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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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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71 of 73 people (97%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,281.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
After achieving 1,000+ hours, I think it's time I gave my opinion on Source Filmmaker... So, here we go.

A powerful animation tool that brings games into the spotlight, with precise tools, easy to learn GUI, and various special effects that can be added at any given time to make the most out of your shots!

Source Filmmaker is normally seen as impossibly hard by beginners because most of us tend to jump straight into animation without prior knowledge as to how it's done. For this, Valve and the amazing community behind SFM as a whole have created many detailed tutorials and explanations as to how things are done in many different ways. Maybe you like Pose-to-Pose animation? Or maybe graph animation is your thing instead. Whatever you choice is, the tools are completely at your disposal. With workshop support, you can expand your movie making experience through addons the community has made. From simple models, to more complex ragdolls, particle effects, sound effects, and scripts that greatly increase SFM's capabilities, despite being in beta ever since it was released.

Pros:
- Full control of illumination.
- Detailed posing and accurate tools.
- in-built particle editing for endless effects.
- Easy to learn GUI and well organized.

Cons:
- Limited scaling options (XYZ are all together. There's no X, Y, or Z-only scaling).
- Can be laggy for most computers. Requires lots of resources to run properly.
- Can be unstable at times and crash (This program is still in beta. It's to be expected).

Here's a very honest tip, coming from an adept SFMer: Don't jump straight into animation. I know it's tempting, but instead of going through the frustration of not being able to animate... Learn how to make posters first. Posters are the non-challenging part of SFM. Here you learn how to pose a character, how to lock a cosmetic item to them, how lights work, what camera angles can do for you, and pretty much the basic stuff before you jump into an actual animation. Posters are a great way to learn the ins and outs of the top and medium layer of SFM.

For brand new beginners, please, at least watch the first five videos of Valve's tutorial. They will pretty much explain the very basics so you can be more familiarized with SFM's layout. Trust me, the time will be worth it.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1,111.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
After 1000+ hours, I can say this is the best software I've used.

Sure it's tough at first. But after reading a few tutorials...You'll get used to it, I highly recommend this.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Recommended
716.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
great for making dank memes
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
Compared to other software i have seen and used, this very compact and powerfull tool.
"Easy" to understand, in one day you can already do some sort of an animation :P
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
116.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
After using 100 hours on this and making silly videos.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odNImz1K5qg (this being my favorite)

It's a pretty fun tool to use.

It's hard and looks like you need to know rocket science at first, but after a couple of tutorials you should be fine.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
92.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
Through my experience in the Source Filmmaker, here are some reasons why you should be interested in SFM.

If you are interested in animating 3D models, then this is where to start. Throught Valve's Offical Tutorial, it show you the basics of the SFM, and shows some intermediate steps. If you are new, look at some tutorials that show you some basic stuff. Then when you feel comfortable with the SFM, try and look depper into doing IK rigs, smooth animations, etc. Ideas are the main thing that you will be working on in SFM. Popular SFM creators come up with ideas such as "Scout runs out, gets blown up, and demo laughs.". That is a basic idea. If you want to make bigger animations, I suggest writing the basic animation on paper, and while you animate along the way, you can add some minor details that make it feel more realistic. You can also use some editing tools (Sony Vegas, Adobe, etc.) to add music in a dramatinc/fighting scence. You can import custom sounds/music throught Audacity aswell into SFM.

Conclusion:
Source Filmmaker in all is a pretty good animating tool and is a good software for people that want to start animating 3D models. You can get custom maps/models through the SFM workshop. It can also be inspirational to atleast enter a Saxxy Awards (while writing Saxxy Awards 2016 is comming up) animation if you work hard enough on it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
438.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
This helped me alot why not try this out,it might be hard but some people can help you,make your dream come true :)
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
I've seen what some people are capable of with this software, and I recommend it for skilled people that are into it. But make sure your PC is able to handle it. Mine nearly exploded and wouldn't work for an entire day when I tried using it.

My old PC aside. This is still a great movie-making software.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
122.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
Alright, now that ive gotten some experience with the engine and i must say i am quite pleased. Once you get used to all the controls and stuff its pretty easy to pick it up and start making posters and animations of your own. right now i only make posters since i dont have too much experience yet but once i do start making actual animations i would probably sink alot more hours into the engine. an overall positive experience with the community, most people are friendly and helpful.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
50.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
Hard But I Like It
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Juju @ TF | YT
0.8 hrs
Posted: September 27
One thing you could do: make it available on macs. I love the things SFM people make, however my laptop does not have enough power to do anything like that. I am working on a Windows computer, so that's good, yes?
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Mokey Mouse
36.5 hrs
Posted: September 27
This is an amazing tool, it may be a bit tough to use at first, but once you create a animation or two, and build up experience, i'm sure you can have fun with this tool.
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Dirty Swine
14.0 hrs
Posted: September 27
Really fun to screw around on. Just make sure you watch the Valve tutorials on youtube first.
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Salty Scout
0.5 hrs
Posted: September 27
Great for making SFM shorts, Posters, and profile pictures. Hard at first but after you use it for a while you get better at it.
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Champion Plague Nexus
1,236.4 hrs
Posted: September 27
Best Nurgle porn animator program.
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ThatSilverHedgehog (GEWP)
2,610.0 hrs
Posted: September 26
Get it on linux, you ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s
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Kneegurs
2.9 hrs
Posted: September 26
really hard to use and learn, but anyone can use it for you just try hard enough
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Stormy
1,822.2 hrs
Posted: September 26
SFM is by far the best program I have found. I use it almost everyday, it is always my go-to game to create art and to totally relax myself. There are a few problems but hey I can get past those easily thx to steam discussions.
With 1,000+ hours I'm an especially proud poster maker and animator, and I know SFM will help me achieve my goals as a 3D computer animator. I highly recommend this software for anybody like me, or others who mostly love the 3D world <3
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SapphBNX
17.5 hrs
Posted: September 26
Really easy to use animation software, took me a few hours to get used to, turns out the easiest animation method for me is graph animation since im used to keyframes.
it matters on your animation prefrences.

9/10
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Bluefire
17.7 hrs
Posted: September 26
um... hey there is a problem with source filmmaker can anyone tell me whats
going on with source filmmaker. for no reason I can not get it to redownload
witch is a big problem why is that?.
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