Welcome to October, once the eighth month of the year (thus the “octo”). This year, when I think of October, I think of presentations.
First, let me remind you that proposals for presentations at the 2015 HPA Tech Retreat in February are due by Friday, October 24. You’ll find the call for presentations here: http://www.schubincafe.com/2014/09/02/2015-hpa-tech-retreat-call-for-submissions/ And, if you’re not at all familiar with the event, you’ll find an overview from 2010 here: http://www.schubincafe.com/2010/01/15/someone-will-be-there-who-knows-the-answer/
After you’ve decided whether and what you want to submit for the main program at the HPA Tech Retreat, you might want to consider some of the presentations I’ll be doing in October. The first is also at an HPA (Hollywood Post Alliance) event, an all-day symposium called “Making Do With More” that will kick off the Society of Motion-Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) 2014 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition. The symposium will be held at Hollywood’s historic El Capitan Theatre.
I’ll begin the symposium with a presentation called “So Tell Me More About More.” It will cover such topics as more spatial-detail resolution, more frames per second, and more dynamic range from the standpoints of physics, psychology, and psychophysics (the last being human sensations caused by physical stymuli). The program will then continue with some of the greatest creative minds working today. Here’s the program for the symposium: https://www.smpte.org/smpte2014/symposium-program And don’t forget the rest of the SMPTE program the next three days.
On October 30, I’ll be giving a free webinar with my eclectic view of another recent event, the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam last month. On exhibit floors that had products ranging from 8K cameras to automatic captioning, why were many visitors excited about Skype? At a conference where the title of one presentation began “Minimising nonlinear Raman crosstalk,” why did one press report comment on cinema-auditorium lighting and the gross receipts of one episode of one TV show? I’ll discuss those and more, including a citizen-journalism ecosystem, a 4K camera that can directly use long-range zoom lenses, a 3D display that doesn’t require either special glasses or a sweet viewing spot, the Holo-Deck, an immersive egg, the ability to zoom and dolly in post, and a fully accredited Wile E. Coyote.
The webinar will run for one hour, starting at 9 am Pacific, noon Eastern, and 1600 GMT. Registration is here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5011577659299919617
One unusual item at IBC 2014 was a special award to the Wiener Staatsoper (the Vienna State Opera) for its pioneering work in 4K live streaming directly to TVs with multiview capability, subtitles in selectable languages, and even a synchronized music score. In 2009, the Metropolitan Opera won IBC’s highest award, the International Honour for Excellence. How long has opera been at the forefront of media technology? Would you believe since the 17th century?
For National Opera Week 2014, I’ll be giving two free illustrated talks. One, on October 30, at the College of Arts and Letters at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, is called “The Fandom of the Opera: How the Audience for a Centuries-Old Art Helped Create Modern Media Technology,” and it will cover developments from 16th-century printing through beyond-21st-century neutrino communications, quantum entanglement, and live holography with haptic feedback. The talk will be in the Kidde building, room 350, starting at 6 pm. You’ll find an illustrated poster here: http://www.schubincafe.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Schubin-Stevens-Fandom-poster.pdf
The other National Opera Week talk has only a little to do with media technology: for roughly half a century, beginning in 1885, baseball fans went to opera houses to watch live remote games. And, due to a lack of media technology, opera fans trashed the infield of a ballpark in 1916. Those are just two tidbits from an illustrated talk I’ll be giving at the GoingGoingGoneSports gallery in the Atrium at Citigroup Center (153 E 53rd Street) in New York on Wednesday, October 29. The talk will be at 7 pm, but the gallery will be open for the special baseball & opera event from 6 pm to 9 pm, providing the opportunity to view artworks created from artifacts from some of America’s greatest games. You’ll find an illustrated poster here: http://www.schubincafe.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Opera-Baseball-poster.pdf
The event is free, but reservations are requested. Please contact Neil Scherer 646 285-1497 email@example.com
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