Happy Star Wars Day! Young Star Wars Fans Create Plugins To Emulate Classic VFX


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) If you've made a sci-fi film, chances are, you've been in the 7th level of visual effects hell that is rotoscoping, especially light sabers and laser blasts. But a pair of teens got some help from their VFX and filmmaker Dad Tim Dashwood to create a set of plugins … [Read more...]

SLR Magic Creates New EF Mount Lens & Adapters


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Responding to client feedback after releasing their 50 T2.1 Cinema Prime lens, SLR Magic has announced a pair of new primes to round out their collection. And these lenses pretty cool. But that's not the really impressive part. … [Read more...]

Submissions Open For 2016 My RØDE Reel Short Film Competition


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Update: Less than a month 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...]

Hover Camera: Drone That Follows You Everywhere

Hover Camera Released off Hand

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) I remember watching J. Michael Straczynski's Babylon 5, and in one episode, there's a scene where a TV reporter is walking around the station with a floating camera following her everywhere the story went. It was pretty cool. Now life is imitating art, as we have … [Read more...]

Update: Universal Offering $3.8 Billion To Buy DreamWorks Animation


Updated: THR is reporting Comcast is buying Dreamworks Animation for $3.8 billion, plus the assumption of $300 million in debt. Jeffrey Katzenberg, who will receive a buy out of $21.9 million, will not run the company moving forward. Instead, he will serve as special consultant to NBCUniversal, and … [Read more...]

Great Deal: EditShare Ultra Discounted, Starts At $6,000


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) The backbone of any post-production house are their shared storage solutions. While in the past these machines tended to be large rack-mounted devices, they're now been entering lightweight desktop sizes. EditShare Ultra is one of these solutions and is now … [Read more...]

NAB 2016: ReLamp — Replace Your Halogens With LEDs


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) You know when you're getting old when your more excited by simple elegant solutions for film, rather than brand new gear. Double points if it solves a problem you didn't even know you had. Enter the Visionsmith ReLamp, which was on display at this year's NAB … [Read more...]

NAB 2016: Best In Show – Brother AirScouter Heads-Up Display


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) I grew up watching science fiction movies & television, reading science fiction novels, and playing science fiction games. That's made me impatient for the future to arrive, but more and more it seems that I've finally arrived. Take, for example, the Brother … [Read more...]

NAB 2106: Kinefinity Previews TERRA 6K Camera

Kinefinity TERRA

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Kinefinity came to NAB, but you really wouldn't know it by their booth presence. Having a tiny square at the back end of Central Hall, the budget camera company could easily be overlooked. I know I did the first time I walked though. But the news of a 5K and 6K camera … [Read more...]

NAB 2016 – Day 3 Wrap-Up: Drones, Lights, Killer Tracks & More


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) By the time day three of NAB had rolled around, I had already put over 20 miles on my feet. And with one day to go, I could take the foot a little off the gas and play co-host with Larry Jordan at Digital Production Buzz's live NAB Show Buzz broadcast. But not before … [Read more...]

NAB 2016: Thunderbolt 3 Storage Solutions Are Already Here


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) One of the more surprising things about this year's NAB Show is how much Thunderbolt 3 is being accepted for external hard drive data transfer. Thunderbolt 3 was developed by Intel Israel last year, and uses USB Type-C connectors and they are blazing fast with its … [Read more...]

NAB 2016: Autodesk To Render In The Cloud


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Though Steve Wozniak fears that reliance on the Cloud for our data needs will bring us to the apocalypse, I have come to think that cloud computing is a very cool option, especially for small production companies and individuals. Autodesk seems to agree, as they have … [Read more...]

FiLMiC Pro For iOS Adds Timelapse, Portrait Filming, & More

FiLMiC Pro Logo

By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) It's extraordinary how far mobile filmmaking has come in the last few years and one of the apps at the forefront making it a reality is FiLMiC Pro. It was already a near perfect software solution to leverage the capabilities of the iPhone or iPad (and now … [Read more...]

NAB 2016: Day 2 – The Virtual Reality Wrap-Up

Zeiss VR ONE

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Tuesday at NAB I walked around and caught some pretty fun tech. Since the buzz word this week is all about virtual reality, I swung by some booths, saw some cool products, and interviewed a few of the leading names in VR. But I also caught a glimpse on what some of … [Read more...]

NAB 2016: Condition One Unveils Bison, New Stereoscopic VR Camera


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) NAB 2016: Virtual reality is one of those technologies which a lot of people are incredibly excited by and yet most people are unsure what to do with it. I personally don't think that it will revolutionize filmmaking in narrative fiction but that is what made me … [Read more...]