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 fast is your computer inside?

Published in Technology & Computing

Digital video has always meant moving a lot of data around inside a computer. And as computers get ever more powerful, Phil Rhodes explains what really goes on inside your video workstation.

RAID: Everything you need to know

Published in Technology & Computing

RedShark Replay: Phil Rhodes explains the background and the (then) latest developments in the ever-evolving world of RAID (first published in July 2013).

The ups and downs of film finance

Published in Business

It is, to put it mildly, no great secret that the film industry can be a somewhat difficult place to find work, in a similar way that the north face of the Eiger can be a somewhat difficult place for an afternoon stroll

These days you often find that the most cutting-edge technology is in our smartphones and not our cameras. But the professional and the consumer markets do cross-fertilise, and it benefits us all

GH2 and GH3's hidden talents with lenses

Published in Production

Panasonic's GH2 and GH3 cameras have some amazing hidden talents. The best known is superb video quality, but another one is the ability to use different types of lenses, to an almost comical degree!

Here's how to make your films look good

Published in Production

RedShark Replay: You don't have to rely on digital methods to give a film a distictive "look". Phil Rhodes explains.

When CDs first appeared in the early '80s, Phillips said they'd give us "Perfect sound, for ever". Well, they don't give us perfect sound, and they don't last for ever. Nor do the recordable versions of optical digital media. In fact, they're a lot less robust. But there's a new option, as Phil Rhodes explains

Super 8 is becoming popular again

Published in Technology & Computing

"'s perhaps surprising that the Super-8 film format is still – in what we might have expected to be the twilight of its years – quite popular. The popularity of retro-styled web imaging services like Instagram is another instance of what I suspect may be the same trend, and goes some way toward confirming the suspicion that distressed images are now just as fashionable as distressed jeans"

Film vs Digital: here's the reality.

Published in Technology & Computing

We're drilling down to the essence of the difference between analogue and digital. Here's Phil Rhodes' take on this persistent question. It's a fascinating read, and is pretty definitive on the subject

As of next month, you'll be able to buy a Samsung TV that not only uses OLED display technology, but one that's also... curved?

Is HDMI OK for 4K?

Published in Technology & Computing

All this talk of 4K, high frame rate, 3D, and ever more precision and information in video signals is a good thing, right? Well, yes, but at some point, an engineering solution has to be designed to let it happen, and there's reason to believe we might be getting a bit ahead of ourselves

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