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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Overwhelmingly Positive (274 reviews) - 95% of the 274 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (9,450 reviews) - 93% of the 9,450 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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Recent:
Overwhelmingly Positive (274 reviews)
Overall:
Very Positive (9,450 reviews)
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Frosty
( 8.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Make anything
Poster
Movie anything
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Martinreality
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
From the start when i downloaded Sfm,It Was Like Downloading Sony Vegas Pro (You didn't understand anything,You tried something and then gived up.And this was a simlar story to Sony Vegas Tried,but then ♥♥♥♥ this i will go back to camtasia.Later when i mastered and learned to be pacient of making videos,pulling effort,and being original,for me it was 25% success.But later i tried to master sony vegas and it worked! After tottaly 1 year of learning editting softwares,you feel godlike and know what to produce on any software!

So this is my little backstory of how pacient mind can do clever things.
Pros
+All Steam games as a texture (maps,characters,props)loaded successfully.But Only For Volvo Games.But you can add form other games (maps,characters,props) aswell if you go search in Youtube
+Less ♥♥♥♥ than on any editing software (Editing line,sound) It's like in one image and it's awesome :D
+It's Free ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
+You can make movies with it,even better than Michael Bae

Cons
-Corrupted Save File
-For Old Pc Users it will be pain in the ♥♥♥ to use it
-Models Sometimes are glitchy......................... ♥♥♥♥ this they are glitchy every time
-Prop 404 has not found

Verdict
If you're average skills on sony vegas is normal,then for you it will be a lot easier.But for those who do nothing well........ hello darkness my old friend......
For Normal Sony Vegas User 9/10.For Pepole who are doing nothing -?/10
And yes i know i got only 4 hours but hey! Time Flies ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
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2ndKulle64
( 336.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
English:
This is one of the best and easiest 3D Model Video Studio ever!
You can put every Models from the Source Engine.
But it's hard to add custom Textures/Materials to the Model itself xD


++++

German:
Das ist einer der besten und einfachsten 3D Modell Video Studio überhaupt!
Man kann einfach alle Modelle von der Source Engine reinknallen.
Aber es ist leider zu schwer, custom Texturen/Materialien zu dem Modell zu adden xD
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Eddy
( 93.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Knows how to use it.









Doesn't have any ideas of what to do with it.
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OneWithTheDreemurr
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Simply, a great system or application you can use to construct scenes and mini-movies.
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Prăjitură V2 #CookieTeam
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I don't recommend it's really sucks I give always give error when I put a character from TF 2 give me error
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Mr.panda
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
it doesnt work
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•Whitë•
( 72.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Valve's Source Filmmaker is an amazing free to use software that allows you to use models from games like Team Fortress 2, Half-Life, and Left 4 Dead and make your own animations with them. Everything is at your disposal with SFM. The layout of the program is easy to use and not to mention how great the fans of the program are. People who use SFM have the ability to upload their own models. maps, etc. to the Source Filmmaker Workshop for others to use and that is just amazing. To be able to go to the Workshop and find exactly what you need is just amazing. Source Filmmaker is a good gateway into animation for noobies such as myself, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to learn animation or to just mess around and make derpy animations with their favorite Valve characters. If only SFM were to get out of Beta...
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AlphaOwlTF2
( 490.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Source Filmmaker is by far one of my favorite applications to use. I get to express these ideas I have and get to make them come to life. I find this community good, but sadly killed off from the wrong content. (FNAF, I'm looking at you!) This community is amazing, and I think that is has the right potential but the wrong content. Games like FNAF (Yes, only FNAF) Have plagued this community and everything related to it. You can't find a decent video without finding FNAF! It was just a fad, like Pepe. (Here comes Dat Boi!) Sadly, you find videos of twerking robots and poorly animated animations. That is why we need to take a stand, and work together to repair the dark plague. Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither was SFM. #MakeSFMGreatAgain
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
55 of 60 people (92%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,466.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
When you learn how to use it, this ♥♥♥♥'s fun.
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36 of 41 people (88%) found this review helpful
75 people found this review funny
Recommended
142.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
After 56 hours I finally learned how to load a map.

Edit: Finally learned how to open the Model screen
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50 of 69 people (72%) found this review helpful
34 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
You clicked the helpful button. For some reason you feel satisfied, but wonder why you did it. Everything is clear now. All the secrets of the universe, no longer secrets, all your dreams, a reality. I guess clicking that one button can change the world.
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25 of 27 people (93%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
260.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
10/10 if you learn to make good artwork you can get some good pay
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24 of 27 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Sfm is amazing! I highly recommend this for gamers or just people who are into advanced animating.
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
What can i say about SFM...
Its a beautifull tool that is very hard to master, but its worth the effort.

9.5/10
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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
664.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
The 600+ hours I spent in this software were all used to idealize never executed projects.
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18 of 24 people (75%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
MY SFM EXPERIENCE


*1hr- I can make faces?
*4hr-I redid Meet the Heavy.
*24hr-I made a 5-second animation!
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13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
82.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
you can make stuff in here
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15 of 23 people (65%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny