Blackmagic ATEM Switchers
is a suite that includes multiple tools. It enables directing inputs from ATEM devices and controlling live production and television switchers.
However, when referring to ATEM products and switchers, some clarifications need to be addressed. For example, there are a bunch of physical products and pieces of equipment — the hardware that is used mainly for video and sound broadcasting, for live transmissions (at the highest qualitative levels).
On the flip side, there is also the software, programs that run on ATEM hardware (and not only), connect systems and databases to external equipment, control the ATEM equipment/machines, or help manage/export recordings and large files for further editing.
Blackmagic ATEM Switchers is an advanced set of tools. These help process and redirect inputs and outputs from various sources, handle 4K and Ultra HD video streams, and act as a control center that allows upstream keyer transition management, real-time video adaptation through downstream keyers (for adding extra video layers), or balancing the video compositions.
The tool installed by the Blackmagic ATEM Switchers executable is the ATEM Software Control. This is an app with a simple interface and few, yet on-point commands. When establishing a connection to external devices, the tool allows connecting through manual IP addresses or using an ATEM switcher name. After connecting your devices, you have the available controllers for balancing your audio and video composition, the MIDI control, the mapping options, and more.
In conclusion, Blackmagic ATEM Switchers are extensive and powerful professional and digital production tools, capable of switching and processing multiple video sources, including live transmissions.