Sneek Peek at Spitfire by Avinair – a Dracast Brand

Sneek Peek at Spitfire by Avinair – a Dracast Brand

Building on the success of their line of high performance LED lights, Dracast are making moves with a new Brand in a new product category. This is a sneak peek at the Spitfire by Avinair which we should see officially launched in early 2015.

The SPITFIRE by Avinair is a state-of-the-art HD Video Transmitter system offering Real Time Wireless HD with unprecedented range for your Television, Film, Broadcast, Industrial or UAV/UAS application.

The Avinair SPITFIRE has a range of up to 2000 feet (600m) with default antennas (longer range possible with optional antennas) and still maintains an incredible <1ms latency glass-to-glass. Both the Transmitter and Receiver feature 2-Pin Lemo power connectors capable of a wide 7-17V unregulated input voltage. The SPITFIRE SDI system features 3G-SDI input (with loop-out) on the transmitter and dual 3G-SDI outputs on the receiver.

The SPITFIRE transmits Full HD video (up to 1080p/60 4:2:2) with less than 1 millisecond delay and is capable of handling up to 4 simultaneous receivers. The transmitter weighs approximately 6.6oz/187g (without antennas) and the receiver weighs 12 oz/340g (without antennas).

The Avinair SDI System is available at a base MSRP of US $6,999 for one transmitter and receiver pair. Additional receivers can be purchased for MSRP US$3,999 each.  Battery plate, antenna, mounting, power cable, ancase options are available as accessories. 

Spitfire by AvinairSpecifications

  • Maximum transmission distance 600m
  • HDMI 1.3 spec and HDMI 1.4 3D supports
  • HDMI and 3G SDI input and output
  • Highest resolution 1080p 60, < 1 ms delay.  No compression
  • Supports Dolby True HD and DTS-master audio formats
  • AES-128 encryption with air interface HD video data stream
  • Supports point to point, and point to multi point network topology
  • Each RX is factory paired to a unique TX
  • 5GHz ISM frequency band.  Up to 10 user selected channels, with parallel WIFI operation
  • Signal indicators for wireless network status, video status, and receiver RSSI
  • Wide range power voltage input, adapted for most camera batteries
    • Optional Sony F970 battery plate, convenient for field battery install and replacement
  • Any input and output ports with ±8 kV ESD protection level (HBM, contact discharge)
  • Industrial metal case for extra durability 

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Odyssey 7Q+ Adds 4K/UHD recording over HDMI

Odyssey 7Q+ Adds 4K/UHD recording over HDMI

Convergent Designs just announced the release of the latest addition to the Odyssey line of recorder/monitors, the Odyssey 7Q+. If you’re already familiar with the 7Q, the Odyssey 7Q+ offers all the same features. Apple ProRes recording, access  to camera RAW recording via purchase or rental of preferred CODECs, a huge list of picture analysis tools like RGB waveform, RGB Histogram, False Color, Pixel Zoom with finger drag, three-mode Focus Assist, monitoring LUTs and let’s not forget the multi-stream recording.

Well, if all that wasn’t enough, the Odyssey 7Q+ adds 4K/UHD recording over HDMI. (HDMI 1.4b) The Odyssey 7Q+ has the same basic design and weight as the 7Q.

Convergent Designs is offering 7Q owners a 1yr warranty extension on their 7Q and a $500 credit in their Record Option account with the purchase of a new Odyssey 7Q+.

Odyssey 7Q+

For more info visit Convergent Designs. – Press Release 

Atomos Shogun 4K Recorder Overview

Atomos Shogun 4K Recorder Overview

UPDATE [Dec. 5, 2014]

Today, Atomos issued a short statement about issues causing a delay of the new Shogun 4K recorder. Stay tuned for more Info.

[su_box title=”Message from Jeromy, CEO Atomos” box_color=”#e7e7e7″ title_color=”#000000″ radius=”6″]

First of all, I’d like to thank everyone for the positive comments and support we receive on a daily basis for Shogun. It is truly overwhelming.

To all those at recent events and trade shows excited to see the Shogun first-hand and the filmmakers who are eagerly waiting for the Shogun to unlock the potential of their 4K camera, we thank you for your support. In particular to those who have made official pre-orders on Shogun we value your loyalty and have worked with our resellers to ensure the initial batch of Shogun units are shipped to you first.

With the original launch date now passing, I felt it was important to personally address where we are at with the release of Shogun. In terms of hardware, we have closely monitored the build of the first production units and are proud of the manufacturing quality. There is nothing preventing us from shipping the Shogun and its accessories from a hardware perspective. Although the Shoguns are physically built and ready to ship, the firmware is taking longer than expected to finalize taking into account our high standards of reliability.

We know that the cornerstone of our success in the last 4 years has been delivering the technology professionals need at the right time & price without any sacrifice for reliability & performance in the field. So while we feel everyone’s pressure to have Shogun available, we refuse to release a single sub-standard Atomos feature. We will not treat our community of users as Beta testers and will not release the Shogun until the standard we are famous for has been met.

We absolutely understand everyone’s disappointment and appreciate that many shoots have been planned around the Shogun becoming available. We ask that you continue to be patient as we finalize our firmware and release a product that will be worth the wait.

We expect the product will be delivered within days of the final firmware becoming available and expect all back orders to customers to be fulfilled by Christmas.

Thank you to our community of Atomos users, our team continues to be inspired to make better products based on your creativity and feedback.

Jeromy Young


Convergent Design – Odyssey7 & 7Q

Convergent Design – Odyssey7 & 7Q


Quoted form Convergent Design:

“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.

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.

Odyssey7 and Odyssey7Q can be upgraded to a full professional recorder with the following options: Compressed (Avid DNxHD up to 120fps), Uncompressed HD/2K RGB 444 (up to 60p), 2K/HD Raw, ARRIRAW (full 16:9 and 4:3 support), and Canon 4K RAW.”

For more info, visit Covergent Designs