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

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

Prayers

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

Forget HDTV; Get HDTV!

First published in Videography May 2001 Never mind what’s going on with broadcast transmitters and consumer receivers.  If you’re considering major equipment purchases, there’s never been a better time to look at HDTV. A funny thing happened on the way to the live broadcast of the 100th Anniversary concert of the Philadelphia Orchestra last November. […]  More

Getting Cranky

Originally published in Videography March 2001 Aside from offering the elusive “look” of film, cinematography has long been able to achieve certain functions that video couldn’t. With the introduction of a new variable-frame-rate camcorder, however, the list may have just gotten much shorter. Question: Why do the people in silent movies appear to be rushing […]  More

Too Good For Its Own Good?

Originally published in Videography August 1999 Can brighter, sharper, more colorful pictures be bad? Adventures in electronic cinema offer mixed results. Four Weddings and a Funeral, Three Men and a Baby, two screenings and a quandary: Is it possible for videography to be too good? Some recent events may provide a clue. There have, of […]  More