The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) said filmmaker and special-effects legend Douglas Trumbull and SMPTE President and CBS VP of Engineering and Advanced Technology Robert Seidel will present the opening keynote address at the SMPTE 2016 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition.

smpte-mugsRiding a wave of interest in high-frame-rate cinema, Trumbull will discuss the evolution of cinema technology, culminating in clips from his work developing a stereoscopic 120fps 4K acquisition and exhibition system he calls Magi. Seidel will talk about the evolution of broadcast technology, including the status of 4K transmissions, OTT delivery, and the future of television.

A recent MIT Technology Review article indicated that Trumbull is building prefab "Magi Pod" movie theaters with 60 seats and a 36-foot-wide screen that could be shipped to different screenling locations and assembled on site. (Billy Lynn's Halftime Walk did not use Trumbull's system, though the MIT Technology Review says he visited Trumbull's Berkshires property for a demo.)

SMPTE 2016 is scheduled for October 25–27 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom of the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, CA.