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This ATEM (mini) Tips” series of short video tutorials for your Blackmagic ATEM hardware includes tips for all users, from beginner to advanced. Scroll down to see more in the series!

This is a collection of all PhotoJoseph LIVE shows, now featured on the PhotoJoseph LIVE YouTube channel. Additional episodes are listed below!

ATEM MasterClass v2 — FIVE HOURS of ATEM Goodness!

Photo Moment - October 27, 2021

This is a massive, five hour long LIVE webinar on Blackmagic ATEM hardware, including Introduction to ATEM, including setup, switching and audio basics, picture-in-picture and Supersource, macros, BMPCC camera control, ISO recording & bRAW matching in Resolve, HyperDeck for recording & playback, ATEM Streaming Bridge, Web Presenter HD / 4K, bitfocus Companion, El Gato Stream Deck, mimoLive and the UltraStudio 4K Mini. Wow!!

Products Mentioned

Also… for audio Isolation; look up: Sescom IL19, Shure ISO, Radial ISOBox, ART Clean Box, Markley Hum Eliminator, and even the ISO adapters used for car stereos, will all help transformer isolate signals. As will XLR splitter boxes with ground lifts from Horizon, Whirlwind, etc

Previous ATEM webinar from June 2021


From Blackmagic's website…

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 you can switch live up to 8 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 you can use any streaming software while the ATEM Mini Pro and ATEM Mini Extreme models add live streaming and recording to USB disks. ATEM Mini even has secret broadcast features for high end work!

•• ATEM Mini
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.

•• ATEM Mini Extreme
This model is an advanced switcher for true professionals! You get all the ATEM Mini Pro features plus 8 HDMI inputs, 2 separate HDMI outputs, 2 USB ports and a headphone connection. There are also 4 chroma keyers, 6 picture in picture DVEs, 2 media players, and a multiview with up to 16 views!

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Like watching ad-free videos? Me too! Is my content worth 99¢ a month to you? I hope so!
Joseph -- I totally agree with others who commented ... you put in a lot more that 5 hours of work into this work effort;
- I'm quite familiar, with the ATEM Studio HD, Web Presenter & HyperDeck plan to share your presentation with my previous church and others in my circle of circles
- very good content.
knowledge base
@G Albert thank you!
this was awesome. thx for that
amazing resource, will be subscribing. re: the cheapest camera with clean HDMI and mic ports - I'm using a Canon Vixia HF R800 (and also an older Canon Vixia HF R400) which ticks both boxes under $400 each. In fact, I got my HF R400 used for $120 Canadian. They work with my ATEM Mini Extreme ISO.
That’s great to hear. I’d heard the cheaper Canon cameras overheated or the mirror had to be put back down after 30 minutes. Is that not the case with this model?
@PhotoJoseph had em running into the atem for six hours straight yesterday to test. It's in my house so I don't know how it'd fare in a hotter environment, but they were warm and not hot so they could probably survive a bit hotter
Lol - the part where you demo the iso recording and bmpcc hdmi communication fails is classic blackmagic. And the icing on the cake: the blackmagic rep there for support just shrugged it off saying he was busy with other things and didn’t see anything.

Good grief - as an atem and and bmpcc user, I felt this one. Just gave a slow, knowing nod of “yep - I know this feeling all too well”
yeah, that one hurt. But ultimately it's a good thing to see, that not everything works as expected all the time! DEFINITELY you need to check your cameras!!
@PhotoJoseph Fair enough. My personal experience with my BMD stuff is that it's amazing value for money - right up until the moment it fails you and costs you everything. This was an excellent example validating that concern.

Great seminar, by the way - still working through it. I'm finding the information about the streaming bridge - particularly the xml file export - quite interesting and a potentially great option for mailing a remote kit to clients.
Just wow! Thank you for a wonderful master class! I have an audio question, when using a camera with mic plugged into Atem Mini and zooming with client, the client hears an echo - their voice coming back to them also this happened in your class when you switched to pocket camera. How do I resolve this?
ah, the fact you heard it when I switched to the pocket camera is a great clue — that means you (as I was for a moment) feeding TWO audio streams. Both audio from the camera's built-in mic, as well as audio from the external mic. So, look at your audio panel, and make sure you are only using the mic you want!
@PhotoJoseph Thank you for the quick reply! Hmm people on zoom are still hearing an echo. My complete set up: Shot gun mic connected to camera and plugged into Atem Mini, Atem connected to iMac through usb and external speakers connected to headphone port on iMac. No other mic in the room...
@Mel Metcalfe III turn down your external speakers and/or make sure echo cancelation is enabled in Zoom and/or use headphones instead of speakers
Is there any information out there as to whether Loupedeck hardware works with the item at all?
not that I know of
This is GREAT, brother. THANKS for doing this.
You are welcome, my friend!
How are you splitting out the line out from your audio (zoom f6?) to all of your cameras ? I am trying to avoid adding frame delays or messing with that if possible.
Do you mean for live or for recording? Live; I’m not pulling audio from each camera. The audio (going into a MixPre3) goes into the XLR input on my ATEM and gets picked up from there. But also for my recordings, that same Program audio goes to each Aux output so they all get the same audio on each HyperDeck .
@PhotoJoseph I was under the impression that from the line out of your mixpre3, you would need to split the signal out to each of the cameras mic input jack (on the camera itself) so that the cameras video will remain in sync with the audio to avoid delays. However, if I am understanding correctly, All I would need to do is send the line out from the mixpre3 (or whatever audio recording device) into the mic input on the Atem, and all the cameras will sync fine. Is that correct? Thanks for your help!
Hi, great video! What was the name of the HDMI wireless dongle you used for connecting the iPad to the ATEM?
Would like to know this too
Here you go Richard and Piotr — I covered it in this video — it’s called a MiraScreen, link in description.
thanks for video i user youtube premium
Right on
Love the pro and extreme, one important thing to mention when watching videos on the ISO version is that you have to use BMPCC to do the ISO recordings ... correct?... yes you do get an edited program file , but not individual files from " Generic" HDMI cameras in my case Sony's....I purchased the ISO thinking I could do that , only to be disappointed that I couldn't ..don't get me wrong , its still an awesome product, just wished they ( you tube videos) would have made it clear that you need BMPCC for this feature..
That is not correct. You will get ISO streams and an editable XML file from ANY camera/input (remember in this demo I had the iPad connected, and we saw its ISO in the edit). The only advantage of the BMPCC cameras is you get BRAW files to match back to. Watch this video to see the ISO in use with zero BMPCC cameras:
I see you got a few more subscribers to your channel since I posted this video on the Facebook Atem Group. I'm hoping it doubles! 😊
Thank you, and me too!
Essentials for an advanced 1 person show:

• Atem mini Extreme
• Cameras / Video Sources
• Mic and Audio Interface
• iPad with MixEffect Pro
• Stream Deck with Companion integration
• Computer
• Network Gear
• Rasperry Pi with PlayoutBee software
• HyperDeck
• Apple TV
• Cables / Dongles to connect it all
@Glen Allan PlayoutBee sounds fantastic. Any particular Pi that’s needed to run it? Sounds like a great video topic! ATV; got it. I use a super cheap airplay emulator that works great (haven’t tried for video playback, TBH). So much fun to be had with this tech!
Yeah, your whole workflow is going to change when you start using MixEffect and everything that goes with it. I keep wanting to talk at the video to tell you!
@Glen Allan LOL well, you may be under-appreciating the complexity of my setup. No single app will change my entire workflow. But I look forward to checking it out.
@PhotoJoseph definitely not under-appreciating it. And not saying every aspect will change, but how you interact with and control your ATEMs will change.

Just check it out and get the pro version. Check out Adam’s channel for setup and use. It’ll change your world using ATEMs. Not being hyperbolic, at all.
@PhotoJoseph Pi 3 or 4. 4 is ideal for best video playback. Just like with anything in technology your best results will 'generally' be with whatever is most recent. But if someone had an older Pi they could try. PlayoutBee isn't free though, but it doesn't cost very much.

Yeah this stuff is rad!
I watched up until 1´20" from Uruguay... thank you guys... and soon to suscribe I believe. #ouiea
Thanks Alejandro! Hope you enjoy the next 3h40m!
Are you deleting comments that mention MixEffect?
not at all; I replied to your other comment about it. Let me see if I can find it
YouTube is being weird then. It's not loading all of the comments so I can't see any of my previous ones.
I don't see the comment anymore… but I responded to it! An it's not in "held for review". No idea… anyway I had asked you if you meant the "MixEffects" in the ATEM itself (because like on my model, too 2ME, the "ME" is for "MixEffects"), but I'm assuming that's not what you meant. Oh I see, the MixEffects iOS app? I have it, really need to dig into it ,but haven't yet. So, what was the question? Sorry!
If you want to see something I came up with using MixEffect I created a YT video showing off some Super Source transitions with graphic overlays I created in Keynote. It's really impressive what he accomplished with this app.
What is that box behind your Mac with the many USB3 ports and network connection?
That's an OWC Dock… provides extra ports for the Mac
I don’t currently have a need for this video but I wanted to leave a note acknowledging the ridiculous amount of effort you put into this…and when you calculate how rich your content is compared to the average YouTube tutorial it’s really a lot more than just 5 hours of content.
You rock, buddy. Thank you. Still got that Santa Maria grill? We need a party… ;-)
I agree. FANTASTIC information
Thank you
Thank you for this great video! I love your trainings and always use your Atem sync site for syncing my sound !
That's awesome, thanks! I'm glad those videos are useful :-) (if anyone is wondering… this is what he's talking about )
I recently bought a Mini model and was having issues getting a stable video from the USB-C webcam socket. Everything was fine using the HDMI out into a capture card though.

I tried all manner of attempts to get a stable output, including trying various length USB cables of different brands and plugging into each available USB socket on my PC. I even stripped all PCI cards from my PC to no avail.

I then remembered in the initial build I had overclocked my memory. Resetting the memory to default fixed the issue. Phew!

I hope this fix helps someone else.
It’s not often someone comments on a problem and includes the solution — especially when it wasn’t the “problem” hardware’s fault!! Thank you VERY much for sharing that. I hope it helps someone else out, too.
Thanks K.D.!
I really wish they would add external video playback support to the ATEM Mini Pro.
Do you mean to play from internally? Not possible; there’s not enough internal memory to store video. Do you mean from an external player? You can connect any device capable of playing video (laptop, iPad) and play from there (I cover that in this video). Do you mean from a HyperDeck? You can do that too, and I cover that in this video, too!
​@PhotoJoseph Yes sorry. I plug a laptop in via HDMI to play video but I was more thinking of using a USB drive or even playing video from a connected computer/laptop via USB-C. I think buying a Hyperdeck is a bit much for my limited streaming usage. It's a nice addition though.
I see. So the problem with playing back from a connected hard drive is, how would the ATEM talk to it? You'd have to have a VERY precise structure of commands and file names, I think , to make that work. To "call" the video to play, the ATEM has to know how to talk to the device. A har drive doesn't have an operating system, so I don't know that it could do that. Anyway, using an iPad is honestly the best way. You get the advantage of browsing the thumbnails of the video you want on the iPad screen, then as soon as you touch it it opens full screen on the ATEM. You can get a base model iPad for super cheap; way less than a HyperDeck!
@PhotoJoseph Thanks. That makes sense. I usually use my iPad during streams to take Skype calls but that could be done on the laptop instead and then use the iPad for the video playback 👍
On the mini pro ISO is there a way to tether and be able to record the Content at the same time
The Cotton?
@PhotoJoseph content is what I meant lol
haha OK! So, no… the single USB connection can be used EITHER for USB-to-computer (webcam, control, etc.) OR for USB-drive for recording. That's why the Extreme has two USB-C connections; so it can do both. If all you need for "tethering" is control, then you can do that over the network. If you do need to capture and use it as a webcam, then you can't do both at once.
You the man
Thank you Edgar, and welcome to the channel!! Very happy to hav you here.
@PhotoJoseph hey by any chance do you what I can do for my xml file. i backup my macros ,, then delete them but when i restore it some macros disapere.. anychance you know what im doing wrong ?
ha… yeah, that's a pain. The Macros are stored in the ATEM's memory. When you "delete" the macros in the XML, all that's telling the ATEM when you load it back In is to do nothing! So, you have to either delete them in the ATEM itself, or create "empty" macros in the XML and load that back in.
@PhotoJoseph I don’t delete them in the XML I delete them in the aten so to load a diferentes profile but fail when some seem to be missing
I posted a link to your video on the Atem Facebook group. Your channel is excellent and should have 100K + members. Keep up the great work!
Thank you kindly, I appreciate that!
Awesome Video!
Thank you!
OMG!! I liked this video before even watching it, the fact it’s 4:45:52 alone shows an unbelievable amount of effort!!
Haha thanks Frank!!
I respect your dedication. I would like to speak to you someday to learn more from you.
Thank you Lascelles. And you can! I offer private consulting at
As I have gotten so much out of your channel, I think it's worth kicking back $5 a month to support it. Thanks Joseph
Wow, thank you!! I really really appreciate that!
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