Advantages & Disadvantages

All the images of actual architecture for the Split project have been captured via a S-VHS camera feeding into a 24-bit frame grabber, and thence to disk, where they are stored in JPEG format in spite of the fact that many of them are monochrome, or grey-scale. Note that none of these images can therefore be better than video resolution - but that this is, in my opinion, quite sufficient for teaching and basic research purposes.

I have used a scanner only for capturing plans and the prints from the various architectural manuals I have used, in an attempt to capture sufficient detail to make them readable (although, equally, I might have captured them using a video camera). Scanning positives is time-consuming, and storing the results is disk-consuming. Video resolution seems to me to give the best available balance between quality and efficiency - for both the digitizer and the end-user.

Where my sources were 35mm slides or negatives, all the images began life either as 35mm colour slides or as 35mm monochrome negatives, with currently about 5,500 of each stored on recordable laserdisk. Because a 35mm slide has far more definition than can be captured in video resolution, my strategy has been to use a Sony PHV-A7E video camera for copying. The slides (or negatives) are placed in a holder, over constant white light, and the result projected onto a monitor in either VHS or S-VHS format. The machine offers colour balance controls, automatic focussing, white light balancing, and positive/negative modes - and the lens has 6x magnification. With suitable negatives/slides, therefore, three or more video images can be derived from parts of the area of one 35mm original, without much or any loss of resolution.

The advantages of in-line images are clear: the user can see what is on offer; but the formatting of any accompanying data can get messy if space is saved by marshalling the images across the page as here. One answer might be to "stamp" the bottom of each image with its basic catalog details, so that the image is portable, as it were, without any separate textual baggage (Images can also be asigned vertically, which wastes space, but allows informative paragraphs to be aligned above or under them if necessary).

From here you may go to any of the following screens:

The Introductory Page; The Colonnaded Streets; Comparisons with Split's Architecture; Diocletian as Builder; The Emperor's Apartments; The Great Hall & Peristyle Complex; The Emperor's Mausoleum; Is Split palace or chateau?; The Temple; The Walls & Gates A short description of the Tetrarchy; The Bibliography; My Biography; A Short Research Paper.