Biking in Slow Motion - 1000 Frames per Second

Sep 27, 2011
by Karl Burkat  
Martin Söderström, Yannick Granieri, Brandon Semenuk, Cam McCaul and Niki Leitner slow things down a little for you guys.



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48 Comments

  • + 60
 you'd think that Red Bull could come up with something a little nicer than some decent action against a blank sky....not impressed.....
  • + 15
 Yeah showing where they actually were would have been better in my opinion...
  • + 37
 In order to slow it down to 1000 frames per second, they needed to keep the background as basic as possible, otherwise you'd get a lot of pixel distortion. It doesn't make for the greatest video having such a blank background as the sky, but it allows for the slow motion to look good and for the viewers to see what goes on throughout the moves. More about the concept than having a banger edit.

Edit - the other way, which i guess red bull could do (since they have lots of money), would be to use a proper high speed camera ($$) that could actually capture that amount of frames per second rather than using a computer program to simulate it, then background doesn't matter and you could have a sweet concept with a banger edit. +1
  • + 9
 YES. It is NOT slow motion if you use Twixtor. It just simulates it. Badly. A true high FPS HD camera's footy is just orgasmical.

EDIT: I do believe that this is not Twixtor though.
  • + 5
 Idk about you guys, but I watch slow-mo to see how tricks are done, so not seeing them hit the lip, or initiating the trick is really annoying and makes this about worthless. Still cool to watch though.
  • + 1
 Yeah, watching slowmotion is much more awesome if you can acctually see when they land, maby som scetchy landings and stuff, thats what fun to watch in slowmo
  • + 3
 B O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O RING.
  • - 2
 You have reason: this is so boring
  • + 4
 I like seeing full sus bikes bottom out and take impacts , usually dh bikes like on the kona operator video
  • + 1
 to be honest that was pretty shitty...my friend is 16 and he can make stuff much better than this
  • + 5
 ...well, I'm just glad none of those riders crashed into each other up there in the sky...
  • + 2
 This was shot on a high end Phantom high speed camera the video clip is just in low res. Allot of the comments are wrong--kglass

Proof

www.pinkbike.com/photo/6749592
  • + 1
 ya there is no way this was twixtor, its obviously shot with a high speed camera, one cool thing about it being on a blank sky is so you could have riders coming in and out of the shots easily and have multiple riders in the shot at the same time just cuz its kinda cool, so that must be what they were doing
  • + 13
 Very cool to see. Would like to see a straight on shot of DH racer going through a rock garden done just like this..
  • + 3
 Agreed, seeing the suspention react would be very sick!
  • - 4
flag NWA911 (Sep 27, 2011 at 18:00) (Below Threshold)
 downhill has taken over pinkbike
  • + 0
 Thats a good thing.
  • + 4
 I like slow-mo, but this vid just didn't work for me. What fascinates me in slowed-down clips is that you can see how tricks progress from the beginning to the final moment of landing, creating one complete motion. That kind of clips really show how much talent these guys have and how precise their riding is. On top of all it's amazing to see how much there is going on in your body and bike when you hit the ground. That RedBull clip on the other hand just got me bored Frown


Just to clear my thoughts up a little: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qwi-PxpVHzE
  • + 1
 Feels like some dreams I've had of riding where everything is slowed down and i'm suddenly capable of things i'd never even try in reality.

Mayhaps it's not the most exciting edit ever made, but I think it was still interesting. If anything it might be kind of helpful for serious dirt jumpers to watch the technique of the best in the business. example: I liked how in one of the first shots you can see Semenuk's eyes scanning ahead for the landing and his head leading his body.
  • + 1
 im sorry this pains me to say but that was quite un satisfying. they had a couple shots that they just repeated, dont get me wrong the tricks are crazy but the slow mo is a bit much. i would have liked to see a bit of variation to the video. just an opinion
  • + 1
 Well I'm pretty sure that it was supposed to be a slow mo vid entirely
  • + 3
 should have made a high speed bike vid like this... vimeo.com/24262272
  • + 1
 wow, thanks for the link! enjoyed it! thats an other leaugue!
  • + 1
 Coolest video I've ever watched
  • + 3
 This was better when they covered Claymore. Does anyone else hate the effing pretentious Red Bull media streamer?
  • + 1
 its a crime against humanity that i cant favourite this! and i like the plain backround, you can see every detail on the rider and their bike.
  • + 1
 The slow mo they did of Gee hitting that epic gap to wallride in the Rampage was way better... Could see the rim flex to the point of self destruction in that vid!
  • + 1
 maybe im simple minded but i was impressed. I like the fact that theres nothing to distract from the imenseness that the riders are displying
  • + 1
 Come on Redbull! You own a football club, racing team, biking syndicate and of course a mass productive energy drink brand, but they can't make a decent film. Dissapointed!
  • + 1
 it's just one not even bad film out of all the famazing productions they've given us all for free :/ relax..
  • + 1
 Yeah but with such a mass market production success they should be able to make all they're films like this.
  • + 2
 Cool idea, lame execution... try again Redbull.
  • + 1
 its not even nice i mean 1000 frames per second isnt good with a piss poor resolution
  • + 1
 so sweet.. but pretty sad that the video is such low quality.. i was hopin for some 1080 action..
  • + 1
 i like the white background, i think it makes you toally focus on the rider and everything thats happening
  • + 1
 i like seeing the tricks in slow motion so I can learn how to do them. Cool video!
  • + 1
 I think that was pretty sik considering the slowness am i right?
  • + 1
 Sketchyyyyy but awesomeeee... Gotta watch it
  • + 1
 Awesome footage, crap editing.
  • + 1
 you think redbull would just rent a phantom and not bother with twixtor
  • + 1
 I am already regretting trying to correct a filmmaker of your caliber, but... this isn't Twixtor. While it isn't the highest resolution, there is no warping or ghosting like in most Twixtor footage. You can even see all of the spokes clearly.
Here is the rest of the series:
www.redbullusa.com/cs/Satellite/en_US/1000-Frames-Per-Second-Video-Series/001242947016621
  • + 1
 That was really trippy....
  • + 2
 wtf?
  • + 1
 sick
  • + 1
 And that's it?!!!
  • + 1
 AHHHHH wheres the HD?!!
  • + 0
 pretty boring
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