Blackmagic Design Announces New ATEM SDI Switchers

Blackmagic Design Announces New ATEM SDI Switchers

Blackmagic Design has launched a new family of extremely portable ATEM SDI live production switchers with professional 3G-SDI connections. Designed for broadcasters who need both power and portability, the new ATEM SDI family is designed to be fast to set up and easy to use.

Blackmagic Design ATEM SDI Extreme ISO

Blackmagic Design ATEM SDI Extreme ISO

Even with their small size, ATEM SDI switchers are surprisingly powerful with standards converters on all inputs, a built in Fairlight audio mixer with 6 band parametric EQ, compressor, and limiter on all inputs; internal DVEs; chroma keyers; professional transitions; and more, according to the company. Blackmagic Design says ATEM SDI makes it fast to create professional live production using multiple cameras. ATEM SDI is ideal for broadcast quality live streaming to YouTube, Facebook, and the like.

“The new ATEM SDI live production switcher is perfect for broadcasters who want advanced, professional features while also looking for extreme portability,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “There are three great models with 3G-SDI video connections and some really great features like DVEs for picture in picture effects, graphics, transitions, advanced chroma key, and Fairlight audio mixer. It’s really exciting and we can not wait to see what customers do with these new models.”

Key features of the new ATEM SDI switchers include:

  • Miniaturized control panel based design.
  • Supports connecting up to 8 cameras or computers.
  • Live stream via Ethernet on ATEM SDI Pro and Extreme models.
  • Phone tethering for remote streaming via mobile data on ATEM SDI Pro and Extreme models.
  • Records to USB disks in H.264 on ATEM SDI Pro and Extreme models.
  • Automatically standards converts and re-syncs all SDI inputs.
  • Includes free ATEM Software Control for Mac and Windows.
  • 4 upstream ATEM Advanced Chroma keyers on ATEM SDI Extreme model.
  • Up to 6 independent DVEs on ATEM SDI Extreme model.
  • Customizable 16 way multiview on ATEM SDI Extreme model.

ATEM SDI’s compact all in one 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. The ATEM SDI Pro and Extreme models have buttons for recording and streaming control, as well as output selection buttons that let customers change the video output between program, direct camera feeds, and the multiview. On the rear panel there are SDI connections for cameras, extra microphone inputs, USB for webcam plus multiple SDI “aux” outputs for program video.

If users are doing live production on location, then the ATEM SDI Pro and Extreme models support connecting an Apple or Android phone to the USB port to use mobile data.

The new models—ATEM SDI ($345), ATEM SDI Pro ISO ($795), and ATEM SDI Extreme ISO ($1,495)—and are all available immediately from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

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