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.

Shooting on a virtual set used to be hard. Until now

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Ncam's virtual set previews continue to impress. And nowhere are its capabilities better shown off than on Disney's new adaption of The Nutcracker.

What does the future hold for compressed codecs?

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HEVC was supposed to be the compression of the future, but could it be unsurped by an even better alternative with none of the licensing issues?

Miniatures have been mostly replaced with CGI in todays high tech world of movie production. But minatures have a certain charm, and can still look extremely good indeed, as evidenced by Slice of Life, a Bladerunner inspired fan film that takes low budget miature shots to a whole new level.

What's the best way to shoot monitors?

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Monitors come in all sorts of forms, and can be driven at all sorts of frequencies. Phil Rhodes looks at the tangled condundrum of how best to shoot them on camera.

8K is most certainly here, and it isn't going away any time soon. But its ultimate success or failure could ride on that most basic of things, the humble HDMI cable. Can the standards keep up, and will the solutions being put forward be detrimental to the resolution being craved in the first place?

It's the place for movie premieres, and it is known the world over. Odeon's Leicester Square cinema has seen it's fair share of stars, but now it is receiving a massive overhaul. Phil Rhodes takes a look at what is being done, and examines the capabilities of the new laser projection system.

With around one and a half years to go until the Tokyo Olympics, Japanese broadcaster NHK is readying for what will inevitably be a watershed point for 8K. But the cameras that will be used, internally at least, be unlike any outside broadcast camera ever used for such an event before. Phil Rhodes looks at current sensor technology and asks what this means for such broadcasts.

Full-frame video cameras are here, and more are being announced all the time. But what do the characteristics of such large sensors actually mean for us in the real world?

The end of the Bayer sensor could be upon us

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Put simply, the Bayer method of producing an image from a single sensor has been the backbone of video imaging technology in the current age of big-chip cameras. But there are new technologies that could define a new period of high performance imaging chips and banish the limitations of the Bayer system to the past.

Modern sensors produce amazing images. How do they do it?

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Modern sensors are capable of incredible feats of image capture. One of the biggest developments is dual gain architecture. But what is it, and what does it do?

If you want really vast storage, and we really do mean vast, the Spectra TFinity ExaScale could be just the ticket. You'll need an equally big room to fit it in though!

If ever there was a benefit to higher resolution, it's that older films can be given a new lease of life. Phil Rhodes examines why new 4K Blu-rays provide a much better experience than when the film was first released into cinemas.

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