Best video switchers for live streaming in 2024: Atem Mini and its alternatives

Best video switchers: Blackmagic Atem Mini
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A video switcher, also sometimes known as a vision mixer or video mixer or production switcher, allows users to switch between different video or audio sources in order to record or output a curated real-time edit of filmed events.

They are especially useful for live events such as theater productions, live broadcasts, interviews, and other situations where multiple camera (or multiple video source) setups require a change between feeds. For example, an interview may include a wide shot, close-up, and an over-the-shoulder shot. Therefore, it’s important to be able to switch between cameras in order to provide instant results for broadcast.

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Jase Parnell-Brookes

Jase Parnell-Brookes is an award-winning photographer, educator and writer based in the UK. They won the Gold Prize award in the Nikon Photo Contest 2018/19 and was named Digital Photographer of the Year in 2014. After completing their Masters Jase has spent a good chunk of two decades studying and working in photography and optics shooting and writing all over the world for big-name brands and media outlets. Now the Channel Editor for Cameras and Skywatching at their speciality is in low light optics and camera systems.