Blackmagic Design announces the new ATEM Mini Extreme video switcher with 8 HDMI inputs and lots of advanced functionality.
During yesterday’s live stream Blackmagic Design CEO Grant Petty unveiled two new models in the ATEM Mini range – the ATEM Mini Extreme and its ISO version.
New Flagship Video Switcher – Blackmagic ATEM Mini Extreme ISO
Furthermore, the ATEM Mini Extreme comes with a whopping 8 x HDMI inputs, 4 ATEM Advanced Chroma Keyers, a total of 6 independent DVEs, 2 downstream keyers, 16 way multi-view, 2 USB-C connections and multiple HDMI aux outputs.
In addition, the top of the range ATEM Mini Extreme ISO model includes all these powerful features and also adds a more powerful recording engine that can record all 8 inputs plus the program for a total of 9 streams of recording. Both new models include a broadcast quality streaming engine for live streaming to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and more.
During yesterday’s live stream, we also saw the launch of the new Blackmagic Pocket 6K Pro model with built-in NDs and tilt screen. Read more about it here.
Blackmagic Design ATEM Mini Extreme/ISO – Quick Features
- Miniaturized control panel based design
- 8 x HDMI inputs (plugin any HDMI camera, not just Blackmagic Pocket cameras)
- Supports connecting up to 8 cameras or computers
- Supports streaming via Ethernet or tethered phones via USB
- Tethers to 5G or 4G smart phones for mobile remote streaming
- Records to USB flash disks in H.264
- Two stereo audio inputs for connecting desktop or lapel microphones
- Automatically standards converts and re-syncs all HDMI inputs
- Includes free ATEM Software Control for Mac and Windows
- Internal media for 20 RGBA graphics for titles, opening plates and logos
- 4 upstream ATEM Advanced Chroma keyers for green/blue screen work
- 2 independent DVEs plus SuperSource with 4 extra DVEs
- 16 way multi-view for monitoring all cameras, recording and streaming status
4G/5G USB Tethering via Smart Phones
The new Extreme models in addition to the ATEM Mini Pro are perfect solutions for live production on location. These switchers 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. Phone tethering works with the latest 5G enabled phones, however 4G smartphones will work too.
Additionally, the ATEM switcher will automatically detect when a phone is connected and switch its internet connection to use it, eliminating the need for changing settings. Another neat benefit is that you can charge your phone while connected to the USB connection of the switcher.
Record Your Streams in H.264 onto External SSD
As with the ATEM Mini Pro, the new Extreme models also support direct recording of the stream to external SSD via USB for backup and archiving purposes. The files are recorded using the H.264 compression with AAC audio embedded. This way users can upload them to YouTube, Vimeo or any other website.
Saves a DaVinci Resolve Project File to the Edit
And just like the ATEM Mini Pro ISO, the new Extreme ISO allows users to edit their live event as they can record multiple video streams, including clean feeds of all inputs and program, all at the same time.
In addition, Media pool images used are also saved with the video files. Moreover, the video files include metadata tags such as synced timecode and camera numbers. Imagine re-editing their show with new color grades, effects and graphics. Even the audio sources are all recorded so users can professionally remix their audio.
The ISO models also save a DaVinci Resolve project file, so with a single click users can open their live production as a video edit. All cuts, dissolves and media pool graphics will be loaded. Furthermore, this functionality offers users the option to later refine their edit and even completely replace shots.
2 Independent Audio Inputs
The new models are equipped with 2x independent 3.5mm stereo audio inputs, so users can connect desktop and lapel microphones. This means there’s enough inputs for each the host and guest to both have lapel microphones when doing interviews.
Another new feature for the Mini Extreme is the dedicated headphone output.
Each of the HDMI inputs feature their own dedicated standards converter. That means ATEM Mini will automatically convert 1080p, 1080i and 720p sources to the switcher video standard.
It’s also worth noting that the HDMI outputs are a true “aux” output so customers can clean switch each HDMI input to the output. Plus the ATEM Mini Extreme models support 2 low latency direct loops.
Next Level Virtual Sets
The new flagship ATEM Mini Extreme models include 4 upstream chroma keyers and this allows customers to build exciting virtual sets. With 4 independent chroma keyers, users get a keyer per camera so customers can build a virtual set for up to 4 cameras.
These units provide 8 x HDMI inputs, 4 to use for cameras and the other 4 can be connected to a virtual set computer for the rendered backgrounds. Furthermore, users can setup macros to change cameras and load the correct background into the media players. Or even use a DeckLink Quad HDMI and live virtual set software.
SuperSource Multi-layer Processor
In addition to 2 independent DVEs in the ATEM Mini Extreme models, there’s also a powerful SuperSource multi layer processor with 4 extra DVE layers plus a background layer, that all appear to ATEM Mini Extreme as an additional input source. Any ATEM Mini Extreme video input can be used for each SuperSource DVE, then it’s all layered together over a media pool custom background.
SuperSource is perfect for doing multiple picture in picture displays with people being interviewed because users can set up the effect before putting it to air, still keeping both main DVEs free for other tasks. SuperSource is just like having an extra multi-layer VFX switcher built in.
Dive deeper into the massive functionality of the new Extreme models below:
Price and Availability
The new ATEM Mini Extreme and ISO models are available now to order from authorised dealer such as B&H and are priced as follows:
- ATEM Mini Extreme – $995
- ATEM Mini Extreme ISO – $1295
To learn more and get full tech specs head over to the official BMD website.