Blackmagic Design unveils new ATEM Advanced Panels: 2 M/E and 4 M/E

Front view of one of the new ATEM Advanced Panels by Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design has announced (and released!) the new ATEM 2 M/E Advanced Panel and the ATEM 4 M/E Advanced Panel. The ATEM Advanced Panels are large enough so the user has dedicated controls for the largest ATEM switchers. Features included up to 4 M/Es, up to 24 separate LCDs for custom button labels, 4 separate system control LCDs, 4 T‑bar fader controls and more. The new panel design allows both desktop use or inset mounting.

The 1 M/E model features a single M/E row with 10 input buttons and 1 system control LCD screen. Although it’s a 1 M/E panel, customers can control all M/Es in larger switchers. The input buttons feature user customizable colors and button label LCDs. There’s also a joystick for the DVE and a T‑bar fader.

The 2 M/E model features 2 M/E rows with 20 input buttons and 2 independent system control LCDs for each row. Plus each row can control up to 4 M/Es in larger switchers. Both rows and all input buttons include LCDs for custom labeling. Each row also includes an independent select bus.

The massive 4 M/E model is big enough to match the features on the ATEM Constellation switcher. It features 4 M/E rows with 40 input buttons per row and 4 independent system control LCDs for each row. This panel includes 24 LCD’s for custom labeling of every button on every row.

Among other features, ATEM Advanced Panels are “perfect” for positioning the DVE for custom picture in picture effects because they include a joystick. Customers can also use the knobs and menus on the LCD to adjust the DVE position, size and other DVE features such as lighting and drop shadow effects. The DVE can be setup to fly graphics into frame or select any of the pre programed push and squeeze transitions. In addition, the “ergonomically” designed t-bar control lets customers ride transitions as part of the live performance.

Each system control LCD has a direct access keypad with a button for each function, and LCD and soft knobs and buttons. There’s “hundreds” of switcher parameters available for keyers, transition selection, DVE, color generators as well as switcher video standard, multiview setup and even input button remapping. Customers can save and recall 10 individual panel set ups and store them in the panel. Plus the 2 M/E model as 2 independent system control menus, while the 4 M/E model has a 4 independent system control LCDs.

Another benefit of the ATEM Advanced Panel is the built in macros, where customers can record their own custom macros and trigger them to playback with the push of a button. This means that customers don’t need to use a computer to work with.

“The new ATEM 2 and 4 M/E Advanced Panels are exciting because they give customers total control of the largest ATEM switchers such as the ATEM Constellation 8K,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “With up to 24 LCDs on the 4 M/E model, combined with dynamic button labeling, customizable colors, a massive number of controls and the new design takes the ATEM Advanced Panels to a whole new level of features for live production. We’ve worked hard to build these new state of the art control panels that will enable customers to work on their live programming faster and build the most innovative television studios possible!”

These are the main features of ATEM Advanced Panels:

  • “Features traditional broadcast workflow”.
  • “2 M/E model is powerful while remaining portable”.
  • “4 M/E model includes all the features for large switchers”.
  • “Up to 40 separate input buttons with custom labels and colors”.
  • “Transition control for quickly selecting transition styles”.
  • “Quickly select wipe styles from the system control LCD’s”.
  • “Supports DVE transitions and positioning with joystick”.
  • “Includes fader bar for manual control of transitions”.
  • “Includes a separate system control LCD for each M/E row”.
  • “Supports direct trigger of macros on each select bus”.
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