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.

Fans Recut Star Wars to Original Theatrical Print

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Fans used various DVD, Blu-ray, and Film Versions By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) George Lucas is often quoted as saying that due to the limitations of the technology of the time, the original 1977 release of Star Wars really wasn't the way he envisioned it. And when the technology caught up, he … [Read more...]

Alienware Builds A Mac Pro Killer

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) With some Mac users moving to the PC platform and editing on Adobe Premiere CC, it looks like Alienware is going after the high-end Mac Pro market with their new, triad/hexagonal Area-51 PC. It's a radical design that Dell (the owner of Alienware) is confident will … [Read more...]

Metabones Makes the Speed Booster Even Faster

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Ultra Design offers Improved Glass By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Shooters looking to get an edge and boost the speed of their lenses have relied on Metabones' Speedbooster for that extra stop of light, and it also gives the benefits of adapting photo lenses and providing additional field of … [Read more...]

Nikon Releases Huge Firmware Update for the D4S

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New file system for greater capacities part of vs. C1.10 By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Today suddenly became firmware Friday, as Nikon and two other DSLR manufacturers released firmware updates for their top-of-the line DSLRs. The Nikon D4s and a few other Nikon models enjoy six new and … [Read more...]

Is San Diego On The Verge Of Losing Comic-Con?

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Deal through 2016 with Improvements to Convention Center Has Fallen Short By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Two years ago, in a feverish effort to keep it's most popular citywide event in town, San Diego made a deal with Comic-Con International to keep the annual geek confab until 2016. There was, … [Read more...]

David Fincher Shoots Gone Girl In 6K

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RED EPIC DRAGON requires a mammoth amount of through-put By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) After enjoying an Emmy award and two whirlwind seasons of Netflix's original series House of Cards, producer-director David Fincher is setting his sights back on features, and he's using the RED EPIC … [Read more...]

Shane Hurlbut Looks Back On Filming Act Of Valor

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Movie shot on DSLRs with real bullets is a valuable case study By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Speaking at an Adobe event on tips and tricks, Cinematographer Shane Hurlbut took a look back recently on the film Act of Valor, which he shot using the Canon 5D Mk. II almost exclusively. The film was … [Read more...]

California Subsidy Deal Could Triple Existing Program For Filmmaking

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But can it save Hollywood from Runaway Production? By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Under a deal made in the California capital city, the tax break program for motion picture production could effectively be tripled, in the hopes of bringing billions of dollars in production back to the Golden … [Read more...]

Camera Hack Unlocks 4K in Sony F5

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) It's been said that there really isn't a dime's worth of difference between the Sony F5 and Sony F55 other than the fact that the F55 has 4K enabled on it, while the F5 is hobbled to do only 1080p. But a cinematographer claims to have unlocked 4K in the F5 without the … [Read more...]

doddleTALKS Tech: A Feature in Your Pocket

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Devin Lawrence and Mark LaFleur become the first to shoot a feature on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. Join host James DeRuvo as he gets a behind the scenes look at "Sympathy Said The Shark," on this episode of doddleTALKS Tech.   … [Read more...]

Metabones Speedbooster Kicks Panasonic GH4 Into High Gear

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Transforms camera into a 4K Super 35 Hot Rod By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) If you've been following all the Metabones stories here on doddleNEWS, you know that the Speedbooster can not only add a stop or two to your camera's speed, but it also can pack a lot more real estate onto your camera … [Read more...]

Shane Hurlbut Takes His Act On The Road

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Illumination Experience to Teach Filmmakers the art of lighting By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) With the success of Vince LaForet's Directing Motion Tour, it looks like more filmmakers are poised to get into the game and take their act on the road. Cinematographer Shane Hurlbut, ASC, for … [Read more...]

What is BitTorrent and How Can Filmmakers Take Advantage of It for Distribution?

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It's not just for piracy anymore By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Recently, the file sharing protocol known as "BitTorrent" passed ten million users worldwide. Now before you think that's ten million pirates working together all around the world to kill Hollywood, that's not necessarily what's … [Read more...]

Amazon’s Twitch Acquisition Points To Niche-Oriented Content Plan

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Provides easy access to game purchases By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) As the news broke yesterday that Amazon was buying Twitch, it seemed a bit out of the ordinary. Amazon is an e-commerce portal that dabbles in streaming content. And with Amazon Prime expanding beyond streaming rentals to … [Read more...]

GoPro Announces YouTube Series To Educate Users

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GoPro Field Guide Highlights Advanced Features By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) With more and more action sports geeks buying their first GoPro cameras to capture their experience, the company has created an educational series on YouTube to help users understand many of the advanced … [Read more...]

ARRI Updates AMIRA To 4K

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Firmware Update Enables UHD Circuitry By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Remember a few months back when we talked about ARRI's AMIRA, the new documentary style digital cinema camera that is so good, NFL Films recently abandoned their namesake, and bought 30 of them? ARRI always hinted that it … [Read more...]

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