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.

Nailing your technique: location, location, location

Published in Production

The best camera in the world isn't much use if you don't know what to do with it. Even less so if you haven't got a place to film with it in. In the first part of a major series on technique, Phil Rhodes begins with the often frustrating task of finding locations. 

Blackmagic Ursa Mini update addresses lag

Published in Production

Ask, and you shall receive: Blackmagic has released the 4.9 update for the Ursa Mini series featuring noticeably reduced lag in the LCD monitoring and SDI outputs and more.

Nvidia's recent demontration of AI video manipulation gives us a glimpse of the future. Will it ever be perfect? Phil Rhodes looks further. 

A new lens developed at Harvard University could revolutionise how smartphone cameras are produced. 

Why doesn't your video play smoothly?

Published in Production

It's subtle, but once you see it you can't unsee it. Subframe jitter causes unnatural motion, and you could be fooled into thinking it's your equipment at fault. But it isn't an easy problem to solve. 

Just what does anamorphic really mean?

Published in Production

Think you know what anamorphic means? Phil Rhodes takes us through the mysterious world of none square pixels and cliched lense flares. 

The seemingly unstoppable rise of autofocus

Published in Production

Boon or bane? Whatever the individual feelings on AF there's no denying it's an ever-more present part of all of our lives. It's also a technology on the verge of becoming even more capable.

Kyno media management software receives major update

Published in Post & VFX

The well-regarded Kyno media management system from Lesspain Software has just received a comprehensive update that adds the ability to put LUTs on the image and more.

A tech wishlist for the rest of 2018

Published in Production

Leaving jetpacks and holidays on the Moon aside, now that CES 2018 is over what technology are we still waiting to come down the pipe to make the whole business of producing video easier?

Just when you think the days of mechanical storage are ebbing, Toshiba has come along and injected new life into the technology with a rather staggering 14TB drive, without the need for shingling.

Do large sensors produce better picture geometry?

Published in Production

We know big chips are better for light capture and dynamic range. But does a larger chip produce a quantifiably better picture geometry than a smaller one? Can we even define what those extra qualities are? Phil Rhodes investigates whether it can be proven, or whether it is all just hot air.


Don't leave home without these essentials

Published in Production

When it comes to filming, the camera you own is often not as important as the support gear you have. Phil Rhodes investigates some of the most important parts of the equipment bag you shouldn't be without, while avoiding giving your bank account cause for concern. 

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