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.

Freefly Offers MōVI Holiday Bundle


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...]

Doddle’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide – Mobile Filmmaking Apps

Vizzywig 4K app

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


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


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

Extendable Pole

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

Steven Soderbergh

"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


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


And it 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 art … [Read more...]

VR Movies Could Be Huge In 2015

image credit: CNN/Wired

Oculus Rift to Drive New Genre By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) There's a revolution going on, and it's going to be televised right into your brain. That's the promise of devices like the Facebook's Oculus Rift, the Samsung Gear VR, and a host of other virtual reality devices, such as Google … [Read more...]

Disney Creates Cutting Edge HDR Video Technique


Disney Research's SpatioTemporal Filtering used to produce video footage of high dynamic range By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) One of the things that the digital age suffers from is noise from low light, and loss of detail from bright light, especially when going from one to the other, or a mix … [Read more...]

MoviePro App Turns The iPhone 6 Into A 3K Video Beast


Triples bit rates up to 50MBPS for HD By James DeRuvo doddleNEWS) It's not the first app to claim the iPhone can shoot ultra high definition (both Ultrakam's Vizzywig 4K and FiLMiC Pro can record up to 4K and 2K, respectively), but it is the latest, and it's called MoviePro. So while apps are … [Read more...]

Element 3D Goes On Sale At Video Copilot


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) The great equalizers in the film industry have been the digital camera and the personal computer. And while companies like Blackmagic, Panasonic, GoPro, and even Canon, ruling the roost for digital cameras, when it comes to work being done on the personal computer, … [Read more...]

The HEXO+ Drone Offers A Killer ‘Follow Me’ Feature

HEXO+ flight

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) I have to admit, when it comes to flying my quadcopter, my son is a much better drone pilot than I am. Chalk it up to growing up in the age of video games, but if I didn't have him to do my aerial camera movement, I'd be doomed. Unless, of course, I get a HEXO+. This … [Read more...]

HBO Scuttles In-House Streaming, Farms Out HBO GO


Appears to be punitive action towards CTO By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) With HBO planning to launch a standalone streaming service come Spring, now is not the time to start from square one. But it looks like that is exactly what they're planning to do by scuttling their in house project code … [Read more...]

Poaching Of YouTube Stars Puts Video Streaming Giant Under Siege

What's it going to cost YouTube to keep it's most popular stars?

Top stars receive hefty bonuses to stem defections By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Have you noticed that YouTube has been putting up billboards around the Hollywood area to market some of their stars and their shows? At first, I thought "gee, YouTube is going for it, hitting the big time with an … [Read more...]

Blackmagic URSA Camera Offers Some Great Low Light Footage in HFR


Firmware update pushes 4K camera's capability By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Some new footage has emerged online that highlights the 4K Blackmagic URSA Camera's new high frame rate capability. With the ability to now shoot at up to 80 frames per second, the URSA looks to provide some great high … [Read more...]

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