Raw Qualies: Cairns DH World Cup 2016 - Video

Apr 22, 2016
by Matt Staggs  
Views: 29,556    Faves: 105    Comments: 2


Qualification day didn't have a single course hold, which helped make the most of things after a day of mishaps on Thursday. Riders continued to struggle through the Rock Garden and Alien Tree but were pinned on almost every other feature of the trail. The Aussies dominated qualies with 6 riders in top 3 positions over the four categories. Troy Brosnan took the fastest time of the day while being first at all four splits to be up on Hannah by three hundredths of a second, Gwin by 1.2 seconds and Loic by 1.4 seconds.


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  • 80 4
 Awesome job Matt! The WC coverage is awesome.
  • 41 2
 Appreciate it bro!
  • 28 2
 @MattStaggs: awesome coverage mate. It's really hard to capture the speed these riders are hitting on camera and you've definitely nailed it here.
  • 7 0
 Sooo good, honestly you should actually be getting paid by pinkbike for these videos staggsy
  • 2 0
 Just great edit! Troy's Bike noise is just awesome ????
  • 2 0
 @MattStaggs: this is the sort of coverage that really rounds out the experience instead of just reading about it and watching redbull TV. A++
  • 2 0
 @MattStaggs: Wouldn't be surprised if you were asked to film WC rounds around the world, the quality of the footage is outstanding to others. Keep it up man!
  • 2 0
 @TobyBarnhill: Too bad half of the people who commented here don't think the same ahahah
  • 1 0
 @MattStaggs: I think they're focusing too much on the flaws rather than the positives, but even if you had perfect footage you'll always get those people haha
  • 2 0
 @TobyBarnhill: Funny cause they have nothing to show for themselves so it's just a joke. Anyway, I never knew that there was a rule book on how to film which doesn't allow people to be creative.
  • 1 0
 @MattStaggs: very true, just gotta block out the haters hahaha. Without being creative and trying new things, imagine how boring films would be.
  • 69 6
 Raw Qualies: Best enjoyed with a motion sickness pill.
  • 5 0
 Good to know I'm not the only one feeling sick after watching this.
  • 25 1
 If the rock gardens didn't destroy me those whoops definitely would!
  • 5 0
 Definitely! The speed that they go through those whoops is frightening. And the bikes are pinging and smashing all the way through...ouch!
  • 8 0
 seriously, that was terrifying. how the hell do they hold it together through that crap, going THAT fast. this video kinda made me feel sick, but it showcases how unbelievably fast these guys are. unreal
  • 3 0
 @streetfighter848: and someone commented the other day about this track being hardtail friendly.... haha
  • 2 0
 I'd be really curious to see a slow mo of these guys hitting the woops at that speed to learn how they do it
  • 1 0
 @binks: LOL. A hard tail would be torn to pieces if it went through that section at those speeds.
  • 26 2
 Gwin + Bruni + Brosnan = necessity for 60fps.
  • 5 0
 When pinkbike has a limit for video file size, it's not possible to export a video at 60fps unless it's under 2 minutes.
  • 3 0
 @MattStaggs: I was just fooling. It was an attempt to show an example of how ridiculously fast these guys are (i.e. the need for high frame-rate cameras). The videos are really great just how they are. Keep them coming!
  • 15 1
 My inner OCD was super happy with riders coming down in order of their finishes from Lourdes. Thank you so much for that attention to detail Matt!
  • 15 1
 Does anybody remember the guy that took adam brayton's bike for a stroll and ate absolute sh*t on those whoops?
  • 1 0
 RIP...

For the uninitiated:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7YzA0B2-7M
  • 13 1
 WTF the video edition!!! I almost got an epileptic seizure.
  • 7 14
flag mikkosinisalo (Apr 22, 2016 at 12:13) (Below Threshold)
 Nice to have free content, but if the videographer is still learning the craft, here are my tips: use longer focal lengths on short distance to subject, pan more in aforementioned conditions, and cut the clips to as short as possible. With these great tips, you too can make everyone feel sick, in their mouths.

No true personal hate bro, just feedback.
  • 8 1
 I clicked on your profile with anticipation of some totally amazing video channel but no, diderly swat, nothing, not a single video.
  • 2 0
 @mikkosinisalo: I was going to write something in reply to this comment but I'm sure people already realise you are a bellend
  • 2 0
 Sorry guys probably I didn't explain my point! I meant this video contains the most intensive action sequences. I just love bikes, no professional video editor definitely. Peace Bros!
  • 1 0
 @belmarsvolta: hey dude my comment wasn't aimed at you but the guy above me who was bashing the editor with all his constructive criticism. I'm with you, the video is sick.
  • 9 2
 Matt, great footage but please let me share some friendly professional technical video advice. Your shutter speed is insane high, Im guessing 1/1000 or higher. If your filming 24 or 25 fps the standard shutter speed should be 1/50th of a second, if you want a little less motion blur you can go up to 1/100. If your shooting 30fps then the shutter should be 1/60th, 120 if you want it a little "sharper". If you wind up actually shooting some at 60fps then the shutter should be 1/120th. But, please don't shoot 60, it will look like all the "ball sports" on TV. The shutter should always be double the fps.

A lot of the footage is out of focus because your shooting at to large(small number) of a aperture, my guess 2.8 or 4. Your prob forced to use these because the shutter speed is super high, they inversely effect one another. Get the lens up to about f8, f11 or 16 and your focus range (depth of field) will increase a lot, hence way more will be in focus. Make sure auto focus is set to off, pre-focus on where the action is going to be in your shot and leave it there until you change locations. If you can't get the image exposed correctly (dark enough) after changing these settings, make sure the cameras ISO is set at it's lowest possible, might be 100 or 800 etc depending on the camera. My wild guess is it's a Sony A7s because of the apparent stabilization.

Hope these bits help, good luck and enjoy the race from the front row!
  • 2 0
 I for one appreciated that tech info! if my dumb ass could follow along you did a good job.
  • 1 0
 I know it's high and that's because it's how I like it. It like wheel size, it's all up to personal preference and this is how I prefer to film. I prefer the much clearer picture compared to 'pan shots' created by a slower shutter that make a video. 1/1000 is the slowest I like to go but I did have to go down to 1/320 at points in the rock garden because it was so dark. It's filmed at 60fps and then exported at 24 because of the file size limit that pinkbike has.

I have two lenses: 50mm 1.8 and 10-24mm that's broken and stuck 14mm. I don't have a large aperture because I use a high shutter speed, I have it because I like it. Having a small depth of field allows me to be creative and have the rider pop into focus at a certain point that I have chosen.

What I am struggling to understand is how you know that an a7s has internal stabilisation but you don't know that what I am using is a glidecam. It is the reason that I cannot pull the focus because it is impossible to do while operating. By the way, an a7s is my dream camera.
  • 1 0
 Mate you've got it absolutely spot on here. It like a skate video banging out raw clips rapid fire. No nonsense no arty bullshit just straight action.
  • 2 0
 Between this video and that Vital RAW video... The Mondraker Summum really keeps that rear tire planted on these rock sections. You can hear the rear shock on a few other bikes getting that spiking sound but man that summum just goes through with no noise. I understand some of this is just set-up but even still that bike looks like a treat to ride.
  • 2 0
 Does anyone know what the fourth category is? There's elite men, elite women, junior men and who else? Junior women? I've never seen qualifying results for more than three categories...
  • 1 0
 Junior women they are in with the elite women but they have a little "o" beside their names I thing
  • 1 0
 Always a joy seeing downhill bikes being used for actual downhill riding!

SOOO many edits now of guys riding monster truck sized bikes down "trails" that resemble a sidewalk. May as well used a cross bike.

anyway, thought the edit was sick!
  • 3 2
 Awesome stuff. After witnessing Gee Atherton destroying rockgardens in Hafjell and Val Di Sole I don't even want to know how this one in Cairns feels like, when he looks like he barely holds on to the bike there.
  • 3 0
 Brilliant stuff , it's great to see direct comparisons on sections ,they are all goddam missiles though!!
  • 3 0
 Who was it that lost the rear tire??
  • 1 0
 i think it was manuel gruber
  • 3 1
 Are the whistles from fans or is that a way for the course marshals to communicate?
  • 1 0
 Marshals. When you ride past, they blow the whistle to alert people further down the track. When you're racing you don't hear it, you're too focused. Smile
  • 2 1
 Sometimes I can ignore the Whistle Blower.... Just NOT in this video!!! STFU~ ;p lol
  • 1 0
 It's for the safety of the riders and fans
  • 2 0
 Man, that triple is ma-hoo-sive!
  • 1 0
 Brilliant videos. Needs some slowmo & crap music (I'm lying btw, raw is awesome!)
  • 1 0
 You really captured some great footage here Matt, you can sure move that camera with speed, it shows us just how it is.
  • 2 1
 Great job! Super fast at the whoops!
  • 3 1
 I love it raw
  • 2 1
 Awesome footage, can't wait for tomorrow.
  • 3 2
 jeez get a wide angle for these raw edits. that hurts my brain
  • 1 0
 Excellent video. Will be waking up at 7.30 am to see the race!
  • 1 0
 Gee needs a larger frame.
  • 1 0
 awsm video.great work! Smile
  • 1 0
 Technically fast...
  • 1 0
 dude those whoops
  • 1 0
 Nice video
  • 1 1
 every trail needs an Alien Tree. Fuckin prick!
  • 1 2
 Could anyone else hear Minaar's tyre sealant? I think he may need to take some out.
  • 15 0
 Yeah, I could also hear that his chain had too much lube on it and his grips are too small in diameter for his hands. I think, but couldn't be sure that his left shoe lace was flapping in the wind more than the right. I reckon with these insights either of us would be better suited working on his bike than his long standing, professional bike mechanic Jason Marsh.
  • 3 0
 @DirtyDee: Shoe lace...Dying...hahaha
  • 1 0
 Awesome job. Thanks.
  • 1 0
 Awesome. Just awesome.
  • 1 0
 Freaking fantastic.
  • 1 0
 more fps! Xd
  • 1 0
 YEW!
  • 3 3
 YEEEEEEEEEWWWWWWWW Fucking Shut up
  • 1 0
 Good stuff!
  • 3 5
 Will someone please kill whoever has that whistle. It's driving me crazy watching these vids.
  • 6 1
 not been do a down hill race before have you?
  • 2 1
 @lesz42: I have not. I just started watching this year.
  • 1 3
 - toilet + wc
  • 2 5
 whoever has that whistle fuck you
  • 4 0
 Track marshals have whistles
  • 1 4
 Sweet iPhone edit
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