Phil Rhodes

Phil Rhodes

Phil Rhodes is a Cinematographer, Technologist, Writer and above all Communicator. Never afraid to speak his mind, and always worth listening to, he's a frequent contributor to RedShark.

Astonishing low light footage from the Sony A99 II

Published in Production

A new YouTube video highlighting the low light performance of the Sony A99 II shows just what modern low light kit is capable of: the above video grab is from a scene lit by two candles and two candles alone.

RedShark Review: Miller's ArrowX 3 (along with the rest of the ArrowX series) hearkens back to the days when a tripod could reasonably be expected to last decades, with a wide counterbalance range that should accommodate modern cameras large and small.

Steerable lasers might be the answer to the "perfect" video projector. As long as they don't burn holes in the screen!

The Panasonic HC-X1 - the new breed of ENG

Published in Production

ENG cameras have changed a lot in the past few years and nothing exemplifies the new breed as much as Panasonic's recently announced HC-X1 4K/UHD ENG camera - a unit packed full of features and capabilities being released this month for a meagre $3199.

RedShark Review: For $1995 Atomos has packed a lot of features into its latest high bright monitor and produced an impressive package that has the potential to go even further as the HDR future unfolds.

Viewfinder lag and why it's a growing problem

Published in Production

While cameras offer more resolution, dynamic range, frame rate options and features over successive generations, the viewfinder technology in them  is struggling to maintain pace.

Aputure VS-5 7-inch production monitor on test

Published in Production

RedShark Review: Phil Rhodes takes a close look at the Aputure VS-5, a 'DSLR monitor' with SDI input that's a surprising budget option for HD productions.

One of the consequences of the massive R&D spend on the computer in your pocket is that new technology is appearing there first — and that includes some tools and techniques that we’d like to see on our film and video cameras.

The importance of beards to filmmaking — or not

Published in Production

Phil Rhodes on survivorship bias, becoming a director, and the sort of muddled thinking that leads people to see correlations where none exist. After all, if it worked for the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster…

Microsoft’s new $2999 and upwards Surface Studio features an ultra-thin, high-resolution touchscreen and innovative control gizmos that make it feel like something genuinely new in the world of computing.

In the first of a new multi-part series on HDR theory and practice, Phil Rhodes explains dynamic range in brief and the challenges in displaying HDR for production and distribution.

Whatever happened to the flash revolution?

Published in Technology & Computing

While flash media is an increasingly ubiquitous storage solution for consumer devices, thanks to its ability to stay ahead in terms of the space-to-money ratio much of video production still relies on metal spinning disks.

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