Blackmagic Design ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K

Blackmagic Design ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K

Blackmagic Design ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K

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  • Supports NTSC/PAL/HD/UltraHD 4K @ 10-bit
  • Supports 4K Resolution Over SDI or HDMI
  • 20 x 6G-SDI & 1 x HDMI Inputs
  • Tri-Sync/Blackburst Ref. Sync Input
  • 10 x Built-In Frame Synchronizers
  • Two Independent Multi-View Outputs
  • Program Outputs in SD/HD/4K HD
  • 4 Upstream & 2 Downstream Keyers
  • 22-Input Audio Mixer
  • Hardware or Software Mac/PC Control
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Blackmagic Design SWATEMPSW2ME4K overview

  • 1Description

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.

Video

The ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K switcher supports 4K Ultra HD video (3840 x 2160), which is four times the resolution of Full HD. The 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.
The switcher features 20 single link 6G-SDI and one HDMI 4K input, which allows you to connect SD/HD/Ultra HD and computer-based signals to the switcher. However, the HDMI input is shared with one of the SDI inputs, so you can only have a maximum of 20 inputs.
The switcher takes reference video in for sync timing, either blackburst or tri-level sync, so that it can interface with other post production equipment.
Each input incorporates its own frame synchronizer, which enables you to use cameras that do not have genlock capability or to input computer sources such as Keynote or PowerPoint Presentations.

Audio

The switcher includes a built-in audio mixer for mixing and balancing embedded audio from all 20 video inputs as well as the two audio inputs, each with two channel support. This lets you manually mix sources or you can set mixer inputs to "audio follow video" so your audio crossfades as you switch between sources.

Video Outputs

The switcher features two program outputs for the final video, delivering SD/HD/Ultra HD via three 6G-SDI port and one HDMI 4K connector.
The switcher features six SDI auxiliary outputs 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 LCD screen for immediate confirmation of the Aux output.
Two independent multi-view outputs available via an SDI or HDMI connectors so you can see up to 16 cameras across two screens.

Effects

Transitions
The ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K switcher features four built-in transitions.
    • Cut: ATEM instantly changes from current program source to the preview source precisely at the moment you hit the button. Cuts can be performed by directly selecting sources on the program bus or more commonly by pressing the cut button to transition to the next source lined up on the preview bus.
    • Mix: Dissolves from one image to another. You can program a pre-set transition rate, or use the included software control panel or available hardware panels to manually transition from one shot to another.
    • Dip: Is similar to the mix/dissolve, except it first it transitions to a color/graphic or video source and then to the next shot.
    • Wipe patterns: With 18 built-in wipe patterns, you can create over 100 different transitions, and the patterns can be inverted or softened and you can customize the color of the border. You can also insert up to three live video streams into the borders.

Key Frameable Transitions
The built-in DVE allows you to create key frame based DVE moves, flying graphics and animated stingers.

 

Keyers

The switcher features four upstream keyers and a DVE, allowing you to layer live video, title, graphics and animation over live video. You can choose from chroma, luma, linear, and pattern keys 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.
The DVE allows you to create a picture-in-picture effect.

Control Interface

The switcher features back lit front panel control buttons for manual control.
The 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 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 2RU in height and has built-in rack mount ears for mounting in a production road case or in a post production facility.
In the Box
Blackmagic Design ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K
  • CD-ROM with ATEM Software Control Panel
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Blackmagic Design SWATEMPSW2ME4K specs

    Standards
    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
    Connectivity
    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

    Analog
    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
    Analog
    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
    Processing
    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
    PNG, TGA, BMP, GIF, JPEG, and TIFF

    Video
    TGA sequence

    Audio
    WAV, MP3, AIFF
    Multi-View Monitoring
    Display Minimum monitor resolution: 1366 x 768
    Number of Windows 2 Multi-view display with 10 x windows for:
    Preview
    Program
    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
    Compatibility ATEM 2 M/E Broadcast Panel (preferred)
    ATEM 1 M/E Broadcast Panel
    Software Compatibility ATEM Software Control Panel

    Mac
    OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
    OS X 10.9 Mavericks or later
    Windows
    Windows 7 64-bit
    Windows 8 32/64-bit

    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
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    Layers 13 total
    Keyers 4 x Upstream
    2 x Downstream
    7 x Linear/Luma
    1 x Stinger
    4 x Chroma
    1 x DVE, with 3D borders and drop shadows
    Generators 7 x Pattern
    2 x Color
    Power
    Power Supply 2 x built-in power supply
    110/240 VAC, 50/60 Hz

    Note: IEC power cord required, not included
    Power Consumption 150 W
    General
    Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
    Storage Temperature -4 to 140°F (-20 to 60°C)
    Relative Humidity 0 to 90% non-condensing
    Rack Size 2 RU
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 19.00 x 3.54 x 9.25" (48.26 x 8.99 x 23.46 cm)
    Weight 9.0 lb (4.1 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 10.1 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 19.4 x 10.8 x 5.0"

    Blackmagic Design SWATEMPSW2ME4K reviews

    ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 6.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The simple truth Ive heard the complaints on fan noise and hdmi input issues. 1- I dont think anyones control masters should be inside the studio, they should be two seperate rooms so the noise created by the fans as stated below and in other reviews really shoudnt matter. 2- Hdmi shouldnt be an issue for anyone these days with all the converters out there. If anything Id be more worried about the fact that it doesnt upscale or downscale automaticly. And that is also why the sell these things too. 3- Price Arguement, the next videoswitcher on the list that will do everything this one does, maybe even less, will cost you over 10,000.00... so nomatter how much money youll need to spend upgrading your old stuff there will be always something left behind for the pocket.
    Date published: 2015-06-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great switcher for the cost We use this switcher to produce a bunch of different live shows. While it is capable of 4K production we typically use it in 1080p/30 or 1080p/60 mode. Unlike competing products this has a bunch of SDI inputs so you have enough channels to bring in all of your cameras, DDR playback, CG fill and alpha channels and more! It is in a sleek and small package which also makes it great for fly packs. The previous generation used only a large heat sink to keep the unit cool. When it worked it was great and silent. However it created problems when it got too warm. This model instead swaps out the heat sync for fans which keeps the unit cool and working the whole time. Never had a heat related issue with this model. A few things to note: 1 - It does have a frame sync on board so you can plug wild signals in to it all day and it will auto sync up. You will take a 1 frame latency hit for any wild signals. 2 - There is no built in scaler. That means that if you set the switcher to 1080p/30 mode then all inputs must be 1080p/30. If you have any sources that come in at a different resolution or frame rate, you'll need to pass that through a scaler first. 3 - While it has a built in still store, there is no dynamic graphic or video roll capability on-board. I suggest CasparCG for getting that functionality. It is cheap, easy and can render out just about anything you want. 4 - Only one HDMI input. This is actually good as *you shouldn't be working with HDMI anyhow* but that does require the use of a HDMI to SDI scaler if you do have HDMI sources. But seriously... Whenever possible avoid HDMI like the plague! Your live production life will be far better for it. Overall you would have to spend 2x to 3x more to get a switcher from someone else that does what this does. Very impressed and happy with this unit.
    Date published: 2015-02-20
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Noisy fans and input complexities I wanted to upgrade from my ATEM 1 m/e switcher that I use for my one-man-band YouTube tech review channel. I have a very fast and efficient workflow using the ATEM that requires minimal editing.My primary interest in upgrading was to gain the 'Super Source' feature that has the ability to essentially mix in 4-6 video sources simultaneously. While that feature works completely as advertised, its other attributes ended up having me return this to B&H:The first is the fan noise. Where the prior generation devices were fanless, this one has two very loud fans. So loud, in fact, that my mics were picking them up no matter where the unit was placed. If you don't have this thing locked away somewhere you will hear it. Very disappointing.The second issue involved inputs. This unit has only 1 HDMI input and 19 other SDI inputs. This creates a problem as many of the devices I use for my tech channel involve connecting computers and other HDMI devices either directly or through a scaler. None of those things would work with the 2 m/e, even with an HDMI to SDI adapter. Even my scaler didn't work, and as a result I'd have to invest in a multiple (and much more expensive) scalers to make it all work again.Bottom line is that this wasn't a very good upgrade for me.. I'm back to using the 1 m/e and likely will stay on that for some time to come.
    Date published: 2014-07-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great unit This is our main video switcher. Loving the super source feature. Replaced our old 1 m/e that had the pcb fail on us. Hopefully it's not a trend. So far it works amazingly.
    Date published: 2017-02-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't beat it Can't beat the features packed in to this unit for the price. Works great.
    Date published: 2017-08-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from So far so good Really liking the super source functionality. So far everything is solid.
    Date published: 2016-11-11
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