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.
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Very Positive (326 reviews) - 90% of the 326 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (10,006 reviews) - 93% of the 10,006 user reviews for this software are positive.
Release Date: Jul 10, 2012

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"(Free) movie-making tool built by Valve to make movies inside the Source game engine."

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)
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niS
405.5 hrs
Posted: August 29
Hard to learn at start, but very easy to work with once you get comfortable with it!
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Polaski4life
62.1 hrs
Posted: August 29
It's okay, but for ♥♥♥♥'s sake valve, port tools on linux too, i don't want to have 2 steams installed just so i can make a mod for my game or make a video or something.
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Peppa Pig
5.1 hrs
Posted: August 28
I have no idea what i am doing
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Beep
96.8 hrs
Posted: August 28
Love using it. Just wished Valve updated Tf2 in Sfm to have items pass Smissmas 2014.
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DASFMBOIZ420
11.2 hrs
Posted: August 28
when i try to repeat the same thing over again it wont work. Any Ideas?
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SpaceScout
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 28
its slow, im sorry if i had a faster computer it would be more fun. Its like it runs on 2fps. Again sorry, delete
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SKEIP
6.3 hrs
Posted: August 28
Very Good
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mr, man
2.9 hrs
Posted: August 28
2 hard 4 me
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Draco0901
0.3 hrs
Posted: August 28
Get a tutorial boi. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
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oscarkong_sh
6.4 hrs
Posted: August 28
its good when u know what you are doing but i will still give it a yes
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57 of 75 people (76%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,642.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
Saying as how I've been using it since release almost non-stop to become one of the best SFM artists, yeah it's okay.
Just ingnore all the MLP and FNAF cancer that gives the community a bad look.
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24 of 24 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
36.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
TLDR: Good ♥♥♥♥ but you need to be willing to learn how to use it


If you've seen the 'Meet The Class' series that Valve put out as trailers for TF2, you've seen what this software can do at it's peak.

If you've seen the animated gifs of Overwatch characters ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)ing, or the animated shorts of the daily life of a citizen from Half-Life, then you've seen what a reasonably skilled user can do.

If you've seen 'poseters' of characters mid-fight, you've seen what someone at a mid-level can do.

If you've seen negative reviews of people claiming SFM is broken, you've seen what someone impatient looks like.

I'll be blunt: Source Filmmaker is a bit like learning how to cook. If you bum-rush it, you can probably make something like what you wanted, but to get good it takes time. If you're willing to take the time, you can make amazing things. If you aren't, prepare for assaches. This isn't Pivot, this isn't Flipnote, this isn't Photoshop, and this sure as hell isn't any kind of drawing program you didn't pay for. This is professional-level software that a company, litterally worth a hundred times- at least- the house you are sitting in, has created. This is VERY high-end content production potentional- as evidenced by the examples I mentioned above. If you aren't willing to donate time to figure out what you're doing, you shouldn't be reading this review in the first place.
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29 of 37 people (78%) found this review helpful
58 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,697.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
cool game, nobody on multiplayer, and driving physics are a bit odd but i give it a solid 7/10
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20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
23 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
The supreme porn making software
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
67.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
Apparently people donate items when you make them ~free~ posters
11/10
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
541.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
This certainly is a great software with a lot of capabilities.
It is a great tool if you want to make fan works for pretty much every Valve's source based game, and thanks to the workshop, the community and external resources, SFM can even be used for other popular games with a decent outcome.

Be prepared though, as this is not an easy program to use, and learning to use it to it's full extent will take quite a lot of time. Even more time will be required if you decide to start animating and don't limit yourself to posters.

Thankfully the community has made quite a lot of guides and they can be found everywhere from the Steam SFM hub to YouTube and other obscure sites on the endless world of Interwebz.

SFM is both frustrating and satisfying at the same time. The endless search for inspiration and motivation, the struggle of posing and crashing and the satisfaction of exporting, until it crashes again is truly a must have experience that can only be useful later on in life.

Remember, you won't get good straight away, and previous knowledge in other animating software, Garry's Mod and photography/filmmaking theory is certainly helpful. But eventually you'll be able to make great things with it.

The only downside is that Valve hasn't been updating it for over a year, and manual content updates take time and are painfully complex. Also the software really isn't up to date with the constantly evolving computer tech. But this downside is minimal compared to the potential of SFM, and I'll use it as long as I can.

Get it, experiment with it, and hopefully you'll learn to love it as much as I do!
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
Good, but the 'help' option is simply a list of Valve made projects, no actual help. You do have to go out of your way to learn how to use it, but it will be well worth it.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
Learning now but seems like a really good animating software
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
60.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
When I downloaded sfm, I didn't had any idea for posters. Then I saw that everybody made their class with their loadout. So I decided to make my engineer. Then I saw the other posters and I had lot's of ideas.
The best part about sfm is that it's free! So you can download it and make great posters. I love to create scenes, like if the Scout had a minigun and the Heavy had a scattergun.
So yeah I totally recommend it.
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