Blackmagic Design ATEM HD8 Overview
The switcher features an all-new button layout, and it’s made from polycarbonate material, so it’s much lighter than its predecessor. It provides numerous enhancements to the layout with professional buttons, LCD label displays, and an easy-to-navigate button layout.
SDI input audio channels 1, 2, 3, and 4 can also be manually routed to various embedded audio channels in the program and aux outputs. Plus, you can even router out audio channels 1 and 2 from the SDI inputs to the MADI digital audio output, so you can hand off the switcher input audio to an external audio engineer for mixing.
You also get two dedicated aux outputs for driving stage monitors and master recorders. These aux outputs can be live-switched using dedicated buttons on the control panel. Aux 1 even includes an on-screen counter for presenter monitoring. Plus, you can manually route audio into all 16 embedded audio channels in the SDI outputs. For camera monitoring, there is a dedicated 3G-SDI and HDMI output for the multiview.
The design features amazing quality with an extremely low noise floor of -129 dBV, a dynamic range of 131 dB(A), low distortion of 0.002%, and uniform tolerances across all channels. It even uses 8 separate ADCs on each input to collectively extend the dynamic range. Plus, it has a fun HDMI monitoring output with scrolling audio waveforms.
All recordings are in H.264 format with AAC audio for broadcast-quality video and small file sizes. You can also connect multiple USB disks, so recording will continue if a disk becomes full. You even get buttons on the control panel to start recording, and you can see record status in the multiview.
Imagine doing a presentation from a professional broadcast studio to software such as Zoom, Teams, or Skype. For streaming, the webcam output also works with streaming software such as Open Broadcaster, XSplit Broadcaster, and more.
The software lets you live switch, mix audio, color correct in the cameras, and manage media. You can also build and run complex macros from the software. Plus, you can save the switcher state as an XML file for recalling jobs later. You can even control trigger external HyperDeck recorders.
Simply go into the setup menu to change the language, or you can always switch to another language at any time in the future. Once a language is selected, the menus on all the LCDs will change to the selected language. Multiple language support means ATEM Television Studio HD is perfect for doing live production work anywhere in the world and with any crew.
A broadcast-standard XLR 12 VDC power connection is included, which is perfect for backup power or for running on batteries. That means you can use it in extremely remote locations. Plus, if the internal power supply should malfunction, then you can simply connect an external DC supply to keep running.
All the internal electronic PCBs are modular, so any qualified technician can buy a replacement and easily swap the board. This includes the connector PCBs, which can be purchased separately. All the technician needs to do is remove the bottom cover and replace the PCB. A large broadcaster could even buy the boards as a spare parts kit.