This article is for content released in the update. For the patch itself, see May 5, 2011 Patch
Steven Spielberg. Robert Scorcese. Socrates. The guy who made those Old Spice commercials.
What do these names have in common? They are the four best filmmakers in the world. And they all got there the same way: by competing in a filmmaking competition we're just now announcing.
— TF2 Official Blog
The Replay Update was a major content update for Team Fortress 2 released on May 5, 2011 Patch.
The main feature of the Replay Update is the eponymous Replay tool, which allows a player to record their most recent life. The player can subsequently edit their replays to their heart's content and upload them to YouTube. In addition to the tool, a total of 13 new items were added to the game: A weapon, eleven cosmetic items, and an action item.
The Replay tool enables players to record their current life by pressing 'F6'; if waiting to respawn, pressing 'F6' will instead save the replay of the previous life. The clips can then be edited, rendered, and submitted to YouTube, all from within the game itself.
Early crafting reward
Although not officially announced, the Replay Update also introduced a reward for early crafters of newly released items. The first one hundred players to craft a new item will have the item's crafted number attached to the end of its name. Beyond the 100th craft, the attached numbers will not appear in-game, but will still show up in external backpack viewers due to the edition number being a new function within the backpack API.
||That's a Wrap|
Save your very first replay.
||We Can Fix It In Post|
While watching a replay, press space bar to enter the editor.
||Time For Your Close-Up, Mr. Hale|
Render a replay into a movie.
Achieve 100 YouTube™ views for your movie.
||Indie Film Sensation|
Achieve 10,000 YouTube™ views for your movie.
Achieve 100,000 YouTube™ views for your movie.
The hub of the Replay Update