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How to record a demo (discussion)

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I just wanted to tell a tip about the free roaming mode in SourceTV demos :

- You can use the Swim Up/Swim Down keys (in the bindings, go to config) to go up and down just like it was a complement for the WASD keys (useful because now, you're not forced to look up to go up).

- You can use "sv_specaccelerate" to change the diving speed of the camera.

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Another thing I discovered when I made the last video, after a few minutes, the avi gets unusable, there's some max file size or something going on. In those cases I do the lots of TGA file option, there's still a limit to those, but its a lot longer. Either way you can't record too much.

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I have a problem with viewing demos. They play fine but I'm stuck to a viewpoint somewhere below the ground and can't move or anything. The buttons noted in the top border do nothing (except space, which brings up the demo menue rather than what it says).

 

Anyone got an idea how to fix this?

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I can't seem to record videos properly passed a certain length. After about a minute, the recorded video just breaks completely and when I run it in Virtualdub, only a few seconds of the video plays.

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AVI maxes out because you cant go more than like 4G or something.

Did you try the TGA option? That will let you go longer, but even that still maxes out after a long time like 10 minutes, because the filenames only have like 4 digits.

Another way I havent tried yet is get divx, then I think you can choose it as a codec instead of uncompressed, and that shouldn't max out for a long time, if for some reason you need to record long clips.

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Hmm. Okay, I'm wondering if there's a way to compile together several clips from different demos or even the same one, while the clips are at different times without having to record the huge chunk of time in-between. Like, if I record a clip, then stop the recording, then start it at the 2nd clip, will the avi be in two parts or one? If two, is there a way to put them together as one avi like in the nomtages?

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well you could stop recording, then rename the avi, then start again, thats what I do.

and btw the avi thing really sucks for the time limit, I've been hitting it a lot more often lately and have to resort to the tga method.

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When I start playing the GUI the screen remains black - the text and everything comes up okay, as well as the sound, but theres no graphics of the actual gameplay?

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Never seen that before.. If you close out the GUI and click the mouse, it should snap to the perspective of a player, maybe youre stuck in a view where its off the map.

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I'm not trying to make a video from a demo, but rather I'm having problems playing back a demo

 

I was trying to watch some footage of a cheater, and after downloading and unzipping the file into my main tf folder, and starting tf2 this happens:

 

 

I type demoui in the console, as i've done before

 

I choose the file(it's the only demo file there)

 

it starts loading, and then just goes back to the main screen, it won't play for me

 

 

I tried redownloading incase it was corrupted, but no luck

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Try typing "play" in console then use the arrow keys to scroll down to the demo you're trying to look at. That's how I load mine and it works every time.

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I typed play, but no lists or anything came up

 

 

 

 

 

edit; playdemo and the filename isn't working

 

 

 

here's the file in question

 

 

 

auto-20090602-1223-pl_dbheights_b2.dem

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I'm sorry I mean "playdemo" then hit space and a list should come up.

 

Argh. Ninja edit. Well, you've already said it was in the tf folder...usually that's enough for it to pop up.

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I went ingame, and apparently the update makes old demos no longer viewable

 

 

and apparently my mic died

might just be fixed by restarting steam though

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Neither of those things can be fixed by restarting steam :lol:

 

Old demos can only be played if you backed up the .gcf files from before the update.

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my mic is probably only having problems because i used the fake idler, and didn't restart steam before going back to tf2...and i just downloaded the demo today, so i wouldn't have had a backup

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If its an issue with the update breaking old demos, it will still try to play, but give an error after it loads.

You probably have the file in the wrong folder, it has to be in the tf folder.

Also you should try the demoui2 gui, and click load, then it lets you navigate to find where the file is.

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I played the demo the same way i did before, and had created a shortcut to my main tf folder for instant access, but it just lists errors

 

and its the only demo file i have in there

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Finally decided to read this thread :lol: but I'm having some troubles on how to move around the map.....I click drive but it makes me stand in place, I can turn the camera but thats it. Is there some kind of console command?

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have you closed the demoui box thing?

Oh i didn't know you had to close that box? Is that the one with the pause button and drive button and stuff like that on it?

 

edit: it worked, thanks guys :D

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I just got the message:

 

playdemo : plays a demo file

Unknown command "demopauseafterinit"

 

I wanted to watch a demo, which was recorded yesterday before the minor update, but I watched it after the update was done...and today it keep's telling me this quote! Is my demo broken )= ?

 

 

aaand I got this problem now:

since I typed in "cl_hud_minmode 1" in my console...my notifications changed and they are now way to small!

Posted Image Posted Image

 

how can i get them back to normal size?

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