Apart from the new BMPCC 6K Pro camera which we reported about here, Blackmagic Design also announced the new ATEM Mini Extreme switcher and Blackmagic Web Presenter HD. The ATEM Mini Extreme features 8 HDMI inputs, 2 media players, 2 downstream keyers, 16 way multiview, 2 USB connections, and multiple HDMI aux outputs. It also comes in the ISO version that can record all 8 inputs separately on top of that. The Web Presenter HD now supports 1080p and has SDI input only.
We already published one article with the newly announced Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro along with the OLED EVF and the new battery grip. During today’s live stream, Blackmagic Design’s CEO Grant Petty also announced a couple of new products for multi-camera productions and live streaming. Let’s take a look at what is new.
ATEM Mini Extreme
The newly announced ATEM Mini Extreme is a significantly larger switcher than all the other products from the ATEM Mini line so far. It features 8 HDMI inputs with up to 1080p60 signal and multiple HDMI aux outputs. The panel has now two USB connectors for recording as well as connecting to the computer and live streaming at the same time.
There are camera controls on the panel itself. Users can control iris, ISO, black level, and focus. By holding the focus button on the ATEM, it triggers the autofocus of the selected camera.
The ATEM Mini Extreme supports streaming via Ethernet or tethered 5G or 4G phones via USB for mobile remote streaming. It can record to USB flash disks in H.264. There are two stereo audio inputs for connecting desktop or lapel microphones. The switcher automatically converts and re-syncs all HDMI inputs and it includes free ATEM Software Control for Mac and Windows. There are now two media players in the ATEM Mini Control Panel.
It supports internal media for 20 RGBA graphics for titles, opening plates, and logos. There are also 4 upstream ATEM Advanced Chroma keyers for green/blue screen work as well as 2 independent DVEs plus SuperSource with 4 extra DVEs. Finally, the ATEM Mini Extreme also supports 16 way multiview for monitoring all cameras, recording, and streaming status.
ATEM Mini Extreme ISO
Blackmagic also announced the ISO version of the ATEM Mini Extreme. It has all the functionality of the ATEM Mini Extreme plus a more powerful recording engine that can record all 8 inputs plus the program for a total of 9 streams of recording.
Both new models include a broadcast-quality streaming engine for live streaming to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and more.
Blackmagic Web Presenter HD
Another announced product for live productions is the new Blackmagic Web Presenter HD. Just like the original Web Presenter, it is a self-contained streaming solution that includes a broadcast-quality H.264 processor for direct streaming to platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and more. As opposed to both HDMI and SDI inputs of the original Web Presenter, the new one only has an SDI input.
The new Web Presenter HD is a compact design that includes a 12G-SDI input with down converter, so it outputs 1080p video. There is a built-in front panel with LCD and menus, USB webcam features, plus a monitoring output with audio meters, streaming status and full SDI and embedded audio technical details.
It supports streaming via Ethernet or tethered phones via USB and it includes Web Presenter Utility software for Mac and Windows. Both AC and DC connections allow redundant power. The body features a 1/3rd rack width design that allows 3 streams in a single rack unit.
ATEM Mini Pro and ATEM Mini Pro ISO 8.6 Update
Last, but not least, Grant Petty announced a new firmware update for ATEM Mini Pro and ATEM Mini Pro ISO. Version 8.6 adds the ability to stream via a tethered connection with a 5G or 4G mobile phone. The update can be downloaded free of charge from the Blackmagic Design Support Center.
Price and Availability
The Blackmagic ATEM Mini Extreme switcher is available for $995 while the ATEM Mini Extreme ISO retails for $1,295. The new Blackmagic Web Presenter HD will cost $495 and it comes with the front panel already. According to Blackmagic Design, all the products should be in stock shortly.
What do you think about the new ATEM Mini Extreme switchers and the Web Presenter HD? Do you do live streaming often? Let us know in the comments underneath the article.