Many cameras can shoot in 4K today, but most clients still want HD. How can a 4K camera become an enhanced HD device? The answer is one, says Convergent Design : Titan.
Titan HD Extract is the latest option for the Odyssey & Apollo monitor/recorders. Titan uses one 4K camera to create three HD video signals. One frame is a SuperSample of the full image area and two are windows selected from within the original input. These windows can be panned smoothly through the 4K field and the three angles can be Live-Switched. All four HD signals can be recorded simultaneously in Apple ProRes with matching timecode and file names.
Titan is a clear indication that, as Convergent Design suggests, “we have evolved beyond the need for huge amounts of equipment for multicamera production.” While this may not apply to all productions, it is an interesting option that many will, no doubt, want to explore. And it is one of the advantages of 4K and resolutions beyond it.
Confused? Don’t be. Just follow Convergent Design example: shoot a two-subject interview using one camera and Titan and record a Live-Switch of a two-shot plus separate close-ups. Or, for another example, record a panel presentation with a wide master plus a single on the moderator and another of the panel, all from one camera.
Need more? Imagine this: cover a House of Worship service with a shot of the clergyman, another of the chorus, and a wide view of them all – done with the modest investment of one camera and Titan. If sports is your thing, the software is there, also, to help you: with it and a single installed camera capture an entire football field from the 50 yard line, plus follow a player as he runs the course of the field.
Eliminate the render time of reframing in post. Deliver edited content as well as the complete separate angles to your client at the end of the shoot. Shoot a multi-cam job with a kit you can fit in a single backpack.
Titan accepts 4K video signals over HDMI and SDI (original Odyssey7Q limited to 3G-SDI). It also accepts 4K RAW data from the Sony FS5, FS7 & FS700 cameras. Live-Switching is available as cuts and dissolves, and an Edit Decision List is generated as an .EDL file for conforming an edit in post.
Titan is an option for the Odyssey7Q+, Odyssey7Q and Apollo monitor/recorders. Other options (Odyssey RAW Bundle or Apollo) are not required for Titan.
Titan list price is $1295, but Convergent Design will offer the program for a limited time at an introductory price of just $995. Titan is expected to be available around the beginning of October. But if you cant’ wait to see what it does, visit Convergent Design booth at IBC 2016.
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