Scripting Guides

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These tutorials are for anyone interested in learning how to make tool-assisted combo videos. Start by reading the introductory ones, then skip around to whichever topics interest you.

 
    Introductory Tutorials

What Does Tool-Assisted Mean?
  – If you’re totally new to the concept of tool-assistance, here’s a brief overview explaining what programmable controllers and emulator tools can and can’t do.

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How to Use MacroLua
  – MacroLua is a tool for scripting frame-by-frame player input for a wide range of game emulators equipped with Lua. This guide provides basic installation and usage instructions.

How to Configure Initial Emulator Input Settings
  – To get the most out of MacroLua, you’ll need a convenient control configuration to minimize clutter and make essential functions easily accessible. Here are some suggestions.

 
    Specialized Topics

How to Take Screenshots with MacroLua
  – Emu tools aren’t just for making combo videos. You can also utilize scripts to set up elaborate screenshot scenarios.

How to Find Charge Switch Points
  – Using MacroLua, you can retain charge while performing crossups. The basic idea is to swap directions on the exact frame your character switches sides with the opponent.

 
    Conceptual Principles

Cardinal Emu TACV Scripting Rules
  – These general guidelines are designed to help you get started on the right foot and avoid potential pitfalls. Please read them. Trust me, you’ll save yourself some major headaches.

Scripting Shortcuts and Time-Saving Tricks
  – If you want to make the most of your time, you’ll need to start from an efficient save state and take advantage of Fast Forward, Turbo Speed, and Pause After Playback features.

Combo Design Pathways
  – Choosing the right direction is the single most important step to creating a good combo. Here’s a basic roadmap of the most prominent routes.

 
    Supplementary Guides

Guest Article: How to Use AutoIt
  – AutoIt is a scripting program for automating complex input tasks, which is a convenient way to execute prohibitively difficult command sequences in PC platform games such as SF4.

Guest Article: Street Fighter II Hitboxes
  – You can now use Lua scripts to view precise hitboxes from various classic fighting games. This guide describes the procedure and provides notable SF2 examples.

  1. October 13th, 2010 at 13:02 | #1

    Since i’ve been writing these in random order, i figured this page would help organize everything to make it easier to find right starting point.

    If you have any questions about a specific subject, please do me a favor and ask on its individual page instead of posting it here.

  2. AngelFreak
    June 22nd, 2011 at 10:37 | #2

    Hi Maj

    It’s been a while huh, I don’t know but I remember there was this other forum you invited me to long time ago, well anyways, I don’t remember if it was wordpress or something like that.

    It’s good to be back, and what I decided to do is say hi to some old friends. I haven’t been around for quite a while, but I’m thinking on some good stuff lol at least, I think so.

    It’s been a while since I don’t play too, so I decided to do some research about tool assistance and I happen to land here, which is very sweet :)

    I have been reading your articles about macros and stuff, I find it difficult to believe how unfamiliar it is for me since I used to rely on macros back in the days when I used to combo, but oh well, you just can’t compare Kawaks macros with lua and this new (to me) stuff.

    I was wondering if we could have a little chat any time soon about this. Since I’m basically a neogeo player, I found fbarr with lua support very interesting, but I haven’t been able to make games run, I’m guessing cause this version in particular is considerably outdated in comparison with new games (new as in updated roms) Sorry If I bring this here, but I didn’t find any other place to do it, I’ve sent error00001 (more or less 0s lol) some messages @youtube about some tools since I’ve also gotten sf4 for PC

    Anyways man it’s good to be back, keep it up, I’ve had so much fun watching your latest movies, keep’em coming!

    Cheers!

  3. June 22nd, 2011 at 13:27 | #3

    Cool, welcome back. I’m looking forwarding to seeing what kinds of crazy combos you come up with using tool-assistance.

    FBArr requires the latest rom packs, so your files are probably outdated. I can’t help you find the new ones, mostly because i don’t really know the best place to find them either. But i’m sure 20 minutes on google will be enough. Don’t get discouraged if the first one you download doesn’t work.

    If you have any macrolua scripting questions, just pick one of the articles above and leave a comment there. I’ll help however i can.

  4. AngelFreak
    June 22nd, 2011 at 15:25 | #4

    Thanks Maj, it’s good to be back, and thanks for your help and time, I’ve fixed the problem, it was the bios file, error0001 kindly explained me that maybe the bios was the thing to take care of and it worked. I’m looking forward to trying to make it work cause as of now I haven’t been able to and I’ve read pretty much all of the articles regarding this matter, anyways, thanks again :)

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