Welcome, tryhard filmmakers, time to make some film.
Source Filmmaker, what is it?
Ever watch a trailer for a valve game, team fortress 2, half life episode1-2, portal, left 4 dead etc..? They were all produced in SFM, it is basically a hybrid video maker where you can record stuff in game, then edit it to make it look fancy and have some sort of story telling added to it, essentially making little mini-series possible..
Is this going to ruin Garry's Mod?
Simple answer, NO. People don't buy garry's mod for video making most of the time, this won't ruin it at all, you can still make your crazy 10 second Dr. Breen with a big face screaming "HAX" if you will.
What are the system specs?
OS: Windows 7 / Vista (Windows 7 64 bit suggested)
Processor: 3.0 GHz P4, Dual Core 2.0 (or higher) or AMD64X2 (or higher)
Memory: 2GB (4 GB suggested)
Hard Disk Space: At least 15 GB of Space
Video: NVIDIA GeForce 200 series card or better, or AMD Radeon 3000 series or better (NVIDIA GeForce 400 series or AMD Radeon 5000 series preferred)
Monitor: 1366 x 768 (1920 x 1080 suggested)
Audio: DirectX 9.0c compatible
USB headset with mic (suggested)
That's right windows XP users, time to upgrade
BUT WAIT, it's invite only at the moment!?
Don't panic, this thread can be used to discuss ideas or actually plan stuff at your will. You can also showcase your SFM projects from the leaked version that was shipped with Team Fortress 2 Beta back in 2007.
I want more information, where do I go?
1. No porn films recorded in SFM to be showcased - seriously, what the fuck is wrong with you
2. Constructive Criticism welcome - if you have something to say about a video or project, say it maturely not in a kid-like manner, examples would be saying the project is "shit" or "gay" without any clear reason, state why you think that
3. Rough sketches are allowed but please for the love of god no 10 second mspaint artwork of your idea, seriously
That's about it really..
Source Filmmaker contains a RAW version of meet the heavy, if you feel like pimping it out when you receive it please post your creation!
At the moment no clear showcase - I'll make one when it is globally released.
What to do - where to start - it's best to start practising when you get this, jumping into big projects with such a new and advanced program than the leaked SFM2007 is probably a bad idea, so the good guys at valve made some tutorials on everything you need to know to create a 6 second short.
Step 1 - the basics
Step 2 - recording
Step 3 - editing
Step 4 - Sound
Step 5 - Manipulating
Step 6 - Time selection
Step 7 - Curves
Step 8 - Clip Motion and Puppeteering
Step 9 - Locks
Step 10 - Lipsync
Step 11 - Rigging
Step 12 - Lighting
And now the completed tutorial
Happy film making