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The Technology of Le nozze di Figaro by Mark Schubin

June 29th, 2015

The Technology of “The Marriage of Figaro”

In October 2014, the Metropolitan Opera transmitted The Marriage of Figaro live from its technologically advanced stage to more than 2000 cinemas worldwide.  The opera can also be enjoyed at home via TV, radio, recordings, downloads, and streams.  The Marriage of Figaro was first performed in 1786, however, based on a play first performed two years earlier.  What stage and home-media technologies were available then?  You might be amazed.  And might then-new technologies have affected the plot if it were written just a few years later?

Presented at the Princeton Festival, Princeton, NJ on June 15, 2015.

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NAB 2015 Wrap-up by Mark Schubin

June 13th, 2015

Recorded May 20, 2015 SMPTE DC Bits-by-the-Bay, Chesapeake Beach Resort Direct Link ( 44 MB /  TRT 34:01): NAB 2015 Wrap-up by Mark Schubin Embedded:

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Where Are We Going, & How Did We Get Here (The Past) by Mark Schubin

June 1st, 2015

Recorded during “An Evening with Mark Schubin” at the SMPTE New England Section, Dedham Holiday Inn on May 14, 2015. Learn the extraordinary history of the technology of motion pictures and television. Did you know that the first live video images and the first projected photographic motion pictures were both in the same year, and […]

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Where Are We Going, & How Did We Get Here (The Future) by Mark Schubin

May 19th, 2015

Recorded during “An Evening with Mark Schubin” at the SMPTE New England Section, Dedham Holiday Inn on May 14, 2015. We’ve sort of made it into the era of digital cinema and HDTV. What’s next? 4K? 8K? higher frame rate? higher dynamic range? wider color gamut? more immersive sound? direct brain stimulation? Will we still […]

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B4 Long

April 22nd, 2015

  Something extraordinary happened at this month’s annual convention of the National Association of Broadcasters in Las Vegas. Actually, it was more a number of product introductions — from seven different manufacturers — adding up to something extraordinary: the continuation of the B4 lens mount into the next era of video production. Perhaps it’s best […]

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The Bain of Our Existence

March 2nd, 2015

As is the case for most technologies, television had no single “inventor.” But then there’s the amazing Alexander Bain. Consider: The first major-league baseball game to be televised was played between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers on August 26, 1939. If one believes that television was introduced at the New York World’s Fair […]

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Sensor-Lens Options for 4K Acquisition

February 25th, 2015

Recorded at the 2015 HPA Tech Retreat, Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, CA February 12, 2015 Are “4K” cameras really 4K? Is de-bayering a form of upconversion? Why should lenses be different for HD and 4K? Why are higher-resolution image sensors usually bigger than HD sensors? Was there ever a real 4K camera? Mark Schubin provides a […]

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Technology Year in Review

February 18th, 2015

Annual Technology Year in Review recorded at the 2015 HPA Tech Retreat, Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, CA February 11, 2015 Direct Link (13 MB / 10:36 TRT): Technology Year in Review Embedded:

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Everything Else

February 11th, 2015

Recorded at the HPA Tech Retreat Super Session, Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, CA February 10, 2015 The moving-image media are now all file-based and post-produced — except, that is, for news, sports, and live events ranging from awards shows to zoo births, with art-exhibit openings, ballet, concerts, opera, and theater thrown in.  Even in movie […]

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Understanding Frame Rate

January 23rd, 2015

Recorded on January 20, 2015 at the SMPTE Toronto meeting. In viewing tests, increased frame rate delivers a greater sensation of improvement than increased resolution (at a fraction of the increase in data rate), but some viewers of the higher-frame-rate Hobbit found the sensation unpleasant. How does frames-per-second translate into pixels-per-screen-width? One common frame rate […]

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UHD: Beyond the Hype

January 5th, 2015

Recorded November 12, 2014, NAB’s CCW+SATCON, Javits Convention Center, New York. With CES 2015 beginning tomorrow, Mark Schubin asks: What do viewers appreciate most about UHD? Higher resolution, frame rate, dynamic range? Wider color gamut? More immersive sound? What do those mean for production, post, and distribution? Can more become less? Follow the beyond-HD journey […]

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