Blackmagic Design Releases Studio Camera 6K Pro | ATEM Television Studio HD8

Blackmagic Design had a live web presentation with news on two new ATEM switchers and a Studio Camera 6K today. The ATEM Television Studio HD8 (US$2,995) and ATEM Television Studio HD8 ISO (US$3,995) are a new family of all-in-one live production switchers that combine broadcast features with extreme portability. These new switchers feature broadcast-grade control panels with advanced features such as streaming and recording.

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 ATEM Television Studio HD8 ISO

Built-in Fairlight audio mixer

With a built-in Fairlight audio mixer, ATEM Television Studio HD allows complex live sound mixing. The internal mixer features enough channels for all SDI inputs and extra channels for the XLR, RCA, and MADI inputs. Each input channel features the highest quality 6-band parametric EQ, compressor, limiter, expander, noise gate, and 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.

Built-in hardware streaming engine

ATEM Television Studio HD 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.

Supports recording to external USB flash disks

ATEM Television Studio HD supports recording to external USB flash disks. Or if an optional M.2 flash disk is installed, customers can record direct to internal cloud 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. An exciting feature is append record, which allows customers to re-start recording onto the previous file so customers can deliver customers a single file.

ATEM Television Studio HD ISO

The ATEM Television Studio HD ISO model allows customers to edit their live event as it can record all inputs to separate video files. Customers get 8 separate video input files with matching timecode and sync, plus the program video is also recorded into a separate master video file. This means customers can edit using any NLE software that supports multi-cam editing. A DaVinci Resolve Project file is saved and linked to the input video files, so their live switching is converted into an edit timeline that customers simply click to open.

Another feature of the ATEM Television Studio HD ISO model is that it can connect to remote cameras. The Blackmagic URSA Broadcast G2, Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Pro G2, and Blackmagic Studio Camera 6K Pro cameras can live stream in H.264 direct to the switcher. Plus, you get camera control and tally. Program audio is also sent back to the camera, which is great for live interviews.

The ISO model can record all video inputs and can connect to up to 8 remote cameras. These new switchers also support live streaming, talkback, and optional internal storage.

Blackmagic Studio Camera 6K Pro

Blackmagic Studio Camera 6K Pro (US$2,495) is a new, more powerful studio camera model with an EF lens mount, a larger 6K S35 sensor for improved colorimetry and fine detail handling, built-in ND filters, and live streaming via Ethernet or mobile data.

With the popular EF or MFT lens mounts, Blackmagic Studio Cameras are compatible with a wide range of affordable photographic lenses. Photographic lenses are of incredible quality because they’re designed for use in high-resolution photography. To eliminate the need to reach around to adjust the lens manually, the optional focus and zoom demands let customers adjust the lens from the tripod handles just like a large studio camera. It gives customers the same feel as an expensive B4 broadcast lens.

Also announced today is the Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Pro G2 (US$1,865), an updated model that now includes built-in live streaming.

The camera can be placed remotely anywhere worldwide as the Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Pro G2 and 6K Pro models have built-in live streaming. This means you can place a camera in a remote location, generating an H.264 HD live stream sent over the internet back to the studio. Simply connect the camera to the internet using the built-in Ethernet connection, or customers can connect a 4G or 5G phone to the USB-C port to stream via remote data.

Studio Camera 6K Pro Camera Features

Effective Sensor Size
23.10mm x 12.99mm (Super 35)

Lens Mount
Active EF mount.

Lens Control
Iris, focus, zoom on supported lenses.

Dynamic Range
13 Stops.

Dual Native ISO
0dB and 18dB gain.

Sensitivity at 0dB Gain
f11 with 2160p59.94.
f12 with 2160p50.
at 2,000 lux with 89.9% reflectance.

Signal to Noise Ratio
64.62dB for 2160p
Ultra HD scaled from 5.3K

Recording Resolutions
6144 x 3456 (6K) up to 50 fps
6144 x 2560 (6K 2.4:1) up to 60 fps
5376 x 3024 (5.3K 16:9) up to 60 fps
3840 x 2160 (Ultra HD) up to 60 fps

Video Output Standards
2160p, 1080p, 1080i

Frame Rates
Project frame rates of 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, and 60 fps are supported.
Off-speed frame rates 5 ‑ 50 fps in 6K, and 5 ‑ 60 fps for all other recording resolutions.

Built-in ND Filters
Four position ND filter with clear, 2‑stop, 4‑stop and 6‑stop IR ND filters.

Auto focus available using compatible lenses.

Screen Dimensions
7 inch 1920 x 1200

Screen Type
LCD capacitive touchscreen.

Screen Brightness
2000 nits

Touchscreen camera settings and menus with rotary settings dial, program button, F1, F2 and F3 assignable function buttons, brightness contrast and peaking dials.

Mounting Options
2 x 1/4 inch tripod mount.
1 x 3/8 inch tripod mount.


All the new products are available today for preorder.

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