I haven’t shared before about the Blackmagic ATEM series of livesteam mixers, but they work great for small to mid-sized churches. Don’t let the name fool you, they offer great equipment at a low cost. There are now three different models to choose from, the ATEM Mini, the ATEM Mini Pro, and the ATEM Mini Pro ISO.
So, you may be wondering, how can I use this in my church. If you want to transition to using multiple cameras, this is a great device to help you livestream. You can connect up to 4 HDMI sources including cameras and/or computer inputs, and then switch between them for your livestream. The Mini Pro gives you the ability to actually stream without a computer, and the Mini Pro ISO adds the ability to record all your different sources and edit them after you are finished. You can even use these with Zoom or any other software that uses a webcam.
The prices start at an affordable level as well. The ATEM Mini retails for $295, the ATEM Mini Pro is $595, and the ATEM Mini Pro ISO is $895. For me, the ISO features are great, and that is the one I would shoot for, but the Mini Pro is also a great device. They are extremely hard to find right now because the demand is so high. I typically share amazon links, but for these, I wouldn’t trust third-party sellers.
Check out their website to find more information about all three devices.
Simply connect ATEM Mini and you can switch live between 4 high quality video camera inputs for dramatically better quality images. Or connect a computer for PowerPoint slides or gaming consoles. The built in DVE allows exciting picture in picture effects, perfect for commentary! There are loads of video effects too! All ATEM Mini models have USB that works like a webcam so you can use any streaming software while the ATEM Mini Pro model adds live streaming and recording to USB disks.
Here’s a great video review I found today about their newest product.
The streaming bridge is also a great addition. This would work great for churches needing to share the livestream in other parts of their building for overflow rooms or multiple venues. At only $245, it’s a great value.