Jim St. Lawrence 1944-2018

Movie director Errol Morris is justly praised for the use of the “Interrotron,” a system allowing even untrained subjects to speak directly into a video camera’s lens as though conversing with another person. Before Morris’s first movie, however, Jim St. Lawrence came up with the same technique for use on one of his series on TVOntario; he […]  More

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