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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 PNGTGABMPGIFJPEG, 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.

Q & A

  • How do I configure the audio inputs?
    • 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.

  • What if I need a longer ethernet cable?
  • Can I record my event with this switcher?
    • 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.

  • How do I interface with this switcher?
    • 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.

  • Does this rental include video cables?
    • This rental doesn’t include video cables. You must rent them separately.

  • Resources

  • ATEM Software
  • ATEM Manual
  • Brand



    Audio Inputs

    • Digital: SDI (x20), HDMI (1x)
    • Analog: XLR (2x), Stereo RCA
    • Other: XLR Timecode, XLR Talkback
    Audio Outputs
    • Digital: 2-Channel on each SDI output
    • Analog: XLR Program (2x)
    • Other: XLR Timecode, XLR Talkback
    • HDMI type-A (10-bit SD/HD/Ultra HD switchable) (1x)
    • 6G-SDI (10-bit SD/HD/UHD) (20x)
    • HDMI: Program (1x), Multi-View (2x)
    • SDI: Program UHD (3x), Program HD (1x), Multi-View (2x)
    Additional Inputs/Outputs
    • Ethernet (10/100/1000 BaseT)


    Item Type


    Video Effects


    • Upstream Keyer (4x)
    • Downstream Keyer (2x)
    • Chroma Keyer (4x)
    • Linear/Luma Keyer (7x)
    Media Pool
    • Media Players (2x)
    • Still Image Capacity: 32 with fill and key
    • Still Formats: PNGTGABMPGIFJPEG, and TIFF
    • Maximum Clip Length: UHD – 180 frames, 1080p – 720 frames, 720p – 1600 frames
    • Video Formats: TGA sequence
    • Audio Formats: WAV, MP3, AIFF


    Video Processing


    • 4:2:2
    • 10-bit
    Color Space
    • REC 601
    • REC 709
    • REC 2020
    • 2160p: 23.98/24/25/29.97
    • 1080p: 23.98/24/25/29.97/50/59.94
    • 1080i: 50/59.94
    • 720: 50/59.94
    • NTSC: 525/59.94 – 4:3/16:9
      PAL: 625/25 – 4:3/16:9
    Processing Delay
    • 2 lines
    Computer Input Support
    • HDMI input only
    • 720 × 480i 59.94 Hz
    • 720 × 576i 50 Hz
    • 1280 × 720 50/59.94 Hz
    • 1920 × 1080 50/59.94 Hz
    • 3840 × 2160 23.98/24/25/29.97 Hz


    Cable - Monoprice SlimRun Cat6A Ethernet (7-foot / Yellow)

    Cable - USB 2.0 A Male to Standard-B

    Case - SKB 2U Roto Shallow Rack

    Charger - 3 Prong Universal Power Cord 6ft

    Switcher - Blackmagic ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K