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.

The Sony α7S Could Have The Same Dynamic Range As An ARRI ALEXA

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.4 stops separates in tests By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) If you're looking to invest in your own cinema camera, the cost of the ARRI ALEXA starter kit is around $65,000 and change at AbelCine. And if you want to use the most award-winning digital cinema camera out there right now, it may be … [Read more...]

Sony Moves Up Sinister Six, Postponing The Amazing Spider-Man 3 To 2018

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Good news for Marvel fans hoping for a Sinister Six movie to get the green light, after an uneasy week that prompted many to speculate that Sony's idea might just be dead, news has come out that the studio plans to postpone the The Amazing Spider-Man 3 until 2018, … [Read more...]

Comic-Con 2014: Preview Night Wrap-Up

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) On the eve of Comic-Con, known affectionately as Preview Night, was the 7th annual premiere of episodes of new shows from Warner Brothers Television. In particular, as we sat down in Ballroom 20, we were looking forward mostly to the pilot episode of The Flash, which … [Read more...]

Batkid Gets His Own Movie

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Crowdfunding begins on documentary of greatest crime fighting kid ever By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) The new Fox television series Gotham may tell Bruce Wayne's story when he was a kid, but it's got nothing on Batkid. Unless you've been stuck on location for over a year filming, you've no doubt … [Read more...]

Freefly Systems Ships Incredible New MōVI Controller

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Wireless connection provides two user control By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Freefly Systems has announced shipping of their new wireless MōVI Controller, which will give a camera operator, and even a second operator, access to controls on the Freefly MōVI products, including M10, M5, and … [Read more...]

doddleTALKS Tech: Stan Lebar & The Apollo Moon Camera

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) If you know me, you know that I'm a serious geek about one thing... the Apollo Moon Landings. Awhile back, I started a podcast called Conversations with Apollo, where I interviewed anyone who worked on this epic space exploration program. So, with the 45th … [Read more...]

JJ Abrams Shows Off New Star Wars X-Wing Fighter for Charity

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Previews set piece pitching Force for Change By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) With a week to go in J.J. Abrams' Force for Change Charity contest, the director of Star Wars Episode VII decided to give fans a preview of what may be Luke Skywalker's X-Wing fighter. It's a definite upgrade from the … [Read more...]

Five Quadcopter Myths Dispelled

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Drones are used for a lot of things, but there are some things you think you know that just aren't true By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Drones have been around for quite awhile, mostly as toys and hi-tech surveillance tools for governments and militaries. And in the filmmaking industry, radio … [Read more...]

DJI Aggressively Slashes Price on Ronin Gimbal Stabilizer

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Price drops to $2,999 By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Yikes! DJI is going after the gimbal stabilizer market in a major way, by recently announcing a huge price cut in their brand new Ronin 3-axis Gimbal Stabilizer. It was only a few weeks ago that the Ronin was released for $4499, after a huge … [Read more...]

Aerial Drone Pilot Offers Tips on Commercial Use

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) With the explosion of aerial drone use for cinematography, the FAA is a bit nervous. With just about anyone being able to pluck down $1,000 to get a remote piloted vehicle and a video camera, thousands are using this brand new hobby to capture some incredible video. … [Read more...]

Colorist Describes Method to Grab Hi-Res Stills from 4K Video

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4K is taking over the print world By James DeRuvo Everyone's been raving about the amazing video quality coming out of the Panasonic GH4 and Sony α7s. And it's true, the video we've been seeing of late is absolutely stunning. And with that high resolution 4K video, comes a hidden benefit ... … [Read more...]

RØDE Upgrades Studio Quality iXY Mic for Lighting iOS devices

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RodeRec App Updated with fixes By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) RØDE released the iXY Mic a little over a year ago, which brough studio quality stereo recording to the iPhone with a clever 30-pin stereo plug. It was awesome. But it left iPhone 5 users scratching their heads as to why … [Read more...]

Blackmagic Adds Lighter ProRes Format Capability in Update

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Blackmagic is really busy this week. Yesterday it was the insane temporary price drop for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, and now, they have tweaked their recent firmware update to provide for lighter ProRes encoding that will make file sizes smaller and longer … [Read more...]

Pre-Ordering Begins for Atomos Shogun 4K Recorder

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Offers free gift for pre-orders By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) What a difference a year can make. A year ago, Atomos executives weren't sure the world was ready for 4K, and now they've has starting taking preorders for its Shogun Ultra High Definition external video recorder. The 4K recorder … [Read more...]

Dramatic Price Drop For The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera!

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Sale price goes through end of August By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Our friends at Blackmagic Design have gone loco! They've just put their popular Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera on sale for HALF OFF.  You heard me, from now, until the end of August, you can get a Pocket Cinema Camera for … [Read more...]

Canon Filmmaker Awards Deadline Announced

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Quarterly Applications could yield film equipment rentals By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Canon has added another layer to its Cinematic initiative with their annual Canon Filmmaker Award Program. Under the program, various film fellows affiliated with Film Independent, the Los Angeles Film … [Read more...]

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