Blackmagic is well known for their professional range of broadcast-quality cameras. However, did you know they also make incredible ATEM Mini vision switches?
Blackmagic’s ATEM Mini range encompasses a suite of unique products which solve the live streaming frustrations of creative professionals. The ATEM Mini range is made for anyone wishing to broadcast a multi-camera or device setup. Some common use cases include:
- Gaming channels on Twitch
- Live stream eSports Competitions
- Podcast streaming on YouTube
- Q&A sessions on Facebook Live
- Panel discussion on Zoom
- Seminars on Microsoft Teams
- Broadcast interviews via Skype
ATEM’s full line up includes three tiers, the ATEM Mini, ATEM Mini Pro and ATEM Mini Pro ISO. Each unique device has its benefits and is targeted to a particular creative niche and budget. In this article, the team at Georges Cameras will explore all the models and their recommended use cases.
ATEM Mini: Live Stream with Simplicity and Portability
The ATEM Mini is at the entry-level of Blackmagic’s suite of video switches. This incredibly small package is capable of handling the input to four HDMI capable devices. With the option to either output a High Definition live stream on various platforms or input into OBS software for post-production. Whatever the case, the entry level model is the ultimate vision switcher for creatives wishing to create a high definition stream.
It’s super easy to set up the device. With four HDMI inputs, all you have to do is plug in a combination of up to four cameras or screen inputs. The rest is child’s play. The output of the device automatically encodes footage to a H.265 standard. This standard ensures you get full HD quality regardless of where you are in the world.
To assist you in making the best live stream possible, Blackmagic has included all the necessary audio monitoring with an audio mixer (with EQ and dynamics). Plus, if gaming is your domain, then you can even create a picture in picture for a professional-looking stream. Transitioning between the shots is super easy. At the press of an easy to push button, you can preview and program transition effects, green screen chroma key and even create your own titles from a bank of 20 images.
ATEM Mini Pro – YouTube Streaming Made Easy
This upgrade from the entry level model includes all of the same features, but with added benefits of live streaming to YouTube. This direct live streaming is made possible thanks to the Ethernet supporting 1000 BaseT for live streaming. Without the ATEM Mini Pro, streamers have to rely on OBS software to handle their stream, which can slow down the device they are using.
Like the model before it, there are two 3.5 stereo mini-jacks which ensure your audience hears everything they need to. Plus you can set up a multi-view containing four cameras. The advantage of this is you can preview your media (camera, computers or graphics) before it goes to the program. To make this a possibility, we recommend you set up at two monitors, one for preview and one for the live stream.
The ATEM Mini Pro won’t set you back thousands to set up. The unit is the same size as the Mini, but with more under the hood. For instance, the Pro version supports output recording of your streaming data. So if you have a compatible USD or hard drive, you can record the full H.264 video files and upload them directly to any video site after you finish the shoot.
ATEM Mini Pro ISO: Live Streaming with Full Creative Control
Step up your game with the ATEM Mini Pro ISO. Because when you do your production house will expand to new horizons. Think about what you could stream with up to five HDMI video feeds. For instance, you might like to cover an eSports gaming tournament for a new client or produce a multi-camera live shoot for a product demonstration. Whatever the case the ATEM Mini Pro ISO has you covered.
To cut the confusion between devices, timecode runs in full sync, ensuring each stream matches. This sync is essential if you want to take advantage of the individual recording capabilities of each video feed. For many production houses, this added benefit will allow them to do some post-production work on each feed without having to worry about syncing everything at a later stage (thanks to timecode).
Again, like the understudy models before it, the ATEM Mini Pro ISO boasts multiple streaming inputs, but with a hidden bonus. Let’s just say when outputting files, you will notice there is also a DaVinci Resolve project file included! This unique file allows you to open original live production footage to adjust edits easily, change shots, remix audio and apply some colour correction. It truly is an all-in-one production unit!
Final Thoughts on the Blackmagic ATEM Range
For Blackmagic, it has been important to think about the small player. Before the ATEM systems smaller broadcasters didn’t have many options. However, as industries are changing so too are manufactures. In today’s online world, we see a drive to cater for smaller budgets as more and more live streamers realise their full potential.
As online demand grows, audiences are demanding more and fortunately, Blackmagic is here to help. With either the ATEM Mini, ATEM Mini Pro or ATEM Mini Pro ISO at the fingertips of creatives, absolutely anything in the live streaming world is possible. In order to gain a creative leap above your competition, we encourage you to take up the amazing deals we have on offer. Ensure you place your order online today or speak with our friendly, knowledgeable team in-store.
We look forward to helping you achieve your creative dreams with Blackmagic’s ATEM range.