You know, I’ve been thinking lately about “split” interfaces in hypertext and interactive fiction - not necessarily two output video channels, but two “frames,” as for example when one frame contains the input channel and one the output channel. Typically multimedia IF isolates the input channel or prompt in a separate frame, and prints to the transcript channel - although some IF use a separate image or channel on the top, corner, or side, and then print the transcript into a refreshing or scrolling box. This raises some interesting interactive issues: for example, do you record the input commands with the transcript, or do you leave them out?
I suppose what I’m thinking here is that “split screen” (two or more video channels) overlaps with “frames” (two or more media channels). As the blog defines it, split screen also encompasses a lot of picture-in-picture and other techniques, but the general provocation is to think of most interfaces (even one as simple as Adventure) as multi-channel….]]>
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Here is another curious Split-Screen project:
A Flickr pool of split screens:
These are photographic mashups!]]>
There’s also the Glimpse Culture blog, on the same topic, which survived for a little while but looks like it died in April. Nevertheless, there’s some interesting stuff stockpiled there, probably most notably this article on the contemporary resurgenc of split-screen.]]>