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  • 2015 HPA Tech Retreat – Call for Submissions
  • Mark Schubin’s “Opera and Baseball: The Cooperstown Siblings” [video]

“What We’ve Done and What We Might Yet Do”

September 13th, 2014

“What We’ve Done and What We Might Yet Do”
The Inaugural Meeting of the New SMPTE Pittsburgh section

Recorded September 3, 2014

As SMPTE approaches its 100th anniversary, it’s fun to look back at both our past and where we might be heading.  Paleolithic animation?  Flying cameras without the flying?  Watch and be amazed!

Direct Link (119 MB / 1:18:32 TRT): http://www.schubincafe.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/What-Weve-Done-SMPTE.mp4

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2015 HPA Tech Retreat – Call for Submissions

September 2nd, 2014

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 […]

Mark Schubin’s “Opera and Baseball: The Cooperstown Siblings” [video]

August 9th, 2014

A co-presentation of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and The Glimmerglass Festival. Otesaga Hotel, Cooperstown, NY, August 2, 2014 Direct Link (64 MB / 45:54 TRT): http://www.schubincafe.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Schubin_2014_Baseball_Opera.mp4 Embedded:

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4K, HFR, HDR, and WCG: Which Has The Better Picture or Why Marketing Is Not Engineering [recorded webinar]

August 1st, 2014

What’s hype, what’s real, and what’s just not known yet? Join Mark Schubin in this recorded webinar as he looks at 4K (UHD), high frame rate, high dynamic range, and wide color gamut to see which really gives viewers the best picture, and what it will cost you in resources to provide. The best picture […]

CE Week NY: AVS Interview with Mark Schubin [video]

July 2nd, 2014

Mark Schubin discusses 4K…and its problems.

Smaller Pixels, Faster Pixels, and Better Pixels (extended version) [video]

June 23rd, 2014

For any given sensor size, higher resolution means smaller pixels, which means less sensitivity, less contrast, and less dynamic range. Presented at SMPTE Toronto on June 12, 2014. Video (TRT 45:20) Smaller Pixels, Faster Pixels, and Better Pixels (extended version) (1280×720, mp4, 56 MB) Embed (540×304):

Smaller Pixels, Faster Pixels, and Better Pixels [video]

June 10th, 2014

For any given sensor size, higher resolution means smaller pixels, which means less sensitivity, less contrast, and less dynamic range. Presented at the Washington, DC SMPTE on May 21, 2014. Video (TRT 25:48) Smaller Pixels, Faster Pixels, and Better Pixels (1536×864, mp4, 31 MB) Embed (540×304):

25 Years of HDTV Broadcasting

June 4th, 2014

Today, according to calendars in the United States, is the 25th anniversary of China’s crackdown on protesters in Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Yesterday, according to those same calendars, was the 25th anniversary of modern, regularly scheduled, HDTV broadcasting (in Japan). In the local time zones, where the HDTV broadcasting was received, it was actually the […]

NAB 2014: Don’t Worry; Be Happy!

May 27th, 2014

The 2nd Screen 4K IP 2014 NAB Show vs. the Real World. Mark Schubin’s NAB 2014 wrap-up. (Mark has visited every booth at every NAB show since 1973.) Presented at the Washington, DC SMPTE on May 21, 2014. Video (TRT 54:48) NAB 2014: Don’t Worry; Be Happy! (1536×864, mp4, 70 MB) Embed (540×304):

Live 4k Streaming (for opera, of course)

May 5th, 2014

  The first commercial digital sound recording was of an opera. The first live television subtitles were for opera. And, now, live 4k opera streamed over the Internet. At 7 pm Central European Time on Wednesday, May 7, the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera) will transmit Verdi’s opera Nabucco, with Placido Domingo in the title […]

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He Went the Distance

April 28th, 2014

There is no formula for being great, and there is no formula for the Lechner Distance. Bernie Lechner was the former and came up with the latter. He died on April 11. He was an engineer’s engineer. Engineers need to figure out problems, so Bernie was a listener. Engineers need to know what was tried before […]

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