Schubin's Greatest Hits

Minding the Store

Originally published in Videography October 2003 Video storage is one of the least considered aspects of videography, but that’s now changing. Here’s a trick question: Which came first, the video recorder or video? The answer is: It depends. The subject of last month’s New York Section meeting of the Society of Motion Picture and Television […]  More

How and Wide

Originally published in Videography September 2003 Widescreen is the future of videography. So why is this blurb oriented vertically on this page? The first thing to remember is that shape is not the same as size. The second is that only images have aspect ratios. The third is that what you see is not necessarily […]  More

We Were Shafted

Originally published in Videography August 2003 In John Logie Baird’s time, videography was crude but simple.  Now what? Queen Elizabeth II and Marilyn Monroe, liquid-crystal and plasma TVs, Miami Vice and al-Jazeera — any way you look at it, we were shafted. And now we’re in for it big time. Of course, being shafted wasn’t […]  More

Three Centuries of Television

Originally published in Videography July 2003 Did you see the latest technology at a recent trade show?  Might it have been developed in the 19th century? Panasonic and Sony introduced advanced video concepts at April’s National Association of Broadcasters show, each hyping its system and disparaging the other’s. At last month’s InfoComm, the brick-sized InFocus […]  More

The Time Machine

Originally published in Videography magazine, April 2003 Disks offer many advantages.  So why do we still use tape-based camcorders? What do the Marx Brothers and John Lennon’s widow have to do with the technology of videography? Perhaps not much — yet. But, although scientists have yet to prove it, it could well be the case […]  More

Ideal or "I Deal"?

Originally published in Videography February 2003 Will television entertainment be destroyed without digital-rights management?  Similar predictions were made in 1976. CBS has been pushing high-definition television (HDTV) for more than 22 years — longer than anyone else has in the United States. But they recently informed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that they would stop […]  More

Anatal Digilog

Originally published in Videography November 2002 It is said that we are now in the digital era. But the solid-state imaging chips of “all-digital” cameras are actually analog devices. On the other hand, the centuries-spanning image-capture technology of motion-picture film operates on straightforward digital principles. The question of whether analog or digital provides higher quality […]  More

It Will Be Converted

Originally published in Videography March 2002 If you shoot HDTV, one thing is pretty much guaranteed.  Whatever your show looks like, someone will change it. The world of moving imagery has changed many times. There was the first motion-picture toy, the first live-action movie, the first theatrical projection, the introduction of sound, and the introduction […]  More

The Other Tech

Originally published in Videography February 2002 The biggest differences between film and video or movies and television may have nothing to do with technology — and everything to do with technique. Two questions: If a manufacturer managed to reduce all of the electronics in a mobile teleproduction facility down to a single chip, how big […]  More

Where Did We Come From?

Originally published in Videography February 2002 There are 36 video formats in the digital-television standard.  It may be comforting to know they were based on happenstance, spirituality, accident, luck, and error. Some people draw guidance from the apparent positions of the stars and planets when they were born. Others study patterns in tea leaves or […]  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