Blackmagic Design ATEM Mini Pro ISO and ATEM Stream Bridge - A Closer Look
Atem Mini Pro Iso Directing Example Setup.jpg

Blackmagic Design recently announced its low-cost ISO Live Production Switcher, ATEM Mini Pro, for $ 895, designed to provide the most seamless integration of live production into the post-production workflow. The ATEM Mini Pro ISO builds on the previous model of the entry-level ATEM Mini Pro. It brings an H.264 engine into the product to record five streams simultaneously coming from the four clean HDMI inputs and the final program feed. The integration of DaVinci Resolve also offers a brand new save option for editable projects. The new ATEM Streaming Bridge is also available for $ 245. Let's take a closer look.

Integration after production

For anyone familiar with the implications or limitations of a director or technical director of a live or especially live on tape production, the integration of recorded live feeds into saved DaVinci Resolve projects could be among the most anticipated Features include have waited. This function offers immediate editing options and fine-tuning in post-production and thus enables detailed color correction as well as precise, sophisticated and clean polishing of a live-on-tape recording.

ATEM Mini Pro ISO – Top functions and features

Apart from this function, the ATEM Mini Pro ISO probably owes its name to the built-in recording function that allows each input to be recorded separately in different ISO files. Like the Pro version, the new product also supports four cameras or computers via its connectivity functions. The product automatically resynchronizes and standard-converts the signals in the background in order to work more professionally with the provided HDMI inputs.

ATEM Mini – Rear View – Connectivity Options and Table (Credits: Blackmagic Design)

Like the functions of its bigger brothers from the ATEM series, the ATEM Mini Pro ISO also contains a multiview. This multiview naturally offers professional monitoring of the inputs, as mentioned above. In addition, the switcher offers delay control (up to 8 frames) for its analog microphone inputs. However, this is only one of the audio features of the product: the built-in audio mixer also contains important functions for professionals such as a compressor, limiter, 6-band equalizer and more.

The switch's internal media memory allows the user to store up to 20 interchangeable and selectable RGBA logos, aperture plates, other graphics or titles. Another useful feature that many users certainly wouldn't want to miss is the Advanced Chroma Keyer, which has also been built into the product. It offers a typical integrated solution for blue or green box / screen applications.

A top shot of the ATEM Mini Pro ISOATEM Mini Pro ISO – Top Shot (Image credit: Blackmagic Design)

Streaming integration

As with the other ATEM mini-switchers, the Pro ISO also has a USB port so that typical streaming, meeting or video software recognizes the switching signal as a webcam feed and simplifies the integration of all types of streaming efforts. This approach should work with meeting software like Zoom, WebEx or GoToMeeting and provide connectivity with software like OBS (Open Broadcaster Software), XSplit Broadcaster, Wirecast or the commonly used vMix. Streaming to Facebook Live, YouTube Live, Livestream, Twitch, Skype, and others is also available.

ATEM Mini Series – 3 models (Credits: Blackmagic Design)

The switch connects to the ATEM Streaming Bridge, a video conversion solution that allows the user to receive H.264 and convert it into an HDMI and SDI signal. This feature is particularly useful if you are thinking of remote production environments where the operator wants to send the signals to other destinations over the Internet or over a local Ethernet connection.

ATEM Mini Pro ISO and Streaming Bridge Diagram (Credits: Blackmagic Design)

How do you like the new features of the ATEM Mini Pro ISO switch?
What streaming software would you typically be using lately to distribute your content?
How do you like that Blackmagic Design released three different ATEM mini-switches and the ATEM streaming bridge within a year?
Which of the products best suits your needs, or do you typically work with more advanced and sophisticated equipment instead?

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