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

By oga83

7 years ago

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#294 6 years ago
Quoted from agodfrey:

What are the advantages/disadvantages of using the SmartDMD board over the DMD extender? If it has already been covered can you point me in the right direction. SmartDMD/DMD extender is the way I want to go, just seeing which is best.

Quoted from PinballMikeD:

DMD Extender is a great product, so you can't go wrong either way. What game are you looking to install a kit in?
My advise is that you checkout the DMD Extender thread Crash created and see which one you like best.

I've read through both threads and I still can't tell what the advantages of one over the other is.

I have a working DMD Extender in my HS2. It's limited to 2 bits / 4 colors. My only complaint is that there is tearing (where one frame is drawn at the top half of the display and the next frame on the bottom half). It's visible during animations and especially with flashing text that alternates between two colors (The Getaway *loves* flashing text .

David at Dr. Pinball said this is not possible to correct for due to the way frames have subframes and it's hard/impossible to tell which is which.

Is it possible that SmartDMD handles this better than DMD Extender?

Are there any other differences between SmartDMD and DMD Extender (that apply to early B/W DMDs)?

#296 6 years ago
Quoted from Aurich:

This is a problem with The Getaway specifically. It tears like crazy, it's built into the game itself, it's not a problem specific to using an LCD based solution.

So (for The Getaway) I shouldn't expect to see any difference / improvements in colorization with SmartDMD than I have with DMD Extender? Just want to make sure I'm not missing anything...

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#317 6 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.

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