Bathurst 1000 revs up to 4K with Gearhouse Broadcast for launch of new Foxtel channel

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Gravity Media (as Gearhouse Broadcast), the Gravity Media-owned supplier of technical facilities, crew and services used to capture the world’s most watched content, delivered live 4K coverage of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 for Supercars. It’s the first time an Australian sporting event has been televised live in 4K, and was used to launch Foxtel’s highly-anticipated new 4K channel, 444.  

The largest Supercars round of the season was solely captured and delivered by Gravity Media. This included providing all the facilities, equipment and outside broadcast trucks onsite at the Mount Panorama Circuit. By using Gravity Media Australia’s extensive range of equipment, the ability to enhance to 4K from the traditional HD coverage of the 161-lap endurance race, was successfully delivered. To make the event even more memorable, Supercars icon Craig Lowndes capped off a remarkable career with a 7th victory at his final appearance in the ‘great race’.

Nathan Prendergast, from Supercars commented: “Gearhouse Broadcast was the natural choice for delivering a large-scale event like Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 in 4K for the first time. The team at Gravity Media has provided Supercars with excellent broadcast coverage for the past five years, so we had total confidence that they would deliver the latest, cutting edge content to enhance our broadcast even further.”

John Newton, CEO, Gravity Media added: “We are thrilled to help deliver an event of such scale live in 4K. In the last few years, Gravity Media has invested heavily in the latest 4K production equipment and has been involved in numerous live 4K productions around the world. This has been the next evolution in the ongoing efforts by Gravity Media to consistently move forward with innovations, integration of new technology and a collaborative relationship with Supercars that goes back to when we first partnered in 2013.”

Twenty-six Sony HDC-4300 and 1 Sony HDC-P43 were deployed around the track, while Sony’s HDC-4800 slow motion camera was used at the event to capture the action in even greater detail. This brought a total of 28 native 4K broadcast cameras. Then there were an additional 56 HD sources (specialty track cameras, pit cameras, Heli, CamCat – hi speed rail cam system – and all the traditional EVS output channels), that were up-scaled through the 4K VMU. This amounts to a total of 83 sources available to the 4K Director to create a comprehensive 4K coverage of Supercars’ premier motor sporting event.

The Main Program output has also been enhanced with native 4K graphics and a true native creation of 5.1 surround sound to accompany the brilliant and dynamic images, giving the viewing audience an unprecedented coverage of a live sporting event.

Following its Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 launch, Foxtel 4K will showcase a host of 4K content including movies, documentaries, concerts and live sport, starting with select events from Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. The race is a 1000-kilometre V8 supercar competition held annually in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia.