The technology behind delivering a HD Bathurst 1000

V8 Bathurst HD
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The most passionate V8 Supercar fans will be punishing their livers while braving the rain at Mount Panorama this weekend. The next level of supercar fan will be parked in front of a HDTV. This year one of the biggest events on the motorsport calendar, Bathurst 1000, will be broadcast in HD for the first time.

It is amazing that HD has taken this long to reach Australia’s most famous race, especially considering HDTVs reached affordability for the masses many years ago. By comparison F1 has been broadcast for some time in HD and looks absolutely stunning. A visually interesting sport like racing lends itself really well to the extra clarity and sound available in a HD broadcast.

The technology behind the HD broadcast provides some amazing statistics.

More than 77 cameras will capture three days of racing action:
• 33 HD track-side cameras, including flycam and aerial views from a helicopter camera
• Six cameras supporting domestic and international hosting and commentary
• Six wireless radio frequency cameras for pit lane coverage
• Four crews with portable cameras capturing behind-the-scenes footage
• More than 28 in-car cameras
More than 40 kilometres of camera cable and in excess of 100 microphones will be used.

The 2011 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 will air live on 7MATE in Australia and in the US on SPEED. Tomorrow’s broadcast runs from 7am-6pm (AEDST), just remember to adjust your DVR’s V8 to record on the new channel.

More @ TV Tonight.

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Jason Cartwright
Jason Cartwright
Creator of techAU, Jason has spent the dozen+ years covering technology in Australia and around the world. Bringing a background in multimedia and passion for technology to the job, Cartwright delivers detailed product reviews, event coverage and industry news on a daily basis. Disclaimer: Tesla Shareholder from 20/01/2021

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