Echolab Identity 4 to Blackmagic Atem

Echolab Identity 4 control panel is the most common in this form factor. There is also an Echolab Overture 1 panel which differs from Identity 4 in firmware.

This adapter can also work with the Overture 1 panel, for this you need to install the firmware from the Overture 1 adapter (can be downloaded for free from the Overture 1 page)

Identity 4 adapter - $565

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Echolab Overture 1 / Identity 4 control panel was used by Blackmagic Design to create its own Atem 1 Broadcast Panel. The main components of both panels are completely identical, including buttons, knobs, T-bar, indicators, smart buttons, housing, etc.

This makes the Eсholab panel an excellent base for modification to control of Blackmagic Atem switchers. I developed an interface adapter for Echolab Identity 4 panel to control the Atem switcher.

The Interface Adapter allows you to give a new life to these panels by converting them into hardware control panel for Atem at very low price. No modifications of Identity 4 panel required. Just plug in the cables and it is ready for operation.

These are the control of Program / Preview / Select bus, Cut and Auto transitions, T-Bar, select type of transitions, full control of USK and DSK keyers, select of a source for keyers, etc.

All buttons and displays on the panel work as labeled. 

      Key features: 

  • Program/preset row crosspoint control (20 selectable inputs, all independently configurable)
  • Key/Aux row crosspoint control (20 selectable inputs, all independently  configurable)
  • T-Bar manual control of Mix, Wipe, Dip, DVE
  • Cut and Auto trans control (including adjustable Auto Trans rate)
  • Separate control over 2 x  DSK, include DSK1 Tie, DSK2 Tie, DSK1 Cut, DSK2 Cut, DSK1 Mix, DSK2  Mix buttons (including adjustable DSK Auto Trans rate)
  • Separate control over 4 x  USK, include USK1 - USK4 Next,  USK1 - USK4 ON AIR buttons (including adjustable USK Auto Trans rate)
  • Full control over ME 1 or ME 2 transitions including 18 patterns, border/softness, etc
  • Full control over ME 1 or ME 2 keyers LUMA, CHROMA, PATTERN and DVE
  • Rec & Run Macros (up to 10 macros)
  • Displayed Source Names can be changed via the Software Panel
  • and more

Connect the adapter to the panel and Atem as shown in the diagram below:

Initial setup:

Press the Setup button and use the rotary knobs under the display to configure the IP for your Atem. The default ip Atem is (factory settings).  Save your settings (Press Save button).

Panel connected to Atem and reported the model of the switcher.

Assign sources to buttons if necessary. To do this, press Setup  >  Buttons Map. Select the button to assign using the rotary knob or press the desired button on the Program Bus. Use the rotary knob to select the source for the selected button. Save your settings.

Do not assign one source to multiple buttons. The panel will display buttons in an unpredictable manner. 

Source names can be changed using the Software panel.

Possible sources are: Input 1–20, Black, Color 1-2, Color Bars, Media Player Fill 1-2, Media Player Cut 1-2, SuperSource.

Atem outputs as Program ME1-2, Preview ME1-2, CleanFeed1-2, etc, can be assigned to buttons for use only as sources for AUX.

The panel is ready for use. Most of the panel's functions are the same as the Atem 1 ME Broadcast Panel and are intuitive.

The photos below show some of the panel modes.

Control of both Media Players on one screen:

Control USK 1 Pattern:

Control USK 2 Chroma:

Control USK 1 Moves:

Control AUX source:

Control DVE Transition:

Control DSK 1 Mask:

Control Stinger Transition:

I continue to work on new features and this will be added later with a new firmware (Now I'm working out with Hyperdeck control)

This adapter can also work with the Overture 1 panel, for this you need to install the firmware from the Overture 1 adapter (can be downloaded for free from the Overture 1 page)

Interface Adapter comes with the latest firmware (1.1 as of Dec 2020) and a 180 days parts and labor warranty.

Free consultation and free firmware update are included as well.

I tested all my panel's and adapter's with my Atem 1 M/E Production Studio 4K and Atem 2 M/E HD with Atem software version 7.3.

 New features will be included into the future firmware releases as they become available.