​Blackmagic Design Add HyperDeck Control to Atem

Blackmagic Design is making available an update to its ATEM Switcher which adds control of all HyperDeck Studio disk recorders to all ATEM switchers. The 6.8 Update is available for download from the Blackmagic Design website and is free of charge for all Blackmagic ATEM switcher customers.

This update allows customers to use HyperDecks as fully controllable sources into their switcher workflow for live production. Any ATEM switcher can control up to four separate HyperDecks. Customers can also see a list of clips on each HyperDeck and trigger recording or playback automatically.

The HyperDeck Studio is connected to an ATEM switcher via Ethernet for control and communication, and via SDI for video playback or recording. Once each HyperDeck has an IP address, it can be labeled so it can be seen as a source on the control panel. Once the HyperDeck is set to remote it can be controlled by the switcher. HyperDecks can be controlled from either the ATEM software or hardware panels.

The ATEM Switcher 6.8 Update allows customers to see a list of clips that match the ATEM switcher’s program format on each SSD in their connected HyperDecks. That means they can select clips in any order they want, cue the start frame and switch to the HyperDeck for it to immediately begin playing back in the program. Pre-roll can be set for the HyperDeck, just as it would be for a traditional tape deck, so video is rolling the moment the source is switched to the HyperDeck. The tape-style transport controls can be used to start and stop playback, jog, shuttle and more. The HyperDeck will automatically stop at the end of the clip and freeze on the last frame.

ATEM Switchers connected to HyperDecks now get instant replay functions too. Custom macros can be used to record a camera feed in realtime onto a HyperDeck. The macro can then re-play the video in realtime or at different speeds such as ¼ or ½ speed. This means customers can get super high quality slow motion playback when working with high frame rate cameras, ATEM Production Studio 4K and Broadcast Studio models, and HyperDeck Studio Pro or HyperDeck Studio 12G.

Said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “This update means customers can add instant playback for spots or promos, credits, or even instant slow motion replays. It’s a massive feature update and, best of all, it’s free and works with all ATEM Switchers. With Blackmagic Design cameras, ATEM switchers and HyperDecks, customers now have a complete end to end solution for live program production in all SD, HD and UHD formats up to 2160p60.”

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