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How to Live Stream with ATEM Mini and Webcaster X2

Photo Moment - January 18, 2020

The Blackmagic ATEM Mini is an amazing little switcher, but it doesn't get you to the internet — for that, you need a streaming solution. Enter the Epiphan Webcaster X2!

Timestamps (Chapters) for the Video

  • 0:56 Blackmagic ATEM Mini Recap
  • 2:21 Software vs Hardware; Advantages & Disadvantages of each
  • 4:10 Introducing the Epiphan Webcaster X2
  • 5:19 How to (and How Not to) Connect the Webcaster to the ATEM Mini
  • 7:02 Recording your Live Show
  • 7:44 Tabletop Gear Tour
  • 11:40 Configuring the ATEM Mini
  • 12:32 Configuring the Epiphan Webcaster X2
  • 17:02 A LIVE Broadcast Test!
  • 18:18 OBS Configuration Tips
  • 20:14 Measuring Audio Latency for OBS Programmable Delay

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Hi Joseph, So the x2 can not stream to Periscope?
Not directly. But if you use a restream service like you can get to Periscope. I don't know why it's not supported directly; I'd ask Epiphan if that's something that's important to you!
@PhotoJoseph Thanks Joseph if you could talk to them because periscope/twitter in my market is something not to ignore.
I'll mention it but they should hear it from you direct. The more they hear it, the better
Lot of great info.
Thank you
If you have a powerful computer (gaming computer) then you will not have a problem with software. If you are using a computer with low specs then you can run into problems. Hardware can also give problems so having hardware does not guarantee success or long term success.
That’s certainly fair that hardware doesn’t guarantee success, and it’s also true that software is better on a powerful computer. BUT software tries to be too complex offering too many features and in my experience (of which I have a fair amount), software will eventually always fail. And it’ll fail spectacularly. I’m thrilled that it works for some people but I would never recommend it for a serious streaming setup.
Excellent video. Amazing gadgets with impressive features. Well explained. Subscribed.
Thank you kindly!
I built this exact set up. Thanks to your videos. I am struggling to find a good HDMI recorder. Any recommendations I am shooting a cheap Canon 800. I am mostly going to be doing sporting events.
Check out this video — this chap tried a couple of cheap HDMI recorders before settling on one:
When placing the Atomos in between the Atem and Webcaster do I have to change the output setting on the Atomos to allow the Webaster to support the signal or does it automatically adapt? Hope my question makes sense. I am not the most tech inclined lol, thanks!
It should automatically adapt, but you do have some control over that as well.
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Uh, no?
I’m deleting your post with your phone number; you really should not post that publicly. I don’t give out my number and if you want to book a support session with me you can do that at
@PhotoJoseph my video andar is comment
Brilliant video. So clear and perfect tutorial. Subscribed
Thank you kindly!
So I don't understand why you can't use preview
In combination with the X2 you can’t because preview can only go out over the HDMI port, and to use the X2, you have to use the HDMI output for Program.
Sweet! Nice compilation of real-world solutions. Thanks!
Thanks! Fun video to put together ;-)
Fantastic guide, thanks. Wonder if Webcaster X3 will have: USB 3 + option for audio 44k (not just 44.1k) ??
They wouldn't tell me what's next ;-)
Great info, thanks Joseph!
Thanks for watching, brother!
Hi ! can you do a show on wirecast?
Nope. I hate wirecast. Despise it. It'd be a 60 minute diatribe on why I think the software should be erased from the internet. Sorry. (check out OBS instead)
Great video, helping us over at Tactical Rifleman page. Thank you.
Hey Joseph, discover your awesome channel with the first video in ATEM Mini series.
Have you any suggestion for a multi-sim/carrier LTE device to have reliable internet connection in eviroments without a cabled or wifi connection?

Thank you so much for your incomparable work in exploiting every single quirks and feature of this amazing little switcher ;)
Hehe thanks Guido. Check out ”Live Streaming Pros“ here on YouTube. They have covered several bonded devices and I know will have a recommendation.
@PhotoJoseph Thank you so much! I'll chek it out
Can ATEM mini do split screen (at ~9:20) or did you edit it later ?
That was edited… sorry, I thought it was clear that at that point I was NOT showing edited through the ATEM. But anyway, it sort of can do a split screen. You can have one FULL screen, then another screen on top of that which you can crop, like a picture-in-picture, but made to fill half the screen. You always have to have an entire image underneath though.
Hi Joseph, glad to see you have your little media player hooked up. I noticed that when you hit play you weren't getting a play icon visible on the screen, which was the bugbear I have with my little one, I take it that make doesn't do it or you can switch it off? Andy
haha yeah I FINALLY hooked it up! Works fine and no UI over it while playing. It's annoying that when you hit play it then asks if you want to continue or start over, but other than that it works fine!
Hi do you have any recommendations for a camera in the same price range as the atem mini/x2 around ?300 or so? I think I could get my boss to go for this if I could keep it under 1500 and I'd need 2 camera's and the sundry items to go with the setup...By the way Just found your channel And I love it. you go inhto detail but you get straight to the point and don't waste my time. Thanks!
Thanks for the compliments. Wow that’s a tall order. The problem is that most cheap cameras, if they DO have HDMI out (which you need), it’s not “clean”, meaning you will have information from the camera overlaid on top of the image. The cheapest camera I know of that’ll work is the LUMIX G7 at about $500 (including a lens).
What about the Canon VIXIA HF R800? It seems to have a clean HDMI output. I was about to use that for my video inputs for the ATEM mini, so is there something I'm missing? I'm very new to this, but I've been following your videos a lot recently, and they're great!
Not familiar with the Canon but if it has clean HDMI, then that’s great!
@PhotoJoseph Bit the bullet and bought a GH5-S. Might get a couple G7's as b/c Cam's in the future. Thanks again! still loving your channel.
Awesome review and I didn't know about that sync video. I was doing it the hard way. Thanks
Thanks, and glad that helped! That video is just awesome.
Do you have to connect via google brand account in order to stream to YouTube? Or can I simply use my stream key / stream URL? I’m asking because my google+/brand account was accidentally (and permanently) deleted and I’m unable to use third party applications/websites such as VidIQ, Socialblade, etc. I can only stream via Stream key and with the Stream Now feature. Thank you for your time and great content.
You'd have to create a new youtube account. If your account was deleted, your keys are no longer valid. You have to stream to an account.
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You’re talking about in OBS? Excellent, thanks!
Great video, so clear and full of detail, appreciate it
Thank you. It’s long but I tried to fill it with goodness!
If a person is doing client work, how easy is it to pair with the clients YouTube or Facebook accounts?
All you need is their password. Or for YouTube, for them to be logged in and authorize the request by entering the code that the X2 generates. I don’t recall how Facebook actually connects to be honest; it’s been a while since I streamed to Facebook directly.
Amazing video even for people how are not in that kind of stuff. I saw the joke in the powerpoint presentation at the first time but when I saw it I couldn't help but smile. I don't want to spoiler something for someone but I had fun reading it...
Haha right on. You’re the first to comment on it… but did you see the hidden message? 🤔
The video is timely and relevant. Thanks Joseph! Really digging the ATEM mini and it's the first switcher used in our studio. I picked one up and am experimenting with it currently. so much to learn and that's exciting and also daunting :) Keep up the great work! 🤜🏽🤛🏽
Thanks Paul! I appreciate that.
Great video as usual. Just wondering what was the brand of the sd media player
Check the links; it’s all there
If we arent live streaming but are uploading a recorded video later, is there a video recorder that you would suggest ?
Best in class is Atomos, recording to ProRes. There are cheaper options too but that’s what I’m familiar with.
I am definitely interested in knowing more about India. Been there twice. Itching to go back.
Awesome. I'll get you a link soon… I thought I'd have it done by now but I'm still working on the page. In short, I'm taking a very small group of people (six maximum) to India for nearly two weeks and the key event is the Pushkar camel fair. I'll share the link in the next day or two! Feel free to email me as well… Joseph at PhotoJoseph dot com
I... I can't watch this right now because I don't want to spend money!
I promise, I won’t MAKE you buy anything 😂😂
Excellent video, thanks
Great information
Might get the webcasters x2 for walking live streaming with the gh5
Good idea!
What is the best recorder to use with the ATEM mini if you are doing a live to tape situation and don't want to spend a lot. Preferable with a monitor option of some kind
The Blackmagic Video Assist is probably the cheapest reliable recorder with a screen:
And now all my questions regards connection of Atem Mini USB to Webcaster X2 are answared.Thanks again !!!
Excellent! You’re welcome 😊
Thank you for the setup walk though! So many ideas! 👍
@PhotoJoseph At 6:02 of the video you said you can't use the ATEM Mini preview function if using the X2 but i was wondering cause you add a hdmi splitter of the HDMI to send one to preview and one to the X2?
No; a splitter would just send the same signal to both monitors. That’d be the same as sending it through a monitor/recorder with a pass-through (like the Atomos). “Preview” is a specific function; watch the previous video on Preview to see what that is.
@PhotoJoseph Ah I'm up to speed now. Thanks!
Chapter list below! For more info and product links head to
Thanks for sharing it with us
Absolutely, glad you liked it!

Does the x2 allow you to stream through so that you can hit all three major platforms at the same time?

It sure does! You can stream to RTSP from the X2.

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