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The external monitor market has exploded in the last few years, and companies like SmallHD and TVLogic have a ton of new competition. As filmmakers we now have plenty of exciting options like ikan’s 5.6″ D5 monitor, which features HD-SDI and HDMI pass-through and a 1280 x 800 IPS panel. Rick Macomber of DSLR News Shooter takes a look at ikan’s new monitor in the video review below. More »

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Though ikan has traditionally been involved in hardware and rigs, they have now designed their own iPad app. Having a professional looking call sheet or talent release can go a long way when you’re on location. If you’ve ever been a UPM or Producer, you know that it can be a pain working with the loads of paperwork. The new app, called Cinema Forms, tries to simplify that entire process and keep it all electronic. If you do eventually need paper copies, the app can sync with iCloud and Dropbox, as well as send the forms through email. More »

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If you want a monitor that you can actually afford, look no further than some of the products from ikan. They’ve got some of the cheapest monitors in existence, and they are also unveiling a new flagship IPS display that will be competitive with similar IPS displays from SmallHD. Today we’ve got a video with Ryan Aivalis, who is a jack-of-all-trades at ikan, from drafting to blog writing. Ryan participated in the Blogger’s Breakfast discussion at NAB (which also featured yours truly), and in the video embedded below he introduces some of the exciting things that ikan is working on. More »

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I missed a lot of new DSLR and video gear over the last few weeks, so let’s do a roundup: More »

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Film/video equipment manufacturer ikan is running a short film competition in which they’ll be giving out $17,000 worth of equipment to winners. The contest is open for any entries 3.5 minutes or less that haven’t already been published elsewhere, and asks that viewers follow the theme “Where is the Missing Piece?” $10k of equipment goes to first place, $5k to second, and $2k to third (to go along with the exposure winners receive). Oh, and I’m one of the judges. Deadline is September 6th, 2011; here are the details. More »

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ikan had one of the more visible booths at NAB thanks to the extremely bright yellow shirts worn by all of their reps, in conjunction with the plethora of LED lights lining the booth. I knew about their DSLR support systems, but I didn’t know that they’ve been expanding into all areas of production equipment, as they were showing off on-camera lights, table-top dollies, bags, and monitors — both of the on-camera variety (their $1k 1024×600 VX7e monitor won a Videomaker best in show award) and the studio kind, with their acquisition of the ultra high-end Cinemáge monitor line. More »

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The fact that HDSLRs are so unergonomic has given rise to shooters attaching all manner of accessories to their camera in an attempt to make the device behave like a “real” movie camera. But here’s the thing about DSLR accessorizing: it’s here to stay. Anyone who upgrades from a DSLR to a compact camcorder form factor (like the Panasonic AG-AF100, Sony PMW-F3, or any of the new RED cameras) is going to find that we still need a lot of accesories to put these cameras where they’re supposed to be: on our shoulder. Those who have shot for several hours with a handheld camcorder sans proper support (as did I on The West Side) knows that even a sub-10 lb camera can make you prohibitively sore. So for those of us who can’t afford full-size cameras, support systems are here to stay. Here’s a look at a number of new camera accessories from NoFilmSchool’s February sponsors: More »

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Camera accessory manufacturer ikan has announced their 2010 HDSLR Revolution short film contest, which asks DSLR shooters to make a short incorporating the ikan brand name. To submit to the contest (and be eligible for the prizes, which are ikan gear and not cash), ikan asks that you “Simply create a film using your HDSLR camera that utilizes the ikan name, logo or an ikan product in a creative, positive manner. Your film must adhere to the simple, one-word theme of ‘revolution’.” If you’re interested, here’s how you enter the competition: More »

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One last NAB post with some more coverage from my friends at FreshDV. The Rotolight is only $125 — ridiculously cheap for what looks like quality on-camera lighting (I have a $500 Frezzolini Micro kit, which is a smaller source and therefore harsher). And the Cinedeck looks interesting, although I can’t help but wonder if a SmallHD monitor and a separate external recorder won’t be a less expensive (and perhaps better-balanced) system going forward. More »