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Blackmagic ATEM Mini Extreme — AV.technology

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February 19, 2021

Blackmagic Design announces ATEM Mini Extreme, a new larger model of the ATEM Mini live production switcher. This new model is a 1 M/E switcher that features 8 inputs, 4 ATEM Advanced Chroma Keyers, a total of 6 independent DVEs, 2 media players, 2 downstream keyers, 16 way multiview, 2 USB connections and multiple HDMI aux outputs. There is also a new ATEM Mini Extreme ISO model which includes all these powerful features plus a more powerful recording engine that can record all 8 inputs plus the program for a total of 9 streams of recording. Both new models include a broadcast quality streaming engine for live streaming to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and more.

ATEM Mini Extreme and ATEM Mini Extreme ISO are available from Blackmagic Design resellers from A$1,569.

ATEM Mini switchers make it easy to create professional multi camera productions for live streaming to YouTube and innovative business presentations using Skype or Zoom. Customers can switch live up to 8 high quality video camera inputs for dramatically better quality images, or connect a computer for PowerPoint slides or gaming consoles. The built in DVE allows picture in picture effects, perfect for commentary.

The front panel includes easy to use buttons for selecting sources, video effects and transitions. The source buttons are large enough to use by feel. On the ATEM Mini Pro and Extreme models customers also get buttons for record and streaming control, as well as output selection buttons that let customers change the video output between cameras, program and multiview. The rear panel sports HDMI for cameras or computers, extra microphone inputs, USB for webcam out as well as an HDMI “aux” output for program video.

ATEM Mini Pro and ATEM Mini Extreme models have a built in hardware streaming engine for live streaming. Customers can live stream to YouTube, Facebook and Twitch in better quality, without dropped frames and with simpler settings. If users are technically minded, customers can update the streaming profiles in an XML settings file to load new services.

For users doing live production on location the ATEM Mini Pro and Extreme models support Apple or Android tethering for using 5G or 4G, either as a primary or backup internet connection. The ATEM switcher will automatically detect when a phone is connected and switch its internet connection to use it, eliminating the need for changing settings.

The ATEM Mini Pro and Extreme models also support direct recording of their streaming data to USB drives. Recording to multiple disks is also supported via a USB hub or Blackmagic MultiDock, for non-stop recording over multiple discs.

The ISO models also save a DaVinci Resolve project file, with all cuts, dissolves and media pool graphics loaded. This means customers can fine tune edit points or even completely replace shots. Customers can even relink to Blackmagic RAW camera files for adding professional colour correction and finishing in Ultra HD.

With two independent 3.5mm stereo audio inputs, customers can connect desktop and lapel microphones. With 2 extra stereo audio inputs, customers can ensure a host and guest both have lapel microphones when doing interviews. Plus all models feature a Fairlight audio mixer with all HDMI inputs and both microphone inputs are all connected to the audio mixer so customers can live mix from all audio sources. The ATEM Mini Extreme also adds a headphone output.

Each of the HDMI inputs feature their own dedicated standards converter. That means ATEM Mini will automatically convert 1080p, 1080i and 720p sources to the switcher video standard. The HDMI outputs are a true “aux” output so customers can clean switch each HDMI input to the output. Plus the ATEM Mini Extreme models support 2 low latency direct loops. On the more powerful ATEM Mini Pro and ATEM Mini Extreme models, the HDMI output can be selected to display a full multiview.

The ATEM Software Control app unlocks the hidden power of ATEM Mini and allows access to every feature in the switcher. ATEM Software Control features a visual switcher user interface with parameter palettes for making quick adjustments. Although customers can normally connect via USB, if customers connect using Ethernet it’s possible for multiple users to connect to ATEM Mini using separate copies of ATEM Software Control on different computers. Customers can even save the switcher state as an XML file. If customers need clip playback, customers can even control HyperDeck disk recorders via Ethernet.

“These 2 new models of ATEM Mini sport a massive increase in creative features and are now our most powerful 1 M/E switchers!” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “We felt it was important to build a new model of ATEM Mini that would take the features well beyond what was available now, so our customers can continue to innovate with these new workflows. These new models are big, powerful and still incredibly affordable.”

ATEM Mini Extreme and ATEM Mini Extreme ISO Features

  • Features miniaturized control panel based design.
  • Supports connecting up to 8 cameras or computers.
  • Supports streaming via Ethernet or tethered phones via USB.
  • Tethers to 5G or 4G phones for mobile remote streaming.
  • Records to USB flash disks in H.264.
  • Two stereo audio inputs for connecting desktop or lapel microphones.
  • Automatically standards converts and re-syncs all HDMI inputs.
  • Includes free ATEM Software Control for Mac and Windows.
  • Internal media for 20 RGBA graphics for titles, opening plates and logos.
  • 4 upstream ATEM Advanced Chroma keyers for green/blue screen work.
  • 2 independent DVEs plus SuperSource with 4 extra DVEs.
  • 16 way multiview for monitoring all cameras, recording and streaming status.

Blackmagic: blackmagicdesign.com
Australian Distributor: newmagic.com.au

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