Blackmagic Design launches Ultra HD live production switcher

Blackmagic Design today announced the new ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K, an advanced high frame rate Ultra HD 2160p60 switcher with 20 inputs.
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Blackmagic Design has announced the new ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K, an advanced high frame rate Ultra HD 2160p60 switcher with 20 inputs, 4 M/Es and 16 next generation advanced Chroma Keyers. In addition, the ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K features 2 Ultra HD multi viewers, full 2D DVE, built in SuperSource compositing engines with 4 picture in picture DVEs, full re-synchronization on each input and much more. The ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K is retailing now for US$5,995 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

Blackmagic Design has also announced a free software upgrade that adds all of the same new features to the previous ATEM 2 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K model. That means customers using the ATEM 2 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K get a free upgrade to double the mix effects rows and add 16 new Chroma Keyers added to their switcher.

The all new ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K lets customers create live, switched, high frame rate HD and Ultra HD programs at up to 60 frames per second. Featuring advanced 12G-SDI technology, customers can connect the latest 2160p60 cameras using a single, standard SDI cable. The multi rate 12G-SDI connections automatically switch to 6G-SDI, 3G-SDI and HD-SDI so the switcher is compatible with existing HD equipment. The new product can be used to master programs in 2160p60 while simultaneously outputting them in HD with realtime down conversion. The switcher lets broadcasters start building a library of Ultra HD content, even if they need to continue broadcasting in 1080HD.

In addition to advanced 12G-SDI technology, the ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K features the highest quality professional broadcast connections. Every input has automatic frame re-synchronization so customers can take any source, even if it’s not referenced, and make clean switches. There are also two balanced XLR audio inputs and outputs for connecting mixers and other pro audio gear. 

For keying and effects, the ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K gives customers a total of 16 new advanced keyers for more creative options. Customers get 4 new ATEM Advanced Chroma Keyers on each of the 4 mix effects rows. The new keyers feature adjustable on-screen controls for selecting and sampling a region of color, adjustment controls for foreground, background and edges, and chroma correction tools for spill and flare suppression. That means customers can pull clean keys for professional broadcast quality composites and multi layer effects.The ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K has been designed for live sporting events and concerts where smooth display of detailed, crystal clear video is important. When combined with the extra resolution, higher frame rate and bigger color space of Ultra HD, the new product makes the fast paced action of live sports look far better than even the highest end, most expensive regular HD production switchers, said a statement from Blackmagic Design.

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