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The ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K is a powerful live-event multi-camera switcher that can ingest 20 12G-SDI input signals up to UHD 4K/59.94p. Key features include:

  • Ingests up to UHD 4K/59.94p video

  • Twenty 12G-SDI inputs

  • Balanced XLR inputs and outputs for program and monitor feeds

  • Four independently operating mix-effects buses

Four Switchers In One. The major selling points of the ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K is that it features four multi-layer engines and 12G-SDI input. The simplest way to explain that is to say it works like four 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. 12G-SDI connectors allow for UHD 4K/59.94p video ingestion.

Powerful Mix Effects Engines. From broadcast quality transitions to live video scaling, positioning, and multi-layered video, the ATEM 4 ME has powerful tools for manipulating many layers with borders and transitions in real time. This switcher features four mix-effects buses for a total of 16 upstream keyers. Two downstream keyers allow for bugs, logos, and lower thirds to be applied.

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 20 12G-SDI inputs. UHD 4K video will be limited to a frame rate of 59.94p. This switcher does not feature any HDMI compatibility.

Program & Multi View Outputs. Options for your program feed include 3 switchable SDI outputs and one downconverted HD-SDI output. Another SDI port is included for dedicated preview output. Multi-view output is best optimized for two monitors from two SDI outputs 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 adjustments to many ATEM settings and, once connected, can control switching via a software panel. You can also use the Blackmagic Design ATEM 1 M/E Advanced Control Panel for tactile hardware control of this switcher.

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

  • 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 SDI cables. You must rent them separately.

  • Resources

  • Software
  • Manual
  • Brand



    Audio Inputs

    • Digital: (20) 12G-SDI
    • (2) Analog: XLR, 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
    • (20) 12G-SDI (10-bit SD/HD/UHD)
    • SDI: (3) Program UHD, (1) Program HD, (2) Multi-View
    Additional Inputs/Outputs
    • Ethernet (10/100/1000 BaseT)


    Item Type


    Video Effects


    • (16) Upstream Keyer
    • (2) Downstream Keyer
    • (16) Chroma Keyer
    • (19) Linear/Luma Keyer
    Media Pool
    • (4) Media Players
    • Still Image Capacity: 64 with fill and key
    • Still Formats: PNGTGABMPGIFJPEG, and TIFF
    • Maximum Clip Length: UHD – 360 frames, 1080p – 1440 frames, 720p – 3200 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: 23.98/24/25/29.97/59.94
    • 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

    Blackmagic Design ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K

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

    Cable - USB 2.0 A Male to Standard-B 5-6ft

    Case - SKB 2U Roto Shallow Rack

    Charger - 3 Prong Universal Power Cord 6ft