On this page, i will explain how to setup Valve's source filmmaker tools leftover in the beta, tricks you can perform with the tool and how to fix technical problems with the program. I will also periodically post my own films (Accidental Apocalypse Studios) or other SFM related works. If you have any tips or things you'd like posted here, e-mail me.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

SFM Tools in Portal Experimental Workflow

Changed my mind, djshox already posted a short bit of a early workflow of the process. I haven't tested or anything yet though, so if it doesn't work, don't come crying to me.

Okay so here's the general workflow for SFM working with Portal or hopefully any Source Game (maybe).

1) First, back up your TF2 beta directory somewhere safe.

2) Mystfit and I have only really messed with Portal, but we think you can get just about anything running. You gotta copy the game's content GCF and overwrite everything in the /tf directory EXCEPT for the bin folder. It is important that you leave it unaltered.

3)Rename the Program Files/Team Fortress 2/tf folder to whatever game you're trying to run, like for example I had to change mine to Program Files/Team Fortress 2/portal, EP2 would obviously be Program Files/Team Fortress 2/ep2, etc.

4) Go into the Source Binaries 2007 GCF and extract the vtex_dll.dll to your Program Files/Team Fortress 2/bin folder.

5)Adjust the target of your shortcut to match the game. Instead of

-game tf -tools -console -applaunch 440 -window -noborder -novid

portal would be

applaunch 400 -window -noborder -novid

And that's it. Just a small note, you won't be able to use gestures or voice commands. Heck half the weapon fire effects won't show up, but otherwise there it is.


  1. I will try this with DOD source.

  2. Setup file 'gameinfo.txt' doesn't exist in subdirectory 'hl2'. Check your -game parameter or VCONFIG setting.

    Any way to get this work around?

  3. Hey there, it only seems to work with Source games that have their own directory. I don't own DOD:S so I don't know if it has a dods directory, but if its content resides in the hl2 folder, you might be out of luck.

  4. I'm going to try copying over the hl2 content then. I do own a legal copy of DoD Source. WIll try again tonight with a fresh install of the TF2 beta (some files were mucked up beyond repair)

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