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.

Panasonic Finally Releases Huge Firmware Update For GH4


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) If it's Tuesday, than there must be a firmware update available, and this week it comes from Panasonic, which has finally rolled out the firmware release from last year that was pulled for further testing. But the wait has been worth it as the hefty update for both … [Read more...]

Oculus Rift Announces Story Studio Production Team


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Imagine if ARRI decided to open up their own studio and started releasing features. That's what Oculus Rift just did by announcing Oculus Story Studio, a production team dedicated to pushing the envelope on virtual reality and creating original VR movies. And they … [Read more...]

ShotPro App Makes Previs Easy


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) The power of mobile apps never ceases to amaze me. There's an app for everything, especially in filmmaking. So when a new previz app came out called ShotPro, I just had to check it out, and it looks pretty darn cool. … [Read more...]

DJI Puts Quadcopters, Other Products On Sale


DJI's Mid-Week Special offers $100-500 discounts By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) DJI has created some remarkable mid-week sales that promises to give potential users up to $500 in discounts on select DJI products, including the DJI Phantom 2 Vision +,Phantom 2 + H3-3D Gimbal platform, the S900 … [Read more...]

Sundance 2015: Over 35 Movies Filmed With Blackmagic

blackmagic cinema camera

Cameras and color correction software show dominance By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Much like the dominance that ARRI enjoyed for the Oscars, Blackmagic Design is enjoying a huge presence at this year's Sundance Film Festival, with 35 films competition that were either shot on Blackmagic Cinema … [Read more...]

Updated! Recreational Drone Accidentally Crashes On White House Grounds


UPDATE: Per the NY Times, it looks like it was a government employee's drone, but it certainly 'rattled' the Secret Service, as radar can't detect a small drone. By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Over the weekend, the White House Secret Service discovered a drone that had crashed onto the White … [Read more...]

Is YouTube Forcing Musicians To Sign Draconian Deals?


Locked up for 5 year terms By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) A few years back, before Disney bought them, we came across a story about how Maker Studios was locking up YouTubers with such draconian deals, that they were essentially giving up on the craft because they couldn't do anything ever again … [Read more...]

Sundance 2015: Vimeo Announces Partnership with Indiegogo


Exclusive Distribution Arrangement Will Offer Select Film Funding By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) There's an old saying that when you're number 2, you try harder. I submit that you try smarter, and this week, the number 2 video streamer and the number 2 crowdfunder have teamed up to do just that. … [Read more...]

Vimeo Opens Custom Video On Demand Portals For Premium Content Creators

Vimeo On Demand

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Vimeo has created custom video on demand portals for long form content which could point to a move to get into more streaming television partnerships. And what's interesting about it is, that Vimeo seems to be trying to paint the image that ad supported content is a … [Read more...]

Blackmagic Design Announces Camera 2.0 Firmware Update


URSA To Get ProRes 444 in 4K By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Blackmagic has released Camera 2.0 as a firmware update for their line of HD and 4K cameras. The update adds a host of new 4K features for the Blackmagic URSA camera, including ProRes recording in both 4K and HD, 80 fps options in HD, … [Read more...]

AVID To Give Pro Tools Away For Free


Lite version will come in time for Ver. 12 By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) To celebrate the upcoming release of Pro Tools 12, AVID announced this week that they will be offering a lite version of the popular audio editing software as a free download. Mirroring the strategy that Blackmagic has … [Read more...]

BREAKING: DreamWorks Animation Closing PDI, Layoffs Announced


500 Animators get Pink Slips in cost saving move By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) News broke late today that DreamWorks Animation will formally close the doors of Pacific Data Images (PDI) after thirty years of producing such animated hits as Shrek 1-3, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, and providing … [Read more...]

Microsoft Announces Virtual Reality, Surface Hub, & Windows 10 Update


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Microsoft made some interesting announcements out of the blue that are going to go after several different product categories including a Surface Hub for your TV, Cortana - a digital assistant for Windows 10, interaction with XBox games, and HoloLens, a wireless … [Read more...]

DJI Announces Phantom Trainer Quadcopter


Different control modes to learn how to fly and do stunts By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Responding to frustrations of Phantom pilots who have crashed their pricey quadcopters while mastering the steep learning curve of learning to fly unmanned aerial vehicles, DJI has announced the new Phantom … [Read more...]

doddle REVIEW: RØDE VideoMic


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) I've been using the RØDE VideoMic for a little while now, and for the entry level DSLR shooter, it really is the ideal microphone to amp up your audio recording on your camera, once you made the leap to DSLR shooting. With its built in Rycote Lyre Mount shock … [Read more...]

RØDE Introduces New Mics, RØDELink Wireless Audio Transmission System


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) In what was dubbed "RØDEShow 2015," RØDE announced three new microphones and a new wireless mic system that promises secure, lossless transmission of audio up to 100 feet away. They also introduced us to three new microphones, including two shotguns for filmmakers, … [Read more...]

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