Blackmagic Design ATEM 2 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K Switcher

Blackmagic Design ATEM 2 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K Switcher

Blackmagic Design ATEM 2 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K Switcher

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Product Highlights

  • 20 x 12G-SDI Video Inputs
  • Supports UHD 4K and HD Switching
  • 24-Channel Audio Mixer
  • Two Multi-View Outputs for Monitoring
  • Frame Synchronizer / Tri-Level Sync
  • Program Outputs in HD or UHD 4K
  • 4 Upstream & 2 Downstream Keyers
  • Media Store and 4 Media Players
  • One XLR In/Out for Talkback System
  • Hardware or Software Mac/PC Control
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Blackmagic Design SWATEMRRW2ME4K overview

  • 1Description

The ATEM 2 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K Switcher from Blackmagic Design is a live event multi camera production switcher with 20 12G-SDI inputs built into a 2RU chassis. Supporting HD and UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) video formats at up to 60p, the switcher is optimized for live productions where fast action comes into play, especially sports and many live shows. Switching takes place in real time, and there is an internal frame synchronizer to ensure seamless transition from one input to the next. Video can be output via three dedicated SDI program feeds plus an additional down-converted SDI feed that reduces UHD 4K content down to HD. There are also six aux SDI outputs for delivering an ISO of any input channel, outputting a "clean" feed free of graphics or overlays, or conning local monitors. Plus, up to two outputs can be used for multi-video monitoring of multiple video sources on one or two displays.

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 24-input audio mixer handles the embedded SDI audio from the 20 active video inputs plus two XLR and two unbalanced RCA inputs to provide you flexibility and creative audio options. Audio output is embedded in the SDI stream, as well as available via balanced XLR 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 Broadcast Studio 4K switcher supports 20 UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) video sources at up to 60p via its 12G-SDI inputs on standard BNC connectors. In addition, the switcher can be configured to accept 720p, 1080i, and 1080p signals for use in HD production. Internal frame synchronizers on all 20 inputs ensure seamless switching, even at 60 fps

Note: All inputs must be set to the same resolution and frame rate
The switcher features 20 single-link 12G-SDI inputs, each supporting 2 channels of embedded audio. This allows you to connect not only UHD 4K cameras and video players, but also 3G- and HD-SDI camera and device as well
Internal frame synchronization is provided so that you will not need genlock. However, there is a tri-level sync port in case you want to sync to an external source such as a house clock


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.
An XLR timecode input is provided along with an output so that timecode on any material recorded via the ATEM will match that of other equipment in your production
XLR talkback in and out ports enable the ATEM operator to communicate with other crew members via a professional two-way intercom system (available separately)

Video Outputs

The switcher features three dedicated SDI program outputs for the final video, which are HD/UHD switchable. There is also one down-converted SDI program output that allows a UHD 4K feed to be simultaneously output in HD resolution
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. These can be used for monitoring, to create a "clean" feed for recording without logos or graphics, or to supply on ISO signal from a selected input to an external recorder, IMAG display, or other destination. Control of the Aux output is via the ATEM software or directly using front-panel buttons and the built-in LCD
Two independent multi-view outputs are available via an SDI output for viewing multiple input sources on a single production monitor


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 UHD 4K 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 backlit front panel control buttons for manual control
The switcher uses an Ethernet connection to interface with control surfaces such as the separately available 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 UHD 4K, 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 postproduction facility
In the Box
Blackmagic Design ATEM 2 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K Switcher
  • Software SD Card
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Blackmagic Design SWATEMRRW2ME4K specs

    Ultra HD Support 3840 x 2160p: 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94
    HD Format Support 1280 x 720p: 50, 59.94
    1920 x 1080p: 23.98 24, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94
    1920 x 1080i: 50, 59.94
    Video Sampling 4:2:2
    Bit Depth 10-bit
    SDI Compliance SMPTE 292M, SMPTE 424M
    Color Space REC 601, REC 709, REC 2020
    Video Inputs 20 x 12G-SDI (10-bit HD/UHD 4K switchable; 2-channel embedded audio)
    Program Output 3 x 12G-SDI (10-bit HD/UHD 4K switchable)

    Down-Converted Program Out
    1 x SDI 10-bit (from UHD 4K to HD)
    Preview Output 1 x 12G-SDI (10-bit HD/UHD 4K switchable)
    AUX Outputs 6 x 12G-SDI (10-bit HD/UHD 4K switchable)
    Audio Input 2 x XLR
    2 x RCA
    1 x XLR Timecode
    1 x XLR Talkback
    Audio Output 2 x XLR Program
    2 x XLR Monitor
    1 x XLR Timecode
    1 x XLR Talkback
    Sync Input 1 x Tri-level sync (BNC)
    Frame Synchronizer 20 x (on all SDI inputs)
    Multi-View Outputs 2 x SDI
    Ethernet Control Panel Connection: 1 x 10/100/1000 BaseT

    Note: Supports direct connection or connection across a network
    Tally Output Added via Ethernet connection to Blackmagic Design GPI and Tally Interface device (available separately)
    USB Interface 1 x USB 2.0
    Down-Conversion 4K to HD down-conversion supported via 1 x SDI program output
    Processing Delay < 2 Lines
    Audio Mixer 24 input x 2 channel mixer
    Selectable On/Off/Audio-Follow-Video
    Level and Peak metering
    Master gain control
    Dedicated analog outputs for monitoring
    Media Player
    Media Players 4
    Channels Fill and key for each Media Player
    Still Image Capacity 32 with fill and key
    Clip Capacity 2 with fill and key
    Maximum Clip Length UHD 4K: 360 frames
    1080: 1440 frames
    720p: 3200 frames
    Image File Formats Still Image: PNG, TGA, BMP, GIF, JPEG and TIFF
    Video: TGA sequence
    Audio: WAV, MP3 and AIFF
    Multi-View Monitoring
    Number of Windows Total: 20
    Routable: 16
    Tally Red for program and green for preview indication
    Window Source Labels Yes
    Front Panel Controls
    Display Resolution: 1366 x 768
    Buttons 42 LED buttons for Aux switching
    Layers Up to 14
    Keyers Upstream Keyers: 4
    Downstream Keyers: 2
    Linear/Luma Keyers: 7
    Chroma Keyers: 4
    Generators Pattern Generators: 7
    Color Generators: 2
    DVE Transition Keyer (Stinger/DVE): 1 and 1
    DVE with 3D Borders and Drop Shadow: 1
    System Requirements
    Operating System OS X: 10.9 (Mavericks) or 10.10 (Yosemite)
    Windows 64-bit: 7 or 8 Note: ATEM Software Control Panel included free
    USB USB 2.0 (or faster) required for connecting ATEM Broadcast Studio to computer - required to use ATEM Software Control Panel and ATEM Setup Utility software
    Compatible Control Panels ATEM 2 M/E Broadcast Panel preferred
    Compatible with ATEM 1 M/E Broadcast Panel
    Power Requirements 2 x Built-in universal AC power supply (100 to 240 VAC)
    Power Consumption 300 W
    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 Height 2RU
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 19 x 3.54 x 9.25" / 48.3 x 9 x 23.5 cm
    Weight Not specified by manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 11.85 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 19.3 x 10.7 x 5.0"

    Blackmagic Design SWATEMRRW2ME4K reviews

    ATEM 2 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K Switcher is rated 3.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Near flawless, has some long-term issues This review is based off of my personal experience with the device, and based on firmware updates, may change; the hardware aspect will remain the same though. The fans are loud; be aware of this! If you're intending to use this in a noise sensitive environment, you might want to consider either putting this in an isolated cabinet and using the computer GUI to switch, or find something else. The setup requires an Ethernet cable to be plugged in; this means that the computer that is being used to switch cannot connect to the Internet while switching. If you have a dedicated switching computer like we do, this is fine, but if you don't, the process of configuring network settings will get old fast. Thank goodness that the actual ATEM switcher software is a joy to use. Everything is very clearly laid out. Buttons are remappable and the labels can be changed. The color window is a welcome addition for me at least (no one else seems to care about it, but then, I'm the only one who grades stuff). Too bad it only works on Blackmagic Design cameras exclusively! How hard would it be to add a color step in the switching software? The use of dual power supplies is great, however. If you need to move the power source from one power strip or conditioner to another, you can do it one plug at a time, while keeping the entire system on. Even if one of the power supplies outright dies, you can continue to use the system with no issues. This is a very solid piece of equipment, and I wouldn't have qualms about putting it in a portable rack and touring it. If you knock on the front panel hard enough, you'll break your knuckles before you break the front plate. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the LCD screen. There's no protection over it whatsoever; at this price and with the build quality of the rest of the machine, some sort of rigid cover, made of plexi or glass would be much appreciated. If you were to knock or bump something hard on the LCD, it would very easily shatter internally. One of the long term issues with this machine is the LED life. This machine is intended to be turned on and kept on, but the LEDs in the buttons are just not well made to last. The LED in the 1 button is barely visible, and the color bars button is not visible at all with the lights on and just barely visible with a pitch black room. The thermals of this are horrible; the fans do an okay job of removing heat from the machine, but the front gets blisteringly hot. If installing this in a cabinet, I would recommend at least one or more rack mounted fans to go on the top and bottom to keep this thing a reasonable temperature. Additionally, it kicks all of this heat into the room, so if you're in a building where the A/C must be turned off to work, this will leave the room a very uncomfortable 80 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Recap: Pros: -Solid constructions -Great user interface -Dual power supplies -If you have a dedicated computer, very efficient -If you have BMD cameras, instant color correction/grading Cons: -Terrible LED and LCD longevity -Horrible thermals -Finicky setup -Color correction/grading only works on BMD cameras
    Date published: 2016-11-21
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