Helene Oct 30, 2013 @ 3:22am
How easy is SFM to use?
I have zero programming knowledge.

I have no experience in animation.

What I do have is lots of free time (2 week vacation), and some serious dedication to learn.
Is this program easy to learn and use?

TY
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Sir Strygwyr of Cykaland Oct 30, 2013 @ 3:24am 
It is easy, once you watch the official valve turtorials. The only real problem is ideas..... all the best of luck in the futre!
Helene Oct 30, 2013 @ 3:24am 
:)
CollapsibleMind Oct 30, 2013 @ 3:31am 
It can be easy, if you're willing to learn. Personally, I found it very hard to use and watched the Valve tutorials atleast four times each. However it does make a difference if you have some sort of filmmaking background in my opinion, it helped me atleast.
Sir Strygwyr of Cykaland Oct 30, 2013 @ 3:34am 
Originally posted by Devious Dominic:
It can be easy, if you're willing to learn. Personally, I found it very hard to use and watched the Valve tutorials atleast four times each. However it does make a difference if you have some sort of filmmaking background in my opinion, it helped me atleast.
The only thing I find difficult is ideas. That is the problem with all medias of film because you need to work out how you want everything to work out. I quess having a background in film would help in that aspect.
Nether-snow Oct 30, 2013 @ 3:52am 
Originally posted by Razor Edge:
The only thing I find difficult is ideas. That is the problem with all medias of film because you need to work out how you want everything to work out. I quess having a background in film would help in that aspect.

I actually come up with way too many ideas which forces me to really prioritize them so that I'm not trying to animate 10 different videos at once. Completely the opposite for me.
Sir Strygwyr of Cykaland Oct 30, 2013 @ 3:53am 
Originally posted by Nethero:
Originally posted by Razor Edge:
The only thing I find difficult is ideas. That is the problem with all medias of film because you need to work out how you want everything to work out. I quess having a background in film would help in that aspect.

I actually come up with way too many ideas which forces me to really prioritize them so that I'm not trying to animate 10 different videos at once. Completely the opposite for me.
I meant ideas HOW to animate it. Like, how should the camera and the character move to follow the story I want etc. That is what I meant.
CollapsibleMind Oct 30, 2013 @ 4:02am 
Also, knowing the software inside and out will help you to know whether an idea will work or not.
The Resonte! Oct 30, 2013 @ 4:16am 
It took me a year on-off to work sfm.
CollapsibleMind Oct 30, 2013 @ 4:22am 
Originally posted by The Resonte!:
It took me a year on-off to work sfm.

Same here.
Helene Oct 30, 2013 @ 4:25am 
Originally posted by Devious Dominic:
Originally posted by The Resonte!:
It took me a year on-off to work sfm.

Same here.

omg now I wish I didnt ask this
CollapsibleMind Oct 30, 2013 @ 4:25am 
Originally posted by Bat Girl:
Originally posted by Devious Dominic:

Same here.

omg now I wish I didnt ask this

It's worth it, don't worry.
The Resonte! Oct 30, 2013 @ 4:27am 
Originally posted by Devious Dominic:
Same here.
you gotta be dedicated man

this is where we filter out the real men with the quitters
Helene Oct 30, 2013 @ 4:27am 
ok.
Thanks guys. I'll work hard for this. I guess this year's Saxxy is... beyond my reach.

Maybe next year.
Tnx again.
CollapsibleMind Oct 30, 2013 @ 4:29am 
Originally posted by Bat Girl:
ok.
Thanks guys. I'll work hard for this. I guess this year's Saxxy is... beyond my reach.

Maybe next year.
Tnx again.

Just keep trying. Like anything in life... Practice makes perfect, kinda.
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