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.

Hackers Make Good On Threat To Leak HBO Programs

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) When the news broke that hackers had broke into servers ranging from Disney to Netflix to HBO, they promised that over time they would be releasing episodes and cuts of films on the internet to any studio that refused to pay up. Some, like Disney, called their bluff … [Read more...]

MoviePass Drops To $10 A Month For Unlimited Screenings


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Movie ticket prices have been going up every single year since 1993. In New York and Los Angeles, it's not uncommon to lay out $15 a ticket. And that's not even with popcorn and other treats, which can quickly add up for a family, let alone a simple date. But there's … [Read more...]

Did Nikon Accidentally Leak Its Own D850 Spec Sheet?


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Rumors are rumors. And technically, the supposed leaked spec sheet for the Nikon D850 is a rumor. But when the leak comes from what looks like an official Nikon slide presentation for the camera, can you really take it with a grain of salt? Because the specs look … [Read more...]

GoPro: Karma # 2 in Drone Sales, Business Improving


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) The GoPro Karma has rapidly become the number 2 highest selling drone, behind only the DJI Mavic Pro. The company announced their 2nd quarter earnings report last week, showing that after a bad 2016, things may be looking up. "GoPro is building momentum. Strong … [Read more...]

Netflix Trying to Keep Star Wars and Marvel as Disney Develops Own Service


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) By now everyone has heard of Disney's plans to pull out of their exclusive deal with Netflix to stream Disney, Marvel and Lucasfilm content, in favor of launching their own rival services in 2019. We're getting word that Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos is lobbying the … [Read more...]

Collapsing Summer Box Office is Spielberg’s Prophecy Come True


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) During the summer 2017 domestic market, several high budget films opened in North America. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, budget $175 million. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, budget: $230 million. Transformers: The Last Knight, budget: $217 … [Read more...]

Cinematography 101: How To Read A Histogram


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) The Histogram is a mystery to some of us, and that's OK. Like a camera's zebras and false color (that's another blogpost), the Histogram is part of a mysterious features inside your camera or field monitor that some cinematographers always wanted to use, but never … [Read more...]

Can You Actually Shoot 6K With The Panasonic GH5?

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) When Panasonic announced the GH5 with a 6K sensor, some fans were a bit miffed by the fact it still shot in 4K. But one YouTuber has figured out that there just may be a way to convince the GH5 to shoot in 6K (sort of) through the 6K photo mode, and you can even have … [Read more...]

Filmmaking 101: Need Realistic Gun Props? Here’s How To Get Them


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) The ability to have a prop gun capable of realistic (but of course fake) firing, gives the actor the right 'force feedback' in order to have a convincing performance in a filmed gun fight. Where can get you a realistic prop gun that is both safe and looks legit on … [Read more...]

Intel Rounds Out Its Next-Gen i9 Processor Family

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Back in June, Intel announced their 8th generation top-of-the-line desktop Core i9 processor, codenamed 'Basin Falls.' This X-series processor screams with up to 18 cores and a teraflop of processing power. But what was missing from the announcement was details on … [Read more...]

Latest iPhone Rumors: Smart Camera, No Home Button, and More


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Ten years. It's been over ten years since Steve Jobs took to the stage at MacWorld in January 2007, and changed the world with the Apple iPhone. Not that there weren't smartphones before it, but the iPhone somehow made smartphones better, easier for anyone to use, … [Read more...]

Leica Investor Wants To Sell 45% Stake In The Camera Company


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Man, what is up with European camera companies? First, DJI swooped in and bought a chunk of Hasselblad. Now we have news that one of Leica's investors is doing the same thing, putting up 45% of the company on the auction block. And now we're hearing that Zeiss be … [Read more...]

Filmmaking 101: Earning a Living as an Indie Filmmaker

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) When Steven Spielberg and George Lucas made the prediction that modern filmmaking is going to collapse due to an over reliance on fewer larger budget tent-pole films, it made some stand up and take notice. Others believe that they were losing their minds due to old … [Read more...]

New Apple TV Specs Revealed In HomePod Firmware


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Over the years we've heard some pretty juicy rumors coming out of Apple. In fact, Steve Jobs used to leak phony rumors in order to track down who the leakers would be and fire them. But what do you do when the one doing the leaking is your own technology? And Apple's … [Read more...]

Panasonic Unveils Specs and Pricing For The EVA1 Cinema Camera


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) At the beginning of the summer, we were on hand at Cine Gear for the dramatic reveal of Panasonic's new cinema camera, the AU-EVA1. At that time, we saw some great 4K video shot by the 5.7K sensor, and heard about some basic specs, but there was still time for the … [Read more...]

SIGGRAPH 2017: AMD, Maxon, HP and Others Take Center Stage


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) SIGGRAPH. It's the NAB for computer and visual effects geeks. It's the multi-day confab that deep dives into the minutiae of what truly makes digital tools tick. And though this isn't everything we've heard about, there's a lot of news to be had. The first … [Read more...]