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  |      Name : GypPlay: Lik Sang Edition (v2.0) - MPEG-1/VCD Video Player |
 
  |  Released : February 28th, 2001 (for Lik Sang's y2kode competition)    |
 
  |  Platform : Sega Dreamcast (DC)                                        |
 
  |    Author : The Gypsy                                                  |
 
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  |  Welcome to GypPlay: Lik Sang Edition (a.k.a. GypPlay v2.0).  It is    |
 
  |  intended for playing MPEG-1 video streams on your Dreamcast.  It was  |
 
  |  originally written for playing VideoCD video files and just happens  |
 
  |  to work with pretty much any MPEG-1 videos.  There have been          |
 
  |  significant improvements and new features since the previous v1.x    |
 
  |  releases.  Note, however, that the playback rate itself is only      |
 
  |  slightly improved -- there is not much more I can do as far as the    |
 
  |  playback quality itself goes.  You can improve playback by doing      |
 
  |  your own encoding.  See the GypPlay FAQ for more details.            |
 
  |                                                                        |
 
  |  GypPlay Feature list:                                                |
 
  |  =====================                                                |
 
  |  * GUI significantly improved over previous releases.                |
 
  |  * Will play multiple videos from one disc.  Put as many video files  |
 
  |    as you can onto your disc along with the GypPlay files.            |
 
  |  * "Search and Play" option: GypPlay walks through the entire disc    |
 
  |    searching for anything with a proper extension (.mpg, .mpeg,      |
 
  |    .dat, .avi, .m1v) and attempts to play them.                      |
 
  |  * New "File Browser" option: allows you to select a specific file    |
 
  |    to play from any directory on the disc.                            |
 
  |  * Standard video playback controls: Pause/Rewind/Fast-forward.      |
 
  |  * Variable-speed REW/FF based on the controller's analog stick.      |
 
  |  * Time Display: Time elapsed and remaining for the current video.    |
 
  |  * Title Display: Onscreen display of current video filename.        |
 
  |  * VMU Title Display: Display of current video filename on all        |
 
  |    attached VMUs.                                                    |
 
  |  * Movie Skip (Search and Play mode only): Move on to the next video  |
 
  |    found on the disc, if any.                                        |
 
  |  * Autoplay: If there is a file in the root of the disc named        |
 
  |    "autoplay.gyp" then GypPlay will automatically do a "Search And    |
 
  |    Play" after displaying the two startup splash screens.  This      |
 
  |    allows the user to easily do self-playing movie discs so that no  |
 
  |    user interaction is necessary.                                    |
 
  |  * Supports the swapping in of real/original GDROMs.  Insert any of  |
 
  |    your original DC GDROMs and GypPlay will attempt to find videos    |
 
  |    on them to play.  A good one to try is Gauntlet Legends.  Note    |
 
  |    that the games commonly use .m1v files, which have video, but no  |
 
  |    sound -- so do not be surprised if there is no sound.              |
 
  |                                                                        |
 
  |  Limitations in this version:                                          |
 
  |  ============================                                          |
 
  |  * You can only play MPEG-1 videos.  Codecs such as DivX, MPEG-4,    |
 
  |    and so on do NOT work.  I repeat: MPEG-1 ENCODED VIDEOS ONLY!      |
 
  |  * You cannot swap in anything except original GDROMs to search for  |
 
  |    other movies.  This means that GypPlay must be on the CDR with    |
 
  |    the videos that you want to play.  [Note: Certain modchips have    |
 
  |    an interesting side effect that will actually allow non-GDROMs to  |
 
  |    be swapped in and GypPlay will play the videos it finds on that    |
 
  |    disc.  If you have a modchip installed, you can try swapping in    |
 
  |    another disc to see if it will work.  However, even with the      |
 
  |    proper modchip, this will NOT work with most original VCD discs    |
 
  |    because they are Mode 2/XA (which is NOT supported).]             |
 
  |                                                                        |
 
  |  Instructions:                                                        |
 
  |  =============                                                        |
 
  |  * Make sure you have everything from the GypPlay archive(s).        |
 
  |    Depending on where/how you downloaded GypPlay, the files may be    |
 
  |    all in one archive or they may be spread among two seperate ones.  |
 
  |    In either case, the files must include: GypPlay.exe, ip.bin,      |
 
  |    1st_read.bin, 0gdtex.pvr, and a WinCE directory with 8 files in    |
 
  |    it.  If you do not have all of these files, GypPlay will not work! |
 
  |  * With your CDR software (I use Nero personally), create a new      |
 
  |    data disc ISO9660 compilation (NOT a VideoCD disc).                |
 
  |  * Include everything from the GypPlay archive, including the WinCE  |
 
  |    directory.                                                        |
 
  |  * Add your video file(s) anywhere on the CD.  They can be in the    |
 
  |    root or in any subdirectory that you like.  They can have any      |
 
  |    name as long as they end in a valid, supported extension (see      |
 
  |    above in the Feature List for extensions).                        |
 
  |  * Set the software for Mode 1 (CDROM, not Mode 2/XA!), ISO Level 2,  |
 
  |    and support for the Joliet filesystem.                            |
 
  |  * Burn it!                                                          |
 
  |  * Boot the Utopia Boot Disc in your Dreamcast.                      |
 
  |  * After it loads, swap in your new GypPlay/movie(s) disc.            |
 
  |  * When the GypPlay title screen appears, press button A to start a  |
 
  |    search for video files on the disc.  GypPlay will play them as it  |
 
  |    finds them.  Enjoy!                                              |
 
  |  * Note that you can do a self-booting GypPlay disc which will then  |
 
  |    work without the Utopia Boot Disc.  Doing that is beyond this      |
 
  |    document -- see the GypPlay FAQ or follow any of the numerous      |
 
  |    self-boot documents out there.                                    |
 
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      | Greetings and Salutations -------------------------------------  |
 
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  |                                                                        |
 
  |    Alchemy Curare  -  Snark!  -  Ogre  -  Nagra  -  oman  -  Jules    |
 
  |    Marcus  -  Stalin  -  Cyrus  -  KamKa  -  AndrewK  -  xPridEx      |
 
  |                    madman  -  DCG  -  Dan Potter                      |
 
  |                                                                        |
 
  |  Special thanks to:                                                    |
 
  |    * Stalin for the "spinning disc" logo                              |
 
  |    * oman for the DC controller graphic                                |
 
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      | Contacts ------------------------------------------------------  |
 
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  |                                                                        |
 
  |  TheGypsy can be reached at contact_thegypsy@hotmail.com.              |
 
  |                                                                        |
 
  |  DO _NOT_ EMAIL ME ABOUT:                                              |
 
  |  ========================                                              |
 
  |  * Where to find pirated games, boot discs, etc.                      |
 
  |  * Where to find official Dreamcast SDKs (a.k.a. DevKits).            |
 
  |  * DivX/MPEG4/other codec support: GypPlay doesn't have it, and I    |
 
  |    really don't care to hear your requests for it.                    |
 
  |  * Emailing you when a new release comes out -- you'll just have to  |
 
  |    check just like everyone else does.  I don't run a mailing list.  |
 
  |  * Self-booting support.  If you can't get it to work, then complain  |
 
  |    to whoever wrote your self-boot docs/tool, not me.                |
 
  |  * Stupid problems that you are having mainly because you are too    |
 
  |    lazy to read and follow the simple instructions above!            |
 
  |  * Disc-swapping of anything except original GD-ROMs.  I don't want  |
 
  |    to hear about your problems with an UNSUPPORTED feature.          |
 
  |  * Anything that is in the GypPlay FAQ (see link below)!  If it is    |
 
  |    in the FAQ and you email to ask me about it, I will NOT be happy.  |
 
  |                                                                        |
 
  |  DO FEEL FREE TO EMAIL ME ABOUT:                                      |
 
  |  ===============================                                      |
 
  |  * Programming/testing help/questions/discussion if you are already  |
 
  |    a DC developer.  If you email me about this, you had better        |
 
  |    already have a DevKit (either official or homebrew) and some code  |
 
  |    that you wrote.  Do NOT email me questions such as: "How do I      |
 
  |    develop for the DC?", "Where can I find programming information?", |
 
  |    "I saw the source code for XYZ on the Net someplace; can you port  |
 
  |    it to the DC for me?"                                              |
 
  |  * Praise/thanks/greetings.  I enjoy people getting enjoyment out of  |
 
  |    my work.  Feel free to tell me if you like it.                    |
 
  |  * REASONABLE feature requests or suggestions.  Do not email and ask  |
 
  |    for things such as MP3 support -- that is NOT a minor/reasonable  |
 
  |    feature request.                                                  |
 
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  |  GypPlay FAQ:                                                          |
 
  |    http://gypplay.thegypsy.com                                        |
 
  |                                                                        |
 
  |  B00B Dreamcast Research:                                              |
 
  |    http://boob.co.uk                                                  |
 
  |                                                                        |
 
  |  Jules' DC Development:                                                |
 
  |    http://julesdcdev.com                                              |
 
  |                                                                        |
 
  |  Lik Sang's y2kode Competition:                                        |
 
  |    http://y2kode.com                                                  |
 
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