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Jon Solo
ATEM 1 M/E Production Switcher Questions
on Aug 18, 2011 at 7:54:17 pm

Hello all,

I had a few questions regarding the new Black Magic Design ATEM 1 M/E Production Switcher. I read the review that Bob Zelin posted earlier this summer and the unit does seem quite impressive. The low cost combined with the feature set is sure to make it a front runner. I do have a few concerns though.

First, the inability to scale different HD formats requiring all input formats be the same. Quite often I have to mix various HD sources from a variety of different devices and the ability to “mix and match” would be priceless. Is this a limitation of the hardware or is it a feature that could be later added via software update?

Secondly, I question the limited set of supported HD formats and frame rates. 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 720p50, 720p59.94 covers but a few of the HD signals I would need an HD production switcher to support. I know 1080PsF frame rates are not normal for studio cameras to output but the capability to handle 1080PsF23.98, 1080PsF24, 1080PsF25, 1080PsF29.97, 1080PsF30, 1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97 would be absolutely necessary. Again, could these formats be added via update or are they limitations of the hardware itself?

Thanks


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