25 Years of HDTV Broadcasting

Today, according to calendars in the United States, is the 25th anniversary of China’s crackdown on protesters in Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Yesterday, according to those same calendars, was the 25th anniversary of modern, regularly scheduled, HDTV broadcasting (in Japan). In the local time zones, where the HDTV broadcasting was received, it was actually the […]  More

NAB 2014: Don't Worry; Be Happy!

The 2nd Screen 4K IP 2014 NAB Show vs. the Real World. Mark Schubin’s NAB 2014 wrap-up. (Mark has visited every booth at every NAB show since 1973.) Presented at the Washington, DC SMPTE on May 21, 2014. Video (TRT 54:48) NAB 2014: Don’t Worry; Be Happy! (1536×864, mp4, 70 MB) Embed (540×304):  More

Live 4k Streaming (for opera, of course)

  The first commercial digital sound recording was of an opera. The first live television subtitles were for opera. And, now, live 4k opera streamed over the Internet. At 7 pm Central European Time on Wednesday, May 7, the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera) will transmit Verdi’s opera Nabucco, with Placido Domingo in the title […]  More

He Went the Distance

There is no formula for being great, and there is no formula for the Lechner Distance. Bernie Lechner was the former and came up with the latter. He died on April 11. He was an engineer’s engineer. Engineers need to figure out problems, so Bernie was a listener. Engineers need to know what was tried before […]  More

"…Not in Our Stars…"

  A number of noteworthy events took place the week of April 6. Following the publication of former-President Jimmy Carter’s book A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power, current-President Barack Obama issued an executive order and a presidential memorandum to try to reduce inequality of pay between men and women. The annual equipment exhibition […]  More

HPA 2014 – Is Nothing New? [video]

  Mark Schubin’s Is Nothing New? presentation from the HPA Tech Retreat, presented on February 21, 2014 (audio recorded later). Video (TRT 31:26) HPA 2014 – Is Nothing New (1276×720, mp4, 62 MB) Embed (540×304):  More

HPA 2014 – Resolution Frame-Rate and Dynamic Range [video]

  Mark Schubin’s Resolution Frame-Rate and Dynamic Range presentation from the HPA Tech Retreat, presented on February 20, 2014 (audio recorded later). (Extended Version: Bang for the Buck: Data Rate vs. Perception in UHD Production by Mark Schubin at http://youtu.be/UG6q2xVkKU4) Video (TRT 12:57) HPA Resolution Frame-Rate and Dynamic Range (1276×720, mp4, 17 MB) Embed (540×304):  More

When Will We Convert to HDTV?

  A few weeks ago I worked on an event television production in New Jersey. Last week I was at the HPA Tech Retreat in California. Yesterday I attended Panasonic’s pre-NAB press conference in New York. What do the three have in common? They made me wonder when we will make the transition to HDTV. […]  More

HPA 2014 Technology Year in Review [video]

  Mark Schubin presents his 2014 Technology Year in Review from the HPA Tech Retreat, given on February 19, 2014 (audio recorded later). Video (TRT 14:41) HPA 2014 Technology Year in Review (1536×864, mp4, 22 MB) Embed (540×304):  More

Drinking from the Fire Hose

Disclosure: I work on the program of the annual HPA Tech Retreat and have received an honorarium for that work in the past. Just when you thought it was safe to ignore new technology for a while, it’s ba-a-a-ack: the HPA Tech Retreat, February 17-21 at the Hyatt Regency in Indian Wells, California (Palm Springs […]  More