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Blackmagic Design ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K Switcher

Blackmagic Design
Abel Code: ATEM1ME4k
Advanced 1 M/E live production switcher with DVE, stingers and 6G-SDI so you can work in SD, HD and Ultra HD.
Key Highlights
  • (10) 6G-SDI Inputs
  • (1) HDMI Input
  • Multi View HD Monitoring


The Blackmagic Design ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K switches between SD, HD or Ultra HD video standards so you can connect a wide range of video sources such as cameras, disk recorders and computers. Featuring (10) inputs, chroma keys, transitions, media pool, (4) upstream keyers, downstream keyers, audio mixer, multi view, full motion DVE, stinger transitions, large media pool with full motion clips and (3) auxiliary outputs.

Advanced Live Production

Take your live production beyond broadcast quality. ATEM Production Studio 4K has all the features you need for the most innovative live concerts, sporting events, theater productions, conferences, and more. Many live events now use massive, high resolution LED screens and projectors, and now you can drive those screens in full resolution by simply switching the ATEM Production Studio 4K to Ultra HD for incredible quality.

Innovative Design

ATEM Production Studio 4K switchers feature an elegant machined aluminum front panel with dedicated buttons to switch between auxiliary outputs. You can use the integrated video screen to monitor auxiliary outputs or as technical monitoring to help during set up. High quality video and audio connections virtually switch all SD, 720p HD, 1080i HD, 1080p HD and Ultra HD formats. Built-in multi voltage power supplies allow the user to operate the switcher anywhere in the world.

High Quality Connections

ATEM Production Studio includes advanced 6G-SDI and HDMI 4K inputs that are SD, HD or Ultra HD switchable so you can connect to virtually anything! Every input supports embedded audio mixing and features a frame resynchronizer so you can use sources without genlock such as consumer HDMI cameras or even computers for live PowerPoint™ presentations! The switcher also features (2) balanced XLR audio inputs for connecting professional mixers and a HiFi audio input for consumer equipment like an iPod.

The ATEM switcher has all the outputs needed to record your video master and broadcast your program to the audience at an event. ATEM includes program and down-converted program outputs, plus auxiliary outputs allowing clean feeds, whitch are ideal for connecting to giant outdoor LED screens, projectors, disk recorders, monitors and broadcast decks. Its multi view outputs are 1080i HD so you can use any TV or monitor. You also get a balanced XLR output of your audio mix, which is embedded into all video outputs.

Multi View Monitoring

ATEM's built in multi view lets you monitor the switcher’s video inputs on a single SDI monitor or regular HDMI display. Multi view outputs in regular 1080i HD, so even if your broadcast is in SD or Ultra HD you can still use a standard TV for monitoring. The user can customize the multi view layout and also add custom labels. Multi view makes it easy to watch your program, preview, and live sources simultaneously on a single monitor, and you can choose from (4) different screen layouts.

Creative Transitions

ATEM includes a huge range of real time, high quality transitions that are available at all SD, HD or Ultra HD resolutions. Use mixes, dips, wipes, and more for exceptional, broadcast-quality live switching. Every transition is instantly available with full control of the transition type, pattern, length and other attributes. Create customized "on air" looks using the large choice of wipe patterns. The ATEM 1 M/E also includes animated stingers and DVE transitions.

Digital Video Effects

The advanced ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K model includes a powerful digital video effects processor. Use this amazing high quality DVE to position, resize, rotate and scale live video all in real time. Create professional picture-in-picture effects with customizable 3D borders, shadows and lighting. Add dynamic DVE transitions to your production with squeeze, push, swoosh and spin effects that displace your live video revealing the next source. You can even use the DVE for graphic wipe transitions.

Dual Media Players

ATEM production switchers include media pool memory that lets you download still frames and graphics for keying using the two built in media players. All popular image formats are supported, or you can direct download from Photoshop CC with the included plug-in. The ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K model supports (32) Ultra HD RGBA still frame graphics and 180 frames of real time Ultra HD video or 720 frames of real time 1080 HD video.

Powerful Keyers

Take advantage of powerful upstream keyers with luminance, linear, pattern and chroma keying that can handle everything from green screen shots to graphics and multi-layer special effects. You also get (2) independent downstream keyers for logos, titles and other "on air" graphics. The advanced ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K model includes (4) upstream keyers for a massive (6) total independent keyers, allowing you to build exciting effects of up to (8) real time layers.

HyperDeck Control

ATEM Switchers work seamlessly with Blackmagic HyperDeck SSD recorders. You can connect up to (4) HyperDecks as sources, just like cameras, to playback pre-recorded clips during live program production. You can see the clips on each HyperDeck, select any clip, cue it, pre-roll, and play it back at any time. You can even create macros to record from an incoming camera source and play it back in slow motion. This is ideal for adding pre-recorded spots or promos, credit rolls, or even slow motion instant re-plays to your live program production.

Power Macros

To automate complex sequences of precisely timed actions on your ATEM switcher, you can now create powerful shortcuts called macros. Record a sequence of transitions between video sources, including key effects, audio mixer adjustments, camera control settings and more using the ATEM software or hardware control panel. Macros are saved as XML files that can even be edited with a standard text editor so you can combine them together to build sophisticated sequences that would be impossible to execute manually during a live production. This means you can create unique looks for your programs that can be recalled instantly, copied between switchers and used over and over again.

Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) Video Resolution

Ultra HD operates at 4x the resolution of 1080 HD video with a massive 3840 x 2160 frame size. The entire switcher can be set to Ultra HD and all media players, downstream keyers, upstream keyers, transitions, DVE and color generators operate in native Ultra HD. Even if you’re working in SD or HD now, your ATEM Production Studio 4K switcher is always ready for Ultra HD whenever you need it.

6G-SDI Flexibility

All switchers support 6G-SDI so you can work in the highest quality Ultra HD, and because the SDI connections are regular BNC connectors, you can also select the switcher to any format and simply connect to your SD or HD equipment. 6G-SDI supports any SDI format from SD, HD up to Ultra HD 2160p30. Work in SD, 720p, 1080i or 1080p up to 60fps as well as Ultra HD up to 30 fps all on a single switcher.

Remote Camera Control

Get full control of your cameras right from the ATEM software control. The new Blackmagic Studio Camera (sold separately) can be controlled via the SDI program feed to the camera, so you can control its built in camera settings and full color corrector, all remotely from the ATEM software control panel. There are two types of control interface: a CCU layout for traditional camera control style, or a color corrector interface which is the same as DaVinci Resolve’s primary color corrector (so you can use all your color correction skills from DaVinci Resolve for adding incredible creativity to live production).

Professional Audio Mixer

All ATEM switchers feature a powerful, integrated, multi-channel audio mixer, enabling the user to mix camera audio and other video sources from both HDMI and SDI inputs, as well as external audio from the analog XLR and HiFi audio inputs. You can use the ATEM audio mixer for direct input mixing or use audio follow video mixing where the audio automatically crossfades when switching from one input to another. The analog audio inputs are ideal for microphones, audio mixers, music players, et al.

Independent Aux. Output

ATEM switchers have independent auxiliary outputs that are perfect for feeding big video screens on stage or can also be used to send "clean feeds" without on air graphics to recorders for program mastering. The front panel buttons and screen make it easy to select sources such that you want to send to the aux output. Auxiliary outputs can be selected to any video input, media players, the preview bus, test signals and more. Auxiliary outputs are ideal for tech monitoring with SmartScope Duo 4K (not included).

Software Control Panel

Included free with every ATEM Production Studio 4K Switcher is the beautifully designed ATEM software control panel for both Mac and Windows. With a full visual switcher control panel and parameter palettes for quick switcher adjustments, you can load graphics into the media pool, adjust the audio mixer, control and balance cameras, update switcher settings, et al. For the ultimate in portability you can use the ATEM software on a laptop, so you can work easily in small spaces with full control of all the switcher’s features.

Extreme Reliabilty

ATEM Switchers use an internal aviation quality operating system. Cheap computer based switchers interrupt the video if the computer crashes, while ATEM avoids this problem since the computer is only the control panel. With ATEM you still have video output, so your live event is protected from any possible computer failure. Simply use other control panels or restart your computer without interruption to the program.

What's in the Box

  • 1 x Blackmagic ATEM 1 M/E 4K Switcher


Key Highlights

  • (10) 6G-SDI Inputs
  • (1) HDMI Input
  • Multi View HD Monitoring
  • NTSC/PAL/HD/UltraHD 4K @ 10 bit
  • (4) Keyers: (3) Luma, (1) Chroma
  • 12-channel audio mixer
  • (10) Integrated Frame Synchronizers
  • Program Outputs in SD, HD, & 4K
  • Tri-Sync / Blackburst input
  • 4K over SDI or HDMI


Operating System:
Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan or later
Windows 8.1 or Windows 10


Output Connector/Port:
2 x SDI - 10 bit SD/HD/Ultra HD 4K switchable Program Outputs
1 x HDMI - Type A, 10-bit SD/HD/Ultra HD 4K switchable Program Output
Input Connector/Port:
HDMI - Type A, 10-bit SD/HD/Ultra HD 4K switchable; 2 channel embedded audio
1 x USB - 2.0 (Control)

Editing Control Panel

Control Panel Notes:
Control Panel Compatibility - ATEM 1 M/E Broadcast Panel preferred (ATEM Software Control Panel included); compatible with ATEM 2 M/E Broadcast Panel
Control Panel Connection - Ethernet supports 10/100/1000 BaseT; allows direct connection between panel and chassis, or via network
Control Panel Connection - Ethernet supports 10/100/1000 BaseT; allows direct connection between panel and chassis, or via network
Display - Built-in LCD for video and (42) LED buttons for Aux switching (minimum monitor resolution of 1366 x 768)
Reference Input - Tri-Sync or Black Burst
SDI Rates - 270Mb, 1.5G, 3G, 6G
Tally Output - Added via ethernet connection to Blackmagic Design GPI and Tally Interface product (not included)
Video Input Re-Sync - On all 10 inputs
SDI Video Sampling - 4:2:2
SDI Compliance - SMPTE 259M, SMPTE 292M, SMPTE 424M.
Ultra HD Video Standards - 2160p23.98, 2160p24, 2160p25, 2160p29.97
HD Video Standards - 720p50, 720p59.94 1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p50, 1080p59.94 1080i50, 1080i59.94
SD Video Standards - 525i59.94 NTSC, 625i50 PAL
SDI Color Space - REC 601, REC 709, REC 2020
SDI Color Precision - 10-bit

Inputs & Outputs

Audio I/O:
2 x Audio Input - XLR
2 x Audio Output - XLR (Analog)

Mixers / Audio

Mixer Notes:
Audio Mixer - 12 input x 2 channel mixer; Selectable On/Off/Audio-Follow-Video; Level and Peak metering; Master gain control; Analog outputs may be used for separate monitoring


Input Voltage:
110-240V AC
Power Input:
AC - C14 IEC Female Connector

Software / Apps / Plugins

Software/App Notes:
Internal Software Upgrade - via included updater application

Waveform & Vector

Waveform Input:
10 x SDI - 10 bit SD-SDI, HD-SDI and 6G-SDI; 2 channel embedded audio

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