Gearhouse launches first ever native 4K supertruck in Australia

New HD8 OB truck is first to be installed with Hitachi SK-UHD4000 cameras.

Broadcast services specialist Gearhouse Broadcast has completed the build of its new 4K native OB supertruck which will be used by its Australian OB division.

Known as HD8, the supertruck will handle all processes from acquisition to production. 12 of Hitachi’s new SK-UHD4000 ultra-HD cameras, of which Gearhouse purchased the first 50, are the star attractions of the new OB truck. In addition to these cameras, the HD8 supertruck boasts a Sony MVS-7000X 4K mixer, Sony 4K monitoring and a 4K EVS replay system. While being a native 4K truck, HD production is still a high priority, so HD8 is also capable of 2K, HD 1080i, HD 1080p and SD. Its HD specifications are similar to those found in the HD5, HD6 and HD7 trucks within Gearhouse’s growing Australian fleet. It features the same 64 fader MC56 Lawo 5.1 capable audio desk, Riedel Artist 192-port talkback system and NVISION NV8576 hybrid main vision router as the existing trucks and is capable of supporting 30 cameras (24 CCU and 6 POV) during an HD production.

An audio mixing and control room, replay area, production gallery, CCU and vision control and engineering space provides Gearhouse’s clients with everything they need from signal acquisition to finished programme transmission. HD8 is ideal for large-scale entertainment and sports and can facilitate a simulcast production outputting a 4K cut and a HD cut at the same time. Clients can also shoot in 4K and take the HD images from the CCU. It’s perfectly aligned to work in any upcoming HD productions and can easily make the switch to 4K when demand arises.

“The term ‘4K ready’ can be misleading. We don’t like to say our trucks are 4K ready, we like to say they’re 4K native,” said John Newton, chief operating officer, Gearhouse Broadcast. “HD8 is the best of its kind and shows massive commitment to our goal of being the leading OB facilities provider to the industry. This new truck follows Gearhouse’s philosophy of giving our clients the latest technology and the best options for their productions.”

HD8 4K supertruck is already booked for the upcoming AFC Asian Cup international football tournament which will be held across five cities in Australia in January 2015.


On 31 October 2019, the four leading broadcast and production houses Gearhouse Broadcast, Hyperactive Broadcast, Input Media and Chief Entertainment owned by Gravity Media Group started trading under the brand name of ‘Gravity Media’. All Gravity Media companies around the world are making this transition and will now go to market as a single brand with a bold new look and purpose.

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Gravity Media is a leading global provider of complex live broadcast facilities and production services to content owners, creators and distributors. We use the collective pull of our people and resources to capture, craft and create world-class content that inspires and excites.

We are driven by client service excellence, and we never stand still. We’re always looking and listening, keeping up with the latest broadcast innovations – or pioneering them. Above all, we channel our energy into maintaining our reputation for flawless execution, deep technical expertise, and efficient delivery.

Gravity Media is a brand-new company with a 30-year pedigree, a force to be reckoned with formed by the coming together of Gearhouse Broadcast, HyperActive Broadcast, Input Media and Chief Entertainment. Our 500 people serve clients across the sport, media, news and entertainment industries from bases in the UK, Australia, USA, France, Germany and Qatar.

At the centre of Gravity Media lie three broad categories of expertise: media services & facilitiesproduction & content; and equipment rental & sales.

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