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

Correction to the 2016 Technology Year in Review

  Correction: In the video of the Technology Year in Review, a modified version of what was presented at the HPA Tech Retreat, the Polaroid Snap camera shown starting about 8:12 in does make instant prints but is not a film-based camera. There are also new Polaroid instant-film cameras being sold, such as the PIC-300, […]  More

Help Fund a Book About Henry Sutton, Television Pioneer

  In 1890, Henry Sutton, of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, published the diagram above (minus the annotations) in The Telegraphic Journal and Electrical Review. It was, conceivably, the first viable proposal for a complete television system (this diagram shows only an elevation of the receiver). Was Sutton able to televise the Melbourne Cup race in 1885? Did […]  More

Great Scots!

  With the Olympic Games opening in Brazil this week, it might be worth noting that the first to feature television cameras took place in Germany 80 years ago. But those weren’t the first sports events with television coverage. Baseball was televised in Japan in 1931; before that, tennis was captured by a video camera […]  More

It's the End of an Era, But Which?

  The day after the 100th anniversary of the first meeting of the society that became SMPTE, The New York Times reported on July 25, 2016, on the front page of its business section, on the end of an era. The headline was “Once $50,000. Now, VCRs collect dust.” If only we knew which era […]  More

Wow or Woe?

Today, July 24, 2016. as this image from page 13 of the July 25, 1916 issue of The Evening Star in Washington, D.C. indicates, is the 100th anniversary of the first meeting of the Society of Motion Picture Engineers, the group that became SMPTE in 1950 when a T for television was added. The article noted that, […]  More

Truth Will Out

  A Capitol Fourth is one of the longest-lasting shows on PBS and is said to be the highest rated. It’s an extraordinary undertaking, with stars from virtually every genre of music performing live both in front of a huge crowd on the west lawn and steps of the U.S. Capitol building and, simultaneously, on TV […]  More

The Baseball-and-Opera Building

  Once upon a time, a little pig lived with four geese on a rooftop farm high above the streets of New York City. The little pig’s name was Nanki-Poo. All of the information above appeared in a news story in The New York Times on November 12, 1907 about how the little pig’s owner’s […]  More

Regarding the recent HDR presentation

There is both a correction and an elucidation for “HDR: The Great, the Okay, and the Yikes!” Correction:  About 35:30 in, the term “ground glass” is used for what test viewers looked at during projector-illuminated tests.  Actually, it was an LCD screen being rear-illuminated by the projector. Elucidation:  At about 26:24 in, the chart says […]  More

Crowded Room, Empty Booth

Yesterday, at the 2016 NAB Show in Las Vegas, the National Association of Broadcasters’ big annual event, I visited “The ATSC 3.0 Consumer Experience” at the southernmost end of the corridor outside the upper level of the South Hall. It’s shown above in an artist’s rendering. It was actually bigger and more crowded, so crowded, […]  More

What Will Be at NAB? Consider IBC

  Like every other NAB show, the upcoming 2016 one will likely have lots of innovations. One to which I’m looking forward is the new “autocolor” button on SoftPanels LED lights. Each can measure the ambient lighting and adjust its output to match, whether it’s an incandescent table lamp or daylight streaming in a window. I’m […]  More