Video Switchers, Scalers and Converters

Blackmagic Design TV Studio Video Switcher


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.


  • Connectivity
  • Video Inputs 6x Total simultaneous
  • 4x SDI (10-bit HD/SD switchable)
  • 4x HDMI 1.4a (10-bit HD/SD switchable)
  • Audio Input 1 x AES/EBU, unbalanced via BNC connector
  • Sync Input Tri-Sync or black burst
  • Built-in TBC/Frame Sync 6 internal frame synchronizers (all inputs)
  • Total Outputs 6
  • Program Output 2x SDI (10-bit HD/SD switchable)
  • 1x HDMI 1.4a (10-bit HD/SD switchable)
  • Preview (PVW) Output None
  • Auxiliary Output None
  • Computer Outputs 1x USB 2.0: H.264 encoded from program output. Media Express for Mac OS X and Windows included
  • Quantity of Multi-Views 1
  • Outputs per Multi-View 1x HD-SDI
  • 1x HDMI
  • SDI Audio Output 2 channels embedded into SDI output
  • Analog Audio Output None
  • Ethernet 1x 10/100/1000 BaseT input. Allows direct connection between control panel and chassis, or via network
  • Control Panel ATEM Software Control Panel included free for Mac OS X and Windows. Also compatible with ATEM 1 M/E Broadcast Panel (not included) and ATEM 2 M/E Broadcast Panel (not included)
  • Serial Communication None
  • Tally Output Added via Ethernet connection; GPI and Tally Interface product (not included)
  • GPI Added via Ethernet connection; GPI and Tally Interface product (not included)
  • Software Update Using USB connection directly 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
  • Processing
  • Color Space Conversion Hardware-based, real-time
  • Processing Delay 1 line
  • HD Down Conversion None
  • Standards
  • HD Format Support 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 720p50, 720p59.94
  • SD Format Support 625/25 PAL, 525/29.97 NTSC
  • SDI Compliance SMPTE 259M, 292M
  • HDMI Resolutions Input resolutions for computers: 720 x 480 59.94 Hz, 720 x 576 50 Hz, 1280 x 720 59.94/50 Hz, and 1920 x 1080 59.94/50 Hz
  • Video Sampling 4:2:2
  • Color Precision 10-bit
  • Color Space 4:2:2 YUV
  • Media Player
  • Quantity 2
  • Channels 2x for key and fill
  • Resize Clip Manually 2 with fill and key
  • Clip Capacity None
  • Maximum Clip Length N/A
  • Image Format PNG, TGA, BMP, GIF, JPEG, and TIFF
  • Video Format N/A
  • Audio Format N/A
  • Multi-View Monitoring
  • Number of Windows 1 x 10
  • Routable Windows Fixed routing
  • Tally Red for program and green for preview indication
  • Window Source Labels Yes
  • Extras
  • Keyers 3x Total
  • 1x Upstream
  • 2x Downstream
  • 3x Linear/Luma
  • 1x Chroma
  • Generators 2x Pattern
  • 2x Color
  • DVE None
  • Power
  • Redundant Power No
  • Input Voltage 12-30V
  • Power Consumption 20W
  • Dimensions & Weight
  • Dimensions (HxWxD) 1.75 x 19 x 2.5" (4.4 x 48.2 x 6.3 cm)
  • Weight 3 lb (1.4 kg)