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Bob Paulson, very distinguished engineer, passes
Phil Livingston, Technical Liason for Panasonic Broadcast and Television Systems, Passes
In Memory of Bob Turner, Influential Columnist and Consultant to the Post Production Industry
The (Painful) Way It Was: Editing Video the Old-Fashioned Way
A Behind-The-Scenes look at the Democratic National Convention
BF/VF Closes: Memories of Boston's Premiere Media Arts Center
SIGGRAPH/2003: Impressions of the Computer Graphics Extravaganza
A New Englander Abroad: The BBC Television Centre
Product Management: How to Build Consistently Successful Products
Product Management, Part II: Selling a Better Mousetrap
Digital Cinematography: HDTV is alive and well
Lighting for Inner Peace
The Webcasting Medium: How the technology is advancing
In memory of Jack Newcomb, former Associate Director at pioneering video production facility at MIT
Technical Innovations at NAB: New Englanders star at the show.
QuickTime 3.0 and the Avid/Microsoft Advanced Authoring Format
QuickTime 3.0 Allows Adobe To Move Into Pro Video Editing with Premiere 5.0
Demo Reels
A Eulogy to CMX, by Bob Turner
Switcher NT: Ramblings from IBC
A Producers' Lament
Keeping the Bank Happy and Credit Flowing
An Historic Parable, A Lesson for April 1
Meeting Follow-Up: Film Preservation News
Technical Report: New Developments in Nonlinear Video, a three-part series. Part 1: Putting High-Performance Nonlinear Systems on Personal Computers.
Part 2: Networking and Video Servers.
Part 3: System Design Issues
Editing Video with Adobe Premiere
The Coming of Video and its Influence on Home Movies
From Vintage Film to Betacam: Saving the Past for the Future
A Personal View of Curt Rawley's (Avid President) Dismissal, by Bob Turner.
4:2:2 Profile in MPEG-2 Compression Heirarchy
Technician's Corner: Questions people have asked me lately
Film/Video Museums Around the World
Recent Progress in Computer Graphics
Wicked Funny April Fool Article
Virtual Reality Movies
Fall Survey Results

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At the Thursday, May 14 meeting...
An Evening with SMPTE Fellow Mark Schubin
Where Are We Going and How Did We Get Here?

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 need lenses? How about cameras? Will this list of questions ever end? As just one example, Mark promises to show pictures from flying cameras that don't fly (or even exist). He also promises to explain why more contrast demands more frames per second. Ask him anything you want.

Then we take a break before learning 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 that year was 1879? That horizontal scanning lines, pixels, and transmitter/receiver synchronization was patented in 1843? That photographic motion pictures were patented in 1852 (and were stereoscopic)? If that's not enough, Mark promises to show some older moving images -- much older. Much, much, much older.

What more can we say about Mark Schubin?

Multiple-Emmy-award-winning SMPTE Fellow Mark Schubin, who among his many other credits is the Engineer-in-Charge of New York’s Metropolitan Opera, The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and PBS’s Great Performances--has been working in television since 1967, writing about it since 1972, and chairing the Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) Tech Retreat program since 1997. Schubin was also the Engineer-in Charge of the iconic PBS children’s program Sesame Street from 1981 till 2009. He has shot for the Rolling Stones, lit Luciano Pavarotti, mixed Stevie Wonder and hooked up the TV in Eric Clapton's bedroom.

His blog,, is archived by the Library of Congress. He once lent Meg Ryan a dinosaur and another time was sandwiched between Helen Hunt and Kyra Sedgwick. He is a contributor to The Coward's Almanack and is Minister of Information of the provisional government-in-exile of Redonda. The New Yorker's James Lardner wrote of Schubin that "he has the spectacularly rare ability to make technical matters clear to a non technical person." Graham Binns of London's Rediffusion Group said in the European publication Intermedia, "He has a complete mastery of the technical background to video. He rattles off data and ideas with fluency and with wit." Director Robert Altman said of him, "We have our quiet fun together."

This meeting is being held in in conjunction with...

The 25th Annual Pro Video Show sponsored by the Integrated Solutions Group division of The Camera Company, Inc.. The evening meeting and the preceding industry trade show that runs from 9-6 at the Dedham (MA) Holiday Inn, will cover the latest developments in broadcast and professional video technology--including a look at many new products recently introduced at the NAB Show in Las Vegas. Free seminars and exhibits by manufacturers will go on throughout the day.

Thursday, May 14, 2015
Doors open at 6:00pm
Presentation at 6:30pm

Patio Room
Dedham Holiday Inn
55 Ariadne Road
Dedham, MA


The Dedham Holiday Inn is at the junction of Routes 128/I-95 and U.S. Route 1: On the South Shore...

For more information, please contact Marty Feldman at Integrated Solutions Group division of The Camera Company, Inc. or

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SMPTE/New England meetings are usually held at 7:00pm (refreshments at 6:30) on the third Wednesday of every month from September through June. Locations vary to allow attendees to tour various sites of interest. You don't have to be a SMPTE member to attend and there is no admission charge. Students and the public are invited to attend. Join our e-mail meeting announcements list and we'll send you e-mail every month so you don't have to keep on checking the web site. You don't have to be a member to get these announcements.

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Updated: 17 April 2015
Bob Lamm, SMPTE/New England Newsletter/Web Page Editor

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