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SmartDmd : DMD interface with colors, upscaling, network and more !


By oga83

6 years ago



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#301 5 years ago

Work in progress on Shrek

Not finished but expected not to take very long anymore

#302 5 years ago

A video on gameplay

#303 5 years ago

I'll test the Side Channel setup on MET this weekend and report back.

Until then........

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#304 5 years ago

Installed a Smartdmd in a batman BdK on just a single pallet

Wanna see how that looks?

#305 5 years ago
Quoted from Rensh:

Installed a Smartdmd in a batman BdK on just a single pallet
Wanna see how that looks?
» YouTube video

The best part is that it only takes 2 minutes to do a single color palette SDMD

No flashing required. So, you can have a "sigma" unscaled display with whatever 16 color shades you want and customize it in a matter of minutes.

#306 5 years ago
Quoted from PinballMikeD:

The best part is that it only takes 2 minutes to do a single color palette SDMD
No flashing required. So, you can have a "sigma" unscaled display with whatever 16 color shades you want and customize it in a matter of minutes.

Yep. As I used an used LCDdisplay the overall cost were around USD 190. Only display was used, rest was new. And yep, you need to do a little DIY when mounting the display but that isnt hard to do at all.

With a new display (original LG) cost would be around USD 200-220. To cut down on shipping it is advised to order 2 LCDdisplays in 1 go (at least in Europe). Than you move towards the USD 200.

#307 5 years ago

Here's a look at the adapter panel I'm prototyping for the newer Stern machines:

MET SDMD.jpg

These will be cut on a CNC and come with a new acrylic glare guard.

Testing the new side channel mode:

SIde Channel.jpg

#308 5 years ago

Nice

#309 5 years ago
Quoted from kapsreiter:

how much Colors are possible at WPC machines
5 like dmd extender ?

looks like only 4 colors

#310 5 years ago

Serial side channel is up and running!

No more sprite frame limitations

MET and ACDC just got a whole lot better, with a little TLC of course.

Now SmartDMD can support up to 255 unique color palettes for any frame used in the game's ROM

#311 5 years ago

Wanna see Sparky in green?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=21&v=kZJTDF7pIxM

being able to adjust color yourself is nice

#312 5 years ago

Does anyone have experience with smartdmd in data east large display pinball like baywatch or Frankenstein or maverick ?

2 weeks later
#313 5 years ago

Coming Soon

spiderman apron.JPG

Still have some more work to do, but it's progressing nicely

#314 5 years ago
Quoted from PinballMikeD:

Coming Soon
spiderman apron.JPG
Still have some more work to do, but it's progressing nicely

and why we need a apron for smartdmd ?!?

#315 5 years ago
Quoted from kapsreiter:

and why we need a apron for smartdmd ?!?

Options are nice right?

Besides, I'm working on something else for my SM back box

#316 5 years ago
Quoted from kapsreiter:

and why we need a apron for smartdmd ?!?

To have a small lcd screen on the apron.

#317 5 years ago
Quoted from PinballMikeD:

Options are nice right?
Besides, I'm working on something else for my SM back box

Oh...that could be awesome - put the "DMD" on the apron where a player might actually SEE it while playing...and leave the backbox open for...for something I'm not creative enough to think of.

#318 5 years ago

Finished the apron design:

Spiderman SmartDMD.png

Now it's time to start working on the LCD hardware and electronics layout. Here's our first stab:

SmartDMD System .png

#319 5 years ago

A new version is available : v2015-06-28.

Side-channel palettes can now be used with 2 different cables : GPIO or Serial (only one of them is needed).
The GPIO cable is easier to build but only supports 15 different palettes.
The Serial cable supports 255 palettes.
See here for more details on these cables

#320 5 years ago

Here's a look at what 255 color palettes enables:

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MET now has 60+ palettes (and counting). Thank you Oga

#321 5 years ago

Wow, nice work

#322 5 years ago
Quoted from Rensh:

Wow, nice work

Hi Rensh,

I've figured out how to get all of the scores to display in a fixed user adjustable color using a designated "Score" Palette

Any ideas for tweaking the 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 and 9, adding slime or something along those lines? I could color the numbers similar to the Metallica Ramp Letters?

#323 5 years ago

That Looks freaking awesome, Great work

#324 5 years ago

For those wanting to try out the new serial sidechannel mode and prefer to buy via Ebay, I can conform that this one works

ebay.com link

Cables can be bought at

ebay.com link

As you can see the new serial sidechannel mode only sets you back approx USD 5/pinball . Also very easy to modify existing cable already there for in-frame coloring.

Can also tell you that with Shrek the new serial sidechannel unfortunately does not work (yet at least). So try to compile the firmware first with serial sidechannel activated. Only if you get no error messages it is usefull to continue. Apparently the Commhex17 patch is (currently) not compatible with Shrek firmware. Shrek dates of 2008

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#325 5 years ago

Note to all SmartDMD users - MET 1.64 is now available. Currently, Metallica is using more than 100 color palettes with over 400 unique colors. There's still more work to do, but 90% of the game is now fully colorized. Here are some sample dots:

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Sparky Multiball.png

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#326 5 years ago

More MET 1.64 dots:

Guitar Picks.png
Blackened.png
Blackened Riders.png
Blackened Super Jackpot.png
Hurry Up.png
Seek & Destroy 1.png
Replay.png
Ball Drain.png

#327 5 years ago

A few more for good measure

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For Whom the Bell Tolls.png

#328 5 years ago

great work like always guys.
okay simple question. wpc games. whats the challenge in making them do color? and what will it take to make it happen?
my friend tells me u can maybe calculate the frame and just replace each frame with a color one? possible?

maybe even contact the person behind wpcedit and get some input... ?

#329 5 years ago

The ssc Metallica is Killer. Mike did a Great Job !

#330 5 years ago
Quoted from sirlonzelot:

The ssc Metallica is Killer. Mike did a Great Job !

Thanks. I'm tweaking all of the Sparky JP animations next. Then I'll be down to just reworking the Snake stuff, Special, and End of the Line animations.

Then I'll go back and rework ACDC from scratch, Ugh.......

Oh, and I told Rensh I'd do a Green Sparky text file for his MET

#331 5 years ago
Quoted from PinballMikeD:

.....
Oh, and I told Rensh I'd do a Green Sparky text file for his MET

Thanks I will than

#332 5 years ago

And yes, the work of Mike is AWESOME

Only did a few games till now but what I saw was very impressive !!

#333 5 years ago
Quoted from Monster_Bash:

Sneak preview of X-men Wolverines using stock color pallet. Thanks to oga83 for ironing out the bugs..the guy is ridiculously talented!
» YouTube video

Do you or anyone else ever finish x-men? I just picked one up with DMD issues and am looking at different options and if this is done I'll probably end up going for it!

#334 5 years ago

some video footage of Mike D great work

Made Sparky myself green to match my game

Only starting at around 7:30 it loks like blackened and special are not correct

#335 5 years ago

I was wondering the same.....

Quoted from Rensh:

Does anyone have experience with smartdmd in data east large display pinball like Baywatch or Frankenstein or Maverick ?

#336 5 years ago

Does anyone know if the SmartDMD adapter works with the Raspberry Pi A+?

http://www.newark.com/raspberry-pi/raspbrry-moda-256m/sbc-raspberry-pi-model-a-256mb/dp/93X7446

Seems to be a more smaller footprint and feature set that should be great for a pinball application (also less on price).

#337 5 years ago

Anybody have any issues with SmartDMD crashing when trying to update over the network? I was just trying to set different backgrounds. If I do this twice the program crashes and asks me for the smartdmd login. When I reboot, smartdmd will not automatically start and asks me for smartdmd login. Only way I can get smartdmd up and running again is if I reflash the memory card.

#338 5 years ago
Quoted from jsalce:

Anybody have any issues with SmartDMD crashing when trying to update over the network? I was just trying to set different backgrounds. If I do this twice the program crashes and asks me for the smartdmd login. When I reboot, smartdmd will not automatically start and asks me for smartdmd login. Only way I can get smartdmd up and running again is if I reflash the memory card.

It can happen with old SmartDmd versions AND a slow wifi network. Not the case anymore with the latest image.
Also, do not copy large files (like bitmaps) when SmartDmd is running. Only use PB to update your configuration over the network.

#339 5 years ago

Using 4.42. Running over n wireless. And I was just trying to switch between the ACDC bitmaps already on the SmartDMD image.

Using a 32GB micro SD card. Maybe that is the issue?

#340 5 years ago
Quoted from jsalce:

Using 4.42. Running over n wireless. And I was just trying to switch between the ACDC bitmaps already on the SmartDMD image.
Using a 32GB micro SD card. Maybe that is the issue?

4.42 is for Pinball Browser, not SmartDmd.
Check that you are using the latest SmartDmd image : v2015-06-28

#341 5 years ago

I am having issues with this SmartDMD setup on my Bally Corvette. The DMD display on my monitor flickers?! The monitor itself doesnt flicker just the colors on the dmd image that SmartDMD produces has a flicker type effect and when it flickers it shows a different color than it suppost to for that split second. Here is a video I made to show my issue if someone can give me a hand:

Here is my SmartDMD config:
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#342 5 years ago

Here are the resistors I used for the adapter:

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#343 5 years ago
Quoted from DynamiteSJ:

I am having issues with this SmartDMD setup on my Bally Corvette. The DMD display on my monitor flickers?! The monitor itself doesnt flicker just the colors on the dmd image that SmartDMD produces has a flicker type effect and when it flickers it shows a different color than it suppost to for that split second. Here is a video I made to show my issue if someone can give me a hand:
» YouTube video
Here is my SmartDMD config:
4d49bdab29fe316d3d793b5d11a2a2ea.png

Oh that's bad.

#344 5 years ago

wow... hmmm... just posting that I noticed that I purchased the 1/2 watt resistors besides the 1/4 watt Is that the issue that I am getting? Either way, I know what i gotta do next.

#345 5 years ago
Quoted from DynamiteSJ:

I am having issues with this SmartDMD setup on my Bally Corvette. The DMD display on my monitor flickers?!

The resistors are ok.
The issue is with you palette. I can't check right now, but I think you have to define colors 0, 1, 3 and 7 (not 0, 1, 2 and 3).

#346 5 years ago

But wouldnt that just make another area a different color?! How would that make the colors make a "flicking" to them if they are set to another color on the palette?

I dont recall seeing yellow.. so you might be right on that but.. wouldnt that just mean 2 sections would be black?
*Nevermind.. as you see in my video.. there is all the colors from 0, 1, 2, 3... Including yellow*

I already took my adapter board apart to have it ready to replace the resistors. Had it apart before I saw you said i'd be fine. I'll have another test tomorrow.

#347 5 years ago
Quoted from DynamiteSJ:

But wouldnt that just make another area a different color?! How would that make the colors make a "flicking" to them if they are set to another color on the palette?

Because in some cases, instead of increasing the shade intensity, you turn the pixels to black (the color you have selected in your palette)

#348 5 years ago

Well.. the video doesnt do a good job to show... When it has that issue, its not really changing to black. It seems like its any color on the palatte it changes to. Here is a spot on the video that i went frame by frame to capture it well.

Normal look:
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When it had that flickering look to it:
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Those frames are about 27 secs into the video.

#349 5 years ago

i had also problems at my T2 with different colors.

the scrolling credit text changes between 2 colors ?!? looks

#350 5 years ago

Side-channel is also selected in your configuration. This could explain spurious palette changes as the side-channel port is left unconnected.
Other than that, I'd try the previous image (available in the OP) to see if it's a bug in this version.

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