About James DeRuvo

James has a multi-faceted career that spans radio, film and publishing. A writer about the technology in the video industry for nearly 20 years, James is also an award winning film director, having garnered a Telly Award for his short film Searching for Inspiration. He's also worked as a producer of many talk radio programs in Los Angeles with topics ranging from entertainment to travel to technology.

Vincent Laforet Forsees The End Of Still Cameras


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) It's no secret that with his short film Reverie, Vincent Laforet was largely responsible for giving birth to the DSLR revolution. A few years later, he did it again with 3-axis gimbal stabilizers, proudly proclaiming the device as a "game changer." Now the bleeding … [Read more...]

Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy Dies at 83


Actor-Director helmed some of the best Trek Films By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) There's a great scene at the end of Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Kahn, after Spock valiantly sacrificed himself to save the crew he loves. It is filled with sadness, solace, a stirring rendition of "Amazing Grace" on … [Read more...]

Sony Announces Full 4K Update For FS7

Sony FS7

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) The promised 4K recording update has finally arrived for the Sony FS7. Firmware update 2.0 for the Sony PXW-FS7 and the XDCA-FS7 extension will be a free update and will be released in March 2015. … [Read more...]

Wipster Offers Cloud-Based Collaboration For Filmmakers and Editors


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Adobe Anywhere is a premiere collaboration tool that harnesses the power of the Cloud to enable production teams to work together from all over the world. But it's by no means the only option (such as AVID and Sony). There's a new sheriff in the town, and it's called … [Read more...]

FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules Over Strong Objections


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) In a strictly party line, 3-2 vote, the five member commission that governs the FCC, approved Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposed Net Neutrality rules to govern the Internet. The vote was celebrated by those who wish to see the Internet remain an open and free portal, but … [Read more...]

doddleREVIEWS: iStopMotion 3.6


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Let's face it, while I can do a decent job sketching figures with basic shapes, my talent in drawing has by no means risen to the level that I'd give an animated project any serious consideration. However, a stop-motion short is well within my grasp thanks to Boinx … [Read more...]

Boris Continuum Transitions Drops To $99 On MacVideo


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) If you're unhappy about the choices for transitions that you have in your NLE, Boris Continuum has Transitions for the Mac, which offers over 30 high-quality wipes, dissolves, and organic transitions with a simple drag and drop. And right now, MacVideo has it on … [Read more...]

RED Drops Price of DRAGON Upgrade


Move hopes to  motivate Weapon transition By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Last weekend, RED announced Weapon, an update to the DRAGON EPIC and SCARLET platforms that will further future-proof the camera lines for years to come. But while it adds some cool new features, including those we don't … [Read more...]

Atomos Announces Shogun DNxHR 4K Recording for AVID


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) AVID's fortunes got a shot in the arm at the Broadcast Video Expo this morning as Atomos announced they were adding DNxHR 4K recording support for AVID platforms to its Shogun external monitor-recorder. AVID support is one of four free new features to the Shogun, … [Read more...]

ARRI Announces More Mobile ALEXA Mini


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) ARRI is putting its ALEXA design on kind of "diet" so it can become a more mobile platform. Meant for use with unmanned aerial platforms and gimbal stabilizers, the ALEXA Mini is not only extremely smaller by comparison to it's big brother, it makes up for it with a … [Read more...]

New Nikon Cameras Rumored To Be Announced Soon


Reported Nikon D7200 APS-C and J5 Mirrorless to Headline Event By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) We don't hear from Nikon very often, and the rumor mill isn't as fast and furious as that of Canon, or other camera platforms. So when a strong rumor comes out that Nikon is poised to announce a new … [Read more...]

Apple’s Oscar Commercial Filmed With An iPad


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) If you were watching the Oscars last night, you no double picked up on a cool Apple commercial about the iPad, and how it can be used as a filmmaking tool. What you may not know is that Apple partnered with the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, and gave a … [Read more...]

Cinematography 101: Creating Multicam Shoots With GoPro’s

GoPro Hero 4-4K

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) When it comes to shooting guerrilla-style, indies don't often have the budget for a multi-camera shoot of Canon C500's or ARRI ALEXA's to get the coverage you need. Some are lucky if they can afford a single DRAGON or Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. That's where a … [Read more...]

ARRI Announces ProRes 3.2K for ALEXA


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Fresh off the heals of the ARRI AMIRA getting a licensed 4K upgrade next month, news has also been announced that the 4K ARRI ALEXA is going to add to its quiver by adding 3.2K resolution in ProRes. … [Read more...]

RED Teases DRAGON Upgrade With WEAPON


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) The run up to NAB continues and this time, RED is grabbing headlines (as usual) with news that DRAGON platforms qualify to receive a hefty new upgrade. The upgrade has been fueling a ton of speculation over at REDUser Forums since the beginning of Febrary, until fire … [Read more...]

When It Comes To Cameras, Are We Too Obsessed With Technology?


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) It's no secret that here at doddleNEWS, we're a bit technologically obsessed. That's our job... especially when it comes to cameras. We look at what's coming, what's on the horizon, and what's here, and try and figure out how it's impacting our industry. Film cameras … [Read more...]

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