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.

Hover Camera: Drone That Follows You Everywhere

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) I remember watching J. Michael Straczynski's Babylon 5, and in one episode, there's a scene where a TV reporter is walking around the station with a floating camera following her everywhere the story went. It was pretty cool. Now life is imitating art, as we have … [Read more...]

Update: Universal Offering $3.8 Billion To Buy DreamWorks Animation

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Updated: THR is reporting Comcast is buying Dreamworks Animation for $3.8 billion, plus the assumption of $300 million in debt. Jeffrey Katzenberg, who will receive a buy out of $21.9 million, will not run the company moving forward. Instead, he will serve as special consultant to NBCUniversal, and … [Read more...]

Kodak & Kickstarter To Provide Financing For Shooting On Film

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) As a filmmaker, you may be thinking, "Thank god, the digital revolution arrived because I could never afford to shoot on 16 mm or 35 mm film." Regardless of your movie's next budget, if Kodak and Kickstarter have anything to do with it, you can indeed shoot on film. … [Read more...]

NAB 2016: James DeRuvo’s Best In Show

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) A week of walking around the show room floor didn't reveal much in the way of game changing, innovative products. But there were some notable upgrades and accessories that deserve special mention as the best tech for this year's NAB. Here are some of my favorites. … [Read more...]

NAB 2016 In A Nutshell: Updates

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) With my day one summary of NAB, I stated that it seemed that this year's conference showed off more incremental upgrades and improvements to technology, rather than any serious game changing technology. After four days of touring the show room floor (check out my day … [Read more...]

NAB 2016: New 3DR Solo Drone Tether Accessory A Game Changer

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) While everyone was talking about the new software that will pilot the 3D Robotics Solo drone, frankly, that wasn't the most exciting thing I saw at the 3DR booth at NAB. The new features like Geofencing and Augmented Reality will make drones safer and easier to fly, … [Read more...]

Meet Doctor Who’s New Companion, Played By Pearl Mackie

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Over the weekend, while Great Britain was celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the Death of William Shakespeare, the BBC took a few minutes to introduce the world to a completely different Bill... the new companion for Doctor Who. And Bill isn't the Bill you think she … [Read more...]

NAB 2106: Kinefinity Previews TERRA 6K Camera

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Kinefinity came to NAB, but you really wouldn't know it by their booth presence. Having a tiny square at the back end of Central Hall, the budget camera company could easily be overlooked. I know I did the first time I walked though. But the news of a 5K and 6K camera … [Read more...]

NAB 2016 – Day 3 Wrap-Up: Drones, Lights, Killer Tracks & More

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) By the time day three of NAB had rolled around, I had already put over 20 miles on my feet. And with one day to go, I could take the foot a little off the gas and play co-host with Larry Jordan at Digital Production Buzz's live NAB Show Buzz broadcast. But not before … [Read more...]

NAB 2016: Autodesk To Render In The Cloud

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Though Steve Wozniak fears that reliance on the Cloud for our data needs will bring us to the apocalypse, I have come to think that cloud computing is a very cool option, especially for small production companies and individuals. Autodesk seems to agree, as they have … [Read more...]

NAB 2016: Day 2 – The Virtual Reality Wrap-Up

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Tuesday at NAB I walked around and caught some pretty fun tech. Since the buzz word this week is all about virtual reality, I swung by some booths, saw some cool products, and interviewed a few of the leading names in VR. But I also caught a glimpse on what some of … [Read more...]

NAB 2016: Day One – The Dot Upgrade

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Day one of NAB is usually the day for the biggest splashes and one camera announcement after another piles up in a 'cage match of doom,' to grab headline attention. But this year ... it was the 'dot upgrades,' or refinements and software upgrades to existing products, … [Read more...]

NAB 2016: Blackmagic Goes Live with New 4K Products

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Blackmagic always makes a huge splash at NAB, but this year it wasn't in the way we expected. Rather than having a huge splash with a killer new camera, they announced some new gear to support their existing product lines, plus upgrades that when added together, … [Read more...]

NAB 2016: 3D Robotics – Augmented Reality Features With New Drone Software

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) 3DRobotics continues to refine their Solo Drone by giving it a host of new features that included augmented reality and a pair new smart shots for drone pilots to get the shot they need without endangering property, people, or the drone itself. … [Read more...]

NAB 2016: Atomos’ 4K Shogun Inferno Monitor-Recorder

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By James DeRuvo (DoddleNEWS) Atomos got a jump on NAB announcements  with their hot new Shogun Inferno 4K monitor-recorder. … [Read more...]

Is the Oculus Virtual Reality Headset Worth the High Price? Maybe Not

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Although I'm still not convinced that virtual reality is anything but the 21st century equivalent of 3D, it's all the rage right now and Oculus Rift is well positioned to be the 800 lb. gorilla. But one tech site thinks that the much cheaper Samsung Gear VR is the way … [Read more...]