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

Marks' Monday Memo

– I am typing this while sitting inside a TV truck outside the Metropolitan Opera House. I’ve been booked for this show for months. The avenue outside is packed with noisy traffic. The sidewalks are crowded with school kids, shoppers, dog walkers, and office workers. Inside, chorus members in hoop skirts and make-up are singing. […]  More


Karen (my wife) got home tonight, only an hour-and-a-half late. YAY! Alitalia gave everyone printed apologies for the plastic cutlery, saying that’s all the FAA would allow. The first of the televised memorial events went off pretty well (though all the clergy exceeded their time allocations). I now have THREE more to look forward to […]  More

The Fifth Day

It was really good to be with friends last night. The Long Island Railroad operated absolutely normally and on time. The subways were something else. Service below 34th Street on the 7th Avenue lines has been suspended, making the Times Square Station the last useful transfer point. The platform there was the most crowded I […]  More

PLEASE be careful!

A horrible crime was committed on Tuesday morning. Those who committed it are criminals. They are murderers. They are terrorists. Those of them who remain alive should be brought to justice. Anything that can be done to prevent such atrocities in the future should be done. BUT Whatever ethnic group or groups those criminals/murderers/terrorists belong […]  More

Yet Another New York Update

I am continuing these reports by request. The “frozen zone” was shortened today by about a mile and a half. It is now roughly equivalent to the area of lower Manhattan that has no electric power or telephone service, but crews are working on both, and the New York Stock Exchange, right in the heart […]  More

New York Update

The bad news is that, after the latest collapse this afternoon, the wind shifted. The acrid smoke is now heading north. It burns the eyes and the throat rapidly. I first encountered it at 122 Street, about eight miles from the disaster; it’s not fun. All subways are running now, but slowly. I still can’t […]  More

Another New York Update

Most things are getting back to normal. Traffic was allowed into Manhattan today, so I got both today’s New York Times and yesterday’s. Most stores are open. Theaters are opening tonight. The smoke plume seems to be blowing out to sea again. On the other hand, some subway service is worse. Reports as to why […]  More


Having spent much of last week at the World Trade Center, I wasn’t there yesterday, so I am fine. The wind doesn’t seem to be carrying the smoke and dust north, so we are physically unaffected in midtown Manhattan, but, even aside from emotions, we are certainly affected. I cannot yet make any long distance […]  More

More about the disaster

Lower Manhattan, as you might expect, is a disaster area. The two plane crashes affected primarily the World Trade Center. The collapsing south tower affected the immediate neighborhood. But the collapsing north tower sent a cloud of smoke and dust that has completely enveloped lower Manhattan and has yet to clear about four hours later. […]  More

About today's disaster

WCBS-TV is, indeed, on the air, apparently from the Empire State Building. All other major analog TV stations appear to be off the air. WCBS-DT and WNYW-DT were located at the Empire State Building. The others were at the World Trade Center. I am located about four miles north of the disaster, but, even here, […]  More