15 09, 2016

Want To Go Behind The Scenes of Sports Broadcasting?

September 15th, 2016|

The official start of the fall season is just around the corner. You know what that means: cooler weather, sweaters, football, and for some, pumpkin spice everything. One thing that many Houstonians and Texans in general are excited about is football. This football season is extra special because Houston will be hosting Super Bowl LI, the championship game of the NFL. Hosting such a huge sports event takes a ton of hard work and people working around the clock. Camera operators, cable wranglers, sportscasters, sports producers, and more have to make sure that they are doing their jobs well. In [...]

1 09, 2016

How Does The PD Movie Wireless Follow Focus Work?

September 1st, 2016|

When you’re shooting a scene, it’s always nice to have a wireless follow focus so that you can easily adjust the lens without constantly having to stand right next to the camera. Trying to understand how a wireless follow focus works? Find out in this blog post. Follow Focus – A Brief Overview When you need to film something or take a photo, a camera is the most essential thing you’ll need. There are three important things to know about a camera lens: Your lens can be adjusted in 3 different ways (Focus, Iris, Zoom). The Focus will slide your [...]

25 08, 2016

All You Need To Know About NiSi Cinema Filters

August 25th, 2016|

When it comes to traditional elements of cinematography, getting great footage is extremely valuable. You can go back in post-production and try to fix some things, but trying to replicate a filter can be a hassle. Filters come in handy because they control the amount of light that goes into a camera. Using a great cinema filter can really help a director of photography or cinematographer. An international company that creates high end cinema filters is NiSi. We are partnering with NiSi to distribute their line of high quality cinema filters and will be the exclusive dealer for North and [...]

18 08, 2016

What Teleprompter Should I Get?

August 18th, 2016|

Well, it depends on what you’ll be using it for and where you’ll use it. It’s helpful to have a script displayed on a teleprompter. Knowing the right words to say can sometimes be hard. It can even be more nerve-racking when you’re on national TV. For example, Fox News Host, Megyn Kelly got tripped up during her show due to a teleprompter glitch. Sometimes, things just happen that you can’t control. One thing is for sure: you want to have a teleprompter that works and is reliable. So, what are the best teleprompters from Ikan to use when you’re [...]

16 08, 2016

5 Pieces of Video Equipment YouTube Stars Need

August 16th, 2016|

Did you know that the first YouTube video was uploaded by YouTube Co-founder Jawed Karim, documenting his trip to the zoo? His video, ‘Me at the Zoo’, was only 18 seconds long. Fast forward now to the present day and you have videos that are 15 minutes or longer once you’ve verified your account. We’ve come a long way since the early days of YouTube. Now, there’s a whole community of YouTube stars and even conferences such as VidCon that celebrate online video. People are getting discovered on YouTube and getting placed into stardom. One famous YouTube star, PewDiePie, expressed [...]

9 08, 2016

Camera Equipment For A Video Production [Infographic]

August 9th, 2016|

So you just got a great new camera or camcorder…..now what? Well, depending on what you purchased, we have specific camera equipment that can pair well with your camera or camcorder. Whether you're trying to be the next famous cinematographer like Robert Richardson or just want to make some high quality home videos, we have camera equipment that will fit with your DSLR or mirrorless camera. For these infographics, we highlighted some products that would go well with popular mirrorless or DSLR cameras such as the Sony a7S Mark II, Sony FS7, Canon 5D Mark III (or any Canon DSLR), [...]