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7.7" Convergent Design Apollo OLED Monitor / Recorder / Switcher

Convergent Design
Abel Code: CD-APOLLO
Mfr. Code: 100-10025-100
The Apollo is small enough to fit in your hand and powerful enough to capture (4) channel HD simultaneously. This touchscreen recorder is also a switcher, OLED monitor, and offers timecode, a single SSD card to record Apple ProRes file format.
Key Highlights
  • A production studio held in your palm
  • Record (4) signals simultaneously
  • Apple ProRes Format

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The 7.7" Convergent Design Apollo OLED Monitor/Recorder/Switcher is a portable multichannel monitor/recorder that can simultaneously record up to four HD video signals, along with a fifth channel of either a live-switch between the four or a quad-split reference view.

The Apollo is well-suited for multi-camera production situations:

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

One SSD - 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.

One Codec - No need to transcode disparate codecs as recorded internally from different cameras; Apollo records to edit-ready Apple ProRes. View Apollo Record Times from the manufacturer.

Switching - Using the touchscreen you can monitor and live switch your production, giving you a 5th recorded channel of the program stream.

Double Master - Create a double master while you shoot to spare the monotonous and time consuming process of duplicating copies of your data after you wrap. 

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

Multi-Stream Post Made Easy

The Apollo Media Manager App exports separate Apple ProRes files with matching timecode or a single multi-stream QuickTime file that drops directly into the timeline of supporting NLEs such as FCP-X. Only (1) SSD is needed to contain all of the media, allowing Apollo's dual SSD slots to be used for either extended record times or mirror recording backup. Apollo utilizes industry-standard 2.5" SSDs from Convergent Design or qualified third-party models.


  • HD video recording, up to four signals simultaneously
  • 1080p24 / 1080p30 / 1080i60 / 720p60 (60hz territories)
  • 1080p25 / 1080i50 / 720p50 (50hz territories)
  • Apple ProRes HQ/422/LT
  • Dual 4K/UHD recording (Apple ProRes in 24p, 25p, 30p)
  • Record (4) HD signals and one quad-split view
  • Record (4) HD signals and one live switch
  • Up to (4) SDI inputs or (3) SDI & (1) HDMI
  • Loss of any signal does not interrupt recording of other channels
  • Apollo Media Manager App outputs four separate files or one master multi-camera QuickTime for simplified post
  • Dual SSDs allow spanning (long record time) or mirroring (simultaneous backup)
  • 3.5 hours recording time at highest quality [2TB of 4x HD signals & live switch, 1080p30, Apple ProRes 422(HQ); 8.5 hours in Apple ProRes 422(LT)]
  • DNxHD recording
  • Record XML file Edit Decision List from Live Switch
  • Cascade interconnect for 12-channel HD / 6-channel 4K recording

Switching / Monitoring

  • No Genlock required
  • Touchscreen interface
  • Monitor outputs for switched or quad view
  • (2) SDI outputs, (1) HDMI output
  • Preset or Custom Monitoring LUTs
  • Image Analysis tools: False Color, Focus Assist, Histogram, Pixel Zoom, Spot Meter, Vectorscope, Waveform, and Zebra
  • 7.7" OLED panel for true blacks and accurate colors

Additional Features 

  • Embedded audio or analog input
  • Remote keyboard control pad
  • Audio delay
  • On-screen source naming

Additional Features in Free Firmware Upgrade (2017.06.1706) 

  • Simultaneously record up to (4) streams of Avid DNxHD 220 or 145Mb
    • 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60
    • 1080i 50, 59.94
    • 720p 50, 59.94, 60
  • Improved Dual 6G SDI Support
  • Source naming added to XML file

NOTE: Some upgrade features only apply to the Apollo Odyssey Option. 

Other Specs

  • 7.9 x 6.1 x 1" (20 x 15.5 x 2.5 cm)
  • 1.2lbs. / 560g
  • Under 20w power draw, 6.5-34v with battery mounts available
  • Two 2.5" SSD slots (Convergent Design SSDs or qualified 3rd party models)
  • Magnesium case
  • Gorilla Glass cover
  • No fans or vents

Firmware Update v2018.03

Download the Firmware Update v2018.03 for your Convergent Design Apollo from the manufacturer site (you will need to log into their system). 

With this firmware update, Convergent Design has expanded support for the new Samsung 860 EVO (1TB) and 860 Pro (512GB and 1TB) SSD media. 

NOTE: Samsung 850 Pro (128, 256, 512GB and 1TB) and 850 EVO (1TB) are also supported.

In addition, v2018.03 provides you with the following fixes and improvements for your Apollo:

  • Fixed 2:3 Pulldown Support
  • Fixed Audio issue found with QT files and Telestream
  • Improved Dual 6G SDI Support
  • Improved Source Naming added to XML file
  • Fixed Apple ProRes Playback Quality with interlaced recordings
  • Fixed Playback Scrubbing artifact in lower right corner
  • Fixed issues associated with Computer Generated images
  • Improved Voltage Display Accuracy
  • Improved Playback Quality with all Apple ProRes Recordings
  • Improved Detection of 4K 50/60p signals
  • Also, Restore Defaults are now automatically performed on power-up immediately after a firmware update (a dialog box alerts you when this happens). Please note settings before updating, and adjust settings as needed after updating.

What's in the Box

  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • AC Adapter
  • USB 3.0 Adapter
  • SDI Cable
  • SSD Handle and Mounting Screw Pack for Odyssey7, 7Q, and 7Q+ (5-Pack)
  • Micro HDMI to HDMI Cable (36")
  • 7.7" Convergent Design Apollo


Key Highlights

  • A production studio held in your palm
  • Record (4) signals simultaneously
  • Apple ProRes Format
  • Touchscreen Interface
  • Quad 1080p60 / Dual 4K
  • Sync timecode
  • SSD Media


LUT Details:
LUTs for Log formats from - ARRI, Blackmagic Design, Canon, Panasonic and Sony, plus up to 140 custom 3D-LUTs in .CUBE format


Output Connector/Port:
1/8" (3.5mm) Mini
Input Connector/Port:
1/8" (3.5mm)

Inputs & Outputs

Video I/O:
Video Output - HDMI I/O Version 1.4a support, 8-bit 422, up to 1080p30
Video Input - HD-SDI / 1.5G / 3G / 6G support: Single/Dual/Quad-Link inputs (HD/2K/Ultra-HD & DCI 4K supported)
Audio I/O:
Audio Input - Both Digital & Analog options
Audio Output - Both Digital & Analog options


Monitor Type:
Recorder & Monitor:
Mount Points:
2 x 1/4"-20 - (1) @ base; (1) @ side
Display Functions:
Vectorscope - 75% & 100% saturation color targets, analog or digital trace, green or true CbCr trace color, 1-15x magnification
Histogram - Luma only, RGB Parade, Red only, Blue only, Green only, Full Size and Compact Size Options
Focus Assist
Anamorphic - Anamorphic Desqueeze, 17:9 letterbox,
Zebra - Dual adjustable zebra exposure indicators, selectable colors
Grayscale / Monochrome - Grayscale monitoring mode, view Luma or individual red, green or blue color channels
Spot Meter - Luma and Red/Green/Blue values, single spot, dual spot & 8-spot modes
Frame Guides - Programmable Aspect Ratio Guides
False Color - False Color with 6 programmable levels & adjustable ranges
Image Flip - Auto (defeatable)
Pixel-to-Pixel Zoom (1:1) - Image Magnification with frame drag, magnification factors of 1:1, 2:1, 4:1, 6:1, 8:1, 10:1, 12:1
Waveform - Luma only, RGB Parade, Red only, Blue only, Green only, Full Size and Compact Size Options
Peaking - Adjustable peaking, edge detection, noise reduction, user choice of color: Red, Green, Blue, Black, White, or Yellow


Power Input:
DC - 6.5 to 34VDC with built-in reverse polarity protection; locking power connector, built-in power switch
AC - Power Supply


Media Rec Options:
2 x SSD - 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.
Recorder Options:
Timecode - Timecode - LTC I/O (BNC), embedded SDI / HDMI, internal clock
Recorder Channel Count:
More than 3 Channels - (4) channel simultaneous recording is possible
Simultaneous Recording:


Recording Format:
Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) - DCI 4K / UHD 10-bit YCC 422 up to 60 fps
Apple ProRes 422 Proxy - (same specs as 422 HQ)
Apple ProRes 422 LT - (same specs as 422 HQ)
DPX File Format - (uncompressed) Apple ProRes 4444 (XQ) / Apple ProRes 4444
Apple ProRes 422 - (same specs as 422 HQ)

Recording / Media

Media Type:


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3.45 lb
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