Legion M Debuts As World’s First Crowdfunded Movie Studio

Legion M

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) When crowdfunding became popular, independent filmmakers had a tool by which to secure the hardest part of the filmmaking process, the money. One major portal, Seed&Spark, is completely dedicated to the filmmaking process. So it was only a matter of time before a … [Read more...]

AddMotion Plugin For Final Cut Pro X On Sale

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) OSM AddMotion for Final Cut Pro X is a great utility for creating animated stills, graphics, and text all without keyframes. The utility works simply by adding an effect to a still graphic and then changing the parameters. Available exclusively from FxFactory … [Read more...]

FAA Approves Drones For Journalism


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) The FAA has just approved a change to their commercial drone flight rules that would allow the use of drones for television, newspaper, and online journalism. This not only will change the way news is covered, but it will make capturing that bird's-eye-view of … [Read more...]

Contest: Use Danny Elfman’s Special Scores In Your Next Short Film

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Admit it. Who wouldn't want Danny Elfman to score their next film? Outside of John Williams or Bear McCreary (The Walking Dead), I know he's on my personal short list. But who could afford him? Well, now you can, thanks to the Danny Elfman Project, and you can win a … [Read more...]

FAA Finalizes Drone Rules


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Moving into the sophomore year of regulation for using the commercial use of drones, the Department of Transportation and the FAA have finalized their rules with a few changes. … [Read more...]

Panasonic & Leica’s New Four Thirds Prime 12mm F1.4 Lens


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) If you're a GH4 or even a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera user, you can rejoice, because Panasonic has joined forces with Leica to add a new Lumix DG Summilux Prime lens to its growing line of micro four-thirds primes. … [Read more...]

Panasonic Updates Firmware For VariCam 35


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Looks like this week is firmware week, as another manufacturer has come out with an update to improve camera performance. This time, it's Panasonic, which has boosted the capabilities of the VariCam 35 with ver. 6.0 of the camera's system software. … [Read more...]

Hedge For Mac Is The Fastest Offload App For OS X

Hedge for Mac

Hedge for Mac can help with offloading your camera's footage to multiple destinations By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Back-up and storage are the bane of any filmmaker's existence. While it would be nice to keep everything on one single enormous drive or solid state card, that kind of media … [Read more...]

Mini Plaster Hand Turns Any Rail Into A Tripod


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) It's been said before, the simplest ideas are usually the best ideas. In this case, startup company Miniorengi is looking to replace tripods with a small, pocket-sized grip called the mini Plaster Hand. Tripods tend to be big, bulky, and the last thing a … [Read more...]

Blackmagic Updates Camera Firmware To Ver. 3.3


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) The semi-regular update of Blackmagic's Camera firmware is here, and it's largely just fine tuning and tweaking to squeeze out every fraction of dynamic range and color saturation. … [Read more...]

Lift-Off Is A Different Kind Of Film Festival

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) I love a good film festival. I'm fortunate enough to live in Toronto that seems to have a new festival every week ,including some prestigious ones like Hot Docs and the Toronto International Film Festival, as well as some fun ones, like the Toronto After Dark Film … [Read more...]

Convergent Updates Firmware For Odyssey & Apollo Monitor Recorders


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Convergent Design has issued a new firmware update for Apollo and Odyssey 7 monitor recorders. Classified as a major update, these monitor-recorders get a shot in the arm with notable features including Raw support, dual HD recording, and beefing up its audio … [Read more...]

SLR Magic CINE Announces 2 New Affordable Lenses


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Over the weekend at Cine Gear 2016 in Los Angeles, SLR Magic unveiled two brand new lenses to their ever expanding line-up of affordable CINE lenses. The SLR Magic CINE 35mm F1.2 wide angle lens and SLR Magic CINE 75mm F1.4 telephoto lens are affordable prime … [Read more...]

mocha Pro 5 Now Available

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) After an extensive beta testing period, mocha Pro 5 is finally ready for prime time. The fifth generation effects software package by Boris FX and Imagineer Systems is finally shipping as either a plugin for Adobe Creative Cloud and Avid Media Composer, or as a … [Read more...]

Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 12.5 & Fusion 8.1 Released


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) When Blackmagic announced that they are shipping the gold master of DaVinci Resolve 12.5, they may have well called it ver. 13. Why? Because it's got so many new features and enhancements, that it may as well be a completely new version. … [Read more...]

Indiegogo Campaign: Exo360 Drone Captures Aerial 360 Degree Footage


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) It was just a matter of time before someone integrated drone technology with a 360 degree camera for Virtual Reality. Right now on Indiegogo, drone manufacturer Queen B Robotics is looking to raise $25,000 to fund the world's first 360 drone called the Exo360 — … [Read more...]