ATEM Television Studio 4K8
Blackmagic Design

ATEM Television Studio 4K8

New 12G-SDI live production switcher with built in broadcast panel and support for standards up to 2160p60.!
Product Highlights
  • All in one switcher and control panel design
  • Supports connecting up to 8 x 12G-SDI cameras
  • Internal media for stills and motion graphics
  • 8 x standards converted 12G-SDI inputs
  • 9 x 3G-SDI program video outputs and 10 x 12G-SDI aux outputs
  • 4 port 10G Ethernet switch
  • Audio mixer supports limiter, compressor, 6 band EQ and more
  • 16 way multiview for monitoring all cameras on a single monitor
  • Live stream via Ethernet or mobile phones via USB
  • USB output operates as a webcam and supports all video software
  • Records to USB flash disks or optional internal cloud storage
  • Supports remote internet connected cameras on ISO model
  • Includes free ATEM Software Control for Mac and Windows
  • Localized for 13 popular languages

  • Overview
  • Tech Specs

The new ATEM Television Studio 4K8 is a professional live production switcher built into a broadcast control panel so it can be used for high end work while being extremely portable. This means customers can use it in small venues that don't have the access for equipment racks or broadcast vans. Customers get a powerful switcher with 8 standards converted 12G-SDI inputs, 10 x 12G-SDI aux outputs, 4 chroma keyers, 2 downstream keyers, SuperSource, 2 media players and lots of transitions. Plus it includes a whole television studio of features such as hardware streaming, recording, audio mixer, talkback, multiview and optional internal network shared storage.

The ATEM Television Studio combines a switcher and control panel into the same unit, so it’s extremely portable. The front panel includes buttons for selecting sources, triggering transitions and setting up video effects. Plus the buttons are the same high-end type used on expensive broadcast switchers. Customers also get a built in t-bar for manual transition control. The front panel even has an innovative audio mixer control area with live metering on a dedicated LCD.

With 8 SDI video inputs, ATEM Television Studio lets customers connect multiple cameras for different views of the performance. Video cameras with SDI outputs, such as Blackmagic Studio Camera or Blackmagic URSA Broadcast G2, are much better quality as they have better low light performance and use professional lenses. All video sources will re-sync to the switcher, even if they operate at different video standards. Everything just works so setup on location is easy and customers don't have to worry about technical problems.

Customers can select from exciting transitions such as dissolve, or more dramatic effects such as dip to color, DVE squeeze and DVE push. Customers can even add a DVE for picture in picture effects with customized graphics. There are also media players which let customers store graphics with alpha channels for titles and graphics that customers can load as live video inputs. Then customers can live stream the results.

One of the benefits of ATEM Television Studio is the range of professional built in video effects. The t-bar fader can be used to transition video effects, or customers can do the transition automatically by pressing the auto button. There is a wide range of SMPTE wipes included, plus fun DVE effects that slide or squeeze the image off screen when transitioning between video sources.

ATEM Television Studio 4K8 also includes a joystick for positioning the DVE for custom picture in picture effects. With full 3 Axis control customers can adjust X, Y and Z positions of wipe patterns and position the DVEs. The joystick allows the DVE position to be set precisely and rotating the knob will change DVE size. Scale the size, position up, down or left and right for the perfect picture in picture effect. Plus, customers can also use the joystick to move the DVE and enter start and end keyframe screen positions for their own customized animated DVE moves.

The built in media pool stores broadcast quality graphics and animations that can be played back using the built in media players. For highest quality, all media supports RGB colorspace with alpha channel, allowing transparency and layering. The media pool can hold 20 HD or Ultra HD resolution stills. With the new ATEM Television Studio 4K8 model, motion graphics clips for animations and stingers can be up to 800 frames in 720HD, 400 frames in 1080HD and 200 frames in 2160 Ultra HD.

ATEM Television Studio is perfect for news and on-set presentation work because it features 4 ATEM Advanced Chroma Keyers for green screen keying effects. The chroma keyers are incredibly powerful and include features such as a color picker to sample background colors for automatic generation of the key parameters. Customers get precise controls for edge and flare, and there is even a foreground color corrector so customers can match the foreground and background layers for seamless compositions. The keyer can also be used for pattern and DVE keying.

In addition to the DVE in the ATEM Television Studio, there is also a powerful SuperSource multi layer processor. SuperSource gives customers 4 extra DVE layers plus a background layer, all layered together as an additional input source. SuperSource is perfect for doing multiple picture in picture displays with people being interviewed because customers can set up the effect so the viewer can see each person being interviewed all within a stylish graphic.

The ATEM Television Studio 4K8 has 8 12G-SDI inputs. Each SDI input has a dedicated standards converter so any 720 HD, 1080 HD or 2160 Ultra HD input source will be converted to the standard of the switcher.

The ATEM Television Studio includes up to nine SDI program outputs so customers get enough connections to send a separate program return feed to all of their cameras. That’s important because the SDI program return is used to send tally, talkback and control information back to the cameras. Customers also get dedicated aux outputs for driving stage monitors and master recorders. There’s also a dedicated 3G-SDI and HDMI output for the multiview.

With a built in Fairlight audio mixer, ATEM Television Studio makes it possible to do complex live sound mixing. The internal mixer features enough channels for all SDI inputs, as well as extra channels for the XLR, RCA and MADI inputs. Each input channel features the highest quality 6 band parametric EQ, compressor, limiter, expander and noise gate as well as level and pan controls. The audio mixer is extremely powerful and it can be adjusted from the front panel using the dedicated audio mixer controls and LCD.

ATEM Television Studio includes a professional multiview that lets customers see all video inputs, preview and program on a single SDI or HDMI monitor. Each camera view includes tally indicators so customers know when each source is on-air, plus each view has custom labels and audio meters. Customers can fully customize the multiview layout with up to 16 simultaneous views.

ATEM Television Studio has a built in hardware streaming engine for live streaming to a global audience. That means customers can live stream to services such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitch in better video quality and without dropped frames. Streaming works using the Ethernet connection to the internet, or customers can connect a smartphone to use mobile data.

Customers can use any video software with ATEM Television Studio because the USB connection will emulate a webcam. That means customers can plug into a computer and use any video software that works with a webcam. That guarantees full compatibility with any video software and in full resolution 1080HD quality.

ATEM Television Studio supports recording to external USB flash disks. Or if an optional M.2 flash disk is installed, customers can record directly to internal network shared storage. The internal storage plus any external USB disks will be available to share over the local Ethernet network so other people can work on post production tasks such as editing, color correction and graphics preparation. All recordings are in H.264 format with AAC audio for broadcast quality video and small file sizes.

The ATEM Software Control app unlocks the hidden power of ATEM Television Studio by allowing access to all the features in the switcher. ATEM Software Control features a visual switcher user interface with parameter palettes for making adjustments. The software lets customers live switch, mix audio, color correct in the cameras and manage media. Customers can also build and run complex macros from the software.

If users are building a podcasting studio or customers need more microphones, then the ATEM Microphone Converter allows audio input expansion. It connects to the ATEM Television Studio using the MADI port, so there's no complex setup and customers can daisy chain units to add more inputs. Each converter has 4 analog inputs that are mic/line selectable and have phantom power. The design features amazing quality with an extremely low noise floor of -129dBV, a dynamic range of 131dB(A), low distortion of 0.002% and uniform tolerances across all channels. It even uses 8 separate ADCs on each input to collectively extend the dynamic range. Plus it has a fun HDMI monitoring output with scrolling audio waveforms.

SDI Video Inputs 8
SDI Video Outputs 12
SDI Rates 1.5G, 3G, 6G, 12G
HDMI Video Outputs 1
Total Audio Inputs 2 x XLR balanced analog audio,
1 x BNC 32 Ch MADI digital audio,
2 x RCA stereo analog audio,
1 x 5 pin XLR Talkback.
Total Audio Outputs 4 x 1/4 inch Jack analog audio,
1 x BNC 64 Ch MADI digital audio, up to 50 active,
1 x 5 pin XLR Talkback.
SDI Audio Inputs 4 Ch embedded audio on all SDI inputs.
SDI Audio Outputs 16 assignable channels.
Timecode Connections 1 x BNC In, 1 x BNC Out.
Reference Input 1 x BNC In, 1 x BNC Out.
Tri-Sync or Black Burst.
Video Input Re-Sync On all 8 inputs.
Frame Rate and Format Converters On all 8 inputs.
SDI Aux Outputs 10
SDI Program Outputs 1
Webcam Output 2 x USB-C supporting 720p or 1080p at PGM frame rate.
Total Multi Views 1 x 12G-SDI
1 x HDMI 2.0
Remote RJ12 supports RS-422
Control Panel Connection Ethernet. Direct connection between panel and chassis, or via network.
Internal Timecode Generator Yes
Talkback RJ45 for 3rd party talkback systems.
Tally Output Added via ethernet connection to Blackmagic Design GPI and Tally Interface product. (Not included).
Ethernet 4 x RJ45 with internet network switch. Supports 10/100/1000 BASE-T.
Computer Interface 2 x USB-C supports USB 2.0 for external drive recording, webcam out, software control, software updates and switcher connection.
SD Video Standards None
HD Video Input Standards 720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60
1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60
1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30, 1080p50, 1080p59.94, 1080p60
Ultra HD Video Input Standards 2160p23.98, 2160p24, 2160p25, 2160p29.97
2160p30, 2160p50, 2160p59.94, 2160p60
SDI Compliance SMPTE 292M, SMPTE 296M, SMPTE 424M, SMPTE 425M level A and B, SMPTE 2081-1, SMPTE 2081-10, SMPTE 2082-1 and SMPTE 2082-10.
Video Sampling 4:2:2
Color Precision 10-bit.
Color Space REC 709, REC 2020
SDI Auto Switching Automatically detects between 1.5G-SDI, level A or level B 3G-SDI, 6G-SDI and 12G-SDI.
Product Specifics
Number of Mix Effects Rows 1
Direct Cross Points 10
Shifted Cross Points 20
Crosspoint Button Type Tri-Color LED
Crosspoint Label 6 rows 24 character LCD
Preview Transition 1
Source Select Bus 1
Dedicated Macro Buttons 10 plus shift 10
Transition Type Buttons 5
Transition Rate Set via system LCD menu display
Key Buttons 8
AUX Buttons 12
Fader Bar 1
Record Buttons 2
Stream Buttons 2
DSK Transition Selectors 6
Fade to Black Buttons 1
System LCD Displays 1
Numeric Keypad 1
3 Axis Joystick 1
Upstream Keyers 4
Downstream Keyers 2
Advanced Chroma Keyers 4
SuperSource 1
DVEs 2
Linear/Luma Keyers 7
Transition Keyer (Stinger/DVE) 1 Stinger, 1 DVE.
Total Number of Layers 8
Pattern Generators 7
Color Generators 2
Control Panel Integrated panel with full control of switching and settings.
Routable Windows 16
Windows Source Labels Yes
Tally Red for program and green for preview indication.
Talkback Support Yes
Mix Minus Support Yes
Direct Streaming Supports direct live streaming using Real Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP) over ethernet or a shared internet connection over USB‑C.
Direct Recording Video and Audio Direct recording to optional internal M.2 flash memory or to external media via USB-C expansion ports.
Video Recording Program recorded as a H.264 .mp4 file at the streaming quality setting and at the ATEM video standard with AAC audio.
Media Format Supports media formatted ExFAT (Windows/Mac). APFS or HFS+ (Mac).
Multi View Monitoring
Multi View Monitoring 1 x multi view via SDI and HDMI configurable to 16, 13, 10, 7 or 4 up views. Includes monitoring of Program, Preview, Inputs, Media Players, DSKs, SuperSource, Clean Feed with optional labels and audio meters.
Multi View Video Standard HD or Ultra HD
Display Minimum Resolution 1366 x 768
Media Player
Media Players 2
Channels Fill and key for each media player.
Media Pool Still Image Capacity 20
Media Pool Still Image Format PNG, TGA, BMP, GIF, JPEG and TIFF.
Media Pool Clip Capacity 2 x up to 1080p60.
Media Player Clip Length in 720 HD 720 frames.
Media Player Clip Length in 1080 HD 360 frames.
Media Player Clip Length in 2160 HD 90 frames.
Media Pool Video File Format TGA sequence.
Media Pool Audio File Format WAV, MP3 and AIFF.
Processing Delay < 10 lines when genlocked and in the same format as the switcher.
Audio Mixer 58 Channel mixer.
Selectable On/Off/Audio-Follow-Video.
Level and Peak metering.
Master gain control.
6 band parametric EQ, Dynamics including Expander, Gate, Compressor and Limiter.
Camera Control When used with most Blackmagic Design cameras, ATEM can control focus, iris and zoom of compatible lenses and camera settings including gain, white balance, tint, shutter, ND filter, color corrector, tally and record start/stop.
Down Conversion 1 x multi view
Control Panel Included ATEM Software Control Panel included free for Mac 12.0 Monterey, Mac 13.0 Ventura or later. and Windows 10 or 11.
Software Updates Using USB or Ethernet connection directly connected to Mac OS or Windows computers. Includes ATEM Setup Utility.
Physical Installation
Physical Installation Desktop or in-desk mount.

Operating Systems
  • Mac
    Mac 12.0 Monterey,
    Mac 13.0 Ventura or later.
  • Windows
    Windows 10 and 11.

Power Requirements
  • Power Supply
    1 x Internal 100 - 240 AC 50/60Hz with IEC C14 socket.
    1 x 4 pin XLR 12V DC In for external power supply or battery use.
  • Power Usage