Garry's Mod

Garry's Mod

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Stop Motion Helper
Type: Tool, Addon
Tags: Movie
File Size
0.016 MB
Dec 6, 2012 @ 9:01am
Aug 17, 2015 @ 3:52am
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Stop Motion Helper

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Version 2 is released! It's a complete remake of the tool.

What is it?
Stop Motion Helper is a tool that is designed to help with making stop motion animations in Garry's Mod. It can save the state of ragdolls and props into frames and animate between them.

Why should I use it?
There are many reasons.
- You can make linear transitions between two positions, and also ease them in and out
- You can store ragdoll and prop positions into frames, so you don't have to make screenshots right away
- You can save all of your recorded frames, so you can come back to your project, change things, and render it again
- You can use it in any ragdoll posing situation to store different poses of your ragdolls

What's new in version 2?
- Frames are now stored seperately for each entity, so they are not locked to all entities
- Frames are positioned in a timeline, very similar to 3D animation programs, which makes frame manipulation much more easier and fluid
- There's a save/load system that works
- The tool is much more stable now

How do I download it?
Just press that subscribe button up there and play gmod.

How do I use it?
Follow the tutorial[].
Note that the video tutorial above might not include all of SMH's features.

Q: Why can't I select more than one entity?
A: In the new version, entities are selected for editing their frames. All entities that have any recorded frames are animated automatically, when the playhead is moved or when smh_playback command is used. So if you select one entity, record frames, select another, record frames, both of these entities will be animated.

Q: SMH isn't playing facial animations?
A: If you have the faceposer tool open, it will override any facial changes made when you move between frames with SMH, so you need to unequip the faceposer tool to see the changes.

Q: Command x doesn't work, and I'm getting x error
A: First, make sure the command you use is correct. Most often you may forget the + sign in front of some commands. Check the tutorial to make sure you are typing the commands correctly.
Also, SMH has only been tested on sandbox mode, and most likely doesn't work on other gamemodes. So if you are getting errors and you are not in sandbox mode, disable the addon. Otherwise, leave a comment below including the error you are getting.

Q: I can't understand the tutorial
A: I know my tutorial making skills are not that good, but if you have some patience to fiddle around with the tool, you get the hang of it and understand it better. There is also a video tutorial available, which can clear things up better.

Q: I don't like it, bring back the old version
A: I'm going to be bold about this; no, I won't revert back to the old version. I won't upload it as another workshop item. Why? Because I have gotten very positive feedback about this from people who did understand my horribly written tutorial and words, and I myself believe this version is much better, more flexible and more stable than the old version.

Bug reporting and links
Report any issues in the comments. I may not be responding much, but I do read them frequently.

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Popular Discussions View All (108)
Jan 19 @ 3:44pm
Cannot see in tool part of Q menu.
Melted SFM
Jan 24 @ 12:09pm
SMH Won't animate ragdolls.
Oct 8, 2017 @ 4:36am
Blood and shooting
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meem Feb 17 @ 10:01am 
a bit confusing but i think its nice
Jotdenes Feb 17 @ 7:33am 
Bind for +smh_playback doesn't make the animation stop, and it bugs if I press the button again ( another prop follows the original and they both move) How to stop the preview without bugging?
I know you did not read this, but i will try. Can you add qol feature of selection and dragging multiple frames please?
salad Feb 3 @ 9:19am 
To play the animation, you need to type +smh_playback
Basil Jan 24 @ 8:36am 
I don't like it, bring back the old version
basicly sfm in a game
Androidkitty Jan 21 @ 2:02pm 
i keep typing the key but the bar wouldn't show up
DatGuyT_T Jan 16 @ 9:25pm 
How do you play the animation?
tankbusters Jan 14 @ 1:32pm 
the select tool doesn't show on my screen
Pan Faponon Jan 8 @ 1:12pm 
POMOCY!!!! nie działa mi opcja "Nagrywaj" :{ :( ani "Playback" pomoże ktoś??? :steamsad: