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.

How to use your phone to diagnose problem lighting

Published in Production

Light flicker is the bane of many a camera operator, and it isn't always caused by the mains frequency. Here's how to diagnose problem lights with your phone!

Each time a new top of the range smartphone is released, it seems as though mobile video and photography takes another step forward. The Huawei P20 Pro looks to be no exception to this. Phil Rhodes looks further.

Creating a large diffuse light source can be a tricky thing to do at the best of times, especially on lower budgets. But Aladdin Lights has a potential solution with its forthcoming Fabric-Lite system.

All future predictions thought that by now cheap solid state storage would be normal, and that traditional mechanical HDDs would be a thing of the past. How wrong they were. Phil Rhodes looks at why this is, and how traditional hard drives have seen a lot more development recently that you might have expected. 

CPUs and GPUs are great for certain processes. But what happens if you need more grunt than any current CPU offers but you can't make efficient use of a GPU either? Xilinx is developing a solution.

Sharp's 8CB60A 8K camera caused a bit of a stir last year, and now we have been shown some exclusive footage from the new camera that shows off just how good 8K is.

Four techniques that are certain to revolutionise cameras

Published in Production

Computational abilities have already transformed what we can do with cameras. Here are some of the most prevelant technologies and techniques that could revolutionise what we will be able to do in the future.

Buying your own Alexa is much easier than you think

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For many camera ops the idea of owning an Alexa is simply an unrealistic dream. But is it? Phil Rhodes shows how mere mortals could in fact own one of these legendary cameras, and what the benefits and disadvantages of doing so would bring.

We give the Fiilex Q8 Travel LED light a thorough test to find out if it should form part of your kit bag.

Saving your data from oblivion is getting easier

Published in Production

Preserving our footage and data in the long term is a big concern. But is it a genuine concern, or is data preservation actually becoming easier? 

Broadcast standards are defined to ensure a minimal picture quality through the broadcast chain. But do the minimum bitrate requirements actually stack up in the realworld? Read on to find out. 

Will the Alexa LF make large-format the new normal?

Published in Production

The Alexa LF has caused quite a stir. With it's large sensor, will the new camera normalise large-format cinematography, or will practical production issues mean that it remains a niche product?

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