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.

Technology history is littered with the corpses of devices that seemed great, but just didn't make it. In the final part of his series, Phil Rhodes delivers his eulogy for the last decade. We lost some great prospects.

Not a day goes by when we don't hear of some sort of start-up trying to build a new cinema camera. But we have to admit that the Octopus Cinema Camera looks very promising indeed. It's real for a start, not just a computer render. Could we be seeing the beginning of a successful new upstart?

It doesn't matter what gear you have, the camera won't make your footage look film like, even if you use a 35mm film camera. Phil Rhodes sheds some very pointed light on the reasons why.

The 1980's were a hotbed of format wars. How did we survive? And more importantly, did a company really try and sell us a video tape that you could turn over? Phil Rhodes starts a two part series delving into the murky world of recording formats that never made it.

It’s not normally our purpose here to review film and TV productions. Occasionally, though, something emerges that’s so unique that it bears talking about, if only because it’s sometimes healthy to stop counting megapixels and look closely at what all this is really supposed to be about. We take a look at HBO/Sky's recent harrowing and thoughtfelt miniseries, Chernobyl.

How dangerous is blue light, really?

Published in Production

The media would have you believe that the light emitted by modern devices is dangerous. What's the reality?

LTO is suffering from shortages right now, and it's all to do with patent law suits. This is not good news if you value your data right now.

These cameras were way ahead of their time, but have been consigned to history. Phil Rhodes continues his examination of cameras that really should have been much more successful, but that had their light extinguished almost before they were a blink in the eye of a photon.

HDR is a whole new world for both consumers and professionals alike. In this interview with senior colourist Toby Tomkins from Cheat, he sheds light on the current state of play when grading HDR, and how the Dolby Vision system affects grades.

Review: At £15,000 plus tax it isn't cheap. But if you are required to produce video for every type of output and need to work fast, AJA's HDR Image Analyzer could well become the most important tool in your post production armoury.

SD cards are often seen as the 'low cost' non professional storage solution. It's not really a fair description, and the latest SD Express development means that cards will soon be capable of blazing speeds.

Review: You wouldn't have thought that batteries could be this interesting, but the Micro series from Bebob certainly are. Read on to find out why.

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