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Yes, ATEM Mini has PREVIEW!

Photo Moment - December 20, 2019

There's a little misinformation about PREVIEW vs MULTI-VIEW on the ATEM Mini out there, and I wanted to clarify. This video explains the differences between PROGRAM, PREVIEW and MULTI-VIEW, and how to enable true PREVIEW mode on your ATEM Mini!

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wow....thank you, still work in 2022
First, I can't thank you enough for this great tutorial and insight. It was a huge help for our livestream. QUESTION: In the Atem Software, under output, I select preview but it doesn't save that preference. Each time we fire up the Atem mini, we have to go back into the output menu to select preview. Is there a way to save this preference so it automatically comes up?
Thanks very much.
Can you run preview through the laptop instead of the hdmi out?
I have tried 3 different monitors and none of them show an image when attached to the ATEM mini. Is there a trick to connecting the monitor. I am connecting with HDMI to the HDMIn output on the ATEM mini. The USB C output is connected to my MAC.
Do you have any cameras plugged in?
Great information on the device. Do you have a video demonstrating Picture in Picture and how to increase the size of it? Thanks for the videos you have up. I’ve already learned much.
very gooood
Hello Joseph. Alexander from Puerto Rico. I have a question about; is thereba way that I can set up the hardware and swithch the camwras by itself while I recording or broadcasting?? I mean if I am doing something by myself alone and I want the Mini change the cameras themselves using the auto button, is that possible? Let me know. I havent buoght the Item yet, and thats why Im interesting to get it..
You can easily build a macro that changes angles on any pattern you like then set it to repeat. Cam1, pause 5 seconds, cam2, pause 5, etc.
What an outstanding video. One of the best YouTube tutorials I've ever seen. Really well done sir! 👍
Thank you kindly!
excellent explanation, thanks!
Sucks that you have to use the USB-C (USB2) port because I get framerate issues in OBS sometimes using this
What else would you use other than USB…
@PhotoJoseph external capture device using the HDMI monitor output. Solved the fps issues I was getting.
@Lewis Costin got it. Although you should not have had issues with USB. Is your computer underpowered?
What is the name of the little monitor?
I'm looking into a second monitor to capture preview shots. I have a extra laptop that's not being use currently. Is that a possibility?
Not unless you also have an extra HDMI to USB converter
Easy enough! I'll give you an update in the near future. And thanks for the speedy reply.
Incredible good instructions! Thank you! I am brand new to ATEM Mini and just fund your video and all my problems gone!
but in the end all OBS get is the clean hdmi out from ATEM Mini right?
so we can't keep the program out in OBS while setting up another scene in different camera?
Correct but the HDMI can output the Program or the Preview. Without multiview thought it’s not very useful. Best to use the ATEM Mini Pro or above which have multiview. When I made this video the original ATEM Mini was all that existed.
@PhotoJoseph and till today i think ATEM Mini is still a better choice (rather than others chinese product) haha
i planning to rent it for this Sunday, got a small music show gigs in my friend
any other tips using ATEM Mini (the original, not the Pro)???
I have been employing this setup since I first saw it happily. However, I used my HDMI output for another monitor which mirrored my windows laptop and now that's all it does. How do I get the preview back?
In the app go to the output menu
Thanks for information..
Just asking, why my monitor showed 'no input' after i choose 'preview' mode? Same goes if i select 'program'. My monitor just display on 'camera 1 direct' option. Fyi, i can't switched preview on my monitor like yours. Can you / anyone help me plz? 🙏🏽
Is your ATEM full up to date? There were some updates to address compatibility with certain monitors a while ago.
@PhotoJoseph i just buy last week n download the software that time too.. Is it possible my mini monitor doesn't support that function? 🤔
@Exry Raxac there are some monitors that just don’t work for some reason, unfortunately
@PhotoJoseph i thought all hdmi monitor have same function.. Hahaha.. Btw thanks for the reply n answers sir! Best of luck! 👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽
Excellent explanation. Clear, concise, and useful.
The HDMI Output on my ATEM MINI doesn't work as it should.
In the ATEM Software Control, the 'Camera 1 Direct' option works, but none of the others do. I'd like to have the HDMI output as 'Preview' mode, so I can see the camera I am about to switch to.
Have tried every available combination of different cameras, different HDMI cables, have tried two different output screens(projector and computer monitor), even tried putting a powered HDMI splitter between the HDMI Output and the screens.
I saw on the BM forum that others have experienced this too, but I didn't see a fix - surely they have sorted this out!?!
The ATEM Mini Firmware is at 8.6.1
It is the original, most basic ATEM Mini
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated, thankyou.
Try a reset of the hardware. Put it in recovery mode by holding down the upper left “ON” button while connecting to power. That puts it into a state where a firmware update is required. Make sure you have latest firmware installed first (you don’t now).
Brother.. A doubt!! for our church service, we use this atem mini where no preview.. We take video output by that type from c port into vmix where this is perfect to us... One hdmi output port is free now and we a usb capture card too.. By this way, is there any settings hidden to get preview through hdmi port or not preview means second hdmi input as preview??? Waiting for your reply
So you have the original ATEM Mini, not the Pro? If so, then while you don’t have Multiview, you CAN set the HDMI output to be the Preview, and take the Program out of the USB.
@PhotoJoseph yes.. That was how?
@smile change it in the output menu. Don’t I show that in this video? I must.
@PhotoJoseph yes I got my preview... Hahahahahahah thanks a lot brother
Man, you are so good in explaining things, thanks a lot, you just conviced me to buy the device
awesome, thanks!
What about audio singal whether it is balanced mic level singals are unbalanced mic level singals
You can toggle the mic inputs between mic level and line level
great tutorial! helping my church with live streaming and I am using the Atem mini with VMix program. hope I can work this with my setting. Thank you!
You're welcome, Erenia!
How about preview for a supersource? For example if I made different supersource by Macro, can I preview the marco before air to ensure my next supersource is the correct one I want to air?
Sure, just have the macro build the shot in preview instead of program, then bring it to air manually.
@PhotoJoseph do you have any video to follow? I have created 3 different macro in advance, but when Program and Preview are in SuperSource mode, it changes directly in Program.....
do atem mini support the newsoul portable monitor?
The ATEM has a standard HDMI out. So if the monitor is an HDMI monitor, then yes.
@PhotoJoseph it has a hdmi input but get a no support format
@Ozzie Forbes is your ATEM up to date?
Will the preview only be visible on that 5 inch monitor? Or will it also be visible in the OBS preview program split screen page?
Only on the multiview (which can be any size monitor you like)
Hdmi output with voice?
This is a great tutorial. Thank you!!!
Sir please help me live view showing green in camera view how to solv
Another very helpful video!
Awesome video. Been looking for this..thanks a lot.
Very Helpful. Thank you
Hi! do I actually need that extra small monitor to see the preview?
This broadcasting software to view on the computer what is it called? And does it comes with the atem mini?
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Saved/Made my day!! Thank you!
Love this bro, clear.
Hey you helpt me a lot with these video. Thank you very much!!! Aloha from Switzerland
Solid video! Very helpful. Thank you!
Hi,,pls help gopro did not working when i connect directly hdmi to my atem mini hdmi cable is 15m longer...what should i do?🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
Woow ! Thanks so much ! Do you know if there is a way to get the preview in the ATEM software or in OBS ?
ATEM software doesn’t show video, so, no. In OBS, the only way to get preview would be to set the HDMI to Preview (as is shown in this video), and then feed that into the computer via an HDMI to USB adapter.
Thank you for yours tips they helped me a lot, great job and take care. :)
Glad to hear that!
You are a life saver, thank you!
you're welcome, Robert!
One question: is "program" always fed though the USB-C? There's no indication but I assume that is the case. It's only the HDMI that can switch between "program" and "preview". Good video!
That’s right, John. USB-C (webcam) is always Program.
Good information to know.
I thought so too 😊
Thank you. This video was very helpful as I had the problem of not being able to switch between preview and program from the device. Could only do it from the laptop/software.
Awesome! Yeah it's kind of hidden… not sure why it's in the setup app and not the main app!
Can you select inputs from OBS?
Sure, just connect a computer as one of the ATEM inputs, and output to that “screen” from OBS
Thank you. I use my ATEM MINI fog live streaming sports. Your videos are a big help.
Right on, I love hearing that!
Helpful. Thanks you answered my questions regarding multi-view vs. preview. Thanks.
That's what I like to hear!
Now I just need a bigger boat aka a bigger paycheck haha
What other brands couse I use? And can I find them off of Amazon?
what other brands of what? I don't know what you're asking

Thx helped a lot. 
one question. Is it possible to have not only one picture in picture?

or a method to see three or four cameras in the stream instead of two? 
thanks for help!

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