Grass Valley and Gearhouse Team Up For Australia’s First 4K Live Broadcast

Grass Valley and production services company Gearhouse Broadcast recently joined forces to supply the technology and engineering expertise required to deliver Australia’s first 4K UHD live broadcast: six hours of content from the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 for supercars—the country’s annual, premier touring car event—without commercial breaks.

The 1,000-kilometer race was televised on Foxtel’s newly launched channel 444, with routing and monitoring completed via Fox Sports Australia, and the live outside broadcast (OB) production handled by Gearhouse. Grass Valley's live production solutions—a Kahuna 9600 Production Switcher and NVision Compact Router—formed the heart of the live production infrastructure both at the venue and FOX SPORTS Australia’s facility. Foxtel’s own internal playout workflow is also built around Grass Valley systems.

Grass Valley’s solutions were also leveraged for the orchestration and delivery of the race’s live feeds. Signals that were sent to Fox Sports Australia were switched and monitored through a Sirius 800 Series Router with an MV-800 Multiviewer before being sent to Foxtel for final switching and transmission. The FOX Sports control room featured a complete 4K UHD live channel playout system with Grass Valley’s Masterpiece Master Control Switcher, controlled by a Morpheus Automation system. Channel playout was supported by Grass Valley’s iTX Integrated Playout Platform, GV Node Real Time Processing and Edge Routing Platform and Kaleido-X Multiviewers for monitoring of the satellite uplink feed.

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