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Over many years ago, I finally done. The Retro TV case is perfectly for Rpi with 4 inch LCD. The OS is retropie and installed AM Anime Player Theme.  :-*

Demo video

General / The World's Smallest RetroLab Box
« on: December 30, 2022, 09:13:16 PM »
RetroLab Box connected with Bluetooth speaker & gamepad. I just bought a 8bitDo Zero 2 gamepad. It is really small and best suitable for my RetroLab Box. The gamepad is compatible for raspberry pi, retropie and kodi as my demo. Thank you for enjoy the video.  ;)


Themes / B2B Theme (Released)
« on: October 30, 2022, 08:09:07 PM »
Several years ago, I have developed many themes. Now, I would like back to baisc. The new one is a single page only - simple and light weight. No need displays menu page and contains all function like as system selection, filter selection and displaying favourite, searching, overview support, demo mode ...

* For better user experience, please disbale AM screen saver. The new theme having demo mode function to insead of. If the demo mode is enabled. System will switch to next game in 15 seconds (static snap image) or snap video playing finished randomly.

* Emulators cfg file setup sample
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artwork    snap        ..\am\emu\MAME\snap;
artwork    video       ..\am\emu\MAME\video;
artwork    wheel       ..\am\emu\MAME\wheel;
artwork    flyer       ..\am\emu\MAME\flyer; (optional)

General / How to compile AM with mmal in raspberry pi OS
« on: October 17, 2022, 06:37:30 PM »
Hello, I would like compile AM with mmal (hardware Video Decoder) in raspberry pi OS as following below steps. But I got the error while on "make -j4 USE_GLES=1" line. Anyone know how to correct it. Thank you

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  cd ~/build
  sudo apt-get install libomxil-bellagio-dev libmp3lame-dev
  git clone --depth 1 git://
  cd ffmpeg
  ./configure --arch=armhf --target-os=linux --enable-gpl --enable-mmal --enable-omx --enable-omx-rpi --enable-nonfree --enable-libfreetype --extra-libs=-lasound --enable-libmp3lame --disable-debug --enable-shared
  make -j4
  sudo make install
  sudo ldconfig 

  cd ~/build
  git clone --depth 1
  cd attract
  make -j4 USE_GLES=1
  sudo make install

Themes / Classic Anime & Tokusatsu (C.A.T.) JukeBox v2 update 12
« on: May 17, 2022, 08:56:22 PM »
 :) v2 demo video

Download Link (update 12):

This is the best playing old school Anime & Tokusatsu OP & ED videos. Easy to translate device to be JukeBox machine. The theme optimize for loop playing 4:3 & HD retro videos.


- Setup Guid -

The compressed file contains layout theme and intro video. Please extract it to AM corresponding folder.

[system cfg]
artwork    flyer           ..\am\albumCover
artwork    snap            ..\am\oped
artwork    wheel           ..\am\logo

Song infomation related of AM romlist file. You can use AM bulit in generate romlist first. Then using editor to edit more information manually. Below is the format sample


Dragon Ball GT OP1;Dragon Ball GT OP1;CAT;;1996;Akira Toriyama;;;;;;;;ドラゴンボールGT OP;龍珠GT片頭曲;;;;;J;3
Slamdunk ED1;Slamdunk ED1;CAT;;1993;Nariai Takehiko;;;;;;;;スラムダンクED;男兒當入樽片尾曲;;;;;J;4
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power;She-Ra and the Princesses of Power;CAT;;1985;Mattel, Inc.;;;;;;;;;She-Ra片頭曲;;;;;US;0

- set Region field value of J,US,E,GER,CHI,UK,KOR or TW. It represents region flag image. If value does not set, japan flag is default.

- set Rating field value between 0-5. It represents 0-5 stars image. If value does not set, 0 star image is default.


- Support 4:3 & HD videos
- Display video progress
- Display playback time
- Looping playing video accroding by 3 play modes (Shuffle, Tracks, Repeat)
- 1 key to change play mode
- Support using Numpad or MCE PC Remote 0-9 buttons to select video
- Speech sounds assistant for play mode / page up & down / letter up & down
- Support favourite list
- Support display rating
- Support multi language of title display
- Display date & clock

General / Attract Mode is running fine on Ubuntu 22.04
« on: April 25, 2022, 04:53:17 AM »
As tested, Attract Mode is running fine on Ubuntu 22.04.  :)

I would like to set different value of row and col in Grid Theme while in different filter. Below code is my part of cocept. My question is, how to redraw the grid while changing the filter? I don't know the code to complete my task. Any one can help me? Thanks. 

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function display_transitions( ttype, var, ttime ) {
 switch ( ttype ) {
case Transition.ToNewList:

if (fe.list.filter_index = 0){
rows = 4;
cols = 4;
                redraw grid()

if (fe.list.filter_index = 1){
rows = 2;
cols = 2;
                 redraw grid()

if (fe.list.filter_index = 2){
rows = 3;
cols = 3;
                 redraw grid()

General / Bugs of version 2.6.2
« on: February 24, 2022, 03:27:04 PM »
I would like to open a post to collection bugs report. Below is my finding

1. segmentation fault on romlist generation
2. It can't display image in grid correctly in sometimes. I think it may be a bugs on image cache of AM new function

General / Issue of scrap game's infomation for no-intro rom
« on: February 14, 2022, 12:38:26 AM »
I am using no-intro console roms for nes, snes, gneies, and
TurboGrafx-16 systems.

Using AM scrap game's infomation of thegamesdb, it is Ok for some. But it can't get year & Manufacturer infomation. I don't know why .

Or I would like to get its by import_extras, but I don't know where to download no-intro xml file. Anyone can help me. Thanks.   

Scripting / is it possible to check video artwork file exist or not
« on: December 20, 2021, 08:50:26 PM »
I would to write a function to check video artwork file exist or not. Anyone know how to do it? Thanks.

if video file exit {
do something

Themes / Pop'n Music R - JukeBox Theme for Arcade Cabient (800 x 600)
« on: November 26, 2021, 12:09:44 AM »
The new theme is coming.  :)

Demo video

Download link

- the video will be continuous playing or jump to next one (it depends of playing mode setting)
- there is 3 modes of playing videos, repeat, shuffle, repeat track. You can switch the mode at anytime
- you can set default playing mode in option
- one button to random video at anytime
- font supports displaying English, Japanese & Chineses text
- the system only support video format like as mp4, any audio format like as mp3 don't support in this moment

Setup Guide
1. Recommand using Retroarch for video player. cfg sample.

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executable           C:\retroarch\retroarch
args                 "[romfilename]"
rompath              C:\AMV\OPED
romext               .mp4
artwork    flyer           C:\AMV\boxart
artwork    video           C:\AMV\OPED
artwork    wheel           C:\AMV\wheel

2. The video file name should be modify as below format.  You may append (J), (US), (E) words at the end of file name to define the language of video. It will let you display language icon on screen correctly.
Orginial video file name: Zenki OP1
New video file name: Zenki OP1 (J)

If you don't want to change filename. You may goto layout options to setup default language. This options is handle unformatted files.

3. Disable AM bulitin screensaver
Set timeout to 0

General / Retro Gamers Station ( Attarct Mode integrate with Kodi )
« on: November 07, 2021, 01:01:29 AM »
Finally, a new 7 inch monitor arrivied. The station is completed. Gamers Theme can be perfectly integrate with Kodi. You may select Kodi in Atttract Mode Menu. The back light issue also fixed in small monitor while each reboot system. Kodi is good for handling Music, IPTV & Multimedia. Also, we can use Kod bulit in function to exit, restart or shutdown machine. 


Scripting / How to delay action after pressed the key
« on: October 13, 2021, 07:58:21 PM »

I have some coding question. As below coding, when I triggle "right" button and then running "cardStationViewer()" function immediately. My question is how to delay number of seconds to run function when I pressed the key. Thanks.

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case "right":
return true;

General / Upgrade to Windows 11 AM Testing
« on: October 12, 2021, 11:17:56 PM »
Just upgrated computer to windows 11. No any major issue finding and getting suprises. AM seems running smoothly than win 10. The performace of theme is improved and speed up.  :)

Here is my latest AM theme. It includes carddass emulator & digital card book displaying cards. Please let me know if you have any idea.  :)

Latest demo

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