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MixEffect can connect to most ATEM Switchers running version 8.5.x of the ATEM software.

When connected, you have nearly total control over the switcher. It’s like having the complete ATEM Software Control app on your iPhone or iPad, with features and usability enhancements that can only come from being on a mobile-first environment.

Add a Switcher

You can add a new switcher to MixEffect by following these steps.

  1. Go to the MixEffect Home.
  2. Tap the + button.
  3. Tap New ATEM Switcher.
  4. Enter a name for your simulated switcher (e.g. ATEM Mini Pro).
  5. Enter the IP Address for the switcher (e.g. This is the same address you use in the ATEM Software Control application on macOS and Windows.
  6. Tap Add.

Add a switcher

You can add multiple switchers in MixEffect, even to the same switcher. Create sets of switchers that have different settings depending on the project you are working on.

Default Section

Tapping on the switcher image from the detail page will take you to the default section defined for the switcher.

You can change this section by editing the switcher and closing a new default section in the drop-down list.

NOTE: The section list may contain sections that stewed not supported by your switcher. Make sure your switcher supports the feature backed by your choice or you may see a blank screen.

Connect to a Switcher

Connect to a switcher by following one of these two steps after confirming that your switcher is powered on and available at the designated IP Address:

  1. From the MixEffect Home, tap the gray connect symbol to the left of the switcher name for the switcher you wish to connect to.
  2. Or, tap on the switcher’s name to bring up its Detail Screen. Then, tap Connect.

Connect to a switcher

Once you are connected, you can tap on the image of your ATEM switcher to go directly to the default section specified by your switcher. Or, tap the back button in the upper-left to return to the MixEffect Home.

Switcher Usage

When connected to a switcher, a list of available features will appear above the connected switcher. For instance, when connected to an ATEM Mini Extreme ISO, the following options will be shown:

Click on the links above for specific details on using each feature.

Rearranging and Removing Sections

Tap the Edit button in the upper-right corner of the switcher sections section to reveal editing controls. You can drag and drop the switcher sections according to how you want to use. You can also remove a switcher section from the list.

Removing switcher section

To reset the switcher sections to their default values, go to the Switcher Detail page for your switcher and tap Reset Layout.

Conditional Features

Some features are only supported on certain ATEM switcher models. For instance:

Switcher Interface

Tap on Switcher to be taken to the main interface for controlling your ATEM switcher.

The Switcher interface is composed of buttons, panels, and pages:


A button looks like a physical switcher button in the MixEffect interface. It can perform a number of operations:

Button styles

How a button operates is indicated by the following visual affordances:


A section related to a particular feature on your ATEM switcher. For instance: the Program bus, Next Transition, or Downstream Keyer.


If you have used Blackmagic’s ATEM Software Control on macOS or Windows, some of these panels will look familiar.

Learn more about buttons and panels here.


Pages are collections of panels arranged in a particular layout.

MixEffect comes with three different layouts for organizing your panels and buttons:


Mix Effects Bus

If your ATEM switcher supports multiple mix effects buses, a segmented picker will appear at the top of the screen allowing you to select the current M/E bus you wish to control. Buttons and panels that are tied to the currently selected M/E will update when you switch buses.

Mix Effects Bus


With MixEffect Pro, you can customize which panels appear in which layout by adjusting a switcher’s Page settings. Learn more about Switcher Pages here.

iPad Default Layout

iPad Customized Layout