Ace Film

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File Format
Name Ace Film
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Overview

Ace Film is an animation file format used on early RISC OS systems (file type D6A, AceFilm), allowing graphics created using Ace Computing's applications to be stored as a series of frames in a file, to be replayed layer using the Projector application. Applications used to generate Ace Film files included Tween, Mogul and Euclid.

Notes

[Ed. note: Need more sources/research. The files from Arcade BBS don't seem to match this format (title actually begins at offset 0x2).]

[Author's note: Agreed. The files I have follow the format described below, but those from Arcade BBS seem to be different. I should have paid a bit more attention to that.]

All lengths and offsets are in bytes. Words are 4 bytes.

   0x0:    File length (4 bytes)
   0x4:    Title (12 bytes, ASCII, low bytes ignored, can contain spaces)
   0x10:   Offset into the file of data (data_offset)
   0x14:   
   0x18:
   0x1c:   Number of colours?

Each frame is described by a data length followed by the data itself, then followed by the data length again, presumably to make it easy to traverse the file in both directions:

   data_offset:    length of data (including this word) (data_length)
   ...
   data_offset + data_length - 4: data_length

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