Coming up to speed

•August 30, 2016 • Comments Off on Coming up to speed

Hi there!

I’ve recently decided to turn this wordpress into my own personal blog. I’ll be retooling the site in the coming week.

For those of you just joining us, my name is Ryan Aivalis. I’m a current Marketing Senior at University of Houston-Downtown and I’m rebooting this blog for a couple of reasons, namely:

  1. To resume blogging about life experiences and experiments,
  2. To ask questions and provide personal research for those explorations, and
  3. To fulfill an ongoing requirement for my marketing degree (my social media marketing course).

A iittle more about myself:

I currently live on the east side of Houston in the Eastwood neighborhood. I regularly use public transit and my bicycle to get to school, work, and other liesure and business activities. Why? Despite owning a car, I believe that public transit should not only support the local residential and business infrastructure connecting it  (or not), it should uniquely benefit the community it is projected to support. Without riding the Metro system, I feel disconnected from the nuances that neighborhoods and gentrification bring to the ever-dynamic Greater Houston region. These efforts also as a perk to reduce personal energy cost of consumption. If I’m not riding the rail or bus, I’m riding my fixed gear bike.

Regarding energy and efficiency, I also helped establish (and lived in) the only housing cooperative organization in Houston–Houston Access to Urban Sustainabiity (HAUS Project for short). If you haven’t broken some bread with these cats, or at least looked at their site, I encourage you to. It’s an eye-opening and heart-warming experience. It’s where I gained the majority of my vegan culinary and kitchen management experience. Learning to grow foods that went into meals for 10, five days a week, educated me on food waste, nutrition, and preparation more than I could have asked for.

I currently work at The Honeymoon Cafe & Bar. Stop by. I’ll be happy to take care of you.


The Honeymoon Cafe in Downtown Houston


Have you found us yet?

•May 16, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Check out the ikan corporation’s brand-new blog over at !  Even more great content, including new products, new uses for existing products, spotlight articles on video content creators and commentary on our industry!

We’ve Moved!

•May 2, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Check out the ikan corporation’s brand-new blog over at !

Starting this week, all new postings can be found at the above link, as well as all the existing content.  Please come by and subscribe to our RSS Feed to stay up to date on all the news coming out of your favorite total solutions company.

Press Release: Flagship VX7e & Multi-K XL @NABShow April 11-14, #ShortFilmContest 2011

•April 8, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Our Press Release (via PDF) of the our Flagship On-Camera Monitor, the VX7e and newly-Flagship LED Light the Multi-K XL: press release 08apr11.vx7e_multi-k xl (changing formats temporarily, let us know what you think on

Don’t forget about the #SocialMediaSale next week–you might find a tasty deal waiting for you on Wednesday! Currently, we’re selling E-Image EL-7063-AA tripods 40% off–check our facebook or twitter for the deal.

Also, check out our latest sale, thanks to the guys here at ikan–iLED ONE 3=Piece kit for $299.99

One more thing: You remember our sales during NABShow, yes? Just for the record:

in Falling Through the Cracks, I mentioned:

  • FG Follow Focus Cine Kit (ELE-FGK) for $399 (a steal considering the build quality, if you don’t believe me check it out yourself:  Link 1link 2link 3)
  • V5600 Monitor for $499 (the cheapest yet!)
  • 15% off our Superfly18″ Gunstock Combo (ideal for new filmmakers looking for run-n-gun feel while staying modular and compact).

Our Short Film Contest launches on April 11, as well. Our Vimeo channel will have necessary videos  explaining the rules with two example videos, made by our friends at Golden Toad Entertainment (ZDMFilms on Vimeo).

We will be packing our twitter feed and Facebook Page with tons of content from all over NABShow–stay plugged in for tons of coverage all the way from the floor to the booth!


New package on Sale: iLED ONE 3-piece kit $299.99

•April 8, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Ladies and Gentlemen, I bring you the latest package we’ve put together at ikan. Advance sales start now.

What does it come with, you ask?

  1. 3 iLED ONE lights, w/ battery kit of choice.
  2. 3 KONIX brand bendable tripods
  3. Travel Bag

For some tabletop shooting or hairlighting (just a few examples), this package is hard to beat for the price! Look for it at NABShow this coming week April 11-14 2011. Remember, our booth is #C10637, which can also be found via our social networks and home website.

Falling Through the Cracks…

•March 29, 2011 • Leave a Comment

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 of Japan, Monogram Travel, CineDigital.TVthey Creative) for good reason! I’ve used the light in various shoots, as well, and they don’t disappoint.  One more perk: that extra few bucks also ensures that you get excellent customer care and service. If any part of the light malfunctions or you have concerns and need to speak with a person, call or email us and we’ll be there to help.

Aside, have you had a chance to check out the iLED 312? Did you see me in it? Jared Abrams did a QuickTake of it HERE. The light has done pretty well in our tests so far and we look forward to it having a successful run. Last week’s post included the iLED 120 — also a wonderful on-camera light to work and play with. We will have both product reviews and our own promo video uploaded to Vimeo soon–so stay current!

While you’re at it, get in on our Social Media Sale. Every Wednesday, about midday, we release a new sale on b-stock or overstocked items in our facility  on facebook and twitter. The current product (ending tomorrow) is the LANC controlled ikan Director.

For $249.99, it’s a pretty sweet price. So you’re informed, these units are considered b-stock, checked & tested, and in excellent condition. ikan’s Director can pull focus, has variable speed zoom and recording abilities. It will work on Sony and Canon cameras.

There are also rumors that the RECOIL XT might go on the Social Media Sale in April…we’ll see. If you want a different perspective on the product, check out our “Tip of the Week” segment (those will be returning soon, as well). Look familiar?

Now, if you were able to read that much, here’s your treat, for I will only mention this here:

These are the awesome sales you’ll find during NAB:

  • FG Follow Focus Cine Kit (ELE-FGK) for $399 (a steal considering the build quality, if you don’t believe me check it out yourself:  Link 1, link 2, link 3)
  • V5600 Monitor for $499 (the cheapest yet!)
  • 15% off our Superfly / 18″ Gunstock Combo (ideal for new filmmakers looking for run-n-gun feel while staying modular and compact).

As always, live updates and news are always available through our twitter and Facebook.


More from ikan! iLED 120, Qwikswitch & AC1, AC2 bags are out!

•March 21, 2011 • Leave a Comment

We will have videos of the products available in the coming week, keep an eye out for our facebook post!

ikan Marketing Department // 3903 Stoney Brook Dr.Houston, TX 77063
Phone // 713.272.8822      Fax // 713.995.4994

New Product Announcement

ikan Qwikswitch

Forget having to purchase multiple battery chargers for your various styles of DV batteries. ikan has you covered with the QwikSwitch Interchangeable Battery Plate Charging System! The QwikSwitch includes one DV battery plate style of your choice (Sony L, Sony BP-U, Canon 900, Canon LP-E6+ or Panasonic D54 series) with the option to purchase ikan’s available interchangeable battery plates as you acquire other styles of DV batteries.

Ideal for users with multiple battery types=============================================

Stacked and Compact: iLED 120

For those in need of a compact, inerlockable, on-camera LED solution, the ikan iLED 120 is the light for you. Featuring a bright, wide angle beam pattern, this 120 bulb LED light has you covered. With 5300-5900 K daylight color temperature, intensity slider control, a rechargeable on-board lithium battery and multiple light stacking options, the iLED 120 gives you unparalleled accuracy and control.

Lots of power from a little light :)


Note interlocking shoe mounts on sides and top


AC1 Tool Bag (IBG-AC1)

The ikan AC1 Tool Bag is the perfect solution for all of your compact gear including: Multi-tools, small LED flashlight, pens, pencils and more! The ikan AC1 Tool Bag is made of high quality nylon and attaches to your belt, keeping all of your tools at your fingertips.

For the handyman in you


AC2 Pouch (IBG-AC2)

The ikan AC2 Pouch is the perfect solution for all of your larger gear including: Light meters, tape measures, multi-tools, LED flashlight, pens, pencils and more! The ikan AC2 Pouch is made of high quality nylon and attaches to your waist and leg, keeping all of your tools at your fingertips. Adjustable straps ensure that you remain comfortable and mobile.  Just another solution made simple, by ikan.

a handy pouch, highlighted previously via blog for field mixing pros


Visit Latest Products to find out more information on the above products

For upcoming ikan products, click here: Upcoming Products


About Us  

ikan is an award-winning designer, manufacturer, and distributor geared to provide total solutions for video professionals. We are a constantly evolving and ever-flexible company that prides itself on its value-conscious products. At ikan, we work closely with our dealers and end users to ensure creation of quality products that enhance film and video productions. Our entire product line, from HDMI & HD/SDI camera monitors to our ELEMENTS™ camera support solutions, LED and fluorescent lighting, our new and improved teleprompter line, productivity software, apparel and set/shooting accessories are all designed with feature-set and price in mind from their inception.

Whether you are in the backyard or in the studio, you can rely on ikan to be by your side. Our unwavering customer support, global reach, knowledge and product variety allow us to keep you in touch with the rapidly growing video technology industry. We believe in providing the globe with an affordable and reliable solution. With each new product, ikan strives to deliver the features you need at the prices you want.

For more information, give us a call or walk into our corporate headquarters based in Houston, TX. You can also visit our official website ( for more product information.  Additionally, connect with us via our Social Media Feeds such as the ikan News Blog (, our Facebook community (, our Vimeo channel ( or follow us on Twitter @ikancorp.

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