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 [...]

8 11, 2016

Powered By Ikan – Behind The Scenes With Red Feather

November 8th, 2016|

What do you get when you combine Jeeps, horses, bandits, a plane, and explosions…an action movie? No, actually you would get the scenes of a promo video that we at Ikan got to experience. A couple of weeks ago, we got a chance to go behind the scenes with Red Feather while they were shooting a promo video in Texas. Red Feather is a full service creative and production house that describes themselves as a close knit family of makers, thinkers, and doers. We were fortunate to have Red Feather invite us out to join them on their promo video [...]

6 10, 2016

Filming With Gimbals in Los Angeles – DS1 Beholder

October 6th, 2016|

With gimbals and Steadicams, there’s no excuse to have shaky video footage now unless cinematographers are going for that shaky cam effect. Not familiar with what a gimbal stabilizer is or what gimbals are? Well, handheld 3-axis gimbals are used in stabilization systems that are designed to give the camera operator the independence of handheld shooting without camera vibration or shake. Basically, you can use gimbals with a DSLR camera, mirrorless camera, or a smartphone to shoot stable and smooth videos. Ikan offers a full line of handheld gimbals for DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, smartphones, or GoPro cameras. In addition, we [...]

6 09, 2016

Touring Italy with the FLY-X3-PLUS Smartphone Gimbal

September 6th, 2016|

“I didn’t find photography. Photography found me. And then it healed me.” This quote says it all when describing Me Ra Koh. So who is Me Ra? Me Ra Koh, aka the photo mom, first turned to photography in her time of grief after losing her baby. Photography became her outlet to deal with the pain. By taking photos, she found her passion for writing other people’s stories through images. Her photography has been published in notable publications such as the New York Times, Women’s World, American Photo, and more. She also has a Disney Jr. show, Capture Your Story [...]

2 08, 2016

Using Gimbals to Live Stream the Tokyo Marathon

August 2nd, 2016|

What do you get when you combine a marathon runner, Japan, and a FLY-X3-GO? You get Joseph Tame! Joseph, a Tokyo-based performance artist, marathon runner, and public speaker, wanted to run and livestream the 2016 Tokyo marathon in a full 360-degree video. He wanted to utilize the FLY-X3-Plus gimbal stabilizer as he ran. However, it turned out that the FLY-X3-GO was better suited for what he wanted so he used that gimbal instead. The FLY-X3-GO gimbal for GoPro is easy to use and has a long battery life – a perfect combination for livestreaming a marathon. Joseph was the first [...]

21 07, 2016

Armor-Man 2 On Set With Ron Sim and Peyton Manning

July 21st, 2016|

This past spring, we were excited to get a message from Sarorn Ron Sim, Director of Photography. He had met the Ikan team at the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) show last year and was reaching out to us about the Tilta Armor-Man 2. Ron wanted to try out the Tilta Armor-Man 2 in a video shoot that he was doing with Peyton Manning in Indianapolis. Yes, the Peyton Manning – a two-time Super Bowl champion and one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time. In addition, he holds many NFL records, including a combined 200 regular and postseason career wins, [...]