New Video Switcher by Blackmagic Design

The brand-new ATEM Mini Extreme and Extreme ISO, by Blackmagic Design have just been announced.  It adds many features that are powerful for both live streaming in studio, and virtual live events.

Watch the live stream (filmed minutes after the announcement) to hear my initial thoughts…

Features

  • 8 HDMI inputs
  • 2 routable (AUX) HDMI outputs
  • 2 USB ports (use one for webcam out, another for HD recording)
  • 1/8 in. Headphone jack
  • 4 chroma keyers
  • 6 picture in picture DVEs (virtual sets with 4 camera angles possible)
  • 2 media players
  • SuperSource (up to 4 DVE’s and background layer)
  • Multiview with up to 16 views

When it comes to virtual live events, there are many new features that will prove to be helpful.  Among the most popular is the two USB ports.  Finally, you’ll be able to use your ATEM as a webcam (for something like ZOOM) and record to a hard drive, at the same time.  

Being able to choose assign which sources are displayed through the two HDMI outputs is also incredibly helpful.  Most people will likely use one HDMI out as a Multi-view.  The other could have multiple uses, such as connecting to a projector and showing slides or program video on a jumbo screen.  Others may route this as a no-latency program out to a control room, green room, or multiple monitors throughout a venu.  

The four upstream chroma keyers mean that you can have green screens behind four fixed cameras, for virtual sets.  It’s possible to stitch these background images together live, to create one large, seemless virtual set.  I can’t wait to see how people use this to build new virtual venues for their live events.  

The ATEM Mini Extreme ISO, offers individual recordings from each of the 8 HDMI inputs as well as the program feed.  Additionally, it provides you with a Da Vinci Resolve file, with your live edits.  Did you mess up on a cut?  No problem.  Simply open the Da Vinci file and change the angle in post-production.

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