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

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Written by: John Newton

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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.

GEARHOUSE BROADCAST HAS BECOME GRAVITY MEDIA

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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