The collaboration between Supercars and Foxtel saw the first broadcast of the Bathurst 1000 car race in 4K/UHD, which was captured using a variety of Fujinon lenses
At the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 racing tournament last weekend, Supercars and Australian pay-TV operator Foxtel broadcasted the event in 4K/Ultra HD (UHD). According to the companies, the car race is said to be the first sports event in Australia to be televised at such high resolution.
The Bathurst 1000 is a 1,000km touring car race held annually on the Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia. The championship event for Supercars took place this year from October 4-7.
To capture the race, Supercars Media and Gearhouse Broadcast needed a variety of lens lengths to cover every angle of the Mount Panorama Circuit from the Bathurst mountain at wide angle on jibs, to 107x for the long shots to the Conrod Straight.
A total of 28 native 4K/UHD cameras were deployed around the track with each camera equipped with a Fujinon 4K/UHD lens. The lens inventory for this project included a combination of 4K/UHD Fujinon UA80, UA107, UA22, UA24 and UA13 box lenses, 22x standard lenses and wide lenses.
Supercars Media’s Nathan Prendengast explained: “The arrangement for Fujinon to supply the glass was a collaborative effort between Gearhouse Broadcast and Supercars to ensure we had the best possible image quality. The huge variety of shots required to deliver the broadcast from 28 native 4K/UHD cameras meant we needed a variety of lens options and Fujinon delivered.
“From the long range 107 to the wide angle on the job in the Hino Hub, Fujinon had a solution that worked for the broadcast. Even in the inclement weather of the first two days of broadcast, we had no problems with the Fujinon lens range and they performed beautifully.”