Blackmagic Design ATEM Production Studio 4K Live Switcher

Blackmagic Design ATEM Production Studio 4K Live Switcher

Blackmagic Design ATEM Production Studio 4K Live Switcher

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  • 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
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  • 1Description

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.
In the Box
Blackmagic Design ATEM Production Studio 4K Live Switcher
  • Software SD Card
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    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
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    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)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.35 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 19.1 x 7.4 x 3.5"
    ATEM Production Studio 4K Live Switcher is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 15.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does what needs to be done. I was hesitant about the BM production Studio 4k because of the previous color space issues with Mac's, but that issues is finally fixed. I was overjoyed when i hooked up a series of Mac's and PC's and they all popped up on the multiviewer. For a little production switcher it does what I and the client needs. Plus it is nice to have a built in still store and 3 keys. I am very happy with the Production Studio 4k and look forward to adding more BM products into my work flow.
    Date published: 2015-07-03
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from My first switcher The product works well, however trying to get up and running was a bit of a challenge. They seem to setup a model in which you are constantly being pushed to purchase extra blackmagic gear. I have the switcher, hyperdeck and additional dock. Please keep in mind that you need to have all of your source cameras match EXACTLY or it will not work. I can also say that after a call to blackmagic they do not support their system working with any gopro gear. Not a deal breaker, but I already have a gopro and it's a shame I couldn't get it to play nice.
    Date published: 2016-06-07
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Blackmagic Customer support is horrible! The software and hardware is amazing...if it works! We have a Datavideo PTZ camera that we are trying to connect to this piece of equipment and are not able to do so even though the camera meets every single spec for this switcher. We called blackmagic for support and they told us that their equipment supports only the best broadcast and film hardware and that not all cameras meet their high standard even though on their website it says that it will support all of the specs of the camera we have, AND we could hook up a cheap Canon handycam to it with no problem (real high quality standards there! ;) ). I couldn't believe how rude the customer support person was from blackmagic. Pretty sure we will be returning this and probably never buying from blackmagic again!
    Date published: 2016-01-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bang for the Buck This switcher was the perfect choice for a regular client of mine. The 4x HDMI inputs are more flexible than the SDI inputs when it comes to matching frame rates from computers (I typically use the switcher at 23.98 to match the videos we playback; computers work great when set to 24fps). My one issue (which is from Blackmagic, and not B&H) is the limited number of keyboard shortcuts in the control software. For switching systems, I prefer hard buttons, and use a number keypad connected to the control computer. However, this does not give me access to the two media players, other than clicking on the buttons in the software window. I have used the Aux bus as a work around, by folding the Aux output back into the switcher (to allow selecting the bus as an input on the keypad), and using the front panel control buttons to select which media player I need.
    Date published: 2016-05-11
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not satisfied with product So I had high hopes for this product but lost interest totally after using it today. This product has no 1.Super Source function which I really use in production 2. Just one upstream key 3. Media player can't load PNG sequence I was using the 1M/E older version which was great so I thought we buying the newer version with 4k compatibility (because our cameras are 4k) we will get a higher working force but to my surprise we rather downgraded our system and now can't find a way to do our old stuff am very very disappointed and has lost interest in the product. I even dismantled my old switcher thinking I am in top now but that was a big disappointment
    Date published: 2018-03-17
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Super picky on video specs. Great switch. Powerful especially if you're using all black magic cameras. It is, however incredibly picky of video input types - can't accept video signals with different specs at the same time.
    Date published: 2016-11-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works Great with legacy drivers I use 3 Panasonic G7's over HDMI into this atem for youtube broadcasting. It however didnt work right until i went back about 7 versions into older drivers. Blackmagic has a very poor record of fixing issues with all their devices without creating new problems with others! other than that once i found the right drivers, everything worked perfectly!
    Date published: 2016-03-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solution for iMag If you do a lot of image magnification; but don't have the capital for a 20k switcher, this is your new best friend. Yes she is pick about those frame rates; but pair it with a Roland V-1HD and you have a powerhouse. Run all your cameras in 1080i 59.94, and your computers etc through the Roland then into the ATEM, and you have a whole lot of bang for your buck. The best par about this switcher other than the price, is that it has super low latency, which is the prime key to live event switching. The second best part is the ability to drive it with the included software. I normally always use that, and not the panel. Five Giant Stars in my book. Also, if you don't need the extra two Auxes, and more HD-SDI inputs, I like this more than my 1 ME. So much is HDMI these days, and having four HDMI is pretty helpful.
    Date published: 2016-08-17
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