Progress on my colorization of SMVE using Pinball-Browser and SmartDMD (with the serial side channel):
All white modes are complete (Tell MJ, Amazing SM, Jack O'Lantern, Electro and Daily Bugle) some with custom artwork.
Match sequence is complete with custom art.
Sandman 1st mode - Out of the Slammer complete.
Doc Ock 1st mode - Lend Me a Hand introduction complete.
Green Goblin 1st mode - Green with Envy complete. 2nd mode - Fire Fighting partially complete.
Black Suit multi-ball complete.
Splash sequence is complete (SM with villains, custom art for "Push Start", Stern logo replaced with custom art).
Battle Royal complete.
There are over 60 custom color palettes so far…
The custom call-outs are on hold for now until I get the color done (https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/stern-spider-man-ve-smve-call-out-modification).
It's been a slog so far. I was trying to get finished before Epthegeek (great job on ColorDMD version!) but I swear the man never sleeps.
A note of warning: If you're considering coloring a game yourself as a way to save money over purchasing a ColorDMD version, think twice. It is seriously time consuming. I'm well over 100 man-hours into the colorization process and this does not count the hardware portion.
The fun thing about a DIY SmartDMD version is all the customization possibilities. Some of the SMVE art, like the call-outs, could be tweaked.
The first piece of advice if you are considering undertaking a project like this with the serial side channel, add the Pinball-Browser com patch to a virgin binary before you do anything else. It will save you hours of trying to figure out why you side-channel colorization is not working.
Second piece of advice, is to use the same color palette for motion sequences and backgrounds. For example in the end of game "Match" sequence, Spidey swings over a constantly recycled building background. If the Spidey palette and the building palette are different it causes havoc with the refreshing of the screen. It flickers and creates unpredictable color results.
Thanks to Olivier (oga83) for his unending support with P-B and SmartDMD.
More to come …