The Source Filmmaker (SFM) is the movie-making tool built and used by us here at Valve to make movies inside the Source game engine. Because the SFM uses the same assets as the game, anything that exists in the game can be used in the movie, and vice versa.
User reviews: Very Positive (3,900 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 10, 2012

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Source Filmmaker is available for free as a public beta.

 

About This Software

The Source Filmmaker (SFM) is the movie-making tool built and used by us here at Valve to make movies inside the Source game engine. Because the SFM uses the same assets as the game, anything that exists in the game can be used in the movie, and vice versa. By utilizing the hardware rendering power of a modern gaming PC, the SFM allows storytellers to work in a what-you-see-is-what-you-get environment so they can iterate in the context of what it will feel like for the final audience.

To get started, just click the button above to install. The SFM includes all the base game assets from Team Fortress 2 along with assets from some of the first “Meet the Team” short films.

Resources

Once you're up and running, here are some general resources for finding help and learning how to get the most out of the Source Filmmaker.

System Requirements

    Minimum:

    • OS: Windows 7 / Vista (Windows 7 64 bit suggested)
    • Processor: 3.0 GHz P4, Dual Core 2.0 (or higher) or AMD64X2 (or higher)
    • Memory: 2GB (4 GB suggested)
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 200 series card or better, or AMD Radeon 3000 series or better (NVIDIA GeForce 400 series or AMD Radeon 5000 series preferred)
    • Monitor: 1366 x 768 (1920 x 1080 suggested)
    • Hard Drive: At least 15 GB of Space
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible USB headset with mic (suggested)
Helpful customer reviews
169 of 182 people (93%) found this review helpful
54.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Picked it up few days ago and after 15 hours of use I was already posing and animating with ease. Very addicting!

pssst....I use it to pose rule34 pics, please don't tell my mom.
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76 of 81 people (94%) found this review helpful
1,346.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
Incredible software.

Easy controls, much customizability, easy to get into, pretty stable (only crashed on me like 10 times total in my current use time) and produces amazing results.

Sometimes you have to deal with some really annoying problems, like fixing broken materials or what not, but that's not too bad (and only is the case for TF2 stuff, really).

Only thing that'd maybe help newer people are some fixes to item painting so that you don't always have to 1. use a script and 2. not dig around the material files. Same can go for unusual effects and adding special variants of weapons (festive, botkillers, multi-model and multi-style items, ...). But that's all just focused on TF2 stuff.

If you are an eager movie maker or artist that wants to use assets from already existing games, this is the program for you. The community is also very helpful about any questions you have!
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88 of 110 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
I dont Even Know How to Use This. 11/10
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50 of 57 people (88%) found this review helpful
135.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Similar to other 3D animation software and so very easy to learn. Great fun to animate characters from Valve's games - especially considering how well Valve rigs their character models for facial animation. And of course it's free because Valve is awesome.
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62 of 82 people (76%) found this review helpful
101.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
it seduced me :^)
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31 of 34 people (91%) found this review helpful
471.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
Arguably the best free Animation Software to date,
The SFM allows the community to make their own films and control everything that happens in it, I am going to admit, It will take ALOT of practice to learn SFM, But trust me, Once you've learned the tools and how to animate, You are going to have alot of fun creating with the SFM,

So overall, If you are interested in learning animation and are willing to give the time to learn it, this is the software for you, But make sure to have a 'Decent' Gaming PC or else you will experience quite a lot of lag.
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43 of 54 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
8/8 wish i knew how to use it -IGN
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22 of 27 people (81%) found this review helpful
317.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
I simply love this tool, it has some glitches and can crash sometimes, but it's still good, and it's kinda simple when you know what you're doing


Pose a character,s c r u b in time, pose again, transition through poses by adding the round preset, and done, you've made an animation, simple, right?

10/10
also i dunno why "S c r u b" got censored...wait...
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29 of 40 people (73%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Porn creator 2014.
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47 of 72 people (65%) found this review helpful
4,148.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
BESP APP EVAR 11/10
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
121.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Once you get it This tool is amazing and i only started 2 days ago and i can make pictures!
thanks for Kain i learned all i needed
so if you have problems ask people who use SFM and watch videos all the day and trust me. you will know everything
this is the best tool ever i look it as a game becuase i do enjoy it and i do spend time on it i am happy its free
thanks valve for everything!!!
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
Planning to make "Shrek is love, Shrek is life (4)"

50/10 would become a brogre.
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
168.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Anything is possible with a bit of practice and patience. Valve has made an incredibly powerful tool that anyone can pick up and start learning right away. Obviously it's still considered a "Beta", so there are some bugs to watch out for. I've only experienced crashes while doing things I probably shouldn't have been doing, but otherwise it is very stable.

Try finding an animation suite that has all of the features the SFM does for free. Yeah, SFM is that awesome. You can't beat free!
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
419.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
While it may be a lot to take in at first, and tough to master, it is a powerful tool that the community has [thankfully] used to its full potential.

Animating is especially the most grueling part of this program, but it has high reward to it, as you can make HD videos. Of course, it needs to be re-itterated: You can't make a Valve-quality video overnight. It takes years to reach that skill level and months to finish the project. And in the defense of some that may not be used to this type of program, SFM is not what would be considered 100% user friendly.

It is like many powerful programs that carry this minor setback such as literally any adobe product. It takes a lot to learn the ins and outs of the program but once you do it, you can make amazing things.

And I will give this piece of advice to people who might be using this for posters: Pick up GIMP, Photoshop, or Paint Tool SAI, post-processing is recommended, even if you render posters in 1080p.
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Overall I would totally recommend this software to anyone willing to sit down and make something and keep their focus on that project. My only complaint so far is how hard it is to launch the program sometimes. It's a shame, because even my computer with 8GB of RAM chugs a bit while using this program. But perhaps that's a tiny sacrifice I got to make for the sake of making something great.
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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Great and fairly easy to use. It's fun and addicting. There is a couple minor issues though. I have one big one. I can't find great tutorials but i'm sure Source Filmmaker youtube channel with have something. Like I said this is awesome. But it seems Valve isn't making updates. It cam out over a year ago and is still in Beta. I think Valve just needs to update it. Also the pose to pose animation thing is kinda confusing to me. But overall this is great. I rate 9.5/10
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
10/10
Source Filmmaker, such an extraordinary animation program for all ages to use.
Easy and simple. You may need to fully understand animation and it's complications, but you will get there soon!
You must have at least 4GB if you wish to download and install. A amazing program, that most probally is the best, I highly recommend this to everyone.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 15
I barely know how to launch a map.
10/10
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22 of 34 people (65%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
I don't know how to use it. :D
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
I feel like a baby when im using this tool 10/10
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
I have no idea what im doing :D
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