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Gmod, SFM or XNALara?

Sun, 17 Nov 2013 19:36:49

kynore

Which is better for what?. I heard you can animate with Gmod as well so I'm just curious. Can you guys explain me the difference between them? - would be nice. I'm working currently with renpy so I'm looking for the best application for me. I already figured out how to convert any 3D models into acceptable format for SFM. Question besides: I'm drawing/coloring some stuff also and I'm wonder if i can animate these also with SFM. Is it possible?. Normally you have to use flash or something like that, but I've no experience with it. If you know better alternatives, i would be really glad to hear that. Thanks - i love this site!
Sun, 17 Nov 2013 19:55:44

Mexiwolf

Gmod, in my opinion, is easier to work with. Mostly because I've been using it for years, but it just feels pretty easy in comparison to the other two. Animation for it is a bitch if you want it to look nice. Source Film Maker is obviously best for animation, but takes some getting used to. The end result is generally pleasing, though. XNALara, I don't know much about. I downloaded it recently, and all I know is that posing seems pretty simple in it. It's good for stuff like comics and pictures, but I wouldn't know much about animation or if it's even possible. Keep in mind that Gmod isn't just for making poses or videos, it's a full blown game as well. A lot of fun to play with friends, and when making poses, they can help you out if you know or know someone who knows how to run a server. I'm not sure about your other question as I'm relatively new as well. I'm sure someone here can help you, though.
Mon, 18 Nov 2013 02:25:55

Ganonmaster

"kynore" said ...
Which is better for what?. I heard you can animate with Gmod as well so I'm just curious. Can you guys explain me the difference between them? - would be nice.
"kynore" said ...
I already figured out how to convert any 3D models into acceptable format for SFM.
Animating in Gmod is possible, but more time consuming as you're going to have to pose your characters for every frame manually, or create some sort of contraption that moves the models. You can also use Kinect, but good luck with that. It's not a program built for posing, it's a sandbox game. I personally find it more useful for attaching rockets to props and making them spazz out in the physics engine. Last time I checked it was priced at $10. SFM is in my opinion way easier for both posing and animating as it's built with that purpose in mind. It contains post processing effects that are not present in Gmod and importing models is way easier. There are many tutorials available on how to use it. Unlike Gmod, you don't need to build physics models for your models in order for them to work as ragdolls so that will save you a lot of time if you want to import custom models. It's also completely free. XNALara is pretty much limited to posing. It has a large database of models available. For optimal render quality, you will usually have to export your scene to a different program like Blender or 3ds Max so it doesn't really stand on its own. Also completely free.
"kynore" said ...
I'm working currently with renpy so I'm looking for the best application for me.
If my knowledge of Ren'Py is correct, it shouldn't matter where you get your images or animations from. If you're familiar with Python scripting, you'll want to know that you can use custom Python scripts in SFM to manipulate many aspects of your scene.
"kynore" said ...
Question besides: I'm drawing/coloring some stuff also and I'm wonder if i can animate these also with SFM. Is it possible?. Normally you have to use flash or something like that, but I've no experience with it. If you know better alternatives, i would be really glad to hear that.
Stick with Flash for that. SFM is a 3D animation tool. It only allows for manipulation of objects in 3d space. For drawings you probably want a 2D tool like Flash.
Mon, 18 Nov 2013 16:29:47

kynore

Thank you! that was really helpful :). I'll try SFM then. Are there some other "dirty" SFM animation tutorials in that case? i just found one here. And yep, I'm not very good but I've experience with python thanks for the tip!.
Mon, 18 Nov 2013 16:49:29

Pipedude

There aren't any specific tutorials out there for making a porn video in SFM, just general program tutorials. For a crash course in SFM I'd start with the Valve tutorials - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqcRoizr ... B4157E67C4 and once you've gone through those you could bump up to the Jimer Lins series - http://www.youtube.com/user/JimerXLins/videos
Fri, 22 Nov 2013 08:26:18

kynore

Thanks Pipedude! : )