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Blackmagic Design ATEM Mini Models explained

What is the difference between the ATEM Mini, ATEM Mini Pro & ATEM Mini Pro ISO? This is a question we’re regularly asked and always happy to answer.

The ATEM Mini range really has something for (almost) everyone. If you’re just looking to buy a switcher that’s also a USB Video Interface, the ATEM Mini is for you. If you also need to see all your sources simultaneously, would like to stream without a PC and record direct to USB drive, the ATEM Mini Pro is for you. If you’d like all of the above, plus the ability to record all sources separately while simultaneously building a post-production-ready edit project, the ATEM Mini Pro ISO is for you.

Blackmagic describes the three models in the following way:

ATEM Mini is fast to set up and easy to use. It includes 4 standards converted HDMI inputs, USB webcam out, HDMI out, Fairlight audio mixer with EQ and dynamics, DVE for picture in picture, transition effects, green screen chroma key, 20 stills media pool for titles and free ATEM Software Control.

ATEM Mini Pro
This model includes all the features found in ATEM Mini, plus more! You get recording direct to USB flash disks in H.264 plus direct streaming via the Ethernet to YouTube Live and more. There’s also a multiview with 4 cameras, media, preview and program plus status of recording, streaming and audio.

This model adds recording of up to 5 separate H.264 video streams in real time! That’s a clean feed of all inputs and plus the live program! A DaVinci Resolve project file is also saved so you can open your live production to adjust edits, change shots, remix audio and add color correction!

We’ve listed some core features to make it easier for you to understand if you need it or not.

4 Input Switching:
Cut or Fade between 4 HDMI sources using broadcast style transitions.

Picture in Picture:
View two sources simultaneously and achieve professional looks with easy built in Picture in Picture.

Do you need to see all your sources simultaneously? Is your content or switching style fast paced? If your gut feeling says you need to preview all your sources at the same time, you’ll need Multiview.
Available on: ATEM Mini Pro, ATEM Mini Pro ISO

Direct Streaming:
Would you prefer not to use a PC for streaming? If you’d like to simply connect your switcher to a network via Ethernet and start streaming, this feature is for you.
Available on ATEM Mini Pro, ATEM Mini Pro ISO

Direct to Disk Recording (PGM Only):
Simply plug in a compatible USB disk and record your PGM out straight to disc.
Available on ATEM Mini Pro

Direct to Disk Recording (PGM & ISO):
Record your PGM and ISO’s of each source, direct to a compatible USB disk.
Available on ATEM Mini Pro ISO

The ATEM Mini should suit anyone looking for high quality 4-input switching and a USB interface. This includes Youtuber’s, Hobbyists, Motivational Speakers, Schools, e-Teachers & anyone wanting to up their conference game.

We’d recommend the ATEM Mini Pro if you intend streaming, recording and live-mixing events or faster paced multicam productions. It’s also a good bet if you’d like to avoid using a PC to fulfill those functions. A great fit for AV companies, Production Companies, cameramen, bands, Houses of Worship, sports and more.

The ATEM Mini PRO is best suited to anyone who needs to deliver two products: a Live Stream, and a polished (edited) production afterwards.

All three ATEM Mini models are available for purchase online now:

If you still need further help deciding, pop us an email at or 021 140 1518.