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Andrew Davie

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  1. Ask @ZeroPage Homebrew about "rage quit" - he's highly experienced with the dangers to hardware...
  2. That already exists - it was demonstrated on the ZPH show, I'm pretty sure. All the hardware and software is open sourced so there's always the opportunity to build one for yourself.
  3. No, not at this stage. I do not think Harmony currently supports MVC files/format. TY I will have a look at it and maybe encode. It's effectively a data file with the encoded movie, that is stored on the cart's SD card. This file is effectively a bin that the emulators can load/play, too. Stella and Gopher emulators currently support the moviecart playback. To view on actual hardware you would need an actual MovieCart hardware board at this stage. I'm hopeful that eventually the PlusCart can have firmware to support, too. But... that's way in the future.
  4. This is so much fun to play with. And it keeps getting better and better. It's astounding how good some of the encodings are. I'm just playing around the edges learning how various tweaks affect the output. Even though I know how it's all encoded, I'm still astounded at the results. So clever. Can't wait to see it as a released product. Video is screen-grabbed from stella playing the MovieCart file. My system can only manage about 35fps. The MVC file playing on Stella looks much nicer. ts.mvc.zip
  5. Here's the MovieCart doing the ubiquitous parrot... parrot.mvc.zip
  6. Disagreeing with someone isn't being hostile to them.
  7. Good to see you here, Steve. So, what do you think of the modern homebrew works like Aardvark, Galagon, and the MovieCart... to name a few?
  8. Get/build yourself a PlusCart and every single homebrew is right there waiting for you to choose of a menu.
  9. Great idea and a perfect use-case for PlusCart functionality!
  10. Some names, to me, defined AtariAge and what community meant. Nukey Shay was one of those. I think we should all be required to post to the forum a "proof of life" photo holding the day's newspaper, at least once a week. Two years is way too long for us to have noticed this.
  11. OK, TY. I will send you a replacement, please PM me your address.
  12. I'm the shell guy. Please see ... I'll address issues/comments there.
  13. Once again I find myself forced to make revisions to the PlusCart shell design. In response to... Obviously this is the first report I've had of this, so I'd like to get feedback from anyone with a PlusCart shell to review all the changes needed. It's a bit of a problem that there have been quite a few revisions of the shell addressing the various issues that have come up - and I now regret not clearly labelling the shells in some way so that they can be identified. Anyway, it is what it is. I'd like some feedback on the above, specifically... 1) Do you have a machine in which your PlusCart does not fit properly? What specifically needs to be adjusted. It's a bit of a pain for me, because obviously I like to produce quality product. On the other hand I can't afford to design/print/ship stuff that brings in next to nothing financially and then have to spend money replacing it. I have another batch of 24 cartridges already printed, for example - and will I have to scrap these? Clearly there's a lot of variation in the dimensions of cartridge slots. I have a version now which fits all my machines, and has wider tolerances than previous efforts. Also, now super-strong. It's a good design. But, the above report distresses me, and I'd like to fix/address the issues ASAP. So, if you're a pluscart owner with a 3D shell could you please respond with comments/suggestions.
  14. Here's a sample MovieCart binary to test. Note that this is a newer version than shown above - this one has the time digits corrected. https://www.dropbox.com/s/na24ontc5pfp4mr/knockonwood.mvc?dl=0
  15. Although I did the encoding for the above demo, it's but a minor contribution -- the tools and system were developed by @rbairos and I don't want to be seen to be taking any credit for that magnificent bit of work.
  16. It's probably changed hands nine times, with three deaths (and estate sales), two divorces, and handed down to (since born) grandchildren multiple times since originally sold/advertised. Could be hard to trace.
  17. Blade Runner is a very dark film, in more ways than one. I had my doubts that the visuals would translate well to MovieCart because of the mostly dark scenes in the movie. Surprisingly, though, with a bit of tweaking it has come up OK. Perhaps a bit over-saturated... https://www.dropbox.com/s/7sbkbqgszmokj1r/bladerunner.mvc?dl=0 As to saturation, the Kong vs. Rex fight was under-saturated in the original, but I found that colour cues are very important in making the MovieCart visuals work, and in this latest pass at that particular sequence, I have slightly saturated the colours. It looks great... https://www.dropbox.com/s/jq97ps5lkcd4v8w/kong2.mvc?dl=0 It's just a really amazing bit of encoding, given the very limited layout of the colours and resolution. I'd encourage everyone to have a look at TouchDesigner (used to encode these movies) - quite the interesting video/image processing workflow software.
  18. I don't understand the wording totally, but #1 sounds like it. You do want to have the hole there. You do need to make that "slot" pointed to by the arrow.
  19. Here are some re-encodings. I've been learning how best to tweak the various image parameters. There's a bit of a balance; increased dithering ("blend") reduces the vertical colour bands, but decreases resolution and legibility. These two have blend=0.85 and I think the resultant movies are a bit better than earlier renderings. kong... https://www.dropbox.com/s/8fkq9vwhr2ikv53/kongB0.85.mvc?dl=0 knock on wood... https://www.dropbox.com/s/x5lp40ap8qfpeps/knockonwoodB0.85.mvc?dl=0 Nb: These dropbox files are likely to disappear sooner rather than later so if you want them, make local copies please.
  20. Yes, it is a cutout. It's designed to allow you to place a shunt on those pins, which is removed for manual programming.
  21. Here is a short section in SECAM. If I release an actual binary, Stella would be contractually obliged to support
  22. I'd also like to see the TV format/palette of the encoding included. That is, perhaps 2 bits which indicate NTSC/PAL/SECAM. Useless for hardware, of course, but very useful for an emulator to auto-switch the palette when playing a moviecart.
  23. Here's another test-rendering. It's the Toy Story trailer. https://www.dropbox.com/s/zl1nrar3syht3sn/toystory.mvc?dl=0
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