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.

Lighting 101: How To Make DIY Barn Doors For Work Lights, Part 1

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) If you've built your own low budget lighting kit and picked up a pair of work lights from your local Home Depot, you're probably wishing that you had barn doors for them. Why do you need barn doors on your lights? Because it allows you to control the direction of the … [Read more...]

FotoKite Isn’t A Drone, But It Acts Like One

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FotoKite's power cable/tether allows for hours of flight time By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Man, let me tell you, the day my DJI Phantom 2 Vision flew off and disappeared was heartbreaking for me. I did everything right, and I still lost it! I looked for weeks to find that drone, and hoped … [Read more...]

WWE Legend Roddy Piper Tags Out At 61

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) "I have come to chew bubble gum and kick ass. And I'm all out of bubble gum." With those immortal words, Rowdy Roddy Piper became a legend, and it wasn't even his day job. On the day of passing, we take a look back at the WWE superstar  who, as Seth Green put it, … [Read more...]

RED Releases First Firmware Update to WEAPON Platform

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) RED has announced that not only has the Weaponized RED Epic platform officially shipped, but that they've also already released their first firmware update, which brings along with it the previously reported ProRes support, as well as REC 709 and 2020 color space, and … [Read more...]

LEGO Fan Creates Pacific Rim-Like Interface To Control Robots

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Exosuit creates control of Lego Robot By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) The interesting thing about the film Pacific Rim wasn't that it had giant kaijus attacking the world, or that there were huge robots to fight them. It was the unique neuro interface that seemed too science fiction (aka, The … [Read more...]

Visual Storytelling Workshop Set For 32 City Tour

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) If you missed Shane Hurlbut's Illimination Tour, or Vince LaForet's Directing Motion Workshop, or even Ryan Connolly's two day intensive, there's another workshop coming up that will show filmmakers how to tell a story the Saturday Night Live way. And it's coming to a … [Read more...]

Nokia Has A Cool Virtual Reality Camera

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Although Nokia's trials and tribulations with the mobile phone business continue to vex Microsoft, that doesn't mean that they aren't innovating. Taking lessons learned from the fantastic cameras in their mobile phones, and standing on the shoulders of Virtual Reality … [Read more...]

Canon’s New Full-Frame Camera Sees In The Dark

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ISO Reaches an astonishing 4,000,000 By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) See now this is what I've been talking about. If you're going to take the time to develop a new camera, don't just rest on your laurels and give us more of the same with a few new "fins," advance your designs. Push the envelope. … [Read more...]

Do You Really Need To Upgrade To A Better Camera?

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Filmmaker explains why he's still happy with his Canon T3i By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) I know I may be shooting myself in my collective foot here, but every once in awhile, we need to showcase a story that offers perspective. Yes, I'm a gear hound. Yes, I like to play with toys, and yes, I … [Read more...]

RED Teams Up With Surfer Magazine For REDirect Competition

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) RED has once again partnered with Surfer Magazine to give a dozen filmmaker surfers the opportunity to shoot a short film about the sport they love. All twelve received RED EPIC DRAGON kits, and you can see and vote on their short films right now. … [Read more...]

Getting Your PC Ready For Windows 10

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Over the last two weeks, you may have noticed a white Windows icon hanging out in the system tray of your Windows 7 or Windows 8 machine. If you clicked on it, you were invited to reserve for yourself a free copy of Windows 10, which is set to roll out today. And if … [Read more...]

Panasonic DVX200 Has Some Nice Dynamic Range in Test Footage

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) When Panasonic announced the DVX200 at NAB, I have to be honest, I thought it was kind of a yawner. Just another 4K camcorder filling a rapidly crowded ultra high definition category. But now that we finally have some test footage for it, I have to say, in the hands … [Read more...]

Doctor Who In Theaters For Series Nine Prequel

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) By now, any Whovian knows that Doctor Who will be premiering on BBC One and BBC America on September 19th. But to get ready for the return of Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, and even Michele Gomez as Missy, you're going to want to catch the prequel episode which Fathom … [Read more...]

NASA Shows Off First Footage From RED DRAGON Cameras On The ISS

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4K and 6K Streams coming from earth orbit By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Last week, we celebrated the 46th anniversary of the first manned lunar landing, and I remember it like it was yesterday. As a kid, with my nose practically up against my family's new console color TV, I remember being both … [Read more...]

TV Broadcast Still Dominant In Spite Of Streaming Popularity

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Even though cable cutting is all the fashion, and streaming from Netflix pretty much can slow your internet connection down to a collective crawl after dinner, the simple fact of the matter is that the big four TV networks haven't really suffered for it. Why? Three … [Read more...]

Panasonic’s GH4 YAGH Pro Audio & Video Interface Gets A Price Cut

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) When it was first announced, I have to admit, I was stunned by the price of the Panasonic GH4's optional YAGH pro audio and video interface. At $2100, it was nearly $500 more than the GH4 itself. Even though it could record at-bit 4:2:2 with built-in time code, and … [Read more...]

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