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Video playback software/formats for a 386?

RAD Game Tools "Smacker" supports the 386 as the oldest supported hardware for playback. Glorious 256 color video. It dates from 1994 and was used by games in the mid 90's.
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Video playback software/formats for a 386?

There were MPEG-1 software encoders (e.g. CMPEG) & decoders/players (DMPEG, VMPEG) for MS-DOS that would run on a 386. Bear in mind that frame sizes were tiny (e.g. 160x120), the display might ...
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Video playback software/formats for a 386?

Are hardware-accelerated videos allowed for the purposes of this question? MPEG-1 decoding ISA cards exist, and as far as I can tell they are meant to work on a 386 running DOS. The "Xing MPEG ...
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Video playback software/formats for a 386?

On a 20MHz 386 (or really, any 386), the main animation format was Autodesk Animator (.fli or .flc files). A number of players are available, e.g. FLIC! (which was written specifically to be usable on ...
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How did Atari RF output work?

Devices of this era were designed to interface with common TV sets of the day. These used (mostly) one of two systems, NTSC (North America) and PAL (Europe and much of the rest of the world). These ...
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How did Atari RF output work?

Old home computers made use of an off-the shelf RF modulator component. These were ready-made analog boards (one prominent manufacturer was Astec, as in the picture) that converted Composite Video ...
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What is the size of the border of the ZX Spectrum in scanlines/pixels/bytes?

The device uses 14 MHz crystal as the master clock, and it gets divided by 2 to get 7 MHz pixel clock. The active raster is 256 pixels, and if we assume that standard 15.625 kHz horizontal scan rate ...
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What is the size of the border of the ZX Spectrum in scanlines/pixels/bytes?

See the detailed info here: https://worldofspectrum.org/faq/reference/48kreference.htm The timing is expressed as a T-states of the CPU and, when recalculated to pixels, the top of the border is 64 ...
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