Post NAB 2014 Spotlight: Solid Camera Ultimate Odyssey 7Q Solution

Now that the 2014 NAB show in Las Vegas is over it’s time to do some coverage! Starting on April 11th and going until the end of the month I will be doing a spotlight on what was good at the show. Each day I’ll focus on something new that I saw. *note* These are being released in no particular order*

**note** I apologize for the delay in these posts, I’ve been battling WordPress back-end bugs.**

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Solid Camera Ultimate Odyssey 7Q Solution

Last year Convergent Design came out with the Odyssey 7 and 7Q, pretty much the best production monitor/recorder combo that I’ve seen; but using it on set has proven to be cumbersome. Enter the Solid Camera (solidcamera.com) Ultimate Odyssey 7Q Solution (hereby dubbed UO7S) . For lack of simpler terms, it’s a cage for your monitor.

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Solid Camera makes a lot of camera support accessories with one major through line: modularity. The UO7S uses a dovetail system to attach accessories for the Odyssey that can be fitted and placed in any configuration you want. The basic kit comes with one dovetail and two side pieces, and can go up to 3 dovetails for maximum accessories.

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Because all of Solid Camera’s stuff is built off the dovetail idea, that mean you can use any of their accessories. If you’re using a rod system, you can use the dovetail-rod adapter and place the unit right on your rig; or get the Solid Camera support arm and mount that way. Solid Camera also makes awesome handles that, if needed, can be thrown onto a light stand.

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The UO7S has been designed to work as not only a monitor/recorder solution, but by mounting a wireless video receiver, adds the ability to be used as a director’s monitor. It’s unique design allows for a neck strap to be thrown on and can go with the director. They’ve even accounted for the in/outs at the bottom and created a bungee system that makes the rig comfortable and useable.

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One of the smaller features that I found completely awesome was the fact that you can place the monitor on it’s face. Usually doing so scratches the monitor, but Solid Camera has built the UO7S with an extended face that protects the monitor if it is placed on its face. This is great for being able to easily add attachments, or if a director haphazardly puts the Odyssey down.

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It might seem like a superfluous piece of gear, but if you’re using an Odyssey 7/7Q on set then have the ability to mount anything to it, and mount it anywhere, in a safe way makes total sense. And best of all Solid Camera stuff is all low price. You can find the UO7S (and all the other great gear at solidcamera.com; and definitely make sure to follow them on twitter (@mysolidcamera).

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Post NAB 2014 Spotlight: Solid Camera Ultimate Odyssey 7Q Solution

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