Blackmagic Design Announces New ATEM Constellation 8K
The new ATEM Constellation 8K is an Ultra HD live production switcher with so many
features, that customers can combine them all to make an incredibly powerful 8K switcher.
Customers get 4 M/Es, 40 x 12G-SDI inputs, 24 x 12G-SDI aux outputs, 4 DVEs, 16
Keyers, 4 media players, 4 multi viewers, 2 SuperSource and standards conversion on
every SDI input. Then when switched to 8K, all these features combine to make a powerful
ATEM Constellation 8K features a compact 2RU rack mount design with a built in control
panel. This allows operation of the switcher, critical during setup or for emergency use.
Also included is a large LCD so customers can see program output and change switcher
settings via on screen menus. Although only 2RU size, 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.
With a built in control panel, customers can simply walk up and take full control of ATEM
Constellation at any time. Customers get incredible power with both PGM/PVW or cut-bus
style operation. The buttons are the same premium type used on full sized panels, and
allow control of transitions, upstream/downstream keyers, media players and fade to black.
But users are never limited, as the LCD menus also allow every single operational feature
of the switcher to be accessed.
Customers get 40 independent 12G-SDI inputs, with each input featuring its own
dedicated up and cross converter. That means it’s possible to convert 1080p and Ultra HD
sources to stunning 8K to use them in their 8K programs. When used in HD or Ultra HD,
customers can connect up to 40 different sources in all formats up to 2160p60. When
running 8K formats, customers can connect 10 Quad Link 12G-SDI 8K sources in all
formats up to 4320p60.
ATEM Constellation 8K features 24 independently routable 12G-SDI outputs that can be
fully customized. All of these outputs are similar to aux outputs, however they're more
powerful because customers can route any external SDI input and all internal sources to
any of these 12G-SDI outputs. All 12G-SDI outputs contain embedded program audio,
plus customers get mix minus support, RP-188 embedded timecode, SDI camera control,
tally and talkback.
The built in multi views let customers monitor multiple sources in a single monitor.
Customers get 4 independent multiview outputs that can each be individually customized
or transformed into a single full resolution 8K multiview when customers switch to 8K. Plus
all external inputs and all internal sources can be routed to any view. Plus each multiview
can be independently set to 4, 7, 10, 13 or 16 simultaneous views. Each view also has on
screen status including a custom label, VU meters and tally.
ATEM Constellation 8K includes a wide range of broadcast quality 8K native transitions
such as mix, dip, wipe, and more. All transitions can be customized by adjusting
parameters such as their duration, border color, border width, position and direction.
Transitions are even fully 8K native. Customers also get exciting DVE transitions, perfect
for graphic wipes and even stingers when used with the internal media players.
To keep crews working as a single creative team, ATEM Constellation 8K features built in
talkback. Talkback supports a front 5 pin XLR headset connector, as well as a rear RJ12
talkback expansion connector for interfacing with industry standard systems such as
ClearCom or RTS. Customers get full talkback control including program and engineering
loops, sidetone control for hearing the headset mic into the headphones and program mix.
ATEM Constellation also supports SDI talkback that uses SDI channels 15 and 16 for 2-
way communication with Blackmagic Design cameras. Customers can even use channels
13 and 14 for engineering talkback.
The built in media pool stores broadcast quality RGBA graphics and animations that can
be played back instantly by the two media players. For the highest quality, the media pool
can hold up to 24 full resolution 8K stills, or 64 Ultra HD or HD stills. Motion graphics clips
for use in animations and stingers can be up to 100 8K RGBA frames, 400 frames in Ultra
HD or a massive 1,600 frames in 1080HD.
For news or virtual set work, ATEM Constellation 8K is the perfect choice as it features 16
ATEM Advanced Keyers for high quality chroma or luminance keying. The chroma keyer is
incredibly powerful and features 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 "look" of the
foreground layer to the background layer making seamless compositions possible. The
keyer can also be used for pattern and DVE keying allowing incredible versatility. Then
when customers switch to 8K, customers still get four independent full resolution 8K ATEM
ATEM Constellation 8K Features
• HD and Ultra HD switcher can be switched to 8K.
• Advanced design with built in front panel controls.
• Large 40 standards converted 12G-SDI inputs.
• 24 customizable 12G-SDI outputs.
• Supports all ATEM hardware and software control panels.
• Includes 4 Ultra HD multiview with multiple layout options.
• Includes DVE and stinger transitions.
• Includes 4 Ultra HD DVEs that combine into an 8K DVE.
• Professional talkback compatible with ClearCom and RTS.
• Internal media for stills and motion graphics.
• Includes new ATEM Advanced Chroma Key in 8K.
• Multi rate 12G-SDI for HD, Ultra HD and native 8K.
• Built in 156 channel Fairlight audio mixer.
• Includes free software control panel.
• Compatible with all ATEM hardware control panels.
• Supports Blackmagic Design studio camera with SDI control.
• All features are included with no extra customer costs.
Availability and Price
ATEM Constellation 8K is available
About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film
cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production
switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and real time film scanners for the feature
film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink
capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability in post production, while the
company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the
television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking
innovations including 6G-SDI and 12G-SDI products and stereoscopic 3D and Ultra HD
workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic
Design has offices in the USA, UK, Japan, Singapore and Australia. For more information,
please go to www.blackmagicdesign.com.