Blackmagic Design ATEM Studio Converter

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The Blackmagic Design ATEM Studio Converter is the ideal partner for the ATEM Camera Converter. Connect up to four Camera Converters via optical fiber up to 28 miles away with bi-directional video plus tally and talkback! Connect your ATEM switcher program output to the ATEM Studio Converter and this is distributed to the four Camera Converters. Multiple Studio converters can be cascaded together when more than 4 cameras are needed. Studio converter can also be used as four independent SDI or Fiber to HDMI converters and four independent simultaneous SDI to Optical and Optical to SDI converters!

In the box:

  • ATEM Studio Converter
  • Software CD

ATEM Studio Converter Features

  • 4 built in optical fiber SDI converters, one for each camera feed up to 28 miles away.
  • Optical fiber converters to 3G-SDI and de embedded balanced analog XLR stereo audio out.
  • Global SDI input for sending program feed to all optical outputs.
  • Microphone and headphone connections for commonly available general aviation style headsets.
  • Built in talkback includes AES/EBU loops on rear for expanding to extra ATEM Studio Converters.
  • Elegant machined metal compact 1 rack unit design allows portable use.
  • Includes front panel talkback mic, speaker, headset connections and talkback buttons.
  • Fully compatible with ATEM Camera Converters or other types of SDI optical fiber converters.
  • Supports 6G-SDI so allows updating to Ultra HD when by swapping the SFP style optical modules.

Upgraded Model

This upgraded model (upgraded in Q2 2013) includes a dramatically upgraded industrial design with an elegant machined metal front panel that includes controls and connections to manage talkback, as well as built in power supply, eliminating the external power "brick" used on the older model. This new model includes common connectors such as balanced analog XLR and BNC connections, so features connections more commonly used in live production systems. There's also a 12V DC input for redundant power supply operation.

Ready for Ultra HD & 4K

The ATEM Studio Converter also features 6G-SDI to allow Ultra HD support in the future. Currently there are no optical fiber models available for 6G-SDI support, however this new model has all the technology required for Ultra HD and will be able to be upgraded by the customer when optical fiber modules are available that support 6 Gb/s speeds and Ultra HD.

Designed for the Studio

The ATEM Studio Converter is designed to fit into your equipment rack and has 4 separate optical fiber connections. The optical fiber signal is converted back to SDI video and analog audio outputs for connecting each camera to your switcher. Program feeds with talkback and tally are sent to each connected camera. The ATEM Studio Converter's rack mount design has an elegant aluminum front panel, featuring push to talk buttons for talkback communication, plus microphone and headphone connections. There is a built in speaker and volume control so you can also monitor talkback channels in a control room environment.

More Headset Options

The ATEM Studio Converter also includes the use of general aviation style headsets for talkback. This eliminates the high cost of talkback headsets for television production, while at the same time allows a much more robust headset than computer type headsets. Aviation headsets for general aviation are extremely common and range from a few hundred dollars and up, depending on the features required. They support extremely good quality noise cancellation and are available from multiple manufacturers and stores worldwide. Aviation headsets are extremely robust with industrial strength connections that are virtually impossible to break, so are much better suited to the often hostile environments found in live television production.

Highest Quality Connections

ATEM Studio Converter has 4 bi-directional fiber converters that convert each camera feed from optical fiber to SDI and output balanced analog audio on XLR connectors. Also included is loop program SDI in, plus AES/EBU microphone and headphone loops that let you link multiple ATEM Studio Converters.

Smart Software

Blackmagic Design's Converter Utility Software lets you quickly set up converter functions, including camera numbers and audio levels. The utility software also lets you update your ATEM Converters with the latest firmware via a USB connection on each converter. This means you can download firmware updates to add new features or support for new video formats. Converter Utility Software is available for both Mac OS X and Windows.

- Product Identifiers -

EAN: 9338716001983

- In The Box -

  • ATEM Studio Converter
  • SD card with software and manual

- Product Specifications -


  • SDI Video Output
    • 4 x 10 bit SD/HD switchable camera outputs.
    • 1 x 10 bit SD/HD switchable program loop thru output connects to another ATEM Studio Switcher.
  • AES/EBU Audio Output
    • 1 x combined headphone output.
    • 1 x combined microphone output. Combined outputs for connecting to other ATEM Studio Converters.
  • Balanced XLR Audio Output
    • 4 x camera stereo analog audio outputs.
  • Optical Fiber Video Output
    • 4 x single mode SD/HD switchable camera outputs with LC connector.
  • Optical Fiber Audio Output
    • 4 x single mode camera audio outputs with LC connector.
    • Channels 1 and 2 are camera audio.
    • Channels 15 and 16 are intercom audio.


  • SDI Video Input
    • 1 x 10 bit SD/HD switchable program input from switcher, including tally information.
  • Talkback Audio
    • Aviation Headsets with 0.25" TRS headset connector and 0.206" TRS microphone connector.
    • Front mounted balanced XLR microphone connector.
  • Analog Audio
    • 1 x stereo RCA monitoring output.
  • AES/EBU Audio Input
    • 1 x combined headphone input. 1 x combined microphone input.
    • Combined inputs for connecting to other ATEM Studio Converters.
  • Optical Fiber Video Input
    • 4 x single mode SD/HD switchable camera inputs with LC connector.
  • Optical Fiber Audio Input
    • 4 x single mode camera audio inputs with LC connector.
    • Channels 1 and 2 are camera audio.
    • Channels 15 and 16 are intercom audio.
  • Computer Interface
    • 1 x mini-B type USB 2.0 connector for firmware updates.

Supported Formats

  • SD Format Support
    • 525/29.97 NTSC, 525/23.98 NTSC, 625/25 PAL
  • HD Format Support
    • 720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60, 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60, 1080PsF23.98, 1080PsF24, 1080PsF25, 1080PsF29.97, 1080PsF30, 1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30, 1080p50, 1080p59.94, 1080p60
  • 2K Format Support
    • 2048x1080p23.98, 2048x1080p24, 2048x1080p25, 2048x1080PsF23.98, 2048x1080PsF24, 2048x1080PsF25
  • 4K Format Support
    • 3840x2160p23.98, 3840x2160p24, 3840x2160p25, 3840x2160p29.97, 3840x2160p30, 4096x2160p24
  • SDI Compliance
    • SMPTE 259M, SMPTE 292M.
  • Audio Sampling
    • Television standard sample rate of 48Khz, 24 bit A/D conversion.
  • Video Sampling
    • 4:2:2
  • Color Precision
    • 10-bit
  • Color Space
    • REC 601, REC 709
  • Multiple Rate support
    • SDI switches between SD and HD.

Operating System

  • Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite or later.
  • Windows 7 or Windows 8


  • 110 - 240 V AC input with redundant 12-31V DC input.


  • 3 Year Limited Manufacturer's Warranty.
    • Excluding connectors, cables, cooling fans, fiber optic modules, fuses and keyboards which will be free from defects in materials and workmanship for a period of 12 months from the date of purchase.

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