Blackmagic ATEM Mini
When you need a good switcher but you’re on a budget, the ATEM Mini HDMI live switcher by Blackmagic Design is a great choice. Why? Because even though it costs a little less than $300, it is still a very versatile switcher that provides you with options that you likely thought was only possible with a switcher that costs hundreds of dollars more. Small and compact, this easy-to-use switcher has buttons that are easy to see and practically self-explanatory, so even if you’re not the most tech-savvy person on the planet, you’ll still be operating it like a pro before you know it.
With this self-contained broadcast switcher, everything you do is in real-time, which means live streaming to social media outlets such as Facebook Live, Zoom, Twitch, and YouTube is never a problem. If you’re a house of worship and you’re on a limited budget, you can still get high-quality streaming and great recordings so that both members and guests can look at the videos when it’s convenient to them. Most houses of worship have websites that include videos on them for people to watch, so you might as well have high-quality videos that people can enjoy even more. High-quality videos need high-quality equipment.
This switcher provides you with four HDMI inputs, USB webcam out, Fairlight audio mixer with EQ and dynamics, HDMI out, transition effects, DVE for picture-in-picture effect, a media pool with 20 different stills for titles, and even free ATEM software so that you’ll have everything you need to start using the switcher immediately. The green screen chroma key is yet another one of the perks of buying this device, and if you’d like to hook up a projector during your event, you can use the HDMI video out port to do so. This switcher may look small, but it is certainly not small when you consider everything it does.
You can even use this device if you are using multiple cameras for your broadcast production because it makes even tasks that seem difficult a lot easier than you think. Regardless of your level of experience or how fancy you want to get while videotaping your productions, the ATEM Mini HDMI live switcher can help make it happen. The four HDMI inputs can be connected to computers, cameras, and even video games if that’s what you choose to use it for. In fact, there is very little that bigger switchers can do that this one cannot do, so while it’s a great device to start with, you can use it even if you’ve been doing this for many years.