Schubin Cafe: The Latest in Lens Technology & The Lens That Started It All

Some people don’t think 4K video offers enough visual impact over HD to be worth the trouble, but SMPTE Life Fellow Mark Schubin argues that even those people should be considering “4K” lenses because their “frequency response” at HD is better than that of HD lenses. He also provides some possibly shocking information about the […]  More

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