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Quarantine Cook-along with AEG Posted: 02/06/2020
Quarantine Cook-along with AEG

Aiming to help inspire the increasing number of people in lockdown turning to cooking and baking, AEG collaborated with video production company Monarki Stockholm and Scandinavian Photo to help produce a multicam live stream cook-along show.

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Interactive YouTube Game Show Quizuna Relies on ATEM Mini Pro for Live Streaming Posted: 28/05/2020
Interactive YouTube Game Show Quizuna Relies on ATEM Mini Pro for Live Streaming

ATEM Mini Pro is being used to power the recently premiered interactive talk and quiz show, “Quizuna.” The show, which is the first of its kind on YouTube in Japan, is hosted by Japanese Hollywood actress Ikumi Yoshimatsu and airs several times a week on her YouTube channel, “Ikumi’s Voice.”

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Pocket Cinema Camera 4Ks and DaVinci Resolve Studio Cut Page Used for Into The Mist Tabletop Gaming Series Posted: 18/05/2020
Pocket Cinema Camera 4Ks and DaVinci Resolve Studio Cut Page Used for Into The Mist Tabletop Gaming Series

Blackmagic Design today announced that RealmSmith.tv is using its products to live stream the hit tabletop gaming series “Into the Mist” on Twitch, and using DaVinci Resolve Studio’s cut page to quickly edit each show’s highlights for YouTube.

RealmSmith.tv is a Toronto, ON based live streaming and tabletop gaming company, and “Into the Mist” features improvised live play of Dungeons & Dragons’ “Curse of Strahd” campaign setting. Jason Azevedo, founder and president of RealmSmith.tv, acts as Dungeon Master alongside weekly players gathered around an immersive table setup, where players and viewers are made to feel they are part of the game experience. Joel Augé, co owner of RealmSmith.tv, manages all aspects of the stream’s production and workflow.

When RealmSmith.tv embarked on “Into the Mist,” they decided to produce the show as a multi camera live stream to keep viewers entertained throughout the episodes. They initially invested in an ATEM Television Studio HD live production switcher, two Blackmagic Micro Cinema Cameras and two Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4Ks to achieve a more cinematic feel. They later incorporated two additional Pocket Cinema Camera 4Ks so they could further enhance the experience by capturing more camera angles.

“While a lot of live streams are based on a single, frontal view where players call in from their own homes with webcams, we wanted ‘Into the Mist’ to show everyone in the same room with multiple camera angles and proper lighting,” said Azevedo. “We really separate ourselves by having such a professional, cinematic look to our live streams.”

Tags: Blackmagic Design | Blackmagic | BMD | Live Streaming | BMPCC4K | DaVinci Resolve | Cut Page
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Focal Point Production Uses ATEM Mini To Live Stream Interviews For GBMC Healthcare System Posted: 18/05/2020
Focal Point Production Uses ATEM Mini To Live Stream Interviews For GBMC Healthcare System

Blackmagic Design today announced Focal Point Productions is using a Blackmagic Design live production workflow to produce educational content for GBMC HealthCare System. In addition to streaming weekly townhall meetings for hospital staff and frequent educational Facebook Live sessions for patients, Focal Point Productions is also using an ATEM Mini live production switcher to stream interviews with GBMC HealthCare System experts for local news segments.

GBMC HealthCare System is a 342 bed medical center that provides acute and sub acute care, handling more than 23,000 admissions and 52,000 emergency room visits annually. They teamed up with Maryland based video production and live streaming company Focal Point Productions to create ongoing content to keep its employees up to date on the latest COVID-19 developments. In addition to internal townhall meetings, GBMC HealthCare System and Focal Point Productions also began streaming frequent Facebook Live sessions featuring clinicians and hospital leadership discussing timely topics.

As part of its coverage of the current situation, local news affiliate WMAR-2 invited several GBMC HealthCare System experts to participate in a call in segment, for which Focal Points Production used an ATEM Mini to power the live stream.

Tags: Blackmagic Design | Blackmagic | ATEM Mini | Live Streaming | Focal Point Productions | Healthcare | Live Interviews
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Penny Arcade Uses Blackmagic Design ATEM Mini Switcher for Live Streaming Workflow Posted: 18/05/2020
Penny Arcade Uses Blackmagic Design ATEM Mini Switcher for Live Streaming Workflow

Blackmagic Design today announced that webcomic and gaming powerhouse Penny Arcade is using a variety of its products, including an ATEM Mini live production switcher, to power its live streaming workflow for several weekly online shows. The shows air live on Penny Arcade’s Twitch channel, “PennyArcade,” and are later uploaded to its YouTube channel, “pennyarcadeTV” (PATV), attracting tens of thousands of viewers.

What started as a thrice weekly comic strip has since become one of the most popular and longest running webcomics online, creating and distributing gaming content to millions of readers globally. Over the years, Penny Arcade has grown its business to include PAX, the largest gaming festivals in North America and which also use Blackmagic Design gear for live production, Child’s Play, the largest gaming charity in North America, PATV, home to its video and media content, merchandise, podcasts, and more.

In building out its video content, Penny Arcade wanted a more professional live streaming workflow and sleeker look for its productions. Producer Joshua Price and his team stepped in, transforming a meeting space into a production studio outfitted with a multitude of Blackmagic Design gear.

Tags: Blackmagic Design | Live Streaming | ATEM Mini | Gaming | Penny Arcade | Twitch | YouTube
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FOR-A HVS-2000 Video Switcher Helps Custom Media Solutions Pivot from Live Event to Streaming Event with Limited Crew Posted: 13/05/2020
FOR-A HVS-2000 Video Switcher Helps Custom Media Solutions and nbsp;Pivot from Live Event to Streaming Event with Limited Crew and nbsp;

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced Orange Conference 2020, an annual event in Atlanta for Christian family ministry teams, to convert from a live, arena-sized event to a three-day streaming program, Custom Media Solutions relied heavily on its FOR-A HVS-2000 video switcher. The coverage required 16 inputs, 10 keyers, 11 DVEs, and at least four AUX buses.

Due to social distancing requirements, CMS had to produce the event using less than half of its usual crew in its production trailer. “We automated as much as possible using the features from the switcher,” said Marc Shroyer, president of CMS. “We had a couple of still stores with user flags and a lot of lower-thirds from the ProPresenter presentation system. We used DVEs for picture-in-picture looks that we could display on the multi-view at all times, so we could decide when to use them on the fly.”

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Aputure Asia Live Streams with Blackmagic Designs ATEM Mini and Pocket Cinema Camera 4K Posted: 29/04/2020
Aputure Asia Live Streams with Blackmagic Designs ATEM Mini and Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

Aputure’s Asia office has been live streaming updates using a ATEM Mini video switcher and Pocket Cinema Camera 4Ks. The live streams are shot from Aputure’s Singapore office and are aimed at staying in touch with their community and on new product developments.

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Rooster Teeth Produces Broadcasts for Millions with the help of Blackmagic Design Posted: 29/04/2020
Rooster Teeth Produces Broadcasts for Millions with the help of Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design today announced that pioneering media and entertainment company Rooster Teeth is using a host of its gear, including URSA Broadcast cameras and ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K live production switcher, across its Austin, TX and Los Angeles studios to broadcast content across a multitude of platforms, reaching more than 45 million viewers.

Rooster Teeth is a leading media and entertainment company with devoted entertainment fandoms around the world, with a diversified business model across memberships, advertising, podcast sales, distribution, events and ecommerce.

According to Rooster Teeth’s Director of Broadcast, Patrick Salazar, “Along with live events like E3 and our Extra Life charity stream, our broadcast department handles up to 10 productions a week on a floor equipped with Blackmagic Design cameras and a control room operated by Blackmagic Design switchers, media recorders and more. The studio features five pedestal cameras, a jib, full broadcast quality lighting system and grid, a livestream capable control room, and a live graphics and audio booth.”

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Blackmagic Design Announces News Low Price for Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Posted: 29/04/2020
Blackmagic Design Announces News Low Price for Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

Blackmagic Design today announced a new lower price for the popular Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K of US$1,995. This is a reduction of $500 which will help make this camera more affordable for users working on digital film as well as live production with the new ATEM Mini switchers. With the current demand for multi camera live streaming from home broadcast studios, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K makes a perfect studio camera when combined with the recent studio camera software update!

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K is available immediately from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for US$1,995.

 

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First Baptist Jackson Upgrades to HD Live Production with FOR-A HVS-490 Production Switcher Posted: 21/04/2020
First Baptist Jackson Upgrades to HD Live Production with FOR-A HVS-490 Production Switcher

First Baptist Church of Jackson in downtown Jackson, Miss., began broadcasting its Sunday services on a local TV station in the 1950s, but had not significantly upgraded its production facilities since the 1980s. Last summer, the church made the jump to HD production and anchored its redesigned control room with a HVS490 production switcher and MFR-3000 routing switcher from FOR-A Corporation of America.

Today, First Baptist Jackson streams live 1080p video to Facebook Live, YouTube, and its own website, with local 720p replays the following Sunday on WDBD (FOX) and WLOO (MyNetworkTV) in Jackson (DMA #92). According to Michael Bowen, minister of media and communications, any new switcher had to be “super volunteer-friendly,” because the church relies on more than 50 volunteers (as well as paid staff) to run its weekly production and other projects. The new HD system went live in late August, and he said it has created renewed excitement in their volunteers.

Tags: live production | live streaming | I-MAG | church production | worship production | FOR-A | production switcher | video switcher | routing switcher
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Freaks 4U Gaming Invests In Blackmagic Design For Esports Broadcasting Posted: 09/04/2020
Freaks 4U Gaming Invests In Blackmagic Design For Esports Broadcasting

Blackmagic Design today announced that international gaming and esports agency, Freaks 4U Gaming, has deployed multiple studios and portable production units (PPU) built around Blackmagic Design. The solution for acquisition, control and delivery, allows the facility to offer native 4K content creation services for broadcast and live streaming.

Whether for traditional broadcast or live streaming, the Freaks 4U Gaming facility can support a host of formats, ranging of esports content from gaming tournaments, Twitch battles and magazine style esports programming. As well as fully customizable studio sets, caster booths and presenter spaces, it also offers more than twenty studio pods where influencers can create content for their own social media channels.

Working with gaming specialists at Teltec Berlin, Freaks 4U Gaming has fitted out 2800m2 of multipurpose production space at its headquarters in Spandau, Berlin, with a fleet of URSA Broadcast and URSA Mini Pro G2 cameras, paired with 4K B4 lenses.

“Providing a bridge between esports, broadcasting and influencers, Freaks 4U Gaming has a reputation for creating engaging and exciting content,” explains Matthias Remmert, Freaks 4U Gaming’s Senior VP, TV & Media Productions. “We understand what the gaming community wants, and we can translate that into compelling broadcast shows like ran eSports for ProSieben MAXX, as well as international events such as Europe's Twitch Rivals tournaments.”

Matthias explains that this insight was the driving force behind the studios’ incredibly flexible production infrastructure. “We chose to install a SMPTE fiber network as the facility’s backbone so that we can produce shows and content simultaneously. It also means the various studio spaces can all be controlled remotely through a single production gallery when more than one location or space is needed.”

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South Africas LINC Church: Live streaming on lockdown Posted: 09/04/2020
South Africas LINC Church: Live streaming on lockdown

Like many countries, South Africa's response to the COVID-19 pandemic saw a national lockdown and the suspension of large social gatherings - including any places of worship.

LINC Church, based in Salt Rock, would generally see an average weekly congregation of around 1,000 people. However, with that now not being possible, the Church made a swift decision to take everything online.

Video has become an invaluable part of LINC's worship on campus, and the Church wanted to continue offering good quality content in a style and format that felt familiar. The aim was also to ensure attendees could access live messages and sermons from pastors.

"Total lockdown came at midnight on the 26th March, but we did get a couple of days notice," begins Simon Wilkes, media director. "We gathered a group of people at the church and used the time to record as much content as we could - both preaching and worship."

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The Changing State of Live During the COVID-19 Crisis Posted: 07/04/2020
The Changing and lsquo;State of Live and rsquo; During the COVID-19 Crisis

Health and safety is now the number one priority globally with the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Social distancing, lockdowns and quarantines have increased the need for remote reporting, fueling demand for live streaming, mobile apps and live IP video sharing solutions. LiveU is today presenting an interim ‘State of Live’ report showing the trends over the last five weeks as the coronavirus continues to impact the world. This special LiveU report is based on data generated from its global customer base.

Live sessions via the LiveU Central management platform have more than doubled, with the number of users increasing by 30%. The average number of sessions by users has also doubled with TV crews, talk show hosts and other personalities using HEVC bonded field units for round-the-clock reporting and productions from remote locations, including from studios set-up in their own homes. The US saw the greatest increase in session duration, followed by Japan and India.

Mobile apps are in demand more than ever and there’s been a huge growth in the use of LU-Smart bonded transmission technology for smartphones. LiveU has seen a 150% growth in app units and sessions. Mobile journalists and others are covering live news and virtual events from home or other locations using their own mobile device. The LiveU app is becoming a critical part of the broadcast workflow with TV show hosts transmitting video feeds to the studio via their mobile phone.

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BLACKMAGIC DESIGN ANNOUNCES NEW ATEM MINI PRO Posted: 06/04/2020
BLACKMAGIC DESIGN ANNOUNCES NEW ATEM MINI PRO

Blackmagic Design today announced ATEM Mini Pro, a new low cost live production switcher with all the features of ATEM Mini but now with extra features for recording, streaming and monitoring. ATEM Mini Pro includes a new hardware streaming engine to allow direct streaming via its Ethernet connection to YouTube Live, Facebook and Twitch. There is also support for recording the stream direct to USB flash disks in H.264, plus support for recording to multiple disks for continuous recording. The new model also includes a multiview on the HDMI video output that allows all inputs to be monitored on a single monitor, as well as live status of recording, streaming and the audio mixer.

ATEM Mini Pro is available immediately from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for US$595.

ATEM Mini switchers make it easy to create professional multi camera productions for live streaming to YouTube and innovative business presentations using Skype or Zoom. Simply connect ATEM Mini and customers can switch live between 4 high quality video camera inputs for dramatically better quality images. Or connect a computer for PowerPoint slides or gaming consoles. The built in DVE allows exciting picture in picture effects, perfect for commentary. There are loads of video effects too. All ATEM Mini models have USB that works like a webcam so customers can use any streaming software while the ATEM Mini Pro model adds live streaming and recording to USB disks.

There's also HDMI out for projectors. Microphone inputs allow high quality desktop and lapel mics for interviews and presentations.

ATEM Mini’s compact all in one design includes both a control panel as well as connections. The front panel includes easy to use buttons for selecting sources, video effects and transitions. The source buttons are large so it’s possible to use it by feel, letting the presenter do the switching. Customers even get buttons for audio mixing. On the ATEM Mini Pro model customers also get buttons for record and streaming control as well as output selection buttons that let customers change the video output between cameras, program and multiview. On the rear panel there are HDMI connections for cameras or computers, extra microphone inputs, USB for webcam out plus an HDMI "aux" output for program video.

There's never been a switcher that’s easier to use, as customers simply press any of the input buttons labelled 1 to 4 on the front panel to cut between video sources. Customers can choose between cut or effects transitions by selecting the cut or auto buttons. Unlike cut, the auto button tells ATEM Mini to use a video effect when switching inputs. Customers can select from exciting transitions such as dissolve, or more dramatic effects such as dip to color, DVE squeeze and DVE push. The DVE is perfect for picture in picture effects and customers can instantly set up different picture positions. There is even a still store for titles and graphics accessible via external software control.

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BLACKMAGIC DESIGN ANNOUNCES BLACKMAGIC CAMERA UPDATE 6.9 Posted: 06/04/2020
BLACKMAGIC DESIGN ANNOUNCES BLACKMAGIC CAMERA UPDATE and nbsp;6.9

Blackmagic Design today announced new software update for its popular Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and 6K models that include powerful studio camera features. Now customers can connect to an ATEM Mini switcher and get control of the camera parameters, lens and tally light. ATEM Mini can control up to 4 cameras via the HDMI video connection and ensure all cameras are perfectly matched for a professional live studio workflow. Now the same Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera can work as a digital film camera and a studio camera!

Blackmagic Camera Update 6.9 is available for download now from the Blackmagic Design web site.

Video and control is via the HDMI connection, which is available as soon as customers plug the cameras in. The record light becomes a tally light so customers can see which camera is on air. The ATEM Software Control camera page has a camera control unit (CCU) style interface for adjusting and matching their cameras. Move the CCU control vertically for iris and left to right to adjust black level. It's the same as a broadcast CCU. There are also controls for color tint to balance the camera as well as focus, gain and shutter speed. Customers can even ISO record Blackmagic RAW in the camera for editing later.

The elegant design of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera packs an incredible number of high end digital film features into a miniaturized, handheld design. Made from lightweight carbon fiber polycarbonate composite, the camera features a multifunction handgrip with all controls for recording, ISO, WB and shutter angle right at their fingertips. Because it's an advanced digital film camera, the sensor is designed to reduce thermal noise allowing cleaner shadows and higher ISO. Plus the large 5 inch LCD makes it possible to get perfect focus at 4K and 6K resolutions.

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