Disclaimer: These tutorials were written in 2011. Many of the methods used here may no longer be accurate, but I keeping the information available to hopefully steer people in the right direction.

Team Fortress 2 Machinima Info

Team Fortress 2 has a unique visual style and a selection of original characters, which makes it a great choice for machinima. There are fewer command options than Half-Life 2, most noticeably the removal of NPC controls. TF2 content works well in Garry’s Mod, so if you’re looking for more functionality options you may want to consider using it for filming.

Camera options

  • Noclip – Typing “noclip” in the console will allow you to fly around the map.
  • Demo Smoother – The Source engine has a recording feature which I wouldn’t recommend for machinima, but may be useful for certain situations.
  • point_viewcontrol – Camera entities can be compiled into the map, however these are tricky to work with and require mapping knowledge to use.

Bots
TF2 has the ability to spawn bots, which can then play VCD files. However, the bots are very basic compared to HL2 NPCs. Movement can’t be scripted and multiple bots can’t be controlled at the same time. It’s more of a test feature, but still has it’s uses in machinima.

Links
TF2Maps.net Tutorials Forum
Useful binds for TF2 Machinima
TF2 Bot Commands
Creating TF2 style textures from photos
TF2 Fonts

Console Commands
It’s a good idea to create binds for some of these frequently used commands.

  • Remove the HUD and weapon: cl_drawhud 0; r_drawviewmodel 0
  • Spawn a TF2 bot: sv_cheats 1;mp_teams_unbalance_limit 0;bot -team red -class soldier -name John
  • Play a vcd file: tf_testvcd “scenes/toast.vcd”
  • Use higher quality TF2 models: mat_picmip -10;mp_usehwmmodels 1;mp_usehwmvcds 1
  • Change noclip speed: sv_noclipspeed 1

TF2 Maps
A few examples of TF2 maps with unique visual styles.

koth_viaduct

pl_crazy_petes_bog

arena_lumberyard

plr_pipeline

tc_hydro

cp_egypt_final

cp_coldfont

ctf_2fort

koth_harvest

cp_degrootkeep

pl_outback_rc4

cp_manor_event

ctf_sawmill

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