The Blackmagic ATEM Mini Pro, like it’s predecessor (the ATEM Mini (opens in new tab)) is a multi-channel video switcher (opens in new tab) (or mixer). It’s aimed at videomakers, vloggers and online reviewers across many levels of live video creation. Whether you’re doing a simple computer game or makeup tutorial, right through to productions working on multi-camera shoots, or music venues projecting a live feed to the audience - this little unit covers it all.
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The ATEM Mini Pro builds on the feature set of the incredibly-popular Mini Pro - which was launched last year. The new advanced model is a step-up option for those wanting even more professional features.
The main additions to this beautiful, and simply designed panel are the ability to now stream directly to Facebook Live, You Tube, Zoom amongst many others. Also added is the ability to record directly to a hard-disk.
Finally you can now view all your cameras in four separate and easy to view windows alongside the main output all on a single monitor, so you’ll never accidentally cut to a camera before you’re ready.
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The Blackmagic ATEM Mini Pro for the majority of users is the ultimate way to pimp up your webcam for sending out content to your audience. Streaming direct to all social media platforms works! With up to 4 HDMI inputs you can set up multiple camera angles such as wide shots and close-ups along with independent shots of a product you are reviewing or even a direct feed from a computer game you are currently testing. Businesses may also want to use the ATEM for more dynamic presentations or incorporate video clips.
Everything is extremely easy to set-up and use. Spending a bit of time within Blackmagic’s Software Control system will allow you to customize many of the controls. This is the key to true speed and efficiency, and that appears to be what the ATEM system is all about.(opens in new tab)
It took me about 30 minutes from opening the box to seeing my live cameras on my monitor, including setting up 2 cameras, tripods and mics. Not bad considering in the past I’ve had to spend more than a couple of hours doing this exact set-up in the past with broadcast HDV cameras and BNC cables passing through multiple systems to get the exact same end result.
More than one person in your live stream? - No problem. The ATEM Mini Pro also allows the use of audio switching via the 4 HDMI inputs and another 2 X 3.5mm mini jack inputs. You can choose to switch the audio along with picture, or stick with 1 dedicated mic source for the duration of your broadcast. You could easily have 4 people each with a separate microphone and the audio would pass through clearly and seamlessly into your final output.
Although many people will have no need for them and stick with hard cuts, creative transitions are still an option in the ATEM Mini Pro with a variety of directional wipes, fades or dissolves.
All in all I can’t think of many reasons not to buy this if my main focus was on creating fast, efficient, high quality multi-camera productions on almost any level. However, do think carefully whether the original, cheaper ATEM Mini is capable of meeting your needs – as that may well have everything that most vloggers using just two cameras will actually need.
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