The Gadget Shows Gets To Air With ATEM Mini Pro

Blackmagic Design’s ATEM Mini Pro has helped the latest series of The Gadget Show, produced by North One Television in Birmingham, to stay on air despite social distancing challenges.

Launched in 2004, The Gadget Show is a consumer technology focused television program, which uses studio links throughout each episode. In the UK, it’s broadcast on Channel 5 and is one of the longest running returnable series, providing news, reviews and incite to some of the latest innovations from the world of tech.

Series producer, Tim Wagg, explains: “When the government allowed TV production to start again in June, the team had only five days to get ready for a studio record. It was an incredibly tight turnaround especially considering we were all working remotely. We’d normally have an OB truck, with up to 20 people on set, which had to be drastically reduced to maintain a safe and socially distant working environment.

“A crucial part of The Gadget Show is for our presenters to react to the prerecorded segments which have just been shown to viewers,” Wagg continues. “So, finding a way to bring these elements into the studio environment makes for a much more fluid program.

“We also find it useful during our news segments where content floats up on screen to bring a visual element to the conversation, something which would have required hours of work in post to superimpose the footage onto a blank TV screen.

“Without the luxury of our usual OB truck and crew, we had no way to drive this monitor cleanly, and we wanted an alternative solution that was portable, easy to use and affordable. We also needed HDMI connectivity. I have all the stings, graphics and VTs, loaded onto my MacBook, and by connecting this via HDMI to the ATEM Mini Pro, we have been able to throw content to the monitor seamlessly. We’ve also been able to use it to accommodate our ‘Wallop of the Week’ segment, which is hosted over Zoom.

“It seems simple but without the Blackmagic ATEM Mini Pro, we would have struggled to implement such a fluid workflow. It has enabled us to continue to produce slick studio elements that go in line with the fast paced, conversational tone we like to set."

You might also like...

HDR: Part 15 - Using Vintage Stills Lenses For Digital Cinematography

In the mid-70s, Canon released the K35 series of primes, based on its then top-of-the-line FD mount stills lenses. It wasn’t the first or last time a set of glass elements designed for stills had been repackaged for m…

Is Gamma Still Needed?: Part 5 - Processing Gamma Corrected Signals

It is unwise to pretend that gamma corrected signals can successfully be multiplied, added and subtracted in a matrix as if they represented linear light. Yet in television it is done all the time.

Creative Analysis: Part 9 - Cinematographer Cathal Watters On Alienist: Angel Of Darkness

Recreating a period New York in Hungary might seem an unreasonable challenge until it becomes clear that the country has become a hub for international production with at least two large-scale backlots for just that purpose. In the summer of 2019,…

Digital Audio: Part 4. ADC’s & The Mathematics Of Quantization & Dither.

Digital audio relies completely on the accuracy of quantization and it is important to see how it works.

The Sponsors Perspective: Manage Standardized Connections For Essences/Network Flows - ST2110/AES67

With the release of the core parts of the SMPTE ST 2110 suite, the confusion around different transport standards for audio and video over IP is settled. However, the adoption of these solutions for day-to-day use is still far from easy.…