The ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K is a powerful live-event multi-camera switcher that can ingest 1 HDMI or 20 SDI input signals up to UHD 4K/29.97p or 1080/59.94p. Key features include:
Ingests up to UHD 4K/29.97p or 1080/59.94p
Twenty 6G-SDI inputs & one HDMI input
Balanced XLR inputs and outputs for program and monitor feeds
Two independently operating switchers in one unit
Two Switchers In One. The major selling point of the ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K is that it features dual multi-layer engines. The simplest way to explain that is to say it works like two switchers in one box. It’s helpful for sending completely difference mixes to separate destinations such as a projector and separate recorded output or streamed video.
Powerful Mix Effects Engines. From broadcast quality transitions to live video scaling, positioning, and multi-layered video, the ATEM 2 ME has powerful tools for manipulating up to 5 layers with borders and transitions in real time.
Media Pool. This ATEM allows the banking of up to 32 UHD still frames, 180 frames of UHD video, or 720 frames of 1920 × 1080 video. Stills can be formatted as PNG, TGA, BMP, GIF, JPEG, and TIFF while video sequences must be formatted to TGA.
Twenty Simultaneous Video Inputs. You can connect up to 20 video sources to this switcher via 1 HDMI Type-A input or 20 6G-SDI inputs. UHD 4K video will be limited to a frame rate of 29.97p, but 1920 × 1080 sources can be ingested at up to 59.94p.
Program & Multi View Outputs. Options for your program feed include 3 switchable SDI outputs, an HDMI output, and one downconverted HD-SDI output with a fourth SDI port for dedicated preview output.. Multi-view output is best optimized for two monitors with a total available view of 16 video feeds.
Control Via Software or Hardware. A computer with an ethernet port will be required to make adjustment to many ATEM settings and, once connected, can control switching via a software panel.
Audio Inputs & Outputs. Audio input is handled by two balanced XLR ports or stereo RCA ports. Output options include two XLR program outputs as well as two XLR monitor outputs. Additionally, the switcher offers XLR talkback and timecode with inputs and outputs for each.
The ATEM is optimized to accept and mix audio embedded into SDI and HDMI inputs. If you’d prefer to run audio independent of your camera feeds, you will need an external recorder like a Zoom F8n to function as your pre-amp.
Please note, the ATEM’s XLR inputs are not designed to accept audio directly from a microphone.
This switcher does not have any recording functions. If you need a recording device with this switcher, we recommend the Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Studio Pro 2.
Please note, you will need a network switch to use a HyperDeck Studio with this switcher. If you have any questions about recording to or from the switcher contact us and a tech will be happy to help you determine the right gear for your shoot.
Blackmagic claims this switcher can work independently of a computer interface but we find that to be generally unrealistic. For access to the menu settings, this switcher requires a computer with the Atem utility app installed, which you can download from their website.
This rental doesn’t include video cables. You must rent them separately.