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Panasonic GH5, Atomos Ninja Inferno, SLR Magic Anamorphot adapter, Rokinon 35mm

Camera Buying Guide: Best cameras for shooting video

If you're in the market to buy a new camera here's some of the best cameras available today for shooting videos and films. Ready to take the next step? Sure, smartphones shoot very good video these days, with many even offering advanced features such as timelapse mode, 4K recording, and optical...
Atomos Ninja Inferno 7 In. 4K HDMI Recording Monitor

Hands-On Review: Panasonic GH5 and Atomos Ninja Inferno for video shoots

I've been shooting on the new Panasonic GH5 for a few months. So far so good. In fact, so very good. I'm so impressed with the mirrorless camera that I've semi-retired my previous favorite, the Canon EOS 80D DSLR. I'll likely still use the 80D for photos -- I...
Loni Stark

Panasonic GH5: Shooting a short film (with Lumetri & FilmConvert)

Stark Insider is shooting a new short "Crazy or Die" with the new Panasonic GH5. Clinton Stark shares some thoughts on the camera and using it to shoot video as part of the ongoing Stark Insider series about the GH5 camera. It's all GH5. All week. And possibly all year. I can't...
Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera or Canon?

Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Camera vs Canon 80D: Shooting travel video

Sony mirrorless cameras have been kicking up lots of dust over the past few years. It seems as if many former Canon DSLR traditionalists have made the "switch" while some, like me, are contemplating a move to mirrorless, but aren't entirely yet convinced it's the right move. Meanwhile, despite...
Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera Short Review Test

Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera – a compact winner for capturing filmic footage

Since I started shooting videos for Stark Insider in 2006 I've tried as hard as possible to make our stuff look like film. I haven't always succeeded, that's for sure. But there's something about the video-ish footage that comes out of a lot of cameras and camcorders that drives...
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full Frame DSLR Camera

Should you buy a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR camera?

The wait is over. Well, almost. Canon has unveiled the long-awaited EOS 5D Mark IV full frame DSLR. For now, you can pre-order one ($3,499 USD via Amazon or B&H Photo Video), and drill down on the specs, until the mighty camera ships later next month (September 2016). Headline features for the...
Werner Herzog Teaches Filmmaking

Film School 101: Werner Herzog teaches me filmmaking

It's official. I'm now studying under famed filmmaker Werner Herzog. Well, actually we all are... A few months ago I enrolled in the German director's "Masterclass." You've probably seen ads for the web site -- most notably the ones by Kevin Spacey for his class on acting. There's nothing new of...
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Wanderlust Video: “1797” Mission San Juan Bautista (Shot on RED Raven)

Sloooow motion. Slow-mo. Right?! Doesn't slowing a moving image down just make everything seem more interesting? Possibly. We see it in sports all the time during replays. And, in case you never noticed, take time to watch that next luxury goods commercial, say, for a Lexus car. Note the use...

Sound Design in Video Production: Before and after (Video)

What does a scene for a short film feel like before sound editing? I took "A Surprise Delivery" from my short All American Apple Pie (full video at bottom of post), and was curious to know how the original footage looked and sounded before the mix. I wondered how different it would feel without...
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Shooting on RED Raven: Thoughts from a DSLR guy (Test Video)

It's a wrap! We finished our first shoot with the RED Raven cinema camera and I'm here, as a DSLR/Canon C100 kind of guy, to share the experience, along with a few thoughts. What's good and bad about shooting a Stark Insider video on RED? But first, some brief context -- I...