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Decompiling TF2 v_models - A Tutorial for Team Fortress 2

Detaailed step-by-step tutorial of the decompiling process for TF2 v_models.

APPLICATIONS: - GCFScape - Notepad++ - Cannonfodder's/Hooch' MDLDecompiler STEP 0 - Preparation Make a folder on your desktop called "TF2", inside that folder make two new folders called "TF2 Extracted" and "TF2 Decompiled". STEP 1 - Extraction Start GCFScape, then left-click "File" followed by "Open". Navigate to "C:\Program Files\Steam\SteamApps\common\team fortress 2\tf\tf2\_misc\_dir.vpk\models\weapons\v_models" Select all of the files for the weapon you want to decompile, then right-click your selection and left-click on "Extract". Navigate to "C:\Users\USERNAME\Desktop\TF2\TF2 Extracted" and left-click "OK". STEP 2 - Editing the MDL (Optional with Hooch' decompiler) Open "TF2 Extracted" folder and right-click on the MDL, then left-click "Edit with Notepad++". At the very beginning of the document you will see "IDST0" (without ""), change it to "IDST," (without ""). Left-click "File" then "Save". STEP 3 - Decompiling Start Cannonfodder's MDLDecompiler, choose your model file (MDL in "TF2 Extracted") and output folder ("TF2 Decompiled"), then left-click "Extract". DONE!
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    Mdldecompiler always crashes right after it's finished, I still get the SMDs... Just wondering if that's a major problem..? :P
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    If you want MDLDecompiler to work put it in this directory: C:\Program Files\Steam\Steamapps\username\Sourcesdk\bin\ep1\bin i had the same problem. it needs the executables from the source engine to work.
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    How the Eff? How did you guys manage to even get the MDLDecompiler to work?! I cant put it the in Sourcesdk file because when I open it, it takes me GCFScape EDIT: Ok, I was being Stupid... I know where to put it now but it says I need Q_AppendSlash... Can anyone help? EDIT: I have beaten that gate, now I get Unable to load Model, help? I have tried 0 , . and /
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    I don't own TF2 :( I want to port TF2 models then rig them with different arms...
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    When i am installing the newest version it says to put it in steamapps/sourcesdk/bin directory but i can't find the sourcesdk folder after i have installed source sdk. the source sdk folder is inside my username but there is no bin directory folder... can someone help me?
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    Posted by Teh Inspector It tells me that "Unable to load model" D;
    Make sure you are using Notepad ++ and not just simple notepad.
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    It tells me that "Unable to load model" D;
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    MDLDecompiler causes an IMMENSE amount of stress apparently, since it's so finicky and unpleasant to deal with, even after following countless guides and Google results to no avail. There has GOT to be a more reliable method of decompiling these god damn things...
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  • O and then you put it in game like any other skin?
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    Posted by GlamisDuneTrash What does decompiling do? because i am trying to learn how to put my own models in game.
    the models are in a format the game uses, decompiling basically converts the models into a usable format
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