Blackmagic ATEM 4 M/E Advanced Panel

  • 2021

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    Commercial and Industrial

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Blackmagic Design

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The ATEM 4 M/E Advanced Panel is a massive live video production control surface designed to enhance the production of stadium-scale live sporting events, concerts and TV broadcasts. Offering unparalleled direct physical control it costs AUD$23,850, a third of similar systems, democratising large-scale, broadcast quality switching technology for independent producers.

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  • The prohibitive cost of most large-scale switcher control systems precludes all but the most well-resourced studios and networks from producing truly professional large-scale live broadcasts. The alternative is to use inexpensive switching software, but with concerts and sporting events often requiring 30-40 cameras and other video inputs, it would be virtually impossible to switch fast enough using this method. Complex and slow to navigate, software is designed to cope with smaller productions, not with fast-paced, highly unpredictable live situations in which such inefficiency could be the difference between a compelling major broadcast and a failure.

  • Driven by real-world insight into live broadcast workflows the ATEM 4 M/E Advanced Panel distils control of 40 video inputs into a clear physical control layout, placing every feature directly at the user's fingertips. It eliminates time-consuming navigation of complex GUIs for reliable, real-time control over transitions and digital video effects. Bespoke switcher buttons, with smooth scalloped caps reduce distracting reflections, offering positive tactile engagement for error-free blind operation. Paired with an ATEM Switcher it is a versatile solution for complex, high-pressure productions demanding long hours of concentration and an ability to react instinctively to unexpected events and changing conditions.

  • At just $23,850, ATEM 4 M/E Advanced Panel, democratises large-scale switching technology, offering direct control through an intuitive physical interface. No longer required to compromise creativity, performance or efficiency, individuals, institutions and novices are empowered to explore innovative approaches to live broadcasting regardless of the location or scale of the broadcast. This has meaningful cultural benefits, with professional execution no longer determined by wealth or technical expertise. With an increasingly diverse user base able to access large-scale switcher control technology, a range of innovative approaches can now be expressed in a professional manner, unconstrained by the limitations of inferior technology.

  • The ATEM 4 M/E Advanced panel also features: Dynamic button labels and illumination that can be easily customized to suit individual operators. Up to 10 complete panel setups can be easily saved, stored and recalled, ideal for use across multiple projects. Quick setup and manipulation of sophisticated, multi-layer digital video effects for each of the 40 inputs using the three-axis DVE joystick. Transition and effect detection, automatically displaying the appropriate parameters on one of four integrated 5" LCD system control monitors, negating the need for slow navigation through complex menus. A bespoke T-bar fader for precise control over the speed, scale and position of a wide range of transitions. Custom encoder knobs that offer fine control of green screen keying, allowing for background effects and virtual sets to be easily applied behind presenters. No additional costs. Unlike other systems that come with license fees for individual features and on-going monthly costs every feature is included in the up-front cost for the ATEM 4 M/E Advanced Panel. Failsafe reliability in challenging locations and hectic studios, critical when broadcasting large-scale live events. The aircraft grade, CNC machined aluminium control surface facilitates exceptional structural integrity and accuracy for consistent location of controls.