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Blackmagic box of tricks brings multi-camera streaming to the masses

Blackmagic Design Atem Mini
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Blackmagic Design has introduced a new box of tricks that will enable YouTubers to use multiple camera angles into whilst live. Launched at IBC 2019, the ATEM mini is a live production switcher and allows you to switch between up to four different live streaming camera inputs at a switch of a button - making it great for any live streaming application including eGaming, corporate presentations over VC, Facebook Live and YouTube. 

But the key attraction is the price... such units have often been out of the budget of most would-be users, but the ATEM Mini will go on sale from November for an affordable $295.

Blackmagic Design Atem Mini

(Image credit: Blackmagic Design)

The unit is designed to be extremely simple to use. Four big buttons allow you to switch between four different HDMI video inputs. And set-up is simple as the unit appears as a 1080P webcam when connected via USB to your computer. All the inputs are automatically synchronized and converted to avoid any issues with different frame rates or frame sizes.

But the ATEM Mini doesn't end there, also on board are a range of different effects - allowing you to switch between different inputs in a variety of ways. You can opt for a simple hard cut, but alternatively use wipes and dissolves. Also available are a number of picture in picture options. A built-in sound mixer provides control of up to 12 channels of audio.

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 


His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 11 Pro.