Blackmagic ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K

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The ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K from Blackmagic Design is a live event multi camera production switcher with 20 video inputs built into a 2RU chassis. Supporting NTSC/PAL/HD and Ultra HD 4K (3840x2160) video formats, the switcher connects to a wide range of cameras and sources, delivering a single program stream in SD, HD, or Ultra HD video. All this is done live and in real time with no rendering required. The switcher features a reference video input for synchronizing the switcher to other equipment using tri-level or blackburst sync. Each input also features its own frame synchronizer, which allows you to use cameras that do not feature Genlock as well as input video from computer sources.


The switcher provides 20 6G-SDI video inputs and one 4K HDMI input, which shares a channel with one of the 6G-SDI inputs. Outputs include three 6G-SDI Program outputs, one HDMI Program output, six 6G-SDI auxiliary outputs. All inputs and outputs are SD/HD/UHD switchable, with the exception of dedicated down-converted HD Program output for monitoring UHD footage on an SDI-equipped HD monitor. Two independent multi-view outputs are available, in both SDI and HDMI, so you can monitor up to 16 cameras across two screens.


The switcher features luma and chroma keyers for real time effects and composites in Ultra HD, with 10-bit processing. Two downstream keyers allow you to use two graphics/logos/titles/lower thirds from up to twenty stored graphics in a wide variety of formats. Additionally, the switcher features a built-in SuperSource layer switcher which, in addition to the two full M/E's, keyers and DVE, provides an additional four independent DVE channels letting you re-size and position live cameras, video replays, broadcast graphics, and more.


A built-in 22-input audio mixer handles the embedded HDMI and SDI audio from the 20 active video inputs as well as audio from the balanced or unbalanced analog audio inputs to provide you flexibility and creative audio options. Audio output is embedded in the SDI and HDMI stream, as well as available via balanced audio outputs. The control panels connect via the Ethernet port and provide control all the features of the switcher. Illuminated front panel buttons on the switcher allow you to locally select the aux output, while a 2-inch LCD screen built into the front of the unit allows you to see the aux output for instant confirmation of the correct output.


Either a Mac or PC running the included ATEM software controls the switcher's operation and settings. For those who like the feel of a physical control panel, the optional ATEM 1 M/E and 2 M/E Broadcast Panels can be used.


Ultra HD Support 3840 x 2160p 23.98/24/25/29.97
HD Format Support 720p 50/59.94
1080i 50/59.94
1080p 23.98/24/25/29.97/50/59.94
SD Format Support NTSC: 525/29.97 - 4:3/16:9
PAL: 625/25 - 4:3/16:9
HDMI Input Resolution Supported Input resolutions for computer:
720 x 480i 59.94 Hz
720 x 576i 50 Hz
1280 x 720 50/59.94 Hz
1920 x 1080 50/59.94 Hz
3840 x 2160 23.98/24/25/29.97 Hz

Note: Also supported are: 24, 30, and 60 Hz inputs when switcher is in 23.98, 29.97, and 59.94 Hz formats respectively.
SDI Compliance SMPTE 259M, 292M
Video Inputs 20 x SDI (10-bit SD/HD/Ultra HD switchable)
1 x HDMI Type A (10-bit SD/HD/Ultra HD switchable)
2 Channel embedded audio for SDI and HDMI inputs
Audio Input Digital
20 x Embedded audio via SDI or HDMI

2 x XLR
2 x RCA
Extra Audio Inputs
1 x XLR Timecode
1 x XLR Talkback
Audio Output SDI Audio Output
2 Channels embedded into SDI outputs
2 x XLR Program
2 x XLR Montior
Extra Audio Outputs
1 x XLR Timecode
1 x XLR Talkback
Sync Input 1 x SDI, Tri-Sync or Blackburst
Frame Synchronizer 20 x Internal frame synchronizers (all inputs)
Program Output 3 x SDI (10-bit SD/HD/Ultra HD switchable)
1 x HDMI Type A (10-bit SD/HD/Ultra HD switchable)
1 x SDI (Ultra HD to HD downcoverted output)
Preview Output 1 x SDI (10-bit SD/HD/Ultra HD switchable)
Auxiliary Output 6 x SDI (10-bit SD/HD/Ultra HD switchable)
Multi View Output 2 x SDI
2 x HDMI
Multi View Output 1 x SDI
1 x HDMI
Ethernet 1 x 10/100/1000 BaseT input. Allows direct connection between control panel and chassis, or via network
Tally Output Added via Ethernet connection to Blackmagic Designed GPI and Tally Interface product (sold separately)
GPI Added via Ethernet connection

Note: GPI and Tally Interface product are optional and are not included
USB Interface 1x USB 2.0 port
Color Space Conversion Hardware based, real time
Processing Delay <2 lines
Video Sampling 4:2:2
Color Space REC 601
REC 709
REC 2020
Color Precision 10-bit
Audio Mixer 22 input mixer (2 channels per input)
Selectable On/Off/Audio-Follow-Video
Level and Peak metering
Master gain control
Dedicated analog outputs for monitoring
Built-in Media Players
Quantity 2
Channels 2 x per Media Player (fill and key)
Still Image Capacity 32 with fill and key
Clip Capacity Quantity
2 with fill and key

Maximum Clip Length
Ultra HD: 180 frames
1080p/i: 720 frames
720p: 1600 frames
NTSC/PAL: 3600 frames
Image File Formats Still

TGA sequence

Multi-View Monitoring
Display Minimum monitor resolution: 1366 x 768
Number of Windows 2 Multi-view display with 10 x windows for:
16 x assignable displays
Tally Red for program and green for preview indication

Note: Requires optional Blackmagic Design GPI and Tally interface product
Window Source Labels Yes
Front Panel Controls
Buttons 42 LED buttons for Aux switching
LCD Display LCD display of Aux output
Control Panel

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