The Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio Production Switcher is a versatile 1 RU switcher that's a lot more powerful than you might expect at this price. For instance, live-switch a multi-camera shoot of a concert with a mix of high-definition HD-SDI- and HDMI-output camcorders – the six-input ATEM Television Studio can handle it, even applying a frame sync to each input. That means expensive genlocked cameras are simply not necessary.
The three keyers included in the ATEM Control Panel software allow you to add professional graphics such as logos and keys (the switcher features two media player frame stores). Using a green screen, you can even chroma-key a performer against a graphical background – live. Meanwhile, you can be encoding the live concert to H.264 in real time, producing a high-quality, professionally compressed HD file that will be ready for easy upload to the web the minute the show is over.
Another cost-saving feature is the multi-view output, which allows you to display up to 10 video sources on any HDMI- or HD-SDI-enabled screen. This saves not only money but also space: there's simply no need to transport and maintain a full battery of video monitors.
For all its ease of use, ATEM Television Studio also accommodates live-production operations with growth in mind. Perhaps you'll move up from HDMI to HD-SDI camcorders in the near future – the switcher is ready. Or maybe you'll want a professional hardware control panel – Blackmagic's ATEM 1 M/E and 2 M/E panels (not included) both connect to the switcher via Ethernet. In any case, the switcher's operation will be familiar to anyone with an understanding of broadcast switching. This is a professional 10-bit HD switcher that just happens to accommodate lower-budget productions with unexpected finesse.
|Video Inputs||6x Total simultaneous
4x SDI (10-bit HD/SD switchable)
4x HDMI 1.4a (10-bit HD/SD switchable)
|Audio Input||1 x AES/EBU, unbalanced via BNC connector|
|Sync Input||Tri-Sync or black burst|
|Built-in TBC/Frame Sync||6 internal frame synchronizers (all inputs)|
|Program Output||2x SDI (10-bit HD/SD switchable)
1x HDMI 1.4a (10-bit HD/SD switchable)
|Preview (PVW) Output||None|
|Computer Outputs||1x USB 2.0: H.264 encoded from program output. Media Express for Mac OS X and Windows included|
|Quantity of Multi-Views||1|
|Outputs per Multi-View||1x HD-SDI
|SDI Audio Output||2 channels embedded into SDI output|
|Analog Audio Output||None|
|Ethernet||1x 10/100/1000 BaseT input. Allows direct connection between control panel and chassis, or via network|
|Control Panel||ATEM Software Control Panel included free for Mac OS X and Windows. Also compatible with ATEM 1 M/E Broadcast Panel (not included) and ATEM 2 M/E Broadcast Panel (not included)|
|Tally Output||Added via Ethernet connection; GPI and Tally Interface product (not included)|
|GPI||Added via Ethernet connection; GPI and Tally Interface product (not included)|
|Software Update||Using USB connection directly connected to Mac OS X or Windows computers. Includes ATEM Switcher Utility|
|Configuration||Set via ATEM Software Control Panel, excluding ATEM chassis IP address, which is set via the ATEM Switcher Utility connected via USB to chassis|
|Color Space Conversion||Hardware-based, real-time|
|Processing Delay||1 line|
|HD Down Conversion||None|
|HD Format Support||1080i50, 1080i59.94, 720p50, 720p59.94|
|SD Format Support||625/25 PAL, 525/29.97 NTSC|
|SDI Compliance||SMPTE 259M, 292M|
|HDMI Resolutions||Input resolutions for computers: 720 x 480 59.94 Hz, 720 x 576 50 Hz, 1280 x 720 59.94/50 Hz, and 1920 x 1080 59.94/50 Hz|
|Color Space||4:2:2 YUV|
|Channels||2x for key and fill|
|Resize Clip Manually||2 with fill and key|
|Maximum Clip Length||N/A|
|Image Format||PNG, TGA, BMP, GIF, JPEG, and TIFF|
|Number of Windows||1 x 10|
|Routable Windows||Fixed routing|
|Tally||Red for program and green for preview indication|
|Window Source Labels||Yes|
|Dimensions & Weight|
|Dimensions (HxWxD)||1.75 x 19 x 2.5" (88 x 482 x 62mm)|
|Weight||3 lb (1.4 kg)|
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