July 23, 2020 at 10:07 am #192309
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The original backglass for these pinballs were simple translites with a single fluorescent bulb and wasn't very interesting, so I decided to make a couple new "authentic" and "fantasy" b2s backglasses that were the full original bacgkglass images - i.e.: not cropped.
Both backglass are Dual Mode with Authentic (simulated turn on and constant illumination) and Fantasy (basic light animation).
For Fantasy Mode - I deliberately did NOT tie any of the b2s lights / animations to the table ROMs, solenoids, or lamps, because this table is a heavy resource load for VPX and I have found that some other b2s's made for this table actually create "ball-stutter" and slow down gameplay dramatically when communicating with the b2s. Hence why I created simple looping / lighting animation instead.
I also created MP4 video animation versions (PBX Videos) that don't use the actual b2s file at all to create animated lighting that is not possible with the b2s server. I actually created the MP4 video versions FIRST for my cab - and then made the B2S versions and additional materials strictly for other to have / use if so desired.
I will explain more on how to use these MP4 versions further down in this post.
Backglasses includes grill for 2-screen users with the option to 'Hide Grill' for 3-screen / cab users. Use the Grill: Hidden feature of B2S Backglass Server to hide the grill for 3 screen users.
Also included is a few new wheel images (for the new backglass style), and a RealColorDMD avi and MP4 file video for your front end.
There is also a new 1280x390 topper video for the Metallica Pro Edition version that is an add on the existing Metallica Toppers I did a few months ago. If you need the other topper videos, they are here: https://vpinball.com/VPBdownloads/metallica-premium-monsters-stern-2013-topperdmd-kit/
If you decide to use the b2s versions, be sure to "rename" the backglass to the same file name as your VPX table.
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In order to use any of the MP4 backglass videos instead of the B2s versions, the process is quite simple.
Option 1: Remove the b2s backglass from your VPX/Tables folder so you only leave the VPX table in the VPX/Tables folder.
Option 2: Make a copy of the Metallica VPX table and name it something different than the original table with NO corresponding / accompanying backglass. Make sure the name is really different than the original - so VPX will NOT load a backglass at all when loading the table.
In PinballX, using the Game Manager, go to the existing (if you simply removed the b2s backglass from the Tables folder) or new / renamed table and use the 'Import' option for that table and import the backglass MP4 of your choice.
You can also do this by naming the backglass MP4 video of your choice exact the same as your table and put the MP4 in the "PinballX/Media/VPX/Backglass Videos" folder. Please note: Your 'path' to your media / backglass videos might be different than the one I listed here.
In PinballX 'Game Manager' make sure you have 'Hide Backglass' UNCHECKED. That way when you load the table through PinballX - when PinballX goes to load the table, it will keep the backglass video running the whole time as if it was the actual backglass. Everything else should play exactly as it should with the table, but now you have a cool VIDEO backglass running instead that in no way will slow down the table / gameplay.
I've used this process / technique for several other DMD tables where the backglass is generally static and it works very well.
All files have been fully tested.
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Metallica (Stern 2013) Alt BG Wheel.png
Metallica Pro (Stern 2013) Wheel 1.png
Metallica Pro (Stern 2013) Wheel 2.png
Metallica Premium Monsters (Stern 2013) Wheel 1.png
Metallica Premium Monsters (Stern 2013) Wheel 2.png
Metallica Premium + Pro (Stern 2013) RealColorDMD - 128x32.avi
Metallica Premium + Pro (Stern 2013) RealColorDMD - 128x32.mp4
Metallica Premium Monsters (Stern 2013) Dual Mode.directb2s
Metallica Pro (Stern 2013) Dual Mode.directb2s
Metallica Pro Edition (Stern 2013) Topper.mp4
Metalllica Premium Monsters (Stern 2013) PBX Video.mp4
Metalllica Pro (Stern 2013) PBX Video.mp4
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This project took considerable time ... so "thanks" or comments in the support topic would be greatly appreciated.
PLEASE NOTE: I create these videos for fun and for the dedicated VPX pinball users on this and other forum. I DID NOT create this for you to download as SELL, MAKE MONEY OR PROFIT ON ... You have been warned!
DO NOT include any of these files with other downloads or projects without asking permission first.
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You need to login in order to like this post: click hereJuly 23, 2020 at 11:10 am #192316sheltemkeParticipant@sheltemke
Fantastic Quality! Thank you so much!
You need to login in order to like this post: click hereJuly 23, 2020 at 11:46 am #192321July 23, 2020 at 12:43 pm #192329marieParticipant@marie
Thanks! Will definitely be using your Pro version.
Unfortunately I am not able to play the Premium version on my (low-end) cab due to stuttering.
You need to login in order to like this post: click hereJuly 23, 2020 at 12:52 pm #192330
I was having the same ball stutter problem in my cab with the premium – and I have a pretty high end PC and graphics card. It turns out it was a massive backglass file was affecting the play. Originally I RIGHT-CLICKED on the backglass and increased the skip frames of the Solenoids and Lamps to I think 5 or 6 on the previous backglass and it fixed the problem.
I also made sure all the setting for the Table were set to ‘Default’ in the table settings because I think the release version had a high sampling and something else set very high … It was so bad that when the ball hit the ramps or the electric chair character – it would freeze on the screen.
I assure you the 1.6 release of the table – the newer 180H rom and using this streamlined backglass ‘should’ reduce the stutter to practically nothing. Hence why I didn’t tie any of the lights on the b2s to the solenoids and lamps / rom on the table.
The MP4 video version I included plays smooth as silk as well and the lighting is nicer and more active as well … try that version too.
The “Authentic” versions (not the Fantasy version) of each b2s have practically NO CPU load at all – because they just turn on – and that’s it.
You need to login in order to like this post: click hereJuly 23, 2020 at 1:59 pm #192334marieParticipant@marie
Thanks for your tips! I thought I tried all versions of the Metallica Premium table…. But missed the unoffical 1.6 version hidden somewhere in the 1.5 thread…
That version ( @draifet) together with your b2s, is giving a almost no stuttering. Only with the right ramp, but finally playable
Will try your vid backglass later! If it is like your POTC vid backglass I will definitely like it!
You need to login in order to like this post: click hereJuly 23, 2020 at 2:19 pm #192335
Check the table options when loading the table into VPX – make sure all the settings on the top section of the pop up panel are all set to Default as well.
170h rom works well – but 180h (and hc) fixes the music / sound cuttoff when the ball drains and some other issues.
Definitely one of my favorite tables.
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