The Difficulties Of Flying Drones In Southern California


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) On Father's Day, a friend of mine and I wanted to go fly a drone in greater Los Angeles in the morning before it got too hot. But there are so many laws against flying them within the city limits, that we had to hike several miles through the brush to get to a … [Read more...]

Cloud-based Sound Effects Service and Editing Application Soundly Released


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Anyone who has had to deal with sound design in film and video has come across the frustrating task of finding a particular SFX. You may have folders and folders of sounds to search through, and finding it on the cloud is even more problematic. That's where … [Read more...]

CrumplePop’s AutoWhiteBalance Plugin For FCP X, Premiere Pro, After Effects


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) White balance is a product of the transition from film to video. Some of us who dealt with the older media remember having to plan the type of daylight or tungsten balanced film we would be using in the environment we would shoot in. Digital has freed us from … [Read more...]

Kyno Lesspain Software’s All-in-One Media Management App


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Anyone who's worked as an editor or assistant editor knows the brutal tedious work of logging shots and managing media. It gets worse when you have footage from different codecs and sources, but Lesspain Software has released a new application called Kyno that … [Read more...]

New Color Correction Software Color Finale Pro Announced for FCP X


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Color grading is one of those things, along with good sound, that tends to be forgotten about by new filmmakers, but considered to be of the utmost importance by veterans. Good color and sound will add an incredible amount of production value to your film, and … [Read more...]

EPICOLOR: FxFactory & Lemke Software Unveil Automatic Color Correction App


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Color grading can be a slow, tedious process just to get a natural color from RAW footage, and that's to say nothing of adding an effect to it. FxFactory is looking to change all of that with Lemke Software's EPICOLOR. The idea behind it is pretty simple: It's … [Read more...]

GoldenHour.One App Tells You The Perfect Time Of Day To Film

By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Despite many misconceptions, the most important part of cinematography and photography isn't the camera but the light. Finding the right time to shoot something outdoors is a bit of a feat, but fortunately there's an app for that. GoldenHour.One is a simple iOS … [Read more...]

doddleREVIEWS: Tangent Element-Vs Virtual Panels For Color Correction

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By Jeremiah Hall (doddleNEWS) Tangent Element-Vs is an app transforming tablets into colorist controls. How is it? Let’s find out. One of the more expensive controllers are colorist panels. If you’re not familiar, colorist panels are made up of one or more trackballs with a movable ring … [Read more...]

Free LiveGrade Air iOS App To Help Color Grade


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) I've always had a very soft spot for technology and how to integrate it into my life. I like to keep abreast of what's up-and-coming in the mobile world, whether for filmmaking or otherwise. Pomfort has released a new free color correction app for iOS that will … [Read more...]

Final Draft Lowers Prices Until Mid-September


By Jeremiah Hall (doddleNEWS) Final Draft has lowered pricing on their products, including full versions and educational versions of their screenwriting software, until September 12, 2014. Final Draft says this is their “biggest and last sale of the year.” A new license of their desktop … [Read more...]

Adobe Updates Story CC Plus

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By Jeremiah Hall (doddleNEWS) Adobe has updated Story CC Plus. Story CC Plus 2014 is an application for scriptwriting and scheduling projects. Adobe Story CC Plus 2014 now includes Live Entertainment workflows, which Adobe says gives writers and directors, “. . .custom scripts for programs … [Read more...]

New mobile phone app has James Bond features to thwart surveillance


VIENNA (Reuters) Silent Circle, a company known for mobile apps designed to thwart government surveillance, is introducing on Thursday a secrecy-cloaking phone service that lets customers make and receive private phone calls for as little as $12.95 a month. The secure, fixed-rate voice and data … [Read more...]

New Tribune mobile app creates ‘playlists’ of streaming audio news

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By Alexei Oreskovic - SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) A new smartphone app developed by the Tribune Co will read aloud a personalized "playlist" of news articles along with weather and traffic updates, as the media organization looks for new ways to reach consumers. The free Newsbeat app released on … [Read more...]

Facebook shares surge as mobile ads click

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By Supantha Mukherjee (Reuters) . At least 30 brokerages raised their price targets on Facebook's shares, which touched a high of $62.30 in early trading on Thursday. If the gains hold to close, Facebook would have added about $20 billion to its market capitalization of $136 billion. The … [Read more...]

Apple reports $1 billion app sales in December, $10 billion for 2013

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NEW YORK (Reuters) Apple Inc said on Tuesday that its customers spent $1 billion (609.45 million pounds) on purchases in its applications store in December, leading to a total of $10 billion worth of apps sold in 2013. Apple reported app downloads of almost 3 billion apps in December, making it a … [Read more...]

Not in New York? App lets revelers ring in New Year’s Eve remotely


By Natasha Baker (Reuters) Revelers who can't make it to New York's Times Square to celebrate New Year's Eve can download an app to make sure they see the ball drop. More than a million people from around the world flock to the famous area in midtown Manhattan which hosts one of the world's … [Read more...]