Blackmagic - ATEM - eSports - Universidad de Kindai University

Blackmagic ATEM switcher is a key part of the studio where Kindai University (Japan) students can learn how to produce an eSports format.

Despite the popularity of eSports, only a few Japanese universities have dedicated facilities where students can learn the technical workflows necessary to complete their audiovisual production. To respond to this demand, Kindai University decided to create a space where it installed audio, broadcast and lighting equipment, as well as multiple gaming PCs, creating a fully functional studio. In choosing the devices, the institution ensured that students would be able to use the same products used in real work dynamics.

Blackmagic - ATEM - eSports - Universidad de Kindai UniversityAfter researching the market, Kindai University opted for a wide selection of Blackmagic equipment. For example, given the large number of cameras and PCs used at eSports events, there is a need for a large number of inputs. To address this need, all sources are fed to an ATEM Constellation 8K switcher via a Smart Videohub 40×40 matrix and then switched between them via an ATEM 2 M/E Advanced Panel 20 device. In addition, several HyperDeck Studio HD Plus units record the signals fed from the switcher and are also used to play back the AV sources. Other equipment used includes SmartScope Duo 4K and SmartScope Duo 4K monitors (which provide the ability to monitor the signals and waveform), DeckLink Mini Recorder devices to capture the images, Blackmagic MultiView 4 monitors, Mini Converter HDMI to SDI 6G units and Micro Converter SDI to HDMI 3G devices.

When it opened, the university feared that the professional equipment might be a bit overwhelming for students, but they have learned to use it quickly, according to Kindai University itself. The institution hopes that students will continue to take the initiative in using the facilities to carry out various projects and learn through experience. In parallel, the educational institution has made these facilities available to industry for rental by third parties. To date, they have already hosted events such as the Western Japan regional final of STAGE:0, a national eSports tournament for high school students.

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By • 23 Mar, 2023
• Section: Study