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RED Raven Camera Unboxing

RED Raven: It’s Alive! (Unboxing)

I felt like Bryan Cranston was looking over my shoulder, "There she is!" Like in Drive, as I unboxed the new RED Raven camera I felt as if I was handling something packing ungodly power in what is surely a relatively inconspicuous body -- though certainly sexier than a Chevy...
Oculus Rift Intel Experience at Best Buy - Virtual Middle Finger

Oculus fails loyalty test, gives pre-order customers virtual finger

Update 5.3.2016: Problem solved. I cancelled my pre-order. That a company would bump loyal customers is definitely odd, but especially odd and possibly disturbing is that VR, a promising, futuristic digital technology, would require us to trek to a brick-and-mortar called Best Buy. Interesting news today out of the world of VR. Oculus, one of...
Pebble - Custom Notification Vibrations

Pebble Smartwatch Tip: Customize vibrations

Pebble continues to be the smartwatch to beat. And, now, a quick tip below on how to customize vibrations on your Pebble. Yes, as I've written before on Stark Insider, the Palo Alto-based start-up does face an ongoing struggle to compete against giants -- Samsung (Tizen), Google (Wear), Apple (WatchOS)....
Canon EOS 80D Video Test Examples

Pros and Cons: Canon EOS 80D in the field

Now that the Canon EOS 80D DSLR camera is here, it's time to take stock of some of the good, as well as some of the bad. I primarily shoot video, and have been using the 80D for a few months now. So far I've used it to shoot interviews, b-roll,...
RED Raven allocation email - Stark Insider

Stark Insider Road to RED: Allocation, accessories and… attitude

The Stark Insider Road to RED continues. Yesterday I received the much ballyhooed (at least amongst the REDuser community) "allocation email." The brief communication simply means a camera, in this case a Red Raven, has been allocated in my name, and will ship shortly: Nothing too exciting. Move along. In other news... Sure, but...
Canon EOS 80D Test Photo Gallery - Clinton Stark

Canon EOS 80D: Q&A on video features

Tips and tricks and what to know about shooting video on the Canon EOS 80D DSLR camera. Includes videos shot on 80D, plus recommended accessories.

Stark Insider Road to RED Raven: It all starts with a handle

I have the handle. Now all I need is the camera. But this isn't just any ordinary camera handle. No, that's because it's designed and engineered for a RED camera. That means a few things. For one, it must, by law of the land of RED, have a wild name. So: "DSMC2 Outrigger...

Stark Insider: Celebrating 10 years of San Francisco arts, indie film, music and wanderlust (Video)

10 years ago Loni and I started Stark Insider. I opened up a Netscape browser, loaded something called Typepad and "wrote" this piece of profundity.  I guess we still haven't really grown up, refusing to leave the creative bubble this site affords our lives. It's hard to believe a decade has already...
Canon EOS 80D Unboxing

Canon EOS 80D video shoot tests and resource guide

The big news out of Canon when it comes to its mid-range DSLR line-up is the brand new EOS 80D. The follow-up to the 70D has been a long time coming, as its predecessor first hit the market in 2013. Three years is an eternity by modern camera manufacturing...
Virtual Reality and Theater

Virtual Reality & Live Theater: On the virtual stage anything is possible

Three ways artists, content curators, and technology companies are coming together to bring theatre and other live arts to more viewers.