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

First Base to Primo Basso

I know of only one person who gave up an opera career for baseball, but there seem to have been many who have gone in the opposite direction. On Site Opera is a New York City company that specializes in site-specific productions. Last year, they did Gershwin’s jazz opera Blue Monday at the Cotton Club, and […]  More

No, Virginia, the Moon Landing Could Not Have Been Faked in 1969

Fifty years ago today, Apollo 11 left the Earth’s surface; 50 years ago on July 20, humans walked on the moon’s surface for the first time.  I just posted something on LinkedIn about both my experience of those moments and how I’ve been asked by such organizations as BBC TV to explain my opinion of […]  More

Schubin Cafe: The Latest in Lens Technology & The Lens That Started It All

Some people don’t think 4K video offers enough visual impact over HD to be worth the trouble, but SMPTE Life Fellow Mark Schubin argues that even those people should be considering “4K” lenses because their “frequency response” at HD is better than that of HD lenses. He also provides some possibly shocking information about the […]  More

Schubin Cafe: The Earliest Idea for an Electronic Camera?

In this quick Schubin Cafe bite, Mark Schubin examines where the earliest idea for an electronic camera actually came from a 15-year-old Austration – beating everyone else by at least seven years. This presentation was recorded at the HPA Tech Retreat on Feb. 15, 2019 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, Palm […]  More

Schubin Cafe: HPA 2019 Technology Year in Review by Mark Schubin

The annual HPA Tech Retreat took place last week and industry legend Marc Schubin once again delivered his Technology Year in Review presentation. This is a recording of the presentation, which was originally presented at the HPA Tech Retreat on Feb. 13, 2019 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, Palm Desert, CA.  More

Jim St. Lawrence 1944-2018

Movie director Errol Morris is justly praised for the use of the “Interrotron,” a system allowing even untrained subjects to speak directly into a video camera’s lens as though conversing with another person. Before Morris’s first movie, however, Jim St. Lawrence came up with the same technique for use on one of his series on TVOntario; he […]  More

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

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