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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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Thank you for all the great information! I am currently helping my church set up a live stream system due to Covid 19 and we just ordered the Atem Mini. I can't wait to start playing with it when it gets here.
BRAVOOO! very useful your style! 👏👏👏
Thanks Oscar!
Hello, I have question about OBS and atem mini. I connected but it doesn't pick up audio. There is no audio in obs. Is there any thing to check the audio settings please? even no audio is coming from the camera itself. I am using canon EOS t5i camera and my phone charger a USB for webcam. In OBS there is no "use other audio source" option to select atem mini
If there's no audio coming from the camera then of course there will be no audio coming to OBS… so you'll need to figure that out. In OBS once you set up the video then audio should come through with it. I think I showed basic OBS setup in the original video
any idea where i get the Atem switcher setup programme? not in the BMD download at the moment... :(
Sure it is. Go to and click on support, then type "ATEM Mini" into the search, and it'll be the first result.
Interesting information. Really sad that the music audio is REALLY LOUD. It gives a very unprofessional impression.
I'm sorry that I've impressed you as being very unprofessional, but you're the first person to complain that the music is too loud.
​@PhotoJoseph Hi and great that you actually respond to my comment. I am an absolute amateur with regard to video and audio. That's why I am researching and also watching your videos.
I see and hear two tendencies on Youtube which I believe are bad: Periods of loud music and background music that makes it difficult to hear the speaker.
In this video, I think the average speak level is about maybe -12 db. However, the music that starts at 0:20 and at 11:31are about -5 db. So the audience (e.g. me) has to turn the volume up and down.
So I kindly suggest that you consider having a more consistent level since your actual content is top-notch and delivered in an interesting and pleasant way.
Amazing stuff on your channel ! Thanks
Thank you!
I've just found your channel, and I am loving your content. Your style is down to earth and to the point, which is a great combo - thank you. Subbed! <3
Thank you kindly!
Great video ! Btw. What is an OBS ?
OBS = Open Broadcaster Software
Thks for the amazing tutorial , How did you connect your gopro to Atem mini. ? with a capture card or direct from your gopro mini hdmi out to hdmi input ?
Just HDMI out of the GoPro. It was a little finicky and the delay is pretty bad, but it works. I wouldn't recommend it as a primary camera though.
@PhotoJoseph thk you
Forgive me if this is a basic question. Once my ATEM mini arrives, I will be combining it with my Epiphan Webcaster X2 to offer enhanced webcast services to my clients and prospects. One option I want to be able to give an on-air client/host (especially within the current social distancing paradigm) is the ability to bring in a remote guest via Facetime and have a conversation.

I have an lightning to HDMI adpator but the tests I have done so far don't seem to allow the Facetime to go full-screen. Using an iPad makes it bigger, but still not full screen. Also, why doesn't the audio from the Facetime conversation carry through the HDMI connection? I mean, full-screen video and audio seem to come through fine when I play back a video saved in my Photos. What am I missing? Thanks again for your excellent videos, btw.

I am backordered with B&H for this item. Not to sound cute, but I am backordered with clients who want my enhanced services asap. Know of any sources that might have this item in stock now?
This is not a quick question to answer. Since you're going to be selling your services, and you're asking me how to do the services you want to sell, I advise booking some time with me to get all your questions answered.
Does anyone know if the ATEM mini downscale 4k hdmi inputs?
It does not. It'll take in most 720p and 1080p but not 2160p. Go to and scroll almost all the way down to the section titled "Automatically Convert
HDMI Input Formats" and you'll see a chart.
Not great, why not just double tap the button to preview then switch
How would you like to make that switch? As a cut? Dissolve? Wipe? For how long?
can you put the preview to usb out and the program to HDMI?
Very clear presentation! Thanks for the definitions and examples.
thank you and you're welcome!
Finally, a great detailed explanation.
glad you thought so!
Thank you so much! A brilliant video!!!
Thanks, that's very much appreciated!
Great Video!
Thank you very much!
Thank you for your huge help. Google meet inverts screen and you are right people See screen properly only I See inverted picture in preview
Yeah, a lot of them do that. I wish they had a toggle to turn it off!
My problem is that screen from macbook pro is inverted through hdmi so text is mirrorrd via atem mini and cannot be understood and properly read, everything is inverted. Any solution?
The ATEM is not inverting it. You're probably looking at it in skype or another video chat app? Often those invert the preview but the actual stream will not be inverted. Test it and see.
Well explained, well produced. Thanks
THank you kindly!
Hi! Thanks for this!
I have a q. How to drop the lag on the live camera . As in , I’m in to live events and I use a black magic mini recorder to capture a live feed (speaker at the podium captured on a pro camera) and feed it into my computer through software and screen it on a giant screen. There is always a lag in the video. How do I eliminate this ?
The Atem 1st hdmi port will work ?
To eliminate lag either you route the audio through the camera or use an external device like the Shark to add programmable delay to the audio feed
I noticed in this video you didn't have it connected using the "controller" port. Are you able to just change the preview settings through the webcam port? Looking into purchasing great videos!
I'm not sure what you mean by "controller" port… do you mean the ethernet port? If so then yes — you can control the ATEM Mini when it's connected via USB to your computer, from that computer only. If you connect it to your network via Ethernet, then you can control it from any computer on the network.
@PhotoJoseph thank you, yes the ethernet port was what i was referring to. Thank you for the info!
You're welcome!
Joseph, is there a way with the mini, when you switch to an input it always uses the chroma key but others don't? It seems like whenever I switch back and forth I have to reapply the chroma key to on. I can set it to always be on in settings, but that seems to be for all inputs. I only want one of my inputs to be keyed. Hope you can help!
Right, the only built-in option is always-on or always-off-when-switching. You can't tie it to an input. To do that you need to step into the world of Macros, and start using macros instead of the hardware buttons to do your switching. Watch this video:
Thank Joseph, this is exactly what I was looking for! Very well explained :) I'm in the process of configuring my ATEM mini and got stuck on how to setup preview on the device itself and leave the USB C for webcam output only. It's going to be important not to combine streaming and software control on the same computer via USB. If I do need the software control then I connect an alternate computer via the network. Multiview would be cool for what I need but not essential.
Glad this video could hep!
Thank you for this. that output select on the top menu is just so dumb. Why is that not an option in the software control? Drove me crazy for 2 days and didn't know what was wrong.
You have to understand that this is a miniature version of a much, much bigger product. Sometimes those menus that don't make sense at this scale are a lot more logical when it's bigger. My big ATEM has four of those outputs and it's incredible to be able to separately determine what goes through them.
Thank you! This switcher is crazy powerful. Your walkthrough is the perfect companion to it.
Thank you kindly for saying so!
So my question is, " Can I use a USB-C to HDMI cable as a 2nd output on the ATEM Mini"? and use that as a preview on a 2nd monitor and not a computer..Thanx. Art
nope. I covered that in the next video
Is it possible to have the preview on the usb out and the program on the hdmi?
Awesome and informative video.
Thank you!
Your tutorials are always very "Mature". Nothing is unnecessary.
Thank you for saying that. Mature, like me 🤓🤪
Great device This review contains the info that may help me to get one for my church, thanks!
Excellent, glad to help!
Nice Switcher. I use a Roland V1HD but this is almost as good or even better in some ways not to mention cheaper. I like the Preview Mode because in my situation I actually use Preview as a sort of second M/E (two outputs - one to Record and One to iMag (Projection). I think a Multiviewer option would be possible in place of the Preview thru software update and can really expand the flexibility of this however in some circumstances it would be nice to have BOTH a Preview and a Multiviewer (as in my case of having using it as a 2M/E switcher of sorts which would mean another output port would be necessary). CORRECT me if I'm wrong but --- The Problem I see is this: One of the two outputs Program or Preview must go to a Computer using OBS or some 3rd party app. in order to view the output since the only ports on the ATEM switch are 1 HDMI Output and 1 USB-C output. If I need to send both outputs to a HDMI Monitor then the PREVIEW Function is useless. Correct???
yes that’s right. It’s a budget device with limited capabilities (although way more capabilities than I’d expect at this price!). USB-C is only Program, while HDMI can be Program or Preview.
That devices is for HDMI capture, not USB-C capture, and either way, no. I've tried converting the USB-C output to HDMI, and that didn't work. You should be able to use that device to capture from the HDMI port, but you'll have to test it. I've seen reports of some devices not working while others did.
As always you are very helpful.!!
I just saw another video (by Aaron Parecki) that explained how to get a multi-view for the ATEM mini, by using an external multiview and an HDMI splitter setup before inputting the signal to the ATEMmini. I was wondering, could it be the best solution for now, for having both a multi-view and the preview working at the same time.?
Aaron has a good solution, yes. He’s done his homework. It does start to feel like a lot of pieces and I have to wonder if you really need all that if there isn’t a better solution that is all in one, but yes, his solution looks good.
very helpful
Thanks, this was the feature I needed more info on. Just purchased the atem mini!
Fantastic thank you.
You’re welcome!
Thanks for the tutorial just order on B&H and i'm pretty excited to put this in use,
How do you keep the GoPRos connected to a power source?
GoPro over USBC will keep it charged while running
Awesome information, thank you.
What camera is a question that needs a lot of details about what you’ll do with it :-) You can’t go USB to Thunderbolt. And I think your Mac is only USB2 so that won’t work. Sorry. If it’s USB3 you’re fine.
PhotoJoseph The camera’s are for streaming our service and to be used to record other elements. I was looking at two used Panasonic G7 cameras that would plug into the Mini for live Facebook streaming. Since I cant use my old Mac laptop, the streaming box you talked about is now something I’m researching. They wanted to use the Mevo Plus system for the entire service. Thank you for your help.
G7 cameras are an excellent choice. Very affordable (even new only $500 with a lens). The Mevo is great for a single camera but gets very expensive when you want to use more than one; that requires additional hardware that’s $$$
PhotoJoseph Thank you for your help.
Good luck!
thank you for the details
my pleasure
Hey. Joseph Channel just discovered your channel and loving it. Two things 1. does atem mini allow you to also have an output using USB to HDMI or from the computer to an HDMI source? 2. can you compare the atem mini to the Roland v-1hd?
USB to HDMI conversion doesn’t work; I tried that. Computer to HDMI is up to your computer, not the ATEM. Don’t have the Roland and probably won’t get one, sorry.
PhotoJoseph Ahhh, ok np. Was hoping on the direct. Yes I know the computer outputting to HDMI is dependent on the machine, I was just wondering if the computer hardware sees it as another webcam type input. That in theory should make it easier to pass it onto another interfaced hardware/software output.
Sorry but I'm really not following you here. Can you describe your setup in detail and I'll try to help?
This a nice guide for the subject... does the atem mini keep the mode after running the config app ?
It would be nice if one would be anble to just have a small preview monitor as the device doing the stream can show the program if needed.

But does the ATEM mini keep the setup - or do we need to run the app every time ? Can you maybe test if you can turn off the Atem mini can se if remeber the preview setup.?
It stores whatever you change in the ATEM Setup app, but not the changes made in the ATEM Software Control. One is basically preferences while the other is live settings.
Very informative, useful information.
I won’t take this even free. No multi view, I don’t need it.
Great video, Joseph thank you.
Is it possible to use the usb-c output for the preview (for ex. With a small monitor) and tje hdmi as the programm output (ex. Projector)?
Nope. Please watch the other videos on the ATEM I did; that and a lot more gets discussed!
Great informations! Thanks a lot!
my pleasure!
Hi. How can you make color corrections for the cameras inserted in the ATEM Mini? I mean brightness, vibrance, contrast etc... I found how to do it when you only have one camera but how to do it when you have more so it will be different for all cameras? Thanks
I'm not sure what you mean… the ATEM mini doesn't have camera control. That's on versions like the 2 M/E and even then it only works with Blackmagic SDI cameras.
@PhotoJoseph on chroma you can make color adjustments like vibrance, brightness, contrast etc. The thing is that you only can do that one one camera and it will deactivate when you switch to another camera. I will want to make those adjustments to all the 4 cameras separately and not deactivate every time.... It is possible? I know that the camera control is on sdi and only for blackmagicdesign own cameras, not for other brands. Thanks
Sorry George, I had to wait until I could look at my ATEM again to reply. What exactly do you mean by "on chroma you can make color adjustments"… where are you seeing this? We are talking about the ATEM Mini, which has no camera control, so I don't know where you're seeing this.
Yes this video filled in the cracks from your overview video thx
And there’s one miss to watch now…
Great video.
Just an addendum. The ATEM software does not work on every ATEM. More accurately only with the second generation or later ATEMs. Older ATEMs will not work with the current version of the software. Example, I have an older ATEM 1m/e. It will only work with up to v7.0.3 of the software. The original TVS is even lower. V6.9 I think. The same probably applies to the original 2m/e.
Not a problem if your using any of the current ATEM switchers being sold. Just thought I'd throw that in.
Oh interesting, I didn’t know that. Thanks!
@PhotoJoseph I think between the 1st generation ATEMs (that don't have buttons and little LCD screens) and all others that follow, there were probably major changes in the Hardware. To many to support the latest firmwares.
I am wondering now if the same fate might befall the rack mount ATEM vs all the new ATEMs coming out that have control surfaces.
Thank a lot man.
My pleasure!
Mannn got so excited with the first review. While no multi-view in not necessarily a deal breaker it is a feature you normally expect switchers o have. Hope they do add it in a future update.
I think given the price, it's unlikely they will add it (even if the hardware can handle it). It'd destroy their $1,000 switcher market. I think it's pretty legit NOT to have it at this price point, considering the target market (people making self-produced shows).
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