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Atem Mini Pro Traps | 3 Piece Puzzle

Updated: Feb 17

Intro

Stop the press! The Atem Mini Pro has become the talk of the town with its live broadcast features. The world has gone bonkers over this nifty device, and for good reason!

While broadcasting devices can make a big dent in your wallet, the Atem Mini Pro offers top-notch features at a price that won't send you crying to the bank. It's a must-have tool for anyone who's interested in broadcasting, from amateurs to semi-pros. But before you take the plunge, let's take a look at some of its drawbacks for first-timers.

Trap 1:

Don't let the Atem Mini Pro's advertising fool you - it's not perfect. One of the most hyped-up features is the ability to record a live broadcast to a hard disk. However, there's a catch. This feature isn't available all the time, like when you're using the device's USB-C output as a webcam for Zoom or Skype. No hard disk recording for you, my friend!

Trap 2:

You'd think the "Multiview" feature would be a game-changer for the Atem Mini Pro. But hold your horses, partner. If you're receiving the "pgm" broadcast over HDMI, the "multiview" feature won't work. What a bummer! Say goodbye to sending your output to a projector using the Multiview feature.

Trap 3:

The Atem Mini Pro's encoder is a beauty to behold. It can send your broadcast to RTMP compliant platforms over the ethernet output at the bitrate and resolution you specify. No need for an encoder on your computer, and you can record broadcasts to your hard drive since the USB-C output is free. What's not to love? Well, here's the thing - this feature won't work on platforms or apps that aren't RTMP compatible. So, if you're planning to broadcast live via Zoom, for example, you won't be able to use the encoder or over-ethernet broadcasting features, and the hard drive recording capability will be blocked. Boo!

A Puzzle or an exam of Probability?

Let's face it, using the Atem Mini Pro can feel like you're trying to solve a Rubik's cube blindfolded. If you're using one feature, another one is turned off, and the other becomes active. It's like a never-ending game of whack-a-mole. You're going to need extra gadgets if you want to utilize all the features simultaneously.

Conclusion

So, when is the Atem Mini Pro at its best? If you have high-end broadcast gear, this device is the cherry on top of your studio setup. But if you're a newbie, proceed with caution, my friend.

May the broadcasting gods smile upon you and bless you with the right equipment for your next event. Don't forget - proper planning is the key to success!

Remember: You'll be able to choose the best equipment if you plan properly.

Fatih Ugur | Producer @Vidyograf | fatih@vidyograf.com

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