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Ecclesistical & Heritage World No.99

Streaming service brings the church to all

ScanAudio story1 pic1In an age when technology seamlessly integrates with spirituality, St Elphege’s RC Church in Wallington, Surrey, has taken a significant step forward by partnering with Scanaudio to introduce a state-of-the-art web streaming service. The groundbreaking initiative aims to bridge the physical and digital realms of worship, allowing the congregation to connect with their faith, irrespective of physical presence. The centrepiece of the technological marvel is the Blackmagic Design ATEM Mini Pro video switcher and PTZ Optics Z Cam.

ScanAudio story1 pic2The COVID-19 pandemic challenged faith communities worldwide, forcing them to rethink how they conduct religious services. In response to those challenges, St Elphege’s has embraced technology to ensure that the spiritual needs of its congregation are met, whether they are seated in the pews or joining the service from afar.

The incorporation of the Blackmagic Design ATEM Mini Pro video switcher and PTZ Optics Z Cam has been a game-changer for the church's streaming capabilities. The cutting-edge devices offer a level of production quality that was once reserved for professional studios. The Blackmagic ATEM Mini Pro, in particular, has proven its worth by seamlessly switching between numerous camera angles, bringing the online congregation closer to the action within the church.

ScanAudio story1 pic3One of the standout features of the PTZ Optics Z Cam is its pan, tilt and zoom capabilities. That allows viewers to feel like they are right there in the church, not missing a single moment of the service. Whether it’s the priest’s sermon or the choir's hymns, the Z Cam captures every detail with crystal clarity, ensuring a truly immersive online worship experience.

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Scanaudio’s expertise in integrating those technologies has transformed St Elphege’s into a hub for spiritual connection. The web streaming service not only connects the local congregation but also extends its reach to those who may not have had the opportunity to attend in person. That inclusivity is an essential aspect of modern faith communities, fostering a sense of togetherness and unity.

Moreover, Scanaudio’s commitment to ensuring user-friendly technology has made navigating the online service a breeze. The easy-to-use interfaces of both the Blackmagic ATEM Mini Pro and PTZ Optics Z Cam allow church staff to focus on what they do best: delivering a heartfelt message to the faithful.

As we celebrate this milestone in St Elphege’s RC Church’s journey, we also recognise that it's a testament to the adaptability and resilience of faith communities in the digital age. The fusion of tradition and innovation is essential for the growth and sustenance of religious congregations; and St Elphege’s has embraced this challenge with open arms. 

For further information visit www.scanaudio.co.uk