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.
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?
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.
It's a sad tale of... well, what, exactly? Over ambition? Hubris? Flying to close to the Sun? Or maybe just a small company trying to be a bigger one. Who wouldn't like to think that they could have done it better? But the reality is that people have lost their jobs and their hopes for the future
- Saturday 15 Jun 2019 - (20582) What's it like using a top-end camera (the Sony F65) on a low-budget indie film?
- Friday 14 Jun 2019 - (18085) Here's what happens when DJI and GoPro go head to head
- Saturday 22 Jun 2019 - (10878) How to Make a DCP (Digital Cinema Package)
- Monday 17 Jun 2019 - (6671) Can the DJI Osmo Action cam beat the GoPro Hero 7?
- Saturday 15 Jun 2019 - (6435) This is why we don't do camera "shoot-outs"
- Tuesday 25 Jun 2019 - (363) Raspberry Pi now available in new 4K flavour
- Tuesday 25 Jun 2019 - (736) Accusonus announces ERA 4, possibly the most simple to use, yet advanced, audio plugins we've seen
- Tuesday 25 Jun 2019 - (486) Live from Berlin - Live Production and Streaming for video makers
- Tuesday 25 Jun 2019 - (4384) The URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 is an entirely new genre of camera
- Monday 24 Jun 2019 - (1049) What the Final Fantasy VII remake tells us about the future of CG