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A newbie has come

Sun, 15 Dec 2013 04:25:58

raptor4d4

Greetings one and all! Standing before you is a complete newb who has been a fan of the works of Rastifan, LordAardvark, Huggybear and others for a while now and wishes to take a crack at it himself. However, like most newbs, I am hopelessly lost. Mass Effect stuff is my primary area of interest. I love the pictures, comics and gifs people have posted and got some ideas for a few I'd like to see become reality. Right now I only want to focus on creating pictures and one day work my way up to comics. I've got ideas for a couple of comic series that will likely take a long time to make. Gifs and videos sound way too complicated right now. I've downloaded the Source Filmmaker. I've heard good things about GMod but I'm not sure if I want to spend the money, especially since I don't know which one will better serve my purposes. Which one is recommended? Where can I find Mass Effect maps and models? I found one topic by LordAardvark with a bunch of models and I found a Shepard's Cabin map. However I'm so new to all this a lot of the stuff I've been reading sounds like it is in a different language. If anyone can provide me with tips to get started or at least point me to some good tutorials I would greatly appreciate it.
Sun, 15 Dec 2013 05:21:15

Ganonmaster

"raptor4d4" said ...
I've downloaded the Source Filmmaker. I've heard good things about GMod but I'm not sure if I want to spend the money, especially since I don't know which one will better serve my purposes. Which one is recommended?
This is a discussion that's been going on ever since SFM got released. This thread is one of many in which the benefits of both are discussed. Read the thread and use your best judgement. I'll keep recommending SFM. Should you go for Gmod however, you might want to check out the latest Humble Bundle that's going on right now. If you pay more than the average (which is $4.27 at the time of posting), you can get Garry's mod + 8 other great games at half the price that Garry's mod alone would cost on Steam. That way you can be sure that you've got more bang for your buck if you feel burned when you're done with Garry's Mod.
"raptor4d4" said ...
Where can I find Mass Effect maps and models?
They are scattered all over the site. They have not really been bundled up into one easy download, so you may have to search for specific characters. You can use the site's search feature and limit your search to the model release subforums to get quick results.
"raptor4d4" said ...
However I'm so new to all this a lot of the stuff I've been reading sounds like it is in a different language.
Unfortunatelly I can't help you if you're not a little more specific. Do you have issues installing models, or do you have questions regarding IK Rigs? Or something completely different?
"raptor4d4" said ...
If anyone can provide me with tips to get started or at least point me to some good tutorials I would greatly appreciate it.
Valve's own tutorials on the subject are some of the best out there. They focus on animation, but the same concepts apply. Here's the playlist. Jimer Lins' Source Filmmaker Tip of the Day series is less structured, but teaches neat tricks about features in SFM that are not immediately apparent. There are also some more specific tutorials on this site. For more advanced tutorials, look on Zachariah Scott's channel. I'd recommend these once you've gotten a substantial amount of hours in SFM under your belt. Either way, welcome to the community! If you have any more questions, I'm sure we can help you out. :)
Sun, 15 Dec 2013 16:23:47

Bilge Rat 16

SFM is more versatile, the downside is that it doesn't even have one tenth of the resources available to GMOD. Vitezislav's tutorial helped me a lot getting acquainted with the interface. The first few tutorials by Valve on youtube (I'd reccommend at least the first four) are also very helpful.
Sun, 15 Dec 2013 22:43:57

raptor4d4

Thanks to everyone who has replied thus far. I didn't notice the tutorial subtopic before posting. It does look like there is some useful info there and I'll start sifting through it. I've spent most of the day searching the boards for maps and models to download. Found lots of ME stuff. Just hope all of it is SFM compatible. The descriptions in some of the topics are a little vague. I suppose I'll find out once I figure out how to actually get them into the SFM. Thanks again and if anyone wishes to provide me with additional tips they are more than welcome!