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We use special emulators that support tools such as savestates and frame advance, and generate movie files from them. These movie files are nothing more than a recording of input. They do not contain images or video. All movie format specifications can be found here.

Disclaimer: The majority of rerecording emulators are third-party modifications of existing open-source emulators. In most cases, only these rerecording emulators can play and make TASes, and not the official emulator.

We do not by any means claim that using any of these emulators will guarantee "correct" results. There may be bugs in these emulators which have gone unnoticed due to lack of testing.

You should read DesyncHelpTAS before making any serious projects. All movies are highly dependent on timing and the slightest difference may cause a desync. We cannot help you if you lose work due to desync problems. You must also read the Movie Rules if you plan to submit your work to this site.

For a comprehensive list of supported platforms and their emulators, see the Platforms page.

Emulator overview

System Emulator Movie Format
Arcade/Neo Geo Final Burn Alpha FBM
Atari 2600/7800 BizHawk BKM
ColecoVision BizHawk BKM
Game Boy/Game Boy Color/Super Game Boy BizHawk BKM
Game Boy/Game Boy Color/Super Game Boy lsnes LSMV
Game Boy Advance BizHawk BKM
Nintendo BizHawk BKM
Nintendo FCEUX FM2/FM3
Nintendo 64 BizHawk BKM
Nintendo DS DeSmuME DSM
Nintendo GameCube/Wii Dolphin DTM
PlayStation PSXjin PJM
Sega 32X Gens GMV
Sega Genesis/Sega CD BizHawk BKM
Sega Master System/Sega Game Gear/SG-1000 BizHawk BKM
Sega Saturn BizHawk BKM
Super Nintendo/Super Game Boy BizHawk BKM
Super Nintendo/Super Game Boy lsnes LSMV
Virtual Boy VBjin MC2
Windows Hourglass[3] WTF
Wonderswan BizHawk BKM
(Multi)[1] Mednafen MC2

System Emulator Movie Format
Nintendo FCE Ultra FCM
Nintendo 64 Anti-DS Mupen M64
PlayStation PCSX PXM
Sega Genesis/Sega CD Gens GMV
TG-16 Pcejin MC2
Game Boy Advance Visual Boy Advance VBM

System Emulator Movie Format
Game Boy/Game Boy Color/Super Game Boy Visual Boy Advance VBM
Nintendo 64 Mupen64-rr M64
Sega Master System/Sega Game Gear Dega (altered versions) MMV
Sega Saturn Yabause YMV
Super Nintendo Snes9x[4] SMV

System Emulator Movie Format
Nintendo Famtasia FMV
Nintendo VirtuaNES VMV
Super Nintendo ZSNES ZMV

System Emulator Movie Format
DOOM demo (various) LMP

See also: Other Emulators.

Supported Operating Systems

Tell us if one of the entries is wrong or if you can resolve one of the "Unknown" ones to a "Yes" or "No". If in doubt, just test it yourself.
Emulator Windows Linux Mac OS X
BizHawk Yes Yes (with Mono)[5] Yes (with Mono)[5]
Dega (altered versions) Yes Yes Unknown
DeSmuME Yes Yes (with Wine)[7] Unknown[7]
Dolphin Yes Yes Yes
FCE Ultra Yes Unknown Unknown
FCEUX Yes Yes Yes
Final Burn Alpha Yes Unknown Unknown
Gens Yes Yes (with Wine)[6] Unknown
Hourglass[3] Yes No No
lsnes Yes Yes Yes
Mednafen Yes Yes Unknown
Mupen64-rr Yes Yes (with Wine) Unknown
OpenMSX Yes Yes Yes
Pcejin Yes Unknown Unknown
PCSX Yes Unknown Unknown
PSXjin Yes Unknown Unknown
Snes9x[4] Yes Yes Yes
Visual Boy Advance Yes Yes (with Wine) Unknown
VBjin Yes Unknown Unknown
Yabause Yes Unknown Unknown


Using Emulators


Accuracy tests


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>> Emulator Resources / JPC / Key Numbers
>> Emulator Resources / JPC / Movie Dumping R10
>> Emulator Resources / JPC / Movie Dumping R11
>> Emulator Resources / JPC / Pc Settings
>> Emulator Resources / NES Accuracy Tests
>> Emulator Resources / NES Accuracy Tests / Test Criteria
>> Emulator Resources / Potential Emulators
>> Emulator Resources / Ram Search
>> Emulator Resources / Ram Watch
>> Emulator Resources / Requirements
>> Emulator Resources / SNES Accuracy Tests
>> Emulator Resources / TAS Editor
>> Emulator Resources / Updates
>> Emulator Resources / Using

[1]: Mednafen supports all flavors of TurboGrafx/PC-Engine, including CD-ROM, as well as Atari Lynx, Neo Geo Pocket/Color, and Wonderswan/Color. It also supports PC-FX, but only for the Linux version.

[2] The older .gz extension is no longer supported.

[3] Technically speaking, Hourglass is not an emulator.

[4] Movies using Snes9x v1.43 are not accepted unless a continuance is granted. Movies using Snes9x v1.51 or newer are accepted but the emulator is deprecated.

[5] Working cores for the mono branch include NES, SMS/GG/SG-1000, TI-83, Atari 2600, Atari 7800, PCE. There's no support for Lua.

[6] AVI capture may be dysfunctional.

[7] Some tools may not work or look garbled (e.g. Memory viewer) and various (minor or major) bugs may occur. There are native versions, but those don't seem to have rerecording. Alternatively, a Windows virtual machine may be used (though it runs rather slow).

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