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SmartDMD Kits - Everything you need to know is here.


By PinballMikeD

5 years ago



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    #16 5 years ago
    Quoted from kapsreiter:

    -how can i colorize without the 8 dots

    Use the Side-Channel palette mode
    Anyway, a lot of wrong things have been said about this...
    When using the In-Frame palette mode, SmartDmd stores the palette information in the upper-left corner of the frame. This can lead to 8-missing pixels in the frame.
    However, SmartDmd has an embedded algorithm to hide this effect and, imo, it can barely be seen on most of the frames.
    When using the Side-Channel mode, the color information is carried by a separate signal (very similar to luminance/chrominance video signal) and there is no pixel loss.
    More info here.
    The Side-Channel cable is very easy to build : see here

    Quoted from kapsreiter:

    -how do i know if a clipart could be colorized and how?

    All the cliparts can be colorized with Pinball Browser, without any exception.
    However, some of the cliparts can only use the default (or last used) palette; Pinball Browser will warn you each time it's not possible to assign a palette to this kind of clipart.

    Quoted from kapsreiter:

    -will there be a simulator for the rom to check your work without flashing it to the machine

    Nothing will replace the pinball machine !
    However, Pinball Browser will display the colors/palettes you have selected :
    1- Each time a specific palette is assigned to a frame, the rendering will be accurate.
    2- When no palette is assigned to a frame, Pinball Browser will use the default one. Depending on what 'palette behaviour' option you have selected for SmartDmd (use default palette or last used palette), this can be inaccurate. That's why it is strongly recommended to assign a palette to every single frame and to use the Side-Channel mode.

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    #67 5 years ago

    Congratulations Sirlonzelot, you did great !

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