Blackmagic Design Announces New ATEM SDI Switchers

Blackmagic Design has announced 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. With their compact size, ATEM SDI switchers are surprisingly powerful with standards converters on all inputs, a built in Fairlight audio mixer with 6 band parametric EQ, compressors and limiter on all inputs, internal DVEs, chroma keyers, professional transitions and more. 

Users get 4 SDI inputs on the ATEM SDI and SDI Pro ISO models and 8 SDI inputs on the ATEM SDI Extreme ISO model. The USB works as a webcam for connecting video to computers, while the Pro and Extreme models feature built in streaming.

ATEM SDI’s all in one design includes both a control panel as well as connections. The 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 and audio mixing. The SDI Pro and Extreme models have buttons for recording and streaming control, and output selection buttons that change the video output between program, direct camera feeds and the multi-view. 

ATEM SDI Pro and SDI Extreme have a built in hardware streaming engine for live streaming via their ethernet connections. There are palettes in ATEM Software Control for streaming setup, plus streaming status is also displayed in the multiview. Streaming status is easy to understand as the data rate indicator shows internet speed required for the video format users are using.

If users are doing live production on location then the SDI Pro or Extreme support connecting an Apple or Android phone to the USB port to use mobile data. It's also a great backup for the main Ethernet connection.

The SDI Pro and Extreme both support direct recording of their streaming data to USB flash disks. That means customers get very long recordings in the same H.264 video files with AAC audio that customers streamed, so can direct upload to any online video site, such as YouTube or Vimeo. Recording to multiple disks is also supported, so recording can continue to a second disk. 

The ISO models also save a DaVinci Resolve project file, so with a single click customers can open their live production as a video edit. All cuts, dissolves and media pool graphics will be loaded. The DaVinci Resolve Sync Bin lets users edit shots via a multiview interface - all ISO files will be automatically aligned by timecode, so customers can scroll along and see all camera angles perfectly synced.

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