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Half-Life Advanced Effects

Current release, compatible with latest Steam version:
HLAE (2015-05-14T17:54Z) (source code) (logo)

Release compatible with Steam version from July 2009 (unsupported):
HLAE (2013-02-09T14:16Z) (source code)

VAC warning: The HLAE tool is technically a hack, therefore you should use it for making movies / watching demos only. Joining VAC protected servers with HLAE might get you VAC banned.
Epilepsy warning: This software will cause fast changing images and colors on your screen.

About: HLAEwiki

Documentation: HLAEwiki

System requirements:

- Microsoft Windows XP / Vista / 7 or similar
- Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 or newer
- Genuine Steam version
- OpenGL 1.1 or newer
- a lot of patience


Using Steam's offline mode you can avoid retriving updates that break HLAE during movie production.


HLAE (2015-05-14T17:54Z)

+ Fixed writing of hlaeconfig.xml failing randomly, due to the file stream for reading it not being closed deterministically beforehand.

We are aware of a small number of Windows 8 / 8.1 users that have random crashes and freezes (i.e. when loading a demo) with HLAE / AfxHookSource.
If you are affected by it, consider contacting us in the appropriate forum thread: http://advancedfx.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=1666


HLAE (2015-05-08T20:10Z)

U Turns out Visual Studio 2010 SP1 was not properly installed on the build computer, reinstalled it and updated or rebuild all files included in the HLAE download accordingly. Hopefully this fixes some problems on Windows 8 some users are experiencing i.e. with AfxHookSource (but maybe not).

U Included AfxHookGoldSrc (2015-05-08T20:10Z).

U Included AfxHookSource (2015-05-08T20:10Z).

U Changelog entries specific to AfxHookGoldSrc has been separated from the HLAE changelog to avoid user confusion.

Further changelog entries can be found in the changelogs included download.

Author: HLAE Team

Tools - HLAE Camera Motion Data

These plugins / scripts assist you with importing HLAE camera motion data in various 3D applications or exporting to HLAE again.

3DsMax Import Plugin HLAE Cam Importer 1.0.4
3DsMax Export Plugin HLAE Cam Exporter 1.0.0
Documentation: HLAEwiki
System requirements: HLAE or newer, 3dsMax 5.x(?7.x / 2008?) or newer.
Author: msthavoc

After Effects Import Script: hlaebvh2AECam1.5
After Effects
Export Script: AECam2hlaebvh1.0
Documentation: video tutorials
Author: msthavoc

Blender 2.49b Import plugin: HLAE Camera Motion Import (2010-01-23T17:50Z)
Blender 2.49b Export plugin: HLAE Camera Motion Export (2010-01-23T17:50Z)
Documentation: HLAEwiki
System requirements: HLAE or newer, Blender 2.46 - Blender 2.49b
Author: ripieces

Cinema 4D Import Plugin: hlcam2c4d 1.4
Cinema 4D Export Plugin: c4d2hlcam 1.0
Documentation: HLAEwiki, video tutorials
System requirements: HLAE or newer, Cinema 4D R9.5 or newer
Author: msthavoc

Writing your own plugin:
The HLAE .bvh format is very similar to but currenlty not compatbile with the BioVision (BVH) format: The only difference is that HLAE rotation order is XYZ while BVH would require ZXY.

Tools - Other

Other plugins / scripts to make your life easier.

Cinema 4D Script: Crafty Material Fix 0.1
About: Automates fixing material / texture links for maps exported by Crafty.
Documentation: video tutorial
Author: msthavoc