Update: Universal Offering $3.8 Billion To Buy DreamWorks Animation

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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...]

Kodak & Kickstarter To Provide Financing For Shooting On Film

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) As a filmmaker, you may be thinking, "Thank god, the digital revolution arrived because I could never afford to shoot on 16 mm or 35 mm film." Regardless of your movie's next budget, if Kodak and Kickstarter have anything to do with it, you can indeed shoot on film. … [Read more...]

NAB 2016: James DeRuvo’s Best In Show

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) A week of walking around the show room floor didn't reveal much in the way of game changing, innovative products. But there were some notable upgrades and accessories that deserve special mention as the best tech for this year's NAB. Here are some of my favorites. … [Read more...]

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

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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 In A Nutshell: Updates

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) With my day one summary of NAB, I stated that it seemed that this year's conference showed off more incremental upgrades and improvements to technology, rather than any serious game changing technology. After four days of touring the show room floor (check out my day … [Read more...]

NAB 2016: New 3DR Solo Drone Tether Accessory A Game Changer

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) While everyone was talking about the new software that will pilot the 3D Robotics Solo drone, frankly, that wasn't the most exciting thing I saw at the 3DR booth at NAB. The new features like Geofencing and Augmented Reality will make drones safer and easier to fly, … [Read more...]

Larry Jordan’s Thoughts On NAB 2016

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By Larry Jordan NAB is always an exciting show – filled with new things to discover, explore or learn. While NAB can mark the start of a new industry revolution, this year’s show felt more evolutionary than revolutionary. Still, there was lots to see and much to think about. NOTE: During … [Read more...]

NAB 2016: ReLamp — Replace Your Halogens With LEDs

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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 – Qinematiq Autofocus Pulling System

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) While this year’s NAB Show was more about upgrades, rather than brand new offerings, that doesn’t mean there weren’t any neat or cool products — it is just that you had to really go looking for them. Of all the new products I’ve seen, my hands-down … [Read more...]

NAB 2106: Kinefinity Previews TERRA 6K Camera

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...]