The Best Video Switchers (2020)

The Best Video Switchers (2020)

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This is a list of the best production video switchers I recommend and use.

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Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio HD

Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio HD

Top Pick For 2020!

The most inputs, outputs, and professional features available in its price range - an absolute steal of a deal.

If you want an entry level switcher capable of up to 1080p60 that will give you versatility and room to go, scroll no further.

Inputs: 4x 3G-SDI and 4x HDMI

Audio Inputs: 2x XLR

Program Outputs: 5x 3G-SDI

Aux Outputs: 1x 3G-SDI

Multiview Outputs: 1x 3G-SDI or 1x HDMI (same multiviewer output on both)

Supported Formats: Broadcast formats up to 1920 x 1080 at 60 fps

My Favorite Feature: Basic control from front panel makes it a great budget-friendly option with tons of ins and outs

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Blackmagic Design ATEM Mini Pro

Blackmagic Design ATEM Mini Pro

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Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio Pro 4K

Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio Pro 4K

4K60 Bang For The Buck

12G-SDI inputs and outputs, a full control surface, and standards conversion on every input - an amazing bang for the buck.

4K60 is only one of the many strong features this unit has to offer. This is an excellent option for many systems.

Be aware that this switcher is SDI only. There are no HDMI inputs or outputs except for the multiview output.

Inputs: 8x 12G-SDI

Audio Inputs: 2x XLR

Program Outputs: 9x 12G-SDI

Aux Outputs: 1x 12G-SDI

Multiview Outputs: 1x 12G-SDI or 1x HDMI (same multiviewer output on both)

Supported Formats: Broadcast formats up to 3840 x 2160 at 60 fps

My Favorite Feature: Standards converters on every input give this a ton of flexibility

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Lumantek ez-PRO VS10

Lumantek ez-PRO VS10

Versatile 1080p60 Option

This is a killer deal considering you get a solid control surface, plenty of ins and outs, and internal scalers on every input.

Inputs: 8x 3G-SDI and 2x HDMI

Audio Inputs: 2x XLR

Program Outputs: 2x 3G-SDI and 1x HDMI

Aux Outputs: 4x 3G-SDI

Audio Outputs: 2x XLR

Multiview Outputs: 1x HDMI

Supported Formats: Broadcast formats up to 1920 x 1080 at 60 fps

My Favorite Feature: 4 aux outputs offer a lot of versatility

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Ross Carbonite Black Solo

Ross Carbonite Black Solo

Quality and Dependability

This may be Ross' entry-level switcher, but it is no slouch.

Essentially everything is assignable and customizable - inputs, outputs, buttons, format converters, M/Es, Mini M/Es, and more.

For those looking for broadcast grade reliability and customizability on a lower budget, this switcher is your answer.

Inputs: 6x 3G-SDI and 3x HDMI

Assignable Outputs: 5x 3G-SDI and 1x HDMI

Multiview Outputs: 1x (assignable to any of the 6 outputs)

Supported Formats: Broadcast formats up to 1920 x 1080 at 60 fps

My Favorite Feature: 2 Mini M/Es give this about as much flexibility as a 2 or 3 M/E switcher in most situations

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Blackmagic Design ATEM Constellation 8K

Blackmagic Design ATEM Constellation 8K

"Hold my beer." - Blackmagic Engineers

An absolute beast with tons of features, but a price so low it makes you do a double-take (or maybe a spit-take).

If you only look at this as an 8K switcher then I believe you're missing 4x the value. For an 8K switcher this looks kinda meh. But, for a 4K or HD switcher then it really starts to dazzle.

40x inputs, 24x outputs, 4x multiview outputs, frame rate and format conversion on every input, 16x upstream keyers, 156 channel Fairlight audio mixer, MADI audio output - convinced yet?

Listen, I get it...

There's a love/hate out there for Blackmagic products in general. But no matter where you stand on that issue, almost everyone can agree this is an absolute powerhouse for the price point.

Inputs: 40x 12G-SDI (10x in 8K mode)

Assignable Outputs: 24x 12G-SDI (6x in 8K mode)

Multiview Outputs: 4x 12G-SDI (1x in 8K mode)

Supported Formats: Broadcast formats up to 7680 x 4320 at 59.94 fps

My Favorite Feature: All. The. Things.

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