B4 Long

  Something extraordinary happened at this month’s annual convention of the National Association of Broadcasters in Las Vegas. Actually, it was more a number of product introductions — from seven different manufacturers — adding up to something extraordinary: the continuation of the B4 lens mount into the next era of video production. Perhaps it’s best […]  More

The Bain of Our Existence

As is the case for most technologies, television had no single “inventor.” But then there’s the amazing Alexander Bain. Consider: The first major-league baseball game to be televised was played between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers on August 26, 1939. If one believes that television was introduced at the New York World’s Fair […]  More

Sensor-Lens Options for 4K Acquisition

Recorded at the 2015 HPA Tech Retreat, Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, CA February 12, 2015 Are “4K” cameras really 4K? Is de-bayering a form of upconversion? Why should lenses be different for HD and 4K? Why are higher-resolution image sensors usually bigger than HD sensors? Was there ever a real 4K camera? Mark Schubin provides a […]  More

Technology Year in Review

Annual Technology Year in Review recorded at the 2015 HPA Tech Retreat, Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, CA February 11, 2015 Direct Link (13 MB / 10:36 TRT): Technology Year in Review Embedded:  More

Everything Else

Recorded at the HPA Tech Retreat Super Session, Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, CA February 10, 2015 The moving-image media are now all file-based and post-produced — except, that is, for news, sports, and live events ranging from awards shows to zoo births, with art-exhibit openings, ballet, concerts, opera, and theater thrown in.  Even in movie […]  More

Understanding Frame Rate

Recorded on January 20, 2015 at the SMPTE Toronto meeting. In viewing tests, increased frame rate delivers a greater sensation of improvement than increased resolution (at a fraction of the increase in data rate), but some viewers of the higher-frame-rate Hobbit found the sensation unpleasant. How does frames-per-second translate into pixels-per-screen-width? One common frame rate […]  More

UHD: Beyond the Hype

Recorded November 12, 2014, NAB’s CCW+SATCON, Javits Convention Center, New York. With CES 2015 beginning tomorrow, Mark Schubin asks: What do viewers appreciate most about UHD? Higher resolution, frame rate, dynamic range? Wider color gamut? More immersive sound? What do those mean for production, post, and distribution? Can more become less? Follow the beyond-HD journey […]  More

The New Second Screen: Live Theater Broadcasts

The New Second Screen: Live Theater Broadcasts Recorded November 7, LiveTV:LA, Loews Hollywood Hotel, CA. The Metropolitan Opera led the charge in live simulcasts to movie theaters but now pop concerts and other musical performances are following suit. Mark Schubin, SMPTE fellow, discusses how the Metropolitan Opera delivers a rich and compelling experience that has […]  More

Everything Else

Videotape is dying. Whether it will be higher in spatial resolution, frame rate, dynamic range, color gamut, and/or sound immersion; whether it will be delivered to cinema screens, TV sets, smartphones, or virtual-image eye wear; whether it arrives via terrestrial broadcast, satellite, cable, fiber, WiFi, 4G, or something else; the moving-image media of the future […]  More

The Fandom of the Opera: How the Audience for a Centuries-Old Art Form Helped Create Modern Media Technology

Presented as part of National Opera Week at Stevens Institute of Technology, College of Arts & Letters, Hoboken, NJ on October 30, 2014. Believe it or not, electronic home entertainment was invented for opera audiences. So were consumer headphones, movies, newscasts, and pay-cable. The first sportscasts were in opera houses. The first wireless broadcast? The […]  More