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 (3,381 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 10, 2012

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Use Source Filmmaker

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
14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
1,072.6 hrs on record
Incredible software.

Easy controls, much customizability, easy to get into, very 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!
Posted: October 14
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
397.5 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 14
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 3
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
I feel like a baby when im using this tool 10/10
Posted: September 26
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
196.6 hrs on record
SFM at first seems really confusing but the more you look up tutorials and more you make artwork makes it seems alot smaller. Also take your time with your creations.
Posted: September 27
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
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
Posted: October 17
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.6 hrs on record
Amazing little software and so easy to use, the possibilities are endless, especially with all the community made extensions and models :)
Posted: September 28
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
I dont Even Know How to Use This. 11/10
Posted: October 11
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.1 hrs on record
I'll admit, the amount of time it takes to learn this is hard. Very hard. Maybe it's even enough to turn you away. But I promise, once you get used to it, you can make true art in the form of Valve games. Whether it's posters, or animations. It's something to give a try.

Source Filmmaker (or SFM for short) is an incredible high-end video/artwork maker. It is also free, <- LOL. It is currently in beta, but i would hardly call it beta considering it's state. I reckon it is ready for release. You can make amazing videos with it, as people like Hypo made things like "Chinatown Getaway".

9.5/10
It would be 10 but it took a while to get used to.
Posted: September 26
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
like it
Posted: October 5
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
105.1 hrs on record
This Tool made by valve software designers is by far the best and most usefull animation tool i have ever used combining multiple types of animating into one making it a simple but yet at times difficult proccess, but worth everybit in the end.
Posted: September 27
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
If you want to make movies just use this.
Posted: September 30
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
34.4 hrs on record
Great filmmaker that you can have fun on and make your own custom video of your favorite souce game character. 8/10 filmmaker :Horse:
Posted: October 3
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
98.7 hrs on record
it seduced me :^)
Posted: October 25
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
I don't know how to use it. :D
Posted: October 17
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.0 hrs on record
if source filmmaker could be used in the Imac that would be better
Posted: September 29
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.2 hrs on record
Excellent program)
Good tool kit for animation, compositions, directions.
Be engaged in studying right now =) I think you won't regret
Posted: September 29
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
49.0 hrs on record
so much fun
Posted: September 30
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Very veerry good program to use with SFM Videos, and picture i'am happy about this, thanks :)
Posted: October 13
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Black screen, then it does'nt respond
Posted: October 6
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