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.

Will the VP9 codec succumb to patent pressures?

Published in Production

The VP9 codec from Google has been shown to be every bit an equal, or in some cases better than HEVC. But could rumblings over patents once again stall both it and its successor's progress?

When you are next bemoaning a particular camera's colour performance, spare a thought for what's involved in getting that colour to the screen in the first place. It's complicated.

HDR is here, but not everything is rosey. Technology still has a way to go before giving us truly reliable, and versatile HDR in a consumer setting. But with challenges come solutions, and it could mean that before long everyone's TV could be reference quality.

Higher resolutions mean much higher storage requirements, don't they? Or do they? Phil Rhodes examines why higher resolutions can make for much more efficient compression.

Finally, a true replacement for JPEG?

Published in Technology & Computing

The new JPEG XL standard looks like the successor to JPEG the web has been waiting for.

Anyone who spent some time hanging around film sets at the end of last year, especially in Northern Ireland, would have seen crew wearing “we survived 40 days of nights” sweatshirts. These commemorated the gruelling schedule (actually spanning 55 days) during which one of the most expansive battle scenes in film and television history was put before the camera. It's spectacular, but there have been gentle comments that the sequence was – well – a little heavy on shadow. So here's our rundown of some very big LEDs.

When it comes to seemingly infinitely increasing resolutions it is all too easy to forget that there are very real, and much needed, reasons why they are required. And it goes well beyond conventional video and filmmaking.

One of the things new technology makes easier is designing new technology. That’s good news for everyone, but it’s particularly useful in niche industries like film and TV where there’s a constant need for high-tech devices in numbers that don’t really support the large volumes of normal (or at least, historically normal) manufacturing practices.

Review: The Deity Connect radio mic system would appear to represent great value for money. Phil Rhodes takes the system for a spin to find out how it performs, and whether the 2.4GHz frequency is a help or a hindrance.

Five more great things we took away from NAB 2019

Published in Production

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.

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