SMPTE Technology Webcast: Mark Schubin’s “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

Schubin Cafe: NAB 2018 – Not Just Technology

Mark Schubin’s annual NAB review is now available at the Schubin Cafe. Recorded at the SMPTE DC meeting on May 23, 2018.  Always a highlight for anyone in the broadcast industry, Schubin once again provides his overview of the big show in the desert after once again visiting every single booth at the LVCC.   More

Schubin Cafe: HPA 2018 Voice Synthesis by Mark Schubin

The annual HPA Tech Retreat took place last month and Program Chair Marc Schubin delivered an in-depth presentation on Voice Synthesis as part of the proceedings. This is a re-recording of the presentation, which was originally presented at the HPA Tech Retreat, February 23, 2018, at the J. W. Marriott Resort & Spa, Palm Desert, […]  More

Schubin Cafe: HPA 2018 Technology Year in Review by Mark Schubin

The annual HPA Tech Retreat took place last month and Program Chair Marc Schubin once again delivered his Technology Year in Review presentation. This is a re-recording of the presentation, which was originally presented at the HPA Tech Retreat, February 21, 2018, at the J. W. Marriott Resort & Spa, Palm Desert, CA. TRT: 11:32 […]  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

Schubin Cafe: Cinema Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Light and Sound Interactive Hyatt Regency Rochester, NY Recorded on September 13, 2017 As we approach the 125th anniversary of people paying to watch movies, Mark Schubin, who has been working in the field for 50 years, takes us on a quick journey from seemingly undirected early “actualities,” through a century of innovations, to some […]  More