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  DynaGamer
Hi! I'm completely new to the world of speed running, and live streaming for that matter, and I thought Alex Kidd would be a good place to start. I'm nearly at a point where I should start recording my runs, as I'm getting quite good now (so long as I make it past that blooming glitch on Lv 11).

I choose to do the run on my Master System console, as I prefer the clunkyness of the control pad; it makes a few jumps a bit easier, plus, when I press Down+Right while swimming on an emulator, I can't punch for some reason, which ruins my Lv 1 attempts.

So, I've just bought (and waiting to arrive) a modded RGB Master System which also has a 50/60hz toggle switch (Alex Kidd bios). I've also bought a Dazzle Avid DVC100 capture recording device. I'm hoping this will be enough to capture my footage? I'm also guessing that I should upload my runs as NTSC, seeing as I'll be running on 60hz (even though it's a PAL console).

Any advice for a noob would be appreciated
 
  Super modbtrim
That all sounds just about right.

As far as the capture goes, you'll need to be able to capture composite or S-video for your dazzle to work. Capturing RGB is a huge money and time sink I wouldn't approach if you're new and not sure if it's the thing to you.

As for submissions, yes, you'd want to submit as NTSC-US as I assume you're playing the BIOS version. There may be some minor differences (aside from the Hamburger and button swap) but unless there's a major discrepancy all the 60Hz versions go together.

This site doesn't really handle PAL/NTSC/50/60Hz the way I'd like it to, so for now, don't worry about it and submit as NTSC-U.
 
  DynaGamer
Cheers for the reply.

If I can't find a way to stream directly from my SMS, then I'll have to go with the emu route, which I don't mind, I just need to find a way around the fact that I cannot punch while swimming and pushing down+right. Any ideas?

I guess I'll just have to wait until my modded sms arrives then take it from there. I have the time to learn how to get everything set up, and I have an amount of cash I can throw at this thing, especially seeing as live-streaming is something I want to get into, and streaming directly from my retro consoles would be much more preferable than from emu's.

Today I'll be setting up Wsplit and a few other tools. The youtube vids I've watched do not seem too complicated.
 
  Super modbtrim
What emulator are you using? Kega Fusion is a well-accepted emulator for SMS games.

If you're using keyboard then you might not have enough of a key rollover (how many keys you can have register at a time).
 
  DynaGamer
I've tried using Regen and Fusion, although I stick with Fusion as it is more stable.

Annoyingly, my modded SMS has come with an intermittent Pause button, which means I cannot rely on it for my speed runs (the last dungeon skip requires a frame perfect pause), so I guess I'll stick to using an emulator. Now I know why it was cheap. There are more professional mods out there for more than twice the price (I paid £40). My SMS also has bad sound quality, like it isn;t earthed; there is a low level humming noise in the background.

I am using a keyboard at the min, so I guess my next step would be to buy a PC Control Pad? The thing is, I can punch if holding Down+Left+Punch, plus Up+Left+Punch, plus Up+Right+Punch. It's only Down+Right+Punch that doesn't work, which is really annoying as I need those buttons to work on the first level. I lose too much time otherwise. All other levels are fine, it's just the 1st
 
  Super modbtrim
The pause button is on console for Master System.

You won't get any sympathy from me for not wanting to use original equipment ;p
 
  DynaGamer
I know lol. I have to sit with the console on my lap to be able to pause the game when I need to haha
 
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