Convergent Design announced the Apollo, a new touchscreen monitor/recorder that records four HD video signals in sync and can be used at the same time as a portable live switcher via one HDMI and two SDI outputs.

The Apollo simultaneously records up to four HD video signals plus a fifth channel representing either a live-switched program or a quad-split reference multi-view, the company said. That means users can edit a multi-camera program on the fly while simultaneously recording high-quality masters from each camera for later use. Not bad for a device that measures roughly eight inches by six inches by one inch thick and weighs 1.2 lbs. with a power draw of less than 20 watts.

"Field producers can take it on location, record from any four HD cameras, view a quad-split playback on the way home, and drop all four cameras in perfect sync into a single timeline to dive immediately into an edit," said Convergent Design President Mike Schell in a prepared statement. "A concert performance can be captured by recording four camera ISOs along with recording a line cut that can also be sent to a large live display at the venue."

The recordings can be exported via an Apollo Media Manager app as individual Apple ProRes files or as a single multicamera QuickTime for direct use on an NLE timeline. The device records to two 2.5-inch SSD drives, allowing either extended recording time or redundancy for back-up purposes. Max recording time for Apple ProRes 422 HQ at 30p is 3.5 hours; if you can settle for ProRess 422 LT, you can get up to 8.5 hours.

The display has built in monitoring tools like false color, histogram, vectorscope and zebra to help match cameras during set-up.

If you're one of those power users who scoffs at a device without 4K capabilities, Convergent says it will have you covered early next year, when it plans to enable two channels of 4K/UHD recording on the device. Also due in that free firmware update are DNxHD support, the ability to record an EDL (XML) from a live-switched program, and interconnectivity between up to three devices for 12-channel HD or 6-channel 4K recording.

The Apollo is scheduled to ship next month at an MSRP of $3995. Included in the box will be an SSD-to-USB 3.0 adapter, a five-pack of SSD mounting handles, and a universal AC power supply. If you already own the Odyssey7Q or 7Q+ and the Apollo makes you jealous, an upgrade will be available for $1795.