GameBoy Camera Video Output Tutorial
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INTRO

The Game Boy has got no video output.. and that is something most people that use a Game Boy regularly miss. Especially when you use a Game Boy Camera this would be very useful. So I started searching in google to find out what the possibilities were. What I found was the Super Gameboy for the SuperNES and the GameBoy Advanced Transverter. I found the GBA option better because then you are much more mobile then with a SNES stuck to your GameBoy Camera, so i chose to go for that option.

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GBA Transverter
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The GameBoy Camera Was made for the GameBoy Color and the GameBoy Classic, But It can also be used in the GameBoy Advanced. So if you buy a GameBoy Transverter you have a GameBoy Camera with video output.
The GBA Transverter has got two parts, one is the video output, and the other is a new back cover for the GBA. You have to take the old one of with the special GB screwdriver that you get with the transverter kit. The new back cover has got a extra connector that the GBA Transverter fits into.
When you test your Video output you notice that the Image will not be exactly the same as the image on the gameboy, it is a bit less wide then the original screen resolution.. thats a pity. If you have a look at extras I will explain how to solve this a bit.

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Battery


The only bad thing about the GBA Transverter is that it needs 8-Volts 500mA power supply And a 9 volt battery didn't do it for me, so my father gave me the idea of using a battery from a electric drill. I got a cheap one, but the Voltage was to high. So i put in a 8 Volt voltage regulator and that worked fine for for me (:.

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Extras

If you want to use the animation on your website you will need a program like Adobe Premiere to get the video into your computer and a program like Media Cleaner, to get it to the right size and compression.
When you have edited your GB movie in premiere and have exported it, you can open it in Media Cleaner. What is importuned is that you use the right settings! What I did was look what screen size the GameBoy has (160x144), and crop the image to that size. When you do this the pixels will stay sharper, and if you use a PNG compression this will help the image to stay sharp as well.

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When you click on the left picture you can see a animation that is compressed with Quicktime Apple PNG. When you click on the right one you can see a animation that is compressed with Sorenson Video 3 Compression.


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Clips

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In this clip you can see my vieuw driving a bike.

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GB VJ Clips..

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More GB VJ Clips..


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Links

GBA TV Adapter. HERE
GBA Transverter. HERE
GB Camera to PC Tutorial. HERE
GB Printer Emulator. HERE
GB Camera Collor. HERE
Lots of GB Camera links. HERE

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Disclaimer

The information on this page can be used by the reader of this page at it's own risk. I take no responsibility for any damage coast by this information.

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