonebox for Windows right now to experience this brand-new iOS data recovery tool.

Tip: iFonebox for Mac would be come out in a few days! If you are a Mac user, do not miss this superb iOS data recovery tool!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Preliminary distribution for Android 4.4.3 started

A source inside Google reported that the period of internal testing for Android 4.4.3 has already begun, according to android police. The update will be minor, fixing a number of bugs.

The version known to the public as KitKat MR2 is from a few days entered the stage of preliminary distribution( testing or also known as dogfooding) within the company in Mountain View. At the moment, only 1% of Google employees would receive an upgrade to the new release of Android, but they say in the coming weeks will also be extended to the rest of the community of workers in the business. Android 4.4.3 should be compatible with almost any device, and in particular will be fully installed across the Nexus range( Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 from 2012, Nexus 7 from 2013, and Nexus 10) followed by Google Play Edition and Moto-X.
An advanced release, a leaked changelog of the Android 4.4.3 update, declared that the build is in the first place for bug fixes.

One of the main issues that the Android 4.4.3 update is supposed to bring is one for the mm-qcamera-daemon crash. First, the Nexus 5 smartphone was noticed to be hit by a battery consumption problem, which Google claimed was because of high CPU use of the mm-qcamera-daemon process that resulted in the battery consuming sooner than expected. The mm-qcamera-daemon problem is affecting all Qualcomm-powered devices running Android 4.4 KitKat.

Other fixes supposed to cover frequent data connection failure, camera focal point in standard and HDR modes, power manager display wake lock, USB debugging protection, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi auto-connect, random boot, app shortcuts security, missed a call LED, and data usage graph. Additional fixes may include email/exchange, MMS, calendar, people/dialer/contacts, DSP, IPv6 and VPN.

At the moment it is not possible to know when it will be released, we are still waiting for further information.


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Saturday, March 22, 2014

[HOT] Get Pavtube ByteCopy Giveaway worth $42 For free

Giveaway!!!! Giveaway!!!! Giveaway!!!!

Hi, Friend! I'm so excited to tell you the amazing news that we are going to have a giveway of Pavtube ByteCopy for Windows or Mac at 0:00 on March 23th, 2014, U.S.A. California Los Angeles time. This is only a 24 hours giveway which is providing the great and strong BD/DVD multi-track tool totally the same as Pavtube official (42usd) retail version; no time limit, no watermarks. 

Key features for Pavtube ByteCopy (Windows/Mac) are as below:

  • Backup BD/DVD to MKV without quality loss (keep 1080p quality at 16:9 aspect ratio). 
  • Convert/rip/shrink/copy latest Blu-ray/DVD movies for Android/iOS/Windows device, editing program, HD player, game console, etc. 
  • Allow full preservation of all audio tracks, subtitles and chapter markers. 
  • Remove unwanted subs streams and audio tracks 
  • Preserve soundtracks and subs in multiple languages, e.g. English, Spanish, French, Deutsch… 

The giveaway page is here:

ByteCopy (Windows) giveaway:

ByteCopy (Mac) giveaway:

Note: The giveaway version may not be updated in the future.

How to get the giveaway?

The way to get licence is very easy and convenient. Just visit the Glarysoft Giveaway page and click download now when the giveaway start to get fully licensed software for free. Only available on 23th, please don't miss this chance.

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Blu-ray Ripper is capable of 1:1 copying BD/DVD Disc content to local computer or external hard drive in original file structure with all subtitle tracks and audio streams preserved. Pavtube Blu-ray Ripper also supports backing up only movie content without extras to save time and storage space. At the same time, it rips/converts 3D Blu-ray discs, 2D Blu-ray discs, and standard DVDs to your desired HD and SD media formats.

Pavtube DVD Ripper provides movie lovers, children and people in any group with the easiest and fastest way to backup and rip DVD movies. It rips and converts DVD movies to MP4/AVI/MKV/WMV and many other video and audio formats with high quality. It lets you enjoy DVD movies on any portable device like iPhone 5, Galaxy S4, Lumia 920, PS4, Xperia Z, Surface, etc.

Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate provides 1:1 backup Blu-ray/DVD movies from disc to PC hard drive for disc burning and ISO image creating. It converts Blu-ray, DVD and video to MP4/AVI/MKV/WMV any popular video and audio formats. Besides, it allows for video editing tools including trimming, cropping, splitting, attaching srt/ass/ssa subtitles and special effects to add more fun when watching movies and videos.

More step-by-step guides can be found here:

Bytecopy windows guides:
ByteCopy for Mac guides:

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Ripping DVD movies with Pavtube DVD Ripper (Windows/Mac) upgraded version now!

Pavtube Studio has updated DVDAid to 4.5.0 and DVDAid for Mac to 3.7.0.

Windows version

Version: 4.5.0
Supported OS: Windows XP/2003/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 8.1

What’s new:
  • Support latest DVD
  • Windows install package with digital signature
  • Fixed some known bugs

Download here:

Mac version

Version: 3.7.0
Supported OS: Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.7 Lion, Snow Leopard 10.6, Leopard 10.5

What’s new:

  • Support latest DVD
  • Update Mac pkg and dmg install packages simultaneously
  • Fixed some known bugs

Download here:


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Hot info! Pavtube ByteCopy (Windows/Mac) now updates to new version

Good news! As your best tool to rip and convert Blu-ray movies and DVDs to MKV container format with multiple audio tracks and subtitle sinclided, Pavrtube ByteCopy, both Windows and Mac version have updated to the new version!

Windows Version:

Version: 2.2.0

Supported OS: Windows 2003/XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 8.1

What's new:

* Support latest BD and DVD

* Windows install package with digital signature

* Fixed some know bugs

Download here:

Mac Version:

Version: 2.3.0

Supported OS: Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.7 Lion, Snow Leopard 10.6

What's new:

* Support latest BD and DVD

* Update Mac pkg and dmg install package simultaneously

* Fixed some know bugs

Download here:


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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Odyssey family: Odyssey 7 and Odyssey 7Q

Convergent Design is announcing two exciting new monitor/recorder products: Odyssey7 and Odyssey7Q. The Odyssey family is intended to follow users as they journey through their careers from DSLRs to high-end 4K raw cine cameras, hugging the ever-changing camera technology curve and adapting to change without invasive hardware changes or costly upgrades. The Odyssey series combines Convergent Design's knowledge and experience of both broadcast and cinematography recorders, while adding the capabilities of a high-end professional monitor for an amazing $1295 USD (Odyssey7 - monitor and compressed recording capability). Then you are able to rent or buy features as you need them via the web.

The Odyssey family is a professional 7.7" OLED monitor with high-end monitor features, including Waveform, Zebras, Histogram, Vectorscope, Focus Assist, False Color, Timecode Display and Audio Level Meters, and 1:1 Pixel mode. Odyssey7 includes HDMI I/O, and SD/HD/3G-SDI I/O; in both single and dual link configurations. As you have come to expect from Convergent Design, Odyssey is low power, lightweight and comes in a rugged magnesium case.
Odyssey 7 and Odyssey 7Q


Odyssey7 is an amazing value at $1295 (USD price, international prices vary), and includes full monitoring capabilities and compressed recording. Odyssey7 is ideal for use as a monitor onANY camera, proxy recorder, and DSLR applications.

Convergent Design's Odyssey7 RAW Monitor & Recorder is an advanced follow-up to Convergent's Gemini 4:4:4 RAW monitor/recorder. The Odyssey7 features a 7.7" 1280 x 800 LCD with a 3400:1 contrast ratio and is equipped with advanced image analysis tools, including Vectorscope, Waveform, and RGB Parade. A compressed DNxHD codec is included and will record up to 1080p60/50 10-bit 4:2:2. The firmware for the codec is preloaded and gets activated once you install a Convergent SSD. The Odyssey7 supports Convergent Design 2.5" SSDs only and has two built-in SSD slots. The monitor features two SDI inputs and two outputs and automatically detects the incoming video format upon input and when possible creates an entire recorder/monitor setup based on camera metadata.

The interface is a capacitive touchscreen and simple to navigate, meaning less setup time. All the controls can also be remotely accessed with an iPhone or Android device via Bluetooth. Most of the inputs/outputs are on the bottom, and 1/4" mounting threads are on the sides. An AC adapter is included for continuous power, and compatible IDX, AB and Sony battery plates are available.

DNxHD Codec Included

The Odyssey7 includes a compressed DNxHD codec that will record up to 1080p60/50 10-bit 4:2:2. The firmware for the codec is preloaded and gets activated once you install a Convergent SSD.

Convergent Design Odyssey7 Family Tech Specs
Display7.7″ OLED, 1280×800, RGB 8-Bit, 3400:1 Contrast, 176° Viewing, True Blacks
SDI Video I/OSD/HD/3G Support: Single/Dual Link, 2-Inputs, 2-Outputs
Odyssey7Q adds 2 Bidirectional HD-SDI 3G ports to allow:4 HD-SDI 3G Inputs, and 2 HD-SDI 3G Inputs or2 HD-SDI 3G Inputs and 4 HD-SDI 3G Outputs or other configurations
SDI Video FormatsHD/2K RGB 444 8/10/12-Bit up to 60p/60psf,HD/2K YCC 422 8/10-Bit Up to 120p, QHD/4K 422 up to 30fps,ARRIRAW (16:9) 12-bit up to 60fps, ARRIRAW (4:3) 12-bit up to 48fps,Canon Raw QHD/4K 10-bit up to 60fps
HDMI Video I/OHDMI I/O Version 1.4a support
HDMI Video FormatsUp to 1080p60 422 8-bit
LUT SupportARRI, Canon, Sony
Monitor Analysis ToolsFocus Assist, YRGB Waveform, Histogram, False Color, Vectorscope, Zebras,H/V Flip/Flop, 1:1 Mode, Recticule Markers, Horizon Indicator
Odyssey7Q adds ability to monitor four video streams in a quad-split display
Recorder OptionsAvid DNxHD up to 1080p30/1080i60, HD/2K Uncompreseed RGB 444 up to 60fps,HD/2K Raw up to 120 fps, ARRIRAW (16:9) up to 60fps, (4:3) up to 48fps, Canon RAW QHD/4K up to 60fps
Odyssey7Q adds Four Stream recording up to 1080p30, 4K Support,High-Speed (120fps) and Simultaneous RAW + Proxy (DNxHD-36) mode
Record File FormatsDNxHD = .mov, Uncompressed = .dpx, HD/2K Raw = .dng,Canon Raw = .rmf, ARRIRAW = .ari
Record TriggersTouchscreen, SDI record trigger (ARRI, Canon, Panasonic, Red, Sony),Optional remote cable
Digital Audio I/O2-Channel Embedded Audio (48KHz, 24-bit)
Odyssey7Q adds 8-Chan support
Analog Audio I/OMono Speaker, 3.5mm headphone output, mono unbalanced consumer input
Remote ControlRS-232 I/O, programmable GPIO
TimecodeLTC I/O (BNC) or Embedded SDI/HDMI TC
Wireless ControlBluetooth LE with iPhone/Android App
Recording Media2.5″ professional server grade SSD in 240/480/960 GB sizes,500MB/sec read/write speed, SATA-3 (6 GHz) interface,compatible with off the shelf USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt adapters
User InterfaceCapacitive Touchscreen, Two mechanical Function Keys
Firmware UpdateVia USB Port to host computer, download updates from website
DC Power Input10 to 34 VDC with built-in reverse polarity protection; built-in power switch
Power Dissipation8 Watts (monitor only), 8-15 Watts (monitor and record mode)
Weight540 grams / 1.2 lbs, cast-magnesium case
Size7.9″ x 6.1″ x 1.0″ (200 x 155 x 25 mm), measured from end of BNC to SSD tabs
Enviromental-10 to +40°C (Operating), -20 to +70°C (Storage)
NotesAll Specifications subject to change without notice (Revision: 25-Mar-2013)


The Odyssey7Q adds two bi-directional SDI's (2-In, 2-I/O, 2-Out), enabling a 4K@60fps-ready option. Additional computational power supports recording/playback of up to four-compressed HD/2K simultaneously, support for one video stream up to 120fps and concurrent proxy and raw recording. Odyssey7Q includes a built-in Quad Splitter and Four-Channel Live Switcher. Odyssey7Q starts at $2295 (USD price, international prices vary), including compressed recording. 7Q can be upgraded to a full professional recorder with the following options: Alexa (ARRIRAW, full 16:9 and 4:3 support), Canon C500 4K Raw, and Sony Raw for the FS700, Weisscam Raw (CinemaDNG), and Quad Stream Recording.

As a recorder, Odyssey7 and 7Q support a wide range of recording formats including Avid DNxHD (up to 120fps), uncompressed HD/2K RGB 444 (up to 60p), 2K/HD Raw, ARRIRAW (4:3 and 16:9), and Canon 4K Raw. All recording formats are extra-cost options. New 2.5"; highly-reliable "Server-Grade" SSD's support read/write bandwidths in excess of 500 MBytes/sec per drive, enabling Canon 4K Raw at 60 fps on a single recorder. The unique dual SSD architecture can be configured in spanning mode (to double record times), RAID 1 mode, for auto-backup or in RAID 0 mode for data-rates in excess of 1 GByte/sec.

Comparison: Odyssey 7 vs 7Q

Based on extensive market feedback, Convergent Design is introducing a new purchasing model to on-board recorders. Odyssey7 or 7Q ships as a monitor only, which can be upgraded to a recorder as needed. For the first time, support for recording options can be purchased outright or "rented" at competitive rates. Add optional features anytime from anywhere, via a secure online purchase from the CD website to obtain an activation key, provided at the point of purchase and you're up and running! Rental of recording options (ARRIRAW, for example) provides many benefits including no shipping hassles, no insurance certificates, and none of the scheduling issues of traditional rentals. Recording options are rented in 24-hour blocks, with unused blocks available for future use.

The Odyssey7Q utilizes the same 7.7" OLED architecture; the Odyssey7 is intended for single stream support (up to 4K Raw), while the 7Q adds additional bi-directional HD-SDI 3G ports. The 7Q's extra processing power enables certain extra cost options to support: four-stream HD/2K monitoring (quad-split) and compressed recording, 4K video and high-speed (120fps) support, and simultaneous recording of proxy (DNxHD-36) and Raw video. The price of the Odyssey7Q is to be determined, but will be competitively priced and use the same, affordable 2.5" premium media as Odyssey7.

A wide range of battery accessories, mounting options, and sunshade, are planned to support both products. Odyssey7 and Odyssey7Q will be on display at NAB booth C6713.

Raw media files recorded with Odyssey 7/7Q are not supported by Windows/Mac or NLEs natively. If you want to edit or playback the videos, try Pavtube HD Video Converter and HD Video Converter for Mac to do a quick conversion to MOV, WMV, M4V, MP4, Apple ProRes for Final Cut Pro, AIC MOV for Avid Studio, MPG/WMV for Sony Vegas or Adobe Premiere Pro, etc.

Here are some guides for you:
Don't forget to click "Settings" and adjust target video size, bitrate and frame rate settings to get video in best quality.