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Blackmagic Design ATEM Production Studio 4K Live Switcher

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Product Highlights
  • Supports NTSC/PAL/HD/UltraHD 4K @ 10-bit
  • Supports 4K Resolution Over SDI or HDMI
  • 4 x 6G-SDI & 4 x HDMI Inputs (4k/HD/SD)
  • Tri-Sync/Blackburst Ref. Sync Input
  • 8 x Built-in Frame Synchronizers
  • Multiview Monitoring in HD
  • Program Outputs in SD/HD/4K HD
  • 1 x Upstream & 2 x Downstream Keyers
  • Audio: 10 x Input, 2 Channel Mixer
  • Hardware or Software Mac/PC Control

The Blackmagic ATEM Production Studio 4K Live Switcher is a live event multi camera production switcher with 8 individual Ultra HD inputs built into a 1RU chassis. Supporting NTSC/PAL/HD and Ultra HD video formats via Four Single Link 6G-SDI and Four 4K HDMI inputs, 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 can handle inputs from all inputs at the same time.

The switcher provides six video outputs that are always active. Featuring one SDI and one HDMI Program output , both of which deliver SD/HD/Ultra HD, with one Aux SD/HD/Ultra HD Output that can deliver a clean Program feed without any downstream effects, as primary outputs. The switcher also features an HD only Program output signal for monitoring on an SDI-equipped HD monitor. Multiview monitoring is also HD only over dedicated SDI or HDMI output, and Multiview allows you to view the Program, Preview, six active inputs and two graphic channels (media players) on one screen at the same time. The switcher features a built-in compliment of one Upstream and two Downstream keyers for real time effects and composites in Ultra HD, with 10-bit processing. The 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.

A built-in two channel audio mixer handles the embedded HDMI and SDI audio from the six active video inputs as well as audio from the balanced and 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. 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, available ATEM Broadcast Panels, connected via the Ethernet port, also control all the features of the switcher. Illuminated front panel buttons allow you to locally select the Aux output, while a two inch LCD screen built into the front of the unit allows you to see the Aux output for instant confirmation of the correct output.

Video

The ATEM Production Studio Live 4K Switcher supports 4K Ultra HD video (3840 x 2160), which is four times the resolution of Full HD. It has eight video inputs, all of which can be active simultaneously.
The switcher features four single link 6G-SDI and four HDMI 4K inputs, which allows you to connect SD/HD/Ultra HD and computer-based signal to the switcher. Although the switcher takes reference video in for sync timing so that it can interface with other post production equipment, each input has its own Frame synchronizer, which enables you to use cameras that do not have genlock capability or for input of computer sources such as Keynote or PowerPoint Presentations
The capture video format is set by the user, and must be the same across each input, as the switcher cannot scale different input formats to match the project format.

Audio

The switcher includes a built-in audio mixer that allows you to adjust the audio embedded in the SDI and HDMI signals. With 10 inputs available the 2 channel mixer can also adjust levels of both the balanced and unbalanced analog inputs.

6 Video Outputs

The switcher features 3 program outputs for the final video, delivering SD/HD/Ultra HD via both a 6G-SDI port and HDMI 4K connector. The third program output is an HD-SDI only port (Ultra HD is automatically down-converted).
Two Multi-view outputs allow you to see Program, Preview, the 6 live inputs and the two graphic channels on one screen at the same time. There is 1 SDI and 1 HDMI connector which feeds the Multi-view output to HD monitors.
The switcher features an SDI Aux output that is capable of delivering the Program out feed with or without the downstream keyer effects in SD, HD and Ultra HD. Control of the Aux output is by front mounted panel buttons, and built-in 2-inch LCD screen for immediate confirmation of the Aux output.

Multi View Monitoring

Multi view allows you to view the program, preview, 6 live inputs and 2 media players side by side. You can also add custom labels that make it easy to identify each input.

Effects

The switcher features an upstream keyer that includes independent chroma, pattern, shaped and luma keying all at Ultra HD resolution with 10-bit processing. Two downstream keyers allow you to add graphics, lower thirds, titles and logos for a polished live production.

Control Interface

The ATEM 4K switcher uses an Ethernet connection to interface with control surfaces such as the optional ATEM 1 M/E and 2 M/E Broadcast Panels.
You can also control the switcher by using the included ATEM Software Control software from a Mac or Windows computer over Ethernet. You can control all production settings of the switcher as well as directly import graphics from your computer into the switcher's media pool.
You set the format for each project you are working on, from SD to HD to Ultra HD, selecting resolution and frame rate. This is accomplished by using either the included software for Mac/PC, or via the ATEM 1 M/E or ATEM 2 M/E Broadcast Panel.
Using the Ethernet port on the switcher allows you to connect control surfaces directly to the switcher or you can control the switcher across a network.
The Switcher features a mini USB port that is used for software updates and to set the switcher's Chassis IP address, which can only be done by using a computer running the ATEM Switcher Utility connected to the switcher's USB port.

Rack Mount

The switcher is a single RU in height and has built-in rack mount ears, for mounting in a production road case or in a post production facility.
Standards
Ultra HD Support SDI
3840 x 2160p 23.98/24/25/29.97/30

HDMI: Computer Input Resolutions
3840 x 2160 23.98/24/25/29.97Hz
HD Format Support SDI
720p 50/59.941080i 59.94
1080i 50/59.94

1080p 23.98/24/25/29.97/50/59.94

HDMI: Computer Input Resolutions
1280 x 720 50/59.94Hz
1920 x 1080 50/59.94Hz
SD Format Support SDI
NTSC: 525/29.97 - 4:3/16:9
PAL: 625/25 - 4:3/16:9

HDMI: Computer Input Resolutions
720 x 480 59.94 Hz
720 x 576 50Hz
SDI Compliance SMPTE 259M, 292M
Connectivity
Video Inputs 4 x SDI (10-bit SD/HD/Ultra HD switchable)
4 x HDMI 4K(10-bit SD/HD/Ultra HD switchable)
Audio Input Digital
8 x Embedded audio via SDI or HDMI
1 x AES/EBU

Analog
2 x XLR
2 x RCA
Sync Input 1 x SDI: Tri-Sync or Blackburst
Frame Synchronizer 8 x Internal frame synchronizers (all inputs)
Program Output 1 x SDI (10-bit SD/HD/Ultra HD switchable)
1 x HDMI 4K (10-bit SD/HD/Ultra HD switchable)
1 x SDI (HD-SDI only)
Auxiliary Output 1 x SDI (10-bit SD/HD/Ultra HD switchable)
Multi View Output 1 x SDI (HD-SDI)
1 x HDMI (HD)
Preview (PVW) Output None
Quantity of Multi-Views 1
SDI Audio Output 2 Channels embedded into SDI output
Analog Audio Output 2 x XLR
Ethernet 1 x 10/100/1000 BaseT input. Allows direct connection between control panel and chassis, or via network
Serial Communication None
Tally Output Added via Ethernet connection

Note: GPI and Tally Interface product are optional and are not included
GPI Added via Ethernet connection

Note: GPI and Tally Interface product are optional and are 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
Video Sampling 4:2:2
Color Space REC 601
REC 709
Color Precision 10-bit
Built-in Media Players
Quantity 2
Channels 2 x Fill and key total (1 per Media Player)
Still Image Capacity 20
Image Format PNG, TGA, BMP, GIF, JPEG, and TIFF
Multi-View Monitoring
Display Minimum monitor resolution: 1366 x 768
Number of Windows 1 Multi-view display with 10 x windows for:
Preview
Program
8 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 Illuminated button control Aux output settings
LCD Display 1 x 2" LCD display of Aux output
Control Panel
Software ATEM Software Control Panel for both Mac and PC

Mac
OS x 10.7 Lion or later
OS x 10.8 Mountain Lion or later

Windows
Windows 7 64-bit
Windows 8 32/64-bit

Note: software included with purchase of ATEM Production Studio 4K
Hardware ATEM 1 M/E Broadcast Panel
ATEM 2 M/E Broadcast Panel

Note: hardware panels are optional not included
Extras
Keyers 1 x Upstream
2 x Downstream
3 x Linear/Luma
1 x Chroma
Generators 2 x Pattern
2 x Color
Power
Input Voltage 110/240 V AC, 50/60 Hz

Note: IEC power cord required, not included
Power Consumption 60W
Redundant Power No
General
Temperature Operating Temperature
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)

Storage Temperature
-4 to 140°F (-20 to 60°C)
Relative Humidity Up to 95%
Dimensions (HxWxD) 1.7 x 19.0 x 5.0" (44 x 482 x 127mm)

1RU-sized unit with built-in rack mount ears
Weight 3.75 lb (1.7 kg)
Blackmagic Design ATEM Production Studio 4K Live Switcher
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    Blackmagic DesignATEM Production Studio 4K Live Switcher
     
    4.1

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

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      (1)

    78%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (7)
    • Compact (6)
    • Professional quality (6)
    • Lightweight (4)
    • Improves performance (3)

    Cons

    • Limited compatibility (3)

    Best Uses

    • Independent films (5)
    • In the studio (4)
    • Complex projects (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Business owner (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (7)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Real-time Weddings

    Real-time Weddings

    I used this switcher for weddings in real time and avoid a lengthy post production, I connected 3 sony fs100 video and I really liked how easy it is to...Read complete review

    Real-time Weddings

    I used this switcher for weddings in real time and avoid a lengthy post production, I connected 3 sony fs100 video and I really liked how easy it is to manage the switcher 4k, I'm still learning some of this product but so far I am satisfied like my purchase

    I wish I had a thunderbolt port

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Noisy fan, no encoder

    Pros: can handle many more input formats than TVS and has analog audio in and out via XLR. Also has assignable aux out.

    Cons: Very noisy fan, which is not...Read complete review

    Pros: can handle many more input formats than TVS and has analog audio in and out via XLR. Also has assignable aux out.

    Cons: Very noisy fan, which is not a problem if using it in a control room, but is not good on set or on location. Also, does not have onboard encoder that outputs MP4 via USB like TVS, so need to have a separate encoder if livestreaming.

    Bottom line: save some dollars and get TVS unless you really need analog audio, aux out, or more choices in supported formats.

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    5.0

    Solid!

    By Franklin

    from Hampton, Virginia

    Comments about Blackmagic Design ATEM Production Studio 4K Live Switcher:

    I bought this unit to shoot live video in a large ballroom while showing the live feed on 2 10x12 screens in the same room. I ran a HD/SDI cable from my Panasonic Varicam to the 4K Studio. Everything was plug and play. The key was to get my laptop that I used to roll video during the event to run at 59.94 like the video coming from the camera. It is important to know that all your video sources must be the same going in to the switcher. I used the 2 HD-SDI program outputs to broadcast via 2 HD projectors. I had to convert the HD/SDI to HDMI at the projectors with AJA converters. BMD makes converters to do the same thing, but I had the AJA boxes in house. The multi viewer plugged into the HDMI port out of the switcher for seem less controll of the sources. I worked like a charm. I would definitely recommend this to a friend. But you must know the equipment you are working with the ensure comparability.

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    5.0

    Solid performer!

    By wgautney

    from Mobile, Alabama

    About Me Hobbyist, Pastor

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Expands As Needs Grow
    • Improves Performance
    • Lightweight
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

    • Finicky About Video Input
    • No Power Cord Included

    Best Uses

    • Complex Projects
    • Independent Films
    • In The Studio
    • Recording Church Services

    Comments about Blackmagic Design ATEM Production Studio 4K Live Switcher:

    For the price, you cannot find a better switcher for HD / 4K content.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Incredible product

    By xtreaminginglive

    from Nashville, Tn

    About Me Business Owner

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Independent Films
      • In The Studio

      Comments about Blackmagic Design ATEM Production Studio 4K Live Switcher:

      Being able to take multiple cameras and and combine them into one stream fro uploading

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      • No

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great for homogeneous environment

      By Washington FIRST Robotics

      from Kent WA

      About Me Professional Production

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

      • Loud Fan

      Best Uses

      • Live Video Switching

      Comments about Blackmagic Design ATEM Production Studio 4K Live Switcher:

      We have two of these devices as part of live video switching setups. We have a combination of SDI and HDMI inputs. We have been running them 720p60fps. Note that ALL of your video sources must match. You can't mix and match. We are using Canon XA25 cameras (3 per setup), a JVC GM-HY750U camera, and three HDMI inputs. Again, all outputing 720p60fps (we have also done 1080p, so other formats also work fine). The three HDMI inputs are from 2 PC's and a dedicated VGA->HDMI converter. System is solid, easy to use by volunteers.

      We combined this with a Blackmagic SDI recorder into a video computer for recording. One output is to a Matrox Monarch HD encoder for live web streaming.

      There is no scaling for video inputs. Switching is clean. Overlays are nicely handled, though require a little fiddling to make work. The media player functions are very limited but OK.

      Bottom line is we have a very functional system for the price level. There are better systems available but all cost substantially more than what we have into it. The cost benefit for this particular device is very positive.

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      5.0

      Nice choice for production

      By François M

      from Amos, Quebec, Canada

      About Me Hobbyist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Improves Performance
      • Lightweight
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Complex Projects
        • Home Movies
        • In The Studio

        Comments about Blackmagic Design ATEM Production Studio 4K Live Switcher:

        This product is very nice

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        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        good

        By AJ

        from S.Kitts

        About Me Business Owner

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Limited Compatibility

        Best Uses

        • Independent Films

        Comments about Blackmagic Design ATEM Production Studio 4K Live Switcher:

        digital is very hard to handle, to get everything compatible you have to spend on a lot more accessories using this item,

        This product output a YUV color space signal from the HDMI or SDI outputs. The DVI input on most projectors will likely not take in a YUV color space signal.

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        3.0

        Noisy fan, no encoder

        By Steve

        from Vermont

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Blackmagic Design ATEM Production Studio 4K Live Switcher:

        Pros: can handle many more input formats than TVS and has analog audio in and out via XLR. Also has assignable aux out.

        Cons: Very noisy fan, which is not a problem if using it in a control room, but is not good on set or on location. Also, does not have onboard encoder that outputs MP4 via USB like TVS, so need to have a separate encoder if livestreaming.

        Bottom line: save some dollars and get TVS unless you really need analog audio, aux out, or more choices in supported formats.

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        4.0

        Does the job but with lots of noise

        By Robert Schommer

        from Findel, Luxembourg

        About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

        • Lacks Functionality
        • Limited Compatibility

        Best Uses

        • In The Studio

        Comments about Blackmagic Design ATEM Production Studio 4K Live Switcher:

        Setting up requires some network skills and getting used to which formats the media library really accepts is tricky. Most of all, don't buy it if you're planning to use it on set as it's fan makes too much noise. Overall and despite the fact, that you need a PC/Mac to steer it, while a few additional buttons for hard cut could have helped a lot, I think it's the best you can get for the money right now.

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        5.0

        Excellent

        By BBO Presentation

        from Carolina, PR

        About Me Business Owner

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Easy To Use
        • Highly Compatible
        • Improves Performance
        • Lightweight
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Complex Projects
          • Independent Films

          Comments about Blackmagic Design ATEM Production Studio 4K Live Switcher:

          Excellent PRODUCT

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          (8 of 27 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Not usable with HDMI camera or computers

          By MKS

          from NY

          Pros

            Cons

            • Hdmi Camera Not Working
            • Limited Compatibility

            Best Uses

              Comments about Blackmagic Design ATEM Production Studio 4K Live Switcher:

              I am not a professional video technician. I was attracted to this product for the claimed ability to connect HDMI cameras & computers. After connecting an HDMI camera & a MacBook air, it showed a vague image washed with a green cloud. It is very surprising because BM similar product, the ATEM Television Studio, works well with consumer HDMI products. I am very sad that its not working & I returned it. When they fix it, I will buy it again.

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              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Real-time Weddings

              By AVYD

              from California

              About Me Professional Artist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Independent Films

                Comments about Blackmagic Design ATEM Production Studio 4K Live Switcher:

                Real-time Weddings

                I used this switcher for weddings in real time and avoid a lengthy post production, I connected 3 sony fs100 video and I really liked how easy it is to manage the switcher 4k, I'm still learning some of this product but so far I am satisfied like my purchase

                I wish I had a thunderbolt port

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                • No

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