Live Camera Connections
The perfect solution
for live events!
Blackmagic Design ATEM Converters are the perfect solution for live music and sporting events where you need to place cameras in remote locations such as on race tracks or near to a stage, where there is a huge distance between the live action and your switcher! Connect up to 4 ATEM Camera Converters to each Blackmagic Design ATEM Studio Converter and get multiple camera talkback, so all camera operators can communicate with the switcher operator using talkback that is embedded into channels 15 and 16 of the optical fiber SDI connection.
The ATEM Converters
Designed for live production
There are two Blackmagic Design ATEM converters for use at opposite ends of a live camera connection! ATEM Camera Converter converts your camera’s SDI or HDMI output to optical fiber, with embedded external audio and talkback from the camera position. The machined aluminum design is lightweight, strong and includes an internal long life battery for increased portability. Blackmagic Design ATEM Studio Converter’s rack mount design has 4 bi-directional optical fiber connections so you can connect multiple camera converters and convert the optical fiber input to SDI and de-embed audio using XLR connections.
Optical Fiber Link
Work over lengths of up to 28 miles!
Blackmagic Design ATEM converters connect using industry standard single mode optical fiber cable with standard LC connectors. Optical fiber lets you connect way beyond the distance of traditional copper cables. It’s widely available, easy to use and affordable because it’s the same optical fiber cable used in computer networking.Blackmagic Design ATEM Camera Converter and Blackmagic Design ATEM Studio Converter use the standard SMPTE specification for optical fiber connections using standard single mode optical fiber running at 1310nm, which allows you to connect at distances up to 28 miles!
During busy live production it’s vital to be able to talk to your camera operators. ATEM Camera and Studio Converters take advantage of the 16 channel SDI audio standard and embed the talkback into rarely used channels 15 and 16. ATEM Camera Converter uses standard PC or iPhone type headsets while the ATEM Studio Converter uses more robust aviation headsets that are available in hundreds of different styles! Blackmagic Design ATEM Studio Converter also features a built in microphone input and speaker so you don’t need to use a headset.
It’s important for camera operators to know when their camera is on air, so they don’t inadvertently change their shot when millions of people could be viewing! ATEM Camera and Studio Converters support SDI tally output from the program feed of switchers, such as Blackmagic Design’s ATEM range of live production switchers. When a camera is on air a red LED illuminates on the ATEM Camera Converter and a red tally border is displayed on the converter’s SDI and HDMI monitoring outputs!
Premium Quality Design
Machined from a solid block of aluminum
ATEM Camera Converter is machined from a solid block of aluminum to withstand daily use in live production environments. The integrated belt clip lets you operate cameras easily while connected to headsets. ATEM Studio Converter features a stylish machined aluminum front panel for a super tough design that also includes microphone and headset connections, backlit press to talk buttons, plus a built in speaker and volume control for talkback. All video and audio connections are on the rear panel and the built in power supply supports 110V to 240V.
Highest Quality Connections
Use pro or consumer cameras!
ATEM Camera Converter features high quality SDI and HDMI inputs for connecting professional SDI and consumer HDMI cameras. It includes 1/4″ stereo jack mic/line inputs so external commentary and effects audio can be sent from the camera position. ATEM Studio Converter has 4 bi-directional fiber converters that convert each camera feed from optical fiber to SDI and output balanced analog audio on XLR connectors. Also included is loop program SDI in, plus AES/EBU microphone and headphone loops that let you link multiple ATEM Studio Converters.
Keep up to date!
Blackmagic Design’s Converter Utility Software lets you quickly set up converter functions, including camera numbers and audio levels. The utility software also lets you update your ATEM Converters with the latest firmware via a USB connection on each converter. This means you can download firmware updates to add new features or support for new video formats. Converter Utility Software is available for both Mac OS X and Windows.
ATEM Studio Converter
ATEM Studio Converter is the ideal partner for the ATEM Camera Converter. Connect up to four Camera Converters via optical fiber up to 28 miles away with bi-directional video plus tally and talkback! Connect your ATEM switcher program output to the ATEM Studio Converter and this is distributed to the four Camera Converters. Multiple Studio converters can be cascaded together when more than 4 cameras are needed. Studio converter can also be used as four independent SDI or Fiber to HDMI converters and four independent simultaneous SDI to Optical and Optical to SDI converters!
SDI Video Input
1 x 10 bit SD/HD switchable program input from switcher, including tally information.
SDI Video Output
4 x 10 bit SD/HD switchable camera outputs. 1 x 10 bit SD/HD switchable program loop thru output connects to another ATEM Studio Switcher.
Aviation Headsets with 0.25″ TRS headset connector and 0.206″ TRS microphone connector. Front mounted balanced XLR microphone connector.
1 x stereo RCA monitoring output.
AES/EBU Audio Input
1 x combined headphone input. 1 x combined microphone input. Combined inputs for connecting to other ATEM Studio Converters.
AES/EBU Audio Output
1 x combined headphone output. 1 x combined microphone output. Combined outputs for connecting to other ATEM Studio Converters.
Balanced XLR Audio Output
4 x camera stereo analog audio outputs.
Optical Fiber Video Input
4 x single mode SD/HD switchable camera inputs with LC connector.
Optical Fiber Video Output
4 x single mode SD/HD switchable camera outputs with LC connector.
Optical Fiber Audio Input
4 x single mode camera audio inputs with LC connector. Channels 1 & 2 are camera audio. Channels 15 & 16 are intercom audio.
Optical Fiber Audio Output
4 x single mode camera audio outputs with LC connector. Channels 1 & 2 are camera audio. Channels 15 & 16 are intercom audio.
1 x mini-B type USB 2.0 connector for firmware updates.
SD Format Support
525/29.97 NTSC, 525/23.98 NTSC, 625/25 PAL
HD Format Support
720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60, 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60, 1080PsF23.98, 1080PsF24, 1080PsF25, 1080PsF29.97, 1080PsF30, 1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30, 1080p50, 1080p59.94, 1080p60
2K Format Support
2048x1080p23.98, 2048x1080p24, 2048x1080p25, 2048x1080PsF23.98, 2048x1080PsF24, 2048x1080PsF25
4K Format Support
3840x2160p23.98, 3840x2160p24, 3840x2160p25, 3840x2160p29.97, 3840x2160p30, 4096x2160p24
SMPTE 259M, SMPTE 292M
Television standard sample rate of 48Khz, 24 bit A/D conversion.
REC 601, REC 709
Multiple Rate support
SDI switches between SD and HD.
Converter Utility for firmware update.
Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks or later.
Windows 7 or Windows 8.
110 – 240 V AC input with redundant 12-31V DC input.
0° to 40° C (32° to 104° F)
-20° to 45° C (-4° to 113° F)
0% to 90% non-condensing
ATEM Studio Converter
3 Year Limited Manufacturer’s Warranty.
Excluding connectors, cables, cooling fans, fiber optic modules, fuses and keyboards which will be free from defects in materials and workmanship for a period of 12 months from the date of purchase.