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VMU animation creation

Download the tool kit here

Sorry, no images. This is a direct copy from the included readme.txt file i wrote, included in the toolkit


To create a VMU animation, use either VMU Animator, or Dream Animator in the "TOOLS" folder


Once you have created your animation, you must use the converter program to convert your new LCD file to VMS format. This will allow you to view your animation on your VMU

1.) extract the "CONVERTER" folder to c:\lcdconverter

2.) Copy your LCD file into c:\lcdconverter

3.) In Windows, press the start button. Search "cmd" without quotes and press enter

4.) Once command prompt has opened, type "cd c:\lcdconverter" without quotes

Your LCD file should have no more than an 8 character filename. For example "DREAMCAST.LCD" will not work, however "DREAMCAS.LCD" will

Assuming your file name is file.lcd
5.) in command prompt type "LCD_ANIM.COM file.lcd"

6.) You will be prompted to input filename, description, and copyright information

7.) Your new FILE.VMS file will then be generated


Now that you have converted your animation to the proper format, you need to create a VMI file

VMU files, whether it is a save, icon, game, or animation are seperated into two files, VMI and VMS. The VMI file points your Dreamcast internet browser to the correct VMS file. It may have other uses, but I am not sure of them


1.) To generate a VMI file go to this link


2.) in the "Title" field, input the title for your animation or icon

3.) In the "Resource" field, input the name of your VMS file in c:\lcdconverter. For example FILE.VMS

4.) In the "VM filename" field, input the name that will be displayed on your Dreamcast BIOS menu

5.) in the "Type" field, change it to "GAME"

6.) For the "VMS filesize" field, you need to get the exact amount of bytes for your VMS file. To do this, right-click your VMS file and click properties. The exact bytes of your VMS file should be displayed

7.) Click "Save VMI"


That is it, you can now use your animation on your VMU

You can upload your new files to vmu@dreampipe.net to be added to the VMU Community Content page


For a guide on making custom VMU icons to display on your Dreamcast BIOS and VMU LCD screen see : http://dreampipe.net/dpwww/iconguide.html

(Tools included in this pack)