Blackmagic has discontinued the original ATEM Mini and lowered the price of the ATEM Mini Pro and ATEM Mini Pro ISO to $295 and $595 respectively. This comes one year after BMD already lowered the price of the two switchers to $495 and $795.
Blackmagic Design introduced the first ATEM Mini live production video switcher for $295 in September, 2019. The four input HDMI switcher could function as a webcam on a Mac or PC. Seven months later in April, 2020, the ATEM Mini Pro came out for $595. It added the ability to stream directly to YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and other RTMP-based live streaming providers via the built-in Ethernet port, record program feed to an attached USB-C drive, and output any source, including Multiview, via HDMI. A few months later, BMD released the ATEM Mini Pro ISO for $895. The ISO variant enabled the isolated recording of each video and audio input, along with the program record, to the external USB-C drive.
I purchased the ATEM Mini Pro in 2020 during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to better understand the live video production. That decision set me down the path to ultimately creating MixEffect in 2021. I bemoaned the lack of a dedicated DSK On/Off button on the ATEM Mini Pro, and I wanted to create an app to address that need. And look how far we’ve come!
While we say goodbye to the original ATEM Mini, we say hello to a new lower price point for the ATEM Mini Pro. At $295, this is a pretty good price for anyone who’s looking to get into live video production at home or work. For those who already have ATEM Mini Extremes or the rack-mount ATEM switchers, an extra ATEM Mini Pro may function as a backup switcher, green screen chroma key output device (for SuperSource), dedicated streaming device for one of your main switcher’s outputs, or more.