Blackmagic’s Atem Mini targets independent broadcasters

New affordable live production switcher specifically designed for YouTube live streaming and business presentations via Skype
Blackmagic Atem, Ibc 2019

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Blackmagic launched the Atem Mini, a new low cost live production switcher specifically designed to allow live streaming to YouTube and business presentations via Skype.

Atem Mini will be available in November 2019 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for US$295. The new ATEM Mini makes it easy to create professional multi camera productions for live streaming to YouTube or innovative business presentations using Skype.

It allows users to switch live between four high quality video camera inputs in dramatically better quality images.

Customers can even connect to a computer to present PowerPoint slides or add a gaming console. The built in DVE allows exciting picture in picture effects, perfect for live commentary. There's loads of video effects too.

To live stream, Atem Mini has a USB output that works like a webcam, so customers can connect to any video software. There's also HDMI video out for projectors. Microphone inputs allow high quality desktop and lapel mics for interviews and presentations.

For news or on-set presentation work, Atem Mini features an ATEM advanced chroma key for high quality chroma or luminance keying, plus an additional downstream linear keyer.

Customers can even use it for title overlays simply by using PowerPoint or other software with a green or blue background and the keyer will knock out the green and make the background transparent.

With a built in Fairlight audio mixer, the Atem Mini makes it possible to do extremely complex live sound mixing. The internal mixer features a total of 12 channels so customers get the ability to mix audio from all sources.

8 mixer channels are de-embedded from the HDMI inputs, while an extra two stereo audio channels are input via the 3.5mm microphone connections on the rear panel. Each input channel features the highest quality 6 band parametric EQ and compressor, limiter, expander and noise gate as well as full panning.

There were a host of other announcements and updates from Blackmagic Design at IBC 2019.

The Blackmagic RAW 1.5 update was announced which adds plugins that support editing native Blackmagic RAW files in Adobe Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composer. It also includes benchmarking tool Blackmagic RAW Speed Test, which is now on Mac, Windows and Linux for the first time. Blackmagic RAW 1.5 is now available for download from the Blackmagic website.

The Videohub Master Control Pro is Blackmagic’s new router control panel that allows spin knob scrolling of all router sources and destinations as well as direct button entry of any router crosspoint.

Updates were launched to the URSA Broadcast, with support for Blackmagic RAW, as well as improved sensor response on URSA Broadcast cameras, resulting in better color fidelity and cleaner images.

Image gain controls can now be adjusted in 1/3 stop increments for finer control to get cleaner images with less noise. Available in November 2019 for download on the Blackmagic website.

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