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.

Oculus Sued for Virtual Reality Patent Infringement

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) When Oculus Rift was launched on Kickstarter a few years back, it really wasn't a new idea, just an advancement that showed that the technology had nearly caught up with the virtual reality promise that had been around since the 90s. And ZeniMax Media thinks that … [Read more...]

SkyPan Settles With The FAA On Illegal Drone Flights

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Faced with a proposed fine of $1.9 million for illegal drone flights in New York City and Chicago areas, SkyPan International has settled with the FAA for a fraction of that amount, plus future penalties should it breach the city skies again. The FAA isn't messing … [Read more...]

Kodak’s Film Resurrection May Include Kodachrome

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) At CES, Kodak announced it was bringing back Ektachrome film stock due to popular demand. And while it was good, nobody ever wrote a hit song about Ektachrome. So why not bring back Kodachrome, too? Well, Kodak is thinking about it. And yes, there is a song about … [Read more...]

FiLMiC Pro To Add Log Recording In 4K To The iPhone

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Every time that FiLMiC Pro comes out with another update, you wonder how far they can push the features to shoot video with the iPhone, and the latest update will allow you to shoot in 4K Log. … [Read more...]

Updated: The Lily Drone: Another Doomed UAV

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UPDATE: Looks like Lily has more trouble on its hands, as there's a lawsuit being filed in California alleging that the creators on the autonomous drone camera faked product shots to mislead backers in raising the $34 million in crowdfunding. According to details published in Popular Mechanics, … [Read more...]

Disney Research Takes Next Step In Streamlined Mo-Cap System

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Motion Capture. It's all the rage these days for big budget films. Without it, Lucasfilm couldn't have virtually brought back Peter Cushing to reprise his role as Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Nor could Benedict Cumberbatch have been the dragon … [Read more...]

Footage Arrives From Panasonic GH5

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) We've seen a few clips of the Panasonic GH5 thanks to documentary filmmaker Griffin Hammond, who was given a pre-release model in order to test it out. But now there's more footage to feast your eyes on, and you can download it to take it for a test run. … [Read more...]

Adobe Developing Voice-Activated Photo Editing Feature

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Adobe is working on an AI digital assistant for Photoshop called Sensei, which allows you to find and edit your photos using your voice, much like iOS' Siri and Amazon's Alexa. If it's a success, can a version for Premiere Pro and After Effects be far behind? … [Read more...]

Drone Company Parrot To Lay Off 290 Employees

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) The shakeup of the drone industry continues. Parrot has announced plans to lay off nearly 300 employees after sales estimates failed to meet their fourth quarter targets by as much as 15%.  In 2017, the company looks to pull back on going head to head with bigger … [Read more...]

RED Enhances Image Processing In Post Workflow; Helium Sensor Rated Best

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) RED has developed a new image processing workflow for their cameras, future proofing the platform as the film industry moves towards high dynamic range. Dubbed IPP2, the workflow will spread across all cameras, their new HDR displays, software, and firmware. In … [Read more...]

Sundance 2017: Adobe Premiere Pro Has Huge Presence Once Again

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) We've barely caught our breath from CES and Sundance is preparing to get into full swing, and Adobe is on just about every film panel's agenda. Why? Well, not only is it an official sponsor of the Robert Redford's film festival, but with over 4 in 10 projects using … [Read more...]

CES 2017: Razer’s Project Valerie 3-Screen Laptop Prototypes Stolen

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) On Twitter yesterday, NVidia posed the question "How badly do you want @Razer's beastly GeForce GTX 1080-powered, triple-4K-screened laptop, Project Valerie?" Well, apparently really bad, as someone decided to steal both laptop prototypes! Could industrial espionage … [Read more...]

The Best of CES 2017: Panasonic GH5, Razer’s 3-Screen Laptop and More

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) CES 2017 is now a memory, but there was a ton of cool stuff to see. From fishing drones to self driving cars and plenty a virtual reality rigs. What was the best? Well, Engadget has their official 'Best Of' awards, and we have ours. And for film and video … [Read more...]

CES 2017 Day 3: HTC Vive, Mohu, Steadicam, Dell, and 8K Virtual Reality

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Day three of CES 2017 proved one thing: There is quite a lot to see, and there's really no way to see it all, even if CES was a month long. But here are a few things we feel are worth sharing. … [Read more...]

CES 2017: Did DJI Buy Hasselblad?

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) It wasn't all that long ago that DJI bought a minority interest in German camera maker Hasselblad, to explore how developing larger format cameras for a drone could be done. Now the word on the street is that the leading drone maker is going all in with a complete … [Read more...]

CES 2017 Day Two: Project Alloy VR, Razer 3-Monitor Laptop, Robo 3D

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Roaming around day 2 of CES 2017, we're catching our breath and seeing what we've missed. Some products are amazing, to be sure, but will some of them ever make it to market? … [Read more...]