With October right around the corner, NAB Show New York is gearing up to be an exciting event for tech and media professionals attending. Blackmagic Design is known for creating the highest quality video editing products, color correctors, digital film cameras, video converters, video monitoring, live production switchers, disk recorders, routers, waveform monitors, and real-time film scanners for the feature film, post-production and television broadcast industries. This coming October, they will feature their newest switcher, the ATEM Constellation 8K at NAB Show New York.
The ATEM Constellation 8K is an Ultra HD live production switcher with 4 M/Es, 40 x 12G‑SDI inputs, 24 x 12G‑SDI aux outputs, 4 DVEs, 16 Keyers, 4 media players, 4 multiviewers, 2 SuperSource and standards conversion on every SDI input. Combining these features supports the operation of a very powerful 8K switcher when switched back to 8K. The ATEM Constellation 8K even has a built-in talkback and a professional 156 channel Fairlight audio mixer with EQ and dynamics, which can allow a user to connect and use a full Fairlight audio console. In addition to being an 8K switcher, the ATEM Constellation 8K serves as an ideal upgrade for ATEM Television Studio.
The ATEM Constellation 8K Has Multiview And Can Be Used For Live Events
It’s a no brainer to say that the fastest way to produce programming is via live event, and the ATEM Constellation 8K only makes that possibility a reality. The ATEM Constellation 8K’s many inputs allow for it to be used at concerts, music festivals, and sporting events. This massive amount of inputs and four DVEs can even benefit live sports where multi‑layer compositions can be built to cover the action.
ATEM Constellation is very big, and its HD and Ultra HD switcher can be combined to work in native 8K. This combination only grants the user the power of 40 independent 12G‑SDI inputs when working with either HD or Ultra HD. Even when switched to 8K, these 40 inputs can transform into 10 Quad Link 12G‑SDI 8K inputs with up and cross conversion. This means a user can switch to 720p, 1080p, 1080i, Ultra HD and 8K video standards in an instant. The user can also receive 4 independent Ultra HD multiviews with the ability to convert into full-resolution 8K multiview. Even the keyers, DVE, Super Source, and downstream keyers can switch to native 8K!
Having 8K multiview built into ATEM Constellation allows for a user to monitor multiple sources alongside the 4 independent multiview outputs that can be individually customized or transformed into a single full-resolution 8K multiview when switched to 8K. All external inputs and all internal sources can be routed to any view and individual multiviews can be independently set to 4, 7, 10, 13 or 16 simultaneous views. Each view has on-screen status including a custom label, V meters and tally. The four 12G‑SDI multiview outputs support HD and Ultra HD up to 2160p60, and up to 4320p60 via Quad Link 12G‑SDI when switched to 8K.
ATEM Constellation 8 K Increases Advanced Broadcast Power
An ATEM Constellation 8K’s compact 2RU rack mount design allows for the operation of the switcher for emergency use, and included is a large LCD that allows the user to see program output and change switcher settings via on-screen menus. The rear of the switcher has a massive 40 x 12G‑SDI inputs, 24 x 12G‑SDI aux outputs, plus balanced audio, Ethernet, RS‑422 control and MADI digital audio extra inputs to the internal Fairlight audio mixer despite being only a 2RU size.
ATEM Provides Multiple Transitions
ATEM Constellation 8K includes a variety of broadcast-quality 8K native transitions that can be customized by adjusting parameters such as their duration, border color, border width, position, and direction. These transitions include:
Transitions are fully 8K native and a user can also receive exciting DVE transitions, which are perfect for graphic wipes and even stingers when used with the internal media players. To eliminate errors, ATEM Constellation 8K has a preview transition feature that grants users the chance to check the transitions before putting them on air!
Blackmagic Design‘s ATEM Constellation 8K is the first live production switcher immersed in professional audio production. It can be connected to a fair light mixing console, and it can even be used to mix audio from analog inputs talkback microphones used for voice over.