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 (8,156 reviews) - 92% of the 8,156 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)
Helpful customer reviews
390 of 420 people (93%) found this review helpful
85 people found this review funny
65.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 10, 2015
SFM is great, but not easy to use for beginners.

Almost all of the negative reviews are by children who are either too stupid or impatient to actually learn something. The rest are people who just get crashes, which is like the 6%.

Get this if you're even mildly interested.
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165 of 171 people (96%) found this review helpful
30 people found this review funny
2,889.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 24, 2015
Made me realise that I want to pursue animation for a living and basically gave me a hopeful future in life.

Yeah it's not bad, it's pretty good.
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199 of 232 people (86%) found this review helpful
340 people found this review funny
2,548.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 6, 2015
I should PROBABLY do some animating.

*Opens SFM*

....ehhhhhhhhhhhh

*Closes SFM*
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89 of 101 people (88%) found this review helpful
69 people found this review funny
3,056.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2015
This will take your life
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86 of 102 people (84%) found this review helpful
173 people found this review funny
777.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2015
99% of the people that use this end up making dog porn, for some reason.
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