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.

My RØDE Reel 2016 Major Award Winners


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) With both Technical and Genre awards having been given out in the annual My RØDE Reel film clash, the attention is now turned to major awards, which include accolades for Best Young Filmmaker, Female Filmmaker, and Best Behind-the-Scenes presentation. … [Read more...]

Sony Releases Firmware Update For FS7

Sony FS7

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) It wouldn't be a full week if it didn't include an announcement of a firmware update, and this time around it's housekeeping for the Sony FS7, which gets a few new features and some tweaks for better performance. … [Read more...]

My RØDE Reel 2016 Genre Winners

My RODE Reel Genre

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Day two of the My RØDE Reel 2016 Contest Winner announcements is here, and with it comes those who took the top honors and their share of nearly a half million dollars in cash and prizes. The My RØDE Reel 2016 competition involved filmmakers submitting two films, … [Read more...]

YouTube Squeezing Out Brand Sponsored Videos

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) YouTube is once again flexing its draconian muscles by clamping down on creators who make brand sponsored videos outside of the Google's traditional brand-related initiative. Maybe instead of worrying about that, the streaming giant should focus on not scuttling … [Read more...]

My RØDE Reel 2016 Technical Winners

My RØDE Reel Technical Awards

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) The results are trickling in for the 2016 My RØDE Reel Short Film Competition. The short film competition that offers nearly $500,000 in cash and prizes, has been going on since last Spring, and during the next week or so, we're goinging to see just who won. For … [Read more...]

Legion M Debuts As World’s First Crowdfunded Movie Studio

Legion M

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) When crowdfunding became popular, independent filmmakers had a tool by which to secure the hardest part of the filmmaking process, the money. One major portal, Seed&Spark, is completely dedicated to the filmmaking process. So it was only a matter of time before a … [Read more...]

BitTorrent Now Gives Creators 70% Of Streaming Ad Revenue


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) When you hear the word BitTorrent, you automatically think of file sharing, and by extension, piracy (especially when it comes to Game of Thrones). But the majority of BitTorrent's traffic is for legitimate file sharing and transfer activity. One of the main uses for … [Read more...]

Paramount Issues Star Trek Fan Film Guidelines

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) While Paramount lawsuit against Axanar Productions is believed to have been dropped (at least according to JJ Abrams), but according to official channels, the decision has yet to be officially tendered. What has been decreed however, through the official … [Read more...]

Digital Bolex Closing Shop June 30th, Support To Continue


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) After five years of camera development and manufacturing, the independent minded Digital Bolex will stop selling cameras effective June 30th, 2016, with only one design under its belt. While the creators ran into many problems, including supply chain and cost … [Read more...]

FAA Approves Drones For Journalism


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) The FAA has just approved a change to their commercial drone flight rules that would allow the use of drones for television, newspaper, and online journalism. This not only will change the way news is covered, but it will make capturing that bird's-eye-view of … [Read more...]

Contest: Use Danny Elfman’s Special Scores In Your Next Short Film

Danny Elfman contest

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Admit it. Who wouldn't want Danny Elfman to score their next film? Outside of John Williams or Bear McCreary (The Walking Dead), I know he's on my personal short list. But who could afford him? Well, now you can, thanks to the Danny Elfman Project, and you can win a … [Read more...]

Doctor Who Qualifies for Emmy Consideration this Year

Doctor Who

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) We can't go a week without new Who news, can we? The British Sci-Fi series Doctor Who, could actually have a shot at winning a few Emmys this year. … [Read more...]

ILMxLab, Magic Leap Make Strides With Virtual Reality

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Last year, the news broke that ILMxLab was working on real time motion capture and virtual reality that could drastically cut down the time needed to do motion capture in filmmaking. A year later, in a partnership with Weta Digital and Magic Leap (which Google is an … [Read more...]

Adobe Announces New Video Tools for Creative Cloud

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Adobe announced new post production tools for filmmakers within the Creative Cloud. The new features were previewed this past April at NAB 2016, and cover enhancements for Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, Audition CC, and Character Animator. Let's take a look at … [Read more...]

FAA Finalizes Drone Rules


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Moving into the sophomore year of regulation for using the commercial use of drones, the Department of Transportation and the FAA have finalized their rules with a few changes. … [Read more...]

Mashable Buys CineFix To Expand Streaming Reach


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) The multi-platform media company, Mashable, has made a huge move by acquiring CineFix. Aimed square at movie fans, both channels not only have similar shows, but have recently traded personnel. So it was only a matter of time before they became one voice. … [Read more...]