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The Vatican’s Pontificia Università della Santa Croce has enlisted Blackmagic Design to provide a broadcast studio update.

blackmagicThe Pontificia trains the next generation of Catholic priests and leaders of the Church Communication Office, and it has dedicated studio facilities. Its multicam production workflow now features the Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K and ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K.

Forming the hub of the University’s School of Church Communications, it is designed to help students understand every aspect of broadcast production. 4K technology is the next wave, and it said that it wants its students to be prepared.

“The university established a media and communication training faculty in 1996 to complement the existing theological and philosophical curriculum, however it became clear to us that students shouldn’t just learn about presenting in front of camera, but to also have the ability to produce a broadcast themselves,” explained Jorge Milan, associate professor of audiovisual communications at Pontificia Università della Santa Croce.

The Blackmagic cameras can either be controlled by camera operators, or when working in a smaller team, through the ATEM Camera Control software, which provides CCU like camera control. Signal distribution throughout the studio and post production facilities are managed with a Smart Videohub 20x20 while a MultiView 16 provides monitoring of all incoming and outgoing feeds for the students gaining experience in the production gallery.

“Previously we had used rented or second hand equipment but as our student numbers grew, we decided to invest in a Blackmagic Ultra HD workflow to ensure our facilities are future proofed, and are capable of producing impressive results.”

“Everyone gets the opportunity to experience all aspects of television production, which we believe is a fundamental part of our communications programme,” Milan concluded. “These students will become the future spokespeople for the Catholic Church, and so if they understand not only how to present in front of the camera, but also what a production team needs for interesting and watchable content, that will help to spread the Church’s message far and wide.”