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[Tool] TFMV 1.6 - Easily preview TF2 loadouts, take screenshots, test paints, item clipping, create backpack icons...
By neodos
This tutorial shows you how to use TFMV (for Windows), a tool created to make it easier to load items and attach them to a TF2 character in HLMV (model viewer), test workshop items, paints and combinations etc for workshop artists or TF2 players who want to preview loadouts.

TFMV will manage Valve's model viewer "HLMV", easily load models/materials, workshop items, vpk, qc, mdl, test paints, clipping, take screenshots, generate a chart of all the paints for items etc
Download & Installation

Download and install TFMV, you should find a shortcut to start TFMV in your desktop and start menu.

Using TFMV
Select a class and an item slot in the ITEMS section to load the list of items for that category, then select items from the list to be added into the Loadout section, once you have selected the items click "Loadout to HLMV" to load into the model viewer.

HLMV should open with your loadout and TFMV will switch to the Skins section where you can switch the team color and change the paints for each item.

Here's an example of using TFMV, first we pick some items then click "Loadout to HLMV" to preview it.

You can find advanced settings on a hidden tab, click the button [>>] to show the adv settings, when in the Skins section, the advanced settings will switch to the advanced tools.

Paints Chart Tool
This tool lets you generate a chart of all the paints, you'll find it in the advanced settings tab once you have a loadout in TFMV, click the button >> to open the advanced settings tab.

Set the character pose and framing in HLMV then click "start" in TFMV, do not touch the mouse or keyboard while TFMV is taking the screenshots, as it needs to focus on the HLMV window to refresh the paints, you can cancel at any time if needed.

Untick the box "merge screenshots into a mosaic" if you prefer to have separate images for each paint.

The image(s) will be saved in the screenshots folder, click the folder icon button to open the folder:
Using HLMV
This part of the guide only covers some basics of what you need to move a bit around HLMV.
For information on how to use HLMV see the SDK wiki article:

Camera controls:

LMB drag in the center of the viewport will orbit the camera.
LMB drag on the edge of the viewport will roll the camera.
Ctrl+LMB drag will orbit the light source.
RMB drag will dolly the camera back/forward.
Shift+LMB drag with pan the camera left/right up/down.

Changing the character animation:

1- Go to the Sequence tab.
2- Select the animation.
3- Set the animation play speed.
4- Scroll through the animation frames and stop at a frame.
Troubleshooting / FAQ
  • TFMV crashes when I start it!
    Make sure you have NetFramework 4[] installed.

  • Can't download the schema
    If you have an antivirus or firewall make sure its not blocking TFMV to download the schema.

  • How can you load Unusual effects?
    Unfortunately its not possible, Valve's HLMV model viewer doesn't support particle effects aka unusual effects.

  • Problem/Solution is not listed here?
    Check the comments to see if your question has been answered if not asked there.

    If you found a bug and you see that it hasn't been already pointed out in the comments, post about it too! :)
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MoonMatter Jan 12 @ 1:45pm 
Thanks for the response. I love your works, by the way.
neodos  [author] Jan 12 @ 7:13am 
Nope, using some proprietary software libraries that I can't redistribute for free, plus having bad experiences in the past with open sourcing in the TF2 community, aka people using code and not crediting.

I decided not to support badges because there's too many of them and it bloats the software's memory usage.
Evilfaic Jan 8 @ 3:51pm 
Is this open-source, by any chance?
MoonMatter Jan 5 @ 5:17pm 
Why do items that are equipped in the medal slot not show up? (Couvre Corner, Made Man, etc.)
widzu [⇄] Dec 26, 2016 @ 3:03pm 
Many thanks for fast reply. I know I can test skins at and, but I use TFMV to making avatars for my friends, and one of them asked me about Australium Scatty. :)
neodos  [author] Dec 26, 2016 @ 2:55pm 
Weapon skins cannot be displayed by HLMV unfortunately.
For austrialiums, I used to have support for them but they're not getting loaded anymore since Valve changed something in the item list, I'll have to fix that for the next version, might take a while though, sorry ;)

Good news though, you can test weapon skins at :)
widzu [⇄] Dec 26, 2016 @ 11:33am 
Question: Where I can found weapon's skins or australium versions of weapons?
ILoveBacon013 / Nov 23, 2016 @ 12:42pm 
You seem like a good dude.
neodos  [author] Nov 23, 2016 @ 9:37am 
No worries ;)
ILoveBacon013 / Nov 23, 2016 @ 9:35am 
Oh, sorry. I was searching for it, and couldn't find it.