Grass Valley Gear Up DORNA Sports MotoGP Production

Grass Valley’s Kahuna 6400 production switcher is central to DORNA Sports’ workflow for the live production of the 2021 Grand Prix motorcycling season.

The switcher will enable DORNA to easily handle the wide array of formats and feeds that typically challenge the production of moto racing events, including the recent Grand Prix event in Portugal.

Hundreds of millions of racing fans will tune into MotoGPGrand Prix events this year. To meet consumer demand for a stunning-quality experience of the fast-paced live action, DORNA requires scalable and reliable solutions. At every event, DORNA has to handle different sources and feeds, with several partners requiring various formats and deliveries. Kahuna M/Es and the on-board FormatFusion3 technology, equip DORNA’s teams with true multiformat operations, supporting any combination of SD, HD, 1080p and 4K UHD. FormatFusion 4 technology supports HDR conversion at M/E level, allowing operators to seamlessly handle SDR and HDR in parallel for live productions.

Daniel Laviña, technical director of DORNA said, “Production for the 2021 season will call for several special requirements due to the exigent conditions and technical challenges of producing live sporting events. Grass Valley’s solution provides our team with the assurance that it can reliably and flexibly handle these challenges along with the operational capacity for remote production.”

Thanks to the Kahuna switcher, DORNA teams can operate workflows across several separate locations, frequently spanning thousands of kilometers. For example, a frame could be used by teams at the Australia circuit while another panel will be located and utilized by teams in the DORNA master control room in Barcelona, Spain, with no delay or compromise on the quality of the production workflow.

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