How to connect an ATEM switcher to VividCast

Vividcast offers powerful integrations that communicate with Blackmagic Design’s ATEM switchers and their Software Control Application. This article describes how to set up your switcher so that Vividcast communicates with it properly.

ATEM Software Control

Blackmagic Designs ATEM Software Control Application must be downloaded and installed.

Click here to find the latest version of the Application. The software will be listed as "ATEM Switchers".

Once the Application has been downloaded and installed, launch the application and follow the rest of the article to get setup.

Setting up your ATEM

VividCast communicates with the ATEM Software Control Application in order to capture/control stills and synchronizing transitions. Below are the required connections that need to be established.

Connecting to PC with USB 

The ATEM switcher requires a USB to USB-C cable to connect and access the Software Control Application on your PCVividcast also relies on this specific method so that it can be selected as a Live Video Input source.  

Follow these steps to connect your ATEM switcher to your PC and to confirm this connection through ATEM Software Control and VividCast. 

  1.  Connect the USB-C end to the ATEM’s Webcam Out port. Connect the opposite end into your PC that is running VividCast and ATEM Software Control. 
  2. To confirm this connection from ATEM Software Control, open the application. The switcher interface will automatically display if your ATEM device has been successfully recognized. ATEM_SI.png
  3. Click to File in the top left corner of the window and select Connection to open the ATEM Setup window. This Window allows you to preview your connection or manually configure it if the device is not automatically recognized. Click on ATEM Setup to preview the type of connection.ATEM_connection.png
  4. Launch VividCast 
  5. Click on Setup to access the Setup menu 
  6. Select the Live Video Inputs category 
  7. Select a Source from the drop-down list within the Video window. The ATEM switcher should appear as an input under the name of Blackmagic Design. Once Selected, the feed being transmitted from your ATEM should be visible in the preview window. Live_Video_Input.png
  8. Click Done to confirm the new video source.  
  9. Your ATEM’s live video feed is now a usable Video source that can be switched to from the Video Switcher window. 

Note: Your ATEM’s feed will appear as one source in the Video Switcher window. Switching camera sources is controlled from the ATEM device or software.  

 

Connecting to Local Network with Ethernet 

In order to have VividCast communicate with the ATEM Software Control’s API, the device must be connected to a local network via ethernet cable. 

Important! A Local Network connection is required for sending Captured Stills from Vividcast into the ATEM Software Control’s media bin. 

There are two ways to accomplish this 

Connecting to Local Network via Broadband Router

  1. Connect one end of the ethernet cable into the ATEM’s ATEM Control port. Connect the opposite end to the Ethernet Port of your Broadband Router. 
  2. Open your ATEM Software Control Application to confirm this connection.  
  3. To confirm this connection from ATEM Software Control, open the application. The switcher interface will automatically display if your ATEM device has been successfully recognized. 

Connecting to Local Network via PC

  1. Connect one end of the ethernet cable into the ATEM’s ATEM Control port. Connect the opposite end to the Ethernet Port of the Personal Computer that is running VividCast. 
  2. Open your ATEM Software Control Application to confirm this connection. 
  3. To confirm this connection from ATEM Software Control, open the application. The switcher interface will automatically display if your ATEM device has been successfully recognized. 

Important! 

If the ATEM Software Control fails to recognize the connection, some extra setup may be required. Follow these steps to manually set it up: 

  • Click on your network icon from your Taskbar 
  • Select Network & Internet Settings 
  • Click on Ethernet 
  • Under Related Settings, Click on Change Adaptor Settings. 
  • Right click over Ethernet and select Properties.
  • Navigate to Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), Select this option and click Properties. 
  • Select Use this IP address and manually enter one of the two: “198.168.10.220” or “198.168.10.2020”. Navigating to the next line will automatically populate Subnet Mask 
  • Click OK 
  • Open ATEM software control to confirm if the connection has been recognized 

Important! Connecting both via USB and Ethernet from your ATEM is required for all ATEM and VividCast integrations.

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