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.

Streaming delays are a major problem to overcome

Published in Production

Live streaming has opened up broadcasting opportunities across the board. But latency issues can throw a spanner into the works, and it's not an easy problem to solve.

Lighting flicker is turning into a big problem

Published in Production

If you've watched an episode of The Grand Tour and noticed the car LED headlights flickering during the slow motion shots, you've just witnessed an ever increasing problem with modern lights. Flicker. And it's not an issue that's solvable by traditional methods.

Review: We take a look at Dell's monstrously high resolution UP3218K monitor, a display that promises to show such fine detail that it can show even some of the highest resolution DSLR photos in their entirety.

Can't afford to make a film? Could you use CGI instead?

Published in Production

The cost of making a live action film is rarely anything to do with camera equipment, but instead the logistics and costs of locations and sets. Is CGI animation the solution for the cash strapped indie filmmaker?

There's a lot more to bitrates than you think

Published in Production

When is the bitrate not the bitrate? Codecs are a compromise between quality and storage space used. Phil Rhodes explains why the bitrate on the spec sheet is not always what you'll get when you record for real.

Despite all the advancements in digital technology some of us still do have an inner desire to shoot film. It's almost like a right of passage for someone who deals with moving images. Super 8 is often the go-to format for people on a budget, but Phil Rhodes disagrees and thinks that you should jump right into 16mm. Here's why.

Blackmagic Design's is going from strength to strength. Is it now the ultimate way to produce a project from start to finish without any need for round tripping?

Google aims to transform VR with lightfield technology

Published in VR & AR

While Lytro may be no more, lightfields are still a big, and very useful field of research. And this latest system from Google aims to transform the way VR is captured.

How developers are effectively making VR possible in small spaces. A bit like a virtual version of Doctor Who's TARDIS.

The cutting edge of CGI is back with SIGGRAPH 2018

Published in VR & AR

SIGGRAPH is upon us once more. Phil Rhodes takes a look back on its history and where things are heading in 2018.

Top end VHS gear is now extremely inexpensive, which is great if you are a retrohead wanting to copy your old media at the highest quality possible for digital storage. 

We reviewed Dell's Precision 7720 monster mobile workstation recently. This is clearly an impressive computer. Phil Rhodes gives us his second opinion as a PC user. And is it really a workstation? 

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