360 Degrees of Saalbach

Apr 26, 2017
by Nathan Hughes  
Last summer, Pinkbike made a quick stop in the Austrian resort of Saalbach Hinterglemm, a short ride from Salzburg airport, to see one of the first 360° mountain bike videos coming together. With a specially designed, helmet-mounted, camera rig in tow, pro riders, Tibor Simai and Steffi Marth were on hand to take us down one of the trails with the most flow and best views of the Pinzgau valley scenery that fortunately cuts right past the decking of one of Saalbach's finest mountain beer huts. Take a look behind the scenes in making the clip and check out the end result of a new technology we can expect to see much more of in future.


360 degrees of Saalbach.
360 degrees of Saalbach.

360 degrees of Saalbach.
  Preparing to fly at the top of the Westgipfel high above Saalbach Hinterglemm.


bigquotesEver since the early days of downhill and slopestyle, Saalbach has always been a place that likes to push the boundaries of what is possible with mountain bikes. We wanted to continue to lead the way as pioneers using this new technology and produce a 360° degree MTB video, after some good success creating similar footage for winter sports and hiking. We teamed up with local Austria-based production company, NoVR, to benefit from some of the very latest cutting-edge techniquesBernhard Niederseer, Saalbach


360 degrees of Saalbach.
  The crew discuss the plan of attack for the afternoon.

360 degrees of Saalbach.
360 degrees of Saalbach.

360 degrees of Saalbach.
  Green ridge views for miles around, at the top of the Westgipfelbahn, never get old.

360 degrees of Saalbach.
360 degrees of Saalbach.

360 degrees of Saalbach.
  Videographer, Matthias Ortner, and his assistant getting the set-up dialled in. Is it on? Is the red light on?


bigquotesTo make our videos we are utilising a custom-made rig that consists of 4 GoPros with special 220° fisheye lenses recording audio using in-ear binaural microphones to capture the most realistic sound effects to accompany the riding; a world away from what a standard action cam is able of recording. For those interested, we are using Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro and Speedgrade CC to put these clips together. Stabilisation is achieved using special plug-ins on Blender as well as Mocha VRMatthias Ortner, NoVR

360 degrees of Saalbach.
360 degrees of Saalbach.

360 degrees of Saalbach.
  Steffi leading out the Hacklberg trail heather train.

360 degrees of Saalbach.
360 degrees of Saalbach.

360 degrees of Saalbach.
  Air support following overhead as the crew ride through some of Saalbach's most beautiful terrain.

bigquotesOur aim is to bring the experience of being immersed in the mountain landscape to the people at home and really show them how great it is to ride free at altitude! Our biggest hope is that people not so familiar with our kind of sport will then be motivated to come down to Saalbach and try it themselves. Mountain biking isn't all high-adrenaline, on the edge of danger kind of stuff; it has soul, it's all about fun and sharing the good times with friends. We want more beginners to get involved and that's exactly why we want to show off our great range of trails that are beginner friendly, but have enough features to keep much more advanced riders well-amused too - like the Hacklberg trail. Great adventures in the high alpine scenery, but without crazy risk factor!Bernhard Niederseer, Saalbach

360 degrees of Saalbach.
360 degrees of Saalbach.

360 degrees of Saalbach.
  Seb keeping it pinned with the peakless multi-GoPro setup. If you're wondering the peak of the helmet is edited back on in post-production.

360 degrees of Saalbach.
Final shots using a 4-meter monopod.
360 degrees of Saalbach.
Matthias, stands mostly inside the cameras' blindspot, but any overlap can be cloned out later.

bigquotesNoVR began as a side project, I suppose you could even say a hobby a few years back, with the idea to film some 360° POV video shots. With nothing existing on the market, I started to design, 3D print, build and mill my own RIGs. But also on the post-production side, there was still a lot to fettle and tinker. The latest techniques in stabilisation for my videos, were developed alongside this Saalbach MTB video. It was no 5-minute project because there were still a great many problems to solve on the way to the finished product. Of course, I have further exciting developments in the pipeline to shed weight and bring stunningly high resolution... watch this space!Matthias Ortner, NoVR

360 degrees of Saalbach.
  Cheers to a job well done at the Bergstadl mountain restaurant.


bigquotesPeople can watch this clip as a straight video, using their own VR goggles or with their smartphone and the 360° function. Of course at bike festivals and at Saalbach tourism we will also be equipped with real VR goggles. Stay tuned because we plan to bring you many more great 360° videos over the next few yearsWolfgang Quas, Saalbach





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20 Comments
  • 6 0
 seriously? being able to pan around gives you the actual sense of surroundings like you are there... the quality wasnt there on my machine but i thought it was pretty cool.
  • 8 4
 I just don't get why on a MTB you need it?

The bits you want to see are in front.

The only plus point I can see is for follow footage where you can tip the camera up and down to catch people jumping.
  • 2 0
 I was thinking the same thing. Even if this is for a VR experience, when you're really on a bike, you're looking forward for the most part, with your eyes on the trails. For a lark, I tried watching it backwards. It's a new perspective, if nothing else.
  • 4 1
 Thats f*ckin' amazing! Love that 360 °C view. There are some 360°C action cams on the market, anyone got some experience with one? Are the results similar or completely different?
  • 3 0
 Need a lot of pressure to get water that hot without it boiling Smile
  • 1 0
 @daweil: hahaha my bad Wink
  • 2 1
 Shame I don't have the VR glasses. The quality is pretty low also. I guess when VRs will be more affordable and popular and cameras recording 360 will be better everything will start to make sense. But right now I prefer to go there personally. Saalbach and Leogang are my favorite places to be Smile . The trail they took is very spectacular but also pretty boring. Still worth riding.
  • 5 0
 Sit on a bench in the middle of the decent? Strava curse is upon you!
  • 1 0
 Not sure i could ever afford it, but this is freakin amazing. Would be cool to see what you didn't see on the trail later.
I think Claudio needs this for his WC course previews. Smile
  • 2 0
 Trails look gorgeous, such flowy singletrack, great views and tasty food with mates. Awesome.
  • 2 0
 It is exactly that. And how it said above: if you are beginner you can enjoy as well as if you experienced. What is not shown in the video, you have a brutal climb to the trailhead. Wink
  • 1 0
 @SztAmaas:
f*ckin climb kills me every time!
  • 1 0
 "Go behind the scenes on one of the first MTB 360° POV video productions in the mountains of Austria's most famous bike resort."

Eats, shoots & leaves.
  • 3 3
 Made me have a seizure Great concept, but lets just stick to front on cameras
  • 1 3
 Would someone get Stefi a beer? That glass of foam just won't cut it.
  • 3 0
 Ever had a Weißbier before?
There needs to be foam on top. You'd get ridiculed if you poured one without a proper foam crown. That's why the glass is shaped the way it is, to enable the perfect foam crown.
And while this example isn't perfect and just a tiny fraction too much it's far from being horrible.
  • 1 1
 @Loki87: Yes. I went to Ludwig-Maiximilian University in Munich. I've had Weissbier as sure as I've written Seminararbeit (sometimes together). A good, traditional, Bavarian Weisswurst Fruehstueck is one of life's simple pleasures. A crown of foam is one thing, half a glass of foam is quite another.
  • 2 1
 @TheR: F'in mic drop if ever I've seen one.
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