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    Gotham Girls Roller Derby Goes Live W/ Blackmagic

    June 16, 2011, 10:59 am
    Milpitas, CA – June 15, 2011 – Blackmagic Design today announced the ATEM 1 M/E Production Switcher and ATEM 1 M/E Broadcast Panel are being used by the Gotham Girls Roller Derby League for live production of the league's 2011 matches.
    New York City’s only all female, do it yourself, skater operated roller derby league, the Gotham Girls have
    become one of the quickest growing sports leagues in New York City. The ability to provide high quality live
    production and post match rebroadcasting has become a cornerstone of the league’s success. Derby matches
    are shot in HD, and each match generates a live video webcast live streamed internationally on the Derby News
    Network portal (www.derbynewsnetwork.com), a rebroadcast on NYC life (the flagship station of the official TV,
    radio, and online network of New York City) and videos and DVDs for post match distribution.

    ATEM 1 M/E Production Switcher is used at each match in conjunction with up to six cameras capturing tight
    shots of players, wider area views following the "pack," and announcer and crowd shots. The league also uses
    ATEM 1 M/E Production Switcher for in match graphic overlays and effects, displaying statistics and combining
    different visual elements through upstream and downstream keyers for an incredible in person experience.
    Following matches, the combined HD line cut from the system is used as the base edit for rebroadcast and DVD

    "League members and fans are passionate about the sport, and it is our dream to nurture derby’s growth via well
    produced content. In order for it to grow, we need to pull together high quality live production and broadcasts
    that capture the fun of the game as well as educate viewers on rules and strategies. The ATEM is a huge part
    of helping us realize our dreams for the Gotham and the sport as a whole," said Tammy Walters, Executive
    Producer, of the Gotham Girls Roller Derby televised show on NYCTV.

    Continued Walters, "We needed a live switcher and control panel that was reliable, versatile, affordable and
    easy to use. We were thrilled to find that the ATEM fits the bill. Also, the ability to integrate live score stat
    graphics via custom third party software, Rinxter (www.rinxter.com), was a major plus."

    Technical Director / Producer Franklin Zitter added: "With the large number of inputs and outputs, along with all
    the other pro features that the ATEM 1 M/E offers, we’ve been able to easily and affordably integrate it into our
    production and make the jump to HD. We are constantly thinking of new ways we can configure the switcher to
    bring our show to the next level. Even members of our video crew with no prior technical experience are able to
    easily be trained in setup and operation of the ATEM."

    About ATEM Production Switchers

    Empower live creativity with the new ATEM product switchers! For the first time extremely powerful broadcast
    grade features, incredibly small size and low cost have been designed in a live production switcher! ATEM
    production switchers include 4 upstream keyers each with independent chroma, shaped and linear keying,
    2 downstream keyers, stinger effects, graphic wipes, media players for stills and clips and a built in DVE for
    amazing DVE transitions or key repositioning. For portable use, the built in Multi View showing all cameras,
    preview and program can be viewed on a single SDI or HDMI monitor.

    ATEM also includes loads of HDMI and SDI inputs allowing both professional SDI cameras as well as consumer
    HDMI cameras and computers to be connected. Only ATEM allows low cost HDMI consumer cameras

    in a professional switcher so it's easy for customers starting out in live production! ATEM includes a free
    software control panel and media pool management software for Mac OS X and Windows XP. ATEM is sold
    independently of the hardware control panel allowing lower initial cost and greater customization. ATEM retails
    for only US $2,495.

    Press Photography

    Product photos of ATEM Production Switcher models, and all other Blackmagic Design products, are available at

    About Gotham Girls Roller Derby

    Founded in 2003, and first bouting in 2004, Gotham Girls Roller Derby is New York City’s only all-female, do-
    it-yourself, skater-operated roller derby league. The league is comprised of strong, diverse, and independent
    women from the world's biggest, baddest city. The league is committed to fostering serious competition on a
    national and international level, developing amateur athletes for competition and promoting the physical and
    mental strength and independent spirit of amateur female athletes.

    About Blackmagic Design

    Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, color correctors, video converters,
    video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and film restoration
    software for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink
    capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability, while the company’s DaVinci EmmyѢ award
    winning color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design
    continues ground breaking innovations including stereoscopic 3D and 4K workflows. Founded by world leading
    post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, UK, Japan, Singapore, and
    Australia. For more information, please check www.blackmagic-design.com.

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