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, [...]

22 09, 2016

BIRTV ’16, Vendor Meetings and Factory Tours in China

September 22nd, 2016|

Last month, a couple of us from Ikan traveled to Beijing, China to attend BIRTV (China’s version of NAB) as well as to tour the facilities of our top vendors and manufacturers across China. We take a trip to China every year because it helps us see what’s going on in that country and what would be interesting to bring to the US. We were excited to meet our vendors and manufacturers, see new products, and eat good food. So how was the trip to China? Here’s a recap. BIRTV The Beijing International Radio, TV, and Film Exhibition (BIRTV) is the most [...]

20 09, 2016

Ikan Releases Latest Gimbal Stabilizer EC1

September 20th, 2016|

We are excited to be releasing our latest gimbal stabilizer, the EC1, which is an improved version of the DS1 and now has even more features. It has a redesigned quick release baseplate system, which makes it easier and faster to balance. Also, the EC1 is compatible with DSLR and mirrorless cameras up to 4.5 pounds and now features new 360 degree motors. Four Different Operating Modes The EC1 has four different operating modes: the lock mode and three different follow modes. When in the lock mode, the camera doesn’t move and will stay in its position no matter how [...]

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 [...]

13 09, 2016

What Did Guy Kawasaki Think About Our Gimbals?

September 13th, 2016|

If you’re from the marketing world or if you’re a fan of Apple, you’ve probably heard of Guy Kawasaki. For those not familiar with Guy, he is most well-known for being one of the Apple employees who was originally responsible for marketing the Macintosh computer line in 1984. His work helped popularize evangelism marketing and technology evangelism. In fact, he was the chief evangelist of Apple. Guy Kawasaki is currently the chief evangelist of Canva, an online graphic design tool and is on the board of trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation. To add to his already impressive credentials, he is [...]

8 09, 2016

Things You Will Learn in an AV Production Class

September 8th, 2016|

Have you ever wanted to become a filmmaker, cinematographer, or work in broadcasting? Well, there are various paths that people can take to get to that goal. Some start early while others may sometimes find themselves inadvertently becoming filmmakers. Those that know that they want to do something with video at an early age might enroll in an AV Production class in high school. There are even high schools with programs dedicated to molding the lives and careers of those interested in getting into broadcast and film. Andrea Nguyen, a teacher of AV Production at the Dr. Kirk Lewis Career [...]