Fujinon Lenses Power Gearhouse Broadcast’s 4K Production of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000
Last weekend saw Supercars and Foxtel air an Australian broadcast first with their Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 going out in 4K, making it the first sport in Australia to be televised at the ultra-high resolution. In a production involving 28 native 4K cameras deployed around the track, every lens used for the broadcast was a FUJINON 4K lens.
“Supercars Media was proud to utilize the FUJINON range of Lenses for the 2018 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, delivering Australia’s first live sports broadcast in 4K,” explains Supercars Media’s Nathan Prendengast. “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 cameras meant we needed a variety of lenses 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.”
FUJINON have a long and successful relationship with Gearhouse Broadcast having supplied the leading facilities provider with a wide range of lenses across their entire range.
“Gearhouse and FUJIFILM have built a great relationship over the past few years which has seen Gearhouse Australia use the FUJINON UA107 as its go-to box lens due to its focal length and wide backend,”
For Bathurst, Supercars Media and Gearhouse’s lens requirements were extensive and included a combination of 4K FUJINON UA80, UA107, UA22, UA24 and UA13 box lenses, 22x standard lenses, and wide lenses.
“The FUJINON UA80 was used on a Sony HDC-4800 camera at the top of the mountain,” adds Quelch. “The reason for this is that this lens with this camera provides the best quality when converting form the 4800 PL mount the lens B4 mount. Also, it’s fair to say this camera and lens combination produced stunning slo-motion images.”
It what was a challenging shoot Supercars Media and Gearhouse needed the variety of lens lengths to cover every angle of the Mount Panorama Circuit from the famous Bathurst mountain at wide angle on jibs, to 107x for the long shots to the infamous Conrod Straight.
According to Prendengast, nothing less than the best 4K images possible would have been acceptable. He concluded, “Clarity and sharpness of image was vital. FUJINON have a strong relationship Gearhouse Broadcast and we already utilize FUJINON lenses on the Supercars Championship. Bathurst was different and a whole new level due to the 4K broadcast. At the end of the day, we needed top quality images, using the very best 4K lenses and FUJINON stepped up and delivered handsomely.”
This year’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 race was won by Craig Lowndes and Steven Richards and broadcast live in 4K on Foxtel’s new 4K channel, 444.