22 11, 2016

NAB New York 2016 Recap & #MannequinChallenge

November 22nd, 2016|

“In New York…concrete jungle where dreams are made of. There's nothin' you can't do. Now you're in New York…” We got the opportunity to visit this concrete jungle again recently for NAB New York. This year, there was a bunch of people at the trade show, which was reflected in the record-breaking attendance numbers: 15,404 people, a nearly 30% increase over 2015’s preliminary registered attendance of 12,055. It was an interesting time to be in New York for this show since we were there when the US election was happening. The show started off slow since it started the day [...]

27 10, 2016

Ikan Introduces Bright Mylo LED Lights

October 27th, 2016|

We would like to introduce a bright new addition to our line of LED lights: the Mylo. Available in either Bi-Color (MB8) or Daylight (MW8), Mylo LED lights offer a wide variety of lighting options within a compact package for cinematographers. The Mylo boasts 800 LED lights with 45 degree lenses on top – double the amount of LEDs in past lights. Made out of heavy duty construction, the Mylo is extremely portable and packs a punch, allowing you to have a bright light in a very small package. With a big yellow knob on the back of the light, you [...]

11 10, 2016

Ikan in the Ministry: Video Equipment for Churches

October 11th, 2016|

When you think of video equipment and lighting, the first thing that usually comes to mind is a movie set. However, there are many places other than a movie set that rely on good video equipment. One place that depends on great audio and video equipment is a church. What kind of production equipment does Ikan offer to help make a church’s TV ministry look even better than ever? DMX Lighting Assuming that the church already has cameras, another important thing to have is DMX lighting. For a church, lighting can make a big difference in conveying different themes, emotions, [...]

4 10, 2016

Lighting Trends in Cinematography and the CV600

October 4th, 2016|

Lighting has a huge impact on the end product whether it be an indie film, a photo, or a blockbuster movie. Figuring out how to correct the lighting can be hard especially if you don’t have the right tools. With the current trends in lighting and color always changing, cinematographers will need the proper tools to keep up. Fortunately, spectrometers and color and exposure meters exist to help with figuring out how to handle and manipulate lighting and color in a scene. Current trends The Cinematography School at the New York Film Academy regularly chats with filmmakers and gathered up [...]

29 09, 2016

Testing the CV600 Spectrometer at Planes of Fame

September 29th, 2016|

Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens recently tested out our CV600 spectrometer while interviewing a WWII veteran, Wilbur Richardson, about his book, Aluminum Castles. The CV600 is a color spectrometer as well as an exposure meter. In the video, Jay used the CV600 spectrometer to balance the different temperatures in the hanger at the Planes of Fame air museum in California. Since the CV600 is small and compact, it’s easy to take it with you wherever you need to go. In the spectrometer, you can choose what you want to measure such as the CCT, Lux, TLCI, or foot-candle [...]

27 09, 2016

IBC 2016: Gimbals, Light Panels, and More

September 27th, 2016|

Earlier this month, we packed our bags and traveled to Amsterdam for IBC 2016, an annual conference for the electronic media and entertainment industry. This year, we had a team of four attend and work the Ikan booth. After about a 9 hour flight from Houston to Amsterdam, we arrived jetlagged, but ready to set up the booth and check out the city. Ikan Booth at IBC We had a booth in Hall 12 at IBC where we showed off some of our latest products including our line of gimbal stabilizers, our Lyra and Rayden LED lights, teleprompters, NiSi cinema filters, [...]