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.

NAB 2017: Day Three: Sennheiser/GoPro, SmallHD, Sigma, and More


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Day three of NAB 2017 was filled with discovery as I played around with augmented reality for drones, saw the world through the eyes of those gorgeous Sigma Cine Primes, and discovered a very interesting link between GoPro and the Broadway Stage... … [Read more...]

NAB 2017: Day Two – Drones, Adobe, Switcher, and Musicbed

PowerEgg Drone

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Well during Dat 2 of NAB 2017, I saw a few drones I liked, Adobe's booth was standing room only  showing off new features, Switcher Studio goes remote, there's an indie film and music fest coming from Musicbed, and I think we've been invaded by aliens. … [Read more...]

NAB 2017 Interview: Dan May, Blackmagic Design


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) One of my favorite things that I look forward to here at NAB is a chance to catch up with Blackmagic Design USA’s president Dan May. After listening to CEO Grant Petty introduce Davinci Resolve 14, with its new audio editing, facial tracking, and intra network team … [Read more...]

NAB 2017: Day One, Pt. 2 – BoxCast, Digital Anarchy, and JauntVR


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Part II of our NAB Day One wrap-up saw me wandering around all three halls, looking for some really cool technology. I saw several Virtual Reality experiences, designed with a theme park vibe. But there was also some cool streaming technology from BoxCast and a pretty … [Read more...]

NAB 2017: Day One – ARRI, Convergent Design, Panasonic

Panasonic teasing their new Cinema Camera

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Day one is winding down and boy are my dogs barkin!  But what's also making a loud racket is some great camera news, including updates to the VariCam LT, a mysterious new Cinema Camera that Panasonic says will fit in between the GH5 and the VariCam line, and ARRI … [Read more...]

NAB 2017: DJI Launches Ronin 2 Gimbal Stabilizer


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Starting over from the ground up, DJI has introduced the sequel to their Ronin gimbal stabilizer. Dubbed Ronin 2, the new rig has been designed with heavier cinema cameras like the RED, plus accessories for a total load of up to 30 pounds. But it's also convertible … [Read more...]

NAB 2017: Atomos Unveils 4K60 19-Inch Sumo


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Atomos got ahead of the NAB News Cycle yesterday with the announcement of a huge, 19-inch new 4K external monitor recorder that can wrestle 4K/60 Raw with 10-bit HDR. And they've dubbed it SUMO. … [Read more...]

RED’s Jarred Land: NVIDIA Driver Update Makes Older Mac Pros Fast Again


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) How many of you bought the late-2013 Mac Pro, originally announced in June 2013 and released that December, and only now has been updated. In the meantime, Apple did something unprecedented and told a handful of journalists about their modular Mac Pro plans. Well, if … [Read more...]

doddleREVIEWS: Sound Shark Parabolic Microphone


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) When you’re shooting there are some times that you simply cannot get that tight close up or two shot to capture the audio with your shotgun. You could go wireless, like with the RODE Filmmaker or News shooter kit, but what if you’re needing to capture a wider … [Read more...]

NAB Roundup Day 0: GoPro, Canon, and Lenses From Sigma and Cooke

Canon CN-E 70-200mm Lens

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Day Zero? Yes. That's right. There's so much NAB news breaking in the run up to the annual pro confab in Sin City, that we have to start a few days early to give you all the breaking news. What is so important that it can't wait until Monday to get started? Well, … [Read more...]

Panasonic Updates GH5 Firmware, No Autofocus Fix Yet

Panasonic GH5

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) As the first part of multiple firmware updates coming this summer, Panasonic has added a few new features to the GH5, plus a couple of bug fixes. But while they have acknowledged a problem with its autofocus, a fix for it is going to have to wait. … [Read more...]

Sony Alpha A9 Unveiled On The Eve Of NAB 2017


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Looks like NAB is getting going before it even starts (as usual). Sony has announced the Alpha α9 full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens camera which can shoot Raw at nearly 20 times faster than previous models, and its full-frame sensor could image at 6K if … [Read more...]

Has The 13th Doctor Who Been Revealed?

Kris Marshall in Death in Paradise

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) With the tenth series of the modern Doctor Who barely launched, it seems like everyone is in a hurry to get Peter Capaldi's Doctor regenerated and out of the TARDIS. Even the BBC has put several short edits of the regeneration process in recent previews. And now we … [Read more...]

DJI Reveals Phantom 4 Advanced With 4K 60p


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) On the eve of NAB, DJI Global is getting ahead of the news cycle by announcing an updated Phantom 4 Advanced drone, which supports 4K video at 60 frames per second, offers a mechanical shutter, and a controller that has an optional built in screen to replace … [Read more...]

GoPro Unveils Discount Trade-Up Program

GoPro TradeUp

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) GoPro has announced a new trade-in program which will enable older HERO camera owners to get a deep discount on a new HERO5 camera. And the best part is, that it doesn't matter what camera you trade up with, or what condition it's in. … [Read more...]

Is The GH5 Having Autofocus Issues? Panasonic Responds [Updated]

Panasonic GH5

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) UPDATE: Panasonic has responded to reports of the GH5 having autofocus issues by enlisting the aid of one of their professional photographers (known as "Luminaries") to deliver a statement: "We recommend to select the 1-area AF in 30p or 60p frame rate for more … [Read more...]