We love complex workflows. Our configuration is definitely a complex workflow in our studio, that was what gave us the idea to create the video switching control surface. In this section we are going to describe how our workflow is setup and show you how our control surfaces solved the problems.
So lets look at why we ended up with a complex workflow. We started out with a BlackMagic ATEM which is one of our favorite hardware video switchers. As awesome as it is, it does not have the ability for some of the advanced graphic functions that we like to use. Also, it takes another device to stream the video.
We started out with the ATEM and a PC running xsplitbroadcaster to stream the video. We would record the video and audio onto a Blackmagic Hyperdeck Studio. Once the show was done we would take the SSD from the Hyperdeck and bring it into Premier and spend an hour or more adding in the nice graphic lower 3rds, intros, ads, outros and more. This could sometimes take up to 3 hours of post editing.
We wanted to do as much in the record to tape format as possible so that the post editing would be almost nothing. In looking around on the best way to do this we determined that the only option except going all in to a Tricaster would be to overlay a software based video switching solution on top of the ATEM hardware switcher.
By overlaying a software based switcher on top of the hardware based switcher we can have the nice playout features that the ATEM is lacking. However that adds complexity in that you now have 2 different switcher solutions to control. We tried this for a while and it is very difficult to keep track of what you are doing.
We have found out that lots of people are using a complex workflow like we are. We also found out that there was not a hardware based switching device for the software video switchers that are out there. That got us thinking, a solution is needed.