The Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio HD8 ISO is a live TV switcher that is an excellent fit for any streaming production, as it features eight 3G-SDI inputs that support up to 1080p60 video, built-in live streaming, USB webcam support, audio mixing, chroma keyers, DVE, transitions, media players, internal recording, and talkback support. This model has the ability to record all eight inputs as ISO video files, as well as the control and integration of remote Internet cameras. Because the switcher is compatible with the Blackmagic Cloud, your program recordings are instantaneously accessible from anywhere in the world.
The ISO model captures all inputs as distinct files, allowing you to utilize any NLE that supports multi-cam editing! All files have excellent timecode sync, making this possible! Additionally, with network storage built in, you can edit while filming! Several people can also exchange and collaborate on media. With a hardware-based streaming engine, you may live-stream your event to an international audience! Recording to H.264 files with AAC audio provides the necessary format for YouTube uploads. In addition, the aux outputs, huge displays, and projectors let you to share live broadcasts with your audience.
Broadcast Live Production Switcher
Although ATEM Television Studio HD has a tiny form, it is packed with extremely powerful broadcasting functions! It is ideal for training if you are interested in a career in the television industry because it has the same functions as high-end broadcast studio switchers. You receive a sophisticated broadcast-grade switcher with built-in ATEM Advanced Chroma Keyers, a Fairlight audio mixer, DVE, and a still store for graphics, among other features. The majority of capabilities are accessible via the front panel, but you can also utilize the free ATEM Software Control on Mac or Windows to get even more! It is feasible for anyone to create live television of broadcast quality with a little experimentation.
Easy to Use and Fast to Learn
To switch between video sources, simply press any of the program row buttons on the front panel. There has never been an easier-to-use switcher. Instead, you can pre-select a source on the preview row and then choose between cut and effect transitions using the cut and auto buttons. You can choose between thrilling transitions like dissolve and more dramatic effects like dip to color, DVE squeeze, and DVE push. You can even include a DVE for bespoke picture-in-picture effects. There are also media players that allow for the storage of graphics with alpha channels for titles and graphics that can be loaded as live video inputs. The results can then be streamed in real time.
Self Contained Broadcast Quality Switcher
The ATEM Television Studio HD incorporates a switcher and control panel into a single, portable machine. You receive all you require! There are buttons on the front panel for selecting sources, initiating transitions, and configuring video effects. In addition, the buttons are of the same premium quality as those seen on costly broadcast switchers! In addition, you receive a T-bar for manual transition control! The front panel also features an innovative audio mixer control section with live metering on a separate LCD. In addition, there are buttons for recording and streaming control, as well as live aux switching that allows you to switch aux outputs between all eight cameras, the program, preview, and the multiview.
Connect up to 8 Independent Cameras
With 8 3G-SDI video inputs, ATEM Television Studio HD lets you connect multiple cameras for different views of the performance. Video cameras with SDI outputs, such as Blackmagic Studio Camera or Blackmagic URSA Broadcast G2, are much better quality as they have better low light performance and use professional lenses. All video sources will re-sync to the switcher, even if they operate at different video standards. Everything just works so setup on location is easy and you don't have to worry about technical problems. Imagine taking advantage of the creative freedom of multi camera live production for interviews, advertorials, theater productions, music performances, sports and more!
True Broadcast Style Mix Effects Switching
ATEM Television Studio uses a professional program/preview style of operation, which is exactly the way large broadcasters use live production switchers! However ATEM Television Studio can be switched to A/B style switching, which is easier when it's used by volunteers or community groups. However, if you want to operate the switcher like a broadcast professional then the program/preview is perfect! This means a source won't be put on air until you press the cut or auto button. This 2 step process means you see what you are selecting before putting it to air, so you get fewer mistakes. Plus program/preview operation is a fantastic way to train students for a career in broadcast television!
Easy to Add Exciting Video Effects
One of the benefits of ATEM Television Studio is the range of professional built in video effects! The cut button ensures an instant cut when switching between sources. The t-bar fader can be used to transition video effects, or you can do the transition automatically by pressing the auto button. Auto uses the transition duration set in the system control. You can also select the type of effect you want including mix, which does a smooth transition between sources, or dip which transitions via a third video source, such as a color generator. There is a wide range of SMPTE wipes included, plus fun DVE effects that slide or squeeze the image off screen when transitioning between video sources!
Includes Loads of Extremely Creative Transitions
ATEM Television Studio includes the same kind of transitions found on expensive broadcast switchers. This means the effects and transitions can be customized in many different ways, so they are surprisingly powerful. You'll never stop finding new ways of using them! That’s because all transitions can be customized by adjusting parameters such as duration, border color, border width, position and direction. You can even use the DVE with a wipe transition, where the DVE moves a graphic over the wipe edge. That's called a graphic wipe and it’s often used in sports broadcasting. The preview transition button can be used to set up effects offline, which is great for eliminating mistakes.
Built in DVE for Broadcast Video Effects
ATEM Television Studio HD features an independent DVE that lets you reposition graphics and create picture in picture compositions. You get amazing quality and the DVE supports position, resize and scale, all in real time. The DVE lets you create professional picture in picture effects with customizable 3D borders, shadows and lighting. DVEs can also be used to create amazing DVE transitions with squeeze, swoosh and push effects for adding excitement to your programming. You can even combine DVE transitions with custom graphics to create your own graphic wipe transitions! Pus there is also a SuperSource multi layer processing engine with 4 extra DVEs!
Supports Internal Media for Stills and Motion Graphics
The built in media pool stores broadcast quality graphics and animations that can be played back using the built in media players. Media players appear as independent sources so you don't need to waste any of the SDI inputs for graphics. For highest quality, all media supports RGB colorspace with alpha channel, allowing transparency and layering. The media pool can hold 20 HD resolution stills. Motion graphics clips for animations and stingers can be up to 400 frames in 720HD and 200 frames in 1080HD. The ATEM Software Control allows you to upload and manage media. You can even prepare graphics in Adobe Photoshop and then download to the media pool using the free ATEM Photoshop plug-in!
Includes 4 ATEM Advanced Chroma Keyers
ATEM Television Studio is perfect for news and on-set presentation work because it features 4 ATEM Advanced Chroma Keyers for green screen keying effects. The chroma keyers are incredibly powerful and include features such as a color picker to sample background colors for automatic generation of the key parameters. You get precise controls for edge and flare, and there is even a foreground color corrector so you can match the foreground and background layers for seamless compositions. You can even use it for title overlays by creating graphics with a green or blue background. With 4 ATEM Advanced Chroma Keyers, ATEM Television Studio is perfect for creating fixed camera virtual sets!
Powerful SuperSource Processing
In addition to the DVE in the ATEM Television Studio, there is also a powerful SuperSource multi layer processor! SuperSource gives you 4 extra DVE layers plus a background layer, all layered together as an additional input source. Any video input can be used as sources for each DVE, then it’s all layered together over a media pool custom background or live video. SuperSource is perfect for doing multiple picture in picture displays with people being interviewed because you can set up the effect so the viewer can see each person being interviewed all within a stylish graphic. SuperSource is just like having a completely independent multi-layer VFX switcher built in!
Up to 8 Standards Converted 3G-SDI Inputs
The ATEM Television Studio HD features 8 independent 3G-SDI inputs, with each input featuring its own dedicated standards converter. That means it’s possible to convert any 1080HD or 720HD input source to the video standard of the switcher! That means you could have each switcher SDI input running a different television standard and all the inputs would just work! 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.
3G‑SDI Outputs with 16 Channel Embedded Audio
The ATEM Television Studio includes nine 3G‑SDI program outputs so you get enough connections to send a separate program return feed to all of your cameras! That’s important because the SDI program return is used to send tally, talkback and control information back to the cameras! You also get 2 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.
Built In Audio Mixer with 6 Band EQ, Compressor and Limiter
With a built in Fairlight audio mixer, ATEM Television Studio HD makes it possible to do complex live sound mixing. The internal mixer features enough channels for all SDI inputs, as well as extra channels for the XLR, RCA and MADI inputs! Each input channel features the highest quality 6 band parametric EQ, compressor, limiter, expander and noise gate as well as level and pan controls. You can mix all these input channels together at the same time, or you can set video sources to "audio follow video". The audio mixer is extremely powerful and it can be adjusted from the front panel using the dedicated audio mixer controls and LCD. Plus you can also mix audio using ATEM Software Control!
Built-in Multiview Supports 16 Sources on a Single Monitor
When doing larger live productions with multiple cameras, it’s vital to see all your video sources at the same time on a single monitor. ATEM Television Studio HD includes a professional multiview that lets you see all video inputs, preview and program on a single SDI or HDMI monitor. You can even send the multiview to the aux outputs! Each camera view includes tally indicators so you know when each source is on-air, plus each view has custom labels and audio meters. You can fully customize the multiview layout with up to 16 simultaneous views! You can also select one of the additional status views that lets you track recording, streaming and the audio mixer status, right from the multiview!
Live Stream to a Global Audience
ATEM Television Studio HD has a built in hardware streaming engine for live streaming to a global audience! That means you can live stream to services such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitch in better video quality and without dropped frames. Streaming works using the Ethernet connection to the internet, or you can connect a smartphone to use mobile data! Then you simply select the streaming service and enter the streaming key using ATEM Software Control. This makes streaming easy to setup, and the convenient data rate indicator shows the internet speed required. If you're technically minded, you can even update the streaming profiles in an XML settings file to add new services!
Connect 5G or 4G Phones for Mobile Data
If you’re doing live production on location then the ATEM Television Studio HD supports mobile data by connecting an Apple or Android phone to the USB port. It's also a great backup for the main Ethernet connection. Phone tethering works with the latest high speed 5G phones plus the more common 4G phones! The ATEM switcher will detect when a phone is connected and automatically switch its internet connection to use it if the Ethernet connection is lost. When connected, the phone will also power from the USB port so it always remains charged and ready to go. By using phone tethering and mobile data, you get the perfect mobile production solution that can be transported anywhere!
Record Direct to Internal Cloud Storage or USB Disks
ATEM Television Studio HD supports recording to external USB flash disks! Or if an optional M.2 flash disk is installed, you can record direct to internal cloud storage! The internal storage plus any external USB disks will be available to share over the local Ethernet network so other people can work on post production tasks such as editing, color correction and graphics preparation. 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!
Outputs to Any Software that Supports USB Webcams
You can use any video software with ATEM Television Studio HD because the USB connection will emulate a webcam! That means you can plug into a computer and use any video software that works with a webcam. The software is tricked into thinking the ATEM Television Studio HD is a common webcam, but it's really a live production switcher! That guarantees full compatibility with any video software and in full resolution 1080HD quality. 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!
Edit Live Production with Separate ISO Recordings
The ATEM Television Studio HD ISO model allows you to edit your live event as it can record all inputs to separate video files! You get 8 separate video input files with matching timecode and sync, plus the program video is also recorded into a separate master video file. This means you can edit using any NLE software that supports multi-cam editing! A DaVinci Resolve Project file is saved and linked to the input video files, so your live switching is converted into an edit timeline that you simply click to open! Now it's easy to re-edit your show with new color grades and even updated graphics! Plus all audio is recorded into separate WAV files so you can professionally remix your audio!
Edit Live Production in DaVinci Resolve
With support for DaVinci Resolve project files in the ISO model, you get a full post production workflow with editing, color correction, visual effects and audio mixing. Plus DaVinci Resolve is a free download for Mac, Windows and Linux, so there's no monthly license costs. Simply open the project and you'll see your live production as an edit timeline. You can trim edits and remove shots you don't want! In the cut page, the sync bin will show alternative shots in a multiview display. If you want to replace a shot, then simply click an alternative! Finally, you can add professional DaVinci color correction. You can even relink to Blackmagic RAW camera files if you want to finish in Ultra HD!
Connect to Remote Internet Cameras
Another exciting feature on the ATEM Television Studio HD ISO model is that it can connect to remote cameras! The Blackmagic URSA Broadcast G2, Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Pro G2 and Blackmagic Studio Camera 6K Pro cameras can live stream in H.264 direct to the switcher. If you're connected to the local network, then simply select the camera in the input menu! However if the switcher is set to a fixed external IP address, then you can export an XML file with the camera settings to live stream from anywhere on the internet. Simply load the XML file into the camera! Plus you even get camera control and tally! Program audio is also sent back to the camera which is great for live interviews!
Localized for 13 Popular Languages
ATEM Television Studio HD supports multiple languages in the menus and in the ATEM Software Control, so you can customize it to the language you prefer. You get support for English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, German, French, Russian, Italian, Portuguese, Turkish, Polish and Ukrainian languages. 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!
Designed to Be Easy to Repair
With so many features built in, it’s vital that ATEM Television Studio can be easily repaired! Plus, there is already a lot of built in redundancy, with 4 Ethernet connections, 9 program SDI outputs, 2 USB ports and 2 power connections! However if someone trips on a cable and breaks a connector, then you need to be able to repair the connector at low cost. 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!
Flexible and Redundant Power
The all in one design of ATEM Television Studio includes a built in power supply so you don’t have to carry around an external power brick! Simply plug it into any AC mains outlet and start live production. The international power supply automatically works from 100 to 240V AC, so you can use it anywhere in the world. Plus, ATEM Television Studio includes both AC and DC power connections. A broadcast standard XLR 12V DC 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!
Add Audio Expansion for More Microphones
If you're building a podcasting studio or you need more microphones, then the ATEM Microphone Converter allows audio input expansion. It connects to the ATEM Television Studio using the MADI port, so there's no complex setup and you can daisy chain units to add more inputs. Each converter has 4 analog inputs that are mic/line selectable and have phantom power. The design features amazing quality with an extremely low noise floor of -129dBV, a dynamic range of 131dB(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!
Add The Ultimate Compact Studio Camera
When you need cameras that are perfectly designed for ATEM Television Studio HD then the new Blackmagic Studio Cameras are an ideal choice! Blackmagic 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 color science, the cameras can handle extremely difficult lighting conditions while producing cinematic looking images. The sensor features an ISO up to 25,600 so you can create amazing images even in dimly lit venues. Advanced features include talkback, tally, camera control, built in color corrector and Blackmagic RAW recording. You can even add focus and zoom controllers.
In the box
Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio HD8 ISO
Limited 1-Year Manufacturer Warranty
8 x BNC (3G-SDI) Female
Input Video Format
SDI (10-Bit 4:2:2 RGB)
1080p at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/60 fps
1080i at 50/59.94/60 fps
720p 50/59.94/60 fps
1 x BNC MADI Female
1 x 2RCA Stereo Analog Female
2 x XLR 3-Pin Analog Female
1 x XLR 5-Pin Female
Embedded Audio Input
8 x BNC
Output Video Format
SDI (10-Bit 4:2:2 RGB)
1080p at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60 fps
1080i at 50/59.94/60 fps
720p at 50/59.94/60 fps
2 x 1/4" TRS Stereo Analog Female
Embedded Audio Output
1 x HDMI
1 x BNC Reference Input
1 x BNC Reference Output
1 x BNC Timecode
1 x BNC Timecode
4 x RJ45 LAN Input/Output
1 x RJ45 Talkback Input/Output
1 x RJ12 Remote Input/Output
2 x USB-C Output
Video Standard Compliance
1920 x 1080 at 60p Encoding
macOS 12 to 13 or Later
Windows 10 to 11
1 x IEC C14 (100 to 240 VAC) Input
1 x XLR 4-Pin (12 VDC) Input
Device: 100 W
Operating Temperature: 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Storage Temperature: -4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
Operating Humidity: 0 to 90%
Storage Humidity: 0 to 90%
23 x 14.8 x 6.35" / 58.4 x 37.6 x 16.13 cm
14.9 lb / 6.8 kg
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