Blackmagic Design ATEM 8.5.1 Software Update

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Blackmagic Design ATEM 8.5.1 Software Update

Blackmagic Design has released a software update to their ATEM video switcher control software, bringing it up to Version 8.5.1

As usual they have fixed some unspecified bugs and increased performance and stability of the software.

For all ATEM Mini models Blackmagic improved “Monitor and Input Connectivity”. That means more HDMI sources and monitors are supported, but I could not find more detailed information on that.

Button Brightness

Users (including me) have complained about the very bright backlit keys of the ATEM Mini. While luminous keys are ok when operating in a bright environment, it’s more likely that one operates the ATEM Mini in a dark corner. In such situations, the buttons were simply too bright, almost blindingly so. The new setting in the ATEM software lets you dim down the backlight to be easier on the eyes.

Note: The brightness control for the keys is in the ATEM Setup software NOT in the control software.

Very bright backlit keys used to dazzle the eye
Gone are the days of being blinded by the ATEM Switcher. Okay, that image might be a slight exaggeration … Image Credit: Blackmagic Design

Non-Volatile Memory

For owners of the wildly popular “ATEM Mini Pro” and “ATEM Mini Pro ISO” models, there is another very useful feature in the ATEM Software 8.5.1 Update. Previously when the switcher lost power (or was powered down for the night) it would “forget” all the stills that have been loaded into its memory. After the update, it “remembers” all the stills loaded. Very useful.

Go to Blackmagic Design’s website to download the free update. Make sure to update the switcher’s firmware as well, after you install the new control software on your computer. You can do that by connecting the switcher via USB-C while running the included “ATEM Setup” software. Or alternatively by running the “ATEM Setup” while the switcher is connected to the same network as the control computer.

Let us know in the comments if you are using ATEM Minis and if so, on what kind of projects. I’d be very interested in tips and tricks for live- and/or Multicam productions using Blackmagic’s switchers as well.

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Andre
Andre
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October 30th, 2020

The button brightness setting has been the most useful for me.

However, I hear that the update breaks USB-C recording on the Iso

I have the Pro, looks to be working fine

Gerrit Schulze
Gerrit Schulze
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October 30th, 2020
Reply to  Andre

BMD released the v8.5.2 Update today that should fix this issue with the broken USB-C recording.

Stefan Flos
Stefan Flos
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October 29th, 2020

Blinded by the atem mini was on nr3 of my wishlist. Will check my remaining 2:
1 being able to store custom pip settings under the available buttons
2 being able to record prores on my bmpcc4k when connected ( or turn of camera control )

On 4 5 and 6 are some minor things like being able to offset an input to overlay with a pip input and more flexibility. Compare it with the range of scaling options on the roland hd-v1 ( also upgraded to 4 inputs ) if that one is still as easy and flexible to use that would be great competition…

Stefan Flos
Stefan Flos
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October 30th, 2020

Yes. And i talk to them every year at ibc, but that’s miced now. But change is slow with bm. That’s why i use vmix – a software mixer, much more flex. And in combinations with bm, roland etc very powerfull

Stefan Flos
Stefan Flos
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October 30th, 2020
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Addition: i mean the v2 hd 2 channel mixer that is an excellent scaler mixer and versatile toolbox with the ipad interface – audio settings etc

jon hamblen
jon hamblen
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October 29th, 2020

Yes! Stills are remembered.
There is a Woden! Thank Thunor!

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