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PMD - Metallica SmartDMD


By PinballMikeD

5 years ago



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#52 5 years ago

Cheaper than Color DMD and better "upscaling".......

I'll take it whatever the F that means

#53 5 years ago
Quoted from John_I:

Looks great! Any chance of seeing something like this at Florida APE later this month?

Hi John,

ACDC is ready to go; all of the programming is complete. I’m just waiting on a few parts I need to start assembling kits. I doubt MET will be ready by then. I’m hoping to get MET done by the Texas show though.

#54 5 years ago

The 16x just looks out of focus to me, whereas the 2x looks like dots as intended and the color just brings it to life.

#55 5 years ago

The sky needs to be red in the cross with the hands scene. Use the Master Of puppets cover as a guide. ( Or the LE backglass)

#56 5 years ago

Looks real nice

Clouds and hands in grave marker should be red to match the LE BG

#57 5 years ago
Quoted from iceman44:

Cheaper than Color DMD and better "upscaling".......
I'll take it whatever the F that means

Actually, PB has had the ability to color upscale for quite some time now. When I started colorizing ACDC Oga and I discussed using it, but after some initial tests I didn’t think it suited the game very well. I still think ACDC looks best in traditional dots, which is what I’m running on my personal machine. When I started Metallica we again revisited the upscaling concept and we both felt the 2x upscaling was well suited for the dots. I honestly didn’t think people would care much for the other upscaling variations Oga had developed. However, in keeping with the spirt of PB (which is intended to make everything a user definable option) we decided to make upscaling one as well. What I really like is the concept of using it for certain section of the game only.

Being Mike D has a few perks – like getting to send 4 hours a day colorizing dots

All joking aside, I have the ability to see what the frames look like in motion and that is something that no else has at this time (for PB anyway). Keep in mind that I’m the beta tester for all of the new SmartDMD features. I like the 16x upscaling, specifically for Sparky, but I find the 2x upscaling to flow more naturally for every other sequence in the game. Of course this is just my opinion and we all know that old saying

#58 5 years ago
Quoted from metallik:

Looks real nice
Clouds and hands in grave marker should be red to match the LE BG

I'll do my best to configure the grave marker pallet so that the sky, hands, clouds, and ground areas can be easily customized using the pallet. This is actually one animation that doesn’t use all 16 colors available in the pallet, so I have some room to work here. Again, everyone’s tastes are different. A Metallica fan knows instantly that this animation pages homage to the Master of Puppets album cover, but the casually pinball player that doesn’t listen to Metallica probably would see the connection. Some people would say, “Why is the sky red, it should be blue?” The point is everyone has their own idea of what they’d like to see. I have to design my product with everyone in mind. However, I am making an assertive effort to define and arrange my pallets in a way that they can be easily customized in order to accommodate people’s unique preferences. If done correctly, this will be the most user adjustable DMD for any pinball machine top date.

I think it would be cool to have 5 Metallica machines in a row (maybe at Expo this year), each with customized pallet colors and upscaling. Then I think the versatility of SmartDMD would really hit home. I could easily make 5 unique variations of the DMD that would all have a completely different look and feel. In general, this is my goal with every PMD MOD. Our MODs aren't intended to be something you just stick in your game; they are tech toys that can be customized. When you get tired of the way it looks you can modify it.

#59 5 years ago

I want 1 of these for my le. I sure hope you ship to australia and i also hope our dollar doesnt slide too. Either way, im in i want 1, this looks absolutely amazing. Well done, excellent work

#60 5 years ago

I have resisted jumping in on a colorized display for any of my games past or present, but I want this.

#61 5 years ago
Quoted from RC_like_the_cola:

I have resisted jumping in on a colorized display for any of my games past or present, but I want this.

Yeah, this one's going to break the seal for me.

#62 5 years ago

This is unbelievable! Amazing job Mike!

2 weeks later
#63 5 years ago

Any chance this might be at PAGG?

#64 5 years ago

When is the show?

We've been working on ACDC the last 2 weeks - just finished it this morning

Now I can get back to MET.

#65 5 years ago

May 15 - 17, 2015 in Dixon CA

Would love to see you there

#66 5 years ago
Quoted from anubis2night:

May 15 - 17, 2015 in Dixon CA
Would love to see you there

If MET isn't ready by then I'd be disappointed in myself

#67 5 years ago

Any new screens to show

#68 5 years ago

Well there goes another 300 bucks, this is awesome!

#69 5 years ago
Quoted from DevilsTuner:

Any new screens to show

I finished up "Fade to Black" last night. I'm almost done with Blackend, so I'll post more pics soon.

3 weeks later
#70 5 years ago

So this be purchased as plug and play or does the end user have to do the colorization?

#71 5 years ago

This will be provided already colorized for $299. With that said, the program will be open source enabling people to change whatever they want (colors, dots, etc). I've been working on several other DMDs, but I haven't forgotten MET.

#72 5 years ago

That's great. What's the current eta? Great work, thanks again.

#73 5 years ago

Not sure. We're trying to finish up a few other projects as well.

To clarify, you can always run your SDMD as a single color up scaled display while you're waiting on the finished code. Also, I have no problem shareing the file as is (it's about 75% complete as is).

#74 5 years ago

Cool! Ok so for $299 I can get one now, 75% complete and then download code when complete?

#75 5 years ago

PM me your number and we can workout the details.

1 week later
#76 5 years ago

I'd like to thank hassellcastle for demoing the MET SDMD at the Texas Pinball Festival last weekend. Thanks again.

#77 5 years ago
Quoted from DevilsTuner:

Any new screens to show

Here you go:

Battery.png
Enter Sandman.png
Fade to Black.png
For Whom the Bell Tolls.png

DIY kits are now available for $199. PM if you're interested.

#78 5 years ago

This is looking awesome! What do you get in the DIY kit?

#79 5 years ago
Quoted from NPO:

This is looking awesome! What do you get in the DIY kit?

This is covered in detail here:

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/smartdmd-everything-you-need-to-know

2 weeks later
#80 5 years ago

Unfortunately, due to my increasing work load outside of pinball I will no longer be able to assemble “turnkey” SmartDMD kits. However, I will continue to offer “DIY” kits for folks interested in building their own SmartDMD systems. DIY kits are available for $199 + shipping and include everything minus the LCD screen and driver board.

The screen and driver board can be purchased on EBay for roughly $100, this includes free shipping.

For more details on SmartDMD, including assembly instructions and software tutorials, please read this thread (moving forward this is where I’ll provided SDMD updates):

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/smartdmd-everything-you-need-to-know

My MET color file (this goes for Avengers, ACDC, and POTC as well) is free to anyone that already owns or wants to build a SDMD kit. If you want to purchase a DIY kit please email me directly at:

mike@pinballmiked.com

Thanks for the continued support.

2 weeks later
#81 5 years ago

Now that Oga has loaded up the software with 255 color palettes, I've gone back and started tweaking some of the animations. Here are a few screen shots. I'll try and get some video up on YouTube later this week.

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For Whom the Bell Tolls.png
Grave Marker MB.png
Blackened.png
Battery.png
Lady Justice.png

#82 5 years ago

Working on Enter Sandman today. It's shaping up nicely

Enter Sandman 2.png

Upscaled Sample
Enter Sandman 1.png

I'll have another FREE software update for MET SmartDMD owners later next week. Hopefully I'll have all the Enter Sandman and Fuel animations ready to go by then.

#83 5 years ago

I bought the colordmd version and LOVE it. Best mod I've ever bought for any pin. This is looking good too Mike! Well done!

#84 5 years ago

Looks fantastic, cant wait

1 week later
#85 5 years ago

I finished up Enter Sandman and Fuel this week:

Here are a few samples:
Fuel.png

I'll test the new Side Channel setup this weekend.

Here's a look at the Replay animation (started this morning):

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2 weeks later
#86 5 years ago

Finally got the serial side channel working. Now I can go back and tweak the Mystery, Snake MB, Pop Bumper and Guitar pic animations

#87 5 years ago

Moving forward I'll be shifting all PMD restoration & MOD updates to our new Facebook page.

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