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.

Pixar & Khan Academy To Teach Basics Of Animation Online

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) When it comes to animation, it can be argued that Pixar Studios is the state of the art. From Toy Story to Cars to Inside Out, Pixar has put together a non stop series of hits, with few hiccups. But to keep that string going, you have to always be looking for the … [Read more...]

Op-Ed: The Even More Fleeting Nature Of Home Theater Technology

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) When we last talked about the fleeting nature of the technology, we discussed how camera makers are engaged in a cinematic arms race governed only by the nature of Moore's Law. Like HD before it, we're already talking about the next generation of 8K sensors before we … [Read more...]

3D Robotics Announces Firmware Update To Solo Drone

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UPDATE: 3DRobotics reports that the latest version of their Solo App is now available for download in the iTunes App Store and Google Play. A month earlier than planned! By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) DJI may get all the attention when it comes to drones, but they aren't the only game in town. … [Read more...]

AJA Announces RovoCam, A Different Kind Of 4K Camera

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) AJA is introducing a newer, smaller 4K camera that's unlike its successful CION cinema camera. The RovoCam is cube shaped and rather tiny. Could they be looking to get into the action camera market? … [Read more...]

Panasonic Announces VariCam LT: Super 35mm, 4K Up To 60p, HDR

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) After a recent tease of a new, smaller VariCam, Panasonic introduced the VariCam LT at a special event in Los Angeles that I attended (check out my live tweets here). And while it's smaller, more ergonomic footprint will be a blessing to cinematographers, in the end, … [Read more...]

Universal Gets Serious About Battlestar Galactica Reboot

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) All of this has happened before, and it will all happen again. That is the one sentence that best defines the Universal classic sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica, and if you take a look at the history of the franchise, it becomes clear that it's a saga all by itself. … [Read more...]

Maisie Williams Wants to be First Female Doctor

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) When Maisie Williams joined the cast of Doctor Who in the recurring role of Ashildr/Me, a Viking girl made immortal by Time Lord Science, people started talking a spinoff with outgoing companion Jenna Coleman. When we last saw the odd couple, they had taken off in … [Read more...]

MacVideo Promo’s Great Deal On Avid Media Composer & Boris RED

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) If you've been considering upgrading to Avid's subscription of Media Composer, our friends at MacVideo Promo is ringing in the New Year with a killer deal that not only includes the video editor, but also a subscription to Boris RED for some visual effects punch. … [Read more...]

Tangerine Director Shoots Another Film On iPhone

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) After shooting an award winning feature for Sundance last year, the director of Tangerine is back with another film shot on the iPhone. Is Apple's smartphone really becoming the go-to indie platform like John Lasseter predicts? … [Read more...]

Doctor Who’s Moffat Confirms 14 Episodes For His Final Season

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Steven Moffat is beginning his last season of Doctor Who on a good note. Not only did the showrunner receive an honor from the Queen, but the BBC is giving the him episodes to finish wrapping up the storylines he's laid out for Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor. After … [Read more...]

Doritos Dogs Wins Last Crash The Super Bowl Competition

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) If we learned anything from the ten-year run of the Doritos: Crash the Super Bowl Contest, commercials that include kids or animals can win you a million dollars. And the last year of the ground breaking Super Bowl ad campaign was no different, as the final … [Read more...]

Rumor: Canon EOS 80D Popping Up This Summer

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Canon may be announcing a new D series camera this summer, and no, it isn't going to be the 5D Mk. IV. It looks to be the 80D, and it's believed to have a new auto focus system driving it. But really, if it isn't shooting 4K video, will anyone care? … [Read more...]

How Cable Cutters Will Be Streaming the Super Bowl

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Short of heading down to the local sports bar and slugging down beer and greasy nachos to watch the game, is there any way for a cord cutter to stream the Super Bowl 50 live in the comfort of your own home? Well, we've got your back. Here's how: … [Read more...]

Sumner Redstone Steps Down as Head of Viacom

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Embed from Getty Images By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) The news came down today that Viacom chief Sumner Redstone is calling it a day. The long time head of one of the largest media empires in the country, Redstone will be replaced by president Phillippe Dauman, and Leslie Moonves gets … [Read more...]

Panasonic Develops New Sensor With 100x Dynamic Range

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Panasonic has developed what they call a "wide dynamic range" sensor that provides over 100 times the dynamic range of today's modern CMOS sensor. How will that affect the way we shoot and see movies? Well, the answer is literally quite colorful. … [Read more...]

RED Weapon Footage Shows Great Dynamic Range

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) RED users are starting to show off some fantastic 8K footage from their Weaponized Epic MG cameras, along with a look at how classic full frame Vista Vision really looks. And I gotta say, it's beautiful.But if you think it's just the next step in ultra high def, … [Read more...]