After three monrhs of solid GPU processing the AI deep learning upscaled MAME video set is now available on the FTP. The videos are at a resolution of 800 x 600 or 600 x 800 for vertical at a frame rate of 30. As far as I am concerned you are free to do what you like with this video set. Enjoy,
Whenever possible uses 1 to 1 pixel fonts. Not only does this improve quality once loaded and cached also improves performance. This also makes GameEx Arcade Edition and gamelauncher mode look good at low resolutions.
MAME high score support is back and much improved now using hi2txt by and thanks to greatstone. Performance is vastly improved using caching and results are also now published to and available at GameEx Online. A new leaderboard will be available shortly.
New MAME filter - no multi screen games. This excludes games with multiple screens such as Playchoice 10, when updating the game list. Note that this is on by default.
Slightly faster MAME list update.
There is a new MAME display feature aimed at users of panel displays. When this setting is enabled and a MAME game is set to run close to 60hz, GameEx will inject some additional command line options to slightly slow down or speed up the game resulting in smooth frame rates and low lag. Three techniques are used depending on if your display has a high frequency such as FreeSync or G-Sync and whether the game refresh is slightly faster, falling back to syncing the refresh and not throttling for 60hz displays. A list update is required.
ArcadeVGA settings have been removed from the setup wizard as its fairly legacy now but the settings are still supported. Several other dead settings have also been removed.
The popup game descriptions are now slightly alpha blended.
The next version of Convert-It video converter features upscaling provided by waifu2x. It requires a good NVidia GPU..
Waifu2x is a powerful image upscaler for Anime and cartoon based images. What people do not realize is this upscaler also works incredibly well for retro video game graphics.
I've started a project to upscale the standard MAME video distribution. The results are impressive. When complete these will be freely available. I chose to convert them to 800x600 and 600x800 for vertical. This allows for further good upscaling from video players and allows for a faster convert, and also keeps the flavor of the original games.
Video processing effects are performed on your GPU and can apply scanlines and video preview and video theme upscaling (look great at 4k). They are enabled under display settings and for advanced users the HLSL .fx files are located in the media folder.
A higher end video card is recommended for the video upscaling to avoid potential slowdown.
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