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How to Record and Playback:

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Spectaculator 6.3 and up / Freeware 5.3:


Here's a little step by step guide on how to record and playback your games using Spectaculator. If its in Italic then you must only do it if you are recording or playing back a multiload game, to which you also get a TAP file along with the Z80 file.

How to Record:

  • Choose File from menu bar, and then choose Open. Now select the TAP file you downloaded together with the Z80 file of the game you wish to record.

  • You must select Control option from the menu bar, and then choose Record in the Action Replay menu.

  • Now you must select a filename for your RZX file, and the location for it. Press OK.

  • Choose EXTERNAL SNAPSHOT and not RECORD FROM CURRENT POSITION. Now browse for the Z80 file of the game you wish to record. The external snapshots to use are the Z80 files downloaded here at HARP, and only these.

  • Also, Make sure you have the Tournament mode checkbox activated. In the Week Code field just enter a random 4-digit number.

  • Remember only to record one game in each RZX recording. Don't upload a recording saying your new highscore is game number 3 in the recording. Only the first game counts.

  • To stop recording, just use CONTROL+BREAK, or provoke it by trying to access the menus.



How to Playback:

  • Choose File from menu bar, and then choose Open. Now select the TAP file you downloaded together with the Z80 file of the game you wish to playback.

  • You must select Control option from the menu bar, and then choose Play in the Action Replay menu.

  • Find the RZX file you want to Playback.

  • Find the Z80 file that you have downloaded at HARP, by which the RZX file you want to playback was created.

  • Remember when Multiload games are loading that you should set Emulation Speed down to Normal.




RealSpectrum DOS (Windows version not allowed at HARP):


Here's a little step by step guide on how to record and playback your games using RealSpectrum. If its in Italic then you must only do it if you are recording or playing back a multiload game, to which you also get a TAP file along with the Z80 file.

How to Record:

  • Choose F7, and find the TAP file to the game you want to record.

  • Set up the emulator to what it needs to run the game you want to play, so that you don't get a Speed Violation warning, which stops the recording. Use your own custom made INI file for each game. This will only be a problem for players with slow PC's. You can't change any setting after you've started the recording as that will result in a Speed Violation and will stop the recording.

  • Go into the Action Recording menu (ALT+F4).

  • Enable 'Compo Mode' using the arrow keys. REMEMBER that you must record under compo mode, otherwise your score will be disqualified.

  • Go up to 'Start New Recording' and press ENTER.

  • Type a random number and then press ENTER.

  • Now find your directory where you put all the Z80 files that you downloaded here on HARP. REMEMBER that you must use the Z80 files from this website, no other files are allowed for being used as that will result in playback problems.

  • Choose the game you want to play.

  • Now find the directory where you want to store your AIR file.

  • When you've found it, press TAB.

  • Now write the name of the file you want it stored under like 'froggy1', press ENTER.

  • You don't need to write down the A-Code, just press ENTER.

  • Choose Stop Recording (ALT-F4) when your game is over, and you have put in your initials if possible.

  • IMPORTANT: Do only play one game in each recording. After each game, stop the recording and reset and start all over. DON'T send us a recording, telling us that the game with your new record is game number 4. ONLY the first game counts !!!



How to Playback:

  • Choose F7, and find the TAP file to the game you want to playback.

  • Go into the Action Recording menu (ALT+F4).

  • Go up to 'Start New Playback' and press ENTER.

  • Now find your directory where you put all the Z80 files that you downloaded here. REMEMBER that you must use the Z80 files from the HARP website, no other files can be used to playback your or the other competitors games.

  • Choose the game you want to playback.

  • Now find the directory where you've stored the AIR file.

  • When you've found the right AIR file (which you want to watch), press ENTER.

  • A box is shown with some informations about the recording, press ENTER.

  • Choose Stop Playback (ALT-F4) when you've seen 'enough' from recording or checked what you want to see.




WolfMess 115 and up:


Here's a little step by step guide on how to record and playback your games using WolfMess. Unfortunately, its not possible to make recordings of Multiload games, like Agent X or Wheelie when using WolfMess.

How to Record:

  • Choose 'ZX Spectrum' in the left box under System.

  • To make sure you play under Compo Mode, you must feed WolfMess with a Tournament number. To do this you must Right click on 'ZX Spectrum' and choose 'Properties'.

  • Choose 'Miscellaneous'.

  • Type a random number in the Tournament box like in the picture below. Once you have done this WolfMess will open under Compo Mode every time until you change it back to 0.

  • Choose 'Append', the OK. IMPORTANT: All recordings not made under Compo Mode will be DQ'ed, so make sure it doesn't say 0 in the Tournament box.

  • Choose game you want yo play in the right box under Software.

  • Choose 'File/Play and Record Input' on the Menu bar.

  • Name the recording you are about to make, the press Save and off you go. IMPORTANT: (WolfMess 132+) To stop your recording when you have finished your game press F3. (WolfMess 115-131) Press 'Scroll Lock' followed by 'Esc'. If Mess is in window mode (by choosing the Display Menu and clicking Run in a Window), you can also close the game by closing the window on the upper right hand side.


How to Playback:

  • Choose 'ZX Spectrum' in the left box under Systems.

  • Choose the game you want to see a recording of.

  • Choose 'File/Playback Inout' on the Menu bar.

  • Choose the recording file you want to Playback and press Open.

  • Press Return.

  • The recording is now playing back. IMPORTANT: (WolfMess 132+) To stop playing back the recording press F3. (WolfMess 115-131) Press 'Scroll Lock' (to get into partial emulation mode) followed by 'Esc' at any time.




FUSE:


Here's a little step by step guide on how to record and playback your games using Fuse. This is the work of Sergio Baldoví (tinkle), thank you :)

How to Record from the Menu:

  • Run Fuse in full screen mode.

  • Go into general menu pressing F1 key.

  • Choose Options -> RZX menu options and check the following values:

  • * Create Autosaves... unchecked, It allows to rolling back. It has no sense in competition mode.
    * Compress RZX data... checked, It's for recording smaller files.
    * Competition Mode... checked, prevents to pause the game.
    * Competition Code... XXXX, It's were you set the week code, in case you are provided with one. At the moment we only use them in the Speccy Tour.
    * Always embed snapshot... unchecked, playing RZX files must be done from official external snapshots that you download here at HARP.

  • Go into general menu and choose File -> Recording -> Record from snapshot.

  • Now select the Z80 file of the game you wish to record.

  • Now you must select a filename for your RZX file. Press TAB key and write the filename (record.rzx).

  • To stop recording, just try to access to the menu (F1)

How to Record from command line:
  • All options can be set through command line:
    fuse -r record.rzx -s game.z80 --competition-mode --competition-code 1234 --no-embed-snapshot --no-rzx-autosaves --full-screen

  • However, if the options (competition mode, competition code, etc) are stored in the configuration file, parameters can be reduced:
    fuse -r record.rzx -s game.z80

How to Playback from menu:
  • Nowadays Fuse can't playback RZX files without an embedded snapshot from the menu. In a lower section it's explained how to do it from command line.

How to Playback from Command Line:
  • Run fuse with the following parameters:
    fuse -p record.rzx -s game.z80 --full-screen
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