Blackmagic Announces ATEM Mini and URSA Broadcast Gets BRAW

At IBC 2019 earlier today, Blackmagic Design announced the ATEM Mini – a new, super-affordable live production switcher specifically designed to allow live streaming to YouTube and business presentations via Skype. ATEM Mini will be available in November 2019 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for US $295.

The new ATEM Mini makes it easy to create professional multi camera productions for live streaming to YouTube or innovative business presentations using Skype. Simply connect ATEM Mini and customers can switch live between 4 high quality video camera inputs in dramatically better quality images.

Users can even connect to a computer to present PowerPoint slides or add a gaming console. The built in DVE allows exciting picture in picture effects, perfect for live commentary. There’s loads of video effects too. To live stream, ATEM Mini has a USB output that works like a webcam, so users can connect to any video software.

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ATEM Mini also has a HDMI video out for projectors. Microphone inputs allow high quality desktop and lapel mics for interviews and presentations.

ATEM Mini features a compact control panel based design with all video, audio and control connections on the rear panel. The front panel includes easy to use buttons for selecting sources, adjusting audio inputs, as well as selecting video effects and transitions. The rear panel includes HDMI inputs for connecting cameras or computers, plus additional microphone inputs.

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The ATEM Mini program is output via an HDMI video out as well as a USB for webcam output. The front panel buttons are large and easy to use by feel, so its even possible to use the switcher while presenting. Users also get the benefit of audio mixer buttons for live audio mixing.

With 4 independent HDMI inputs, users can connect up to 4 high quality consumer video cameras. All connected sources will re-sync to the switcher if they operate at different video standards, which means all inputs just work and customers can handle unknown equipment if users are visiting new venues or locations.

To ensure the maximum compatibility possible, ATEM Mini features a USB connection that operates as a simple webcam source. That means you can plug in and instantly get working with any video software. The software is tricked into thinking the ATEM Mini is a common webcam, but it’s really a live production switcher. This guarantees full compatibility with all software in full resolution 1080 HD quality. Choose any software you like, such as Open Broadcaster for live streaming, or Skype for point to point presentations.

ATEM Mini works with software and platforms such as Open Broadcaster, XSplit Broadcaster, YouTube Live, Facebook Live, Skype, Twitch TV, Periscope, Livestream, Wirecast and more.

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The built in “media pool” allows loading of up to 20 separate broadcast quality RGBA graphics for titles, opening plates and logos. Users can even use still frames for complex effects such as graphic wipes. ATEM Mini can even grab stills from the video output and add them to the internal media pool.

“The new ATEM Mini is a perfect example of the spirit of Blackmagic Design,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “It looks like an easy to use low cost live production switcher, however it has professional broadcast features hidden inside so customers won’t be creatively limited and using their creativity they can use it the exact same way all as high end switchers found in the broadcast television industry. What this means is even though it’s low cost, there is no glass ceiling with ATEM Mini!”

Blackmagic Design ATEM Mini Features

  • Features miniaturized control panel based design
  • Supports streaming live to all media platforms such as YouTube
  • Works with Skype for multi camera business presentations
  • Supports connecting up to 4 cameras or computers
  • USB output operates as a webcam and supports all video software
  • Wide range of professional video effects included
  • HDMI video output allows direct recording of programs
  • Two stereo audio inputs for connecting desktop or lapel microphones
  • Includes free ATEM Software Control for Mac and Windows
  • Includes full HD DVE for picture in picture effects and DVE transitions
  • Broadcast quality transitions including mix, dip and wipe
  • Internal media for 20 RGBA graphics for titles, opening plates and logos
  • Includes ATEM Advanced Chroma Key for green/blue screen work
  • Operates in cut-bus or professional mix effects switching styles
  • Audio mixer supports limiter, compressor, 6 band EQ and more
  • Automatically standards converts and re-syncs all HDMI inputs
  • Built in Ethernet control and SDK allows customer developer solutions
  • Compatible with all professional ATEM hardware control panels

Blackmagic Design also announced a major new software update for Blackmagic URSA Broadcast cameras that adds Blackmagic RAW support as well as a whole new image processing design for improved quality. Also added is better lens control, updated on screen user controls and much more.

Blackmagic Camera 6.7 Update features a new de-mosaic algorithm that dramatically improves sensor response on URSA Broadcast cameras, resulting in better colour fidelity and cleaner images.

In addition, new sensor recalibration features improve the overall image quality by compensating for stuck pixels. Image gain controls can now be adjusted in 1/3rd stop increments which gives customers finer control so they get cleaner images with less noise.

The Blackmagic URSA Broadcast Update will be available for download in November as a free update from the Blackmagic Design website.

Learn more about all the IBC 2019 Blackmagic Updates BMD CEO Grant Petty announced during their livestream from earlier today:

ATEM Mini will be available in November 2019 for US $295 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide. The ATEM Mini will be demonstrated during IBC 2019 in Amsterdam on the Blackmagic Design stand in Hall 7.B45.

Learn more at Blackmagic Design.

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