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.

Virtual Reality: Queen’s Brian May Has Created A Cardboard Rival

Brian May's The Owl VR viewer

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Queen's Bryan May is a genius, and not just because he's a guitar virtuoso. No, the lead guitarist of the British rock band is also a literal rocket scientist ... ok technically astrophysicist. He can now add inventor to that, as he's designed a 3D virtual reality … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Alice Through The Looking Glass


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) I'll have to be honest, I haven't read Lewis Carol's Alice Through the Looking Glass since I was in elementary school, so I had to refresh my memory about how James Bobin's follow-up to Tim Burton's 2010 film took place. When I saw the Disney sequel last night at an … [Read more...]

3DR Expands Solo Drone Again With LED Lighting Attachment


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) The more 3D Robotics updates the capabilities of its Solo drone, the more I realize just how game changing it is. Not only is this plucky UAV able to perform as a de facto motion control aerial platform, but now with a new LED Lighting attachment from Fiilex, it can … [Read more...]

Netflix Expands Exclusive Disney Deal

netflix logo

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Huge news coming out of Netflix, as the streaming service is set to launch the next phase in their exclusive deal with Disney. Back in 2012, the streaming service grabbed headlines with a multi-step deal that began with TV shows. Now, starting in September, Netflix … [Read more...]

PolarPro Teams Up With Otterbox For Mobile Filmmaking Support


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) When Jeff Overall, CEO of PolarPro appeared on the ABC reality series Shark Tank, he made a pitch for funds to expand his company's reach into the mobile platform. Already known for accessories to support GoPro, drones and other forms of mobile filmmaking, the … [Read more...]

June 1 Deadline Approaching: 2016 My RØDE Reel Short Film Competition


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Update: Just one week to go! The deadline is June 1, 2016. And Blackmagic Design has added an URSA Mini 4K to the prize pack! The annual My RØDE Reel short film competition has gone live, and submission are now open. In its third year, the largest short film … [Read more...]

Forscene: Online Video Editor Wins Pair Of Awards


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Everything seems to be moving online to the cloud and pretty soon, we'll all just have terminals that can log into the internet to collaborate on all our projects. And that's cool because we can then always have an updated editor like Forscene, which recent won a … [Read more...]

Spielberg Worried Virtual Reality Could Ruin Filmmaking

steven spielberg directing lincoln

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Virtual Reality can most definitely be viewed as the current flavor of the month in our industry, and as such, it's met with glee for those who like to experiment, and dread from those who find it to be a 'flash in the pan.' Well, Steven Spielberg isn't too impressed … [Read more...]

Update: Sale Over – Training & Post-Production Tools For $97


UPDATE: The sale has wrapped up. By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) 5DayDeal has teamed up with a host of video training providers to create a terrific bundle of products they're calling the Video Creators' Bundle. The bundle includes a series of tutorials and plugins which can get budding … [Read more...]

Confirmed Specs From The Canon 5D MK. IV Released, But Is There 4K?


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) We now have a so-called "confirmed" list of specs for the long awaited Canon 5D MK. IV, and really, it only comes down to if the next-generation full-frame DSLR has one feature: 4K. Well, it looks like it does! If this ends up being true, then all will be forgiven … [Read more...]

IMAX Moving Into Virtual Reality Via Strategic Partnerships


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) In a definite sign of the times, the maker of the largest screen format in our industry has decided to start going small. Making the announcement at Google I/O, IMAX has partnered with the Alphabet company to create their own brand of Virtual Reality with a … [Read more...]

Indy Mogul Returns To YouTube After 3 Year Absence


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) One of the most popular channels on YouTube for budding filmmakers to learn how to make movies in their own backyard was Indy Mogul. With a fun host making props, costumes and hilarious test footage, the channel had millions of followers thanks to the fun comedy of … [Read more...]

The Order: Ex-Power Rangers Starring In New Original Movie


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Power Rangers. Everyone remembers the teenager heroes, who dress in spandex and helmets to fight rubber monsters and protect the world. And with a new movie coming out, it's getting pretty close to Morphin' Time again. But what if you're an veteran Power Ranger who … [Read more...]

JJ Abrams: Paramount Is Dropping Axanar Lawsuit

Image Credit - Axanar Productions, Twitter

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) JJ Abrams dropped a huge bomb on Star Trek fans at an event on the Paramount Lot last night. Calling the Paramount lawsuit against Axanar productions an inappropriate response to the fan made project, the Trek executive producer said that the studio is dropping it. … [Read more...]

Speck Created Pocket Virtual Reality Accessory Case for iPhone


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Google Cardboard is cool and all, and even cooler now that I can watch YouTube on my iPhone with it. But let's face it, that Cardboard box doesn't slide too well into one's hip pocket. So what's a good solution? Smartphone case maker Speck has created a collapsible … [Read more...]

Google I/O – Google Takes the Next Step in Virtual Reality


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Apple isn't the only company that has a huge developer conference keynote everyone wants to watch. Today, at I/O, Google introduced a bevy of apps and products for not only virtual reality, but also for building a bridge between iOS and Android platforms. … [Read more...]