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Blackmagic SWATEMTVSTU ATEM Television Studio SDI & HDMI 6x6 Switcher

Manufacturer: Blackmagic Design

Item #: BMD-SWATEMTVSTU   •   MFG #: BMD-SWATEMTVSTU

 

List Price:$995.00
Our Price:$945.25

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    The Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio Production Switcher is a versatile 1 RU switcher that's a lot more powerful than you might expect at this price. For instance, live-switch a multi-camera shoot of a concert with a mix of high-definition HD-SDI- and HDMI-output camcorders - the six-input ATEM Television Studio can handle it, even applying a frame sync to each input. That means expensive genlocked cameras are simply not necessary.

    The three keyers included in the ATEM Control Panel software allow you to add professional graphics such as logos and keys (the switcher features two media player frame stores). Using a green screen, you can even chroma-key a performer against a graphical background - live. Meanwhile, you can be encoding the live concert to H.264 in real time, producing a high-quality, professionally compressed HD file that will be ready for easy upload to the web the minute the show is over.

    Another cost-saving feature is the multi-view output, which allows you to display up to 10 video sources on any HDMI- or HD-SDI-enabled screen. This saves not only money but also space: there's simply no need to transport and maintain a full battery of video monitors.

    For all its ease of use, ATEM Television Studio also accommodates live-production operations with growth in mind. Perhaps you'll move up from HDMI to HD-SDI camcorders in the near future - the switcher is ready. Or maybe you'll want a professional hardware control panel - Blackmagic's ATEM 1 M/E and 2 M/E panels (not included) both connect to the switcher via Ethernet. In any case, the switcher's operation will be familiar to anyone with an understanding of broadcast switching. This is a professional 10-bit HD switcher that just happens to accommodate lower-budget productions with unexpected finesse.

    Internet Broadcasting
    The Internet is the television transmitter for the masses, so now ATEM Television Studio lets you do live production and simultaneously generate H.264 files for the web - all in real time. The moment your event is finished, your encoded file is ready for distribution. Imagine covering events that previously could never justify the cost of a professional multi-camera production, such as local government meetings, school productions, local sports, car racing, concerts, weddings, bands, communities, air shows, and many more.
    Creative Power
    ATEM is a truly creative solution for live switching. All transitions are instantly available via a button push on the software control panel, and they include the same cut, mix, and wipe found on traditional mixers. It's simple to load clips into the two built-in media player frame stores for exciting logos and custom titles. If you're doing green screen shoots, the ATEM keyer has you covered, with full chroma keying. Imagine loading a rendered background and using the chroma keyer for an affordable virtual set. ATEM Television Studio also includes two downstream keyers so you can add graphics such as "live" and "replay." You get professional results with the ATEM Television Studio.

     
    • Features

      • (6) Inputs - Multiple HDMI and HD/SD-SDI
      • Professional M/E-Style Switcher
      • Real-Time H.264 Encoding for Web Output
      • HD/SD-SDI & HDMI Program Outputs
      • (3) Keyers, Including Chroma Key
      • SDI & HDMI Multi-View Output
      • Frame Sync for Each Input
      • ATEM Control Panel Software (Mac/PC)
       
    • Specifications

      • Connections:
      • Tally Output: Added via ethernet connection to Blackmagic Design GPI and Tally Interface product. (Not included.)
      • Total Video Inputs: 6
      • Total Outputs: 6
      • SDI Video Input: 4 x 10-bit SD/HD switchable. 2 channel embedded audio.
      • Analog Video Input: None
      • HDMI Video Input: 4 x HDMI type A, 10-bit SD/HD switchable. 2 channel embedded audio.
      • Analog Audio Output: None
      • SDI Audio Output: 2 Ch embedded into SDI output
      • Audio Input: 1 x AES/EBU. Unbalanced via BNC connector
      • Sync Input: Tri-Sync or Blackburst
      • Internal Frame Synchronizers: 6. All inputs
      • SDI Program Output: 2 x 10-bit SD/HD switchable
      • HDMI Program Output: 1 x HDMI type A, 10-bit SD/HD switchable
      • Analog Program Output: None
      • Down Converted SDI Program Output: None
      • Down Converted Composite Program Output: None
      • SDI Preview Output: None
      • SDI Aux. Output: None
      • Computer Output: 1 x USB 2.0 H.264 encoded from program output. Media Express for Mac OS X and Windows included.
      • Qty of Multi-View's: 1
      • Outputs per Multi-View: 1 x HD-SDI and 1 x HDMI
      • Control Panel Connection: Ethernet supports 10/100/1000 BaseT. Allows direct connection between panel and chassis, or via network.
      • Control Panel Included: ATEM Software Control Panel included free for Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks or later and Windows 7 64-bit or Windows 8 32-bit or 64-bit.
      • Serial Communication Output: None
      • Software Updates: Using USB connection direcly connected to Mac OS X or Windows computers. Includes ATEM Switcher Utility.
      • Configuration: Set via ATEM Software Control Panel, excluding ATEM chassis IP address which is set via the ATEM Switcher Utility connected via USB to chassis.
      • Standards:
      • SD Format Support: 625/25 PAL 4:3, 525/29.97 NTSC 4:3
      • HD Format Support: 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 720p50, 720p59.94.
      • SDI Compliance: SMPTE 259M, 292M.
      • Video Sampling: 4:2:2 10-bit
      • Color Precision: 4:2:2 10-bit
      • Color Space: 4:2:2 YUV
      • HDMI Input Resolutions for Computers: 720 x 480 59.94Hz, 720 x 576 50Hz, 1280 x 720 59.94Hz 50Hz and 1920 x 1080 59.94Hz 50Hz
      • Processing:
      • Audio Mixer: 7 input x 2 channel mixer.
      • Selectable On/Off/Audio-Follow-Video.
      • Level and Peak metering.
      • Master gain control.
      • Processing Delay: 1 Line
      • Colorspace Conversion: Hardware based real time.
      • HD Down Conversion: None
       
    • Item Includes

      • Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio Production Switcher
      • Software
      • 12V/2.5A Power Supply with International Plugs
      • 1 Year Limited Warranty
       
     

    REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Blackmagic Design SWATEMTVSTU ATEM Television Studio
     
    2.3

    (based on 3 reviews)

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    67%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Small (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

          • Reviewer Profile:
          • High bandwidth user (3)
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          • Business (3)
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        4.0

        Great, with limitations

        By Lee D, Advanced Visual Production

        from Richmond, VA

        About Me High bandwidth user

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        Pros

        • Affordable
        • Portable
        • Reliable
        • Small

        Cons

        • Limited Inputs
        • Titling And Playback

        Best Uses

        • Backup Switcher
        • Network Switcher
        • Small Events

        Comments about Blackmagic Design SWATEMTVSTU ATEM Television Studio:

        Understanding this piece of equipment is the key to unlocking its power.

        First and foremost, as other reviewers have mentioned, this switcher has no input or output scaling - all sources and output devices must be in precisely the same format.

        In the current offering of switchers, additional features have become the norm: Title generators, video playback, animation stores... this does not have those features. It is a switcher, period.

        Now that you understand that, you are free to pop this in a backpack or travel-sized pelican and switch away. The TVS will store some graphics (remember, they must be pre-scaled to the exact frame size!) and supports alpha channels in PNGs. So it's easy to build graphics in, say, photoshop and store them in the switcher. Keying is basic, but functional. Switching is basic, but functional. The fact that it is network controlled means you will need some networking chops - of course, that's true of the modern video professional in general.

        This device will show up as a switcher in Livestream and other streaming aps, but does not have its own native streaming program. MXlight is an add-on program that will give you this functionality for generic RTMP streams.

        Where does this shine? Travel and backup. Our company recently completed a nationwide conference series consisting of two cameras, two laptops, and this switcher. This series was streamed, archived, and switched from a variety of locations; travel was accomplished in a few pelican carry-ons.

        Additionally, we own several larger switching systems, and the TVS makes a great low-profile backup.

        Above all, if you can work within the limitations of this device, you won't find a better way to spend $1,000 for a slim and reliable HD switcher.

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC
         
        1.0

        Got to know what your getting

        By Video Broadcaster who doesn't like BMD

        from Mobile, AL

        About Me High bandwidth user

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Reliable
        • Small

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Blackmagic Design SWATEMTVSTU ATEM Television Studio:

            Got the product... ALL inputs have to be IDENTICAL. Limited selections too - 1080i5994, 720p5994, 720p50 or lower. Blackmagic Design tech support will gladly read you the book but will make absolutely NO EFFORT to help you solve any issue. This is also true of the mini converters which I now own three. The manuals for the converters are generic, 7 page manuals that don't tell you squat. Once you get everything lined up, it does work, however.

            I use in conjuction with Livestream.com. If I could go backwards, I'd buy something else...

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Computer Platform:
            • PC
             
            2.0

            Cool, but beware of limitations

            By Broadcasting live

            from Mobile, AL

            About Me High bandwidth user

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Small

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Blackmagic Design SWATEMTVSTU ATEM Television Studio:

                They don't tell you that ALL inputs have to be at the same resolution AND that the choices of resolution are limited. It doesn't allow for mix and match scaling.

                I am using in conjunction with livestream.com and other than the inconvenience of the above, it does work.

                • Primary use:
                • Business
                • Computer Platform:
                • PC

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