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Blackmagic Design ATEM Comparison Guide – Updated to include the ATEM Mini Pro

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The ATEM is an incredibly powerful live production tool, it’s the heart and brains of the live ecosystem. So to help you choose the right model, we’ve put together a quick comparison guide based on the key points we’ve highlighted in our previous article – Choosing the Right Blackmagic Design ATEM for the Job.

Up to 10 Inputs:

(Scroll across for full list)

ATEM Mini



ATEM Mini Pro



ATEM Television Studio HD


ATEM Television Studio Pro HD
ATEM Television Studio Pro 4K
ATEM Production Studio 4K
Max Resolution/Framerate1080p601080p601080p601080p602160p602160p30
Total Inputs448888
SDI In004484
HDMI In44444
Up/Down/Cross on all inputsUp/Cross OnlyUp/Cross OnlyYes
Total Outputs2288126
SDI Out00448
Multiview SDI Out01111
Multiview HDMI Out1*1111
Program SDI Out01112
Program HDMI Out11*1
Preview Out1*A*A*A*A*
Auxilary Out01*1111
Audio In2×3.5mm Jack2×3.5mm Jack4x Embedded SDI Audio
4x Embedded HDMI Audio
2x XLR
8x Embedded SDI Audio
2x XLR
8x Embedded SDI Audio
2x XLR
4x Embedded SDI Audio
4x Embedded HDMI Audio
2x XLR
Audio outEmbedded SDI Audio
1/4″ Headphone
Embedded SDI Audio
1/4″ Headphone
Embedded SDI Audio
1/4″ Headphone
Embedded SDI Audio
L/R RCA
2x XLR
Streaming Encoder Built-inNoYesNoNoNoNo
Upstream Keyers111111
Chroma KeyersAdvanced Chroma KeyAdvanced Chroma KeyChroma KeyChroma KeyAdvanced Chroma KeyChroma Key
Downstream Keyers112222
Media Players112222
Clip Store2
Still Store202020202020
Type of MemoryNon-VolatileNon-VolatileNon-VolatileNon-VolatileNon-VolatileVolatile
Video Standards720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60 1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30, 1080p50, 1080p59.94, 1080p60 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60 1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30, 1080p50, 1080p59.94, 1080p60 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60720p50, 720p59.94 1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p50, 1080p59.94, 1080i50, 1080i59.94720p50, 720p59.94, 1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p50, 1080p59.94, 1080i50, 1080i59.94HD Video Standards 720p50, 720p59.94 1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p50, 1080p59.94 1080i50, 1080i59.94
Ultra HD Video Standards 2160p23.98, 2160p24, 2160p25, 2160p29.97, 2160p50, 2160p59.94
HD Video Standards 720p50, 720p59.94 1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p50, 1080p59.94 1080i50, 1080i59.94
Ultra HD Video Standards 2160p23.98, 2160p24, 2160p25, 2160p29.97

10+ Inputs:

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ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K
ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K
ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K
ATEM Constellation 8K (UHD 4K Mode)
ATEM Constellation 8K (8K Mode)
Max Resolution/Framerate2160p302160p302160p602160p604320p60
Total Inputs10+120+1204010
SDI In1020204010
HDMI In110
Up/Down/Cross on all inputsYesYes
Total Outputs101613287
SDI Out
Multiview SDI Out12241
Multiview HDMI Out12
Program SDI Out344
Program HDMI Out11
Preview Out111
Auxilary Out366246
Audio In10x Embedded SDI audio
1x Embedded HDMI audio
2x XLR
20x Embedded SDI audio
1x Embedded HDMI audio
2x XLR
L/R RCA
20x Embedded SDI audio
2x XLR
L/R RCA
40x Embedded SDI audio
1x BNC MADI
10x Embedded SDI audio
1x BNC MADI
Audio outEmbedded SDI audio
L/R RCA
2x XLR
Embedded SDI audio
Embedded HDMI audio
4x XLR
Embedded SDI audio
4x XLR
Embedded SDI audio
2x BNC MADI
Embedded SDI audio
2x BNC MADI
Upstream Keyers4416164
Chroma KeyersChroma KeyChroma KeyAdvanced Chroma KeyAdvanced Chroma KeyAdvanced Chroma Key
Downstream Keyers22242
Media Players22441
Clip Store22242
Clip Length1600 frames in 720 HD
720 frames in 1080 HD
180 frames in Ultra HD
1600 frames in 720 HD
720 frames in 1080 HD
180 frames in Ultra HD
3200 frames in 720 HD
1440 frames in 1080 HD
360 frames in Ultra HD
3200 frames in 720 HD
1600 frames in 1080 HD
400 frames in Ultra HD
3200 frames in 720 HD
1600 frames in 1080 HD
400 frames in Ultra HD
100 frames in 8K
Still Store3232646464
Type of MemoryVolatileVolatileVolatileNon-VolatileNon-Volatile
Video StandardsHD Video Standards
720p50, 720p59.94 1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p50, 1080p59.94 1080i50, 1080i59.94
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
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
Ultra HD Video Standards
2160p23.98, 2160p24, 2160p25, 2160p29.97, 2160p50, 2160p59.94
HD Video Standards
720p50, 720p59.94 1080i50, 1080i59.94 1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p50, 1080p59.94
Ultra HD Video Standards
160p23.98, 2160p24, 2160p25, 2160p29.97, 2160p50, 2160p59.94
8K Video Standards
4320p23.98, 4320p24, 4320p25, 4320p29.97, 4320p50, 4320p59.94

1* The ATEM Mini Pro can output the programme feed via the USB-C connection. It does also feature a single HDMI port, which can be configured to output either; Mulitiviewer, Programme, Preview, or Camera ISO.

Chromakeying in the ATEM

The ATEM range has two different chroma keyers, the standard and the advanced chroma key. The standard will allow you to select hue and luminance levels to pull a key, whereas the advanced version allows you to use a colour picker tool, has more refined controls, and ultimately is faster to use.

Preview output

A* It is possible to utilise the auxiliary output of the ATEM to act as a preview out.

Volatile vs Non-Volatile Memory

When a system that uses Volatile Memory loses power that data is lost. In contrast, a non-volatile system retains its data regardless of power loss.


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