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.

Sony Releases Next Firmware Update For F5 and 55

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Ver. 5.0 update finally gives legit 4K path By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Sony has finally released version 5.0 of its F5 and F55 firmware update, which promises a legitimate path to 4K for both platforms through a paid licensing scheme. But in addition to allowing users to shoot 4K ProRes, … [Read more...]

Blackmagic Announces Teranex Firmware Update

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Offers centralized control over all conversions By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Blackmagic Design is giving Teranex users an early present for the holidays, with an update that offers centralized control of all features, plus new 12G-SDI to Quad 3G-SDI conversions up to 2160p60 on Teranex … [Read more...]

AMC Theatres Field Testing Movie Pass Subscription Progam

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Can an "all you can eat" movie ticket save theaters? By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) It's no secret that 2015 is going to be a cinema onslaught. With Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, the next James Bond film Spectre, Mad Max: Fury Road, Insurgent, Jurassic World, Furious … [Read more...]

Netflix Rules Out Downloading Content, Signs Deal With DISH

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Offline Streaming "Never going to happen." By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) As Netflix was deep into negotiations with DISH Network to provide streaming services, the streaming service denied rumors that they were considering allowing subscribers to download content to stream without an Internet … [Read more...]

Doddle’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide – Filmmaking Software

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) In our first annual doddleNEWS 2014 Holiday Gift Guide, I took at look at apps for your Mac or Windows computer. The Desktop apps that every filmmaker would love to have. The Adobe Creative Cloud subscription is $50 a month, but you get the entire keys to the … [Read more...]

Final Cut Pro X Makes Storyboards Automagically

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Placeholder templates in Final Cut Pro X help frame shots By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) I hadn't drawn since third grade, and then I visited Disneyland and sat in on the Disney Animation Academy. I learned that we make drawing a lot harder than it needs to be, and if we just focused on basic … [Read more...]

Convergent Design Releases New External 4K Recorder

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Odyssey 7Q+ Offers UHD in ProRes via HDMI By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) The transition to ultra high definition is picking up steam now that external 4K video recorders are hitting the market, and are giving cameras like the Sony α7s full 4K options. Convergent Design is joining the party with … [Read more...]

Freefly Offers MōVI Holiday Bundle

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Buy a MōVI M5, Get a Spektrum Controller and Travel Case Free By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Freefly Systems is really getting aggressive with pricing on their MōVI M5, especially during the holidays. Not only have they lowered the price recently, but now they are offering a special Holiday … [Read more...]

Boris FX Acquires Imagineer Systems

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Strategic Merger Seeks to Expand Mocha outreach By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Boris FX has made quite a splash during the computerized filmmaking revolution, thanks to its revolutionary visual effects and motion tracking plugins. Imagineer Systems has done the same with their Mocha tracking … [Read more...]

Doddle’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide – Mobile Filmmaking Apps

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) It's that time of year. Time for doddleNEWS' Holiday Gift Guide series for 2014. This year, we're going to start off with mobile filmmaking apps. These apps that can help your budding filmmakers to up their game and to improve the quality of their filmmaking in the … [Read more...]

The Lume Cube Offers Mobile Filmmakers Close-Up Lighting Options

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Kickstarter product offers 1500 lumens controlled by bluetooth By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) There are mobile lighting options out there for the smartphone crowd. There's the Nova, a credit card-sized LED flash that fits in your wallet, and with 48 LEDs, can light up your iPhone image like … [Read more...]

Parrot Provides One-Man Teleprompter For DSLRs

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) There are plenty of teleprompters out there, but they can be costly, cumbersome, and difficult to set up, or rickety because someone built their own. But the Parrot is a new teleprompter designed specifically for a camera crew of one, and uses your DSLR's lens threads … [Read more...]

ProGearX Announces Line of GoPro Mounting Options

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Action Photo options include Unique Highs and Lows & 180° POV By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) With a popular line of "seflie sticks" and the iStabilizer, both for the action sports crowd, ProGearX has announced even more options in their line of action camera accessories. The new … [Read more...]

Mid-Level Films In Danger of Extinction

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"The film business has changed. They want you to make it for no money ..." By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) What do Spike Lee, Steven Soderbergh, David Lynch, Francis Ford Coppola, and John Waters all have in common? With nearly 200 years of combined filmmaking experience, covering hundreds of … [Read more...]

Seagate Ships 8TB Hard Drives For Archiving

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Well, it's not sexy as a Panasonic GH4 or a Blackmagic URSA, but Seagate has announced a new line of high capacity, low performance hard drives that they have designed specifically for archival use. Can 4K-friendly drives be next? … [Read more...]

App Promises The Holy Grail Of Mobile Filmmaking… Rack Focus

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And iPhocus really works By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Mobile filmmakers are often frustrated by the fact that depth of field is all too often lost on their smartphones. There are many times when a good rack focus would make a shot more dramatic, if not artsy. However, while the state of the … [Read more...]

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