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Blackmagic Design Studio Camera 4K Plus & 4K Pro

The Ultimate Self Contained Live Production Camera Introducing the world’s most advanced self contained studio camera. Designed specifically for use in small studios and live events, Blackmagic Design Studio Cameras have the same features as large studio cameras, miniaturized into a single compact and portable design. Plus with digital film camera dynamic range and colour science, the cameras can handle extremely difficult lighting conditions while producing cinematic looking images. The sensor features a dual native ISO ranging from 100 ( -12dB gain) up to 25,600 (+36dB) meaning the camera is very versatile and you can create amazing images even in dimly...
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What’s the Difference Between Blackmagic HyperDeck Studio Models

Which HyperDeck Studio is right for you? Blackmagic Design have recently announced four new HyperDeck Studio Hard Disk Recording devices; HyperDeck Studio HD Mini, HyperDeck Studio HD Plus, HyperDeck Studio HD Pro, HyperDeck Studio 4K Pro, all of which supersede any previous models. Sleek and modern in design these units have undergone a complete hardware redesign bringing them in line with the rest of the Blackmagic product range. Key features from the previous models such as; full colour LCDs; which now supports both light and dark mode, full record playback status, dual media slots, and the comprehensive range of inputs...
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What’s the Difference Between the ATEM Mini and the ATEM Mini Pro

With the launch of the ATEM Mini Pro, Blackmagic extends its live HD mixing and streaming systems for social media creators, video producers and communicators. Here’s an overview of both products to enable you to make the right choice. ATEM MINI Blackmagic Design ATEM Mini ATEM Mini features 4 HDMI inputs and has an intuitive, easy to use design. It makes it possible for everyone to live stream multi camera productions online via services and software such as YouTube Facebook Live, Zoom, Webex, Teams or Skype. Simply connect cameras, computers or even game consoles for live switching. You get a built-in DVE...
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Blackmagic Design ATEM Mini Pro – Frequently Asked Questions

Introducing the ATEM Mini Pro 4 HDMI input live production switcher with the ability to record to USB flash disks and direct live stream via Ethernet ATEM Mini Pro is a new, low cost live production switcher that can record, stream and monitor video. It includes a new hardware streaming engine to allow direct streaming via Ethernet to YouTube Live, Facebook and Twitch, as well as recording direct to USB flash disks in H.264. Features include: 4 HDMI input live production switcherRecord direct to USB flash disks in H.264Direct streaming via Ethernet to YouTube Live, Facebook, Twitch and many moreIncludes...
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Which Video Switchers Can I Use To Stream Out Directly

There are plenty of examples where you might want to connect multiple video sources and stream them out to a wider audience over Facebook Live, YouTube Live, Twitch.tv, OBS, Wirecast or any other streaming platform. This might be a simple broadcast using just one or two cameras, or you might want to produce a complex production with multiple cameras & microphones as well as other video sources such as laptops for presentations or a gaming console. The best and easiest way to achieve this is to pick a video switcher that has a USB output - this way it will...
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How To Improve Video Quality With Video Conferencing Software

Video Conferencing has never been more important than in today's strange world where we are all working from home, suddenly millions of us are having to get to grips with this new way of working. Luckily there are many free online tools that let you get started relatively fuss free whether that's Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams or any other video conferencing software. Relying on your laptop's built-in camera and microphone will get you up and running to a reasonable level, however to really get that professional look and utilise the cameras that many of us have already you will need...
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Blackmagic Design ATEM Mini – Frequently Asked Questions

Blackmagic Design ATEM Mini Switcher 4 HDMI Input Live Production Switcher  New affordable live production switcher specifically designed for YouTube live streaming and business presentation via Skype. Features include: 4 HDMI input Live production switcherFront panel controlEasy to use designTransitions, DVE, keyerstransitions, DVE, keyers, full 1080 HD webcam outputFull 1080 HD webcam output The new ATEM Mini makes it easy to create professional multi camera productions for live streaming to YouTube or innovative business presentations using Skype. Simply connect ATEM Mini and you can switch live between 4 high quality video camera inputs in dramatically better quality images. You can...
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Choosing the Right Blackmagic Design ATEM for the Job, now including the ATEM Mini Pro

What you need to know If you work in live production and have multi-camera set ups you'll know the everyday struggles you come across with your switcher; never enough inputs, outputs and always the wrong feed... But help is at hand, the Blackmagic Design ATEM range is the largest out there, so you should find a mixer that meets your needs. Before jumping straight in with your ATEM purchase, consider these few points first: What resolution and frame rates you want to work with?How many physical inputs and outputs you’ll need?If you’ll need a Mix Effect (M/E) bus, and if...
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Blackmagic Design ATEM Comparison Guide – Updated to include the ATEM Mini Pro

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 MiniATEM Mini ProATEM Television Studio HDATEM Television Studio Pro HDATEM Television Studio Pro 4KATEM Production Studio 4KMax Resolution/Framerate1080p601080p601080p601080p602160p602160p30Total Inputs448888SDI In004484HDMI In4444-4Up/Down/Cross on all inputsUp/Cross OnlyUp/Cross Only--Yes-Total Outputs2288126SDI Out00448-Multiview SDI Out-01111Multiview HDMI Out-1*1111Program SDI Out-01112Program HDMI Out11*---1Preview Out-1*A*A*A*A*Auxilary Out01*1111Audio...
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Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K – Recommended Accessories

So the wait is now over and you’ve finally got your hands on one the most sort after cameras currently on the market, but what now? You need the camera to fulfil a specific task but how do you go about doing that; perhaps you need the aid of some of the many accessories that work seamlessly alongside the Blackmgaic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. With so many on the market, aimed at delivering different results and from a whole host of brands it can be a mind field. So we’ve put together our selection of ‘Recommended Accessories.’ Lenses The...
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