Blackmagic Design scaled down the production switcher at IBC, announcing the new Atem Mini, a $295 live production switcher that sits on a desktop next to a keyboard or notebook computer.
It’s designed for live streaming to YouTube and business presentations using Skype.
The Atem Mini offers four HDMI camera inputs, one HDMI program output, a USB output, two stereo mic inputs, and an network jack allowing remote control over Ethernet.
The compact control panel offers an array of push buttons, with four larger buttons designated for each of the four inputs, plus three more for Cut, Auto and FTB. Available transitions include dissolve, dip-to-color, DVE squeeze and DVE push. A still store for titles and graphics can be accessed by external control, and a chroma keyer is built in.
Blackmagic said using the USB output makes the Atem Mini present itself to a computer as a standard webcam, allowing it to feed video to commonly used software and platforms including Open Broadcaster Software, Skype, YouTube, Facebook, Twitch TV, Livestream and Wirecast. Meanwhile, the HDMI program output supports external recorders or monitors.
The company noted that its Atem Software Control application opens up more complex functions, including the ability for multiple users to connect to the device, or to control HyperDeck devices via Ethernet.
The Atem Mini is expected to ship in November 2019.