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DOS Box

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DOSBox is a cross-platform PC-DOS emulator released under the General Public License.

Bisqwit has modified DOSBox to include rerecording. It is very unstable, and no method is known that can play movies on other systems without desync. It seems to work best in Linux. Windows users cannot record AVI without an external tool. It is not supported at this site.

This modified form of DOSBox was experimental, but is no longer worked on. Use at your own risk.

Download modified DOSBox from this thread: =forum/t/5285

The official homepage of DOSBox is http://dosbox.sourceforge.net/.


Important: The following was a past recommendation of settings. Nothing is accepted now and may not be accepted ever.



Dosbox: Use a pristine install of the game

In PC game installs, your game install should be as pristine as possible. Basically, it should be set to a state that is precisely duplicatable by anyone else without knowing what kind of settings you have set on your game.

It is recommended that once have a few minutes of movie ready, you go to another computer, and attempt to install/copy your game there and copy your movie there and view it using dosbox on that computer.
If you cannot get your movie working on another computer despite trying, chances are nobody else can either, and that movie cannot be accepted.

Dosbox: Do not use absolute paths

Do not use absolute paths in your game. When you start the game, you should launch Dosbox in the game's directory, and mount the the game's directory using a simple mount c . command. Anything resembling mount c c:\games\sierra\larry cannot be accepted, because playing back such a movie would require that the viewer constructs the identical path structure on their own system. It also makes your movie longer than it needs to be.

Dosbox: No autoexec commands, no bat files.

You must not use autoexec commands in your dosbox.conf file. If you need to type commands to start the game, you must type them in the movie, not in the configuration file.

Same goes for bat files: You are not allowed to use a "p.bat" file that launches a "pirates.exe" to save in keyboard input (p is shorter than pirates).

Dosbox: Use best settings, not better.

Use best settings, but not better. This will produce the best possible AVI (i.e. viewing experience), while not making your savestates more cumbersomely large than they need to be.

Note: Many of these settings mean that dosbox will not run in real time. The sound will chop and video will be laggy. Do not be alarmed. When an AVI is created, all the lag is ignored and the end result will look just like it should on the computer of that speed which you specified in the configuration file. During the movie making, some imagination skills are required to realize the end result.

The choice of "scaler" does not matter. Use whichever you like.



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DOSBox last edited by FractalFusion on 2010-03-13 22:26:28
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