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October Is for Presentations

October 1st, 2014

Welcome to October, once the eighth month of the year (thus the “octo”). This year, when I think of October, I think of presentations.

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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: And, if you’re not at all familiar with the event, you’ll find an overview from 2010 here:

El CapitanAfter 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.

Viewing TestsI’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: And don’t forget the rest of the SMPTE program the next three days.

trimmed queenOn 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:

2014 IBC Christopher_Widauer_Vienna_Opera,_Cho_Seong,_Dominique_MeOne 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?


1673 Phonurgia Nova trimmedFor 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:

2014 BrandonCrawford-ZandaSvede_byScottWallThe 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:

The event is free, but reservations are requested. Please contact Neil Scherer 646 285-1497

I hope to see you later this month.

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“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 […]

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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): 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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