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:
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Very Positive (345 reviews) - 92% of the 345 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (9,721 reviews) - 93% of the 9,721 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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Very Positive (345 reviews)
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Very Positive (9,721 reviews)
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SoulEater
( 136.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
Honestly, this is hands down the best way to make amazing Posters and Animations, the program is simple and easy to use, and its super easy to get a hang of it.
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Smoothie
( 55.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
I can spawn thingies and pose the thingies and move thingies and make the thingies do stupid stuff
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HOW'D IT GET BURNED?!?
( 70.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
1 hour in - Wtf how do I use this ♥♥♥♥
5 hours in - Okay the Valve tutorials helped me a bit and I keep making shrek move around
20 hours in - I made a heavy extend his head and then make him spazz everywhere
50 hours in - I can make a decent looking walk cycle
60 hours in - I made a realistic looking gman moving around
70 hours in - Where the ♥♥♥♥ is my saxxy
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epic gamer cat
( 99.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Is there a way to filter out all the FNAF items in the workshop?
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meekmj
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
After one day of using SFM, it starts telling me that it's having a problem launching the D3D software or something plz help.
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cyanide brings happiness
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
low fps
low morale
low morale means depression
depression means failiure
failiure means suicidal tendancies
suicidal tendancies mean suicide
suicide means death
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WGS=chimpson
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
my sfm is diffrent
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Lyco
( 21.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Best Software to make:
Profile Pictures, Wallpapers,
Banners, Posters, Films,
Thumbnails,...

Just Awesome!
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Aminsie 32
( 511.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
best animation studio ever!
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61 of 77 people (79%) found this review helpful
69 people found this review funny
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Posted: July 5
Source PornMaker [In Beta For 10 years]
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
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1,643.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
I use to have a life.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
408.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Let's me make film with character
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
921.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
+ Any game in the current day can have it's assets ported in, so long as it's 3D
+ 2D characters that don't have initial 3D models have fans to recreate them
+ Meme recreator
+ Poster making
+ Thoughtless shorts
+ Long (as in over 5 minutes to even 30) cinematic films

Need I say more?
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
Get ready for the download time and the tutorials. This takes patience.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
Get a Job Simulator.
Then: Lose Faith in One's Dreams.
Finally: ♥♥♥♥ It, I'll go into buisness.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
39.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
It looks pretty intimidating at first, but after a few go's at it and understanding how it works, it's truly fun and easy to use.. The way you move the models around are somewhat annoying and can get a bit frustrating at times, so be sure to take your time. I personally use it as an art references for poses and have dabbled a bit into making a movie...So if you have the free time, then I'd suggest screwing around with this program learning how to use it.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
I have no fricking clue how to use this, but I've seen what it's capable of. 10/10 software.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
511.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
tries to make a movie with sfm
puts it off for a bit
starts animating
turns out better than expected
+400 hours on steam
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny