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Blackmagic Design ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K

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Blackmagic Design ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K
Key Features
  • 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 Reference Sync Input
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 2 RU 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.
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Blackmagic Design ATEM 2 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2
  • 3Audio
  • 4Video Outputs
  • 5Keyers
  • 6Control Interface
  • 7Rackmount
By B&H Photo's
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 2 RU 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 x 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 32 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.

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 takes reference video in for sync timing, either blackburst or tri-level sync, so that it can interface with other postproduction equipment.
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.
Keyers
Two downstream keyers allow you to add graphics, lower thirds, titles, and logos for a polished live production.
Control Interface
The switcher features backlit 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 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.
Rackmount
The switcher is 2 RU in height and has built-in rackmount ears for mounting in a production road case or in a postproduction facility.

Blackmagic Design ATEM 2 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
Extras
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
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"

Blackmagic Design ATEM 2 Reviews

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Can the ATEM 2 be substiuted for the ATEM 1 when ...

Can the ATEM 2 be substiuted for the ATEM 1 when purchasing the Blackmagic Design 4K Studio Kit?
Asked by: Gregory
The ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K has a few more features and extra connection ports. This would be a good upgrade substituted for the ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K model.
Answered by: BMD Product Specialist
Date published: 2023-03-24

Can you set audio delay with this?

Can you set audio delay with this?
Asked by: David
No, there is no built in audio delay support on this switcher.
Answered by: BMD Product Specialist
Date published: 2022-06-14

Can the AUX SDI ports be assigned to output an HD ...

Can the AUX SDI ports be assigned to output an HD signal when the switcher is imputing 4K30...is their a down-converter in other words?
Asked by: Conrad
The Blackmagic Design ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K has one down converter that outputs the program output. All the other outputs would require scalars for each output you would like to scale from 4k to HD.
Answered by: Chris H
Date published: 2022-07-20

Will this switcher support a 12G-SDI camera ...

Will this switcher support a 12G-SDI camera running at 2160p29.97?
Asked by: Jakob
While this does not support 12G-SDI, 2160p at 29.97 only requires 6G-SDI Speeds. This support 2160p at 29.97.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2021-09-09

Where does SDI out from a BMD Studio 4K come into ...

Where does SDI out from a BMD Studio 4K come into this for control? The Aux's?
Asked by: Michael
There is only a 12G-SDI output on the camera, which would go into one of the designated source inputs.
Answered by: Bruno
Date published: 2020-12-17

Is this capable of receiving a Quad Link SDI ...

Is this capable of receiving a Quad Link SDI source? Can&rsquo;t find any info on this.
Asked by: Anonymous
No. All inputs are single link. You could use the Teranex Mini Quad to SDI for this.
Answered by: BMD Product Specialist
Date published: 2023-03-24

In the photo it shows 4 newscasters in a graphics ...

In the photo it shows 4 newscasters in a graphics frame. Is this actually possible with a 2 M/E? My understanding is you need a 4 M/E to get this kind of look. 4 Inputs = 4 floating keys and a down stream for the graphic. Are there other good ways to create PnP looks besides getting a 4 M/E. I would like a side by side, a 4 grid, and a PnP of slides (all zoom inputs). Is this possible with 2 M/E ?
Asked by: Tony
The 2ME along with the 4 ME have a feature called Supersource which allows up to 4 picture in picture in one screen. There is also the DVE which can be used as an additional picture among other things.
Answered by: BMD Product Specialist
Date published: 2020-11-18

If I'm getting XLR audio from a mixer, and have ...

If I'm getting XLR audio from a mixer, and have an input from a playback video computer and then sending xlr audio output to the mixer... does it create feedback or the switcher has an option that avoid that?
Asked by: Felix
It should not create feedback as those signals are being processed and re-routed.
Answered by: Bruno
Date published: 2021-06-07
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