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.

Drones have an impossible hill to climb when it comes to maximising their potential. Phil Rhodes looks at how the recent chaos at a UK airport highlights some fundemental truths about aerial drone filming.

Should camera ops and DPs receive repeat fees like musicians and stills photographers?

Sixty years ago, Canon made this. It was revolutionary

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It's just over 60 years since Canon released its first broadcast lens. Phil Rhodes looks back on a history of lens innovation.

Canon EOS R: Flawed or fundamentally different?

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Review: Canon's new caused quite the stir when it was announced, Phil Rhodes takes a close look at the first camera from the company that is defining the next generation of its products.

Shooting on a virtual set used to be hard. Until now

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Ncam's virtual set previews continue to impress. And nowhere are its capabilities better shown off than on Disney's new adaption of The Nutcracker.

What does the future hold for compressed codecs?

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HEVC was supposed to be the compression of the future, but could it be unsurped by an even better alternative with none of the licensing issues?

Miniatures have been mostly replaced with CGI in todays high tech world of movie production. But minatures have a certain charm, and can still look extremely good indeed, as evidenced by Slice of Life, a Bladerunner inspired fan film that takes low budget miature shots to a whole new level.

What's the best way to shoot monitors?

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Monitors come in all sorts of forms, and can be driven at all sorts of frequencies. Phil Rhodes looks at the tangled condundrum of how best to shoot them on camera.

8K is most certainly here, and it isn't going away any time soon. But its ultimate success or failure could ride on that most basic of things, the humble HDMI cable. Can the standards keep up, and will the solutions being put forward be detrimental to the resolution being craved in the first place?

It's the place for movie premieres, and it is known the world over. Odeon's Leicester Square cinema has seen it's fair share of stars, but now it is receiving a massive overhaul. Phil Rhodes takes a look at what is being done, and examines the capabilities of the new laser projection system.

With around one and a half years to go until the Tokyo Olympics, Japanese broadcaster NHK is readying for what will inevitably be a watershed point for 8K. But the cameras that will be used, internally at least, be unlike any outside broadcast camera ever used for such an event before. Phil Rhodes looks at current sensor technology and asks what this means for such broadcasts.

The end of the Bayer sensor could be upon us

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Put simply, the Bayer method of producing an image from a single sensor has been the backbone of video imaging technology in the current age of big-chip cameras. But there are new technologies that could define a new period of high performance imaging chips and banish the limitations of the Bayer system to the past.

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