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

Copywrong

  As a professional writer, I like to be paid for my work. I still remember the first sentence I wrote for money, for a pop-up picture postcard. “Reigning majestically over the skyline of New York for more than 35 years, the Empire State Building still commands a view that can take your breath away.” […]  More

IBC 2015: Virtual Reality for Storytelling

  Al Jazeera is famous for many things, but virtual reality is probably not one of them – at least not yet. At last week’s International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam, in the Future Zone, however, Al Jazeera was very prominent in the field. At one “stand” (what Americans might call a “booth”), Al Jazeera […]  More

HPA Tech Retreat 2016 – Call for Proposals

  Call for Proposals for Presentations at the 2016 HPA Tech Retreat Welcome back from Labor Day! It’s time to get back into the grind and to consider the Hollywood Professional Alliance’s upcoming technology event. The 2016 HPA Tech Retreat will take place February 15-19 at the Hyatt Regency Resort in Indian Wells, CA (Palm […]  More

The Parabolic Mic Was First Used for Opera

When Thomas Edison filed his first patent caveat for motion pictures in 1888, the only purpose he mentioned for them was opera. When SMPTE-founder Charles Francis Jenkins explained in 1925 why TV sets needed both picture displays and loudspeakers, it was “so that an entire opera in both action and music may be received” (Vision by Radio, p. […]  More

B4 Long

  Something extraordinary happened at this month’s annual convention of the National Association of Broadcasters in Las Vegas. Actually, it was more a number of product introductions — from seven different manufacturers — adding up to something extraordinary: the continuation of the B4 lens mount into the next era of video production. Perhaps it’s best […]  More

The Bain of Our Existence

As is the case for most technologies, television had no single “inventor.” But then there’s the amazing Alexander Bain. Consider: The first major-league baseball game to be televised was played between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers on August 26, 1939. If one believes that television was introduced at the New York World’s Fair […]  More

Schubin on Everything Else

Videotape is dying. Whether it will be higher in spatial resolution, frame rate, dynamic range, color gamut, and/or sound immersion; whether it will be delivered to cinema screens, TV sets, smartphones, or virtual-image eye wear; whether it arrives via terrestrial broadcast, satellite, cable, fiber, WiFi, 4G, or something else; the moving-image media of the future […]  More

Everything Else

Videotape is dying. Whether it will be higher in spatial resolution, frame rate, dynamic range, color gamut, and/or sound immersion; whether it will be delivered to cinema screens, TV sets, smartphones, or virtual-image eye wear; whether it arrives via terrestrial broadcast, satellite, cable, fiber, WiFi, 4G, or something else; the moving-image media of the future […]  More

2015 HPA Tech Retreat – Call for Submissions

Labor Day is over, so it’s that time of year again: time to think about proposing presentations for the 2015 HPA Tech Retreat, February 9-13 at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells (Palm Springs, California area). Many say it’s the most-important event of the year. For those of you not familiar with the retreat, HPA is […]  More

The Motion-Picture Inventor (a baseball & opera story)

  In The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, originally a radio series broadcast in 1978, hyper-intelligent beings create a supercomputer to answer “the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything.” After 7½ million years, the delivered result is 42. Author Douglas Adams denied there was any significance to the number. But it’s possible he […]  More