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Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio Production Switcher

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Product Highlights
  • (6) Inputs - Multiple HDMI and HD/SD-SDI
  • Professional M/E-Style Switcher
  • Real-Time H.264 Encoding for Web Output
  • HD/SD-SDI & HDMI Program Outputs
  • (3) Keyers, Including Chroma Key
  • SDI & HDMI Multi-View Output
  • Frame Sync for Each Input
  • ATEM Control Panel Software (Mac/PC)

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.

Note! For a new ATEM 3.2 software update please follow the links below:

For Mac: Click Here
For Windows: Click Here

Internet Broadcasting
The Internet is the television transmitter for the masses, so now ATEM Television Studio lets you do live production and simultaneously generate H.264 files for the web – all in real time. The moment your event is finished, your encoded file is ready for distribution. Imagine covering events that previously could never justify the cost of a professional multi-camera production, such as local government meetings, school productions, local sports, car racing, concerts, weddings, bands, communities, air shows, and many more
Built to Perform
ATEM Television Studio might be small at only 1 RU, but it's packed with professional power. ATEM includes all the same features as the most powerful switchers used in broadcast, and is not "dumbed-down." This means you get professional results, and a familiar M/E style of operation. ATEM is affordably priced because you can get started with only the switcher chassis and a software based control panel! Then when it's time to add dedicated hardware control, you get only the best because ATEM uses premium quality switches, faders and joysticks that are normally only found on the most expensive switchers available. ATEM even uses an FAA certified operating system for a true broadcast grade switcher
Premium Quality
For the highest-quality video with extremely low processing delay, ATEM features a fully digital 10-bit design. This means you get the highest quality available from cameras, servers, and character generators, with true 10-bit video quality maintained throughout the entire signal path. Get better chroma keying and seamless layering from HDMI and SDI sources so all your video maintains that pristine, broadcast-quality look
Creative Power
ATEM is a truly creative solution for live switching. All transitions are instantly available via a button push on the software control panel, and they include the same cut, mix, and wipe found on traditional mixers. It's simple to load clips into the two built-in media player frame stores for exciting logos and custom titles. If you're doing green screen shoots, the ATEM keyer has you covered, with full chroma keying. Imagine loading a rendered background and using the chroma keyer for an affordable virtual set. ATEM Television Studio also includes two downstream keyers so you can add graphics such as "live" and "replay." You get professional results with the ATEM Television Studio
Incredible Features
ATEM includes all these broadcast features at an affordable price: You get four upstream keyers, each with independent chroma, pattern, shaped, and linear keying. You also get two downstream keyers and independent fade to black. Add unprecedented creativity with graphic wipes and stinger transitions using the two built-in media players. For the ultimate in professional live production, you can use the built-in DVE for amazing DVE transitions or key repositioning. When you're on the move, the built-in multi-view monitoring totally eliminates monitoring costs because all cameras, preview, and program can be viewed on a single SDI or HDMI monitor – multi-view has outputs for both
Software Control
For the ultimate in portability, every ATEM production switcher includes a beautifully designed software control panel, so you can use your switcher from your Mac or PC laptop. ATEM lets you start at a lower cost because you are not forced to buy a control panel. When you're ready to move up to a hardware control panel, then the ATEM 1 M/E Broadcast Panel can be connected via the built-in Ethernet connection. In the meantime, ATEM software control provides a professional M/E workflow control panel with parameter adjustments in simple-to-use palettes. You can manage the switcher media pool and adjust all settings. The switcher control software also includes full keyboard shortcuts
Built-in Media Players
ATEM includes two built-in media player frame-stores so you can save thousands of dollars by eliminating external character generators. Because media players are built into ATEM, you get a fantastic portable solution. Media players are great for logos, backgrounds, lower thirds, bugs, and more! You can route the media player frame-stores to any switcher input, upstream keyer, downstream keyer, or background
Built-in Multi-View
Save thousands of dollars on costly camera monitoring with ATEM's built-in multi-view. Multi-view allows 10 channels of video to be displayed on a single SDI or HDMI television or monitor. You can customize the labels and set safe-area markers on the preview display. Multi-view includes tally, so on-air sources have red borders and preview sources have green borders. ATEM is so portable because you only need the ATEM chassis, laptop, and a single television for a complete multi-camera production environment. Simply connect a single HDMI monitor for a complete solution
More Connections
ATEM Television Studio is a professional broadcast SDI switcher that also includes loads of HDMI connections, so you can start affordably with consumer HDMI cameras. Unlike other switchers, every single video input features an automatic frame re-synchronizer, so you can plug in any device and it always works. That means you can save thousands because you don't need expensive genlock cameras, and you can even plug in computers. Imagine getting started with sophisticated multi-camera production using the latest low-cost and high-quality HD consumer cameras. ATEM Television Studio includes SDI and HDMI program outputs, and you can connect the USB 2.0 port to any computer to record your program feed live, directly to high-quality H.264 files, which can be used for the web (not for livestreaming). ATEM Television Studio includes built-in black, bars, media player, and color generator sources. The ATEM Television Studio includes both SDI and HDMI multi-view outputs
Preview Transitions
When you're in the middle of a busy live production, the last thing you need is to make a mistake. ATEM includes a transition preview function that's as easy to use as pushing the Preview Transition button. The Preview Transition button lets you see how the transition will look on the preview output of the switcher. Now you can see the effect before it goes on air
Adobe Photoshop Plug-in
For incredible character and title generation, every ATEM includes a Photoshop plug-in that lets you instantly download graphics and titles from Photoshop directly into the ATEM media pool. Imagine the moment a live event happens, you can update your Photoshop file and instantly download it into the ATEM media player: Now you can get titles on air in seconds. Because Photoshop is the standard tool for millions of graphic designers, it's easy to get help to create your own custom graphics. ATEM supports rendered stills and clip sequences from Photoshop, After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, and many more programs
Connectivity
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)
Total Outputs 6
Program Output 2x SDI (10-bit HD/SD switchable)
1x HDMI 1.4a (10-bit HD/SD switchable)
Preview (PVW) Output None
Auxiliary 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
1x HDMI
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)
Serial Communication None
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
Processing
Color Space Conversion Hardware-based, real-time
Processing Delay 1 line
HD Down Conversion None
Standards
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
Video Sampling 4:2:2
Color Precision 10-bit
Color Space 4:2:2 YUV
Media Player
Quantity 2
Channels 2x for key and fill
Resize Clip Manually 2 with fill and key
Clip Capacity None
Maximum Clip Length N/A
Image Format PNG, TGA, BMP, GIF, JPEG, and TIFF
Video Format N/A
Audio Format N/A
Multi-View Monitoring
Number of Windows 1 x 10
Routable Windows Fixed routing
Tally Red for program and green for preview indication
Window Source Labels Yes
Extras
Keyers 3x Total
1x Upstream
2x Downstream
3x Linear/Luma
1x Chroma
Generators 2x Pattern
2x Color
DVE None
Power
Redundant Power No
Input Voltage 12-30V
Power Consumption 20W
Dimensions & Weight
Dimensions (HxWxD) 1.75 x 19 x 2.5" (4.4 x 48.2 x 6.3 cm)
Weight 3 lb (1.4 kg)
Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio Production Switcher
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  • 1 Year Limited Warranty
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    Blackmagic DesignATEM Television Studio Production Switcher
     
    4.2

    (based on 69 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (37)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (21)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    83%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Reliable (24)
    • Fast (20)
    • Small (18)
    • Easy to set up (17)
    • Compact (15)

    Cons

    • Limited compatibility (6)
    • Runs hot (6)
    • Lacks functionality (5)
    • Incompatible (3)
    • Unreliable (3)

    Best Uses

    • Rack mounted (16)
    • In the studio (10)
    • Smaller networks (9)
    • High-end multimedia (8)
    • Desktop (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • High bandwidth user (19), Frequent user (9), Business owner (8), Heavy duty user (7), Professional artist (7)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (41), Personal (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (16)
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC (15), Mac (14)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Amazingly Awesome!

    Generally speaking my needs were modest. I just wanted something like an HDMI switcher that didn't cause a need to resync the HDMI signal when I switched.

    I was already using an...Read complete review

    Generally speaking my needs were modest. I just wanted something like an HDMI switcher that didn't cause a need to resync the HDMI signal when I switched.

    I was already using an Avermedia Gamer Live HD to do my live broadcasts online, and you should consider this PCI card if you're also looking at H.264 encoder hardware separately. This little gem will also do the H.264 encoding, but I really just needed the switching part and was happy with my encoder, so I'm not reviewing the part that takes the output and broadcasts it over the internet, but you can do that with this hardware with more effort possibly. I generally recommend that if you're going to do that, you make that simple and get another $200 solution to do that, but I believe you can get this device to do both switching and streaming at the same time if you're a hacker, but out-of-the-box I like my Avermedia solution for that since it can take in a 1080p60 signal and broadcast 1080p30.

    The one limitation on this device is that you have to have all of your HDMI signals coming in at the same format. For me, I chose 1080i60. I needed the resolution, and this was the common denominator for all my sources.

    It would be awesome if this device provided a 1080p60 output and allowed me to switch between some 1080p60 and some 1080i60 inputs, but it doesn't. This probably won't matter to plenty of people, but if you were doing a live performance to record on one of the new Sony consumer camcorders coming out that takes HDMI input and records it, that would be a great feature to support the older devices and also allow for higher bandwidth content at the same full HD resolution.

    I also purchased one HDMI to SDI converter for another $300 because I wanted to hook up 5 devices, but there are some reports that the GoPro Hero3 on some of the black magic devices needs this to work due to some problem. Since I ran out of HDMI's anyway, I just went ahead and got the HDMI to SDI converter. I plan to hook up one more device later that has SDI (a Sony NEX FS700U).

    The devices I successfully connected and got working are:

    Sony XR550V camcorder
    MacBook Pro retina
    Nikon D5100
    JVC GC-PX10US
    Casio EX-ZR1000

    My uses for this are to do live broadcasts with consumer HDMI-output cameras including some playing back of events live from various camera sources in slow motion. So I use the built-in consumer camera features to show things in slow motion. For this to work, it requires a couple of people operating a couple of computers and cameras, but the goal is to get an interactive show performing slow motion recording and playback of stuff .. mostly just for fun.

    In general, this is a great little toy that is inexpensive enough to give a kid who might have an ambition to get into the television industry or who might want to have his own online show. And the performance and feature set of the software are full-blown including downstream keying and chroma-key and all the advanced topics. So it's priced like a toy and performs like a pro. It just has some technical limitations on being stuck in a single input and output format (EG: 1080i60/720p60). If you need to mix standard definition inputs, or output both standard and high definition, you are going to have to spend more money. But a great little tool for anyone to play with.

    One more thing is that I use my own audio mixer, but I believe that if you need to audio mixing with their software that will work too.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Shows promise - falls short

    I'm using this ATEM TVS as live event switcher, in an academic environment.

    First thing - doesn't support 60hz video. This means if you want to use a scaler that converts...Read complete review

    I'm using this ATEM TVS as live event switcher, in an academic environment.

    First thing - doesn't support 60hz video. This means if you want to use a scaler that converts a computer signal to a video signal then it won't work. It used to work for me with the 3.1 software using a Gefen DVI to HD scaler at 720i60, but tech support told me that with 3.3 (which allows you to include audio from a camera source - good) it had to be "more restrictive" with what the switcher would accept. My scaler that once worked is now not compatible because of their software update (-bad). In my line of work we need to have the computer screen's image be a part of the event and I haven't found anything that works with ATEM TVS yet.

    All cameras or sources need to be the same resolution - so there's no mixing and matching of older SD cameras with HD and a DVI or VGA computer source via an adapter. That was something that I didn't realize, but their manual explains this. So, download the manual before you buy.

    Blackmagic Tech Support only recommend 10 foot runs with HDMI cables. The most I could get was 14 ft length. I have 50foot cables that can connect to my monitor directly but not to this switcher. Their HDMI length restriction is too short for my needs.

    Their tech support recommends their HDMI to SDI converters which are pricey. Add up the price of all extra conversion per camera and it's a budget breaker. My vendor for streaming media wrongly recommended HDMI. That's my fault, but no where is an HDMI 10ft restriction listed publicly from Blackmagic... I had to call to find out. So, if you are buying cameras for this, stick with SDI out and also make sure your camera and SDI cables are compatible as not all are.

    You cannot monitor the audio via headphones with the computer that runs the switcher software. You have to have something that accepts the program out HDMI and can give you a headphone port.

    If you have a mixer for multiple analog audio inputs, remember that you need a digital converter to AES/EBU. Behringer makes one. Once again more extra purchases puts buying the ATEM TVS into question when you could buy competitors, or even the other ATEM products.

    If you are using a laptop like a macbook pro remember that your ethernet will need to be used to control the switcher, therefore eliminating the port for hard-wired internet use. They say you can control it via network, but my locked down network environment restricts this. I need that hard-wired ethernet for my internet which allows streaming stability.

    If I try to connect my laptop via wireless it cuts my connection to the switcher. Too bad the ATEM TVS is not controlled another way.

    In short, it shows promise but the restrictions make it impossible to recommend. So I won't be recommending it campus-wide at this time.

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    5.0

    works well

    By ajs

    from Atlanta

    About Me High bandwidth user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Small

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio Production Switcher:

        good for live switch of the ballet recital on location.
        Things BM doesn't tell you unless you ask, is you have to have all your inputs set to the same resolution. all my cameras output 1080i. This switcher will only output up to
        1080i. So this works for my application. I would be better if it would output 1080p. You can live switch up to 6 cameras but, only as 4 SDI & 2 HDMI, or 2 SDI & 4 HDMI at one time. four of the inputs are shared. To run the switcher on my mac I had to disable the internet connection while in use, due to an address conflict.
        I can cut cameras with my mac keyboard or do auto dissolves. A really nice feature is you can record a simultaneous mp4 directly to your computer while outputting to a recorder.

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac

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        5.0

        Great Switcher for High School Broadcast

        By TurnerTechGuy

        from Beloit, WI

        About Me Low bandwidth user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Fast
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Rack Mounted
          • School
          • Smaller Networks

          Comments about Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio Production Switcher:

          We are using the ATEM TVS for broadcasting a school news and also for multi-camera athletics broadcasts. We are using the chroma upstream key for doing green screen effects and the downstream keying for adding titles and graphics. This switcher works great and has all the features we needed to take our productions to the next level.

          • Primary use:
          • Business
          • Computer Platform:
          • PC

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          5.0

          Speechless

          By JamesMedia

          from California

          Comments about Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio Production Switcher:

          Simply Amazing! It just works the way it's suppose to, and for $ you can't beat it. Within a hour I was set up and recording H264 and streaming live video in 1080 on YouTube. I miss understood the product description assuming I can stream live video right out the mixer. Once I found out that did not happen just order the black magic SDI to thunderbolt mini recorder life is perfect. Now it's time to purchase the black magic 12x12 smart matrix. The black magic ATEM is the best piece of equipment that we now own.

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          5.0

          awesome and simple

          By skaggs

          from Bentonville, AR

          About Me High bandwidth user

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            Cons

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                Comments about Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio Production Switcher:

                been working with "prosumer" style switchers and components for 20 years. this is one of the best pieces of equipment I've ever owned.

                • Primary use:
                • Business
                • Computer Platform:
                • PC

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                4.0

                Solid

                By Claus

                from Saipan, USA

                About Me Low bandwidth user

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                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Desktop
                  • Home
                  • Larger Networks
                  • Rack Mounted
                  • Smaller Networks

                  Comments about Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio Production Switcher:

                  Have only been testing it for the moment, but was highly impressed. Cameras tested with the ATEM were Canon HV20/30, XF100, Pana GH2 and a GoPro 3+ Silver. Besides the GoPro, all cams worked. I was told you could get the GoPro to work with an AJA HA5, and run into the ATEM via SDI.

                  Setup was a breeze. The use of the ATEM is absolutely simple. I haven't played with the keyer yet though.

                  Could have more features, but you can't expect too much for that price.

                  Have quite a bunch of Blackmagic products already, and I'm very satisfied with that brand - especially the build quality.

                  Cons: Gets a bit warm. Can't use the h.264 for streaming directly to the web with a Mac.

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                  • Business
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  5.0

                  big value for small price

                  By webcastman

                  from tennessee

                  Comments about Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio Production Switcher:

                  This switcher is a great value.. can use 6 camera inputs.. as well as h264 encoder..

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                  2.0

                  Believe the other bad reviews....

                  By Steve

                  from Raleigh, NC

                  About Me High bandwidth user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • It Functions

                  Cons

                  • Incompatible
                  • Unreliable

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio Production Switcher:

                    I am using the product in conjunction with another Blackmagic ATEM Television Studio switcher, in a 4x2 matrix setup, in a live environment. I understood fully the implications of only being able to choose between 720p and 1080i for all inputs and outputs of the switcher prior to purchase.

                    Here's the problem. If you are using any computers for presentation, they will not work at 1080i because the BMD switcher can only do framerates 50Hz and 59.94Hz at 1080i. They work at 720p. So, if any of your "consumer cameras" as BMD advertises, output in 1080i/p only, and not 720p, you are screwed.

                    Blackmagic's best answer to this was to purchase 2 more products from them to convert the signal to something useable by this switcher. But now, the latency of the IMAG feed is so hi+. We were getting better performance piping the camera through QLAB.

                    Finally, all of my blackmagic stuff, switchers, and mini converters, crash about every 12-24 hours and have to be given a power reset. Systems were on a UPS batter backup.

                    Buyer beware. If you have professional cameras you'll be fine with this product.

                    Beware this brand, nothing is as advertised. Yes, they list some of the limitations of the product, but fail to point out glaring, major problems until you are trying to set the product up and having to call their support line.

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                    • Business
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • Mac

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                    5.0

                    Great for what we need it for.

                    By Steve The Fox

                    from Calgary, AB

                    About Me High bandwidth user

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Fast
                    • Small

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Desktop
                      • Rack Mounted

                      Comments about Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio Production Switcher:

                      we only use this about once or twice a week. We plug in 1 or 2 laptops, and a camera to do web casts. If we are using a seperate sound system in a larger room, we just run the audio into the camera. It does a fine job.

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                      • Business
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • PC

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                      4.0

                      Solid Product

                      By Pete B.

                      from Winchendon, MA

                      About Me High bandwidth user

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Multiple Inputs
                      • Small
                      • Turn Key
                      • User Friendly

                      Cons

                      • Direct Stream Difficulty

                      Best Uses

                      • Light Video Production
                      • Rack Mounted
                      • Small Events
                      • Streaming Video

                      Comments about Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio Production Switcher:

                      The ATEM TV studio production switcher is a solid product that has dramatically changed the way we think about and produce videos. In our private prep school environment, we have budding journalists who want to polish their skills through the use of more professional equipment than their iPhone. We also have events, such as commencement, that bring remote families and friends to the event that otherwise wouldn't be able to share in the memory. Though we had difficulty streaming directly from the TVS, we were able to add on a capture device to stream the program HDMI output to the web with ease. The interface is user friendly, and all of the features are at your finger tips. It's a great little unit that will get plenty of use.

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                      • Business
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Mac

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                      5.0

                      Ease and speed and high quality workmans

                      By fares

                      from Saudi Arabia

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                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio Production Switcher:

                            1 - conduction velocity and networking.
                            2 - Easy to install.
                            3 - high quality and professional work.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • PC

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                            5.0

                            Performs as I expected.

                            By Dan

                            from LA, CA

                            About Me Low bandwidth user

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                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Fast
                            • Small

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio Production Switcher:

                                This switcher does what it advertises. I have 3 different HDMI cameras hooked up and they switch perfectly. Setting up the control over Ethernet was the only thing that didn't just happen on it's own. But a simple Google search on the topic let me to a walkthru of the process that worked perfectly. It's working great for me.

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                                • Business
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                                • PC

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                                4.0

                                great piece of art

                                By onechucx

                                from Abuja, Nigeria

                                About Me High bandwidth user

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                                Pros

                                • Easily Expanded
                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Fast
                                • Reliable
                                • Remotely Managed Over Ip
                                • Small

                                Cons

                                • Easily Heated Up On Long

                                Best Uses

                                • Larger Networks
                                • Rack Mounted
                                • Smaller Networks

                                Comments about Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio Production Switcher:

                                We use this in our TV channel that runs 24 hours every day and i can guarantee that its ability to deliver HD video is amazing.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business
                                • Computer Platform:
                                • Mac

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                                5.0

                                Studio experience under $[$]

                                By MistahVega

                                from Gainesville, GA

                                About Me High bandwidth user

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easily Expanded
                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Fast
                                • Reliable
                                • Small

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Desktop
                                  • Home
                                  • Larger Networks
                                  • Rack Mounted
                                  • Smaller Networks

                                  Comments about Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio Production Switcher:

                                  Gives our students a studio experience for under $[$], enough said.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • PC

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                                  4.0

                                  Mostly Great

                                  By Will the Church Video Guy

                                  from Montgomery Al

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                  • Affordable
                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Reliable
                                  • Small

                                  Cons

                                  • No Scaling On Inputs
                                  • No Upscaling
                                  • Single Resolution

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Broadcast
                                  • Churches
                                  • Schools

                                  Comments about Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio Production Switcher:

                                  I've had the ATEM TVS for five months now - it's been running continuously in our control room powered up and working. It works great in a broadcast environment. The multi viewer is impressive and the device can be set up to be controlled from a keyboard. the computer interface makes it very flexible. I actually bought a separate number pad and use that as my control surface.
                                  A few of draw backs -
                                  1) I had a mac computer hooked up to the HDMI and it detected the EDID but the "480p" and "480i" signals didn't work for the ATEM. My guess is that this had to do with the firmware upgrade that I understand actually made the device pickier. I assume they didn't update the EDID. After buying a BMD hdmi to SDI mini converter it worked fine.
                                  2) It doesn't mix and match resolutions at all. Everything has to be 720p or 1080i or 480p/i. The same is true for aspect ratios if you have one 4:3 source you're going to have to get a separate scaler.
                                  3) It doesn't even do simple upscaling, which is surprising since my $50 DVD player does. So if you have a single 480 source you not only have to set everything else to 480, you have to buy an entirely separate scaler to get it to 720 or 1080 if that's what your destination requires.
                                  4) The computer I have hooked to it works great with USB connection. Both the TVS and it's control computer freak out if I hook them into our network. Our IT department has looked at it and they can't figure out why, but it seems the TVS switches it's IP address randomly. This may be a bug with my device only, because I haven't seen anyone else talk about it.

                                  Other than that it has worked fine. I've actually been using it as an auxiliary switcher in our environment for which it works great. I wouldn't recommend it as a primary switcher though. On an editorial note, I also recommend having a separate audio mix for this or any other audio-embedded switcher, it just works better.

                                  Someone mentioned having trouble getting it to work with longer run HDMI cables. I saw the same thing. I will say that in general HDMI isn't meant to run much longer than 10 feet, though you can get 100+ with the right cable. That being said I used both Intellix and Mux Lab HDMI over Coax extenders which can do up to 300 feet easily.

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                                  • Business
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • Mac

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                                  5.0

                                  Works Great!

                                  By rbmcmullan

                                  from Traverse City MI area

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Comments about Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio Production Switcher:

                                  We use the ATEM in a live music venue with 3 HD Videos cameras and it worka great for our use. It is easy to set up and get operating. We did have to get 3 HDMI to SDI converters because out distance to the cameras was long. I don't know of anything else that will do what this does for the price. It does what is says it will do and if that is what you want, I recommend it.

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                                  4.0

                                  Good stuff!

                                  By Colby

                                  from Dallas

                                  Comments about Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio Production Switcher:

                                  I am new to video mixing and switching. This piece of equipment has changed my life. I'm sure I will recognize its limitations in the coming season, however so far so good. Easy to set up and everything just works. it does not support a 1080 P format which I don't quite understand… However it does 1080i.

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                                  4.0

                                  Amazing for the price

                                  By JBarineau

                                  from San Francisco, California

                                  About Me High bandwidth user

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                                  Pros

                                  • Value

                                  Cons

                                  • Incompatible

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Camera Switch

                                  Comments about Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio Production Switcher:

                                  Does not scale inputs but acts but it functions similarly to a Newtek Tricaster.

                                  All my Cameras and Laptop work perfectly with this device.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • Mac

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                                  5.0

                                  Getting Busy with Mixing

                                  By Beaver Island News

                                  from Beaver Island, MI

                                  About Me High bandwidth user

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                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Good Luck
                                      • Home

                                      Comments about Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio Production Switcher:

                                      Although I have only had a short time to work with this product, I have some recommendations for those that might want to mix three or more cameras. This does NOT work with all HD cameras. It would not work with Canon HV30 or Canon HV40 cameras. I recommend buying some newer cameras, and getting all of them the same brand and model so your learning curve won't be as wide as mine. I have my cameras on order, so haven't had the working time with the mixer yet. Try one out before buying one and get someone who knows how to use it. The manual is not so terrific if you don't know the language of video mixing.

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                                      • Business
                                      • Computer Platform:
                                      • PC

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                                      5.0

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                                      By JRUT

                                      from Irwin, PA

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                                      Comments about Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio Production Switcher:

                                      I love this Video Switcher! [@]

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                                      5.0

                                      Amazing little switcher

                                      By KM Video

                                      from Camden, SC

                                      About Me High bandwidth user

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Set Up
                                      • Fast
                                      • Reliable
                                      • Small

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Rack Mounted

                                        Comments about Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio Production Switcher:

                                        The ATEM Television Studio Production Switcher by Blackmagic Design does exactly what it says it will. If you are looking for a HDMI/SDI video switcher that has upstream and down stream keys, multiple transitions and it is easy to use with the included software.

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                                        • Business
                                        • Computer Platform:
                                        • PC

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