29 07, 2011

ikan VX7e + Arri ALEXA

July 29th, 2011|

These are some very kind words from our local friends Blue Ribbon Digital Media. They're one of the few Alexa owners here in H-town and some really tech-savvy and cool guys. “Recently, we had the opportunity to demo the new ikan VX7e 7” HD-SDI monitor. What made this demo unique was that we demoed the ikan VX7e with Blue Ribbon Digital Media’s new ARRI Alexa and Alura 18-80 zoom lens.” “Remarkably, the VX7e held its own with the new powerhouse ARRI digital cinema camera. Not only was it a nice size, light weight, onboard field monitor, but the new features [...]

15 06, 2011

The One Man Band’s Essential Toolkit

June 15th, 2011|

So... it's inevitable that at some point in a videography career, one will end up doing a complete shoot by themselves.  Camera, lighting and audio, all inclusive.  Now, for most, the goal becomes to condense the kit down to something manageable, while still having the necessary pieces for a production. Of course, everyone's going to have variations and their own preferences... it would actually be pretty cool to see many of those listed here, in the comments section. But, having my own preferences, I decided to post the primary load-out I use when shooting with my Canon 7D.  The kits [...]

19 05, 2011

Tip of the Week: The ILED-144 On Set

May 19th, 2011|

This week, country came home for me when I DP'ed the first music video for a new country singer, Neil Austin Imber. Today we wrapped shooting after a very brief two day shoot that incorporated a 'General Lee' replica (remade as a souped up big-wheeler), a brief stop at the Firehouse Saloon in Houston, TX and a leisurely stay in LaGrange, TX. It was a smaller production, with a crew of 5, so staying lightweight and affordable in the gear we carried was high on the priority list.  For instance, the largest lighting unit we went in with was an [...]

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 [...]

29 03, 2011

What You Need To Know About the ID500

March 29th, 2011|

We've released a decent number of products in the last month, it's true. Yet more than ever, I've noted,  people are discussing our ID500 3 light kit on forum boards. Some things need to be set straight. Though our light looks tremendously like the onens on ebay: you'll be sorely mistaken when you open up the insides of this LED Light. Why? Ikan's ID500 has completely different innards and electronic components driving the system, making it more robust and durable. Also, these reasons. Don't be so easily fooled. There are a  number of review videos of ikan's ID500 (Gratis 7, System5 [...]