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.

Five more great things we took away from NAB 2019

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The talk of NAB this year might well have been focussed on the big players, so here are some of the things we think are just as important, but perhaps didn't get the coverage they deserved.

The backlighting technology used on an LCD display panel makes a surprisingly big difference to its performance, and we’re not just talking about making things brighter.

If NAB showed anything, it demonstrated that LED lights have most definitely come of age.

While 8K wasn't the overriding focus of this years NAB Show, it was a very prominant force, with one particular camera demonstrating that 2019 was the watershed moment when the resolution became mainstream.

Changes are afoot. Avid's Media Composer has undergone some major changes, and it's not before time.

Resolutions above 4K are now a fact of life, so as we enter NAB 2019, the question isn't about whether we need it, but what are manufacturers doing to help us deal with it? Phil Rhodes hopes this is a year when we get some sort hint of standardisation.

No matter how much we try to evaluate cameras in terms of hard numbers, things like dynamic range, resolution and noise floor, people will still ignore them and go with what looks nicest, which isn't necessarily the same thing. What's more, the very idea that any modern camera actually has a fixed look is fairly dubious in itself.

We have a problem. The progress at which editing computers are developing and increasing in speed isn't necessarily keeping pace with the ever increasing resolutions of video. Will we ever reach a perfect nirvana of truly affordable computers that can handle 8K and above with ease when CPU speeds have seemingly stalled?

Whatever happened to these cameras?

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When you push the boundries of technological progress it stands to reason that more than a few ideas will fail to catch on. Camera history is full of examples of devices that for whatever reason faded into obscurity. In the first of a multi-part series, and with NAB just around the corner, Phil Rhodes takes a look at cameras and technology that promised a lot, but just didn't catch on.

Five things to hope for from NAB [Opinion]

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It's almost NAB time again, and as we approach the show rumours and hopes for what we see there are increasing daily. Phil Rhodes gives us his wishlist for this years show.

The looks like being a major update to an already very well respected device, and now we have some stunning slow motion test footage from the camera.

SmallHD recently launched its new monitor into the world, a very promising looking high brightness on-set display. Read on to find out our verdict.

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