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John Rowe
Creating an interactive that spans five screens
on Jun 19, 2006 at 1:09:48 pm

I've been asked to create an interactive that spans 5 screens similar to the interactive fish wall at the Georgia Aquarium. The 5 screens sit side-by-side like windows into a giant tank and fish swim across them. When you touch a fish a bubble pops up telling you about it while the fish continues swimming.

Normally I'd just create the animation in Maya & After Effects but I've decided to take the bull by the horns and go on to create the entire interactive as well. I'm assuming Flash is the way to go. Is Flash the right package for this?

Is the best way to approach this to have 5 computers synchronized together, each one playing it's own slice of the interactive? How would one keep the computers in sync?

Or is there a better alternative to using 5 computers to run the whole thing? Perhaps one machine could handle a 5 screen wide desktop - although playing full frame video on each I'd really doubt it. Perhaps 5 PS2's although how you'd author for such a thing I have no idea...

Thanks, I'd appreciate any advice. I've never touched Flash before.

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Matt Klundt
Re: Creating an interactive that spans five screens
on Jun 19, 2006 at 3:40:19 pm

If these screens are touch screens, I would say that Flash or Director is the way to go. You could create five flash documents, one on each screen/computer, and syncronize them with the Flash Communication Server.

Sounds like an interesting project. Good Luck.


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