Monthly Archives: August 2009

Sports, News, Porno, and… Opera?

Written on August 25, 2009 at 11:33 pm, by

Electronic slow motion was invented for sports video. Tapeless camcorders were created for TV news. Pornography made streaming video successful.  But something else that seems to drive media-technology innovation is opera.  Really.  Opera. The European Digital Cinema Forum’s 2008 EDCF Guide to Alternative Content for Digital Cinema begins with a chapter on opera because opera happens to […]  More

Chronicles Introduction

Written on August 14, 2009 at 5:24 pm, by

Early in September of 2001, my wife was working in Sicily, and I happened to be in New York’s World Trade Center a number of times, returning each evening to our Manhattan apartment.  On the morning of the 11th, a couple of days before I was due to attend a European conference, I was in […]  More

A Brief History of Height

Written on August 10, 2009 at 5:16 pm, by

Based on the basic questions who, when, where, how, and why, HDTV was invented by NHK (Nippon Hoso Kyokai, the Japan Broadcasting Corporation), first shown to the public in 1969 at NHK’s Science & Technical Research Laboratory, initially achieved by using three image tubes to create the picture, and developed because, with real estate at […]  More


Written on August 6, 2009 at 11:43 am, by

Schubin Report Podcasts  More


Written on August 4, 2009 at 10:00 pm, by

Archived videos with Mark Schubin Part I – The Fandom of the Opera (2008) Part II – Size Matters: The Format Factor and the Optics of HD (2008) Mark Schubin on HD Camera Quality (2009) The Fandom of the Opera (2011) Things You Can or Can’t Fix in Post: Video Acquisition (2010) Schubin On The […]  More

3-D for the One-Eyed

Written on August 2, 2009 at 8:57 pm, by

Like the earliest movies, early TV was silent.  And the late, great television director Kirk Browning drove an ambulance during World War II.  Believe it or not, this post is about 3-D TV. Sound seems inseparable from video today, but ’twasn’t ever thus.  Writing in the Proceedings of the IRE [the Institute of Radio Engineers] […]  More

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