[TUTORIAL] Catmull Demo Smoothing (Easier than Valve's!)

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  1. zpqrei

    aa zpqrei Theme Changer Extraordinaire

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    Yaaaagh! Is the demo smoother too confusing to ye? T'was for me too. So after a long search Fearlezz found this, magical tool. I'm going to teach you how to use it!

    What you need:

    -Source Game (eg. HL2, TF2, Portal, L4D)
    -Garrys Mod 10/11
    -Catmull plugin.

    1. Put the map you want to record in the <name>/garrysmod/garrysmod/maps/ folder and any custom content in the <name>/garrysmod/garrysmod/materials/ and <name>/garrysmod/garrysmod/models/ folders.

    2. Install the CatmullRomCam plugin for Garrys Mod as instructed to do so in the readme.

    3. Open Garrys Mod and create a singleplayer match on the map you'd like to make a video of.

    4. Open the tools menu (default 'Q') and click the CatmullRom tab. There are many tools including a hitchcock effect, but all we'll be wanting is the 'Track Layout Creator'. Click it. Also, remember the key on the right hand side, we'll need that later.
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    5. Get your tool out and left click to create a camera 'keyframe'. When you are happy with the paths you have created, click the button we remembered earlier (In my case, '/').
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    6. Record with the recording tool of your choice. Also, I recomend you stay hidden as your character is visable when recording, so unless you want a Barney or Kliener running around your map, hide him/her!

    7. Admire your work of art, you can add sound, effects and pretty much anything in the video editor of your choice! Enjoy!

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7jFAGVUI3Q"]VIEW FINAL RESULTS[/ame]
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    If it was useful, please +Thanks :D

    THINGS MADE WITH THIS TUTORIAL
    Feel free to link me to anything made with this tutorial and I'll put it up here.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFtE4CHbwTg"]pl_cashworks by eerieone[/ame]
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzaByCva0I4"]cp_furnace by Youme and Nineaxis[/ame][ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iqaTWLmarw"]cp_smokyhill by zpqrei[/ame]
     
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  2. NightHawK

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  3. zpqrei

    aa zpqrei Theme Changer Extraordinaire

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    Glad I could be of help. Added a 'Made with this tutorial' section.
     
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  4. ChronoTriggerFan

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    wicked! Valve's demo smoother is a joke, and not even stable on l4d. I'll try it out when I'm not busy with everything :p
     
  5. eerieone

    aa eerieone

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    yeah, it´s a great and easy help
    only negative things i noticed:
    -no ammo/medi-packs
    -no CP signs
    -no environment sounds
    -several false textures and problem with areaportal

    other than that... A++
     
  6. YM

    aa YM LVL100 YM

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    I'm happy without the cap holograms actually, not so cool without the ammo packs though but the false textures are eeeeasiably fixable with a little bit of gcscaping.
     
  7. A Boojum Snark

    aa A Boojum Snark Toraipoddodezain Mazahabado

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    On the topic of doing one's own map... I'd probably just set it up in Hammer with a point_viewcontrol. Then I can super-fine tune everything.
     
  8. Altaco

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    Decent tool, but I still prefer regular smoothing.

    Also, I know the guy who made this, he's a massive douche and can't code for shit.
     
  9. YM

    aa YM LVL100 YM

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    Another vid made with it :p [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzaByCva0I4&fmt=22"]Furnace Creek flythough[/ame]
     
  10. ChronoTriggerFan

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    I Personally think Valves demo tools are a joke. about half of the tools are either buggy as hell, or just not there, interface makes me want to punch babies, and the camera follows player movements such as jumping and crouching, so smoothing anything other than where you are standing still looks really bad.
     
  11. DJive

    aa DJive Cake or Death?

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    i wish i didnt need to have GMod to do this, TF2 should really have this preinstalled =(
     
  12. zpqrei

    aa zpqrei Theme Changer Extraordinaire

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    GMod is £14.99 (not sure about $) when bought with TF2. I got it in a similar deal with Counterstrike: Source. It's worth it for things like this.
     
  13. eerieone

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    @Youme: could you gimme a quick instruction how to fix the texture-issues?
     
  14. zpqrei

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  15. eerieone

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    it´s some normal default tf2 textures that are being exchanged, i shouldn´t need to packrat them
     
  16. YM

    aa YM LVL100 YM

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    I looked at which textures stuffed up in Gmod, made a mental note and went back to open hammer to find these textures. Once found I opened GCFScape (I assume you have it but just incase - http://nemesis.thewavelength.net/index.php?p=26) Opened up the tf2 materials GCF and found those textures, simply dragged them over to /garrysmod/materials and then garry's mod will look there for them before the usual GCFs. And thats it, they work.
     
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  17. AntonJ3000

    AntonJ3000 I am inactive and make horrible maps

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    You only need to copy concrete and glass folders from team fortress 2 materials.gcf, as those are the ones that hl2 will overlap.


    Also, If you have a pl_ map and want the cart to move by itself (It will cap points and trigger the bomb)
    Type sv_cheats 1 and ent_fire func_tracktrain setspeed 20
     
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  18. Shadow Monkey

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    WOW! Pretty usefulll.....thank you!
     
  19. zpqrei

    aa zpqrei Theme Changer Extraordinaire

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    Thanks, I'll add that to the first post.
     
  20. Psy

    aa Psy The Imp Queen

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    Bump, I know, but after dealing with setting up path_tracks and cameras to make a flythrough for Lighthouse, I'm considering buying Gmod just for this very tool. :p

    Thanks.