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Sega Leftovers Entry

September 12th, 2006 by Multimedia Mike

I’m back on the case with a new entry of my Multimedia Exploration Journal. I just processed 10 Sega CD & Saturn titles. It was all quite predictable, save for one new format that I can only generically refer to as the Amazing Spider-Man BIN format based on the extension of the FMV format and the game that it comes from. As with so many multimedia formats, I find this one absolutely fascinating. The reasoning on this is that it’s a neatly chunked FourCC format that has a custom video codec apparently designed to map neatly onto the Sega CD/Genesis video hardware (I still get confused about exactly how the Sega CD extended the Genesis’s video capabilities). The format appears to define tile chunks, tile layouts, and palette RAM in discrete blocks.

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