18 09, 2013

BMCC & BMPC 4K Handheld Camera Rigs

September 18th, 2013|

Blackmagic design took the film/video production world by storm when they unveiled the Blackmagic Cinema Camera at NAB 2011, and 2013 is no different, as many of us are waiting anxiously on our Blackmagic Production Camera to arrive (rumored to begin shipping in about a month).  But with all of the visually stunning footage these cameras are able to capture, their form factor and battery design leaves much to be desired.  Accessorizing your Blackmagic Camera is a must if you plan on using it professionally. For example, since the Blackmagic Camera is not equipped with a removable power solution, the [...]

7 11, 2012

Introducing the ikan ELEMENTS BlackFly

November 7th, 2012|

The ikan ELEMENTS BlackFly is a light-weight hand held rig that's perfectly suited for mobile or tripod shots. The top of the rig is equipped with multiple 1/4"-20" mounting points for adding accessories. This means you will have more options available,  no matter what additional equipment you choose use. The BlackFly accepts a variety of accessories: ikan field monitors, on-camera LED lights, articulating arms and most types of wireless audio receivers. Our design team has created an exclusive base plate that is an optimum fit for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera  (BMCC). The plate is equipped with exhaust holes that help prevent [...]

19 05, 2011

Introducing… The Spotlight Series

May 19th, 2011|

Normally, on Tuesdays you would receive a 'Tip of the Week,' but this week, we're mixing it up just a bit to bring you a brand new highlight... the ikan Spotlight Series. One of the great things about writing for ikan is the broad fanbase for the company's always growing product line.  Throughout that fanbase, we have a wide variety of content creators in various disciplines, from diverse backgrounds. In this new featured series at the ikan news blog, we'll begin highlighting video content creators from a variety of disciplines regarding their thoughts on the industry, the equipment they use [...]

18 05, 2011

Top 10 Video Making Resources

May 18th, 2011|

Everyone loves a 'Top 10' list, right?  Well, let's throw just one more onto the pile, with our listing of the Top 10 Pro Video Resources available to professional content creators, right now.  These are all resources that I have personally used or have had several trusted people recommend to me. So, without any further ado, let's move right into the list! 1) NoFilmSchool.com - So, what makes this blog stand out from the rest?  More than just a news aggregator, this blog provides whole sections devoted to subjects like DSLR Cinematography (actually, an entire E-Book exists for this one) [...]

10 05, 2011

Tip of the Week: Elements Accessory Platform

May 10th, 2011|

ELE-PT and ELE-15QRDA with the Sewell HDMI Splitter and custom "AA" battery pack. The Elements from ikan. For many, they signify a series of kits that are made up of various parts from a larger ikan catalog, not really meant to be considered as individual parts, but rather as kits to choose from. Coming out of a production background in which customizing your rig to suit your exact needs is a way of life, the Elements have appealed to me for quite some time.  With their continued evolution, the ability to mix and match parts is invaluable for [...]

5 05, 2011

NAB 2011: The Wrap-Up

May 5th, 2011|

NAB... a trade show like no other. So, we are back, somewhat unpacked and finally decompressed from the mad dash, frenzied marathon that is NAB. All the prototypes are safely back in the "fab lab" and every sales rep safely nestled back in their offices.  And it gives us just a bit to think about... actually, more than a bit.  NAB is like trying to drink out of a fire hydrant... both during the actual show and after hours, with all the shooting and late-night carousing that went on.  It's an interesting phenomenon to watch at play... a [...]