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Watch out pixels! There's a new Vector-based codec

Published in Technology

Researchers at the University of Bath claim to have invented a codec based not on pixels but on vectors. Vector graphics have been around for a long time but until now they have not been considered to be suitable for general purpose image work - and certainly not for video - because while they have distinct advantages, they are difficult to use where images are complex

Why can't there just be one, really good, codec?

Published in Technology

Phil Rhodes doesn't mince his words in wondering why not!

Massive codec upgrade for Sony's PMW-300 and PMW-400

Published in Production

A surprise upgrade for Sony's shoulder-mount ENG cameras means they can record HD with the same quality as visually lossless ProRes

Replay - The best of 2012: 8 bit or 10 bit?

Published in Technology

In case you missed first time around, here's one of the best articles from 2012, by Phil Rhodes: 8 bit or 10 bit? The truth may surprise you!

VP9 codec rides to the aid of 4K

Published in Distribution

Google seems to be saying "Forget H.265 - our VP9 codec is here, now, and is better"

H.265 AKA HEVC. The next generation of video compression

Published in Technology

You will hear a lot about codecs when it comes to 4k in the next few months, but the most important one of them all finally reaches an important milestone in January when HEVC hits the Final Draft International Standard stage. Ratification and commercial products supporting it will not be far behind

The art of Motion Tracking

Published in Post

For most of the history of film, if you wanted to insert something into the picture that didn't exist,  the camera had to be stationary. Motion tracking allows artificial objects to be inserted convincingly into real footage. Phil Rhodes explains

Redshark's only 10 months old, and our readership is growing all the time. So if you're a new arrival here you'll have missed some great articles from earlier in the year

There are so many great articles in RedShark's archive - we're publishing this again in case you missed it first time!

Sony explains its new 4K codec: XAVC

Published in Technology

Do we need yet another H.264 - based codec? Sony thinks that we do, and explains why

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