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    TF2 movie making/sharing guide for the noob: Part I

    TF2 movie making/sharing guide for the noob
    Part I: Recording/sharing .dem files.
    By [iO.Admin] That's Easy

    From time to time, you may wish to record some in-game play, whether it's to spectate a potential cheater or to make a fun little video of your personal achievements. A recording like this is called a "demo". Valve had made the process of recording a demo fairly straightforward. Read on!


    Part 1 - Enable the Developer Console

    First you must enable the in-game console. This is normally not enabled on a fresh steam install. You can think of the console as the "command prompt" of the game where you can issue hundreds of obscure yet useful commands to do things you normally can't do via the interface.

    To enable the console:
    From the main Team Fortress menu, select "Options". Click the "Advanced" button. Then select the checkbox that says "Enable Developer Console".


    Once the console is enabled, you can access it anytime by pressing the "tilde" or ~ key which is usually at the upper left hand corner of your keyboard. Press ~ again to hide the console.



    Part 2 - Record a demo
    Now that you're all set up with the console, you're ready to record a demo. Demos are recorded in a proprietary format. They are always saved with a .dem extension.

    To record a demo:
    1. Bring up the console by pressing the ~ key.
    2. Type record <demoname> where <demoname> is the name you want for your demo. Don't make the name too long or include any spaces or special characters.
    3. When you are finished type stop in the console. The demo will stop recording. Demos are saved in the following location:
    C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\<username>\team fortress 2\hl2




    Part 3 - Playback your demo
    This is pretty simple. Valve has provided a GUI for playing back demos.

    To playback a demo:
    1. From the main menu, hit SHIFT+F2. A demo playback GUI will appear.
    2. Load a demo by clicking the "Load" button.
    3. You can now speed up, slow down, pause, and resume the demo by selecting the appropriate buttons. Click the "Drive" button, and you can adjust the camera angle while holding mouse button 1 during playback.


    Note there are TONS of other things you can do with demo playback and editing, including adding text overlays, chaning the camera angle, and lots of other stuff. See the wiki at the Valve developer community if you're interesting in doing any of this stuff.

    Valve Demo Recording/Editing wiki: http://developer.valvesoftware.com/w...ecording_Tools



    Part 4 - Sharing your demo
    If you want to share your raw .dem file with other people, there are tons of free web file-based webhosting site out there. Some examples are:

    http://rapidshare.com
    http://www.megaupload.com
    http://www.mediafire.com

    All of the above will give you a download link which you can share with others or post in the forums.



    Creating video in standard formats/Converting your .dem files
    Creating video in standard formats (.avi, .wmv, etc) is a little more complicated and involves the use of a third party utility (FRAPS). I will be covering the usage of fraps in part II of my series, to be posted here. Stay tuned!
    Last edited by That's Easy; 01-27-2008 at 11:03 AM. Reason: Made some tweaks

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    nice I made this a sticky






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    Zowie That's Easy... perfect :-)

    Thanx man

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    Thanks alot for posting this man!
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    All that effort on your behalf and i cant even use it, get an error (like alot of people it seems) about unreliable snapshot blah blah blah. Hope someone gets to make use of your helpful post

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    punk i get the same error if you figure it out lemme kno

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    Same error as above. I would like to know why.

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    ] record test
    Disconnect: ERROR! Reliable snaphsot overflow..
    Disconnect: ERROR! Reliable snaphsot overflow..
    Thats what I got. ):
    haha. snapshot is spelled wrongly by the console.

    I've been browsing the web and apparently, its a new problem and no one has a solution yet.

    Its happened to people when their ping gets too high also. There have been a lot of complaints where their ping (normally 15-30) spikes to 135 (about) and they get disconnected for the error above.

    There have also been occasions where 3/4 of the people on the server get the same error message at the same time and get disconnected. Thank god we don't have that problem.

    This problem is also in Garry's mod.
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    Yes, I actually get this error too.

    What I've found is that if I start recording right away when I first start playing, I can record just fine. If I've been in-game for awhile, and I try to record, it crashes hard and dumps me out of TF2 altogether. Seems like maybe it's some kind of memory leak or something. I just assumed it was only my puter since I'm running Vista 64 and it's a little flakey.

    So if I need to demo someone for haxor allegations, I actually quit the game, restart, rejoin the game and start recording right away. Not ideal, but until Valve fixes it, that seems to be the only option

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    i'm not sure but there was just an update today so they MIGHT have fixed it. if anyone can give some info on that, it would be helpful.

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    Meh... I just use fraps, a lot less of a hassle.
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    but the files for fraps are insane in size.

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    Yea so ive been recording alot of in-game stuff in the hopes to either send it to someone for video editing or make a little video myself. My gaming setup is pretty top notch, but for some reason, whenever i try to record with fraps, i can only record at like 15fps otherwise its really twitchy in-game and in the after video as well.

    Any ideas on how to fix it?


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