A Live Production Switcher Built for Post-Production in DaVinci Resolve
Blackmagic Design introduced the ATEM Mini Pro ISO ($895). It’s another in the company’s line of ATEM Mini desktop production switchers, but this one has a new “five-stream recording engine” that records clean feeds from up to four independent HDMI video inputs plus the live edit of the program, along with audio and media pool graphics.
The idea behind saving the complete ISO files from each feed, of course, is that users can edit the program later using multicam mode in their favorite NLE software. A computer should treat an ATEM Mini Pro connected via USB like any other webcam, so Blackmagic is pitching the switcher at YouTubers looking to use multiple, higher quality cameras in their streams as well as at business presenters running teleconferences through Skype or Zoom.
In an intriguing development, the ATEM Mini Pro ISO will also create a Resolve project file, allowing Resolve editors quick access to all the assets from a live production—and allowing users of Blackmagic cameras to relink to Blackmagic Raw files in post to create a much higher-quality version of their presentation for posterity.
It’s all part of Blackmagic’s push to develop a production ecosystem with the multi-talented Resolve software at the center—and a staggering variety of hardware offerings in orbit around it.