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.

doddle Review: Atomos Ninja Star

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Smaller Form, Same Great Recorder By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) I received a new Atomos Ninja Star external recorder recently and I have to say, while I knew it was a small recorder, it didn't really hit me just how small it was until I pulled it out of the case and held it in my hand. About … [Read more...]

A Smartphone That Beats Out the Canon 5D Mk. III? I Call Shenanigans


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) There's a an Android phone coming out of China that makes an astonishing claim… it can shoot better images than the Canon 5D Mk. III. Can a smartphone with no depth of field and limited glass options out perform Canon's top of the line DSLR? I call shenanigans. But … [Read more...]

Intel’s New Xeon E5 Processors will Scream with Up To 18 Cores!


4K Post Production will benefit with MacPro refresh By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Apple's Mac Pro is already blazing a trail in post-production, due to its relatively low cost and nearly silent performance. Thanks to Xeon Processors and twin-AMD FirePro GPUs, the Mac Pro has been handling 4K … [Read more...]

Blackmagic Announces Latest Firmware Update for Cinema Cameras

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Histograms joins the feature set By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Well, it's not a huge update, but it's a solid one. Blackmagic announced today firmware update version 1.9.3 for all Cinema Cameras which, amongst it's main added features is a histogram for camera users. But there are a few other … [Read more...]

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Adds Adrianne Palicki As Mockingbird


GI Joe Star Gets Guest Star Stint By James DeRuvo The great thing about Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., is that it's a great playground for back story. Having provided more layers for the (spoiler alert for some) attempted Hydra takeover of S.H.I.E.L.D., which was the main plotline in Captain … [Read more...]

Is Activision Planning a Call of Duty Movie Series?


Hiring development execs to produce film and TV projects By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) With Microsoft, Steven Spielberg, and Ridley Scott planning a live-action Halo series and a feature film, respectively, and with Marvel Studios pretty much running the table in Hollywood with their Cinematic … [Read more...]

NFL Films Goes All In With The ARRI AMIRA

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Sports Documentarians drop film completely By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Well, NFL Films is now just a name. Because starting with the 2014 season, the company founded by Ed Sabol to chronicle the great American sport on 16mm film will be shooting exclusively with ARRI AMIRA digital cinema … [Read more...]

Low Budget Wireless HDMI Monitor System Could Help Indies

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Universal Design, 10-bit color, 300 foot range By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Wireless HDMI can be really beneficial on set, but options like Teradek's Cube or the Paralinx Arrow can run $900 to $2,000, and that's about the cost of an entire project for some indie, guerrilla filmmakers, and an … [Read more...]

Sony Announces Budget Mirrorless Camera With XAVC Codec


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) If you've been dying to get that Sony a7s, but you're not really sure you need all that epic 4K full frame dynamic range at this point, or maybe you wanted to take advantage of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera sale but just missed it, well, Sony has another option, … [Read more...]

Is Jenna Coleman Leaving Doctor Who This Christmas?

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Sources cite mutual decision to leave the TARDIS By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Man, there's nothing like news of change to really get the buzz going before the premiere of a new season ... especially if the show is Doctor Who. Known for its creative revolving cast door, the 50-year-old British … [Read more...]

Chevy Shoots Commercial With Amazing Sony a7s Rigs

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) It was only a matter of time before Madison Avenue would take notice of the high performance 4K Sony α7s and shoot a commercial with it. And why not? We've seen commercials using the iPhone, but with these rigs, would anyone really know you're shooting with a … [Read more...]

Is Virtual Reality the New Cinematic Frontier?

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) I remember when I was a kid visiting Disneyland for the first time and one of my favorite attractions was CircleVision. This was a classic Disney attraction where they showed a movie in the round shot with a series of cameras that covered a 360 degree spectrum. I'll … [Read more...]

Dolby Atmos to Come Into the Home This Fall


Mobile device options also coming By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Less than a year after it was introduced in top movie palaces, Dolby has announced that home theater systems will be getting the Atmos treatment by fall. The hyper immersive surround sound system which takes films like Guardians of … [Read more...]

Are Katee Sackhoff And Marvel Planning A Film, Or Not?


And why fans of the Battlestar Galactica star are saying YES PLEASE! By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Rumors have been flying fast and loose about Marvel considering Longmire and Battlestar Galactica star Katee Sackhoff as Ms. Marvel for an upcoming movie. And with Marvel Comics recently moving to … [Read more...]

Discovery’s Shark Week Gets Panned For More Phony Documentaries


Experts Claims Producers Lied to get their interviews By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) In spite of a 27-year-long legacy that is Discovery Channel's "Shark Week," and the cool shots of a a shark attacking an underwater drone, the cable channel is getting excoriated by shark experts saying that … [Read more...]

Metabones Updates Firmware For Sony α7s Compatibility


EF Adapter update solves buggy behavior By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) If you're going to sell all your Canon bodies on eBay and dive into the deep end of 4K with the Sony α7s, especially since the main gripe from yesterday's article is that the Sony has a narrow range of available lens … [Read more...]

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