Blackmagic Design announced ATEM Mini Extreme, a new larger model of the company’s ATEM Mini live production switcher. This new model features eight inputs, four ATEM Advanced Chroma Keyers, a total of six independent DVEs, two media players, two downstream keyers, 16 way multiview, two USB connections and multiple HDMI aux outputs. There is also a new ATEM Mini Extreme ISO model which includes all these features plus a more powerful recording engine that can record all eight inputs plus the program for a total of nine 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 both US $995.
ATEM Mini switchers make it possible to create professional multicamera productions for livestreaming and include a built-in DVE that allows picture-in-picture effects. There video effects too. All ATEM Mini models have USB that works like a webcam so customers can use any streaming software while the ATEM Mini Pro and ATEM Mini Extreme models add livestreaming and recording to USB disks. There’s also HDMI out for projectors. Microphone inputs allow high-quality desktop and lapel mics for interviews and presentations.
ATEM Mini’s design includes both a control panel as well as connections. The front panel includes easy-to-use buttons for selecting sources, video effects and transitions. The source buttons are large so it’s possible to use it by feel, letting the presenter do the switching. Customers even get buttons for audio mixing. 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. On the rear panel there are HDMI connections for cameras or computers, extra microphone inputs, USB for webcam out plus an HDMI “aux” output for program video.
ATEM Mini Pro and ATEM Mini Extreme models have a built-in hardware streaming engine for livestreaming via their Ethernet connections. Just select the streaming service and enter the streaming key. There are palettes in ATEM Software Control for streaming setup, plus streaming status is also displayed in the multiview. Streaming status is easy to understand as the data rate indicator shows internet speed required for the video format users are using. If users are technically minded, customers can update the streaming profiles in an XML settings file to load new services.
If users are doing live production on location, then the ATEM Mini Pro and Extreme models support connecting an Apple or Android phone to the USB port to use mobile data. It’s also a backup for the main Ethernet connection. Phone tethering works with the latest high speed 5G phones plus the more common 4G phones. 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. When connected, the phone will power from the USB port so it remains charged from the switcher.