Blackmagic Designs ATEM Production Studio 4k Fan Noise

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Blackmagic Designs ATEM Production Studio 4K

I’ve been setting up the equipment necessary for producing videos for YouTube and streaming webinars.

A key component of the setup is a Blackmagic Designs production switch. See https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/

 

Originally I looked at the very capable Television Studio (https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/atemtelevisionstudio).

Eventually I opted for the next model up: ATEM Production Studio 4K

ATEM Production Studio 4K-1

This is an amazing bit of kit…. but the first thing you will notice when you plug it in is the ridiculous amount of fan noise the unit makes. Not a problem if you have the unit mounted in an equipment room – but too loud for use within the same area as shooting the video.

Search online and you will find others who have created their own cooling solutions.

Here is my solution for reducing the fan noise on ATEM Production Studio 4K.

I’m a big fan of OpenSCAD – “The Programmers Solid 3D CAD Modeller”. It is simple to use and you can quickly generate a design that can be exported to 3D printers, laser cutters etc.

There is a prototype design (available in the downloads section) to fix the fan noise on Blackmagic Design ATEM Production Studio 4K video switchers. The  downloadable design uses 60mm fans – in the end I fitted 80mm fans.

Warning: This will most likely void any warranty from BMD – but it worked for us and makes the product more usable.

  1. Remove the existing ATEM outer case
  2. Remove the 3 internal (noisy fans).
  3. Fabricate the new top cover
  4. Fit 2 x 80mm silent fans
  5. Connect fans to a Speed controller
  6. Connect speed controller to an external 12v PSU
  7. Enjoy the silence.

OpenSCAD Design for ATEM Production Studio 4k 60mm Fan

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You will need to download and install OpenSCAD to use/modify the design.

The fans I used :Coolink SWiF2-80P Fan (80x80x25)

Coolink SWiF2-80P Fan (80x80x25)

Fan Speed Controller:

“12V PWM PC CPU Fan Temperature Control Speed Controller Module High-Temp Alarm” from ebay

fancontroller

I used an external 12v power supply instead of risking an internal connection to the ATEM power supply.

I used the GS90A12-P1M from Meanwell – it is over the top for this application but was on-hand.

 

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