Mark Schubin, Contributor, Schubin Cafe

Mark Schubin, Contributor, Schubin Cafe

Mark Schubin ranks among the best of the best television engineers today. He brings more than 40 years experience to every production along with a wealth of television history and lore. A consultant now to many large communications companies both here and abroad he took time out from his busy schedule to talk to us about the production of an opera produced in 720p with the Panasonic production truck, the same one used for many of the ABC produced Monday Night Football games. Mark talks about some of the characteristics of HDTV which differ from the older standard.

Recent Posts by Mark Schubin, Contributor, Schubin Cafe

Schubin Cafe: Six Centuries of Opera and Media Technology in New York

Electronic home entertainment was invented in New York City for opera; so were headphones. The first compatible-color television program seen at home was opera in New York; so was the first bootleg recording. New York’s media technologies for opera date back to the 16th century and in the 21st century include dynamic video warping with […]  More

Official History

My latest historical paper, on watching live remote baseball games for 50 years before television, was just published in the Proceedings of the IEEE. My previous historical papers for them were on why television research began in 1877 (and why television histories don’t say that) and on how opera incubated electrical and electronics technologies. Enjoy!  More

Happy to Be an Opera Engineer

October 2017 marks my 45th consecutive year as (freelance) engineer-in-charge at the media department at the Metropolitan Opera. That’s a long time to work for a company, but it’s not so special at the Met. One of our video engineers, still working on our television productions, began five years before me. On Sunday night, as […]  More

Breaking the Pictures Barrier: Why Television Research Began in 1877 (and why no one knows it), SMPTE Long Island Sub-Section, MultiDyne, Hauppauge, New York, March 28

SMPTE Long Island Sub-Section Meeting MultiDyne, 10 Newton Place, Hauppauge, New York 11788 Tuesday, March 28, 5:30 pm networking, 6:00 pm program The event is free, but registration is requested.  Please click here. Breaking the Pictures Barrier: Why Television Research Began in 1877 (and Why No One Knows That) It seems that television research may […]  More

The Polish Polymath Who Came Up With Television For Opera – In 1878

  His name was Julijan Ochorowicz (though his first name was also spelled Julian or even Julien), and he was, among other things, a scientist, engineer, mathematician, inventor (credited with the first hands-free telephone), economist, linguist, Egyptologist, philosopher, poet, teacher, paranormal-phenomena investigator, and pioneer of experimental and clinical psychology.  His first thesis was on the […]  More

"What the H? Did Pittsburg Give Us Our First Letter?" 2017 HPA Tech Retreat, Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, CA, February 24

In 1957, a plaque commemorating “Hollywood’s Golden Jubilee” was dedicated by the mayor of Los Angeles, but everything about it was wrong.  Was Hollywood actually born in Pennsylvania?  Sixty years after the ceremony Mark Schubin tries to uncover the truth. And, no, Pittsburg, the one in Pennsylvania, is not spelled incorrectly above or here.  Find […]  More

Hoaxes?

  On Saturday night, 2017 January 7, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences bestowed Technology and Engineering Emmy Awards on Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (the IET), and Siemens for “The Concept of Opto-Electronic Transduction,” a fundamental principle of television cameras: the ability to convert variations in light intensity […]  More